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Saturday, November 09, 2002

Waypath Project

A new thing. At least to me, it's a new thing. The Waypath Project is a new blog networking tool.

How did I learn about this new project? Lately I've been noticing certain hits on this web site from a thing called, "User Agent: Genome Machine (Powered by Waypoint); info@thinktank23.com." The hits were noticeable, but not overly frequent. Then yesterday, I noticed the noticeable, but not frequent hits, seemed to have accelerated beyond noticeable and not frequent, to noticeable and more frequent. Well, for me, more frequent, anyway.

In an effort to figure out what the deal is with this thing, I go to the thinktank23.com web site. For the life of me, I can find nothing there that would indicate what they want with my web site. Nor can I figure out what they do with what they get.

I decide, what the heck, I'll send my usual cease and desist e-mail to info. Even though I was certain my cease and desist e-mail would go unheeded, and that I would never hear from info, I sent it anyway. Much to my surprise, within a few minutes, I got a reply from a real person whose name is Steve, as opposed to a person named info. His e-mail went like this:

I hope we haven't caused you any inconvenience by crawling your site. We've stopped crawling it and have taken steps to make sure that we don't crawl it again in the future. If you do notice it visiting again, please let me know and I'll do our best to fix the problem immediately.

So we can learn from our mistakes, was there a particular behavior of the crawler that caused concern? If you'd let me know, we can work on that, as well.

Well! I never. No, really, I never. I wrote him back the following:

Thank you for your prompt action and reply. That was pleasantly surprising. The main reason for my request was, that I have no way of knowing what you want with my web site. Why do you crawl it, and what do you do with the information you cull from your crawl?

A few minutes later, I get this back:

Those are good reasons for concern. I noticed that you sent your e-mail to thinktank23.com, which means that the crawler that's hitting you hasn't been updated to reflect its true home, the Waypath Project, waypath.com.

The Waypath Project is a new navigation tool for the weblog community that finds related weblog entries. It provides tools for embedding links to other people's weblogs that [usually] are of a similar topic to yours. It's a great way to network the weblog Web, like blogrolling or trackbacking, but with WP, you don't even need to know about the other sites; it's all automatic.

If you have an opportunity, please check out http://waypath.com and see if it's something you'd approve of. The site (and service) are a little alpha-y today--we're shooting for a beta launch, and announcement, tomorrow--but all the information is accurate.

If it looks okay, I'll add you back. Until then, I'll leave your site flagged as no-crawl, and I'll remove the entries we have already crawled from our index, so others won't link to you.

In either case, thank you for letting us know what was on your mind.

I then went to his web site, http://waypath.com, and I was suddenly struck humble. Or, maybe I was just struck. I wrote him back and told him I'd like to be part of the project. He wrote me back. I wrote him back again. He wrote me back again. And, as life goes on the Internet, we're now engaged to be married. Haha. No, not really. I'm tired and a little too wired for this late at night. Excuses, excuses.

Slap, slap. Back to normal. It's now past Friday, and I don't know if they made their announcement or not. But, here it is from me.

If you get a chance, please check out the new and up and coming Waypath Project. Thank you, Steve. Great project name, by the way.

Posted by Marie at November 9, 2002 12:34 AM