Friday, April 29, 2005

Singaporean student shuts blog after libel threat

Reporters Without Borders says a student in Singapore was forced to shut down his blog this week for fear of a libel action by the head of a government body. Article on the New Zealand herald.

See the official apology from Singaporean bloggers Acid Flask.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

10 million Blogs!

Blogpulse now references 10 million blogs. An interesting fact I lifted from their announcement is that only 51% of them are active (someone posted something in the last 90 days).
Congratulations as well to their marcomm department for sending a pre-announcement to bloggers.

Friday, April 22, 2005

UK Election Blogs

The UK election is in full swing and although I am not allow to vote, I enjoy following the campaigns and debating issues with my friends and colleagues. The 3 majour parties haven't made a clever use of the web so far but there are some attempts to win voters through some straight blog talking:

Labour Party
Liberal Democrats

I could not write a better review of these blogs than Brian Wheeler on the BBC site.

Blogs Will Change Your Business

Business Week is running a cover story on blogs. You will not learn anything knew but the article is well written and contains all the usual tales of the blogosphere (from Captain Morgan, Dan Rather, GM, Netflix to the "Queen of the sky" and the tsunami).

The fact that the magazine is pushing it on its front page will hopefully act as a wake-up call for businesses and "communication professionals" who still think that what happens on a computer screen only matters to geeks. The authors are introducing their new blog as well, which will be about: blogs.

On another note, I just came back from Brussels (where I did a presentation on blogs to some of my European colleagues) and it struck me that all these blogs scare and success stories are US based. Where are the juicy European bloggers stories?

Friday, April 15, 2005

Online UK Election Predictor

My UK colleagues created this neat application, in collaboration with our Public Affairs practice to help visualise how percentage gains for each political parties at the election will impact the number of seats they hold in the House of Commons. If you are interested in UK politics, you can run simulations and get daily campaign coverage updates.

What exactly is Blogpulse counting?

I am a casual user of Blogpulse for trends graphs and while preparing for a presentation, I suddenly wondered what Blogpulse was actually measuring on its "Trend Search" charting tool.

For example, see that dummy graph I created (I was hungry). The X axis is time, and I guess the unit is a day. But what is the Y axis?

It says "Percent of all Blogs". What does that mean? Does Blogpulse counts the number of blogs mentioning my keywords or the number of occurence of these keywords across all blogs for a particular day?

I looked on the site and on the FAQs but no mention of the methodology.

I talked to a few people I know who use Blogpulse and no one knew.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

A picture is worth a thousand links

Buzztracker is a software that visualizes frequencies and relationships between locations mentioned in articles from the Google world news directory.

Newsmap provides a visual layer, similar to some stock markets movements visualisation tools, over Google news and graphically shows the stories with the largest volume of coverage. You can even narrow down headlines per countries (covered by Google News only).

Both services are free.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Breakfast Bytes

My Australian colleagues run regular seminars called "Breakfast Bytes" on blogs and new communication technologies. I love the format, the energy and the fun.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Carat launches blogs service

"The agency is giving advertisers the opportunity to extend their online ads by placing ads on blogs or blog networks. It will also offer clients a service where it will create a blog to encourage communication between the brand and customer and understand what is being said about a brand within the blogging community." Story on Digital Bulletin.

Oh dear... looks like Captain Morgan will have many siblings soon.

Are we seeing the last days of blogs without pop-ups, sponsored links, banners and "near missed" contextual ads?

This is my opinion. Sponsored by...

Journalists support Apple bloggers

Eight US newspapers and the Associated Press agency have thrown their support behind three bloggers sued by Apple. Full story on the BBC.

Friday, April 08, 2005

The blogger with no name.

Blogs are getting increasingly popular and it is now safe to assume that if you dish about your boss or colleagues on a blog, you will be found out.

Fortunately, the EEF is giving away tips on how to blog anonymously. A quick summary here:

  1. Use a Pseudonym and Don't Give Away Any Identifying Details
  2. Use Anonymising Technologies
  3. Limit Your Audience
  4. Don't Be Googleable

I wanted to find out if blogs were the ultimate catharsis for abused employees:


Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Google to Start Video Blog

Google has announced that it will soon start a video blogging service, where users can archive their video clips.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Trust MEdia: Edelman and Intelliseek categorise bloggers

Edelman and Intelliseek released a white paper on the impact of blogs.

Titled: “Trust MEdia: How Real People Are Finally Being Heard” , the paper is available in PDF for download from Intelliseek (you must register first) or from Edelman.

One of the highlight is a catalog of popular blogs organised by categories. The classification methodology is described but I would be curious to see the difference in popularity between bloggers within a same category. For example, if you use number of links as a criteria for "popularity" and check out some blogs using technorati, then rank them, you will find huge gaps in the number of links between them.

In consumer tech, Engadget has 10,534 links and is most linked blog. Using this technique, I found that the 3rd most popular is Doc Searls with 5,240 links (half the links within 3 ranks only). PDC bloggers would be the 7th most popular but has 170 links only. What a drop! It goes downhill from there.

I am curious to see whether this is a pattern across all categories where you will only have 3 to 4 star bloggers with loads of links then a huge drop in number of links for the others.

Overall, I must say that the report is a good read and provides compelling arguments for marketers to warm up to blogs.