October 31, 2009
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
Tags: Blogging, Editorial, information, niche, overload
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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
October 30, 2009
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
Tags: blogger, iPhone, Mobile Blogging, Mobile Software
The 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
Tags: awards, Blogging, manchester, manchester blog awards, UK
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
Tags: Blogging, night jack, orwell prize, Politics, UK
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
Tags: Twitter list
October 29, 2009
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
Tags: moblogging, wordpress for phone 2.0
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
Tags: advertising, affiliate, linkshare, Marketing, tweetshop, Twitter
October 28, 2009
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
Tags: dating, love, san diego, tim goggin, Video, viral
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
Tags: Facebook, First Ladies, Powerful Women, Twitter, YouTube