Recently added a couple of new features on this weblog.
Opinmind appears near the top of the left column. If I understood the FAQ, it is supposed to select opinions from all my posts. It must have some clever semantic analysis function to be able to distinguish an opinion from any other type of sentence. So far it has only shown a couple of sentences from my 7 May post. The Opinmind search function is intended to focus on opinions and tries to produce separate lists of positive and negative opinions about the search topic. But Englsh sentences can be formulated in so many convoluted ways that the Opinmind algorithms have some more learning to do before they get reliable results regularly.
The second new feature is coComment.
coComment is solving one of those blogging problems that should have been fixed long ago. It enables you to keep track of comments you posted anywhere. I have put some effort into getting some of my comment history registered in coComment, so my comment list already has some body even though I only signed up a few days ago. The function should be really useful as time goes by and my collection grows.
An additional feature provided by coComment is the list of recent comments I have posted on any and all blogs. That appears in the right column. Some of those shown there just now are actually rather old, but the system treats them as recent because I recently added some of my comment history.
Typepad has been promoting various features as Bling for Your Blog. But I have been disappointed with their support for Technorati tags. I have been faithfully adding Technocrati tags to my posts all this year. But extensive correspondence with support both at TypePad and Technorati lead to the conclusion that it can't be done with a TypePad Plus account. I was asking Technorati about my failure to get the tag "one year bible" to register. Part of their reply was:
I did notice also, that your "About" page is listed under the "one year bible" tag search. I checked on this and the reason this
is happening is that our spiders are having trouble correctly recognizing and indexing your posts. Thus your blog seems like
one big post called "About" with tags.
It is suggested to better identify your individual posts by adding a "bookmark" and permalink to your post titles. This will
direct our spiders to your full posts so we can index them correctly. For example,
Currently your title for one of your Posts is:
<h3 class="entry-header">Down a rabbit hole to ecclesiology</h3>
Add the rel="bookmark" and permalink code so it looks more like:
<h3 class="entry-header"><a href="http://isthistheway.typepad.com/my_weblog/2006/01/down_a_rabbit_h.html"
title="Down a rabbit hole to ecclesiology" rel="bookmark">Down a rabbit hole to ecclesiology</a></h3>
Making these changes will also help other visitors better subscribe to your blog as well.
I reported this to TypePad support. They appreciated getting the information (I was surprised these people aren't talking to one another daily.) But their response was:
Unfortunately, at this time, the suggestions that they've mentioned in this email aren't something that can be done with a Plus account. However, these could potentially be done with a Pro account using Advanced Templates.
I'll pass this information on to the rest of my team members and we'll be keeping it in mind when making future enhancements to the system. Thank you very much for this information. It is very helpful.
That was at the end of January. I have checked again recently with Typepad support and, as yet, there is no movement on fixing this.