March 20, 2004

It’s A Blog World After All

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Fast Company> Blogs were once the domain of angst-ridden teens and doomed presidential candidates. But the likes of Verizon, IBM, Microsoft, and Dr. Pepper are all climbing on the blogwagon. Turns out, Web logs are a nifty knowledge-management tool. And companies also see them as a promising medium for advertising (naturally). read more>

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Yahoo! launches WebRank

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(via Search Engine Journal)> Yahoo! has launched a new web site tracking tool on its Yahoo! Toolbar to compete with Google’s PageRank, named WebRank. Web Rank values range from 1 to 10 in a similar fashion you, with the higher number depicting higher link popularity. Yahoo’s Toolbar collects anonymous URL data about sites visited by toolbar users who have enabled the Web Rank feature and then sends that information back to Yahoo. According to Yahoo, the new toolbar does not collect personal identity information about users. As well as providing another way for Bloggers to assess the popularity of their site, WebRank will help alert Yahoo’s spider robot to the existence of a particular blog, and direct the spider to visit that blog for inclusion in its search index, if it isn’t already in it.

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March 19, 2004

Blogs causing trouble: survey finds 36% of bloggers have gotten into trouble over their blogs

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Fernanda Viégas from the MIT Media Lab has released the results of a new survey on blogging aptly titled “Blog Survey:
Expectations of Privacy and Accountability”
which has found that 36% of respondents have gotten in trouble, 34% know other bloggers who have gotten in trouble with family and friends and 12% of respondents know other bloggers who have gotten in legal or professional problems because of things they wrote on their blogs.
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Great survey, but when did “Australian” become an ethnic sub-type?

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Duncan Riley> MIT has published a great new survey titled “Blog Survey: Expectations of Privacy and Accountability” as featured in the Blog Herald’s news section, however as an Australian I ask the question: when did Australian become an ethnic sub-type? Listed amongst Caucasian, Latino/Hispanic, Pacific Islander and African-American, is Australian!
Are there so many Australian now in the United States, particularly in Hollywood that we can now identify as an ethnic minority? Does this privilege give Australian’s special benefits in the States? Will Australian soon be offered as a foreign language course? All I have to say it’s all bonzer and onya MIT, and havagoodweekend.

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John Gray threatens Irish Blogger

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(via Dan Gilmour’s EJournal) The ugly side of the the rich and famous has reared its head again this week with Gavin Sheridan, a relatively unknown Irish blogger until this week, receiving a letter threatening legal action from lawyers representing the author of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” John Gray over a a link and short comment on his blog, to a story from another blogger, Deborah Branscum claiming that John Gray’s qualifications are a fraud. Despite being an abject lesson in stupidity, in that threatening Gavin Sheridan, John Gray has simply given far more publicity to the claims than they might have otherwised received, we would humbly suggets, using our PhD in understanding authors from Starship U., that John Gray is lacking the influence of a good level headed women to point out the absurd costs of targeting libel action in the UK when you live in the US.

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MilBlogger Killed in Iraq

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Indepundit> MilBlogger Bob Zangas was killed last Wednesday in an ambush south of Baghdad. He was a Marine Corps Reservist working in a civilian capacity for the Coalition Provisional Authority. Go read the final entry in his weblog, and pay your respects.

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March 18, 2004

Nano (hype) wars

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Jason Calacanis of Weblogs Inc h as poached one of Gawker Media’s writers, Pete Rojas of Gizmodo to staff what Nick Denton describes as a “slick copycat site”. A relatively new comer to the blogging for money word Jason Calacanis has been aggresively promoting his new suite of sites in the blogsphere in a wave of weblog hype, some of which Bill Turner of Weblog Hype (not to be confused with the Blog Herald) has commented on: “Oh man, please give me a little of what Jason Calacanis is smoking!”

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China Shuts Down Two Internet ‘Blog’ Sites

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Reuters> Chinese officials have closed two Internet sites used by tens of thousands of people to post online diaries known as blogs because they carried content deemed objectionable.

Some Chinese Internet users said the sites were shut because one or more personal Web pages carried opinions on a well known doctor’s letter to China’s senior leadership asking them to reassess the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests. read more>

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The Weblog as Digital Pub

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Vicki Fox Smith> It’s often said that the blogosphere consists of personal weblogs and those that link to, or expound upon, news of one sort or another.

According to this dichotomous blogging-world view, personal weblogs are often viewed as being boring, ego driven crap while the other sort are characterized as the pretentious blathering of journalism wannabes.
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When a blog becomes big enough, people critize

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Duncan Riley> There once was a little blog who aimed to cover blogging news…. or so the story may go. The Blog Herald is coming up on its first anniversary, and aside from being able to run “on this day” scripts in MT, I found with amazement today this post at the Jason Calancis blog criticising The Blog Herald, and myself personally for not mentioning a number of blogs. The price of fame? Am I suffering from Dave Winer syndrome?
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