David Sifry, creator of Technorati reports at Sifry’s alerts that Technorati has just clicked over 1 million blogs tracked, and that new blogs are being added at the rate of 1 per 12 seconds. An amazing statistic. Congratulations David and Technorati!
The Blog Herald has received an email from Google Adsense today advising that they have revisited our application to join and we are now accepted, in an apparent back flip from our earlier rejection. Whether this is a one-off, or other blogs will now be included by Google is yet to be seen, however their move is welcome following their somewhat ad-hoc (and perhaps discriminatory) approval policy of the past. The question of whether we commit to Google after having had some success with Marketbanker, is another matter to be considered.
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Scott Watermasysk On .NET reports that Microsoft may be considering going into blogging through either MSN or Sharepoint, with this quote for the forthcoming Microsoft PDC conference from Robert McLaws
“By now, you’re probably familiar with weblogging to some extent. What you may not have known is the extent that blogging is used inside Microsoft. In this BOF session, the heavyweights of the blogosphere will chair a discussion on where blogging is at and where it’s headed. Where does .NET fit into all this? Can we expect any blogging services from MSN? What about bloging with the newest version of Sharepoint?”
An interesting article appeared on the Always On Network (AO) today from site founder Tony Perkins on his first 8 months of running the Always On blog and some of the criticism he has received along the way.
There are a number of issues raised in the article which a worthy of mention:
1. When is a blog not a blog?
Tony Perkins writes that AO is not a blog in the pure sense based solely on a definition of blogging provided by Dave Winer that a blog consists of an amateur author who posts a regular diary on his own site that is unedited, spontaneous, and generally comments on and links to other blog sites. We take this definition to task. Firstly, Dave Winer does not define what blogs are, and there are many competing views on what a weblog/ blog are, one that the Blog Herald believes is closer to the truth in that by marketingterms.com “A frequent, chronological publication of personal thoughts and Web links.”
An interesting concept in the future development of blogging:
Toward a Weblogging Empire | Wired.comJason Calacanis is back.
The former editor of the Silicon Alley Reporter, the once high-flying chronicle of Manhattan’s high-tech mania, plans this week to launch a new venture, Weblogsinc, that intends to make a go of publishing business-to-business blogs.
Essentially, Calacanis’ goal is to turn Weblogsinc into an umbrella for blogs, a for-profit center that dishes daily on as many as 300 topics and scores revenue from sources like advertising, events and classified listings. He expects the topics to fall under four main categories: media, finance, technology and life sciences.
OJR continues to hit the mark on important ethical issues in the blogosphere
Weblogs Are Pushing the Newsroom Envelope on Writers’ Spontaneity | OJR.com
The blogosphere gets fired up when Daniel Weintraub’s California Insider gets pre-edited after a controversial posting. Should news sites edit their blogs? Here are tips for determining the best practices for online newspaper blogs.
It has been reported that US blog groupies now have a competition running for the first person to snap Dave Winer nude at the conference and other reports say that Andrew Sullivan is now be attending to check out the action. More reports soon to follow.
A good guide at getting your blog exposed on an A list blog.
Wizbangblog | How To Get An Instalanche
“Many have pondered how one receives the blogging equivalent of “manna from heaven”; the Instalanche. For the most part the answers are available to you just need to know where to look and the right questions to ask. I’ve attempted to gather the collective wisdom of those who track the mystical inner workings of InstaPundit. Use this knowledge wisely and for the good of humanity and may you one day know the glory of the Instalanche.”
Wired News is reporting that 65% of bank ATMs in the US will be running Windows by 2005, resulting in a surge in the purchase of pillow slips, metal boxes and shovels.
Australian banking analysts are reporting that banks will now have a new excuse when robbing customers blind with exorbitant bank fees; with bank IT departments already preparing for the change by pre-booking job advertisements for extra IT support staff. It is yet to be seen if the Commonwealth Banks new IT rollout, which prompted the sacking of over 3000 positions, will include Windows software, although it is believed that if it does, the banks promised levels of increased customer service may be difficult to achieve.
Hurricane Isabel struck the East Coast of the US this week and bloggers were once again at the front line of this major story with blogs covering the storm and its damage.
WVEC put together a communal blog encouraging readers to contribute stories and pictures,
AOML looks at the question “why don’t we nuke the hurricane?”
The Armed Prophet seems to enjoy the whole thing
Justin Hawkins provides design skills to the saga
About.com covers it in one of their many MT powered blogs
Chris-Place has an amazing photo of the Hurricane from a ship at sea
Reisha Toei has some nice pics of the event
UPDATE: if you are looking for information on Hurricane Katrina the following posts may be of assistance:
Blogging Hurricane Katrina covers blogs covering Katrina
Has the MSM gone to the blogs over Katrina? covers the mainstream news coverage
If you are seeking loved ones, or wish to appeal for details on missing people, please post in the comments at Hurricane Katrina missing persons appeal