June 25, 2008

Axl Rose Seriously Pissed at Blogger

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Seventeen years in the making, there’s no way that Guns n’ Roses’ perpetually forthcoming album Chinese Democracy will live up to the hype. Frustrated by the wait, blogger Kevin Skwerl who runs Antiquiet, decided to leak nine tracks that he received from an “anonymous source.”

Bad move.

Upon returning to work from lunch, a team of FBI agents “ambushed” the Web scribe and forced him to pull the unauthorized music.

Without a hit since the early 90’s, G n’ R clearly aren’t up to speed on using blogs and the Internet as a vehicle to promote their music.

Axl: Can you just release the darn album already?

As it turns out, Antiquiet is a pretty neat blog. They turned me onto a story I hadn’t heard about. Read more about the rock musician who recently told a fan, “Go back to your mom’s house, you 12-year-old dickless fuc*ing turd!”

Wow. He’s angrier than Axl.

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What lesson or advice would you give to Shel Israel?

I’ve written on this issue enough I think – as I sat here this morning with my morning coffee, I was trying to decide whether or not to even broach the subject of Shel Israel v. Loren Feldman again.. but then I decided that perhaps the best thing to do would be to ask the community here at The Blog Herald what advice they would give to Shel Israel?

You know the backstory, so I won’t bother repeating it.

But Shel’s latest post makes it clear that he has no idea how to deal with Loren Feldman and continues to dig himself deeper and deeper into a hole. Witness:

I’m often asked what caused the grudge between us is. I don’t know. In fact, I have never met Loren Feldman. To my knowledge, we have only been in the same room once and that was at South by Southwest, so I do not know why Loren is doing what he is doing. My guess is that it has more to do with my friend and colleague, Robert Scoble than me. The two worked together at Podtech and when Loren posted a video called “TechNigga,” Robert was among many people who found the piece offensive. Personally, I consider the piece tasteless at best, but was not involved at that time in any conversations regarding it.

But if you think the show will fail because of Loren Feldman and his puppet, you are vastly overrating him. He has managed to annoy, distract and embarrass me. He has confused people by usurping my site (BTW someone at FastCompany owns LorenFeldman.com. Perhaps we could arrange a swap. Someone in Washington State owns RobertScoble.com and several variations of Michael Arrington URL have been secured by third parties as well).

What would be the advice that you would give to Shel? Where did he make mistakes? What course corrections should he do?

For what it’s worth, Chartreuse offered the most coherent advice about dealing with Loren that I’ve read:

The rap game taught a generation that the best way to get attention (which, of course, is internet currency) is to take sides and make (a lot) of noise.

What we have in the blogosphere is the generation that grew up on Tupac vs. Biggie playing the same game in their universe.

Unfortunately Shel seems to have grown up on Laurence Welk putting him at an obvious disadvantage.

In so many ways..

Tom also offers up some interesting perspectives as well.

I’ll offer my advice in the next day or so in the comments.

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Paul Stamatiou takes a look at Firefox plugin Feedly

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Georgia Tech tech-blogger Paul Stamatiou reviews Feedly – a new plugin for firefox at his blog paulstamatiou.com:

Feedly is described as “a more social and magazine-like start page.”

Feedly taps into RSS aggregators like Bloglines and Google Reader and socially-oriented sites like Friendfeed and Twitter. The end result is a tight grasp on information overload. Loads of information from feeds you subscribe to and other services you interact with are all funneled into one nicely designed start page.

Feedly is a pretty interesting when used as a startpage rather than Google or another aggregation service. As Paul states, it offers a tight integration of various services into a useful startpage/homepage environment that can be somewhat tailored to your needs.

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Shoemoney provides an early look at WordPress 2.6beta1

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Affiliate marketing powerhouse Shoemoney is providing an early look at WordPress 2.6beta1, which is now available for download from the WordPress development servers:

My favorite new feature is the post revisions. I can’t tell you how many times I have had the same post open in multiple windows and accidentally over written a previous post. The only thing worse then doing a job is doing the same job over…

He has screenshots and more available at his blog..

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Scoble writes of how technology will change the world of DC – and perhaps politics

A twitter from the oval office? The Speaker of the House’s staff blogging? Could some sort of change finally be coming to Washington, DC – and by that I don’t mean Obama?

Sometimes I wonder of the tech-sanity of our elected leaders. When I met with my own Congresswomen back in October, I was surprised to see that she had not read any blogs and that none of her staffers or volunteers were blogging about their experiences in working with a rookie Congresswoman from Minnesota.

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Twitter takes additional investments, welcomes Jeff Bezos and Bijan Sabet

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Twitter formally announces their additional investments and welcomes Jeff Bezos and Bijan Sabet as investors in the company. Bijan Sabet will join the board of Twitter.

Jeff Bezos, of course, is the founder and CEO of Amazon.

Biz Stone writes on the twitter blog:

Jeff Bezos is said to have displayed intense and varied scientific interests at an early age. Having worked on Wall Street as a computer scientist, built a network for international trade, founded Amazon.com, and launched the human space flight startup Blue Origin, Dr. Bezos (through Bezos Expeditions, his personal venture investment company) serves as more than an investor and advisor because he is also an inspiration to all of us at Twitter. Jeff’s attention to business process details and distinctive, “honk-like laugh” are similarly admirable traits as far as we’re concerned.

Now that Twitter actually has the dollars from this investment, we’re looking forward to the day that the service has a sustainable revenue model of some type – and is able to stay online and functioning.

Over at TechCrunch, Michael Arrington writes:

I agree that Twitter is on track to become an indispensable service. In April I said “Twitter is becoming an Internet utility,” and meant it. Twitter is still a relatively small service, but users are averaging at least 15 twitter messages per day, meaning they are highly engaged. If they can get the platform stable, I believe they will eventually become as ubiquitous as email, instant messaging, sms and other forms of communication.

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Steven Hodson joins Mashable

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One of my more recent adds to my newsreader is Steven Hodson of WinExtra. Over the last few weeks he’s been guesting posting at Mashable, giving him exposure to a broader audience on a very popular blog.

Now he’s announcing that he is joining Mashable as a regular blogger:

I am really looking forward to writing for Mashable and joining an excellent team of bloggers but that doesn’t mean that I will be slowing down my pace of posting here. That said my first official post as a Mashable staffer is now available for your reading pleasure so head over there and read my thoughts on GPS mobile phones and the newest wave of location based social nonsense.

Steven is someone that I could always count on for a different view on what’s happening in the world of technology – he should make a good addition to the Mashable team…

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Don’t Miss this Free Blog Monetization Teleseminar Call

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Denise from The Blog Squad emailed me to let me know about a free live interview with Darren Rowse and I wanted to share the news with you.

The Blog Squad is pleased to have snagged busy pro-blogger Darren Rowse for an interview about what makes his blog so successful with nearly 48,000 subscribers!

Darren of course is Mr ProBlogger (and my partner in crime on the ProBlogger Book) and what he doesn’t know about blog monetization isn’t worth knowing.

The call is free (registration required) and takes place Thursday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Not sure if there will be a recording made available for anyone who misses it.

More details and registration are here.

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June 24, 2008

The Secret to Writing a Successful and Outstanding Blog Ebook

Liz Strauss released her new ebook, , this weekend to rave reviews.

Based upon the lessons she learned on her own blogs, and , as a long time writer for the Blog Herald, and the work she continues in the popular annual , Liz reveals the keys she used to turn her blog into one of the most successful and social blogs on the web.

Divided into two sections, the 68-page ebook asks two important questionss: “Can You Hear the Internet?” and “Can the Internet Hear You?” If you aren’t listening to your customers and readers, you are missing the blogging boat. Accordingly, if you aren’t writing to be heard, who is listening to you?
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Faceless Cat Starts a Blog

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We all know about the man without a country, but what about the cat without a face?

Poor little kitty Chase. After getting hit by a car as a kitten, she exercised one of her nine lives, and has lived to tell her story.

“I’m a happy kitty and hope to help other humans (especially those disfigured) thru my work as a therapy cat feel just as great about themselves and realize that not everyone looks perfect and that is OK,” Chase writes.

The blog, written from Chase’s perspective by big-hearted vet tech Melissa Smith, has become the cat’s meow on the Web, garnering over 10,000 visitors.

If you enjoy Chase’s blog, you might want to consider supporting the Paws for Friendship charity. The non-profit organization sets up people in need with pets.

Read more about Chase here.

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