Scoble Fiction: What the Flock?

Go Flock Yourself is entering the relms of Mills and Boon with their new syndicated fiction: Scoble Nights. Part 1 here, Part 2 here.

A taste:
“Robert steps up and opens the door. A faint musk of patchouli and indica lazily seeps out into the evening air as he shuffles his girth into the seat. A roll of pudge catches itself on a pile of discarded iPods laying haphazardly around the belt.”

Chinese professor sues blog host

A Chinese professor is suing Chinese blog provider over over a post from one of its users which the service refused to censor.

The Age reports the Chinese media calling it the first such case to come before the country’s courts. told Nanjing University journalism professor Chen Tangfa that it was up to individual bloggers to respect a code of conduct barring insulting or politically sensitive content, the China Daily reported.

The offensive remarks have since been removed by the blogger, a Nanjing University student identified as “K007.” He or she wrote in a post dated Monday that they had not expected the blog would be read by people outside an immediate group of friends.


Steve Rubel gets it totally right: Ri.dic.u.lous, yet another social bookmarking service. Is the Bush Administration poisoning the water in Sillicon Valley at the moment, because all we seem to see from most Web 2.0 services is more of the same, and the Web 2.0 bubble continues to grow. And I love the “Ri.dic.u.lous” phrase. Steve, I think you’ve coined a new term

The new Google Pages song

To the tune of the Prince song 1999:

I was dreamin’ when I wrote this
Forgive me if it goes astray

But when I woke up this mornin’
Coulda sworn it was a Google beta day

The blogosphere was all buzzing
There were posts popping up everywhere

Tryin’ 2 run from the distraction
U know I didn’t even care

‘Cuz they say Geocities party over
but it’s come right back again
So tonight I’m gonna blog like it’s 1995

I was blogging when I wrote this
So sue me if I go post to fast

But life is just the internet
And home pages weren’t meant 2 last

Web 2.0 is all around us
My mind says prepare 2 write

So if I gotta post
I’m gonna read my Bloglines subs tonight

Yeah, they say Geocities party over
but it’s come right back again
So tonight I’m gonna blog like it’s 1995

Lemme tell ya somethin’
If U didn’t check the beta
Don’t bother knockin’ on my door
I’ve got a 486 in my cupboard
And baby she’s ready 2 roar

Yeah, everybody’s got a blog
We could all burst any day
But before I’ll let that happen
I’ll going to retro my life away

They say Geocities party over
but it’s come right back again
We’re runnin’ outta time
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (Tonight I’m gonna blog like it’s 1995)

Say it 1 more time
Geocities party over
but it’s come right back again
No, no
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (Tonight I’m gonna blog like it’s 1995)

Alright, it’s 1995
You say it, 1995
1999 don’t stop, don’t stop, Google Pages is here….

Geocities party over
but it’s come right back again
Yeah, Yeah
So tonight we gonna, we gonna (Tonight I’m gonna blog like it’s 1995)

Yeah, 1995 (1995)
Wanna blog using Google Pages (1995)
Give me that Geocities feeling (1995)
The past is so much fun (1995)
I don’t want home pages to die
I’d rather blog.

Considering cultural differences in blogging

Warning: Darren Rowse style tangent ahead :-)
I was listening to 720ABC Perth in the car yesterday and they were interviewing a Canadian journalist who had married a Western Australian girl (they are mighty fine may I add, its how I ended up here myself) and had lived in Western Australia for two years. He’d just returned from a holiday back home to Canada for three weeks, and they were discussing things such as the Winter Olypmics and cultural differences.

There were a few things that stuck in my mind from the interview on cultural differences. The first one was minor. He was saying that everywhere they went in Canada everyone was into the Winter Olympics. They’d stop in a pub for some tucker one night (translated: a drinking establishment for some food :-) ) and everyone was glued to the TV watching Canada in the Curling. His wife had never seen curling before and was fascinated. Of course most Australian’s couldn’t care less about the Winter Olympics (its not even on until between 8:30 and 9:30 at night) and we know nothing about curling. It was described as Lawn Bowls on the Ice.
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Google launches Geocities, the 2006 version

I got this totally wrong, the rumors about Google creating a Geocities style homepage service are true, it has launched, and it’s got nothing to do with Blogger at all!

Introducing Google Pages. It’s what you get when you cross Geocities with Web 2.0. I would have thought that Googlecities 06 would have been a more catchy name though :-)

The service seems pretty basic at this stage, indeed I’d say more basic than Geocities was in 1996 (for example you cant custom design your page, you’ve got to use a template). If you’ve got a Google/ Gmail login you can get up an going in seconds. This was my effort here in about 10 seconds :-)

More info on the service at Search Engine Watch here.

(via Steve Rubel)

3 years of The Blog Herald: the good, the bad and the ugly

Duncan Riley> I’m not quite ready to post my final farewell yet as the site transfer is slated for this weekend, and I’ve agreed to stick around for a couple of weeks whilst the new owners get settled in (but I’ll be obviously restricting my comment pieces…I don’t want the new owners to start off with legal threats :-) ). But before I bid adieu I wanted to indulge in a little bit of reminisce. I’m not quite at the thanking people stage yet, that will be my last post before handover.

3 years of The Blog Herald

The First Blog Herald challenge
In the days before the term link bait even existed, I had my first big hit based on a competition to record the song The Day the Blogging Died, written by Christian Churmlish of Radio Free Blogistan. We only had 3 or 4 entries and Christian ended up winning, and the prize was only $20. This was in the days though that the blogosphere was very, very small, so although the traffic wasn’t huge it bought the site to the attention of some of the then A-Listers, and it grew from there. The words to the song are still great today. Maybe someone should open it up for a new competition today….the song lyrics were published under a CC license, and I’d love to hear it on the radio :-)
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A question of quality links

I’ve been chatting with a reader recently following news of the Google Page Rank update. He has a number of blogs and has received different page ranks for different blogs. What he couldn’t work out is why some sites came in at different page ranks as his more successful blogs actually received lower PR. He was kind enough to give me access to his stats (including Adsense) on the basis that I could write about the experience if I didn’t name him or the blogs.

Blog A:
Topic: celebrity
Pageviews: 1500-3000 per day
Pages in Google: 172
Age: 4 months
Adsense: 500 ad views per day average
Also using: Fastclick (popups and banners)
Revenue: $3-5 per day
PR with update: 4

Blog B:
Topic: tech
Pageviews 500-1000 per day
Pages in Google: 103
Age: 2 months
Adsense: 70-150 ad views per day
Also using: affiliate links
Revenue: $1-$3 per day
PR with update: 6
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