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. “
Although mainly affecting non-blogs more than blogs, the recent major changes to the way Google does search, dubbed “Florida” is causing a large stir. Search giant Google servers over 60% of all searches on the net every day, and has been favourable to blogs in the past, providing traffic to many in the blogosphere including The Blog Herald, with over 2000 visits per month. Any changes to Google do affect us all, and are worthy of observing. If Florida has affected any readers please comment here and let us know so we can make more sense of any effect the changes will make to the positioning of Blogs on Google. Barry Lloyd of Search Engine Guide has tried to make sense of the changes, a worthy read if you are interested in visitors and where they come from an all-internet perspective.
After much speculation, it seems that Microsoft is about to enter the moblogging field with this from the Microsoft Windows Mobile Communities:
“Get Ready for Moblogs
Turn an ordinary blog into a moblog by including pictures from your Pocket PC or Smartphone. Check back here in December to learn how to create yours. “
Zopenewbies reports that spammers have discovered a hole in MT which they have used on MT weblogs to send chunks of spam to AOL over the last few weeks. The hole relates to mt-send-entry.cgi, and they recommend disabling it or running one of the patches listed on the site.
UPDATE SixApart has responded by releasing a new version of 2.6.4 available here, and also has provided information on how to deal with the problem
A disturbing report from Tech Central Station that discusses libel and blogs, with the news that Justene Adamec has been threatened with legal action over comments made by third parties on his blog. A must read article for anybody blogging on corporate or personal issues.
The Next Litigation Battleground | Tech Central Station
“discourse in the Blogosphere has been largely civil, sometimes incivility spills out and makes itself manifest. And now, the sometimes rough discourse has the potential to become the next hotbed of litigation”