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Fix for broken embedded Jaiku links
October 26th, 2008

I like my Jaiku badge. It sits on my web site’s Welcome page. It acts like a “What’s New?” item. It takes in feeds from my blog, Flickr, delicious, etc. Visitors to my site quickly know what is going on.

Jaiku was feted as a Twitter killer yet that did not come to pass. I never used Jaiku as a Twitter replacement. I do not post Jaikus if you know what I mean. When Kevin Lim* shared it with the Media Socialists at Toa Payoh Library in Singapore last year I thought, “Brilliant, I can set up an elegant little lifestream on my home page!” One can add their feeds, fine tune the appearance and colour palette to match their site, copy and paste the code and there you have it.

Well, the embedded links have failed to work for some time. Clicking on an item would not take you to the originating source, for example, my blog. The embedded links worked on some Macs and some PCs but not others. Updating or rolling back the version of Flash Player worked. Sometimes it did not. I had a temporary fix and then that no longer worked.

I put the problem in the ‘too hard’ basket for a while. I decided to Google the problem again this morning and this page from Adobe popped up in the results: Links from SWF files in HTML page no longer function (Flash Player 9).

I read the data, added the relevant lines of code to the Jaiku badge code and “Voila!”, it works!

Now, for the next problem. Jaiku will not find my Twitter feed. Oh well. Solve one problem and another one appears on the horizon to provide me with a challenge. Although, I think this is a problem with Google~Jaiku.

*If you have not subscribed to Kevin Lim’s blog then why not do so now? He is currently researching social networking technologies as part of his doctoral studies. He is a worthy, entertaining and enjoyable read.

2 Responses to “Fix for broken embedded Jaiku links”

  1. Kevin Says:

    John, thanks for the mention! Jaiku held so much promise; I certainly love the features it had, including the built-in lifestreaming capability. I guess twitter is still the most predominent microblogging tool around, it gained traction with the American microcelebs and it was simply the power of network effect from there.

  2. John Larkin Says:

    Kevin, you are welcome. Jaiku’s lifestreaming capability is excellent. It is useful that all your feeds can appear in one place is such an elegant manner. The word balloons, interactivity and the design in appealing. I guess it is web 2.0 eye candy.

    But what the heck, I could fully customise the colour palette so that it would match my web site. I could also cram it into my narrow sidebar by reducing the width. It sits there looking inviting. It does act like a “What’s New?” The Twitter badges look ugly in comparison.

    I need to add a few more streams to the Jaiku. Sure Twitter is more popular and it serves that purpose. It even survived some rough patches this year. But Jaiku is a very different beast for me. It is my little lifestreaming window.

    Cheers, John