Technorati Looking for an Identity

Who Am I?

technorati.jpgFormer blogosphere darling and Search Engine with capital S, Technorati, is looking to hire bloggers to feature original content on their site. In the midst of Twittorati and ad networks, this is a somewhat surprising move, since it means that the main Technorati site is moving even further from its search engine past.

I’d like to say that’s a shame but can’t really commit to that statement. The Technorati we once knew and actually used doesn’t fill a need anymore.

Obviously this is because of other search players in the blogosphere. It is tough enough to battle with Google, but they are joined by the likes of Twingly. All the while, Technorati haven’t been able to keep up with real time or anything, they should’ve been at the front. They must have other plans. [Read more…]

I Read Banned Blogs Campaign

The ever important Committee to Protect Bloggers are promoting a campaign that borrows from the Banned Books Week. The idea is to show that you’re reading banned blogs, just like some of you might have pins that state that you read banned books to promote freedom of speech. There’s also a design contest in the Flickr group if you want to participate in the campaign.

Is Twitter Helping Blogging?

VentureBeat runs a story on author Scott Rosenberg who says that Twitter has set blogging free. Or, more precisely:

“Blogging has always had this word ‘trivial’ hung from its neck,” Rosenberg said. “Twitter has finally liberated blogging from that, from all these charges from the media, all these dismissive putdowns of trivialities.”

It’s an interesting thought, the notion that the blog bashers have moved to Twitter. What do you think, is Twitter helping traditional blogging in this way?

UK: Twitter Overtakes MySpace, And Why It Is Not Important

Hitwise claims that Twitter has overtaken MySpace in the UK. That’s probably true, but the stats are completely uninteresting. While there obviously are a lot of people using the web interface, the numbers won’t show how many are actually using the service from an application of any kind. You know, like TweetDeck, Tweetie or Twhirl. Third party services are huge with Twitter, it’s as simple as that.

So yeah, Twitter overtook MySpace in the UK. Thing is, it probably happened a lot earlier than the graph suggests.

I Would Pay for In-Flight Wi-Fi, But Leg Room Is More Important

For someone making a living writing, traveling is frustrating when on a deadline. That is the primary reason I always travel by train if possible and the time loss isn’t too great. There’s room to write, and always wifi when traveling in Sweden. Airlines are a different matter. Cramped and no wifi isn’t ideal for working. Obviously I’m not alone in wanting to get some work done traveling, at least according to a Wi-Fi Alliance survey, conveniently wrapped up by GigaOM.

Still, of the 480 travelers surveyed by the Wakefield Research on behalf of the Wi-Fi Alliance, 55 percent were willing to move their flight times by one day in order to catch a plane with web access. Seventy-one percent would rather have Wi-Fi than a meal. For those who have not used Wi-Fi in-flight, 87 percent expected they would use it to tackle email, and 63 percent said they would to sign into other online productivity tools for work.

Personally, I would pay for wifi on a flight, and reschedule to make it happen. I would, however, demand leg space first so that I could actually fit the MacBook Air to get some work done.

Would you pay for in-flight wifi?

Are You Ready for the E-book Readers?

sonyereaders.pngMy crystal ball tells me that e-book readers will be a strong possible source of income or quality blogs in the near future. Not as the subscription service that is available from the Kindle, mind you, because I’m having a hard time seeing it being successful. Think about it, more and more mobile devices have internet access and great screens. Why pay to read on the Kindle when you can get it for free on your iPhone, right there in Safari or using Instapaper? And if that won’t convince you, then add the fact that more and more websites actually have mobile editions.

Back to the e-readers. High quality blogs already produce great content, obviously, and the e-book spinoff isn’t far off for a lot of them. They publish reports, how to’s, and other things they can hawk for a couple of dollars (or a small bundle) to make more money. If they’re good, we’ll pay. If not, we won’t. Add some marketing and social media and you’ve got a pretty solid business model right there.

If you’ve got the necessary following, that is. [Read more…]

Music Blog Network MOG Raises More Money

California-based music blog network MOG has raised another $5 million says VentureBeat. MOG is one of those blog networks that focuses on selling ads on blogs in a certain niche, much like Glam and SB Nation.

“We’ve seen super-rapid growth,” said founder David Hyman in an interview. “We sell ads across the top 700 music blogs and signed up all of them over the last 11 months.”

More on VentureBeat, nothing on MOG yet.

Facebook App Updated to Version 3.0

Facebook junkies rejoice, the new version 3.0 app for iPhone is out in the AppStore. The app is free and features an improved interface, but no push notification. It does, however, offer video uploads for iPhone 3GS owners, so let’s watch all those pesky little video snippets we’ll no doubt be getting in the coming days and months. Check out the app for yourself in the AppStore. Oh, and for now, don’t worry if it says version 2.5, you’ll get 3.0. Same goes for updates, if you don’t find it try uninstalling the app and install it again.

Envato Launches Web.AppStorm

Envato continues to expand, this time it is the AppStorm brand that gets an addition. The new blog is called Web.AppStorm and is all about web apps, obviously, intending to dig deeper says the launch post. Envato head honcho Collis Ta’eed explains:

These days you can do everything from Photoshop-grade image editing to reasonably heavy duty spreadsheet manipulation all from your browser. With mobile devices finally starting to mature, the advent of netbooks and widespread broadband coverage the trend to web applications is only set to continue.

Check out Web.AppStorm if you’re into webapps.

Macroblogging is the New Black

2D638A12-67DD-48D4-A299-C095433D031B.jpgWoofer is a funny take on Twitter. Instead of limiting you to a maximum total of 140 characters, it forces you to write no less than 1400 character entries.

That’s right. There’s a minimum amount of characters.

Naturally, Woofer won’t be as successful as Twitter, and that’s not the point either. If it was, they wouldn’t spoof Twitter’s design and everything. The hint is in that flap in the top right, promoting Shuffletime. Woofer is nothing other than a fun site meant to garner some buzz for the developer. And what do you know, it worked!