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August 21, 2009

More Changes at B5Media: Chad Randall Fired? [Updated]

b5mediaceoIn an unconfirmed lead Duncan Riley, Blog Herald founder and b5media co-founder, reports that Chad Randall and B5Media have parted company and Randall went MIA.

Chad Randall, Vice President (Sales) for b5media is no longer with the company, The Inquisitr has learned and confirmed through an online source.

The circumstances behind his departure though have not been disclosed. What we do know is that at the time of writing Randall has not been replaced, and we are unable to find the position advertised online either at the b5media blog, or through an extensive Google search.

Without 100% certainty, the evidence points to Randall being put off unexpectedly. He’s removed b5media as his current job on LinkedIn, he hasn’t replaced it with a new job. He’s also disappeared online, not updating his Twitter account or blogs since he left the company; that’s more significant than it sounds because one of Randall’s blogs is dedicated to Twitter marketing, and he’s a heavy Twitter user. If he was leaving the company for another position or on happy terms, he would have likely mentioned it somewhere publicly, but instead there is silence. read more

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June 1, 2009

Findlaw Opens Law Blog Network

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As someone who writes a blog that deals with many legal issues, it is clear that the vast majority of law-oriented blogs, or blawgs, are targeted not at consumers, but attorneys and legal scholars.

However Findlaw, a legal information site and attorney directory that is targeted at consumers, has decided to change that by announcing the opening of its new blog index, which includes nine different blogs by its own editors and authors, all of which are targeted at consumers and not attorneys.

Though many of these blogs have been going on for some time on separate corners of the mammoth site, this is the first time that they have been brought together for one easy-to-navigate resource. read more

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April 21, 2009

No Sale For Jossip, Pauses Instead

Jossip on pauseDavid Hauslib has decided to put Jossip on hold since there obviously wasn’t any takers when the site went on sale in March last year. The New York Post even reported the rumor that Condé Nast, owning Wired and a ton of other media properties, was interested.

But then there was nothing, and ASSME reports that the site haven’t been getting any love lately. The old archive is still available, but the front page features a pause sign and Jossip Initiative, which is Hauslib’s company. The remaining site is Queerty, a gay site that Hauslib called “leading” in response to a Gawker post on Mollygood, another site he opted to close late last year.

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March 30, 2009

Youth Bloggers Network Joins Teens In Tech, Pro Model Announced

Often praised blog host Teens in Tech, with 16 year old Daniel Brusilovsky as the CEO, has acquired Youth Bloggers Network. This from the latters post on the subject:

We decided that by joining forces, our projects could help each other vastly. We figured that YBN and TinT complement each other very nicely. TinT offers a place where teens can get set up with a free blog, while YBN offers a community for young bloggers to collaborate, communicate, and grow their blogs and projects.

Youth Bloggers Network is run by Patrick DeVivo, 15 years old. read more

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Shiny Media hires Mike Poole as creative consultant

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UK-based new media network Shiny Media, currently undergoing significant transformation, has announced that it has hired Mike Poole as creative consultant.

Mike has previously worked on projects for a number of UK companies including retail store Debenhams, hairdressing salon Toni & Guy and supermarket giant ASDA. read more

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March 10, 2009

Envato Launches The Netsetter

The Envato blog network continues to grow. The most recent addition is a blog called The Netsetter, focusing on launching startups, edited by co-founder Collis Ta’eed himself. This from the about page:

With the barriers to starting your own online business getting lower and lower, there’s a growing class of online entrepeneurs that I sometimes call the net set, kinda like that old term the jet set – which doesn’t make much sense any more now that I think about it. From that term came the name of this blog, because I hope that you dear reader are a fellow netsetter!

Nice name, and an interesting blog so far. It does make me wonder how big the Envato network can actually grow?

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March 4, 2009

Gawker Media’s February: Really Good Actually

Blog network Gawker Media apparently had a great February, up as much as a fifth from last year, according to a leaked email from Nick Denton to the staff. Denton naturally doesn’t want to get overly optimistic, especially since he’s made so many changes the last few months to his network.

February 2009 wasn’t nearly as dreadful as it could have been. A lot of sites struck traffic records — including io9, Gawker, Deadspin, Jalopnik and Jezebel. In total, we drew 297m pageviews — some 34% over last February’s level and 50% up if you account for the sites we spun off in the meantime. Comments — so much improved in the last year — grew even more rapidly. Now that Defamer has been consolidated under Gawker, we don’t have a single weak site.

It seems like niche is king in these days of economic turmoil.

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February 23, 2009

Defamer Takes the Valleywag Route

It appears as if Nick Denton wasn’t able to sell his celebrity gossip (aren’t they all?) blog Defamer. Instead, it is now becoming a part of Gawker.com – the entertainment column according to PaidContent. Said business site is quoting a blog post written by Denton which unfortunately is no longer available, it just redirects to the not so updated nickdenton.org blogit’s back up! Assuming PaidContent got it right, Denton said “the brand was worth more to us — as a section of the Gawker site”.

Free translation: The bids we got were too low, and we can use the 900,000 monthlies to strengthen our key brand.

The defamer.com site will show all Defamer posts from Gawker, but the team is leaving to do something else, yet to be announced.

You might remember Valleywag making a similar transition late last year.

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February 17, 2009

The New b5media Revealed

The New b5media RevealedThe times are changing and so are the blog networks, something that appeared to be a solid business model a couple of years back, but now deemed a rough one if you want to succeed. One company above others are being mentioned whenever blog networks are branded as a failed idea, and that’s b5media. Not because they have failed or anything, but rather because they have all these blogs, and no real focus.

Well, that’s about to change, and starting today at that.

The first big change is Splendicity, something of a portal page for the beauty and style channel at b5media. It’s not a new site, but with the redesign, b5media not only aims to bring something new to the table, they’re also reshaping the logistics of their blog network.

Or, to put it frankly, they have taken their 32 blog strong beauty and style channel, and converted them all to one big site: the new Splendicity.

32 blogs, becomes 1 site. That brings a lot of questions, doesn’t it? read more

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February 4, 2009

Envato Launches AppStorm

AppStormThe Envato network continues to grow. The latest launch is a Mac application blog called AppStorm. This from the launch post:

Hello, and a very warm welcome to AppStorm – a site dedicated to Mac application news, reviews, competitions and tips. If you’re a Mac user, I hope that the upcoming articles will open your eyes to a whole range of innovative new applications. If you’re not a Mac user, be careful; reading about the fantastic software offered for the platform may cause you to switch!

The site is edited by David Appleyard, known from The Apple Blog (which Giga Omni Media bought, remember?), and also features an original web comic by N.C. Winters.

Congratulations on the launch!

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