Iraqis seek a voice via blogs

BBC> Nearly all the information from Iraq is filtered by politicians or the media. But there is at least one way to get the news straight from Iraqis themselves, via online journals or blogs. read more>

Companies turn to blogs to track buzz

Mercury News> Given the growing popularity of Web- logs, it was only a matter of time before marketers discovered how to use them to their advantage.

Because of blogs’ personal, conversational nature and the heavy cross-linking that occurs among them, blogs are becoming a savvy way for companies to track buzz about their products. read more>

Intelliseek Unveils Blog-Analytics Tool to Track Political Buzz

Press release> What’s hot on the minds of the nation’s electorate this fall? The candidates’ stands on the economy, the environment or the war in Iraq? The next First Lady? The specter of another election tainted by claims of voter fraud or election miscounts? Intelliseek, a marketing analytics firm that helps companies and brands measure buzz and word-of-mouth, today launched Campaign Radar 2004 ( or, a free web service that analyzes and displays political issues and trends among the nation’s blog writers through the upcoming election. The service draws from Intelliseek’s BlogPulse, which tracks over two million blogs every day.
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UT Professor’s Election Impact Huge

Metro Pulse Online> If President Bush is re-elected, he needs to make Glenn Reynolds his new attorney general. He is a distinguished law professor at UT, the respected author of numerous books and law review articles, and an expert on hot-button issues like nanotechnology. Unlike John Ashcroft, his particular interests are individual liberty in an age of advanced technology. That alone makes him my candidate. read more>

A blog too far

In-Forum> In certain circles, blogs are frowned upon like the notion that a presidential candidate’s children have to deliver some cheeky speech at the nominating convention.

There are easy reasons for blog bashing. Reading any person’s Web log is like paging through someone’s diary, but not the diary with the real dirt. It’s the diary they want you to see. read more>

BIGLOBE Integrates Blog Service with Online Photo Album> Internet service provider BIGLOBE, Japan’s largest, started offering Photo Blog Service, an online communications service that combines BIGLOBE’s blog and photo album services, on September 1. The new service enables bloggers to superimpose text data onto digital photos so they can enjoy visually rich weblog communications. NEC is offering a free trial service that provides a weblog space of 50MB. The offer ends on November 30.

Blogs changing face of media, politicking

Rockford Register Star> I winced when I heard Kristen McQueary, the Daily Southtown’s political reporter, share her thoughts about the Republican National Convention with a political consultant who broadcast her remarks on the Internet. Reporters are free to discuss their observations. In some cases, such as with this column, we publish commentary that ends up on the Web. read more>

People love info from blogs

Oakland Tribune> In Chicago, bloggers find out where the latest “Batman” movie is being filmed. In New York, they drool over pictures of steamed pork buns from a dim sum restaurant in Chinatown. And in Los Angeles, they joke about how the leavings of police cavalry might make Hollywood’s streets smell even worse.
Locally focused group “metro” blogs — compilations of events, reflections, recommendations, news and complaints — are emerging to put a number of big cities in intimate, street-level relief. read more>

Welcome class: Today we’ll talk about blogs

Durango Herald> I’m glad you specified fifth-grade English. I flunked English in the eighth grade. Years later, when I taught English, I had the irresistible urge to write Miss Gray to tell her that I took that “F” to heart.

Here goes. A blog (short for Web log) is a Web site that furnishes a running commentary from its creator. The blog is updated frequently, often daily. Usually it expresses the opinions and thoughts of the person running the blog (that person is called the blogger). Most blogs use text that includes Web links to news stories or to other Web sites. The blogger often uses those links to prove a point, or to disagree with the story. read more>