The much talked about news of AOL going into Blogging is good news in spreading the blogosphere gospel and in providing competition to blogging giant Google. The Blog Herald wishes AOL all the best but hopes it doesn’t follow its success in managing Netscape. Many will argue that Netscape was a dead duck before AOL became involved, however AOL’s track record in new areas, in particular outside the United States (the Australian ISP market and the AOL7 alliance comes to mind) does not bide well for its new blogging project.
The following story could be a warm, gentle work of American English fiction. Cliches a plenty, and colourful characters, I see pulizter prize: however this is all true: a lesson in free speech in the blogosphere:
There’s a warm, gentle breeze blowing up Franklin Street, rustling the trees, random leaves, and the ringlets in Erin Carter’s hair.
Sitting cross-legged on a wooden bench, twisting a lock of that cinnamon-brown hair around her finger, the 17-year-old Chapel Hill High School student reminisces about the day she found herself in the middle of a weird convergence of coincidence and circumstance that morphed into controversy.
The BBC Online has an excellent piece on UK Labour MP Tom Watson’s blog and the reaction it is getting. Blogging is growing in the political world and it is interesting to see the effects it is having throught out the world
USA Today reports on the conundrum at Microsoft between free speech and company control with a growing number of employees joining the blogosphere
The Online Journalism Review has posted an article arguing against the wide spread interpretation of a recent US judicial finding that was reported in the Blogosphere (including The Blog Herald) as providing libel protection for Bloggers. The article is a must read for bloggers commenting on public figures or engaging in potentially libellous comment as it concludes that the finding only protects third party content repeated on a blog or other online forum.
Freereupblic via Blogolution via the Wall Street Journals Opinion Journal have managed to have a photo withdrawn from the website of would-be 2008 US Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton which shows Hillary standing in front of a sign saying “Religion is Immoral” as featured to the left, demonstrating once again the growing influence of the Blogosphere to shape politics and politicians.
Yahoo! News new news search supported by moreover has bought up an interesting finding this morning (+8 GMT) after typing in Blogs: the famous Dear Abby is now providing advice to teen bloggers on how saying nasty things about their friends on their blogs for the whole world to see can cause them to loose their friends. This classic peice of advice is reprinted here at The Blog Herald for immediate reader attention.
NYTimes.com> For Nicholas Tang, the deluge of work-related e-mail messages became overwhelming. “It got to the point where I was getting hundreds of e-mails a day, sometimes more than a thousand,” said Mr. Tang, director of operations at Community Connect, a company in New York that operates AsianAvenue.com and other online communities with an ethnic focus.
Google is the talk of the blogosphere. Owner of blogger, and a new toolbar that allows direct posting to blogger, Google is acting more and more like a Microsoft of the internet age in its attempts to control our browsing, searching and blogging choices. Voidstar has recently called on a hack for the Google toolbar so that it can support alternative blogging sites and tools. The Blog Herald not only supports this push, but calls on Google to provide such support in future versions of the toolbar so that it can truly be lauded as a great internet company and not the blogging monopolist it appears to be turning into; the irony here being in that participating in the Blog Standards Echo project, it is starting to have about as much credibility as Microsoft on Java; get inside then seek and destroy. It is not too late to repent Google…