July 28, 2009

Are You Investing or Gambling?

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There is money to be made in blogging and affiliate marketing, but how much risk are you willing to take? read more

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Gawker Media Revenues Up 45%, So Much for the Adcopalypse

Good news for Nick Denton & Co., his Gawker Media reports that revenues are up by 45% in first half of 2009. So much for that “adcopalypse” where Denton spoke about 40% decreases in ads online last year, and warned media outlets to cut their costs why they still could. Gawker Media certainly did that, but it hardly hurt them, it would seem. They even brought back the pageview bonuses.

See Denton’s blog post for charts and more.

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O2 Users in the UK Gets Twitter Over SMS

Twitter has announced that users of the mobile operator O2 in the UK can activate Twitter over SMS, with no extra fees or anything. Nice for them huh. Incidentally, that’s apparently a good thing for anyone trying to get in touch with a broadband carrier in the UK… Activate the whole thing in your account settings if you want to use Twitter over SMS via O2 in the UK.

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Jeremy Wright Steps Down, Elaine Kunda New CEO of b5media

Jeremy Wright is stepping down as CEO of blog network b5media, effective immediately, according to a press release. The new CEO is Elaine Kunda, presented as an “experienced entrepreneur”.

“Elaine is exactly the right leader for b5media, with her strong leadership and proven ability to lead top performing teams,” said John Albright, managing partner of JLA Ventures.

Kunda herself said this in the press release:

“I believe there is an extraordinary opportunity to create additional value and new possibilities for our customers, partners and employees. The Company has accomplished a great deal in its relatively short history and I look forward to working together to take it to the next level.

Wright will stay on the board of directors, but why do this now, and make it effective immediately? read more

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July 27, 2009

Movable Type Monday: 4.3 Features, Documentation, jQuery, and More

Happy Monday, folks! The Movable Type 4.3 beta continues with the third beta release this past week. Lots of bug fixes in this version. The final release is expected some time next week.

Over at MovableType.org, Matt Jacobs has been writing about some of the new features in 4.3. First, he has an explanation of the new entry asset manager. From a usability standpoint, this is a huge improvement over the previous system. And Matt shows how the new system can be used to generate slideshows for the images on each entry.

Matt also has a post about entry pagination in 4.3. With the new pagination system, your first page can be static, while additional pages use MT-Search to generate the results. One of the side effects of this is MT-Search now has some new options, such as searching by author or date. read more

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Twitter is fastest way to get UK broadband support

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virgin-on-twitterBritish broadband providers are just one set of users harnessing the immediacy of Twitter to communicate real-time service information and handle customer support queries, according to the Top 10 Broadband web site.

While telephone customer service experiences often leave a lot to be desired, companies that have embraced Twitter conversations are finding themselves more able to deal with issues quickly as they arrive.

The other benefit is that consumers switched on to Twitter may well think to check the official status pages first rather than phoning a dedicated support desk. read more

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Retweet.com to Battle with TweetMeme

retweetcom.jpgRetweet.com is set to tackle TweetMeme as well as news overall. At least that is the goal for Mesiab Labs, who’ll roll out the site, well, sometime. This from their presentation blog post:

Retweet.com – Data is acquired from multiple sources (primarily twitter) and fed into our database. Data is analyzed and supplemented, then ranked and presented in common news formats.
Rt.nu – Secondary data regarding story quality and real time popularity (interest rating) is gathered using our popular link shortening system, which is based on our link analytics platform (over 100k link redirections since release).
CheckRetweet.com – Secondary data regarding user quality (story breakers) is gathered here using custom algorithms that measure a users reach and influence.

Sounds good in theory, and the name, Retweet.com, is certainly a good one, but will it carry? We’ll see when there’s more information available, I’m just glad the old one got scrapped… And my hat’s off for the RT.nu URL shortener, great name, although I have yet to see it used widely.

Via TechCrunch

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Send Translated Tweets with Twinslator

You just got to love all these nifty little Twitter services. Most of them don’t really add much, but they are fun and inventive. Like Twinslator, a translating service for Twitter that lets you type in something in your language of choice, and then translate it to another one. Naturally, you can tweet it right away, and it works well enough. I’m a bit surprised to see that @blogherald got translated to @ blog Herald, but the reason for this is of course that Twinslator relies on Google Translate for their translation services. read more

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July 25, 2009

Blogger Conference List Updated

Hi everyone – just a quick note to let you know that The Blog Herald has revised its blogging conferences page with an updated map, calendar and list of upcoming events for bloggers around the world.

Please let us know what you think and what you would add – also what conferences you plan to attend! :)

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Did Twitter Launch An Official iPhone App? Or Am I Seeing Double?

Not too long ago, Twitter mentioned that they were becoming uncomfortable with third parties using their trade marked names (like Tweet and of course Tweetie) within the name of their software.

While they were not implying that they were going to immediately unleash the legal hounds (aka lawyers) against those violating their trademark, they may want to require apps to post a disclaimer–especially when they use their official name. read more

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