A Petition to Commit to Proper Blog Sourcing

Steve Rubel over at Micro Persuasion has started up an online petition to give credit where credits due in relation to sourcing stories, both in the blogosphere and outside. There are a number of high profile bloggers who never source yet magically come up with a whole lot of information “from no where” without the source who will probably be annoyed by this. We’ll leave the naming up to somebody else and urge everyone to sign the petition. For future reference though we think there needs to be some better education available to new bloggers on how and when to reference a source, theres been plenty of cases of blatant rip offs, yet others who do so knowing nothing better or that they are doing the wrong thing.

Blog costs staff her job

This story from the Dayton Daily News, which you have to go through 100 questions to subscribe to, it has appeared elsewhere but they are all register sites: I have reprinted it here in full with links: if they don’t like this I have given full credit to the source and hope they don’t get too upset (see end of story)
Dayton Daily News> WASHINGTON | Ohio Sen. Mike DeWine on Friday fired an employee believed to be the author of a Web log that has been the talk of Capitol Hill all week because it included alleged sexual exploits with a married political appointee and other men.
A statement from DeWine’s office said: “On May 18, 2004, our office became aware of allegations that an employee had been using Senate resources and work-time to post unsuitable and offensive material to an Internet Web log. After investigating these allegations, our office has determined that there was an unacceptable use of Senate computers to post unsuitable and offensive material to an Internet Web log. Other inappropriate material was found in the employee’s work area as well. The employee has been terminated.”
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Parenting out loud: Moms — and some dads — are using weblogs to chronicle their day to day lives

The Star-Ledger> PARENTS WHO BLOG have no shame. They’ll tell the world about their backtalking kids, apoplectic toddlers and surprise encounters with poo. Dads occasionally curse. Moms discuss sex. Some post entries while drunk. Oh sure, there are plenty of parent bloggers sharing cake recipes and detailed accounts of soccer practice (even the most jaded sites occasionally include these). read more>

Paid Text Ads – A Bigger Threat Than Blogs?

An interesting post at Webpronews on the growing trend to paid links: somethings that is increasingly spreading in the blogosphere
Webpronews> Paid links or “sponsorships” are a hot trend right now and one that has important implications for all SEO practitioners, professional or amateur. Numerous commercial brokers have launched Web sites that facilitate the sale of links on a wide array of Web sites with high PageRank. read more>

Entering the blogosphere

Oxford Student> Over the past two years, a quiet revolution has been underway in the media world – and it’s changing the way that people relate to the news. This revolution goes by the name of “blogging”, and if you’re not yet familiar with this term then mark these words well, because you soon will be.
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A Scan of the Headline Scanners

Wired takes a look at RSS readers, and congrats to Luke Hutteman for having Sharpreader listed first!
Wired> The Web is awash in little orange buttons. Those buttons take readers to pages filled with XML code for RSS or Atom syndication services. People who don’t know about XML or RSS or Atom get a screen full of ugly computer code. But those clued into the secret handshake — or more accurately, the right decoding software — know those buttons are the key to speed-reading the Web.
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Gates backs blogs for businesses

BBC> Blogs are good for business, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has said.
In a speech to an audience of chief executives, Mr Gates said the regularly updated journals, or blogs, could be a good way for firms to tell customers, staff and partners what they are doing.

He said blogs had advantages over other, older ways of communicating such as e-mail and websites. read more>

Salam Pax succumbs to unbearable weight of blogging

Salam Pax is in Australia at the moment, and I was fortunate enough to catch his interview on Andrew Denton’s Enough Rope (the transcript is linked). A fascinating character and I have a new found respect for him. Anyway this from The OZ:
The Australian> Just five days after leaving Baghdad, Salam Pax has rushed from a television studio to an interview in the atrium of a glossy Sydney hotel. The whole thing seems a little surreal, he says. Salam Pax as he is now known the world over, is the 31-year Iraqi man whose weblog – or “blog” – provided the most immediate account of life during the war in Iraq. read more>