Vote For Your Favorite Mommy Blogger

Reading a lot of mommy blogs? Then you should definitely consider submitting your favorites to the Mommy Blog Awards, courtesy of The Bump. And yes, you can nominate yourself if you think you’re that great. The grand prize is a grand, fittingly enough, and another 15 runners up get $100 on Pottery Barn.

Check out the details on the Mommy Blog Awards page, along with the various categories. I especially like the Daddy Blog category. “I’m the Mommy Blog Award Daddy Blog winner FTW!”…

Hat tip: Bloggers Blog

No Twitter Ads This Year

Twitter won’t be serving any ads this year, says Biz Stone according to Pocket-lint. We will, however, see premum features.

Those could include analystics tools, Stone said, and are almost certain to also include the “verified account” functionality that the site has already tested with some celebrity-owned accounts. “We wanted to show people that we’re here to stay and here we are making money”, said Stone.

Sounds like a plan.

Will Google Make reCAPTCHA Even Better?

Google have acquiredrecaptcha_logo.gif reCAPTCHA, the CAPTCHA spam stopping service that gives you a visual presentation of words scanned out of public domained books. You know the kind, that nasty image where you have to struggle to read the letters you have to input in a field to validate that you aren’t a spam bot. I like reCAPTCHA and use them when CAPTCHA functionality is needed, a necessary evil sometimes, but no universal solution nonetheless.

Maybe Google can make it work even better? After all, they have a huge amount of content to pull from thanks to Google Books, maybe that can help? Personally I doubt it, Google hints to why they are in fact buying reCAPTCHA in the announcement post (bold added by yours truly):

So we’ll be applying the technology within Google not only to increase fraud and spam protection for Google products but also to improve our books and newspaper scanning process.

That being said, I remain slightly optimistic that Google can make reCAPTCHA a better solution when a CAPTCHA is needed.

Variety Doesn’t Want Your Links

Variety is a potentially great source of information for entertainment bloggers, especially if they cover less celebrities and more business so to speak. That is about to change however, because PaidContent have confirmed that the site will put most of its online content behind a paywall.

How do you link that? Or rather, why would you link that?

You wouldn’t, obviously, since most of your readers wouldn’t be able to read the actual content. Paywalls always clash with the rest of the web. When news outlets that might get links from outside sites put up paywalls, they are not only killing the possibility of free links, they are also effectively killing the search engine benefits of quality links from blogs. So while you might understand why a niche news outlet does this, it is definitely beyond me when it comes to wider types of content like what Variety offers.

Committee to Protect Bloggers: An Interview

The Blog Watcher

The Committee to Protect Bloggers is an important blog that focuses on bloggers in peril across the world. They broke the story on the Iranian blogger who died in prison some time ago, and they have been doing their very best to keep a watchful eye on the state of the blogosphere in parts of the world where blogging is actually dangerous.

That’s why it was such a shame when Curt Hopkins announced its closure, and such a good thing when Andrew Ford Lyons picked up the reins again. So let’s here what he has to say about Committee to Protect Bloggers and the future. [Read more…]

Duncan Riley’s The Inquisitr Launches New Design

Duncan Riley talks about the recent refresh of his news site The Inquisitr and it is interesting to see how he views the site more and more as a traditional news outlet. Besides the obvious visual changes and enhancements, Riley talks about the syndication deals we’ve reported on previously.

I’ve only touched on this side briefly, but we started syndicating content a couple of months back. We started with Bang Celebrity content, and started playing with AHN. As of two weeks ago we expanded our AHN deal so we take on much more of their content now. We don’t post all of it, and we’re trying to work around content that might be interesting. At the same time though, the mere fact that we’re syndicating content makes us more traditional news site every day; both deals are like signing on with AP or Reuters to a degree, and I’d hope it’s the start of something better again for us.

Be sure to read his post on the fourth Inquisitr refresh, and check out the new look. It is a step in the right direction says the designer in me…

This Time the Joke’s on TechCrunch

Facebook has been having some fun with the folks over at TechCrunch, rolling out a Fax This Photo feature for the tech blog’s writers only. Jason Kincaid wrote a post about this brand new feature, which doesn’t exist outside of the TC office, and then spoke to the Facebook PR rep.

Hey Jason,

We’ve been testing this product since 1992, and we are thinking that we will be launching this “innovative” feature at TechCrunch 50.

What do you think???

Hilarious, and obviously TechCrunch has to detail it all in a blog post.

You won this round, Facebook. Enjoy your victory.

Gotta love some good humored pranks. Question is, how will this affect the next Facebook post on TechCrunch?

Surprise! Envato Launches Another Blog!

Blog network Envato keep on rolling out blogs, and as always they look great and sound promising. The latest one is WorkAwesome, announced like this by Envato head honcho Collis Ta’eed:

The best way to make work feel like not work is to do something you enjoy, and do it damn well. That’s why we’ve created WorkAwesome, a blog for people who want to be awesome at work. After all, if you’re going to spend eight hours a day doing something, you may as well put some heart into it!

Check out WorkAwesome if you want to make your work awesome. Or maybe you’re just curious on Envato’s latest venture. Either way.

Technorati on the Authority Changes

Technorati is explaining the recent news in an email, where they not only pimp the State of the Blogosphere Survey (which should take around 15 minutes to complete), but also mentions the Technorati Writer concept.

There’s also this explanation to the changes to the Technorati Authority for blogs:

Due to the vast number of blogging platforms and custom installations out there (and some bloggers who felt we were using too much of their data), we now rely more heavily on RSS and Atom feeds than in the past. Bloggers can control how much of their content they wish to syndicate via feeds. Many blogs only provide partial feeds, we are not always able to get link data from them. Thus, links from these blogs may no longer contribute to your authority.

In other words, a full content feed is a good idea if you want to make sure your links count.