50 Kickass Logos for Inspiration

I’ve often inspired by looking at the works of others – whether that be a beautiful blog, a well-written post, an unusual piece of architecture, or a graphic design that simply takes my breath away.

Fuel Your Creativity, a design site & blog, is currently featuring 50 Kickass Logos from websites, blogs, and online services that can help fuel your design creativity.

Many blog related designs are featured, including 9rules and Feedburner.

CNet previews their new design

CNet Editor in Chief Dan Farber is offering up a glimpse of the new design at CNet in a post on his CNet blog:

We had two key goals with this CNET revamp–make the site easier to use and speed it up. Simplicity is the major theme of this design, and that includes the new “pipeless” CNET logo, a more consistent site structure and a streamlined color palette.

The back-end infrastructure has also been reengineered. We have a new API that is helping to deliver pages 40 to 50 percent faster, and makes it easier for our partners, such as Yahoo and Univision, to work with our content.

After more than twelve years looking at the same yellow & green webpages, I’m looking forward to seeing something a bit more “modern” over at CNet.

Facebook now offered in 55 languages

Popular social networking site Facebook is now available in 55 different languages:

Our goal is to support Facebook in the native language of all our users and people who want to use the site. In this regard, we’ve received requests from thousands of people who want to help translate Facebook into languages beyond the sixteen released languages and the eight that are in the process of being translated.

Based on this feedback, we opened 55 new languages this week for translation by the community. Now native speakers can use our Translations application to translate Facebook into additional Asian languages (Malaysian, Vietnamese), African dialects (Zulu, Xhosa), regional varieties (British English, Canadian French) and even rarely spoken languages, such as Latin and Esperanto.

I haven’t used Latin since my undergraduate education ended – perhaps now I can try using Facebook with Latin!

OpenX Looking for Plugin Testers

This is good news for everyone running a website sporting ads. Ad management is tedious, and that’s where software like OpenX comes in, your very own ad management tool. The problem is, it’s a bit too much for most of us. I don’t know if the upcoming WordPress and Drupal plugins will change that, but it is a good sign that they are looking for testers for them. We will know soon.

Movable Type Monday: MTOS Security, Seesmic and Plurk integration

Over the last couple of weeks, there has been renewed debate on the security of various blogging platforms. TechCrunch began the discussion by noting that WordPress has become a prime target for hackers. The author, Nik Cubrilovic, touched upon the slew of security releases WordPress frequently issues, the fact that it is often hard to identify that you have been hacked and concluded:

If you are currently not running the latest version of WordPress then there is a very high chance that your site has already been compromised.

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Arrington launches TechCrunchIT with Steve Gillmor

Michael Arrington has launched yet another blog with today’s announcement of the launch of TechCrunchIT.

The new blog, according to Arrington, will be focused on enterprise software:

We just launched TechCrunchIT, our newest property, with editors Steve Gillmor and Nik Cubrilovic. The site is focused on the enterprise tech space – all the software, technologies, standards, platforms, etc. that help companies do their thing, and form the building blocks of the products we feature on TechCrunch, MobileCrunch and our other blogs.

TCIT will be a lot like TechCrunch in editorial and content style – a range of enterprise-related news and analysis including applications, open standards, platforms, cloud computing, microenterprises, customer experience, legacy enterprise, social media, information management and software among other subjects. They aim to promote an understanding of emerging and existing enterprise technologies and products and to analyze their commercial, social, and consumer impact.

Some interesting posts up already- including some video. Time will tell how well this new property will perform.

Newspapers are facing the worst year ever for Ad Revenue

Newspapers are facing their worst year ever for Ad Revenue, according to an article in today’s New York Times.

The Reason? The internet….

The primary long-term threat to newspapers is the Internet’s siphoning away of ad revenue, a trend that has been under way for more than a decade, but one that has picked up speed in the last year. Advertisers have vastly more choices online than on paper, so newspaper Web sites win only a fraction of the advertising that goes digital, and it pays much less than advertising in print.

At the same time, the Internet has drawn millions of new readers to papers, and the major ones reach far more readers than ever before.

As I said earlier this morning, I don’t get a newspaper anymore… but I read more than 8 newspapers online each day.

Inquisitr launches company database – QBase

Duncan Riley’s Inquisitr has launched a company database site called QBase:

I’m delighted to announce QBase, The Inquisitr’s company database service.

Scale is important when offering any service like this, which is why we’ve teamed up with Tradevibes for the service as opposed to doing it by ourselves.

As I wrote in my review of companies in this space June 12, Tradevibes appeal comes from its collaborative approach to data, being a focused wiki from the start that values user contributions as it is built on them. That collaborative model extends to data sharing with other sites, for example Mashable has a similar deal in place with Tradevibes, so contributions from QBase will also appear on Mashable’s service, as their contributions will be visible here.

QBase appears to be a competitor to Michael Arrington’s CrunchBase service – but has a more collaborative wiki-based model.

Why Does a Blog Post Fail?

In Blog Challenge: What Are Your Most Favorite Blog Post Failures, one of the regular blog challenges I issue to “kick your blogging butt,” Atul Sabnis of Gaizabonts accepted the challenge to describe one of your favorite blog posts to write, one you were sure would get a lot of attention, but didn’t.

The challenge was to figure out why the blog post didn’t work. Sabnis wrote in Failed in Abstraction that the blog post titled A Discrete Process of Abstraction didn’t work for some very good reason, reasons we could all learn from:

This post deserved more attention than it got because it summarised well, my thought process of all that goes into most of my blogs; especially this blog…Why do I think this post failed? It was very dogmatic, to begin with. Its statement left no crack even, to pry open a possibility for a conversation. Then, it used artistic metaphors for something that isn’t often considered artistic. Finally it got tangled in its own wordsmithery. It still makes meaning to me, even if I shed the context I have, but I can imagine why, somewhere towards the end of the third paragraph, the reader may get lost. Anthropomorphism abounds.

Why do our blog posts fail? Not every blog can be at the top of the charts, but learning why they fail may help you understand what works and doesn’t work, on your blog with your readers.

Here are some of the reasons some blog posts fail:
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