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October 10, 2008

ReadWriteWeb: Top Tier Bloggers Make $25 Per Post

ReadWriteWeb asked 20 top-tier bloggers how much money they make, and analyzed the data. Naturally, the span is great, but the average top tier blogger made $25/post.

RWW also analyzed in-house bloggers, either employed, or with special contracts, and got the following:

Our respondents reported annual pay rates ranging from $45k and $55k with benefits (!) up to $70k, $80k and $90k with bonuses. We’re tempted to say, based on the anonymously submitted but descriptive replies we got, that the closer to pure journalism our respondents were doing the lower their wages were.

For more, like where the big money is, check out the post.

Now, what does this mean? read more

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September 24, 2008

GigaOM, VentureBeat, and ReadWriteWeb Content on NYTimes.com

Giga Omni Media have closed a deal with NYTimes.com, which means that content from the GigaOM network will be available on NYTimes.com come early October. They are not alone in this, but rather a part in redesigning the Technology channel at NYTimes.com. Other heavyweights that inked a deal to have their content available through this are ReadWriteWeb and VentureBeat.

This is the third heavy weight syndication deal for GigaOM, with BusinessWeek and CNNMoney already in the bag. Meanwhile, VentureBeat’s content is available on IDG’s Industry Standard. As far as I know, this is the first syndication deal for ReadWriteWeb though, although I might have missed something. read more

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August 26, 2008

Amazon buys book sharing startup Shelfari

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Amazon has purchased book sharing startup Shelfari according to posts by Read/Write Web and TechCrunch last night.

The startup, which has one of the most interesting & funky user interfaces I’ve ever seen, is essentially a social networking & book sharing system for those that love to read.. like me!

Shelfari’s team makes the formal announcement on their blog:

We’ve got some big plans ahead. With more resources and Amazon’s expertise in building a platform where people come to share ideas, there are a lot of new opportunities in the future that will benefit each of you. In the meantime, you’ll continue to have access to the great community and tools that you’ve always known and used on the site.

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August 15, 2008

Lifestreaming from your iPhone

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Over at ReadWriteWeb, Sarah Perez takes a look at lifestreaming applications for the iPhone:

For iPhone users, one of the major benefits to owning the device is the application platform it provides. With apps, you can begin a “real” lifestream – that is, one that acknowledges that more life is spent away from the computer than at it. You would think that iPhone would be a great platform for lifestreaming apps, but there were surprisingly few to be found (so far). We hope to see this list improved in time, if not with apps, then at least with iPhone-ready mobile web sites.

Sarah’s article goes on to accurately review several lifestreaming applications and accurately bemoans the lack of videostreaming applications (or video applications in general) on the iPhone. And I agree strongly with her view of the current market.

There are several lifestreaming web applications that have been built for the iPhone, such as Friendfeed’s iPhone interface for the web.. but none of them really allow you to broadcast your lifestream from your iPhone.

The iPhone is one of the most integrated handheld devices ever created – it’s the best example of a converged device that I can use to describe such technology approaches to my clients – but it still has a way to go in terms of its ability to meet the needs of those of us that try to lifestream their lives.

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August 4, 2008

Is the Tag Cloud Dead?

No, I don’t think it is, but if you want to use tags for navigation then just slapping a tag cloud in the face of the user might not be the best way to go. Rob Cottingham declares it dead in a comic strip over at ReadWriteWeb, although he won’t commit to it all the way:

And maybe they were overused and abused back in the day; not every site lends itself to a tag cloud, and not every tag cloud needs to be overwhelming and cluttered. Still, they have their place, and I’d be sorry to see them die out.

What do you think about tag clouds? Share in the comments.

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