Analysis of TechCrunch

Neoformix has published an interesting analysis of articles at TechCrunch:

The graph clearly shows the companies that have dominated TechCrunch coverage over the last 2 years. Google looks biggest with FaceBook, Yahoo, and Microsoft being quite large as well. You can spot the increase in coverage for Microsoft and Yahoo in Feb of this year due to the merger talks. Notice also that MySpace and FaceBook were fairly even until July 2007 when FaceBook began dominating. If you look closely you can also tell that Twitter has become important lately with the number of references in April 2008 very similar to both Microsoft and FaceBook.

The analysis was continued on Day Two:

My last post explored the company and product names discussed on TechCrunch and how they varied over time. The number of posts written by the various authors and how it varied over time was also illustrated. An obvious follow-up analysis is to look at the interaction between author and company/product names. Do certain TechCrunch authors specialize in writing about particular companies or products ? Or do some authors avoid specific domains ?

The information is well worth reading…

Splashpress Media acquires CSS Star

Our parent company, Splashpress Media, has acquired CSS Star, a gallery & design oriented blog of CSS designs:

CSS Star is managed by one of our resident design gurus, Ia Lucero, who is always on the hunt for well-designed websites, and regularly posts these on the site. CSS Star, which features a rating and ranking system through which readers can rate how good a site looks (or how usable it is). The site’s commenting system will soon follow.

CSS Star is but one of the several design-related publications that Splashpress Media offers. These include Wisdump, Devlounge, WordPress Themes, and Free WordPress Themes, each with its own place and purpose.

Marc Andreeseen has joined the Facebook Board of Directors

Marc Andreeseen, the founder of Netscape, and presently the co-founder of social media startup Ning, has joined the board of directors of Facebook:

Andreessen joins Facebook at a crucial time in its growth. Competitors MySpace and (increasingly) Google are gunning for control of the social graph, which may be the engine that drives the next big growth wave in advertising. Several early Facebook executives have left this year as the company has evolved, and new executives have taken their places. Zuckerberg needs a trusted guy in his corner to help him avoid missteps like the launch of Beacon last year, which has led to serious privacy concerns. Andreessen has fought similar battles in the past and won, and his counsel is clearly a competitive advantage.

This is an interesting move for Facebook as Andreesseen is a near-competitor with his social media startup Ning – yet he also brings significant startup and IPO experience with him to the Facebook board.

CNet profiles TMZ’s Technology

CNet takes a look at the technology behind TMZ.com – one of the leading celebrity news blogs:

Other newsrooms have migrated from videotape to digital, but TMZ, perhaps best-known for its reporting on Seinfeld star Michael Richards’ racist tirade, was designed for the Digital Age. Not only does this enable TMZ cameramen to shoot using lighter, less expensive cameras, but editors don’t have to rip up entire TV shows each time they make changes, says Jim Paratore, TMZ’s executive producer.

For these reasons, TMZ often has stories up before rivals and operates more efficiently, executives say. As chilling as this may sound to some, TMZ could be the prototype of a 21st century news agency.

Their integrated use of lightweight “prosumer” video has put them far out ahead of most of their competition – driving their traffic to around 10m monthly unique visitors.

Boing Boing Deletes Blogger, Not the First Time?

This is alarming. Sex blogger, journalist, and author Violet Blue’s posts on Boing Boing, including all mentions, has been deleted (NSFW), without any explanation whatsoever:

It was brought to my attention this weekend that every Boing Boing post (except one) with my name in it is gone. It might have happened a while ago, and no, I have no idea what’s going on. How do you even ask someone about something like that? Personally, I never delete posts for any reason so I just think it’s really weird.

Valleywag broke the story, with no real explanation as to why, and so far nothing from the Boing Boing people. They do point out that it isn’t some new anti-sex policy, since recent content still is playful enough. So what happened?

Also: Is this happening frequently? This post certainly raises questions, doesn’t it? We’ll try to follow up on this one as answers subside. One thing’s for sure though, this isn’t the way to play the game in the blogosphere, not even for a bigshot like Boing Boing.