I know there are going to be a couple laughs and a few fingers pointed, but I can take it, so here it goes… I’ve migrated to an iPhone 3Gs on AT&T from my G1 Android on T-Mobile. Yup – that just happened.
I’ve been held back from attending SXSW before for money reasons and also for not being able to take time off of work, but I made a promise. After reading all of the tweets, blog posts, podcasts and hearing the chatter from everybody from 2008 I made a promise that I would get to SXSW Interactive in 2009 no matter what. That time has come and I’m happy to say that I will see you in Austin at the Omni and around town!
I’ve created my card that I’ll be handing out so look for that and feel free to leave feedback on the card as well in the comments.
Yesterday, Feb 12 2009, the big 3 announced the adoption of a new relationship attribute for the header link tag in order to specify a preferred version of a page where there may be different ways to access it and to help avoid issues with duplicate content. It’s nice to have an option for when you take over a badly built site where there isn’t a budget to rewrite a lot of code and do a million 301 redirects but this is just a band-aid on a larger problem.
This is why architecture of a project is important and if you build it right the first time, you don’t have to worry about this being an issue. There are always times however that a bot will surprise you with some weird entry URL so as a guideline, it’s good to monitor your analytics and do simple 301 rewrites as they happen, if they happen. Also just for kicks, there’s already a WordPress plugin from Joost de Valk (thanks man) to handle it on your blog, and an extension for Magento too!
December 2009 Update:
WordPress 2.9 is adding this function into core so no more plugins will be needed to accomplish this if you’re running wordpress.