October 31, 2009

Niche editorial more important than ever to counter information overload

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Listening to some people talk, editors are a dying breed because we’re in the age of user-generated, crowdsourced content.

Yet consumers are relying on the human touch to help them find the best information and resources online, according to a number of speakers at the Digital Media Conference in San Francisco earlier this week.

We have access to unprecedented levels of information, but not all of it is useful, and the sheer volume leads to a complete overload of the senses.

What web users increasingly want are specialised sites that either create or aggregate quality content in one place. read more

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Is Your WordPress Blog Haunted?

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With Halloween now upon us, many people will be out trick or treatin’, partying up while looking half dead or simply enjoying a good horror flick with friends.

But nothing can be worse for a semi-blog geek than to return from the festivities to discover that your blog is haunted. Translation: there are “unexplainable happenings” within your blog, as well as without.

Here are a few simple tips to help keep the foul, trollish, hacking spirits out. read more

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October 30, 2009

iPhone Plus Blogger Plus “Troll Hate” Equals Blogium?

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It looks like another BlogSpot app has entered the scene, this time from TotoCaster of Georgia (the country, not the US state).

Called Blogium, this app gives BlogSpot fans the ability to not only upload images to their Google powered blog, but also delete unwelcome comments from within the app as well (which probably means bad news for trolls and spammers). read more

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Manchester Blog Awards sees female dominance

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manchester-blog-awards-webThe fourth annual Manchester Blog Awards, launched in August, had their winners announced last week, and the list is dominated by women.

Organiser Kate Feld said that she sensed women had not been participating in blogging a few years ago, and hence it was dominated by men, but now there were many more blogs written by females. read more

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Second Orwell blogging award to be judged by “Night Jack”

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The second annual Orwell Prize for political writing to include a blogging category will include on its judging panel the surprise winner of last year’s prize, Night Jack, aka Detective Constable Richard Horton.

You may remember that the anonymous police blogger was outed by The Times newspaper and subsequently got into trouble with his superior officers.

Both he and former Labour MP Oona King will judge the political blog shortlist. read more

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Don’t You Just Love Twitter List?

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Is Twitter Lists  feature already enabled in your Twitter account?  It was  gradually rolled out yesterday and I just saw the big announcement when I checked my Twitter account. All I can say is that this feature simply rocks without sounding exaggerated. Twitter’s List feature will make your Twitter experience a lot cleaner, pleasant and useful.  read more

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October 29, 2009

Mobile Blogging Gets Easier with WordPress 2.0 for iPhone

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Do you do mobile blogging using your iPhone? You might want to know that WordPress for iPhone has just been upgraded to version 2.0. This new version brings an overhauled user interface while bugs and incompatibilities and bugs with some self- hosted WP setups were eliminated. read more

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LinkShare affiliate network launches #tweetshop Twitter tool

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Here goes with another company looking to help Twitter users (and itself) make money from the service.

Affiliate network LinkShare has introduced its #tweetshop service (yes, the service name is a hashtag) which allows users to easily link to affiliate products from a central interface rather than having to visit individual merchants, find and shorten URLs and then manually create the tweet.

LinkShare is keen to point out some “best practice” tips so that the service isn’t abused — you can bet it will be though: read more

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October 28, 2009

Entrepreneur seeking love, creates infomercial

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If you’re looking to find love online, perhaps you could take a leaf out of Tim Goggin’s book.

32-year-old San Diego resident Tim is an online entrepreneur who, frustrated with not being able to find true love in more traditional ways, created his own infomercial and web site to help him find the perfect woman.

TimWow.com hopes to attract potential dates by showcasing his talents and interviewing his friends on the video, as well as offering a free meal date to successful applicants. read more

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First Ladies of the World Embrace Twitter and Other Social Tools, Really?

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What does French First Lady  Carla Bruni, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah, Michelle Obama, Queen Rania, wife of Jordan’s Head of State, and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife Maria Shriver have in common? They use social media tools and services to communicate and perhaps reach out to their husbands’ constituents. read more

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