BloggerTalks relaunches with Skelliewag Interview

BloggerTalks, a blogging commentary site that was formerly run by Tony Hung, former Blog Herald Editor and Thord Hedengren has relaunched with an interview with Skelliewag, the founder of a new favorite site of mine I have to admit the interview didn’t jump out at me but I’m going to give it time to mature and gel a little bit before I have to pick up the phone and tell Thord I need a job asking the dangerous questions. You all know how I am. A bit to controversial for my own good.

Do we have privacy?

Duncan Riley former editor of The Blog Herald starts an interesting conversation over at TechCrunch with a post entitled Should There Be A Privacy Line with Life Streaming. Life streaming is basically microblogging and sharing of lots of personal data with just about everyone using tools like Twitter,Tumbler,Jaiku, and Facebook.

My simple answer to the privacy debate is YES we all need it.

In the past I’ve had people send me death threats via email and I’m not inclined to have my personal tweets, facebook messages shared with the world. So I keep it private. However just like that I create ‘profiles’ for each site I’m involved with and create ‘social streams’ of data that are publicly accessible and are relevant for each site. So I protect personal privacy while still being apart of the active conversation.

An example of that would be The Blog Herald’s new Twitter Feed, it’s not meant to be a personal twitter its meant to be relevant and on topic to share blogging related content to people interested in this niche not be a stream of my personal life. No one really wants to know I spent $10.22 on Chinese today at lunch with my friend and her family and her son threw up on me afterwords, and I really don’t want the universe knowing this information all the time either.

However my friends can access my Twitter Feed, people I know, and care about and am in business with. This is totally acceptable. But the public masses. They are free to get to know me better and network with me through less intrusive ways.

So in a nutshell, I think Duncan is spot on.

Encouraging your readers to comment, or not.

I’ve never been much of a person to attempt to develop community. In fact if you look at my posts this week I think most people didnt want to comment on my posts possibly because I write in a tone that discourages comments. Maybe I don’t ask enough questions. Maybe because people ping me via AIM and Twitter and give me feedback. You know what I decided on a few of my sites. To just hang it up. To flat out remove the ability to comment. And on others I installed a WordPress plugin to encourage regular readers to comment more.

It’s called the Comment Prompt

This is a very simple plugin for wordpress 2.0+
The idea is to encourage lurkers and long term visitors to take the plunge and comment on your blog. Often people just need a little encouragement so this plugin will nag I mean encourage the user by posting a message to encourage them to post. Once they have posted their first comment it stops.

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Twitter is infrastructure it’s not the village

I was on twitter this evening and I overheard something interesting.

To quote the to be unnamed Twitterite:

Shel Israel wants to elect officials in twitterland.

In my opinion microblogging services like Twitter can be used for many things. It’s a tool, its an infrastructure where we can create mini communities, or private messaging systems. Twitter is versatile in that we can do a lot of different things with it. But in an of itself it’s not a community. It’s the building blocks for other communities, not just tech communities.

While I believe Shel wants to elect ‘tech officials’ I think Twitter is much bigger than the tech community. It’s a place to create relationships on a different level. its a place to idea stream, its a place to collaborate. It’s an infrastructure to build other communities but it’s not an end in and of itself. And there’s no point in electing a Mayor of The Water Pipes atleast not in my universe. It’s like electing a Mayor of the Cable Company.

A Global Movement From Blogs To Books

I’m stepping in briefly on an interim basis to fill Tony’s shoes. One of the stories that has touched my heart of late is the crisis that bloggers face overseas a freedom we take for granted here in the United States. Freedom of Press. However as one Egyptian blogger notes in a recent post there is a movement going on.

In the first decade of the third millennium a new kind of artistic movement has emerged – a movement that wasn’t known before – and it’s now known as blogging. The writings in this movement took different shapes on the various blogging sites available on the web.

The movement has evolved quickly with the help of the first generation of bloggers, till the year 2008 when big publishing houses started to transform blogs into books.

Source: Dina Al Hawry

It brightens my day to know that folks overseas are bold enough to record events online and share them with the world and some publishers are brave enough to publish them. This week we saw tragedy strike as a fellow blogger/citizen journalist was slain in China. I see an ever pressing need to spread tools of social engagement and communication even more so than even last year or in years prior.

SplashPress Media Acquires Tubetorial and Cutline

Joss over at 901am breaks the news first a few minutes early but that’s ok.

SplashPress Media, owner of numerous sites including The Blog Herald and Performancing, has announced it is acquiring the core assets of Tubetorial LLC including the Tubetorial website and the Cutline Theme Community.

SplashPress Media operates and owns 30 blogs, and a variety of other online web properties. SplashPress Media has been online as a hosting company and a support agency for publishers for a few years before launching several blogs and acquiring others.

According to David Krug, “Over the last year Tubetorial has defined itself as a destination for people looking to learn on the web. We plan to continue that growth and dominance in the future for a long time to come. On a side note the Cutline acquisition allows us to develop customizable themes to fit the needs of the entire blogosphere in a fashion that fits in well with our community at Performancing. Cutline and Tubetorial will be operated independently of SplashPress Media under the guidance of the Performancing Team.”

The great thing about this acquisition is my excitement to see both the Tubetorial community and the Cutline Community grow in a positive direction. I plan to put resources into play to help the Cutline community get as much active support as possible while making themes something that are easy to customize and fit for any level of blogger.

Performancing Acquired by SplashPress Media


So The Press Release Reads:

SplashPress Media, owner of numerous sites including The Blog Herald, one of the oldest sites on the internet covering blogging news and new media, has announced it is acquiring the core assets of including the bloggers’ community and Performancing Metrics.

SplashPress Media operates and owns 30 blogs, and a variety of other online web properties. SplashPress Media has been online as a hosting company and a support agency for publishers for a few years before launching several blogs and acquiring others.

According to David Krug, “Over the last year Performancing has built up a large and loyal community of bloggers from all walks of life. They have created and provided tools and quality resources to bloggers and blogging communities. We wish to continue providing the blogosphere with affordable tools to help people join the new media revolution which is changing how we consume media. Nick Wilson, and the other Performancing founders rushed onto the scene and were quickly covered in top blogs such as TechCrunch, among others. They developed the Performancing for Firefox tool, and created a great portfolio of tools that I use to this day in my blogging. We look forward to carrying that vision forward and farther.” will continue to operate as a separate division of SplashPress Media.

Aaron Brazell has a nice interview up about the purchase, and some thoughts on the future of Performancing, although even after attempting to set the facts straight. He still messed up his title.

As did Darren, and they both have problems with my name. And to think I’ve known these guys for ages.