October 27, 2006

Does Six Apart suck?

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That’s the question that Ben Bleikamp writes about over at Bleikamp.com. And his answer is… Six Apart sucks (really)….

I’ve shouted my view of the lack of innovation at Six Apart before. Suffice to say that I’ve really already said everything I really have to say on this matter already. They’ve lost the blog innovation game to platforms like WordPress

Do they suck? I dunno.. but I’m certainly not that impressed with their product line anymore..

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Wendy Gaming YouTube?

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If, by “gaming”, you meant “experiments in virally related video in social media networks” — then the answer is yes. Although its not the first attempt at a company producing video to pormote its products, it may be one of the first to expressly develop it for the YouTube generation. Three videos masquerading as home movies have been uploaded which, when one follows the trail of breadcrumbs, leads it back to a site promoting Wendy’s 99c Value Menu. [Courtesy of MediaPost].

Columbus, Ohio-based Wendy’s posted the videos Oct. 20. Spokesman Denny Lynch said the point of the videos “is to reach younger consumers, and do it in a way that provides entertainment values and humor.” The www.bbv99.com Web site was created in conjunction with the videos; MRM Worldwide, a unit of McCann-Erickson, Wendy’s agency of record, handled.

In light of some memes floating around one wonders what, if any, relevance all of this has with ideas around disclosure. Well, here’s my three cents:

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MySpace, Facebook Seeing “Fall” in Traffic

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But is it merely seasonal?  The Wall Street Journal has a small piece today on how traffic has fallen in the month of september for these two social networking powerhouses, which has seen month over month of continuous growth.  It attributes some of it to spam in MySpace’s case, and in others, a seasonal drop, as last fall, there was similar blip.

Both MySpace and Facebook lost visitors in September, according to Nielsen/NetRatings, a Web-tracking service. The number of unique U.S. visitors at MySpace fell 4% to 47.2 million from 49.2 million in August, and the number of visitors to Facebook fell 12% to 7.8 million from 8.9 million.

But one wonders if the bloom has fallen off the rose when it comes to MySpace; cachet being a fickle thing to begin with, is what we’re seeing a tipping point?

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O’Reilly Web2.0-apalooza: Call For Speakers

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If you think you’ve got the stuff to be a speaker at the Web2.0 Expo (by O’Reilly) next year in San Francisco (April 15-18) you might want to think about submitting a proposal.  If you’re an eternal procrastinator like myself, you better buck up, because its almost within two weeks — due date: November 6.

Whether you’re an expert in Ajax, Ruby, tagging, user experience, meta-programming, search engine marketing, community building, web operations, user-generated content, building startups from scratch, or “Web2.0-ifying” the enterprise, we’d love to hear what you have to say. Give us a taste of one of your secret Web 2.0 recipes and we’ll put you in front of a very big, very hungry audience.

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Jared Leto attacks blogger?

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Or at least that’s what Blogger’s Blog is saying…

Who will be the first blog news reporter to get assaulted? Could it be me?

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To aff or not to aff (blogosphere hypocrisy?)

Do you tell your visitors that a link to a product or service is an affiliate link that makes you money? Darren over at Problogger does it with a “(aff)� after the link which is somewhat common, although not so easily understood for some readers.

Do you need to tell your readership that you make money if they click a link? Is there an ethical dilemma here too, as with the Payperpost thing?

I’m just asking here, because I see a lot of sites pimping products and services, and using affiliate links to rake in the cash of its visitors. Whether or not they actually like the product is impossible to know, just as with paid posts.

If the blogosphere wants to be all “we have to be transparent� that’s fine, but we should look to our sides every now and then as well. Payperpost is in the line of fire at the moment, perhaps rightly so, but they are not the only “problem� here. It all comes down to your very own integrity and if your readers believe in you. And what you do with your power. Print media knows this, and since I’ve dabbled in that field I know that this mess is small potatoes compared to what’s going on elsewhere.

But it’s good I guess, you should question yourself and your business. However, if you’re going to do it, please do it right. All the way.

To aff or not to aff?

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ECA acquires political gaming blog

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The ECA, short for Entertainment Consumers Association, is a new non-profit organization that aims to give gamers a voice in the world. I’d reckon they want to get a say in all the media frenzy that surrounds computer and videogames every now and then, and that’s good I guess.

They surprised me by buying GamePolitics.com, a blog about when games turns to politics. You might have seen Crazy Horse, err, Jack Thompson on the telly and he’s been up for discussion (in a civilized manner mind you) over at GamePolitics.com frequently. That’s the kind of coverage they do, and beyond what ends up in mainstream media scope. It’s a pretty good blog if you’re interested in when gaming and politics collide in America.

No sum was disclosed, perhaps there was none as the blog and ECA seems to be working towards the same goal.

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October 26, 2006

YouTube v. GooTube

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MSNBC asks what we might lose from YouTube to GooTube:

The YouTube party might just be over.

For about a year we have enjoyed the weird and terribly fun video culture if offers. The ease with which people could post, watch, embed and link to videos created a phenomenon that certainly ranks among the top Internet experiences of all time

I think all of this fear is misplaced – YouTube will likely go on just as we’ve seen it function recently. Google, after all, does not exactly have the best reputation for major innovation with businesses that they have acquired…

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eBaumsWorld featured in Wired Magazine

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Humor website eBaumsWorld has been featured in Wired Magazine.

And, in true copyright violating fashion, eBaumsWorld has posted scanned images of the article itself on their website.

There’s no doubt that ebaumsworld is a highly successful website – but they’ve built it on top of stolen content. I won’t visit them – and you shouldn’t either….

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The hidden world of domainers

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John Chow examines the hidden world of Domainers, those that make their living through owning loads of domains and the income that they bring in:

Yun Ye is a “domainer.â€? He is, in fact, the world’s most successful domainer, a pioneer in a highly lucrative industry based on buying, selling and developing domain names. Ye holds over 100,000 domain names that was making him more than $20 million a year in revenues – $19 million in profits. Ye sold his domain empire in November 2004 to publicly traded Seattle-based Marchex for, get this, $164 million. Since then, Ye has never been heard from again.

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