August 27, 2009

Google opens AdSense to multiple ad network companies

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Google has announced that AdSense publishers will soon be able to choose whether to accept advertisements from other ad network companies, as well as AdSense itself, in a change to how ads are served.

Any network that is Google-certified — that is, the ad company adheres to user privacy, ad quality and speed standards — can bid for ad positions previously exclusively available to AdWords advertisers. read more

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The Best $50 I Ever Spent on My Blog: Part 2

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This is a multi-part series on the lessons I learned while seeking a freelance blogger to contribute to my Web site.

best_50_BSince Jobacle contains career advice with an edge, I did my best to produce a job posting that mirrored the site’s casual vibe. Here’s how the post read… read more

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Envato Launches Web.AppStorm

Envato continues to expand, this time it is the AppStorm brand that gets an addition. The new blog is called Web.AppStorm and is all about web apps, obviously, intending to dig deeper says the launch post. Envato head honcho Collis Ta’eed explains:

These days you can do everything from Photoshop-grade image editing to reasonably heavy duty spreadsheet manipulation all from your browser. With mobile devices finally starting to mature, the advent of netbooks and widespread broadband coverage the trend to web applications is only set to continue.

Check out Web.AppStorm if you’re into webapps.

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Splashpress Media Acquires 9rules

9rPaul Scrivens announced today at the 9rules blog that Tyme White, Mike Rundle and himself, AKA The Triad, have sold 9rules to Splashpress Media, who also run The Blog Herald.

According to the about page 9rules is a collection of blogs, showcasing the best content of the Independent web. 9rules was created in 2003, around 9 rules:

  1. Love what you do.
  2. Never stop learning.
  3. Form works with function.
  4. Simple is beautiful.
  5. Work hard, play hard.
  6. You get what you pay for.
  7. When you talk, we listen.
  8. Must constantly improve.
  9. Respect your inspiration.

You can read why The Triad decided to sell over at the 9rules blog. The Splashpress Media team looks forward to contribute to and work with the 9rules community.
Splashpress Media wishes @tyme, @mike9r and @scrivs the best and all luck with their next ventures.

Last but not least, if you want to send @scrivs the bottle of alcohol he invites you to in the last paragraph, but don’t want to create additional import fees because you’re UK based… feel free to send me that bottle. ;)

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August 26, 2009

New service offers paid “blogging ideas” webinars

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Aimed at business professionals who aren’t used to writing for the web, a new “Building the Buzz that Builds Your Business” twice-weekly webinar provides story ideas and links designed to offer a springboard for blogging.

The half-hourly webinars cost $10 each and run on Mondays and Wednesdays at 1pm EST from GetInFrontBlogging.com. Each provides a list of 25 categories, each with one or more links to current news events, a discussion on ten story ideas, social media and PR tips, and a Q&A section. read more

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Schwarzenegger Uses Twitter to Communicate with CA Citizens

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twitter-logo.jpgIn an exclusive interview with Mashable, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said that he loves Twitter as a mean of communication with the Californian citizen.

Q. How actively will you be monitoring the Twitter ideas shared through MyIdea4CA?

I have always been active in looking at ideas sent to me from my Twitter followers, so the MyIdea4CA website will be an even easier way to stay on top of this process.

He announced the launch of MyIdea4CA, a twitter aggregator following the hashtag #myidea4ca. The Governor will use the MyIdea4CA platform, or forum as he calls it, as a way to monitor what the citizens propose and hope to improve. Several ‘subforums’ are implemented via the use of multiple hashtags and can be followed on site, fe. Jobs and Economy. Ideas can be voted up or down by anyone and there is a negative threshold, hiding down voted ideas. read more

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Bit.ly and YFrog team up. What does this mean for Twitpic?

bitlylogo2.pngURL Shortening service Bit.ly announced new partnerships with Google (Reader) and Typepad together with a new API yesterday.
Most interesting news though was the future integration of ‘upload-images-to-twitter’ service yfrog, the ImageShack service.

As for the upcoming features that we’re working on… we’re pleased to announce that one is them is a new way to use bit.ly. In partnership with yfrog, we’ll be rolling out a shortcut to let you upload and share photos from the bit.ly homepage. Bit.ly links will also be available for all yfrog images.

After Twitter’s decision to integrate bit.ly as standard URL sthortener and now the Google (Reader) collaboration it seems that bit.ly has won the ‘Battle of the URL Shorteners’ for good. The question to ask now is: where does this leave Twitpic, the first ‘image-to-Twitter’ service and still leader in the race.

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Macroblogging is the New Black

2D638A12-67DD-48D4-A299-C095433D031B.jpgWoofer is a funny take on Twitter. Instead of limiting you to a maximum total of 140 characters, it forces you to write no less than 1400 character entries.

That’s right. There’s a minimum amount of characters.

Naturally, Woofer won’t be as successful as Twitter, and that’s not the point either. If it was, they wouldn’t spoof Twitter’s design and everything. The hint is in that flap in the top right, promoting Shuffletime. Woofer is nothing other than a fun site meant to garner some buzz for the developer. And what do you know, it worked!

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Disqus Version 3 Launches, Major ‘Real-Time’ Upgrade

DisqusThe comment system Disqus has finally launched it much prehyped V3 release. With the release of the new Disqus, the externally hosted comment system follows Echo, the recently launched JS-Kit platform, on the heels and joins the ‘real-time web’.
Before we tell you that Disqus joined the Vanity URL bandwagon, it needs to be known that the company has split their product up into two different sections: one for comementers and one for publishers. read more

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August 25, 2009

Simon Cowell advises Alexandra Burke to tone down Twitter use

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alexandra-burkeIt’s a bit rich for one-time-dog-outfit-wearing pop mogul Simon Cowell to give advice on portraying yourself to the media, but then again he is the manager of last year’s X Factor winner Alexandra Burke so he has the right to.

It seems that the 21-year-old singer is “addicted” to Twitter (according to a recent interview on UK national radio) and has let slip a few things that perhaps shouldn’t have been made public — things like (gasp) the new album isn’t finished yet.

Burke’s retort is that Simon doesn’t “really get it” (Twitter, that is) — rather like Hugh Laurie. read more

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