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9Sep/05Off

Why in the world a TW blog?

Let me put the cart before the horse. TiddlyWiki (which I'll give you the scoop on later) has an incredible userbase. However, because of how the system is currently setup, the great inter-linking between different TiddlyWiki appears to be nil. At least that's what Google is thinking.

Google (the search engine, duh!) crawls around websites and reads them. Its been called most important blind visitor any site could have. As Google crawls each site, it finds links and follows them, just like you or me. If a site has a lot of links pointing to it, Google figures its probably a pretty important site. This phenomenon is called 'Google juice' or, at least that what I call it. So now you know the lingo; if I'm linking to a site I'm giving it Google juice and making it more popular in google's eyes.

So what does this have to do with TiddlyWiki? Plenty. The google crawler is not only blind, but it also ignores any JavaScript on a page. (Which gives us a darn good reason to code a version of any page that works sin-JavaScript.) TiddlyWiki being very Ajax-ish happens to rely very heavily on JavaScript. Without JavaScript, a page looks like this:

NathanBower's GTDTiddlyWiki is an adaptation of an earlier revision of TiddlyWiki. It's geared towards DavidAllen's GettingThingsDone methodology for personal productivity. It's available [[here|http://shared.snapgrid.com/gtd_tiddlywiki.html] ] and Nathan is also hosting a forum for discussions about it [[on his site|http://shared.snapgrid.com/gtd-forum/] ].\n\nIf you want to have the GTD look-and-feel but still be able to use the latest TiddlyWiki features, check out the GTD Style at [[TiddlerWiki|http://checketts.objectis.net/wiki/] ]

Notice how a link is rendered [[TiddlerWiki|http://checketts.objectis.net/wiki/] ] rather than the usual html <a href="http://checketts.objectis.net/wiki/"> TiddlerWiki </a>? This confuses the Google crawler and no linkage.

Lets not cry over spilt google juice. This TW blog will try to act as the Ace TW correspondent in these dark times. Okay the 'Ace' is probably exagerating, but we'll let you judge the blog by its fruits.

Let the google juice flow.

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