SiliconBeat Graduates

One of my favorite blogs, Silicon Beat, a MercNews powered blog that has covered the goings on in Silicon Valley and related ventures having to do with internet, technology and Web 2.0, is closing its doors today. Matt Marshall, the primary writer at “the Beat” has begun VentureBeat (currently down) which will contain the full archive of the Silicon Beat blog which, as Matt notes in the comments, is quite remarkable.

This is a sad day for me, but I’ll subscribe to VB as soon as it is back up.

Now, You can be a Problogger Too…

Ever wonder how to get these gigs where you get paid to blog? More and more people are doing it and doing it well. With TechCrunch beginning the trend of Web 2.0-style job boards with their announcement recently of CrunchBoard, it was only a matter of time before a job board of a similar flavor would become available for bloggers.

Darren Rowse just recently announced an addition to his Problogger site called Problogger Jobboard.

I suspect this kind of move toward centralizing opportunities for bloggers to make money will really work well. Whether trhough combinations of gigs or through specialized gigs that allow a blogger to devote their full time to a single blog, I believe there is a charm to this kind of system that doesn’t quite meet the same lack of cohesiveness demonstrated by other blogs-turned-classifieds sites.

Blog Herald Wants a Blog War

I have it from an unnamed senior Blogmedia senior vice-president that the Blog Herald is itching to instigate a blog war. I can’t go into details at the moment, but for some reason he decided that it would be appropriate to respond to b5media’s Jeremy Wright and his “kickass” business card with one of his own.

Apparently this unnamed senior vice president of Blogmedia doesn’t realize that what starts with Scoble stays with Scoble.

I’m sure this is just a rumor as Blogmedia must know the odds of actually winning a war on such terms as business cards. Isn’t that right, Matt?

Podcasting at the Pan Pacific Championships

The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships are going on out at Victoria, British Columbia and I’d be remiss if I did not point readers to b5media blogger and two-time Olympic medalist Scott Goldblatt who is covering the event all week on behalf of Speedo and b5media through his own blog Timed Finals. He is podcasting over at the Speedo Makes Waves site officially and providing his own podcasts at Timed Finals.

It’s good to see bloggers getting out there and doing more and its very good to have a friend who is also an Olympian whom I can help promote.

Scott is considering competing in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and can be contacted via Timed Finals.

YouTube Canned

I would have been pulling my non-existant hair out today if I was the sysadmin over at YouTube. After a 6 hour unplanned outage due to “database issues”.

As a sysadmin for a major media company that has experienced outages before, I begin sweating profusely the moment I get my first alert of an outage. Forty-five minutes is too long for me, despite how small of a downtime percentage that represents. I can’t imagine running the servers at YouTube and the stress that places on an individual.

Interesting question though. If you are responsible for the uptime of a high-demand service, do you admit failure and hope that fate smiles fondly, or do you just keep plugging away when service is restored? If it’s a self-inflicted wound, do you admit that or if it is a third party, do you blame them?

Windows Live Marries Yahoo

Forgive me if this is old news. It appears the first bloggers started writing about it four days ago. It’s news to me, though. The long awaited breakdown of barriers between IM clients appears to have come and gone without much of a peep. The latest build of Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger (MSN) have been released and with them, the interoperabilty wall has fallen.

I’m not really a Yahoo or Windows Live Messenger user. I have accounts for both and used MSN much more in the past but for now, I’m a Skype man. Nonetheless, the fact that Yahoo Messenger and WLM both work together now is somewhat of a coup for interactive collaboration fans everywhere.

I have not really used the interoperability much so welcome feedback on the feature is encouraged in the comments.

Wrapping up WordCamp: What it all Really Meant

I’m back from WordCamp and much thanks to the Blog Herald and b5media formaking it all happen for me. I had the unenviable task of choosing what URL to have printed on my nametag. No one should ever have to make that choice! ;)

Having never attended a “valley” event before, I don’t have a lot to compare the event to so I’ll just “wing it”.

As an event, it was more than Automattic intended it to be when it was first announced. As Matt Mullenweg puts it, he figured it would be 50 or so people crammed into his SF living room. Matt, you’re far too humble, man.

As an event that was organized in under a month, I think it was quite amazing. They excelled in some areas, such as BBQ (the best ever!), getting great session topics, and throwing an after party at a fabulous venue at Pier 38. Toni, how did you find that place?! Folks, it was essentially in an abandoned warehouse with a shoreside deck out back. Add about 10k square feet and some music and you have a rave happening.
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Liveblogging: SEO and WordPress

Neil Patel is presenting at this time on SEOC practices with WordPress.

Basic SEO practices so far:

  • Using alt tags for images. Keep them relevent.
  • Use the Head Meta Description plugin to make sure you have a meta description tag describing the page.
  • Some guy was asking to be banned by Google because he thinks that opening up a bunch of sites to link back to yourself is helpful.

This session has some really stupid question in them. Aside from the above comment, the same guy has asked about what is, in essence, keyword stuffing. How dumb can you get.

Mostly this session is very elementary. Backlinks, keyword density, some stats programs that analyze search terms, etc.