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November 24, 2008

WordPressDirect: Blogging Tool or Spam Engine?

A recent post on Mashable regarding a tool called WordPress Direct elicited a great deal of passion on both sides. One commenter, for example, called the service a “one stop shop spam blog engine” while another, who claims to have used the service, said it was “a simple solution to adding new posts to a blog in between longer, hand written posts”.

But what is clear is that tools like WordPress Direct are becoming more and more common. Part of the double-edged nature of open source development is that, while most will use the license to extend the product in healthy ways, a few will do so in ways that can be used for unethical purpose. Though this is not an argument against open source, more and more tools like WordPress Direct have sprung up, often charging high monthly fees for “maintenance free” blogging.

But what does WordPress Direct do and is it a spam tool? The answer is complicated and made more so by the fact that the nature of spam and even the definition of spam is a moving target. However, it is clear that WordPress Direct, along with similar products, have a lot of potentially dangerous uses and, if its marketing is any indication, those uses are very much by design. read more

May 5, 2008

Podcast 2008.2: An exclusive interview with Duncan Riley on his exit from TechCrunch

Duncan Riley, the former owner of The Blog Herald, has left his gig as a blogger for Michael Arrington’s TechCrunch, the number one blog in the blogosphere.

In this exclusive interview with Duncan, we talk about how he landed the gig at TechCrunch, his thoughts on working with Mike and the gang, some observations about the Web 2.0/VC situation in Silicon Valley, and what his future plans are. We’ll also get into the Full Feed v. Partial Feed debate and talk about a few other topics as well.

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Update: Duncan has announced his departure in a final post over at TechCrunch.

Michael Arrington has a post up at TechCrunch about Duncan’s departure now. He also outs Duncan’s new venture at Inquisitr.

And now, on with the show. Notes after the jump….

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April 13, 2008

Podcast 2008.1: Shel Israel v. Loren Feldman

Podcast 2008.1: Shel Israel v. Loren Feldman

In this edition, we take a look at the drama between Shel Israel and Loren Feldman.. we’ll also talk about some weekend stories here on The Blog Herald.

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September 11, 2007

Podcast 2007.4: 9/11 – 6 Years in, a Lifetime to go

Podcast 2007.4: 9/11 – 6 Years In, a Lifetime to go

Matt reflects on September 11th, 2001.

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August 31, 2007

Podcast 2007.3: Blog Comments & who’s abandoning the iTunes store?

Podcast 2007.3: Blog Comments & who’s abandoning the iTunes store?

In this edition, we take a look at Blog Comments and how some folks respond to feedback.. we’ll also talk about the iTunes store and who’s not renewing their contract with Apple…

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August 19, 2007

Podcast 2007.2: Chartruese returns and why unions for bloggers are a bad idea

Podcast 2007.2: Chartreuse returns and why unions for bloggers are a bad idea

A few weeks later than intended, we’re back with a look at the return of Chartreuse and the whole hubbub around unionizing bloggers.

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And now, on with the show. Notes after the jump….

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July 5, 2007

Podcast 2007.1: The Return of the Blog Herald Podcast!

Podcast 2007.1: The Return of the Blog Herald Podcast!

We’re pleased to announce the return of the Blog Herald Podcast with your host Matt Craven, the former editor of The Blog Herald. We talk a bit about what Matt has been up to, the iPhone craze, and about the 56 great risk takers that signed the Declaration of Independence.

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October 10, 2006

Podcast 2006.17: Interview with Duncan Riley

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Podcast 2006.17: Our interview with Duncan Riley of b5media

Today, we feature a bit of news, and then an interview with b5media’s Vice President of Development Duncan Riley. We discuss how b5media was founded, how a bunch of folks around the world work together without having ever met, about rival blog networks like 9rules, and something about ‘fuqtwits’…

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September 17, 2006

Podcast 2006.16: News for September 17th, 2006, getting Dugg, new podcast software, and a few other things…

Podcast 2006.16: News for September 17th, 2006, getting Dugg, using some new podcast software, and a few other things…

Today, we take a look at the news throughout the blogosphere and world of technology. We also discuss Being Dugg and using Apple’s Soundtrack program.

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September 11, 2006

Podcast 2006.15: Remembering September 11th, 2001

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Podcast 2006.15: Remembering September 11th, 2001

Today, some sound clips and thoughts from September 11th, 2001.

Remember.

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