USA Today> If John Steinbeck had had a laptop and satellite hookup when he shoved off on his famous ocean voyage from Monterey, Calif., to Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, there’s a good chance his entries from The Log of the Sea of Cortez would have been posted on the Internet as a travel “blog” read more >
Tokyo: Japan’s leading toy and game maker Taito has begun offering a new Internet content service that features both online game and blog services.
“Netchara” enables subscribers to publish blog websites using popular Japanese anime characters and play online games, all for 525 yen ($4.73) per month.
Taito plans to expand the service offerings by adding new characters and video content going forward.
Michigan Daily> History Prof. Juan Cole’s weblog receives 200,000 page views per month — reaching people in The United States and Iraq with information about developments in the Middle East. He is one of the many individuals who have come to count on this Internet information medium to communicate with the public. read more>
Tech Central Station> If you’ve read Weblogs for any length of you time, you probably already know that the “Blogosphere” is divided into two halves. There are those Weblogs that link to, and very often editorialize about, the news of the day; and then there are the more intimate — and therefore more personal — day-in-the-life diaries. read more>
Editors note: Look out for this great line: “More Bloggers than CNN Viewers”
channelnewsasia> The good news is that Internet search engines have finally figured out a way to make money. The bad news, at least according to some analysts, is that a new system of websites paying for inclusion in search results could compromise the integrity of Internet searches read more>
WebTalkGuys> Let me let you in on two dirty little secrets of blogging. First, for every blogger, there is probably a handful of readers. That’s right. Just because you put a Web log in front of the hundreds of millions of people with Web access worldwide doesn’t mean that most, many or even some of them will read it. Hell, they may never know about it. read more>
Toronto Star>… I never thought blogging would amount to anything. Until I saw Variety.com start covering the phenomenon, which the magazine has been doing since last fall. If Hollywood’s must-read trade daily is now watching blogs, it must mean the form has finally climbed up from the underground. read more>
Blogalization via Craincavity> Brazilian bloggers continue to voice grievances against Blogger franchisee Globo.com, which operates Blogger Brasil — known by some as “Globber.”
The latest chapter is the experience of Alexandre Inagaki, author of the late great Pensar Enlouquece (“Thinking Makes You Crazy”) — nominated for this year’s iBest best blog award — who was booted from the service for exceeding the 10MB quota — even though his control panel showed a usage of only 7.28MB. read more>
Lawn Greengrass> Before I get started on this one I do want to say that I could be wrong. I hope I’m wrong. It’s just a feeling I have. But with things going the way that they have been for the past week or two I must admit to growing more and more suspicious. I think that some of my theories are actually not so far out as I thought they were and are actually beginning to bear fruit. Theories? Fruit? What the hell are you talking about Greengrass? Out with it man. I’ll come straight to the point.
I think Blogging is coming of age.
Connection Newspapers> Most people with opinions on local politics rely on meetings with elected officials, letters to newspaper editors, testimony in public hearings and the occasional newsletter to express themselves. In the last few months, however, Fairfax County political observers have caught on to a new way of spreading their message: weblogs. read more>