November 22, 2003

The Video Blog Experiment

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The Video Blog Experiment | infoworld.com
“There are two schools of thought on video blogging. You can treat the video as if it were a story, for example, broadcasting short interview which is edited down to tell the news. Or you can use video to illustrate or serve as a companion to a story. In this case, I’ve gone for the short interview because I’m really comfortable with that format. But ultimately both approaches will work.”

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Gillmor Takes On Dvorak’s Anti-Blog Stance

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Steve Gillmor has deconstructed the anti-blogging stance of John C. Dvorak in a great article at eweek.
Gillmor Takes On Dvorak’s Anti-Blog Stance | eweek.com
“Last in, first out. My second favorite line: where he criticizes these faux blogs “spewing the same measured news and opinions we’ve always had.” I’m not sure who John is referring to when he bemoans “the emergence of the professional blogger working for large media conglomerates,” but I’ll list a few of the original blog voices who I’ve grown addicted to over the last few years.
Doc Searls, Ray Ozzie, Dan Bricklin, Dave Winer, Dare Obasanjo, Jon Udell, Mitch Kapor, Adam Bosworth, Tim Bray—I’ll stop before I forget too many superb minds who’ve created unique voices that add immeasurably to conversation of this emerging Net-based platform. “

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Six Apart Announces First License of TypePad

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San Mateo, CA and Tokyo, Japan — November 21, 2003 –Weblog software leader Six Apart and NIFTY, one of Japan’s leading ISP, have announced a licensing agreement to provide Six Apart’s popular TypePad(TM) weblogging service to over five million NIFTY subscribers in Japan. The ISP licensing agreement, Six Apart’s first, signals the beginning of the company’s global rollout of its highly-acclaimed weblogging tools.

Starting December 2, 2003, NIFTY will offer “Cocolog,” a service powered by Six Apart’s TypePad software and customized for NIFTY and Japanese customers. The service will be offered to NIFTY’s paying subscribers without additional charge and allow them to easily set up and maintain fully-featured private or public weblogs.
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November 21, 2003

Blogs fill need for people who pine to opine

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Mary Schmich : Chicago Tribune
Why don’t YOU have a blog?” said Sissy.

Laptop in her lap, Sissy was sitting at the Inner Self Cafe, the self-help bookstore where she and her friend, Missy, meet to talk about politics and other people’s sex lives.

Missy shuddered. “I’m not patient enough to tend it. And I’m not home enough. And I don’t have the stomach for that much poop.”
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Happy 100 to Luke Hutteman

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This week saw the 100th posting on Luke Hutteman’s blog, perhaps an unremarkable event for most blogs, but remarkable for Luke due to the time he must spend developing the excellent RSS reader Sharpreader. The remarkable little program might not get as much attention as some of its more established, charging rivals, but we are happy to swear by it, and have never had a problem with it, even though the version we are using is now about 5 versions old. Best of luck Luke and keep up the good work.

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November 20, 2003

Technorati growing pains

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Sifry from Technorati has apologised for outages at Technorati due to growing pains: we say he has no need to apologise. Technorati has become an essential tool in tracking who’s linking to who in the blogosphere, and now indexes well over a million blogs. What is also amazing is that he reports that they are now adding between 8000 to 9000 new blogs per day, meaning on average, a brand new weblog is created every 11 seconds with 100,000 weblogs updating every day as well, so that on average, a weblog is updated every 0.86 seconds. Keep up the good work Sifry.

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November 19, 2003

Students blogging on

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An interesting take on blogs at Colleges and Universities, memorable if only for the quote below:
Students blogging on | SMU Daily Campus
“I view blogs as being akin to writers publishing their notes as opposed to a publication making available carefully researched, edited, fact-checked and proofread stories,” said Alan Zeichick, editor in chief of the SD Times magazine and principal analyst with Camden associates in a recent article.

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Like falling off a blog

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Rob Young from the Guardian takes a positive look at music blogs, a side of the blogosphere the Blog Herald has not really looked at before, and apparently growing in influence!
Like falling off a blog | The Guardian
“The daily flash of today’s global sonic network remains undocumented in print. Which is why more and more music writers are joining the likes of Salam Pax and firing off broadsides via their weblogs. Freed from editorial shackles, music bloggers cavort in a paradise for anyone who retains a belief in the worth, nobility and sublime-to-ridiculousness of music criticism. A reverie on the latest ragga choons might be interrupted with an aside that begins: “For those of you interested in contemporary political philosophy… “

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Porn Sites Hiding Behind Blogs

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Idly.org has done a great expose on porn sites hiding behind blogs, commenting that a number of pseudo-realistic blogs have sprung up, linking to real stories, but with all the comment and trackback links javascript redirects to the root of the site. The sites mentioned are Jennifer’s Blog, Malixya, Bongo Home and A-B-L-O-G. According to the site they are attempting to increase the Google Juice of the main page of the site by spamming people’s referrers, and thereby increase the juice of the adult-webcam page. Currently, the sites have little or no juice, but they’ve only been at it for a little while.
Porn Sites Hiding Behind Blogs | Idly.org

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November 18, 2003

Blogrolling victim off a malicious hack

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This from the Blogrolling news page:
“Blogrolling has been the victim off a malicious hack in the past 9 hours. The blogroll links have been restored from an offsite backup from Saturday. I’m tracing the cause off this now and the site may go offline at some point today while I make changes and collect evidence. All new links since Saturday afternoon have unfortunately been lost due to this. I’ll post more here as I know it.” Jason, Blogrolling.com

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