March 30, 2009

Twitter VIP Concierge: helping celebs for not much cash

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Those working near or in Hollywood and already “well-connected to the Hollywood publicity machine” may want to consider limbering up for a rather vague job opening with Twitter.

Although Twitter admits that “we don’t have a description written for this yet”, there are a few clues on the job listing.

Apparently, “the job is to be a ‘high touch’ point of contact at Twitter for the burgeoning number of celebrities on the service”, ensuring that celebs are happy and using the product effectively. read more

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March 29, 2009

The Outing of a Blogger: Is it Legal to Reveal a Blogger?

blog anonymous mask over word bloggerIn “The Outing of a Blogger: Social Transparency or Violation?” I started this short series on the outing of a popular Alaska personal blogger, Mudflats (aka AKMuckraker or AKM), unveiled by a state politician.

The question I want to tackle in this article is the issue of the legality of blogger anonymity and what protects bloggers and not. This is a huge topic, so I’m only going to scratch the surface.

In many countries, there are no laws protecting freedom of speech nor journalists or bloggers. There may be protections for journalists, but none for bloggers. In countries where you would expect there to be such laws…it’s amazing how few there are and how flexible those laws can be.

Does a blogger have the right to privacy and anonymity? What rights do others have to expose them and why? read more

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Sunday Morning SEO: How to Find Good Long Tail Keywords (Part 3)

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In my last post, I gave the second step to finding good long tail keywords: targeting the keywords on your initial keyword list. Here is the third and final step.

Part 3: Check your keyword logs.

After your target keywords, wait a couple days and then check your keyword logs.  You’ll extrapolate that data to find more long tail keywords.  This step is important because your keyword logs provide some of the best data of finding long tail keywords. read more

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March 28, 2009

The Outing of a Blogger: Social Transparency or Violation?

We live in an age of transparency. I’d say that “transparency” should have been the word of the year last year, and it’s popularity as a buzz word this year continues. It pops up in most news reports, demanding transparency from banks and financial institutions, politicians, governments, corporations, and individuals.

It also litters our social media interaction. We want our online social interchanges to be with real people who want to know us as real people. We want people leaving comments on our blogs to have names. We want folks on Twitter to have real names, not CD Handles and cute nicknames or keywords. So is it okay to be anonymous any more?

Over the years, there as been an ongoing debate about anonymous bloggers as more and more people take to the Information Highway to have their say. For some, anonymity is a matter of life or death. For others, it’s just wiser. But it isn’t for everyone.

Some use a pseudonym, similar to what writers and artists have been doing for many years, either for protection and security, or because their real name, Hildibob Slibbervitzenson, just isn’t “writerly” or “artistic.” Would women have swooned over Archie Leach? Sang the memorable songs of Barry Alan Pinkus, or sang along to Bohemian Rhapsody with Farrokh Bulsara? Or believed in the sung words of Robert Allen Zimmerman with such fervor? Would Moses have been so memorable if played by John Charles Carter? Would the sexy pottery scene in “Ghost” have been so memorable if performed by Demetria Gene Guynes? Replaces those real names with their pseudonyms of Cary Grant, Barry Manilow, Freddy Mercury, Bob Dylan, Charlton Heston, and Demi Moore and everything changes.

There are many people who blog under a pseudonym without condemnation, but there are still those who choose to publicly blog anonymously. They use CD Handle style names, making a visible statement about their need to be private and choosing to hide behind a masked name while not hiding their opinion.

And there continues to be a witch hunt on to out them when their opinion doesn’t agree with the government or politicians. read more

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“Ghost Twittering” and the Creation of Value

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Social media evangelist Stowe Boyd comments on Guy Kawasaki’s statement on “Ghost Twittering.” Stowe says:

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March 27, 2009

WordPress News: WordPress 2.8, Summer of Code, PodPress Returning, iPhone Update

WordPress 2.8 News and Development: The WordPress Development team has confirmed that WordPress 2.8 will be released in April. Articles and features worth noting on WordPress 2.8 development include: read more

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Twitter enables SMS delivery for Vodafone UK customers

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Last year Twitter withdrew a number of its Twitter-to-SMS services, citing the charges levied upon it by mobile operators in order to send messages as the reason.

The UK was one country hit by the change, but Twitter has announced at least a partial return to receiving tweets via text message, even if it is a bit stingy.

For a start, you have to be a Vodafone UK customer. Granted, that’s a pretty large number of British mobile users but hardly exhaustive. read more

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Free Dawit Isaak: Swedish Publishing Houses Collaborating

This story, while tragic in itself, also warms my heart. I’ve been watching it from the sideline, from the first tweet, and now this: Five editors from Sweden’s largest newspapers are taking a break from their usual roles of competition, in an effort to inform the world of the situation for Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak, who is imprisoned in Eritrea with no trial nor charge.

On September 23, 2001 he was arrested and imprisoned in connection with the Eritrean government shutting down the country’s independent newspapers.

The regime in Eritrea has never formulated any allegations against Isaak, let alone a prosecution, a trial or a sentence. In total silence, he has for nearly eight years been locked up in Eritrea’s capital Asmara.

The idea is to put more light on this topic with cross-media coverage, as well as get the readers to sign a nationwide petition. read more

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Envato Launches Flashtuts

We all knew this one was coming right? Even the folks over at Envato says that it makes sense, which tells me that they’ve really just been looking for the right editor to run this Flash tutorial site in the Tuts part of the ever growing Envato network. Apparently Ian Yates is the right man for the job, so check out Flashtuts if you’re into Flash.

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Journo students: work for two years for nothing, keep a blog

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There’s no doubt that the publishing industry is in very interesting times at present. It’s getting particularly tough for journalist students to land their first job, with a prominent magazine editor suggesting that they should expect to work for two years on an internship before getting a paid position.

The editor of Psychologies magazine, Maureen Rice, said that she preferred internships over work experience because they were “worth the investment” and were “very much the right way to get a first job”. read more

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