September 30, 2009

British PM’s social media reputation flagging according to new audit

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The Labour Party may lead the way when it comes to British political parties using Twitter and other online tools, but a new audit by Yomego suggests that Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s social media reputation is flagging.

Using various natural language technology algorithms, a social media reputation score is created by measuring not only how much a particular person is mentioned, but also how positive or negative that coverage is.

The PM scored just 42.59 out of 100, putting his ‘sentiment’ score even behind that of British National Party leader Nick Griffin. read more

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JK Rowling Joins Twitter, Won’t Use It Much

Another celebrity is joining Twitter, this time it is the author of the Harry Potter books, JK Rowling. However, her three tweets tells us we won’t be getting much insight to her life as an author. read more

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Bug Fixing Through Dollars (Earn $100 by Doing Good)

Is it possible to fund bug fixes to open source systems by offering a reward? We’ll see, I’m offering $100 via Paypal to whoever will fix this annoying Firefox CSS bug in WordPress.

Update: And it works, courtesy of Peter “Westi” Westwood and Jonathan Sulo. Westi details the issue in a blog post, you should check that out if you ever encountered this problem.

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Street Named After Twitter Account

There is a street named “@arjanelfassed”, after the Twitter account with the same name. Isn’t that amazing? Well yes, it is, but it’s not as big as it sounds. There is a Dutch website that sells street names in a Palestinian refugee camp, giving the proceeds to the Palestinian Child Care Society. Wired’s Epicenter have the full story, with quotes and details. So while it is not as big as having a street named after your Twitter account in central New York, it is for a good cause.

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September 29, 2009

Walt Disney launches theme parks blog

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disney-parks-blog-logoAiming to provide an official, central repository for news and behind-the-scenes information about its theme parks, Disney yesterday announced the launch of its new blog.

Unsurprisingly, Disney is a hot topic online, attracting attention on a huge range of unofficial blogs, forums and other sites, and the company wants to advance its official voice and further protect its brand.

Positive noises came from Leanne Jakubowski, director of social media for Walt Disney World, who suggested that Disney wants to be an active participant in the conversations its fans are having online. read more

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WordPress MU, GPL and Paywalls

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It started with a 16-word comment, a reply to a commenter on Weblogs Tools Collection that had lamented not being able to afford a WordPress MU plugin that was being offered as a premium service by WPMU.org for $79. The comment simply said the following:

It would be nice if someone entered in the contest plugins that do everything theirs do.

However, the comment came from WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg and that caused a hailstorm of controversy, including a blog post from James Farmer the founder of Incsub, a WordPress MU community, Edublogs, a blog hosting platform based upon WordPress MU and WPMU.org, a WordPress MU community site with free and premium elements.

Farmer accused Mullenweg of wishing that the company would “bust” and the heated exchange continued in the blog comments.

The case shows exactly how heated and volatile the mixture of open source and business cane be sometimes. When community-driven projects meet with business interests the relationship is rarely smooth and perfect, even though the two need each other to survive. read more

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September 28, 2009

Movable Type Monday: New MT5 Beta, Single Sign-On, Easy Install Video, and Theme Tips

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Happy Monday, folks! Movable Type Monday took a break for a couple of weeks, but now we’re back with the latest from the MT community.

First off, there’s a new MT5 beta. Lots of improvements and bug fixes over the previous beta. But, if you haven’t installed it yet, you might just want to wait: I’ve heard that beta 3 is supposed to be released in the next day or two.

Next, Byrne Reese has a new plugin that implements OpenSSO. This allows you to use an OpenSSO server as a single sign-on solution for your MT installation. For more on OpenSSO, see the documentation from Sun.

Need help installing MT?, Sahas Katta has created a video to walk you through the process. His process includes a shell script that does most of the work for you. Thanks, Sahas!

Finally, Tom McGee wrote a post with several tips for customizing MT blogs. Tom’s tips focus on creating custom themes and modifying banner images in default themes. Good information for those less familiar with MT’s current theme system.

What have you done with MT lately? Let us know in the comments.

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Liverpool to host TweetUp North in November

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twitter-logo.jpgAnyone in the north-wast of England wanting to meet with others to network and share best practices for using Twitter could do worse than attend TweetUp North in Liverpool in November.

The event will be held in the BT Convention Centre, whose general manager Jacquie Rogers said that they were “really excited to be hosting the first TweetUp North and see how social media can benefit the events sector.”

“Social networking can be perceived as taking away face to face interaction, but we are beginning to see new communities being created as TweetUps are organised across the country – where people who Tweet meet!” she added.

Exact details of the event will be announced on the BT Convention Centre Twitter page.

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Allegation: Medical students “tweeting and blogging patient details”

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In the latest potential scandal surrounding the use and misuse of social networks, Switched echoes a report from Fox News (I know) which suggests that medical students are tweeting and blogging confidential patient details.

In a survey (which we all know is a really accurate way of finding out the truth…) Fox News discovered school deans who said they knew of students posting “unprofessional content” online.

Apparently:

Dr. Katherine Chretien of the Washington, D.C., VA Medical Center, told Fox News that the real problem is that most medical schools lack guidelines on what’s acceptable for students to post online.

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Network Solutions offers dedicated WordPress hosting package

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ns-hosting-wordpressRather late to the blogging party, and deciding that a dedicated blog hosting package is better than a generic one, Network Solutions has announced its nsHosting for WordPress package that’s supposed to make it easy to set up and maintain a WordPress blog.

According to Network Solutions’ senior director of web presence, Navin Ganeshan, customers have been asking for WordPress. This strikes me as a little odd, given that the couple of times I’ve set up web hosting on a standard Network Solutions account, WordPress has always been an installation option, but perhaps it’s just about marketing to a certain audience. read more

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