Showing great christmas spirit, a group of voters has attempted to undermine the Wizbang blog awards through multiple voting for sites not aligned with Dave Winer. We would like to feel sorry for wizbang, but as we could not even receive one nomination we reserve the right to encourage further cheating on the site.
Newsday, along with a number of other sites are reporting that bloggers and other site owners Google bombed George W Bush by associating the phrase “miserable failure” with the president on their sites, resulting with the Presidents biography rating top for the search term in Google, an interesting way to make a political statement, whether you agree with the sentiment or not.
Miserable Failure? Google Trick Says It’s Bush | Newsday
“This is just one of those spontaneous things that a blogger will post something and other bloggers will say, ‘This is a great idea.'”
Neil J. Rubenking of PC Magazine has written an extensive article reviewing Blogging Tools and rated Movable Type 5/5 when comparing it to Blogger, Blog*Spot, LiveJournal, Radio UserLand, Tripod Blog Builder. In further good news for SixApart ,TypePad received the editors choice award for its ease of use and a rating of 4/5.
The article is well written, researched, and a great guide for new bloggers and seasoned bloggers alike, and compares far better to the blog guide written by Troy Dreier , in the same publication back in August which bizarrely rated Tripod as the best blog tool. In bad news for the Google owned Blogger and Blogspot, Rubenking rated their service the lowest of the tools reviewed, with strong emphasis given to the lack of features the service provides and even comments that the only thing going for it is that it is free.
The TypePad powered Cocolog offered byJapanese company Nifty has launched with the CEO, a Mr. Furukawa setting the trend by starting his own blog. Although being unable to neither speak Japanese nor have Google successfully translate it (it translates the text into ?????), the site seems to be running well and bides well for future back end deals for Six Apart.
(Partially via Blogger Jack Reporter)
UPDATE: we’ve now managed to translate most of the page using Bablefish and there are some interesting changes: Trackback is now track/truck back with character known as “track/truck back guy” who drives a truck, promoting the track back feature, and the CEO sounds like a cult figure with his blog promoted on the site as “Furukawa building purity Internet Blog”. Other gems from the site include “Before beginning the coconut log, please peruse by all means”, from the help page “We want teaching concerning recommendation environment.” and “At Nifty all service is introduced classified by genre.”.
Scott Rosenberg compares RSS to the dawn of HTML:
That 1994 feeling | Salon.com
“Perhaps the biggest misunderstanding of the blogging phenomenon arises from the sheer volume of postings in the highest-profile blogs. We tend to think of these as the models for all blogs — but they’re not the rule. Most bloggers don’t update around the clock. Many of my favorite bloggers post relatively infrequently, once a week or less. Some high-profile ones — like Lotus Notes creator and Groove founder Ray Ozzie — allow months to pass between posts. “
Seyed Razavi, creator of BlogShares, the fantasy blog sharemarket game, has announced the closure of the site after 9 months of development due to ongoing technical and funding difficulties. The site, whilst for many a fad, had a hard core bunch of bloggers supporting it, and spurned a number of syndicates, groupings, plugins and even its on micro-media with blogs such as the Blog Street Journal. BlogShares did a great job in promoting blogging and new blogs and it will be missed, and we can only hope that either Seyed sells the site or somebody sets up a new Blog shares style game for the quieter moments in the blogosphere.
The annual feast of internet and blogging awards has begun with Wizbang running some great awards attracting a fair bit of attention. For those interested in the latest and greatest in the blogosphere, check out the 2003 Wizbang Weblog Awards, and naturally, for a gratuitous plug: if the Blog Herald is a finalist, please vote for us
Its finally happened, Microsoft has entered the Blogosphere with a new service thespoke, aimed at programmers in their 20s. The Blog Heralds Microsoft source has told us that that Microsoft was happy with the publicity created by the mywallop rumours, which were used by
Microsoft marketing gurus as a way of testing the waters, and creating a buzz of expectation about a launch. Microsoft is still developing mywallop into a friendster style service, but has decided to pursue thespoke as their first entry into blogging.
The service is free to users, although you must register for a .NET password, and at this stage is only limited in its abilities: The Blog Herald has signed up to check the service out, and screen shots and analysis follow:
Whilst nearly creating a new category of “Bizarre” for this story, we’ve filed it under “In the News” because for many a NZ Bear fan it is news. For those not familiar with NZ Bear and his website The Truth Laid Bear, NZ has been a great supporter of new blogs and promoting other blogs for quiet some time. He also runs a blog ranking system called the Ecosystem which ranks blogs on links and Sitemeter hits. All this good work seems to account to nothing thanks to some rorters using multiple sitemeter codings on their websites to boost their stats and therefore their positioning in the ecosystem. NZ Bear comments as does Kynn in what can only be described as something between bizarre and a soap opera: perhaps we have a script for the “Days of our Blogs”.
A great article from Steve Lohr from the New York Times looking at the way consumers shape markets, with a great plug for blogs, even if the description of them as “online bulletin boards” is a little amiss:
Markets Shaped by Consumers | New York Times
“Signs of the shift abound. An example is the rise of Weblogs, or blogs, which are essentially online bulletin boards for discussion and polemics on any subject the blog owner deems worthwhile. Political blogs are the best known, but other blogs focus on industries and products. And influential blogs can shape market perceptions. “