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January 19, 2009

The Media is Dying: An Interview With the People Behind the Twitter Account

The Medi is DyingThere’s no doubt that media is in a time of change. Magazines and newspapers are hard pressed to save money, journalists are let go, there’s restructoring, and so on. All of this isn’t because of the financial crisis, but it sure speeds things up. So where do we turn for information about these things? To the blogosphere, of course, because that’s where we can read about the people that were let go, without having to filter out everything the hidden agenda of the so called old media. They are partial, you know. Of course, so is a disgruntled journo just sacked from his newspaper, but at least we expect him to be pissed.

Enter a group of anonymous people that tweet about who’s fired, who’s in trouble, and who stays. The Media is Dying Twitter account is a phenomenom, an excellent source for anxious and curious journalists and media enthusiasts altogether. And there’s plenty of them, the account’s got over 9,000 followers. The mysterious media professionals were kind enough to participate in an interview. read more

December 22, 2008

TwitWall, What Is It Good For? – An Interview With Michael E. Carluen

TwitWall I stirred up quite a bit of noise with my post on the Twitblogs launch last week. Some commenters, as well as Twitblogs founders, were pissed off. I don’t mind, discussions are always interesting, and while some people seemed to mistake a news post for a review (which was not the case), it prompted me to dig deeper.

Among the funny things in the whole mess was TwitWall’s founder Michael E. Carluen’s comment on TechCrunch regarding Twitblogs. After having verified that it was indeed Michael who posted the comment, he agreed to do an interview with me to sort out things, as well as talk about TwitWall. read more

December 20, 2008

SOBCon09: A Few Words With Liz Strauss

SOBConThe excellent Liz Strauss is making SOBCon happening again in 2009. If previous years are anything to go by, this year will feature big names and lots of interesting discussions, so it’ll be a big event for the blogosphere for sure.

I caught up with Liz for a quick email interview. This is what she had to say.

First of all, give us the details! When, where, why is SOBCon09?

SOBCon09 is May 1, 2, 3, 2009 in Chicago. Hope you’re coming! It’s going to be so cool this year! You can find a complete list of speakers at sobevent.com/details/. But the difference is that we’ve extended it by a day. Friday starts with how-to that will go through everything about business online from building trust economies and creative communites to the essentials of business and multimedia social network enteriprise online.

Saturday is our signature Models and Masterminds format in which speakers offer actionable up to the minute content to attended in mastermind teams. The mastermind teams get huge chunks of time to apply what the speakers have just said to their own blogs or businesses. You can’t work together at a small conference table with five people without developing deep networking relationships that go far beyond exchanging business cards.

Sunday is what I’m most looking forward to. We’re offering sponsors a small window to bring a product or problem to the attendee audience to work on. Say, Company A has a new BluRay laptop they want to offer to Mommy Bloggers. Company A will get a short time to present that problem. Then then of attendees will work on how they would build a social media plan to offer that product to the market most efficiently. Can’t wait to see the ideas fly.

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December 17, 2008

Premium MT Themes: An Interview with iThemes Co-Founder, Cory Miller

iThemes

This is turning out to be a busy week in the Movable Type world. On Monday, Six Apart released Motion, their social networking application built on MT. Then on Tuesday, iThemes — maker of premium WordPress themes — announced the opening of their MT themes store. The availability of themes is one area where MT lags way behind WP. This is especially true when it comes to premium themes. That’s why it’s exciting to see vendors move into the MT themes market.

Yesterday I got in touch with Cory Miller, co-founder of iThemes, to ask him a couple of questions about the premium theme business and his company’s jump into the MT market. read more

December 16, 2008

Twingly Launches BlogRank, Says it is Trust

TwinglySwedish spam free blog search engine Twingly has announced the Twingly Blog Rank and Top 100. The former is a ranking system similar to Google PageRank, but for blogs, while the latter is a top 100 list for blogs, similar to Technorati. Or is it? Anton Johansson said this to me in an email this morning.

What’s the purpose of the Twingly BlogRank? Don’t you think that Technorati does a good enough job?

The purpose of Twingly BlogRank is to get a more valuable way to see if a blog has influence and importance. In many ways this is like Googles PageRank but only for blogs. Technorati is really good on what they’re doing but they have no international focus. If you’re from Sweden you want to be the no 1 in Sweden with BlogRank 10, not no 2612 international. BlogRank is based on language so the largest Swedish blogs get BlogRank 10 and the largest English blogs BlogRank 10, too. It’s quite easy to see at Twingly Top 100.

Technorati Authority is just a number that don’t say so much. Twingly BlogRank is trust.

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November 21, 2008

Interview with Adii of WooThemes Fame

Interview with AdiiAdii, or Adriaan Pienaar as his real name is, calls himself a WordPress rockstar and sells premium WordPress themes on WooThemes. You’ve probably came across him one time or another if you’ve been looking for a theme designer, or if you’re interested in premium themes.

Since the small controversy with WooThemes giving away a premium theme for free, much like Brian Gardner did with Revolution, I’ve been meaning to do an interview with Adii to get to know a little more on what he thinks about premium themes. So read on for a freshly pressed interview! read more

November 14, 2008

Blog Networks Roundtable: What Do the Network Heads Say?

There is no doubt that the current financial situation is hitting the web as well as the rest of the media industry. This is certainly one of the reasons why we’ve seen blog networks close, cut costs, or rationalize their portfolio. So is the blog network business model in trouble, and what does the established blog network hotshots thing about these things?

I decided to find out, in the first roundtable discussion here on the Blog Herald. That’s why I invited these fine blog network heavyweights to participate in the discussion.

  • Jeremy Wright, CEO of b5media
  • Collis Ta’eed, CEO of Envato
  • Mike Rundle, triad member of 9rules

So let’s get started and see what they have to say! read more

November 11, 2008

Interview: Darren Rowse on TwiTip

Darren Rowse on TwitterDarren Rowse is frequently mentioned here on the Blog Herald, but it is usually due to his excellent blog ProBlogger. This time, however, it is all about his most recent venture, a blog about microblogging service Twitter. We wrote about the launch of TwiTip previously, and the blog is shaping up nicely, with a steady stream of content, as well as a huge amount of comments.

I was curious to know why Darren elected to launch TwiTip, and there’s no better way to saturate your curiosity than to ask, so I did just that. Read on for more! read more

October 2, 2008

Interview with Brian Gardner on the Revolution Theme Going Open Source

Brian Gardner has decided that the premium WordPress theme, Revolution, won’t be sold as of October 31, 2008. A new set of themes will be released instead, GPL’d and free to download. The move has been applauded by Matt Mullenweg, head honcho of the WordPress project. We covered this yesterday, but I figured it would be interesting to talk to Brian about it as well.

Moving the Revolution Theme to another level, with free GPL’d themes, is very interesting for sure. If I was a cynic I would be wondering if this is a move due to the competition in the premium themes market right now, and the fact that sales of the Revolution Theme might have panned out?

This is absolutely not true – in fact, sales have been as steady as ever. My theory is that the amount of people who were purchasing premium themes grew, so the market in general was increasing. There wasn’t a reduction in % split in the market for premium designers, it probably stayed the same, just more people buying them.

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September 26, 2008

Interview with Helium’s Mark Ranalli, on citizen journalism and more

Helium is one of those citizen journalism sites, where people can submit stories on various topics, and hopefully be read. At first glance, it reminds me of Instablogs, one of the stronger voices for citizen journalism.

What really got me interested in Helium, however, is the Marketplace. Basically, it’s a way for writers to earn a little money on the stories they publish on Helium, because other media outlets can buy publication rights through the Marketplace. That’s a pretty cool concept, and a way for citizen journalists to, possibly, reach the more traditional journalistic publications. That is, if the content is good enough, and if Helium can push the Marketplace as a solid place for getting in on a story for other publications.

Mark Ranalli, CEO of Helium, was gracious enough to do a short interview on Helium, the Marketplace, and citizen journalism in general. read more