I have been struggling to get started with Dojo and Ning lately. Both these technologies are fairly new and the number of books about on Dojo is severely limited, and as far as I know there are no books on Ning. So I would like to hook up with some other developers who are knowledgeable about these technologies, because I learn best from humans. I’m in several social networks, but they are general, and I haven’t had much luck finding anyone with these narrowly defined brands of geekery. I have been hearing about Scoutle. Supposedly it scurries around the web and locates people for you. That did it for me. I’m kind of a tryer of new things, and anything with the word “automation” in it gets my attention. Apparently, once you’ve installed Scoutle, every time someone visits your site, your Scoutle agent takes two steps toward finding your online soulmates.
Signing up for Scoutle was easy. After you sign up you create a scout for each of your blogs and you tell it what to look for. Then you install it on your site. It breaks my layout a bit, but what’s a little eye candy between scouts right? I named my scout Dorkseeker. (Say hi to Dorkseeker!) Beside her name there was a number. Each time I did anything the number went up. Scoutle’s documentation mentions some terms that I don’t understand yet, but one thing is clear: you want your number to go up, and lots of site visits make it go up as well as increasing your connections.
Well I’ve been a member of Scoutle for a whole 3 minutes now and I still don’t have any connections. Come on, I’m an internet girl. I want it all and I want it NOW! Looks like I might have to wait. I’ll update this post when I figure out how to get connections and what to do with them when I get them. Meanwhile if you want to try Scoutle, you can click the link above and try it. I promise it’s not an affiliate link.
Update after 12 hours: Scoutle did indeed propose for me about 40 sites, and about four of them I deemed to be a match for what I really want, so I requested to connect to them. The trickiest part was finding where it listed them.
I also later found this youtube promo video about Scoutle:
Updated again: Look! they put my review on Scoutle! I’m famous! Wheeee! Duplicate content be damned.