Archives for August 2004
With the Olympic Games are being held in Athens, Greece starting this week, there will be a new kid in town when it comes to Olympic News and views: Blogs. Whether from the armchair or an Athenian
construction site venue, bloggers will be adding their two bobs worth on the ups and downs of the world’s biggest festival of sport. The Blog Herald takes a look at a few of the sites to watch:
Decatur Daily> “A volunteer spokesman for John Kerry’s presidential campaign in Alabama will be disciplined for using a computer at his workplace — The University of Alabama at Birmingham — to post Internet messages critical of President Bush….Gillett has been posting items on the Internet for several months. His electronic Web log, or blog, is titled “George W. Bush, Will You Please Go Now?!” He also is the third-most prolific contributor to an online discussion board affiliated with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Politics 101″
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Wired> In an answer to liberal activists’ online successes with fund raising and rabble rousing, Michael Krempasky and fellow conservative blogger Ben Domenech decided to fight liberals with one of their own innovations: a right-leaning activist site. More than two weeks before the Democratic convention, on July 12, Krempasky and Domenech — both in their 20s — launched RedState.org as an outlet for conservative bloggers and blog readers. Borrowing tactics from progressive activist blogs, such as Daily Kos and Eschaton, Red State encourages readers to support Republican candidates in tightly contested races. read more>
NY Post is reporting that a new day is dawning at gawker.com. Editor Choire Sicha is leaving his post at the helm of the widely read blog because, “I got kicked upstairs,” said Sicha . He’ll now oversee all of Nick Denton’s Web sites, including Gawker, Defamer, Wonkette and Fleshbot. A new Gawker editor will be announced today.
More business blogging tales: Sun revisited and the growing trend
BusinessWeek> With readers flocking to their Web postings, execs are finding blogs useful for plugging not just their products but their points of view
The coming age of the business blog
The Guardian> They were once seen as the preserve of the geek, but nowadays personal opinion and diary pages – weblogs or “blogs” – are so powerful that huge corporations are taking an interest. The sites that started as observational home pages for enthusiasts have become so powerful that they are starting a new industry of blog monitoring in which media companies scour the net to advise brands on how their name is being talked about online, away from the traditional newspaper and broadcast media sites. read more>
This is the first time we’ve seen mention of LoMoSos: location-based mobile social networks: combined with blogging they will becoming to a neighbourhood near you
ITBusiness.ca> Last week I sat with a friend in the Air Canada Centre, waiting for the Prince concert to begin. It was a full house, and after about three-quarters of an hour everyone got tired of sitting still. That’s when I noticed something you wouldn’t have seen five or six years ago: people in the row ahead
of me standing up, reaching for their cell phones and looking around the room. They soon started waving at friends sitting far away, who they’d found through the power of mobile communications. This was all I needed to know that for some people, at least, LoMoSos make sense. read more>
Nunavut> A Nunavut Tourism marketing officer was fired last month after a local resident complained about a web site she ran in her spare time.
Penny Cholmondeley, known on the Internet as “Polar Penny,” was surprised to learn on July 18 that she was being fired because of the online journal, or web log, she had kept since her arrival in Iqaluit in January.
Yes my friends, blogging has now become the subject of parliamentary fact finding missions: next will be blogging and the Fijian people!
MNSun> Over a pint of ale and some shepherd’s pie, two Eden Prairie city officials recently shared their Web-logging experience with high-ranking officials of the British government. Some of the United Kingdom visitors made a special trip to Minnesota to hear what City Manager Scott Neal and Police Chief Dan Carlson had to say about connecting with their constituencies via blogs. read more>