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August 10, 2005

Study Examines Blogosphere

"A new report out by a leading Internet research company has revealed that fully 30 percent of American Internet users visited blogs during the first quarter of 2005.

"According to the report, Behaviors of the Blogosphere (.pdf), from comScore Networks, almost 50 million--or one in six--Americans spent at least some time on blogs during that time frame. That's a 45 percent rise over the year before."

Daniel Terdiman. One in Six Americans Visiting Blogs. News.com. Aug. 9, 2005.

See also:
comScore Networks. Behaviors of the Blogosphere: Understanding the Scale, Composition and Activities of Weblog Audiences. (.pdf) August 2005.

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Blogging Close to Read/Write Web

"In August 1991, Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the first website. Fourteen years on, he tells BBC Newsnight's Mark Lawson how blogging is closer to his original idea about a read/write web."

BBC News. Berners-Lee on the Read/Write Web. Aug. 9, 2005.

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August 09, 2005

Cyworld Takes Hold of South Korea

"There's more to online social networks than matchmaking, and South Korea's Cyworld is showing the way.

"The online service blends homepage building and social networking with a host of other online activities, including Sims-like role-playing."

Jonny Evans. Koreans Find Secret Cybersauce. Wired News. Aug. 8, 2005.

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NASA Posts First In-Orbit Podcast

"As we wait for the space shuttle to return safely to earth ...

"We can listen to the first podcast from space, recorded on Sunday."

Neville Hobson. First Podcast From Space. WebProNews.com. Aug. 8, 2005.

See also:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Steve Robinson: First Podcaster From Space. Aug. 7, 2005.

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August 08, 2005

IBM Embodies Corporate Podcasting

"IBM is the latest major company to embrace podcasting, the digital audio craze that allows consumers to take audio programming off the Web and listen to it on portable music players.

"The world's largest computer company said on Friday it plans to introduce a series of occasional podcasts on its investor relations site as part of a broader effort to communicate directly to its investors and the wider public about hot topics."

Editor's note IBM's System & Technology Group offers podcasts with updates on key business and IT topics.

Eric Auchard. IBM Joins Podcast Craze With Audio Think-Pieces. Reuters. Aug. 5, 2005.

IBM. IBM To Start ''IBM and The Future Of ...'' Podcasts on Investor Web Site. (Press Release.) Aug. 5, 2005.

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Forrester Surveys RSS Users

"Only two percent of adults in North America say they use RSS. That's compared with five percent of teens and young adults aged 12 to 21, according to research in a pair of new reports on marketing and RSS from Forrester Research.

"Forrester Research Analyst Charlene Li notes the RSS user numbers don't include users who unknowingly use RSS, such as via a portal like My Yahoo! for example."

Sean Michael Kerner. Who's Using RSS. ClickZNews. Aug. 2, 2005.

See also:
Forrester Research. New Forrester Reports on RSS for Marketers Released. July 27, 2005.

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August 05, 2005

NewsGator Develops Enterprise RSS Server

"NewsGator Technologies introduced Enterprise Server on Thursday, a business-class application for enabling RSS content delivery behind the firewall.

"The product includes the NewsGator RSS reader and optional integration with Microsoft Outlook to deliver feeds into that e-mail application.

"The application syncs across multiple interfaces so that if someone reads a feed on the Web, it's marked as read whether the person next signs in to NewsGator from a mobile device or the desktop."

Susan Kuchinskas. RSS Behind The Firewall. InternetNews.com. Aug. 4, 2005.

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August 04, 2005

RSS to Influence OA Journal Publishing

"Here’s my prediction. The increasing popularity of blogs and RSS feeds will drive an increase in open-access professional journal publishing and will force many traditional, print-based publishers to consider offering at least some form of electronic distribution.

"The reason being is that the online open-access model can reach a wider audience at a faster rate than traditional print publishing can – and blogs and RSS feeds enable this to happen even more."

The Industrial Librarian. Why Blogs & RSS Feeds Will Help Drive Open-Access Journal Publishing. Aug. 1, 2005.

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August 03, 2005

Report: Blogosphere Doubles Every 5 Months

"The blogosphere is continuing to grow, with a weblog created every second, according to blog trackers Technorati.

"In its latest State of the Blogosphere report, it said the number of blogs it was tracking now stood at more than 14.2m blogs, up from 7.8m in March."

BBC News. One Blog Created 'Every Second'. Aug. 2, 2005.

See also:
Technorati Weblog. State of the Blogosphere, August 2005, Part 1: Blog Growth. Aug. 2, 2005.

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August 01, 2005

Apple Mainstreams Podcasting

"Ever since Steve Jobs returned to Apple Computer in 1997 after a 12-year absence, his company has thrived by executing the same essential formula over and over: Find an exciting new technology whose complexity and cost keep it out of the average person's life. Streamline it, mainstream it, strip away the geeky options. Take the credit.

"So far, Apple has worked this kind of magic on digital video editing, wireless networking, online music selling, RSS feeds (a kind of Web site subscription) and other technologies.

"Its latest attempt, however, will be music to an awful lot of ears. With its release of the free iTunes 4.9 software for Mac and Windows, Apple has just mainstreamed podcasting."

David Pogue. In One Stroke, Podcasting Hits Mainstream. News.com. July 31, 2005.

See also:
Ina Fried. New iTunes Hints at Coming Cell Phone Support. News.com. June 28, 2005.

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Will the BBC News Magazine Ban Blogs?

"One of the features of the appalling attacks in London this month has been the extraordinary range of material we have received from our readers.

"The contributions of our readers have not been a sideshow, they have been at the heart of our coverage.

"It's hardly something to celebrate at a time of such alarm and uncertainty, but there has without question been another step change in the relationship we have with our readers, their comments and pictures."

Pete Clifton. From the Editor's Desktop. BBC News Magazine. July 29, 2005.

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July 21, 2005

Ice-Rocket to Become BlogScour

"When billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban wanted to get instant feedback on his new movie about Enron, he found even the best search engines were not giving him immediate results.

"So the man who resurrected the Dallas Mavericks and took on Donald Trump in the reality TV game said he will soon relaunch his IceRocket search engine as BlogScour.

"Similar to www.technorati.com">Technorati or PubSub, Cuban's BlogScour will search for the latest postings across the so-called blogosphere and return a list of results."

Michael Singer. Mark Cuban to Relaunch IceRocket. News.com. July 20, 2005.

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Supreme Court Nominee Bolsters Web Activity

"The nomination of Judge John G. Roberts to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court fueled feverish activity on dozens of Web sites and blogs Wednesday.

"The Supreme Court nomination quickly became the most popular search topic on Technorati.com, a service that says it monitors more than 13.6 million Web logs."

Frank Barnako. Partisans, Start Your Web Postings. MarketWatch. July 20, 2005.

See also:
Page Rockwell. So We Have a Nominee. What's Next?. Salon.com. July 20, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: Salon.com normally requires a paid subscription, but you can view articles if you register for a free day pass.)

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July 20, 2005

K. Matthew Dames Gives Virtual Presentation

K. Matthew Dames, managing partner of Seso Group Digital Information Advisors and the executive editor of SNTReport.com and Search & Text Mining Report, is this month's speaker for SLA's Virtual Seminar series. Dames will present the second part of a two-part series on digital collaboration projects for information professionals, "Launching A Digital Collaboration Project." The second session is Webcast live at 2:00 EST on July 20.

(The first session was Webcast on July 6, and can be viewed via an SLA Replay.)

Attendance & Registration
Want to view Dames' presentation live? Check the SLA Virtual Seminar page for more information. If you have any additional questions, e-mail SLA at learning@sla.org or call the Professional Development Center at (703) 647-4925.

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Description
Whatever you call it – digital collaboration, social software, social networking – working across the Web is about more than technology or devices. Ultimately, it is about developing a community of practice where people readily share their information and knowledge, regardless of distance.

Many clients and end-users will suggest that the trend toward using digital collaboration lessens the need for librarians and other information professionals. Instead, the opposite is true: online information sharing increases the need for librarians as facilitators, researchers, and knowledge managers. With some work and initiative, technology-savvy Info Pros can position themselves inside their organizations as critically important team members at a time when their value is being questioned.

This two-part series looks at the tools and issues involved in creating an effective digital collaboration environment, and shares some ideas on how best to establish a digital collaboration initiative within an organization. The first part of the series, part of SLA's Virtual Learning Series, will explain the tools and terminology of digital collaboration, and how different organizations are using these tools to improve productivity and knowledge sharing.

Slides
K. Matthew Dames. Launching A Digital Collaboration Project. (.pdf, 1.8 MB) July 20, 2005.

Coming in August 2005
Stephen E. Arnold. The Google Legacy (Tetbury, Gloucester: United Kingdom. Infonortics, 2005)

Webliography

The American Customer Satisfaction Index.

Basecamp

Salesforce.com

Google Labs

Google Short Message Service

Google Mobile

Google Code

Blogger

Functioning Form. Battle for the Web OS. July 12, 2005.

Fred Vogelstein. Gates vs. Google: Search and Destroy. Fortune. May 2, 2005.

Charles Ferguson. What's Next for Google. TechnologyReview.com. January 2005.

Relax, Everything Is Deeply Intertwingled. Weblications. Dec. 20, 2004.

Troutgirl. Google Is Good for Web Dev. Dec. 18, 2004.

Kuro5hin. Web-Apps Are the Legacy of the Future. Oct. 25, 2004.

Jon Udell. Under Gmail’s Hood. InfoWorld. Oct. 22, 2004.

Kottke.org. GoogOS, the Google Operating System. April 6, 2004.

Topix.net Weblog. The Secret Source of Google's Power. April 4, 2004.

Tim O'Reilly. Inventing the Future. O'Reilly Networks. April 9, 2002.

Martha K. Heyman. Building Successful Relationships with IT Professionals. Information Outlook. April 2001.

PaulGraham.com. The Other Road Ahead. Sept. 2001.

Adam Bosworth. Microsoft's Vision for XML. Infoloom. No date.

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July 18, 2005

Podcasting Attracts Major Media Companies

"The runaway popularity of blogging, which has turned everyday people into online news outlets, caught the media establishment off guard.

"The industry is trying not to make the same mistake with podcasting which lets nearly anyone 'broadcast' on the Internet.

"While profits remain elusive, there's a bigger prize out there the company that manages to become the go-to Web site for podcasts could gain enough leverage to strike favorable deals with proven content providers, and generate cash by charging for subscriptions and advertising."

Associated Press. Podcasting Spurs a Media 'Land Grab'. ABC News. July 16, 2005.

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Multi-Purpose Software for iPod

"Accessories for the iPod are plentiful, and now there's software to make the portable music player even more versatile.

"Roxio's The Boom Box ($50, Mac only) includes five applications that reportedly can do a lot. Windows PC owners, read on because there probably is, or will be, similar software for you, too. Let's take a look."

Linda Knapp. Spice up Your iPod with Extra Applications. Seattle Times. July 16, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Roxio's software suite.

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Could Your Blog Find You A Job?

"A well expressed blog can do for a job seeker what a resume cannot — it provides insight into your thought processes, creativity, and communication skills.

"It can demonstrate to your reader how involved and interested you are in your field, and this presence can make all the difference to a potential employer."

The Virtual Handshake. Finding a Job with Your Blog. July 13, 2005.

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July 16, 2005

Blog ROI Measurement

Return on investment (ROI) measures project or campaign returns relative to related costs over time. It provides a single number, allowing executives to prioritize their marketing spend.

To date, ROI hasn't been applied to blogs. Many blogging experts have suggested calculating a blog ROI is impossible. As a professor, I teach students how to tie marketing to the bottom line. Calculating ROI for a blog should be no harder than calculating it for other marketing components.

Heidi Cohen. Corporate Blogs: Measure Their Value! ClickZ News. July 7, 2005.

See also:
Heidi Cohen. Blog Marketing Strategies (and How to Measure Them). ClickZ News. May 12, 2005.

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July 15, 2005

Bloggers Take Commentary to Next Level

"It was inevitable: Bloggers who previously wrote endlessly about everything from politics to tech tips to how to fry an egg on a hot sidewalk can now take their commentary, advice and random experiments to the next level by filming and broadcasting their work, thanks to the latest web trend -- video blogging.

"Video blogs -- also known by their shorter, clunkier name, vlogs -- are blogs that primarily feature video shorts instead of text."

Katie Dean. Blogging + Video = Vlogging. Wired News. July 13, 2005.

See also:
Neeraj Saxena. Video Blogs Move Full Stream Ahead. Economic Times. July 12, 2005.

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Newspapers Face Cost Challenges

"Newspaper publishers face economic problems common to many information industries: the fixed costs of creation are large, and the incremental costs of serving additional users are small. This leads to competition that results in prices so low they do not cover overall costs.

"Price deflation leads to firms collapsing and consolidating. Market power stabilizes or raises prices. And then, another wave of entry occurs, often through new technology, and a new cycle begins.

"In the process, the information industry is becoming among the most unstable of business sectors."

Eli Noam. Bad News for News. FT.com. July 14, 2005.

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July 14, 2005

Technorati Becomes Global Public Utility

"When former Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael K. Powell watched television coverage of the London bombings last week, he noticed that most of the significant pictures didn't originate from professional photographers employed by news agencies. They came from witnesses at the scene using cell phones and digital cameras to document the tragedy.

"'Journalists are trained not to be emotional, like a doctor doesn't fall in love with his patients,' Powell said. 'But people experiencing a tragedy can convey what actually happened while at the same time express deep emotion and engage in spirited storytelling.

"'A photo of someone climbing up through train wreckage is extremely powerful. A reporter rolling up to the scene behind a police line can rarely give you that.'"

Adam L. Penenberg. Technorati: A New Public Utility. Wired News. July 14, 2005.

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IBM to Add Enterprise Blogging Tool

"IBM plans to add blogging capabilities to the next version of its Workplace collaboration and development software, the company said on Wednesday.

"The company offered the details of its blog-related plans as part of a preview into the upgrades that will arrive sometime in August, when the company is expected to release its Workplace 2.5 and Workplace Designer 2.5 offerings.

Matt Hines. IBM Tacks Blogs to Workplace. News.com. July 13, 2005.

See also:
Dennis Callaghan. IBM Previews Enterprise Blogging Tools. eWeek. July 13, 2005.

Martin LaMonica. IBM Plays up Workplace Suite. News.com. Jan. 24, 2005.

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Search Tool Locates Images Through XML Feeds

"Pixsy is a new engine that provides access to imagery posted on various social networking services, blogs, mobile blogs, and other web sites.

"Results pages include thumbnails along with direct links to the image url and the page where the image is posted."

Gary Price. A New Image Search Tool Named Pixsy. SearchEngineWatch. July 14, 2005.

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July 13, 2005

Mark Cuban Offers Podcasting Advice

"The man who became a billionaire capitalizing on the Internet's ability to deliver radio programs has some advice for the thousands of people producing podcasts: Trying to make a business out of it is a mistake.

"In comments on his Web log, Mark Cuban, the founder of Audionet - which he sold for $6 billion - says all the enthusiasm about podcasting is déjá vu from 1996."

Frank Barnako. Mark Cuban: Been There, Heard That. MarketWatch. July 11, 2005.

See also:
Blog Maverick. Podcasting. July 8, 2005.

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CBS to Extend Online Reach

"CBSNews.com announced a major Web site expansion today. With it come expanded ad opportunities that capitalize on broadband, incorporate other CBS broadcast and Web properties, and will eventually involve both text and video RSS feeds, as well as podcasts.

"Andrew Heyward, president of CBS News, said the company had successfully 'placed a bet early on ad-supported video' which has paid off for the network.

"The new site's aim is to reach the 45 million-strong audience of affluent, at-work broadband users, many of whom are in a younger demographic than CBS' broadcast viewers."

Rebecca Lieb. CBSNews.com Launches Far-Reaching Ad Network. ClickZNews. July 12, 2005.

See also:
Susan Kuchinskas. TV Moves to the Internet. InternetNews.com. July 12, 2005.

David Bauder. CBS News Revamps Web Site as 24-hr Network. SeattlePI.com. July 12, 2005.

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July 11, 2005

Bloggers Capture First Draft of News

"Even as the last shockwaves of Thursday’s horrible bomb blasts ripped through London, the first photographs and eyewitness accounts had begun to circulate. But it wasn’t through the mainstream media that many of these stories and pictures first gained traction. Through photo sharing Web sites like flickr.com and individual and group blogs, the citizen journalist played as vital a role in disseminating information this week as any brand-name media outlet.

"Take, as a case study, the most instantly iconic photo to emerge from the bombings: a hazy picture of a man in a crowded, eerily lit subway tunnel, holding a handkerchief to his mouth. That picture was taken on a camera phone by Adam Stacey, by no means a professional photographer, who happened to be on the subway train that was hit in a tunnel outside the Kings Cross tube station."

Brian Braiker. History's New First Draft. Newsweek. July 9, 2005.

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July 09, 2005

Yahoo Moves Toward RSS Search

"Whether intentionally or not, Yahoo briefly showcased some of its RSS search plans on Friday when Webloggers discovered and then posted screen shots of a Yahoo site for finding syndication feeds.

"Yahoo Inc. executives previously have hinted at a possible search engine for blogs and feeds, but this week's sighting indicates that Yahoo is getting closer to releasing at least a test version of RSS search, search experts say.

"It also could usher in competition from a major Web search player for startups such as Technorati Inc. and Feedster Inc., which concentrate on feed search."

Matt Hicks. Yahoo RSS Search Test Skims the Web. eWeek. July 8, 2005.

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July 08, 2005

Web Responds to London Attacks

"News and blogs sites in the United Kingdom were hard hit as word of multiple explosions in London Thursday morning had concerned surfers looking for the latest word.

"The four blasts, which occurred between 8:51 and 9:47 London time, claimed a growing number of lives, and injured scores more. Officials surmised it was an al'Qaeda-style terrorist attack timed to coincide with the start of the G8 summit in the U.K.

"Once again the blogs proved themselves an invaluable resource for first-hand accounts and images of the incident, as well as other blog owners who extended their best-wishes to those involved."

Jim Wagner. Web Traffic Spikes After London Bombing. InternetNews.com. July 7, 2005.

See also:
Vauhini Vara. Bloggers and Photographers Chronicle Chaos in London. WSJ.com. July 7, 2005.

BBC News. Blogs Respond to London Blasts. July 7, 2005.

Libe Goad. Flickr Pics Capture London Terror. PCMag.com. July 7, 2005.

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SourceLabs Launches Wiki-Based Open Source Catalog

"SourceLabs Inc., a service provider for open-source software, Wednesday announced a new community-based catalog of open-source projects that also serves as a wiki and features RSS technology.

"Seattle-based SourceLabs introduced the new technology, called Swik, as a service to the open-source community, said Brad Silverberg, managing partner at venture capital firm Ignition Partners—which has invested in SourceLabs—and a SourceLabs board member.

"'It's primarily for developers and end users to find out about all the different open-source projects, including documentation, download sites, reviews, descriptions, tips, tricks, all that kind of stuff,' Silverberg said."

Darryl K. Taft. SourceLabs Open-Source Catalog Boasts Wiki, RSS Support. eWeek. July 6, 2005.

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High Tech Investors Launch VC Fund for RSS

"A group of investors has created a venture capital fund to raise $100 million to fund start-ups and others developing technology based on the RSS Web publishing format.

"RSS Investors, based in Cambridge, Mass., was formed last week to target the relatively new but fast-growing technology, with particular areas of interest being news aggregation, blogs, new classes of search engines and data aggregation in the financial and medical industries.

"The technology, which is quickly becoming mainstream, enables anyone to become a global online publisher and is changing the way people get information off the Web, said Jim Moore, a founding partner at RSS Investors."

Elinor Mills. RSS Lures Venture Capital Dollars. ZDNet. July 7, 2005.

See also:
Benjamin Pimentel. VC Group to Fund RSS Firms. San Francisco Chronicle. July 6, 2005.

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July 07, 2005

EFF Includes Labor Section to Blogging Guide

"The Bloggers' FAQ on Labor Law addresses legal issues arising from workplace blogging, including union organizing, protections for political blogging away from the workplace, and whistle-blogging."

Electronic Frontier Foundation. Bloggers' FAQ: Labor Law.

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July 06, 2005

K. Matthew Dames Gives SLA Virtual Presentation

K. Matthew Dames, managing partner of Seso Group Digital Information Advisors and the executive editor of SNTReport.com and Search & Text Mining Report, is this month's speaker for SLA's Virtual Seminar series. Dames will present a two-part series on digital collaboration projects for information professionals, with the first live session being Webcast at 2:00 EST on July 6. and the second live session being Webcast at 2:00 EST on July 20.

Attendance & Registration
Want to view Dames' presentation live? Check the SLA Virtual Seminar page for more information. If you have any additional questions, e-mail SLA at learning@sla.org or call the Professional Development Center at (703) 647-4925.

This session will be taped and available for viewing within one week of the Webcast.

Description
Whatever you call it – digital collaboration, social software, social networking – working across the Web is about more than technology or devices. Ultimately, it is about developing a community of practice where people readily share their information and knowledge, regardless of distance.

Many clients and end-users will suggest that the trend toward using digital collaboration lessens the need for librarians and other information professionals. Instead, the opposite is true: online information sharing increases the need for librarians as facilitators, researchers, and knowledge managers. With some work and initiative, technology-savvy Info Pros can position themselves inside their organizations as critically important team members at a time when their value is being questioned.

This two-part series looks at the tools and issues involved in creating an effective digital collaboration environment, and shares some ideas on how best to establish a digital collaboration initiative within an organization. The first part of the series, part of SLA's Virtual Learning Series, will explain the tools and terminology of digital collaboration, and how different organizations are using these tools to improve productivity and knowledge sharing.

Slides
K. Matthew Dames. Digital Collaboration: Tools & Terms. (.pdf, 2.7 MB) July 6, 2005.

Webliography
Covad. "The Ringing" (Flash movie; Flash Player required.)

Salesforce.com: Hosted customer relationship management tool, with contact management, marketing campaign budgeting and analysis, and mobile and wireless capability.

Bloglines: Hosted RSS and news aggregator.

37Signals: Developer of several hosted business tools, including Backpack (a collaborative online planner and to-do list), and the highly regarded Basecamp (hosted project management application).

Thomas Bleha. Down to the Wire. Foreign Affairs. May/June 2005. ("Once a leader in Internet innovation, the United States has fallen far behind Japan and other Asian states in deploying broadband and the latest mobile-phone technology.")

Heather Green and Robert D. Hof. Picking Up Where Search Leaves Off. BusinessWeek Online. April 11, 2005. ("The time-saving trend of "tagging" is luring legions of Web surfers -- and Yahoo! ")

Daniel Terdiman. Folksonomies Tap People Power. Wired News. Feb. 1, 2005. ("The job of tags isn't to organize all the world's information into tidy categories. It's to add value to the giant piles of data that are already out there.")

Technorati: A blog index.

SNTReport.com: Seso Group LLC publication that finds, filters, summarizes important digital collaboration news six days each week.

Search & Text Mining Report: Seso Group LLC publication that finds, filters, summarizes important news about the business, technology, and law of search and search engines. Published five days each week.

Micro Persuasion: Blog of public relations executive Steve Rubel.

GM FastLane: "The FastLane blog is where you can come to read the latest, greatest musings of GM leaders on topics relevant to the company, the industry and the global economy, and -- most of all -- to our customers and other car enthusiasts."

Charlene Li. Blogging: Bubble or Big Deal? Forrester Research. Nov. 5, 2004.

Mark Pilgrim. What Is RSS? O'Reilly XML.com. Dec. 18, 2002.

Jeff Tyson. How Instant Messaging Works. HowStuffWorks. No date.

Robert Kaye. Next-Generation File Sharing with Social Networks. O'Reilly Open P2P. March 5, 2004.

Miriam Rainsford. A Musician's Take on File Sharing, DRM, and Copyleft Licensing. O'Reilly Open P2P. June 10, 2003.

Wikipedia. Founded in 2001, Wikipedia bills itself as "the free-content encyclopedia that anyone can edit."

JotSpot: A Wiki web application development through a " Microsoft Word style editing" interface. For a demonstration of JotSpot's capabilities, please see Jon Udell's Flash movie. (Flash Player required.)

Federal Communications Commission. Voice Over Internet Protocol: Frequently Asked Questions. May 24, 2005.

vSkype: Skype plugin that allows users to see who they are talking to while sharing applications, spreadsheets or photos in real time. (Windows only)

IPDrum. Its IPdrum Mobile Cable connects Skype to a mobile telephone via the mobile telephone network - allowing Skype users true mobility and worldwide calling for local rates.

Heather Wilson. Gaming for Librarians: An Introduction. (.pdf) VOYA. February 2005.

K. Matthew Dames. Commentary on New iTunes Cell Phone. SNTReport.com. July 5, 2005.

Fred Vogelstein. Gates vs. Google: Search and Destroy. Fortune. May 2, 2005. ("Bill Gates is on a mission to build a Google killer. What got him so riled? The darling of search is moving into software—and that's Microsoft's turf.")

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RSS Attracts Internet Advertisers

"The fledgling RSS business is starting to attract some attention from those catering to Internet advertisers.

"Google, Pheedo, Feedster and Yahoo Search Marketing are all peddling advertising options for RSS, an increasingly popular way of having a personal computer automatically retrieve information from the Internet.

"Some big companies, like Verizon, are starting to buy space in the RSS information streams, which are selected anonymously and pulled from Web sites by a PC."

Louise Story. Marketers See Opportunity as RSS Gains Users. News.com. July 5, 2005.

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Blogs Assist Authors in Writing Process

"When he has writer's block, John Battelle, author of the forthcoming book 'The Search: The Inside Story of How Google and Its Rivals Changed Everything,' keeps on writing. But not his book manuscript. Instead, he goes straight to his blog (battellemedia.com).

"Mr. Battelle, a founder of Wired and The Industry Standard magazines, sometimes makes quick notes on the blog about a topic related to his book, and other times posts longer essays. 'Writing for the blog is more like having a conversation,' Mr. Battelle said.

"For years, book authors have used the Internet to publicize their work and to keep in touch with readers. Several, like Mr. Battelle, are now experimenting with maintaining blogs while still in the act of writing their books."

Tania Ralli. Dear Blog: Today I Worked on My Book. The New York Times. July 4, 2005.

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Business Blogging in the U.K.

"Do weblogs inevitably mean corporate chaos and PR disaster? Adam Hill finds that while some firms are running scared, others have joined the conversation.

"Kensington Locks, the US-based PC peripherals supplier, may not be the world's best known brand. Yet in May, millions of web- surfers read one blogger's demonstration of how its locks for securing laptops could be opened with just a piece of cardboard.

"It followed hot on the heels of another blog involving bicycle lock manufacturer Kryptonite. Last year a blogger wrote that its locks could be opened with a biro. Both are examples of a new PR headache to which some PROs do not seem to know how to respond."

PR Week. Reputation Management: Blogs Cast a Shadow. July 1, 2005.

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July 05, 2005

Live 8 Concert Sets World Records

"Live 8 has proved to be a triumph for technology, with millions participating in the event via the web and mobiles.

"Almost 27 million people texted in their support for a petition asking G8 leaders to double aid and cancel debts for the world's poorest countries.

"Millions watched the event online and recordings of Sergeant Pepper were on sale an hour after being sung live. But videos and audio of many of the acts were also available via BitTorrent file-sharing software."

BBC News. Net Fuels Live 8 Extravaganza. July 4, 2005.

See also:
Lars Brandle. Live 8 Shatters Records. Billboard Radio Monitor. July 4, 2005.

Michelle Meyers. Live Aid for the Internet Age. News.com. July 2, 2005.

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Online Retailers Test Power of Blogs

"Next on board the blogging bandwagon: e-tailer

"Online merchants are starting to test Web logs, which are akin to online diaries, in hopes of giving their stores more personality and giving customers a reason to return even when they're not in the mood to buy. But for companies like Bluefly.com, eHobbies, Ice.com and others, blogs are so far afield from typical retail functions that they will take time to master."

Bob Tedeschi. Blogging While Browsing, But Not Buying. News.com. July 4, 2005.

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July 01, 2005

Blinkx Unveils Podcast Search Tool

"Search provider blinkx on Wednesday debuted a service to find podcasts and video blogs across the web, addressing the rapid proliferation of these new forms of content.

"blinkx has already introduced a search engine that finds video content, and the video blog and podcast search facilities add to its multimedia and desktop search capabilities. Users can also upload their own video blogs and podcasts to the search site.

"Like other companies, blinkx is recognizing the growing importance of podcasts as a way to bring their message to users of iPods and other portable MP3 players."

Red Herring. Blinkx Debuts Podcast Search. June 29, 2005.

See also:
Gary Price. Blinkx Now Offering Podcast Search. SearchEngineWatch. June 29, 2005.

Keith Regan. Blinkx Carves Out Niche With Podcast Search Tool. E-Commerce Times. June 29, 2005.

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June 30, 2005

Web Community Fights Blog Regulation

"Are bloggers going mainstream? Web log founders who built followings with anti-establishment postings are now lobbying the establishment to try to fend off government regulation. Some are even working with a political action committee, lawyers and public-relations consultants to do it.

"They say they have no choice.

"'There's a certain responsibility I have to help protect the medium. I have the platform, the voice to be able to do so,' said Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, founder of the Daily Kos Web log .

Moulitsas testified Tuesday at a hearing on a Federal Election Commission proposal that would extend some campaign finance rules to the Internet, including bloggers. He urged the FEC to take a hands-off approach."

Sharon Theimer. Bloggers Go Mainstream to Fight Regulation. SFGate.com. June 28, 2005.

Duncan Black, Markos Moulitsas Zúniga and Matt Stoller. Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: The Internet: Definitions of "Public Communication" and "Generic Campaign Activity" and Disclaimers. (.pdf) June 3, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Senators McCain and Feingold reassuring blogger regulation.

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Paid Bloggers Endorse Products Without Disclosure

"Jeff Cutler has never purchased anything from Dot Flowers, but you might think otherwise, reading the Hingham resident's blog.

"'No more driving to the corner to buy flowers and hand-deliver them,' he wrote on his Web page. ''Nope. Now I go online to places like Dot Flowers.com and 1-800-Flowers. I like Dot a little better just because of the personal touch.'

"Dot Flowers's ad agency paid Cutler $5 this spring to promote the florist and put a link to its website on his blog, or online journal, short for web log. Cutler, who does not disclose the payment on his blog, is one of more than 2,000 bloggers whom marketer USWeb enlisted to hawk products and services. That helped the nascent florist double its sales in the first three months and shoot up near the top of Google's search list, according to USWeb."

Jenn Abelson. For a Fee, Some Blogs Boost Firms. Boston.com. June 26, 2005.

Related:
GNN.tv. Blogging for Dollars. May 13, 2005.

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June 27, 2005

Blogs Beat Press Releases

"Despite the popular image of PR firms as press release factories and their account personnel as pitching machines, the reality is that the press release is pretty much dead as a piece of the strategic communications arsenal. We've gone from the era of mass production, mass merchandising and mass marketing to one where customization is king.

"In this environment, press releases are to PR professionals what the 30-second television commercial is becoming to the advertising industry. As far as most reporters and editors are concerned, they are overproduced, they lack differentiation, they generally aren't relevant and the vast majority just aren't worthy of coverage."

Sally Saville Hodge. The Press Release is Dead (Will Somebody Please Tell the Clients?). MarketingProfs.com. June 21, 2005

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Iranians Find Political Voice Through Blogs

"The Persian blogland is less than four years old, and so Friday's presidential election is the first of its kind in the post-weblog world.

"Iranian weblogs, one of the largest web communities in the world, owe their significance to the welcome they have received from middle-class Iranians inside and outside the country.

"Thousands of voices not heard via Iranian state-owned media can now express their views through the internet.

Mehdi Jami. Iranian Blogs Take on the Election. BBC News. June 17, 2005.

Update: OpenNet Initiative. Internet Filtering in Iran in 2004-2005. (.pdf) June 21, 2005. (The OpenNet Initiative Claims Iran, along with China, is the biggest censor of online content in the world.)

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Microsoft Integrates RSS Into Longhorn

"Microsoft's next version of its browser, Internet Explorer 7, will make it easier for people to keep automatically aware of website updates.

"IE7 will have an orange button on the toolbar which will light up when it detects a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed on a site.

"Users can click on a 'plus' button to subscribe to the site's feed, as they would with a bookmark."

Jo Twist. Microsoft Makes Web Feeds Easier. BBC News. June 24, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. Microsoft Draws Cheers, Jeers over RSS in Longhorn. eWeek. June 24, 2005.

Harry McCracken. Microsoft: RSS Will Be Big in Longhorn. PCWorld. June 24, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Microsoft's support for RSS.

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June 25, 2005

CBS Plans to Bypass Cable With Internet

"Marketwatch.com founder Larry Kramer, barely two months into his new job as president of CBS Digital, is rapidly implementing major changes to turn CBS News into what sounds like one of the most ambitious experiments in mass media journalism transparency.

"Kramer says CBS News will soon provide coverage of its internal decision-making processes and meetings, including video and interviews wth reporters and producers, along with online access to video interviews cut from television broadcasts.

"CBS will also launch an online edition of its fabled (and recently tarnished) television news magazine, 60 Minutes, and incorporate feedback and video from bloggers."

Andrew Nachison. Larry Kramer: CBS Will be Web Centric and Bypass Cable. Morph. June 22, 2005.

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June 24, 2005

Answers.com & IceRocket Partner

"Answers.com, a Gurunet owned answer-based search engine, and IceRocket.com have partnered to direct IceRocket.com visitors to Answers.com for reference content, and Answers.com will send its 'blog search' traffic to IceRocket.

"Answers.com/GuruNet will receive a share of any revenues generated by its referral traffic to IceRocket."

Loren Baker. Answers.com and IceRocket Partner for Blog Search. Search Engine Journal. June 21, 2005.

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Microsoft to Announce Additional RSS Support

"Microsoft plans to announce on Friday that it is expanding its support for the Web publishing standard Really Simple Syndication.

"Most typically, RSS is used by news publishers and bloggers to notify subscribers when new information has been posted. It is also used by podcasters to alert listeners to new available audio.

"Microsoft is proposing an extension to RSS that would allow it to better support ordered lists of information."

Ina Fried. Microsoft to Bolster RSS Support. News.com. June 23, 2005.

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June 23, 2005

Study: Majority of Journalists Use Blogs

"The trend toward PR agencies setting up blog-specific practices got a boost this week, as a new study found that more than half of journalists use blogs in the course of their work.

"The research, conducted by Euro RSCG Magnet and Columbia University, would seem to support the importance of efforts like Ketchum's 'Personalized Media' practice and CooperKatz' Micro Persuasion effort.

"The Euro RSCG/Columbia study shows that more than 51 percent of journalists use blogs regularly, and 28 percent rely on them to help in their day-to-day reporting duties. By contrast, a recent Pew Internet and American Life Project survey showed that just 11 percent of the U.S. population as a whole reads blogs."

Pamela Parker. Study Bolsters Blog-Related PR Practices. ClickZNews. June 21, 2005.

See also:
Euro RSCG Magnet. Eleventh Annual Euro RSCG Magnet and Columbia University Survey of the Media Finds More than Half of Journalists Use Blogs Despite Being Unconvinced of their Credibility. (Press Release.) June 20, 2005.

Enid Burns. Ketchum Bows 'Personalized Media' Practice. ClickZNews. June 14, 2005.

Kevin Newcomb. CooperKatz Debuts Micro Persuasion Practice. ClickZNews. Feb. 9, 2005.

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More Businesses Use Blogs for Internal Communication

"Blogs are no longer just outlets for cranky people but are increasingly being used by businesses to peddle products, communicate with employees, and project a corporate image to the world, said panelists at the Supernova 2005 technology conference which began Tuesday.

"Web logs, or blogs, began popping up on the Internet several years ago as forums for private citizens to share their personal musings on everything from child rearing to 'Seinfeld.' But a growing number of companies are finding that blogs are also legitimate business tools that can help with interactive marketing or internal communications, the technology experts said during a 'Business Blogging' workshop before the San Francisco conference’s official start.

"What’s key for management is realizing that even though corporate bloggers may have a slightly irreverent tone, they often really do have a constructive agenda, the panelists said."

Red Herring. Blogs Grow as Business Tools. June 21, 2005.

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June 22, 2005

The Blogging Paradox

"Every day, it seems, there are more blogs, more compilations of blogs and more chatter about blogs, as online debate comes in more flavors.

"You have congressmen, presidential candidates and corporate leaders all doing the blog thing, as well as legions of ordinary folks armed mainly with opinions.

"This, in my view, is a great thing, even though no human being, including me, can keep up with the millions of words being posted each day."

Howard Kurtz. Blog Wars. WashingtonPost.com. June 21, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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Companies Revisit Communication Security

"Nancy Garrity's mistake was not in sending off-color jokes to a co-worker. Rather, she erred by using e-mail to do it, instead of blasting out an instant message that would have been lost to history.

"That won Garrity a footnote in Massachusetts legal history when she lost a lawsuit against John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. after the Boston insurer fired her for violating its e-mail policy.

"Such policies are widespread today, but are getting revisited as companies awaken to the danger posed to their secrets and reputation by employee use of instant messages and Web logs, or 'blogs.'"

Alexander Soule. How the E-Mail Cops are Getting Wise. MSNBC News. June 19, 2005.

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June 20, 2005

Research Indicates Podcasting to Soar by 2010

"According to new forecasts from The Diffusion Group, a US-based consumer technology research consultancy, demand for time-shifted digital audio files - that's 'podcasts' to you and me - is expected to grow from less than 15% of portable digital music player owners in the US in 2004 to 75% by 2010.

"The firm says its new report Podcasting: Fact, Fiction and Opportunity - which costs a whopping $1,495.00! - suggests that between 2004 and 2010, the use of podcasting among US consumers will enjoy a compound annual growth rate of 101%."

NevOn. Ride the Podcasting Long Tail. June 17, 2005.

See also:
The Diffusion Group. Podcasting Users to Approach 60 Million US Consumers by 2010. June 15, 2005.

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Intercasting Launches Personal Publishing Solution

"The trouble with blogging is that bloggers are forced to think and compose at their desks.

"That is one view held by proponents of the latest twist on those Internet-based publications: mobile blogging.

"A handful of companies have begun offering software that allows people to read and write blogs on cellular phones. The concept, known in some circles as moblogging, lets bloggers take pictures, record sound and type in text while on the go."

Matt Richtel. Software Lets Bloggers Post via Cellphone. The New York Times. June 20, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Rabble software.

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June 17, 2005

Microsoft Helps China Censor Bloggers

"Microsoft is aiding China’s web censors in what could be a lesson for other multinationals.

"Just two and a half weeks after Microsoft launched its new China-based web portal, the company acknowledged on Tuesday that it is censoring blogs posted there to avoid politically sensitive words like 'freedom,' 'democracy,' and 'human rights.'

"If the blogs contain such words in the subject line, the poster will get a message saying 'prohibited language, please delete.' The portal was launched on May 26 and already has hosted about 5 million blogs, according to Microsoft."

The situation, which has been widely reported by The Associated Press, Reuters, and other news organizations, exemplifies the dilemma that multinationals face: how to do business with partners whose norms are different from one’s own in such areas as free speech.

Red Herring. MSN Plays by China’s Rules. June 15, 2005.

See also:
Reporters Without Borders. Microsoft Censors its Blog Tool. June 14, 2005.

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June 15, 2005

EFF Publishes Legal Guide for Bloggers

"Whether you're a newly minted blogger or a relative old-timer, you've been seeing more and more stories pop up every day about bloggers getting in trouble for what they post.

"Like all journalists and publishers, bloggers sometimes publish information that other people don't want published. You might, for example, publish something that someone considers defamatory, republish an AP news story that's under copyright, or write a lengthy piece detailing the alleged crimes of a candidate for public office.

"The difference between you and the reporter at your local newspaper is that in many cases, you may not have the benefit of training or resources to help you determine whether what you're doing is legal. And on top of that, sometimes knowing the law doesn't help - in many cases it was written for traditional journalists, and the courts haven't yet decided how it applies to bloggers."

Electronic Frontier Foundation. EFF: Legal Guide for Bloggers. June 8, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on EFF's guide for safe blogging.

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Internet Pioneers Reflect on Progress

"In 1973, two scientists began working on a design to bring together disparate networks that would allow computers to communicate with one another.

"More than 30 years later, Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn -- whose work gave us the Internet -- are enjoying the fruits of their early labor. They were in San Francisco last week to receive the 2004 A.M. Turing Award, the computer field's equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

"The men say that they couldn't have imagined the ease with which people can access billions of pieces of information, not to mention create it."

Bambi Francisco. Internet Inventors Reflect on Creation. MarketWatch. June 14, 2005.

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June 14, 2005

Airline's Strategy Includes Online Community

"These days, you would be hard pressed to find many travelers who say the airlines are paying close attention to their customers' concerns. But there are at least 274 Continental frequent fliers who would have to concede that the company's top brass at least listened to their complaints - in person, over dinner and drinks.

"Early in April, Continental Airlines played host at a gathering in Houston for members of FlyerTalk.com, a travel Web site best known for its message boards where travelers discuss, dissect and often complain about pretty much anything related to travel, but mostly airlines and their frequent-flier programs.

"Blogs may be grabbing all the media headlines, but online communities like FlyerTalk are wielding a different kind of influence in the corporate world, providing instant feedback from those critics who marketers have called influencers. Just by logging on, companies can study, learn from and even respond to the cacophony of opinions about what they are doing wrong and what they are doing right without spending a dime on focus groups or market research."

Susan Stellin. On Board the Message Board. The New York Times. June 14, 2005.

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June 11, 2005

Newsweek to Include Technorati Links

"Addressing a Dutch publishers' conference in Amsterdam this morning, Gregory Osberg, executive vice president and worldwide publisher of Newsweek, made an interesting announcement. Within the next few weeks, Newsweek is going to publish links to relevant Technorati entries next to its articles."

Monique Van Dusseldorp. Newsweek to Publish Technorati Links With Articles. Poynter Online. June 9, 2005.

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Business Software Alliance Describes Future Technologies

"Too much wine with dinner? In the future, your car might not start if you're drunk -- and it might automatically call a cab, notify your spouse and even reschedule business appointments early the next morning.

"That sobering vision of things to come could also include the ability to read important e-mails and other vital messages on television, wireless telephone or computers at work and at home.

"To Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, technology in the future promises better tools for sorting and managing important information -- from e-mails, instant messages, blogs and Web sites -- that will help computer users discard their digital junk."

Ted Bridis. Top CEOs Describe Future Technologies. BusinessWeek Online. June 10, 2005.

See also:
Associated Press. Video Interview with Business Software Alliance.

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June 09, 2005

Archivist Creates BBS Documentary

"Before America Online, Friendster, forums and blogs, geeks communicated with one another in a clunky and pedestrian way that was the precursor to all subsequent forms of online communication.

"It was called a bulletin board system, or BBS, and was essentially a virtual living room where people hooked up remotely to chat, exchange freeware or play computer games, albeit at a really slow speed.

"Anyone nostalgic for those halcyon days can now thank digital archivist and filmmaker Jason Scott for BBS: The Documentary, a five-and-a-half-hour paean to the era when computers were named Stacy and Lisa, and tech loyalists fought bitter battles over the superiority of Ataris to Amigas."

Kim Zetter. How Humble BBS Begat Wired World. Wired News. June 8, 2005.

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BlogPulse Tracks Popularity of Blogs

"Want the latest buzz about what's going on in politics, sports, entertainment or other current events? BlogPulse maps trends by mining the hot topics appearing in millions of blogs.

"Like Feedster, Technorati and other blog search engines that we've written about, BlogPulse from Intelliseek is a specialized search engine that helps you locate information in more than 11 million blogs.

"BlogPulse extends this tracking capability by offering the ability to map the popularity of words mentioned in blogs over a period of time."

Chris Sherman. Tracking Trends via the Blogosphere. SearchEngineWatch. June 7, 2005.

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June 08, 2005

China Forces Blogs to Register

"In its latest measure to tighten policing of the Internet, China has begun requiring bloggers and owners of personal Web sites to register with the government or be forced offline.

"The new regulations, announced in March, took effect this week, with a warning on the Web site of the Information Ministry that the sites of those who failed to comply would be shut down.

"The measures come against the backdrop of explosive growth of Internet use in China, and the development of Web logs and personal sites as alternative sources of news, as in many other countries."

Howard W. French. China Tightens Restrictions on Bloggers and Web Owners. The New York Times. June 8, 2005.

See also:
BBC News. Chinese Blogs Face Restrictions. June 7, 2005.

Reporters Without Borders. Authorities Declare War on Unregistered Websites and Blogs. June 6, 2005.

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Overview of Corporate Blog Policies

"On four points, all of the eight most well-known corporate blogging policies agree -- corporate bloggers are personally responsible and they should abide by existing rules, keep secrets and be nice. Those four principles are the core of today's corporate blogging rules.

"I've compared and categorized the corporate blogging policies and guidelines of IBM, Yahoo! (pdf), Hill & Knowlton, Plaxo, Thomas Nelson, Feedster, Groove and Sun.

"Why a comparison? I figured it would be valuable for many other organizations to get an overview of these early policies. Maybe see the patterns. And it is interesting to find what all of them consider important -- and perhaps even more interesting are some of the more unusual pieces of advice/rules."

Fredrik Wacka. Policies Compared: Today's Corporate Blogging Rules. WebProNews.com. June 6, 2005.

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BBC's 'Go Digital' to Podcast

"The BBC World Service's flagship technology radio programme, Go Digital, will be available as a podcast from today as presenter Gareth Mitchell explains."

BBC News. Go Digital Turns to Podcasting. June 6, 2005.

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Pennsylvania's Tourism Marketing Tactic Includes Blogs

"Pennsylvania is turning to a new kind of travel writer to sell its glories: the blogger.

"The state tourism office has created six blogs for selected 'real people' to record their visits to prime Pennsylvania locations over the summer in exchange for their expenses paid."

Jon Hurdle. Pennsylvania Uses Bloggers to Lure Tourists. Reuters. June 6, 2005.

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June 07, 2005

Apple Promises Easier Podcasting

"Apple Computer Inc. CEO Steve Jobs called podcasting 'the hottest thing going in radio' on Monday and promised to make it easier for audiophiles to create and distribute the digital recordings.

"At a technology conference on Monday, Jobs previewed iTunes version 4.9. The software allows users to click on and subscribe to different podcasts, then automatically delivers the shows to any connected iPod -- far less cumbersome than the third-party applications many listeners now need.

"The newest iTunes will include a directory of podcasts, and creators will be able to register their shows with Apple's iTunes Music Store."

Rachel Konrad. Apple Vows to Make Podcasting Easier. BusinessWeek Online. June 6, 2005.

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June 06, 2005

Music Bloggers Develop "Music Blog Network"

"Blogs aren't just for scaring politicians anymore. Several weblogs are becoming influential in music and entertainment. Savvy entertainment companies have taken advantage of music-focused blogs to promote their music, books and films as part of the ongoing conversation taking place in the 'blogosphere.'

"Now, a group of leading music bloggers have formed the Music Blog Network to help entertainment marketers quickly target the blogs' influential music fans."

Adrants. Bloggers Launch Music Blog Ad Network. June 5, 2005.

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June 04, 2005

Wiki Founder Recommends Collaborative E-Gov Tools

"Public Web logs that can be modified by anyone with a browser could give citizens more power to affect policy, an Ohio State University expert says.

"Philosophy lecturer Larry Sanger, who spoke June 2 at the FCW Events' Web-Enabled Government Conference, said he believes that government agencies should consider using so-called wiki collaboration tools, which are rapidly growing in popularity.

"Wikis, Sanger said, can help government agencies in at least three ways."

Aliya Sternstein. Wiki Advocate Sees Government Uses. FCW. June 3, 2005.

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Newspapers Embrace Podcasting

"Desperate to reach a more mobile audience, some newspapers are turning to podcasting. A growing number now offer Internet radio programs, sending stories from their pages to iPods and other players."

National Public Radio. Papers Turn to Podcasting, the Newest of Media. All Things Considered. June 2, 2005.

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June 03, 2005

Google Unveils Portal Services

"In just a few minutes last month, Google went from being a technology leader to being a trailer, well behind rivals such as Yahoo and MSN, the Microsoft Network.

"While Google is still top in the world of web search, Google Labs' unveiling of a personalised version of the engine cast new light on the company's attempt to become something more: a portal.

"In this market, Google has taken its first baby step, while the opposition is miles ahead."

Jack Schofield. Portal Combat. Guardian Unlimited. June 2, 2005.

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Six Apart Plans to Combat TrackBack Spammers

"If you have a TypePad blog, here's some good news on what Six Apart is planning to implement as part of major improvements in everyone's efforts to combat comment and trackback spam.

"First, we'll provide support for TypeKey-based comment authentication.

"Second, we'll add the ability for you to moderate comments and trackbacks.

"Finally, on top of the authentication and moderation functionality, we're working on a greatly enhanced set of screens in TypePad for managing comments and trackbacks."

Neville Hobson. TypePad Blogs To Get Spam-Fighting Features. WebProNews.com. June 1, 2005.

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Thunderbird Update to Include Podcast Support

"Developers of the Mozilla Foundation's open-source e-mail client have added a podcasting feature to its arsenal and improved its defense against phishing attacks.

"The changes were highlighted Tuesday in a Mozilla blog that discussed modifications to the software before its upcoming 1.1 release. They are not available in the current 1.0.2 release.

"Thunderbird already supports RSS feeds as they are commonly used by blogs, but a new patch will deal with Podcast-type content by opening a dialog box through which the user can summon a helper application such as a Web browser or audio player."

Renai LeMay. Thunderbird Gets Podcasting Support. News.com. June 2, 2005.

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June 02, 2005

PubSub Launches PubSub Government

"PubSub has launched a new service today called PubSub Government today that allows the user to quickly track news and blog postings about the U.S. Federal government as well as all state governments."

Gary Price. PubSub Launches New Service. SearchEngineWatch. June 1, 2005.

See also:
PubSub. Pubsub Demonstrates the Power of Prospective Search with U.S. Government Watching Tool. (Press Release.) June 1, 2005.

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Blog Provides Feedback of Van Cliburn Competition

"The world will get a rare live look into the high-stress world of professional classical music performance beginning Wednesday night, with all the catastrophically missed notes, beads of sweat and spine-tingling performances intact.

From its stage in Fort Worth, Texas, the International Van Cliburn Competition--often dubbed the Olympics of piano playing--will be Webcasting its quadrennial finals through this week. As a bonus for Net-heads, a sharply opinionated blog, written for casual music listeners as well as for professionals, is keeping score."

John Borland. Blogging Classical Music's High-Stress Test. News.com. June 1, 2005.

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Newspapers Warned of New Media Threat

"Newspapers are far from dead, despite the challenge from online news and blogs, media executives have been told.

"At the world's biggest annual print media gathering, organised by the World Association of Newspapers (WAN), speakers were upbeat about the prospects for print.

"Newspaper circulation rose slightly in 2004, according to the newspaper body. But the industry still faces many challenges from new media, some 1,300 delegates were told."

Peter Feuilherade. Newspapers Face Up to New Media. BBC News. May 31, 2005.

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Companies Hire Bloggers for PR

"In its short lifespan, blogging has largely been a freewheeling exercise in online self-expression. Now it is also becoming a corporate job.

"A small but growing number of businesses are hiring people to write blogs, otherwise known as Web logs, or frequently updated online journals.

"Companies are looking for candidates who can write in a conversational style about timely topics that would appeal to customers, clients and potential recruits."

Sarah E. Needleman. Blogging Becomes A Corporate Job; Digital 'Handshake'?. WSJ.com. May 31, 2005.

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Bloggers Are Here to Stay

"There is, writes Virginia Postrel in her column on Forbes.com, 'something about blogs [that] makes a lot of respectable journalists hyperventilate. News pros seem terribly threatened by online amateurs.'

"As an illustration she quotes a Los Angeles Times columnist, David Shaw, an über-hack who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for his media criticism. Blogging, Shaw writes, is a 'solipsistic, self-aggrandising, journalist-wannabe genre'. Bloggers are 'practitioners of what is at best pseudo-journalism' and 'many bloggers ... don't seem to worry much about being accurate'.

"Postrel goes on to point out that Shaw omits to provide any links to blogs which illustrate these dismissive claims - in itself an interesting lapse in journalistic standards. But that is par for this course."

John Naughton. Journalists Must Stop Being in Denial: Bloggers are Here to Stay. Guardian Unlimited. May 29, 2005.

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June 01, 2005

FeedMesh Advances RSS Feeds

"Some of the leading RSS search and aggregation services have begun banding together to build a next-generation approach for distributing update notifications to the syndicated feeds that are a core part of most Weblogs and a growing number of news and portal sites.

"Called FeedMesh, the approach takes the dozens of ping services that exist today a step further by seeking cooperation among aggregators to share updates among themselves."

Matt Hicks. RSS Updates Moving Beyond Pings. eWeek. May 31, 2005.

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June 3rd: FEC Political Blogs Comment Deadline

"Web loggers, who pride themselves on freewheeling political activism, might face new federal rules on candidate endorsements, online fundraising and political ads, though bloggers who don't take money from political groups would not be affected.

"Draft rules from the Federal Election Commission, which enforces campaign finance laws, would require that paid political advertisements on the Internet declare who funded the ad, as television spots do.

"Similar disclaimers would be placed on political Web sites, as well as on e-mails sent to people on purchased lists containing more than 500 addresses. The FEC also is considering whether to require Web loggers, called bloggers, to disclose whether they get money from a campaign committee or a candidate and to reveal whether they are being paid to write about certain candidates or solicit contributions on their behalf."

Dawn Withers. FEC Treads Into Sticky Web of Political Blogs. Chicago Tribune. May 31, 2005.

See also:
Peter Overby. Campaign Finance Rules for Political Bloggers?. National Public Radio. May 26, 2005.

Federal Register. Federal Election Commission: Internet Regulations. April 4, 2005.

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Times Online Offers RSS Feeds

"Times Online has become the latest national UK newspaper site to offer a free RSS news feed for readers.

"The Times site today introduced four feeds covering Britain, world, sport and business news, each offering 20 stories per day. More specialist news feeds will be introduced according to demand."

Jemima Kiss. Times Online Joins the Feeding Frenzy. Online Journalism News. May 31, 2005.

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May 31, 2005

Is Blogging Dangerous for Youth?

"Blogs are a fun forum of self-expression for adolescents. But might blogging be dangerous?

"Earlier this year, 13-year-old Shannon Sullivan of Wood-Ridge, N.J., was socializing in the same way as dozens of her classmates at Our Lady of the Assumption School. She maintained a personalized page on a website that contained her photograph and details about what makes her unique. Friends would surf by and leave fun messages.

"But then her mother found out. And now her site, and those of her friends - once lovingly adorned with everything from sound bites to video clips - are fast disappearing at the insistence of their safety-minded parents."

G. Jeffrey MacDonald. Teens: It's a diary. Adults: It's unsafe.. Christian Science Monitor. May 25, 2005.

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Book Becomes Best Seller Without Advertising

"New digital marketing book 'Call to Action' has shot up the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Amazon.com bestseller lists without advertising, national distribution or promotional support.

"How? Authors Bryan and Jeffrey Eisenberg say the dominant driver of its success has been word of mouth, most of it generated online.

"In the lead up to the book's May 9 release, the Eisenberg brothers sent out review copies and asked colleagues to plug it in their Weblogs and online newsletters. They did, extensively. Most notably, marketing author and personality Seth Godin used his popular blog to simultaneously praise the book and trash its cover."

Zachary Rodgers. Weblogs Propel Marketing Book to Bestseller Lists. ClickZNews. May 31, 2005.

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May 28, 2005

Can LATimes.com Rival Craigslist?

"In total, five new event-driven blogs have appeared on Latimes.com since it unveiled its new design two weeks ago.

"Yet what garnered the most attention is the much anticipated public reopening of Calendarlive.com, which, since August 2003, had been accessible only to seven-day print subscribers or online readers who paid an extra monthly fee.

"The decision caused a stir in the online journalistic community about the future of paid content and sparked debate about its ability to succeed."

Sarah Colombo. Latimes.com Introduces Blogs, with More Changes on the Way. Online Journalism Review. May 27, 2005.

See also:
Mark Glaser. L.A. Times Hoping Time Is Right in Move to Monetize Niche Content. Oct. 17, 2003.

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May 27, 2005

Odeo Aims to Become the Next Blogger

It's the paradox of podcasting. The new technology, designed to let average Joes and Janes create and distribute homemade radio programs over the Internet, is too difficult for the average person to use. Creating and distributing the podcasts -- while certainly easier than operating a radio station -- is no walk in the park either. So it's no surprise that the most popular podcasts so far are still aimed at the techie crowd, with names like IT Conversations and Daily Source Code.

Enter Evan Williams.

Burt Helm. His Mission: Simplify Podcasting. Business Week Online. May 24, 2005.

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JupiterResearch Extends Analyst Weblog to Podcast

"JupiterResearch has started its analysts podcasting. The research firm is seeking to court prospects and advance thought leadership with the launch of the digital audio program, 'JupiterResearch Conversations.' The podcasting play extends a two-year-old Weblog strategy, one of the first in corporate blogging."

Zachary Rodgers. Jupiter Analysts to Podcast. ClickZNews. May 26, 2005.

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What Happens When Blogs & Bosses Collide?

"Blogging is a favorite pastime for many tech-savvy writers. But when the subject of the blogs veers into the workplace, employers have been less enthusiastic. Los Alamos Labs is red-faced after an employee revealed security concerns in a blog. And Delta has fired a flight attendant for leggy photos on her web journal."

National Public Radio. Blogging Poses New Workplace Issues. Talk of the Nation. May 24, 2005.

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May 26, 2005

Social Software Assists Group Decisions

"Common sense is uncommon in individuals and, at first blush, seems even more so in groups. No one expects crowds to produce useful thought. We fear the tyranny of the majority and mob rule, avoid peer pressure where we can, and immediately see the aptness of Charles Mackay's 19th-century book title Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.

"But the idea of collective intelligence shouldn't seem so far-fetched. After all, democracy is built on the principle that large groups know how to govern themselves. Commodities markets, which set prices on the basis of group knowledge, play a growing role in everyday business decisions.

"Groups, then, can act as parallel-processing decision engines, pooling disparate knowledge to answer even hard questions in areas like public policy. What we lack, however, is a reliable way to build such decision engines."

Michael Fitzgerald. Group Rethink. Technology Review. June 2005.

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May 25, 2005

Blogs Generate 'Buzz'

"In the spring of 1712, the British essayist Joseph Addison rambled from pub to parlor seeking the pulse of his countrymen regarding rumors (false, it turned out) that the king of France, Louis XIV, had died. The St. James coffeehouse, Addison reported in The Spectator, was 'in a Buzz of Politics.'

"In the 18th century, 'buzz' was part of what social theorists called the emerging - and powerful - bourgeois public sphere. In the 21st century, the buzz is in the blogosphere.

"Or at least, that's the popular mythology. As a result of their influence in incidents like the '60 Minutes' episode in which CBS was duped by forged documents related to the president's National Guard service, bloggers have taken on the role of agenda-setters - citizen scribe-warriors wresting power from a mainstream media grown fat and lazy."

Tom Zeller Jr. Are Bloggers Setting the Agenda? It Depends on the Scandal. The New York Times. May 23, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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May 24, 2005

Jobs Promises Podcast Support in iTunes

"Apple Computer Inc. is working on a new update of its popular iTunes music software that will accommodate podcasts, Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs said Sunday night.

"The new version of iTunes will let users of Apple's music management program and integrated online music store find and download podcasts, which are homemade radio-style shows that have become a grassroots phenomenon on the Internet.

"Jobs gave a preview of the software at D: All Things Digital, an annual technology conference sponsored by the Wall Street Journal. He later said the new version of iTunes won't be released for a 'few months.'

Benny Evangelista. Jobs Announces iTunes Will Accommodate Podcasts. San Francisco Chronicle. May 23, 2005.

See also:
Jim Louderback. Apple's Jobs Announces iTunes Podcast Support. eWeek. May 23, 2005.

Related:
John Shinal. The Shot Phoned Round the World. MarketWatch.com. May 23, 2005.

National Public Radio. Come One, Come All: The Rise of Podcasting. Morning Edition. May 23, 2005.

Bill Thompson. Podcasting Could be a Revolution. BBC News. May 20, 2005.

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New Online Tool to Record, Mix & Publish Podcasts

"Aspiring singers don't have to wait for next year's 'American Idol' tryouts to try to make a name for themselves.

"On Monday, GarageBand.comi unveiled a set of online tools designed to let people record, mix and publish their own songs via podcast or to license and distribute their music to podcasters.

"Using Podcast Studio, the musically inclined can upload their recordings and mix them with music from the GarageBand catalog. Once a new playlist is published, it will become available to listeners for streaming, download and subscription from GarageBand's servers."

Dinesh C. Sharma. GarageBand.com Tunes Up Podcasting Tool. News.com. May 23, 2005.

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May 23, 2005

Skype Launches Blog to Create Community

"Skype has started a blog - and it looks very good indeed. This could be a great example of how a blog can play a key role in building and cementing positive relationships with customers.

"One of the ongoing criticisms of Skype has been the way in which the company really hasn't engaged well with customers who have issues (real or perceived, but what's the difference from the customer's viewpoint?) of one type or another in using the service. Many people give Skype high marks for the technology, and low marks for customer relations and customer satisfaction (in early March, I asked whether Skype is approaching a crossroads in this regard)."

Nevon Hobson. Skype Blogs To Create Community. WebProNews.com. May 21, 2005.

See also:
NevOn. Skype Approaches a Crossroads. March 1, 2005.

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Blogs Can Be Great Marketing Tools

"Four journalists who brought news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy into U.S. living rooms in 1963 have found a new level of fame by using the Internet to market their book about the experience.

"They are among a growing group of people exploring the potential of blogs, or Web logs, as a marketing tool and advertising venue."

Lisa Baertlein. Marketers Big and Small Taking a Shine to Blogs. Reuters. May 22, 2005.

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The Rise of Mobile Citizen Media

"Cranking out a column after a presidential debate or publishing a prize-worthy photo of the next catastrophe just got a whole lot easier -- no matter where or who you are.

"Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and others have started to offer simple-to-use tools that let anybody with a digital camera or personal computer create blogs and produce homemade news.

"When twinned with new technology like camera phones and handheld computers, it's now possible to publish pictures or jot notes from anywhere: the street, a beach, a restaurant. Seconds later the information is posted to a Website for the world to read -- and suddenly you've got a mobile web blog, or moblog."

Paul Thomasch. PluggedIn: Homemade News Hits the Road with "Moblogs". Reuters. May 20, 2005.

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RSS Draws Enterprise Attention

"If there's any doubt that XML-based syndication, commonly called RSS, is impacting more than the legion of Webloggers who have helped to popularize it, look no further than the New York Times.

"The online companion to the Gray Lady has watched the popularity of its RSS feeds grow from a mere half-million page views to 7 million since late 2003, said Martin Nisenholtz, senior vice president of digital operations at The New York Times Co., during a keynote at the Syndicate Conference here last week.

"'We have deliberately and very methodically gone out and gotten RSS out there,' Nisenholtz said. 'It's the fastest growing distribution channel we have.'"

Matt Hicks. RSS Sets Its Sights on the Enterprise. eWeek. May 22, 2005.

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May 21, 2005

Blogdigger Launches Local Search

"Blogdigger, a blog search engine being developed by Greg Gershman, has launched a new service called Blogdigger Local (beta) that allows you to search for blog posts by geographic location.

"You can search Blogdigger Local by entering a city/state or Zip Code along with your search terms. This initial beta release only supports about 50,000 US cities and zip codes but expect support for more locations soon."

Gary Price. Blogdigger Goes Local. SearchEngineWatch. May 19, 2005.

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May 20, 2005

Tagging: Alternate Organizational Systems

"Without Google, Yahoo, and their brethren, using the Web would be like wandering through a library where a prankster has restacked the books at random. Still, sorting through thousands or millions of pages spurted out by a search engine can be nearly as overwhelming.

"Imagine instead being able to call on the group judgment of other users, people who are constantly skimming the latest Web content and arranging the best stuff into neatly labeled piles.

"It's called tagging, and it's going on at a handful of free websites--Delicious, Flickr, Furl, and Rojo, among others--where members are voluntarily classifying and categorizing thousands of pieces of content each day."

Wade Roush. Tagging Is It. Technology Review. June 2005.

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RSS Gains Mainstream Adoption

"Are you an advertiser, marketer, or publisher? Then it's time to get serious about this whole RSS thing. Don't say we didn't warn you -- we've been telling you this was coming for the past couple years.

"All signs point to the fact RSS is on the brink of mainstream adoption. Google, MSN, and Yahoo! are developing strategies to encourage subscribers to feed at their feeds and to monetize those feeds with ads. Major agencies, such as Carat Interactive, have launched practices around blogs and feeds. Venture capitalist funds are flowing to firms such as NewsGator and FeedBurner. Acquisitions and rollups have begun in earnest: AskJeeves bought Bloglines; NewsGator snapped up FeedDemon this week."

Rebecca Lieb. RSS Sparks Feeding Frenzy. ClickZNews. May 20, 2005.

See also:
Pamela Parker and Rebecca Lieb. Google Opens Up Beta of AdSense for Feeds. ClickZNews. May 17, 2005.

Pamela Parker. Imc2 Plants Flag in RSS Space. ClickZNews. May 10, 2005.

Pamela Parker. Carat Interactive Embraces Blogs. ClickZNews. April 11, 2005.

Pamela Parker. Ask Jeeves Confirms Bloglines Buy. ClickZNews. Feb. 8, 2005.

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VeriSign to Increase Servers, Seek New Markets

"VeriSign plans to significantly increase the number of DNS servers it operates, a move that it says will make a key part of the Internet's infrastructure more resilient to cyberattacks.

"And VeriSign is eying more markets. CEO Stratton Sclavos announced in a presentation Thursday that VeriSign wants to provide infrastructure products to manage the increasing amount of Really Simple Syndication and Atom traffic generated by blogs and other sites on the Web."

Joris Evers. VeriSign to Put More Backbone Into the Net. News.com. May 19, 2005.

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May 19, 2005

Bloglines Promises Search Engine

"The CEO of Bloglines (now a division of AskJeeves) says that his company will release a blog search engine this summer which will surpass the likes of Technorati, Feedster, and PubSub. 'The challenge,' he says, 'is to create world-class blog search, which we don't think exists now.'"

Stephen Baker. Bloglines CEO Promises Top Blog Search by Summer. BusinessWeek Online. May 17, 2005.

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NewsGator Acquires FeedDemon

"RSS aggregator NewsGator Technologies Inc. has acquired the company behind FeedDemon, one of the most popular desktop news readers for Windows.

"Denver-based NewsGator plans to announce its purchase of Bradbury Software LLC on Tuesday during the opening day of the Syndicate Conference here.

"The acquisition adds a desktop client to NewsGator's growing suite of software and services for subscribing to and reading RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds."

Matt Hicks. NewsGator Buys Creator of FeedDemon RSS Reader. eWeek. May 17, 2005.

See also:
Silicon Valley Watcher. A Chat with FeedDemon Developer Nick Bradbury About His Company's Acquisition by NewsGator. May 17, 2005.

Nick Bradbury. NewsGator Acquires FeedDemon, TopStyle...and Me!. May 17, 2005.

Neville Hobson. FeedDemon Acquisition Gives NewsGator A Complete RSS Offering. WebProNews.com. May 17, 2005.

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May 18, 2005

Study Questions Blog's Impact on Media

"Blogs covering the political elections made an impact on the election landscape in 2004, and emerged as one of mainstream media's guides to the Internet.

"A study released by Pew Internet & American Life Project and BuzzMetrics, 'Buzz, Blogs and Beyond: The Internet and National Discourse in the Fall of 2004,' (.pdf) compared political blog activity, influence and buzz-generation to political coverage in other media. The survey defines 'buzz' as 'a lot of simultaneous talk.'

"Pew and BuzzMetrics created a four-channel framework comparing topics appearing on blogs, mainstream media, campaign representatives and online citizen chat forums."

Enid Burns. Political Blogs A Presidential Election Force. ClickZNews. May 16, 2005.

See also:
Ellen Wulfhorst. Study: Blogs Haven't Displaced Media. eWeek. May 16, 2005.

Michael Cornfield, et al. Buzz, Blogs, and Beyond: The Internet and the National Discourse in the Fall of 2004. (.pdf) Pew Internet & American Life Project and BuzzMetrics. May 16, 2005.

Update: SearchEngineJournal. Blogs Not Such a Big Deal?. May 17, 2005.

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Yahoo! Unveils New Version of Instant Messenger

"Yahoo late Tuesday will introduce a test version of instant messaging software that promotes VoIP communication and the Internet media company's new social network.

"Yahoo, whose No. 2 instant chat service has an estimated 65 million users, will offer a free update to Yahoo Messenger during its test phase. In addition to letting people send standard instant text messages, the new version is designed to make it easy to call friends free via computer, send a short text message to a mobile device, share photos or post content to a personal Web log."

Stefanie Olsen. Yahoo Tests New IM Software. News.com. May 17, 2005.

See also:
Elena Malykhina. Internet Companies Dial Into VoIP. InformationWeek. May 16, 2005.

Update: Ryan Naraine. Yahoo's 'Voice Over IM' Targets Skype. eWeek. May 18, 2005.

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Radio Station Adopts All-Podcast Format

"San Francisco radio station 1550 KYCY-AM began airing programming on Monday created exclusively by listeners with podcast technology, as new and old media start to collide.

"KYOURadio may well be the first station in the nation to adopt an all-podcast format, according to Infinity Broadcasting, the station's owner."

Alorie Gilbert. S.F. Radio Station Starts Airing Podcasts. News.com. May 16, 2005.

See also:
Seth Sutel. Infinity Tries All-Podcasting Radio Format. ABC News. April 27, 2005.

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May 17, 2005

IBM Employee Blogging Guidelines Released

"The news last Friday that IBM is introducing a large-scale corporate blogging initiative has attracted plenty of attention, both in the blogosphere and by mainstream media.

"Today, IBM published on its employee intranet its draft guidelines for corporate blogging.

"James Snell, a member of IBM's Software Standards Strategy Group, has posted those guidelines on his public blog as well as a link to a PDF you can download."

Neville Hobson. IBM Publishes Guidelines For Employee Bloggers. WebProNews. May 16, 2005.

See also:
Roy Mark. IBM Urges Employees to Blog With Care. InternetNews.com. May 16, 2005.

James Snell. Blogging@IBM. IBM. May 16, 2005.

IBM. IBM Blogging Policy and Guidelines. May 16, 2005.

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KnowNow Unveils Enterprise RSS

"A messaging company behind software for delivering real-time event information is turning its attention to the enterprise management of RSS and syndication feeds.

"KnowNow Inc. on Monday announced server software that aggregates RSS feeds and builds subscription and access controls into the delivery of feeds. The Palo Alto, Calif., company's introduction comes a day ahead of the opening of the Syndicate Conference, which will focus on enterprise use of RSS.

"Called the KnowNow 3 Enterprise Syndication Solution, the offering includes a server-based engine that monitors and routes RSS feeds and a Web browser-based aggregator called SpeedReader for reading the XML-based feeds."

Matt Hicks. KnowNow Offers Enterprise RSS. eWeek. May 16, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on RSS for enterprises.

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Feedster Unveils RSS Ads

John Battelle has reported that Feedster has begun making its RSS ad network available to the public.

John Battelle's Searchblog. Feedster Adds RSS Ads. May 12, 2005.

Related:
Kevin Newcomb. Sun Plans More RSS Ads. ClickZ News. May 13, 2005.

eMediaWire. Feedster's Media Network Delivers Sun Microsystems' First RSS Ad Campaign. May 12, 2005.

Shari Thurow. Feeds: A New Channel for Search Marketing. Search Engine Watch. May 3, 2005.

Chris Richardson. AdSense Ads Appearing In RSS Feeds. Webpronews.com. April 27, 2005.

Stefanie Olsen. Google Tests Out Blog Ad Service. News.com. April 26, 2005.

Matt Hicks. Feedster Preps Paid RSS Links as Ads Expand. eWeek. August 16, 2004.

Feedster Media Network. Generate Revenue from Your Blog.

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May 16, 2005

Wired News Interviews the 'Podfather'

"They call him the Podfather. Once best known as a star veejay on MTV, Adam Curry is now a pioneer of podcasting.

"Curry helped create ipodder, a tool that automates the process of downloading and listening to audio files. His Daily Source Code podcast has become an online hit, and he's developing a new software tool for podcasters -- a virtual studio for editing and producing.

"Wired News spoke to the radio Renaissance man by phone from his home in Guilford, England."

Xeni Jardin. Audience With the Podfather. Wired News. May 14, 2005.

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May 14, 2005

Report: Blog's Business Impact is Limited

"A research report on the business of blogging cautioned companies Friday to be wary of investing resources and time in producing Web logs.

"EMarketer Inc. said just 4% of major U.S. corporations have blogs available to the public for purposes such as corporate marketing, communications or advertising. 'Thus far, the financial and economic impact of blogging is minimal,' said Ezra Palmer, the research firm's editorial director."

Frank Barnako. Report Says Blog Boom has Stalled. MarketWatch. May 13, 2005.

See also:
eMarketer. The Business of Blogging. May 12, 2005.

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AOL's Strategy Behind AIM

"AOL Instant Messenger has become an institution for nearly 30 million Americans. But can it ever become a big contributor to the company's bottom line?

"That's very much on the mind of the folks who manage Time Warner subsidiary America Online. They want that loyalty to pay off as the Internet service provider seeks to offset declining subscriber rates for its core dial-up service and gain ground on Yahoo, Microsoft and Google.

"So on Thursday, AOL activated a free Web-based e-mail account for every customer with an AIM screen name."

Stephanie Olsen. AOL's Remixed Messenger. News.com. May 12, 2005.

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Microsoft Acquires MessageCast

"MSN has bought MessageCast in a move that will give MSN Messenger more access to MessageCast's technologies and will help expand MSN alert services to new content channels, Microsoft announced this week.

"MessageCast develops broadcast messaging systems that work with real-time networks and RSS (really simple syndication) content feeds, and its technology notifies customers about information services, blog and podcast updates, and updates to MSN's alert service."

Paul Kallender. MSN Snaps Up MessageCast. PCWorld. May 13, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. MSN Buys MessageCast for Real-Time Alerts. eWeek. May 11, 2005.

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May 13, 2005

The Hidden Power of Social Media Services

"Manufacturing powerhouse Ingersoll-Rand learned the hard way how bloggers can lay waste to a product.

"Its trouble began after an individual posted instructions on a Web site showing how the company's sleek but seemingly indestructible Kryptonite bicycle lock could be undone with a Bic pen. The story gradually spread over the Internet as bloggers wrote about the fatal flaw and provided links to the Web site. Within five days, the bloggers' details were picked up by mainstream media outlets such as The New York Times.

"Ingersoll-Rand could have limited the damage to its brand if it had used a service to track its reputation on the Web, says David Sifry, chief executive officer of Technorati, a blog tracking and search company based in San Francisco. Instead, the manufacturer was clueless for days that its Kryptonite locks were under digital assault and had to offer a lock exchange program that it estimated at the time would cost it $10 million."

Joshua Jaffe. Blogs and Social Networks and Wikis, Oh My!. News.com. May 12, 2005.

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Godcasts: Hottest Trend in Podcasting

"Weekly church sermons that can be downloaded from the Internet and played on portable audio players have become the Podcasts most in demand, according to analysis of search results at Lycos.com.

"'During the past month, searches for Godcasts have risen over 355%,' said Dean Tsouvalas, writer of the Lycos 50 report. 'There are no specific 'Pod preachers' being queried, but it's only a matter of time before the 'Billy Graham' of Podcasts emerges,' he wrote in an e-mail.

Frank Barnako. Podcasters Getting Religion. MarketWatch. May 12, 2005.

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May 12, 2005

Financial Blogs Cover Wide Spectrum

"I'm the type who likes to stay informed about everything and, until recently, have been holding my own with three or four newspapers, a dozen magazines, a few dozen Web sites and an obsession with hitting the 'reload' button on my Google news page every few seconds.

"But that was before blogs, or individual Web logs, picked up popularity.

"Now everyone is a publisher. There are more than 9 million blogs, and another 40,000 or 50,000 are being created every day, according to Technorati.com, a monitoring firm. 'There are enough blogs to fill up every single second of the day and not be done,' says the company's president, Dave Sifry."

Linda Stern. Financial Blogs Multiply. Reuters. May 11, 2005.

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Google Mini Launches Across Europe

Google on Wednesday launched its entry-level search appliance, the Google Mini, into the European market. The Google Mini is designed to enable small businesses to let employees and Web site visitors search up to 100,000 documents, including blog and wiki entries."

Matt Loney. Google Mini Debuts in Europe. News.com. May 10, 2005.

See also:
John G. Spooner. Google Bulks up Mini Search Appliance. News.com. April 6, 2005.

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Overview of Podcasting

"What do the pope and Paris Hilton have in common? They're both podcasters - and you can be one too.

"Ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous, podcasts are essentially do-it-yourself recorded radio programs posted online. Anyone can download them free, and, using special software, listeners can subscribe to favorite shows and even have them automatically downloaded to a portable digital music player.

"Despite what the name suggests, podcasts can be played not just on iPods but on any device that has an MP3 player program, including PC's and laptops."

John R. Quain. Now, Audio Blogs for Those Who Aspire to Be D.J.'s. The New York Times. May 12, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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Making RSS Really Simple

"I know what Shakespeare said about a rose by any other name, but accuracy is my profession's watchword. In that spirit, I propose changing the name of a technology that we Web news types use to persuade people to visit our sites.

"The technology is called RSS, which stands for 'Really Simple Syndication.' It's like installing a wire service on your computer -- or cell phone or handheld device. RSS lets you choose the "feeds" that you want to receive and posts updates as they happen. You install 'readers' so you can, well, read them. It's a great way to stay current not just on the news, but any Web site that runs a feed."

Robert MacMillan. Feed Simple. WashingtonPost.com. May 11, 2005.

See also:
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. Refining Paperless News. WashingtonPost.com. March 14, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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May 11, 2005

Panel Discusses Future of Digital Entertainment

"The Internet and digital technology are changing entertainment at lightning speed. The coming years will scramble concepts of music-making, movies, TV networks and advertising. Last week, USA TODAY's Kevin Maney assembled a panel of some of the industry's most influential players to talk about what's ahead."

Kevin Maney. What's Ahead for Net, Digital Entertainment. USA Today. May 11, 2005.

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May 10, 2005

N.Y. Times Releases Credibility Report

"In order to build readers' confidence, an internal committee at The New York Times has recommended taking a variety of steps, including having senior editors write more regularly about the workings of the paper, tracking errors in a systematic way and responding more assertively to the paper's critics.

"The committee also recommended that the paper 'increase our coverage of religion in America' and 'cover the country in a fuller way,' with more reporting from rural areas and of a broader array of cultural and lifestyle issues.

"The committee, which was charged last fall by Bill Keller, the executive editor, with examining how the paper could increase readers' trust, said there was 'an immense amount that we can do to improve our journalism.'"

Katharine Q. Seelye. Times Panel Proposes Steps to Build Credibility. The New York Times. May 9, 2005.

See also:
The New York Times. From the Report. May 9, 2005.

The Credibility Group. Preserving Our Readers’ Trust. (.pdf) May 2, 2005.

Bill Keller. Times Editor's Response to Credibility Report. The New York Times. May 9, 2005.

Related:
Daniel Okrent. Briefers and Leakers and the Newspapers Who Enable Them. The New York Times. May 8, 2005.

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NYC Candidate Leverage Collaboration Tools

"It was inevitable. At some point one of us -- and by that I mean someone with a clue about technology -- would run for political office.

"I don't count Al Gore or Howard Dean, whose campaign raised vast sums when it discovered e-mail and e-commerce. I mean someone like Andrew Rasiej, one of four Democratic candidates vying for New York City's Office of Public Advocate, which advises the mayor on community relations and investigates complaints against city agencies.

"Rasiej's proposals rely heavily on developing universal Wi-Fi and wiring the subways for cell phones. He looks to the model of open source as a way for the citizenry to identify, report and fix problems -- for example, he says it's a fine idea if New Yorkers could use cell-phone cameras to report potholes to the proper authorities."

Adam L. Penenberg. The Techno Candidate. Wired News. May 5, 2005.

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15 Uses for RSS

"Basically, you can perform any task with RSS that requires search or information retrieval from a server. Automatically and repeatedly.

"There's more to RSS than just weblog syndication and news aggregation."

TimYang.com. 15 Things You Can Do With RSS (It was Supposed to be 10, But I Got Carried Away). May 5, 2005.

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May 09, 2005

Blog Wars Injected with Star Power

"Get ready for the next level in the blogosphere.

"Arianna Huffington, the columnist and onetime candidate for governor of California, is about to move blogging from the realm of the anonymous individual to the realm of the celebrity collective.

"She has lined up more than 250 of what she calls "the most creative minds" in the country to write a group blog that will range over topics from politics and entertainment to sports and religion. It is essentially a nonstop virtual talk show that will be part of a Web site that will also serve up breaking news around the clock. It is to be introduced May 9."

Katharine Q. Seelye. A Boldface Name Invites Others to Blog With Her. The New York Times. April 25, 2005.

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Gawker Blog Empire Struggles

"Don't ask Nick Denton, publisher of Gawker Media and its growing list of popular Web logs, about his empire. 'People come up to me as if it's witty and say, 'How is the empire going?' ' Mr. Denton said, 'which is pretty pathetic.'

"Don't ask him about his business plan, either. He says he never had one. The only reason he formed the company, he said, was to make his network of blogs - which includes Gawker, the flagship chronicle of Manhattan news and gossip; Fleshbot, the thinking person's diary of smut; and about 10 other titles - more attractive to advertisers.

"It doesn't help with readers,' he said. 'It's actually a disadvantage, because it looks corporate.'"

Tom Zeller Jr. A Blog Revolution? Get a Grip. The New York Times. May 8, 2005.

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Copyright Issues Halt Podcast

"A local radio pro has found out that distributing his program like an amateur isn't as simple as it sounds.

"Chicago's Steve Dahl thought he could be at the forefront of the so-called podcasting trend, which was virtually unknown a year ago.

"Last month he began making his WCKG-FM 105.9 afternoon show available online as a digital audio file, so those with iPods and other portable media devices can download them and listen at leisure around the world. He used the same new technology that enables computer users to make and distribute homemade programs.

"But this re-purposing of Dahl's show has come to an abrupt halt because of copyright and royalty issues."

Phil Rosenthal. Dahl's Podcasts Halt Amid Stream of Legal Issues. Chicago Tribune. May 6, 2005.

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Web-Savvy Patients Utilize Blogs

"The ubiquitous personal Web sites known as blogs have become a significant new forum for health-care consumers. Easily created with free Web-based services or software programs that let you instantly post information and reader feedback, blogs allow Web-savvy patients like Ms. Tenderich to chronicle their experiences with everything from Alzheimer's and cancer to gastric-bypass surgery and childbirth, often providing links to the latest medical studies and news.

"For the legions of Web users who go online for health information each year, blogs present a new and more personal alternative to the plethora of disease-related Web chat rooms, message boards and email discussion groups, which typically let hundreds or even thousands of registered users send emails to each other through a central server."

Laura Landro. Blogging From Your Sickbed. WSJ.com. May 4, 2005.

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Los Alamos Lab Director Resigns

"The director of the Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab announced his departure Friday after two tumultuous years during which he made enemies with his hard-nosed efforts to stop financial abuses and security lapses.

"Pete Nanos will be replaced May 16 by an interim director who will oversee the lab until the University of California's management contract with the government expires in September.

"Nanos did not specify why he was leaving. His tenure was the shortest since the lab, nestled in the hills of northern New Mexico, was created during World War II to build the atomic bomb."

Associated Press. Los Alamos Lab Director Quits After Two Troubled Years. SiliconValley.com. May 6, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on Pete Nano.

Update: David McGlinchey. Los Alamos Director Steps Down. GovExec.com. May 9, 2005.

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Ask Jeeves to Tackle Search Giants

"The Ask Jeeves butler wants to kick some serious butt.

"Emboldened by its pending purchase by Barry Diller's deep-pocketed Web conglomerate Interactive Corp, Web search provider Ask Jeeves Inc. plans to take square aim at industry giants Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. when the deal closes."

Lisa Baertlein. Ask Jeeves Eyes Growth Under IAC Umbrella. Reuters. May 8, 2005.

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May 07, 2005

Blog Advertising Draws Major Interest

"Internet blog Engadget created a stir among digital game lovers when it wrote that Microsoft Corp will give away thousands of its new Xbox video game consoles in a promotion with soda maker PepsiCo.

"While neither company would respond to the report that first appeared in mid-April, dozens of gadget and video game blogs have picked up the item, speculating on everything from Microsoft's marketing strategy to the number of sodas one would need to slurp to win in the bottle-cap contest.

"The buzz about a product months before its official launch is but one example of why the world's top advertisers and media moguls are plotting strategy for the quick-response, point-of-view world of blogs. But they may already be behind an emerging network of blogs that are building a business model from the grass roots up, industry experts said."

Michele Gershberg. PluggedIn: Big Media Companies Weigh Blog Strategies. Reuters. May 6, 2005.

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May 06, 2005

Bloggers Desperately Seeking Big Bucks

"John Battelle, best known as the founder of the late, lamented Industry Standard is slowly pulling the wraps off his next media venture.

"Dubbed FM Publishing, it's his personal attempt at building a blog confederacy. But unlike Gawker Media's Nick Denton, who publishes only the blogs he finds personally interesting, or Weblogs Inc.'s Jason Calacanis, who follows the trails of Google AdWords wherever they might lead him, Battelle intends to partner only with bloggers who have decided that their blogs are worth owning and who also already have viable business models."

Greg Lindsay. Can Blogging Ever Become Big Business? Business 2.0. April 28, 2005.

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Blogging Economics 101

"Blogging offers the enticing prospect of a new journalism which is more participatory, more responsive and essentially open to anyone who has something to say. Yet, the process of creating blogs that are rich with quality journalism is also a commercial challenge; one that will re-shape the blogosphere as we move out of an initial period of amateur enthusiasm to create a more mature and sustainable medium.

"We could see, as the blogosphere matures, the emergence of two blogospheres. A top level of relatively few blogs focused on building and maintaining commercially-attractive audiences and a second layer of blogs more focused on extending their networks and communicating with a few people."

Trevor Cook. Up Against Reality: Blogging and the Cost of Content. BlogTalk Down Under. No date.

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AOL Offers Blog Tool To AIM Users

"Users of AOL's popular instant messaging services can now turn their chats into Weblogs.

"America Online Inc. on Thursday opened its AOL Journals blog-publishing service to members of AOL Instant Messenger members, letting them create and manage blogs using their AIM screen names.

"By tying AOL Journals to AIM, AOL is expanding the blogging service to its 36 million active IM users. AOL Journals previously was only available to AOL subscribers."

Matt Hicks. AOL Opens Blog Service to IM Users. eWeek. May 5, 2005.

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May 05, 2005

Webby Awards are Announced

"Google, the BBC and a blog entitled Boing Boing are among the websites honoured at this year's online Oscars.

"The winners of the 9th annual Webby Awards have been chosen by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and will be recognised at a special ceremony in New York on June 6.

"The awards cover more than 60 categories - from popular favorites like community, fashion, film, and politics to new categories making their debut this year, such as blog, beauty, real estate, retail, and social networking."

Rachel Sharp. Online Oscars Revealed. 999 Today. May 4, 2005.

See also:
Stefan Lovgren. Webby Awards Founder on Internet "Oscars," Web's Future. National Geographic News. May 4, 2005.

BBC News. BBC Triumphs in Online Oscars. May 3, 2005.

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Web Changes Rules for Disseminating Information

"It seems there are no secrets any more... even when you try to keep them.

"NPR's Vicky O'Hara reported on a Defense Department document, which exonerated U.S. military personnel. The document was highly edited , with about 20 percent of the original information removed. Over the past weekend, NPR placed the document on its Web site.

"But some NPR listeners and cyber-savvy bloggers soon discovered if they downloaded the document from npr.org and translated it into another format, the edited portions could be restored.

"NPR removed the document from its Web site. But the information, available from many media sources, had already been disseminated around the Internet."

Jeffrey A. Dvorkin. When Those Pesky Blogs Undermine NPR News. National Public Radio. May 3, 2005.

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Microsoft Launches IP Ventures for SMBs

"Microsoft is extending its intellectual property and R&D; program to smaller companies and startups, the company said today.

"The company launched its Microsoft Intellectual Property (IP) Ventures as a complement to its policy of licensing IP to larger corporations and governments.

"Executives said Ventures opens up hundreds of internally developed technologies to new businesses and entrepreneurs through the licensing program."

Michael Singer. Microsoft Expands IP Program to SMBs. InternetNews.com. May 4, 2005.

See also:
Associated Press. Microsoft to Offer Technology Licensing. San Jose Mercury News. May 4, 2005.

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Newspapers Launch Podcasts

"Recently, I noted our modest initial podcasting effort. We're in good company: More and more newspapers and newspaper-run sites are jumping on the bandwagon all the time."

Brian Chin. Papers That Podcast. SeattlePI.com. May 4, 2005.

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May 04, 2005

Blog Discusses iTunes Affiliate vs. AdSense

"It’s been a little over 6 months since we started up this iTunes Super Filter site, and it’s been more successful than I could have ever hoped! I have always struggled to maintain a blog regularly just like everyone else out there, so thanks so much for reading what we write.

"We signed up for Apple’s iTunes Affiliate Program early on in the Fall of 2004. I thought, “What would happen if all we did was post music recommendations and point to the iTunes Music Store?” It’s been half a year now, and we have gathered enough data from this project to report some interesting results. Today I would like to share some statistics from our experience with the Affiliate Program."

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Tagging Gets the Blog Treatment

"'You're It!,' a new blog on tagging, began publishing April 26, 2005. The masthead is a "who's who" of the blogosphere, including Christian Crumlish, Clay Shirky, Jon Lebkowsky, and David Weinberger.

About the tagging phenomenon, Lebkowsky says:
"The real zinger for me was realizing that tagging or folksonomy is yet another manifestation of our evolution from hierarchical systems to more later, emergent, and empowering network/grassroots approaches. Here we’re talking about a populist approach to taxonomy: rather than fit our thinking into authoritative closed classification schemes, we can create our own through tagging, and in social tagging environments we can negotiate new, more nuanced ways to map meaning and relationship through shared, emergent classification systems."

Jon Lebkowsky. Introduction: Jon Lebkowsky. You're It. May 3, 2005.

Related:
Tony Hammond, et al. Social Bookmarking Tools (I): A General Review. D-Lib Magazine. April 2005.

Joshua Porter. Folksonomies: A User-Driven Approach to Organizing Content. User Interface Engineering. April 26, 2005.

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Financial Disclosure for Political Bloggers?

"You could almost hear the blogosphere sigh with relief earlier this spring when federal election officials indicated that they did not plan to crack down on bloggers who write about politics.

"The Federal Election Commission, which has been considering issuing new regulations on a range of political activities on the Internet -- and was said by some to be contemplating taking a tough stance on the online commentators -- revealed in late March that it intends to be much less aggressive than many had feared. But now some observers are wondering whether the FEC is not being aggressive enough when it comes to one category of bloggers: those who take money from political campaigns."

Brian Faler. On Bloggers and Money. WashingtonPost.com. May 3, 2005.

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Forrester: Online Ad Spending to Increase

"Nearly half of U.S. marketers plan to spend less this year on newspapers, magazines, direct mail and other traditional advertising channels, so they can spend more online, a study released Tuesday showed.

"The cause for the shift is the change in consumer behavior, according to Forrester Research Inc., which published the study, 'U.S. Online Marketing Forecast: 2005 to 2010.' An increasing number of consumers are using the Web to get news, sports and entertainment reports and to buy products and services."

Antone Gonsalves. Marketers Shift Ad Spending To Online. TechWebNews. May 3, 2005.

See also:
Pamela Parker. Study: Online Ad Budgets to Swell to $26 Billion by 2010. Click Z News. May 3, 2005.

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May 03, 2005

Disneyland to Podcast 50th Anniversary Celebration

"Could podcasts one day replace broadcasts?

"The Walt Disney Co. will give the new techno-trend a boost today when it starts podcasting festivities that will lead up to Disneyland's 50th anniversary celebration, which kicks off Thursday.

"'This all goes back to Walt's legacy,' said Duncan Wardle, a spokesman for Burbank-based Disney. 'Walt is the first person to put sound on animated film. And we are continuing Walt's legacy by pushing the boundaries of innovation.'"

Evan Pondel. Disney Courts the Pod People. L.A. Daily News. May 3, 2005

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Pew Updates Blog Data

"We continue to ask about blogging in our tracking surveys and have some numbers to update from our last report in early January, 'The State of Blogging.' They show some level of growth in blog creators, and not much change in the number of blog readers.

"In two surveys of American adults conducted between January 13 and March 21 that involved 2,871 internet users, we found that 9% of internet users now say they have created blogs and 25% of internet users say they read blogs.

"Another way to render these numbers is to note that 6% of the entire U.S. adult population (internet users and non-users alike) have created blogs. That’s one out of every 20 people. And 16% of all U.S. adults (or one in six people) are blog readers."

Lee Rainie. New Data on Blogs and Blogging. Pew Internet & Life Project. May 2, 2005.

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Yahoo 360 to Broaden Capabilities

"Yahoo plans to add the capability to import content, such as photos and music, from non-Yahoo applications to its new Yahoo 360 social networking and blogging service, according to an executive of the company.

"'Some of the things that people very much want to do is to share content from other sources outside of Yahoo,' says Paul Brody, director of community products at Yahoo.

"To expand that capability, Yahoo 360 initially will allow users to include RSS feeds from other sources, according to Brody, who says Yahoo wants its Yahoo 360 service to be an 'open' product."

John Ribeiro. Yahoo Blogging Service Boosts Content. PCWorld. May 2, 2005.

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May 02, 2005

Sirius Gets Serious About Podcasting

"Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. announced Monday it will launch a daily four-hour show featuring podcasts, or amateur programming of digital audio files distributed over the Internet.

"The program will be produced and hosted by Adam Curry beginning May 13. Curry is a former MTV personality and co-developer of the technology, which makes it easy for Net users to download podcasts to portable music players.

"The announcement follows several months of development by Curry, and a business partner, Ron Bloom, of a venture to create a network of podcast programming known as Podshow.com."

Frank Barnako. Sirius Plans Podcast Programming. MarketWatch. May 2, 2005.

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Los Alamos Coup Brewing Because of Blogs

"A blog rebellion among scientists and engineers at Los Alamos, the federal government's premier nuclear weapons laboratory, is threatening to end the tenure of its director, G. Peter Nanos.

"Four months of jeers, denunciations and defenses of Dr. Nanos's management recently culminated in dozens of signed and anonymous messages concluding that his days were numbered. The postings to a public Web log conveyed a mood of self-congratulation tempered with sober discussion of what comes next."

William J. Broad. At Los Alamos, Blogging Their Discontent. The New York Times. May 1, 2005.

See also:
Los Alamos National Laboratory. G. Peter Nanos, Biography. (.pdf)

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Professor Studies Blog Economics

"Weblogs, or blogs, have proliferated and developed rapidly in recent years, and have attracted significant attention. Moreover, blogs have started to generate significant legal issues. Yet there is so far no coherent economic framework for addressing those issues. This article begins to develop such a framework. Building on blogs’ technical features, it identifies the unique aspects of blogs that should have legal ramifications. It then briefly applies this framework to a variety of legal issues."

Larry Ribstein. Initial Reflections on the Law and Economics of Blogging. (.pdf) Social Science Research Network. April 4, 2005.

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Six Apart Goes Mobile With Nokia

"Six Apart, the leader in weblogging software and services, and Nokia today announced that the users of Six Apart's LiveJournal online community can easily post text to their diaries using Nokia Lifeblog, an application solution that effortlessly keeps an organized multimedia diary of items collected with your mobile phone.

"LiveJournal users with paid accounts can also enhance their diaries by uploading photos with text to their LiveJournal entries."

Mobiledia. Six Apart LiveJournal Users Can Post With Nokia Lifeblog. April 26, 2005.

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April 30, 2005

Legal Poll Shows Power of Blogging

"Perhaps the most interesting outcome of the Legal Affairs survey of the top 20 legal thinkers in America is its between-the-lines commentary on the power of blogging."

Robert Ambrogi's Lawsites. Blogging Your Way to the Top. April 27, 2005.

See also:
legalaffairs. Who are the Top 20 Legal Thinkers in America.

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Podcasting v. Online Radio

"The sun is setting, and Mark Cuebas and Walter Anaruk are chilling in the garage, sipping Negro Modelos and talking Bucs football.

"Okay, fine, but the fact remains, they've got two question marks at quarterback," Anaruk says. 'Griese is not a question mark!' Cuebas retorts.

"This goes on for nearly 20 minutes. Then the brothers-in-law edit a recording of their debate down to 16. Within hours, the whole thing is up on Anaruk's Web site, where others can download it onto digital music players.

"It's called 'podcasting,' and it may be the first big cultural breakthrough of the iPod era."

Jay Cridlin. Podcasting: The Radio-free Radio Experience. St. Petersburg Times. April 28, 2005.

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April 28, 2005

Infinity Broadcasting Launches Podcast Station

"Podcasting will soon break out of the 'pod' and onto the public airwaves.

"The world's first all-podcast radio station will be launched on May 16 by Infinity Broadcasting, the radio division of Viacom.

"Infinity, one of the country's largest radio operators with more than 183 stations around the country, will invite do-it-yourselfers to upload digital audio files for broadcast consideration by way of the KYOURadio.com website."

Xeni Jardin. Podcasting Killed the Radio Star. Wired News. April 27, 2005.

See also:
Patrick Norton. All Podcast Format For Infinity Radio Station In San Francisco. PCMag.com. April 27, 2005.

Associated Press. Infinity Tries All-Podcasting Radio Format. ABC News. April 27, 2005.

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April 27, 2005

BusinessWeek Joins the Blog Party

"Go ahead and bellyache about blogs. But you cannot afford to close your eyes to them, because they're simply the most explosive outbreak in the information world since the Internet itself. And they're going to shake up just about every business -- including yours.

"It doesn't matter whether you're shipping paper clips, pork bellies, or videos of Britney in a bikini, blogs are a phenomenon that you cannot ignore, postpone, or delegate. Given the changes barreling down upon us, blogs are not a business elective. They're a prerequisite."

Stephen Baker and Heather Green. Blogs Will Change Your Business. BusinessWeek Online. May 2, 2005.

Commentary by K. Matthew Dames, Executive Editor, SNTReport.com:
What is significant about this package is not the information it imparts -- which, by and large, is several months' behind the curve, even from a mainstream journalistic standpoint -- but the key message it fails to deliver.

For all the hurrah about blogging in the corporation, most of the efforts amount to little more than online advertising and public relations presented in a new wrapper. One of the main reasons blogging has exploded in popularity is because many of its best practitioners are candid, open, even improvisational. Candor, openness, and improvisation, of course, are categorically at odds with the environment that most corporations want to foster. Corporations generally want to control news, have their representatives stay "on message," and generally eschew all but the most scripted improvisation. (For an interesting take on how improvisation can be scripted in the political world, take a look at the 1997 film Wag the Dog.)

In other words, the best that the blogging ethic has to offer is more like hardcore, grassroots journalism than polished, starched corporate missives from the boardroom. Until businesses decide to dispense with their usual penchant for message massage and manipulation, their attempts at communication will seem as exciting as stale seltzer. It is my guess that most of the executives reading the BW package would like to adopt a policy of open information exchange as much as they would like to see the value of their shares drop by half within the next week.

See also:
Stephen Baker and Heather Green. Six Tips for Corporate Bloggers. BusinessWeek Online. May 2, 2005.

No author. Blogging: A Primer. BusinessWeek Online. May 2, 2005.

No author. Stonyfield Farm's Blog Culture. BusinessWeek Online. May 2, 2005.

No author. New York's Real Estate Know-It-All. BusinessWeek Online. May 2, 2005.

Stephen Baker. Don't Fear the Blog and the Fury. BusinessWeek Online. Feb. 17, 2005.

Heather Green. Let a Million Videos Bloom Online. BusinessWeek Online. Dec. 29, 2004.

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Open Media Network Shares Video, Audio

"Mike Homer sees the future of public broadcasting, and it's on the Internet.

"Or rather, it is the Internet.

"Homer and erstwhile Netscape wunderkind Marc Andreessen are using file-sharing technology to distribute audio and video files for free online. Unlike Kazaa and other popular 'peer-to-peer' programs, however, Open Media Network allows only authorized sharing and weeds out bootlegged goods."

Jon Healey. Network Shares Audio and Video, Screens Out Bootlegs. LATimes.com. April 26, 2005.

See also:
Benny Evangelista. Startup to Offer Digital TV, Radio Shows Online for Free. San Francisco Chronicle. April 26, 2005.

John Borland. Netscape Pioneers Launch Free Content Network. News.com. April 25, 2005.

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Social Software in the Enterprise

"Suddenly, Weblogs are Everywhere.

"Millions of the easy-to-publish online journals have been created in the past three years, and their impact has been rapid and widespread. Bloggers helped drive Dan Rather from the anchor desk at CBS, and they played a prominent role in the 2004 elections. Corporate culture is no exception to this trend, but much of the action is taking place beneath the radar of IT managers.

"So far, most of the attention paid to business blogging has focused on a handful of high-profile sites intended for public consumption."

Edward Cone. Rise of the Blog. CIO Insight. April 5, 2005.

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April 26, 2005

A Weblog Webliography

A Weblog Webliography includes links to interesting articles about weblogs. The articles range from authors in academics or experts on blogging and others about weblogs in education.

Kairosnews. A Weblog Webliography. April 20, 2005.

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April 25, 2005

Caution Advised for Employee Bloggers

"As the practice of blogging has spread, employees are coming to realize that some American corporations, which spend millions of dollars protecting their brands, are under no particular obligation to tolerate threats, real or perceived, from the activities of people who become identified with those brands, even if on their personal Web sites.

"They are also learning that the law offers no special protections for blogging certainly no more than for any other off-duty activity. As Annalee Newitz, a policy analyst with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights advocacy group in Washington, put it, 'What we found is there really is quite a bit of diversity in how employers are responding to blogging.'"

Tom Zeller Jr. Blogging About the Job? Proceed at Own Risk. TechNewsWorld. April 24, 2005.

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April 22, 2005

Prerequisite for Business Success: Blogs

"Look past the yakkers, hobbyists, and political mobs. Your customers and rivals are figuring blogs out. Our advice: Catch up...or catch you later.

"Go ahead and bellyache about blogs. But you cannot afford to close your eyes to them, because they're simply the most explosive outbreak in the information world since the Internet itself. And they're going to shake up just about every business -- including yours."

Starting today, Business Week launches its own blog at Blogspotting.net.

Stephen Baker and Heather Green. Blogs Will Change Your Business. BusinessWeek Online. May 2, 2005.

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Closet Deadhead Addresses Podcasting

"Just when we grasped what blogging was all about, along came podcasting, which in some ways is even more disruptive and exciting than blogging.

"Being a podcaster myself, I've seen firsthand the business and legal chaos podcasts have created. As you'll see in this column, perhaps they might soon create some political chaos too."

Sam Whitmore. Podcasting: Making Waves. Forbes.com. April 21, 2005.

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April 21, 2005

Will NBC's Top Anchors Join Blogosphere?

"Katie Couric and Brian Williams might do well to check out MSNBC's TV Web site for a few pointers about Web logging.

"Their boss, Jeff Zucker, told a media conference in New York that he'd support NBC's top talent writing blogs as part of adding 'a more interactive component' to the network."

Frank Barnako. Why Aren't Katie and Brian Blogging?. MarketWatch. April 20, 2005.

See also:
Reuters. NBC Chief Mulls Blogs for Top News Anchors. News.com. April 19, 2005.

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Content on Demand: Full Text Newsfeeds

"A new company officially joined the world of content providers when it chose to launch its premium newsfeed service at the recent Buying and Selling eContent conference.

"Newstex, founded in late 2004 by president Larry Schwartz and CEO Steve Ellis, has announced Content On Demand, which offers full-text newsfeeds to content redistributors and enterprise customers.

"Content sources include branded newswires, newspapers, magazines, financial and business sources, official government feeds, and Weblogs."

Paula J. Hane. Newstex Launches Content On Demand. Information Today. April 18, 2005.

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Podscope Launches Search Beta for Podcasts

"Podscope, the new web engine that allows you to keyword search each and every word spoken in a podcast is now live in beta mode. We first reported that Podscope was coming about a week ago.

"At the moment Podscope is searching podcasts from a database of 1000 sites. The page to submit your url is now offline but look for it to return soon."

Gary Price. Podscope Beta Now Available, Keyword Search Podcasts. SearchEngineWatch. April 19, 2005.

See also:
Podcasting News. Podscope Beta Searches Podcast Audio Content. April 18, 2005.

Podscope Blog. Podscope Beta. April 17, 2005.

Gary Price. Podscope: New Search Engine Will Allow You to Keyword Search Every Word Spoken in a Podcast. SearchEngineWatch. April 11, 2005.

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April 19, 2005

Sports Blog Builds Interactive Community

"When Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A's, traded the team's two most popular pitchers last December, fans howled in disgust. A month later, Beane gave a lengthy interview to Athletics Nation, a Web log devoted to the team, explaining the deals. Afterward, the site's moderator, Tyler Bleszinski, polled his readers, asking if they now approved of Beane's trades. Fully 93 percent said yes.

"Athletics Nation is the flagship property of SportsBlogs, a series of sports Web sites that is the brainchild of Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, the founder of the left-leaning political blog Daily Kos. Daily Kos, which Moulitsas began in 2002, has succeeded in part because the site allows readers not only to respond to postings but also to start their own interactive diaries."

Daniel Terdiman. A Blog for Baseball Fans Builds a League of Sites. News.com. April 18, 2005.

See also:
Ryan Singel. Daily Kos Swings for the Fences. Wired News. April 13, 2005.

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Survey Shows Political Blog Readership

"In 2004, the relatively new phenomenon of political blogs became part of the U.S. presidential election, bursting onto the political scene. This breakthrough was powered by the fact that two-fifths (44%) of U.S. adults who are online have read a political blog, with more than a quarter (27%) reading them once a month or more.

"Despite the relatively high proportion of respondents reading political blogs, just seven percent of adults who are online have ever posted a comment on one. Even among those who read political blogs, only 15 percent have posted a comment."

Harris Interactive Inc. Two-fifths of U.S. Adults Who Are Online Have Read Political Blogs. April 13, 2005.

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April 18, 2005

Should Employers Mediate Blogs?

"There are about 10 million blogs out there, give or take, including one belonging to Niall Kennedy, an employee at Technorati, a small San Francisco-based company that, yes, tracks blogs.

"Like many employees at many companies, Mr. Kennedy has opinions, even when he is not working. One evening last month, he channeled one of those off-duty opinions into a satiric bit of artwork - an appropriation of a 'loose lips sink ships' World War II-era propaganda poster altered to provide a harsh comment on the growing fears among corporations over the blogging activities of their employees. He then posted it on his personal Web log.

"But in a paradoxical turn, Mr. Kennedy's employer, having received some complaints about the artwork, stepped in and asked him to reconsider the posting and Mr. Kennedy complied, taking the image down."

Tom Zeller. When the Blogger Blogs, Can the Employer Intervene?. The New York Times. April 18, 2005.

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April 16, 2005

BBC Adds 20 Podcasts to Lineup

"The BBC is making 20 more radio shows available for listeners to download onto their digital music players.

"People will be able to download shows, such as technology programme Go Digital and some Radio 1 audio, in a trial."

BBC News. BBC Radio Podcasts 20 More Shows. April 15, 2005.

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Study: China Leader in Net Censorship

"China is the world's leading censor of the Internet, filtering web sites, blogs, e-mail, and online forums for sensitive political content, according to a study (.pdf) released Thursday.

"The OpenNet Initiative said that China employs thousands officials and private citizens to build a 'pervasive, sophisticated, and effective' system of Internet censorship."

Paul Eckert. Study Finds Pervasive Chinese Internet Controls. Reuters. April 14, 2005.

See also:
Jonathan Krim. Web Censors In China Find Success. WashingtonPost.com. April 14, 2005.

OpenNet Initiative. Internet Filtering in China in 2004-2005: A Country Study. (.pdf) April 14, 2005.

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April 15, 2005

Murdoch Warns Editors to Embrace Internet

"Rupert Murdoch has admitted he 'didn't do as much as [he] should have' to confront the digital challenges faced by his newspaper business, which owns the Sun, Times and News of the World in the UK as well as titles in the US and Australia.

"Describing himself as a 'digital immigrant' in contrast to his young daughters, who would be 'digital natives', he said the internet was "an emerging medium that is not my native language".

"In a speech to American editors in Washington, Mr Murdoch issued a stark warning to the industry, arguing that the web was 'a fast-developing reality we should grasp'."

Chris Tryhorn. We Ignore Internet at Our Peril, Murdoch Warns Editors. Guardian Unlimited. April 14, 2005.

See also:
Aline van Duyn. Murdoch Says Newspapers Must Embrace Web. MSNBC News. April 13, 2005.

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Corporate Blogging Increases

"Web logs — or blogs, for short — started out as a way for people to express personal views. The online journals made it easy to share off-the-cuff opinions with a small or large number of readers.

"Now blogs are moving beyond personal musings and taking on a new role: corporate communications. A growing number of businesses are using the blog format to promote products, interact with customers and shareholders, conduct market research and distribute company announcements."

Russell Shaw. Blogs The Latest Tool In Corporate Arsenals. Investor's Business Daily. April 15, 2005.

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April 14, 2005

Tagging Systems Flourish

"As you read this, millions of individuals are working under their own volition to create a new Dewey Decimal System for the internet.

"In the process -- perhaps without even realizing it -- they are laying the groundwork for a new contextual online advertising paradigm called 'Tagvertising.'

"The consumer phenomenon is called 'tagging' or 'folksonomies' (short for folks and taxonomy). Tagging is powerful because consumers are creating an organizational structure for online content. Folksonomies not only enable people to file away content under tags, but more importantly also share it with others by filing it under a global taxonomy that they created."

Steve Rubel. Tagvertising = Blogging 2.0?. Webpronews.com. April 13, 2005.

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House Bill Bars FEC's Power Over Bloggers

"Political bloggers and other online commentators are gaining more support in the U.S. Congress.

"Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Texas Republican, introduced a bill Wednesday that would prevent the federal government from extending campaign finance laws to the Internet.

"The bill mirrors a companion measure in the Senate that was introduced last month by Minority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat. Both would effectively rewrite a 2002 campaign finance law popularly known as McCain-Feingold in a way that would bar the Federal Election Commission from regulating political Web sites."

Declan McCullagh. New House Bill Protects Political Bloggers. News.com. April 13, 2005.

See also:
RedState.org. Online Freedom of Speech Act Introduced in House. April 13, 2005.

Declan McCullagh. Feds Get Set for Net Rules. News.com. March 24, 2005.

Declan McCullagh. Internet Election Rules Could be Blocked. News.com. March 21, 2005.

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Has the Internet Rendered Press Bans Futile?

"A Canadian publication ban and an American blogger clashed last week. The court-ordered ban did not survive the impact. The blogger was overwhelmed with visitors.

"And what had been Canada's own private scandal - so private Canadians had been prevented from hearing about it in full - fast traveled the borderless blogosphere."

Rondi Adamson. Borderless Blogs vs. Canada Press Ban. Christian Science Monitor. April 13, 2005.

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Google Launches Video Upload Program

"Google's sort-of-announced home-video upload service went live Wednesday, in a beta format that currently accepts video contributions but does not yet allow for their viewing.

"According to the Google Video FAQ, the company is now accepting video submissions and will review them prior to the next phase, which will allow viewing of contributed videos."

Paul Kapustka. Google Home-Video Upload Site Goes Live. InternetNews.com. April 13, 2005.

See also:
Juan Carlos Perez. Google Launches Video Upload Program. PC World. April 14, 2005.

Loren Baker. Google Video Upload Program - Video Search or Blogging?. Search Engine Journal. April 13, 2005.

Loren Baker. Google Video is Live - Commence Video Production Boom. Search Engine Journal. April 13, 2005.

Chris Sherman. Google Wants Your Video. SearchEngineWatch. April 13, 2005.

Paul Kapustka. Google To Host Home-Video Uploads. Advanced IP Pipeline. April 4, 2005.

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Politicians Reach Public Through Podcasts

"John McCain in 2000 and Howard Dean in 2004 broke new ground in using the internet to raise funds and organise their supporters.

"And in the 2004 presidential campaign, the internet became even more central to political campaigns.

"Now politicians and the political parties in the US are jumping on the latest internet bandwagon: Podcasts."

Kevin Anderson. US Politicians Embrace Podcasts. BBC News. April 13, 2005.

See also:
Republican National Committee. Podcasting.

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April 13, 2005

Forrester Predicts Digital Audio Growth

"Satellite radio subscriptions are likely to climb to more than 20 million in the next five years, driven by early adopters of the technology with above-average incomes, according to a study released on Tuesday.

"After that, however, the industry will have to consider price reductions or other measures to sustain rapid growth, the study concluded."

Paul Bond. Digital Audio's Future Loud, Clear. Reuters. April 13, 2005.

See also:
Dinesh C. Sharma. Study: Digital Audio to Surge. ZDNet. April 12, 2005.

Forrester. Forrester Research Defines The Future Of Digital Audio — New Report Forecasts Growth Of Satellite Radio And Podcasting. (Press Release.) April 12, 2005.

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Survey: Censor Blogs Yet Provide Journalist Protection

"Most Americans believe bloggers should not be allowed to publish sensitive personal information about individuals, according to a new survey.

"Web hosting company Hostway this week released the results of its poll of 2,500 respondents on blogging. Eighty percent of respondents did not believe that bloggers should be allowed to publish home addresses and other personal information about private citizens.

"A further 72 percent favoured censorship of personal information about celebrities, and 68 percent information about elected or appointed government officials such as judges or mayors."

Renai LeMay. Blog Censorship Wins Support. ZDNet Australia. April 13, 2005.

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Survey: Google Hosts Most Blogs

"Google's Blogger is hosting an estimated 8 million blogs, more than any of almost three dozen competing services.

"In second place is LiveJournal.com, with about 6.6 million accounts, according to research from Perseus Development Corp., a Web-based survey firm."

Frank Barnako. Blogger Top Home for Web Logs. MarketWatch. April 12, 2005.

See also:
Perseus. The Blogging Geyser. April 12, 2005.

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Blogs: New Target for Phishing

"A new form of phishing is taking shape and riding on the growing popularity of blogs, security company Websense said Tuesday.

"Malicious virus writers are attempting to lure people to malicious blogs using enticing e-mails and instant messages, according to a new report from Websense.

"Once a person arrives at the blog, which can be posted on a legitimate host site, the victim's computer becomes infected with software designed to steal sensitive information, such as passwords and bank account information."

Dawn Kawamoto. Phishing Twist Relies on Bogus Blogs. News.com. April 12, 2005.

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April 12, 2005

Media Supports Bloggers in Apple Squabble

"A collection of media organizations has urged a California appeals court to overturn a ruling that would allow Apple Computer to subpoena records from a Mac enthusiast site.

The 'friend of the court' (.pdf) filing follows a decision last month by a California superior court judge who ruled that Apple could subpoena the e-mail records of PowerPage in an attempt to uncover who at Apple leaked confidential information about an unreleased music hardware device code-named Asteroid. The judge's ruling is being appealed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation on behalf of three online journalists whose records Apple is seeking.

Ina Fried. Media Groups, ISPs Side Against Apple in Dispute. ZDNet. April 11, 2005.

See also:
Ina Fried, and John Borland. Judge: Apple Can Pursue Fan Site Sources. ZDNet. March 11, 2005.

John Borland. EFF Appeals Apple Fan Site Ruling. ZDNet. March 22, 2005.

Electronic Frontier Foundation. Bloggers Speak Up in Apple Case. Deep Links. April 11, 2005.

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. Reporters Committee Files Brief Supporting Journalists Subpoenaed by Apple Over Marketing Plans. (Press Release.) April 11, 2005.

Court of Appeal of the State of California Sixth Appellate District. Jason O'Grady, Monish Bhatia and Kasper Jade v. Superior Court of the State of California, County of Santa Clara. (.pdf) April 7, 2005.

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Computers in Libraries' Presentations Available Online

"This page features links to World Wide Web sites, PowerPoint slideshows, and other electronic resources used in support of presentations at Computers in Libraries 2005. Links are provided at the discretion of presenters. Additional links will be provided as they become available."

Information Today. Computers in Libraries 2005: Presentation Links.

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RSS for Automated Web Surfing

"The way people find websites, blogs, and other content they like on the net is changing.

"While the majority still seek out sites of interest through search engines and keep addresses bookmarked, others increasingly use 'RSS' feeds. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is a way of keeping automatically aware of website updates.

"Like sushi restaurant conveyor belts, it delivers content to people so they can easily pick what they want to read."

Jo Twist. Turning the Web into 'Sushi Belts'. BBC News. April 11, 2005.

See also:
BBC News. RSS Feed (Really Simple Syndication).

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April 11, 2005

Bloggers to be Paid for News Contributions

"Most people who write blogs just do it for kicks--as a way to vent, be creative and connect to a community.

"But profit motive may soon be added to the mix. GetLocalNews.com, a nationwide network of 6,000 local news sites, is planning to share its advertising revenue with thousands of volunteer writers.

"The idea is to reward and motivate contributors whose stories and photos generate the most traffic, which in turn fuels ad revenue, said Edgar Canon, chief executive of the San Francisco company.

Alorie Gilbert. News Network to Pay 'Citizen Journalists'. News.com. April 8, 2005.

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Gannon/Guckert Agitates Panel

"Jeff Gannon, the former White House reporter for Talon News, a conservative online news outlet, has once again roiled the Washington journalism establishment.

"Gannon, whose actual name is James Dale Guckert, resigned two months ago after gaining notoriety for using a fake name while working as a reporter covering the White House. Though he had no journalism experience and previously worked as an escort, he managed to ask President Bush a question at a nationally televised news conference.

"On Friday, with an invitation from the National Press Club, he appeared on a panel about bloggers and journalists."

Dawn Withers. Ex-White House Reporter is Lightning Rod on Panel About Blogs. Chicago Tribune. April 10, 2005.

Joe Strupp. 'Gannon' Appears at National Press Club, Draws Heat. Editor & Publisher. April 9, 2005.

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Podcasts Reach New Frontiers

"As millions of pilgrims streamed into Rome this past week, Internet listeners accompanied a Dutch priest on an intimate audio tour to pay one last visit to Pope John Paul II before he was laid to rest.

"Father Roderick Vonhogen brought the Catholic Church's ancient rites to life through a cutting-edge format: the podcast, a radio-style show that is distributed over the Internet.

"Podcasts have caught on like wildfire since they first emerged nine months ago. Listeners can pick from roughly 10,000 shows on topics ranging from religion to wine to technology, and media companies and advertisers are taking note."

Andy Sullivan. Homespun 'Podcasts' Explore Universe of Topics. Reuters. April 9, 2005.

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April 09, 2005

EFF Publishes Guide to Safe Blogging

"Blogs are like personal telephone calls crossed with newspapers. They're the perfect tool for sharing your favorite chocolate mousse recipe with friends--or for upholding the basic tenets of democracy by letting the public know that a corrupt government official has been paying off your boss.

"If you blog, there are no guarantees you'll attract a readership of thousands. But at least a few readers will find your blog, and they may be the people you'd least want or expect. These include potential or current employers, coworkers, and professional colleagues; your neighbors; your spouse or partner; your family; and anyone else curious enough to type your name, email address or screen name into Google or Feedster and click a few links.

"The point is that anyone can eventually find your blog if your real identity is tied to it in some way. And there may be consequences."

Electronic Frontier Foundation. How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else). April 6, 2005.

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Search for Consumer-Posted Thoughts & Opinions

"A new category of software tools has emerged that uses search engine technology to find and organize consumer-posted thoughts and opinions. These tools not only help marketers discover what is being said about their companies and brands, they also allow them to use that insight to drive new campaigns and even develop new products.

"You can't use Google News or Yahoo News to find this content, typically posted to blogs, message boards or opinion sites. The major news search engines don't consider most of these types of sites to be news sources.

"This was the main topic addressed by 'Blogs, Boards, and Posts: Capturing Consumer Buzz Online' panel."

Greg Jarboe. Blogs, Boards, and Posts: Capturing Consumer Buzz Online. SearchEngineWatch. April 7, 2005.

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Blogger's Malfunctions Frustrate Users

"What's up with Blogger, the institution that is eponymous with the media phenomenon it helped spawn?

"Lately, it seems like almost every time you tune into your favorite Blogger-hosted blog to catch up on the latest gossip, meme, political diatribe or cybersnark, you find that the site is frozen in time. Or, there are multiple posts with identical content. Since Blogger, which is owned and operated by that sleek geek machine, Google, is a lot like a public utility, when it goes down, so do the lights on a large swatch of the blogosphere.

"The result: a lot of irate netizens."

Adam L. Penenberg. Bloggers Pitch Fits Over Glitches. Wired News. April 7, 2005.

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April 08, 2005

Microsoft Launches Blogging, Messenger Services

"Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled new versions of its instant messaging and blogging services with beefed-up community, video, search and advertising features.

"In partnership with Logitech, MSN Messenger now offers full-screen videoconferencing capabilities with new technology that promises to establish connections between two people more easily, including across firewalls.

"MSN Messenger users can now share in the IM window search results from Microsoft's proprietary search technology."

Evan Hansen. MSN Mixes Advertisers with Blogs. News.com. April 7, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. MSN Moves Blog Service Out of Beta. eWeek. April 7, 2005.

Allison Linn. Microsoft Makes Big Advertising Push. HeraldNet. April 7, 2005.

Kim Peterson. MSN Spreads Its Message. Seattle Times. April 7, 2005.

Loren Baker. MSN Spaces and Messenger Open Up to Advertisers. SearchEngineJournal. April 7, 2005.

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BlogRunner's Back with Distributed News Site

"A resource for news junkies reappeared overnight offering an encyclopedic portal of online news sites.

"BlogRunner.com first launched in late 2003 and then went offline last year. Now it's back offering links to news stories and the Web logs that mention them. It returned with a new special section called the New York Times Annotated, which monitors blog postings referring to articles in the Times."

Frank Barnako. BlogRunner a rival to Google News. MarketWatch. April 5, 2005.

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April 07, 2005

U.S. Blogger Breaches Canadian Publication Ban

"Canada's long-standing practice of barring news organizations from disclosing what's happening in certain court proceedings is being tested by Internet bloggers.

"A Canadian commission that's investigating charges of high-level wrongdoing in the nation's Liberal Party has ordered news organizations not to reveal details from the proceedings, which are open to the public.

"But Ed Morrissey, a conservative Web logger in Minneapolis, has been gleefully violating the ban by posting detailed reports of the verboten 'Adscam' testimony.

"Public revelation of Adscam, which involves allegations of corruption and illegal campaign contributions, could end the Liberal Party's precarious grasp on power and force new elections this summer."

Declan McCullagh. U.S. Blogger Thwarts Canadian Gag Order. News.com. April 5, 2005.

See also:
Stephanie Rubec. AdScam Leak on Web. Toronto Sun. April 4, 2005.

Update: Clifford Krauss. A Blog Written From Minneapolis Rattles Canada's Liberal Party. The New York Times. April 7, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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Phling! Enhances Mobile Lifestyle

"There’s a new player in the mobile social software sphere: Phling! is a service for your cellphone that allows you to relay multimedia between your phone, your IM buddy list, and your home computer."

Barb Dybwad. Phling! takes P2P Approach to MoSoSo-ing. thesocialsoftwareweblog. April 4, 2005.

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Podcasting Skepticism

Barefoot is a 'writer, technologist and marketer who lives in Vancouver, Canada,' according to his site. He raises enough issues-compounded by comments to the post-that I wanted to think through my responses. It seemed a good idea to use my own blog for that process. So here goes…

"Barefoot begins by leaving no doubt about his skepticism: 'I'm skeptical about who's doing it, who's going to do it, and who's going to listen to it. In short, I don't think podcasting is going to get very far into the mainstream.' He lays out several arguments. Let's examine them one by one."

Shel Holtz. Is Podcasting For Real? WebProNews. April 5, 2005.

Editor's Note: Since the Pew Internet & American Life Project published its podcasting report, which claims that "more than 6 million adults" have listened to at least one podcast, there have been a number of articles and editorial comments that have challenged the Project's contention. Since the appearance of these comments, SNTReport.com has updated its original story about the Pew report. We will continue to update this story as it develops.

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Wikis Speed Information Flow

"There is a public Web site where people can find a Web log written by some prominent members of the government information technology community. Visitors can view a list of officials in the CIO Council's Communities of Practice and read ongoing revisions to a major government document, the data reference model. Members of the public also are contributing to the discussions.

"An emerging technology called 'wiki' makes this collaboration possible. Wiki technology creates what is essentially a public Web log, one which anyone with a Web browser can add to or modify."

Aliya Sternstein. Wiki Means Fast. FCW. April 4, 2005.

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April 06, 2005

Blogging Is a Tool of Expression Abroad

"Weblogs started off as a personal outpouring, a kind of digital diary. If you work on the basis that a problem shared is a problem halved, you can share with millions and - who knows? Now blogs feature everything from cant on cars, opinions on opera, to rants from the politically righteous East and West.

"But not everyone is free to say what they think."

David Reid. Blogging from East to West. BBC News. April 4, 2005.

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Early Reports Suggest Yahoo 360 Lacks Focus

"It's a blog. It's a dog. No, it's Yahoo 360!

"What is this service Yahoo unleashed on Tuesday, anyway?

"Yahoo says it's designed to help you stay in touch with existing friends, not introduce you to strangers. But it feels a lot like Friendster and other social networking sites, with the addition of a blogging tool, a smattering of traditional Yahoo content and two odd new text-messaging tools.

Leslie Walker. Early Version Of Yahoo 360 Confusing All Around. WashingtonPost.com. April 3, 2005.

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Blogs for Lawyers

"With an estimated 10 million blogs and counting, it’s almost impossible to run a Google search without tripping over one. And though they have a reputation for being controversial, even subversive, they’re fast becoming the format of choice for delivering the very latest opinion and news, an Internet equivalent of the town crier.

"More importantly, some suggest, these web journals or diaries are turning into a respected marketing tool for businesses and individuals looking to make a name for themselves on and off the Internet.

"Enter the lawyers."

Sarah Kellogg. Do You Blog? DC Bar. April 2005.

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Google Plans Video Upload

"Google will begin archiving personal video clips as part of its ever-expanding search service, company co-founder Larry Page said Monday.

"'We're going to start taking video submissions from people' in the next few days, Page told a crowd at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association show here. Later, in response to a reporter's question, he called the move an 'experiment in video blogging.'"

Jim Hu. Google Queues up Video. News.com. April 4, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. Google to Expand Video Search. eWeek. April 4, 2005.

Paul Kapustka. Google To Host Home-Video Uploads. Advanced IP Pipeline. April 4, 2005.

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Blogworking: Social Networks & Blog Publishing

"Public Social Networking sites such as MySpace or Orkut have been getting a lot of attention for creating 'sticky' sites that people simply love to visit again and again. An addictive quality of reading individual thoughts and learning about the people thinking them has become like what the 'reality-show' is to network television.

"But what really might be the most talked about trend online today is the personal weblog, or group authored 'mob-blog' and how this simple publishing trend is providing news, information, personal perspective and occasionally world changing discoveries."

Jesse Taylor. The Evolution of Social Networks: Blogworking is the New Buzz. AlwaysOn. April 4, 2005.

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Practice of Tagging Catches on Fast

"Joshua Schachter used to be a lot like the rest of us online. When he surfed the Web, he'd zip through interesting articles only to find that days later he couldn't remember where he had seen the stories or sites that had caught his interest. Unlike most of us, though, the 30-year-old New Yorker is a software programmer -- so he did something about this lapse in memory.

"A little over two years ago, Schachter created a program that let him tag Web links using words he would remember and then store them for easy access. So when Schachter saw a story about, say, the music videos of Icelandic singer Bjork, he would slap a 'music' tag on it and file it away.

"What makes tags more powerful than a Web bookmark is that they can be shared easily with other people."

Heather Green and Robert D. Hof. Picking Up Where Search Leaves Off. BusinessWeek Online. April 11, 2005.

See also:
Hans-Peter Brøndmo. How Will Tags Color the Web?. ClickZNews. April 4, 2005.

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Wikis Facilitate Collaboration

"There is a public Web site where people can find a Web log written by some prominent members of the government information technology community. Visitors can view a list of officials in the CIO Council's Communities of Practice and read ongoing revisions to a major government document, the data reference model. Members of the public also are contributing to the discussions.

"An emerging technology called 'wiki' makes this collaboration possible. The word comes from 'wiki wiki, Hawaiian for 'fast.' Wiki technology creates what is essentially a public Web log, one which anyone with a Web browser can add to or modify."

Aliya Sternstein. Collaborative Sites Enable Sharing of Ideas, Workload. USA Today. April 4, 2005.

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Blog Regulation Debate Intensifies

"DailyKos.com, the popular liberal Web site, is a forum for robust political debate, with participants railing about the evils of conservatives or dissecting the ills of the Democratic Party -- just the kind of speech the 1st Amendment was intended to protect.

"But DailyKos.com is more than that. In the last election, it urged readers to support the 'Kos Dozen,' a group of favored Democrats; raised more than US$574,000 for candidates; provided online links to campaigns, and connected members to a PAC that supports progressive politicians.

Such activities show the challenge facing the Federal Election Commission in the wake of a court ruling forcing the commission to regulate political activity on the Internet. While the 1st Amendment prohibits regulating most speech, a wide array of online activities arguably could be viewed as 'contributing to' or 'coordinating' with political campaigns, which falls under the FEC's domain."

Dawn Withers. Regulation of Blogs' Political Activity Sparks Furor. E-Commerce Times. April 4, 2005.

Editor's note See also SNTReport.com's prior story on bloggers dodging federal crackdown.

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April 05, 2005

Pew Study: 6 Million Have Heard Podcasts

"According to new research from The Pew Internet and American Life Project, 29 percent of Americans over the age of 18 with iPods or other MP3 players have listened to podcasts. Pew had predicted the growth early this year after studying sales of portable MP3 players.

"Pew estimates over 22 million American adults own an MP3 or iPod player, and more than 6 million of these owners have listened to podcasts. The study surveyed 2,201 people, 208 of whom were MP3 or iPod owners. Pew did not survey anyone under age 18."

Sean Michael Kerner. Podcasting Grows In Popularity. ClickZNews. April 4, 2005.

See also:
Lee Rainie and Mary Madden. Podcasting. (.pdf) Pew Internet & American Life Project. April 2005.

Updates:
Robert MacMillan. Podcasting in the Dark. WashingtonPost.com. April 6, 2005.

Erika Morphy. Six Million Podcasters and Counting. NewsFactor Network. April 4, 2005. (Despite the survey results, Pew research director believes numbers of people actually using the Internet to broadcast and/or download pods is smaller than the 6 million figure.)

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An Experiment in Citizen Journalism

"Bluffton will get its own hometown newspaper next month.

"A new Web site, www.blufftontoday.com, will be launched in conjunction with the new paper."

No author. New Paper Coming to Town. LowcountryNow.com. April 4, 2005.

See also:
Bluffton Today. About BlufftonToday.com and the Bluffton Today Newspaper. March 25, 2005.

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April 04, 2005

The Power of Blogs & RSS for Educators

"The internet has long been valued by teachers and librarians as a powerful research and communications tool, and in the last 10 years, it has brought about a sea change in the way students find, manage, and use information. But the promise of the Web as more than just a readable, searchable resource has been slow to be realized ... until now.

"Two new Internet technologies, Weblogs and RSS (Real Simple Syndication), are redefining the way students and teachers use the Internet, turning them from mere readers into writers to the Web as well, and making it easier to filter and track the ever-growing number of resources coming online each day.

"In fast-growing numbers, educators across the country and throughout the world are finding just how powerful this new interactive Internet can be."

Will Richardson. Blogging and RSS — The "What's It?" and "How To" of Powerful New Web Tools for Educators. InfoToday. April 1, 2005.

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Online Community Celebrates 20th Birthday

"Twenty years ago, two seminal Internet communities were born -- one on the East Coast, one on the West.

"The East Coast community, now known as America Online, has 22.4 million subscribers. The West Coast community, the Well, has just 4,000.

"Yet many credit the comparatively diminutive Well, which celebrated its 20th birthday Friday, with inspiring much of today's online interaction."

Carrie Kirby. West Coast Online Community the Well Marks 20 Years with 4,000 Subscribers. SFGate.com. April 2, 2005.

See also:
Declan McCullagh. The Well Celebrates 20th Birthday. News.com. April 1, 2005.

The Well. The Well at Twenty: A Reunion of Online Pioneers Convenes. (Press Release.) March 31, 2005.

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April 02, 2005

Podcast for I.T. Industry

"Scrolling through the master playlist on an iPod, one could come across the following selections: The Beatles, Duran Duran, Foghat, I.T. Conversations, The Police, Frank Sinatra ... Wait a second. I.T. Conversations? Never heard of them.

"And to date, very few people have. But it's not because the band has yet to crack the Top 40."

No author. CIOs Getting Vocal about iPods. Health Data Management. March 28, 2005.

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Future Holds Promise for Yahoo News

"There are two ways to view Yahoo News. One is to dismiss it as simply a collection of other people's journalism, slapped together and considered just another feature of a big Internet portal.

"The other is to sit in awe of a site that includes some of the best journalism created, packages it in a simple way with links to outside sources and balances human judgment with technological innovation."

Mark Glaser. Inside Yahoo News: The Aggregator Brings RSS to the Masses. Online Journalism Review. April 1, 2005.

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April 01, 2005

Groups Catch WordPress Spamming

"One of the most popular Weblog-publishing tools, WordPress, is stirring a controversy over search-engine gaming because it included thousands of articles related to popular search terms on its Web site while largely hiding them from site visitors.

"Bloggers and search-engine marketers are accusing the open-source WordPress project of spamming the major search engines, while at the same time being one of the advocates in an effort to combat comment spam in blog postings."

Matt Hicks. WordPress Under Fire for Search-Engine Spamming. eWeek. March 31, 2005.

See also:
Danny Sullivan. WordPress Caught Spamming After Enlisting To Fight Spam. SearchEngineWatch. March 31, 2005.

Waxy.org. Wordpress Website's Search Engine Spam. March 30, 2005.

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'Ramble' Allows Blogging from Cell Phones

"A new technology expected to launch in April promises to turn cellular phones into mobile blogging tools.

"The application, called 'Rabble,' streamlines the now-cumbersome process for publishing text or images from a cell phone to a Weblog. It also creates a way to search mobile blogs for items of interest -- from homes for sale in a particular neighborhood to updated tour information for a favorite band."

Dawn C. Chmielewski. Mobile Phones as Blog Tools. San Jose Mercury News. March 31, 2005.

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Bloggers Prefer Firefox

"While Firefox's global share of the Internet browser market remains in the single digits, according to widely cited Web-site statistics firms, the upstart browser is doing considerably better in the blog community.

"On Feb. 28, Web-analytics company OneStat.com reported that Firefox's global usage stood at 8.45% while Internet Explorer commanded 87.28% of the browser market. Ten days earlier, WebSideStory.com, another Web-analytics company, puts Firefox's figures at 5.69% and Internet Explorer's at 89.85%.

"Meanwhile, blogs tell a different story, which can be read as a sign of things to come or an aberration among the partisan minority."

Thomas Claburn. Firefox Thrives Among Bloggers. InformationWeek. March 30, 2005.

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March 31, 2005

Fortune 100 Companies Routinely Adopt Blogs & Wikis

"To qualify as intelligence, information must be both used and renewed. Good synapses fire fast and standard groupware can be too structured and rigid to support real-time, off-the-cuff data collection for workgroups or projects. Easy and informal, e-mail and IM remain the knowledge-sharing tools of choice for many employees. But after a message has been sent and read, it often drops into the network netherworld never to be seen or used again.

"To facilitate the exchange of information and to establish customized, user-friendly data archives, companies such as Cisco, Disney, Hewlett-Packard, General Motors, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Nokia, Novell, and Yahoo are turning to a new breed of collaboration tools: blogs and wikis. Each helps fill the gaps left by traditional groupware in a different way."

Michelle Delio. Enterprise Collaboration with Blogs and Wikis. InfoWorld. March 28, 2005.

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Sun Leverages Blogs Internally

Most companies are still cautious when it comes to communicating with mainstream media outlets; employees are seldom allowed to speak with journalists without media-relations chaperones. But blogs have emerged as an exception, with more and more companies concluding that the public-relations benefits outweigh the risks. One of those companies is Sun Microsystems, which promotes employee blogging more aggressively than any other technology firm.

Wade Roush. Sun Microsystems: Blog Heaven. TechnologyReview.com. April 2005.

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Social Software Events Needed

"Our good friend Alistair from Six Apart organised an event called Blogs in Action last week at the Polish Club (as in Polska, not Pledge) in London. It was a welcome get-together for many of us working in this area, but reactions to the event have prompted some reflection on what sort of blog- or social software-related events are needed as this space starts to develop further."

Headshift. Pent Up Demand for Social Software Events? March 28, 2005.

See also:
Headshift. Upcoming Social Software Events. March 23, 2005.

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Skype Leveraged as Podcasting Tool

"Skype was created as a no-cost long-distance phone service. It does that very well. What it also allows you to do, if you're just a little technically-minded and have a homebrew gene or two, is to record your Skype phone conversation, with the other person's permission, to an audio file on a second computer. Once you've recorded the audio, you can edit out the uhms, ahs and pauses, compress the audio and then place it on the web for public consumption.

"I've been doing some experiments recording Skype interviews and am writing this article to pass along some tips and pointers."

Phil Shapiro. Using Skype as a Community Media Production Tool. No publisher. No date.

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Yahoo 360 Site Opens: Invitation Only

"They used to say, 'On the Internet, no one knows you're a dog.' But with today's industrial strength search tools, it's impossible to hide your digital footprints.

"Instead of letting cold, impersonal algorithms determine what people find out about us online, social and business networking services let users help others to see them the way they'd like to be seen.

"The latest launch is the beta of Yahoo 360, Yahoo's service, which opened by invitation only on Tuesday."

Susan Kuchinskas. Searchable You. InternetNews.com. March 29, 2005.

See also:
Yahoo Search Blog. Yahoo! 360° - A New Model for Online Sharing. March 28, 2005.

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Bloglines Tracks Courier Packages

"The Bloglines online content-aggregation service plans to let its users track from within its service package-shipping information from FedEx, United Parcel Service of America (UPS) and the U.S. Postal Service, according to a company executive.

"'This is the first of many types of personalized online information that Bloglines will be able to gather on behalf of its users', said Mark Fletcher, Bloglines' vice president and general manager. 'Bloglines is moving beyond the blog,' he said.

"For example, Bloglines will be able to collect local weather information and stock prices."

Juan Carlos Perez. Bloglines Adds Package Tracking to its Service. InfoWorld. March 30, 2005.

See also:
Jim Wagner. Read Your Blogs, Check Your Packages. InternetNews.com. March 30, 2005.

Ask Jeeves. Bloglines Is First to Go Beyond the Blog With Unique-to-Me Info Updates. MarketWatch.com. (Press Release.) March 30, 2005.

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RSS for Libraries

Randy Reichardt provides insight for library uses and the potential to leverage RSS technology.

Randy Reichardt. RSS: Moving Into the Mainstream. EI Updatee. March/April 2005.

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AOL's Red Service Launches Teen Blog

"America Online has announced a new blogging service for teens.

"The Red Blogs offering, unveiled Tuesday, allows teens and parents to select the level of privacy they want for their online diaries: A private blog can be kept locked. A semiprivate blog is locked to all but those who are invited to read it. And a public blog allows access to anybody on the Net.

"However, blogs of younger teens, those between 13 and 15, will be locked from general public viewing. Similarly, with semiprivate blogs, parents must approve the list of people invited to read the journals of younger teens."

Dinesh C. Sharma. AOL Unveils Blogging Service for Teens. ZDNet. March 29, 2005.

See also:
America Online, Inc. America Online's Red Service for Teens Introduces New Blog Product. (Press Release.) March 29, 2005.

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March 30, 2005

Liz Smith Outdished by Blogosphere

"The gentle behind-the-scenes glimpse of celebrities is Liz Smith's stock in trade. And it has helped her survive the increasingly cutthroat business of gossip-writing, an industry that has mushroomed over the last three decades and spawned scores of magazines, television shows, Internet sites and blogs that are consumed with all manner of people-watching and celebrity doings.

"In an interview last week, Ms. Smith admitted that the gossip industry has become so pervasive and ruthless that it is difficult to break through with a distinctive voice."

Katharine Q. Seelye. In the Blog Era, Liz Smith Wonders if There's Room for the Pro. The New York Times. March 28, 2005.

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Google Acquires Web Analytics Company

"Internet search company Google said Monday it had agreed to acquire Urchin Software, a Web analytics company, for undisclosed terms.

"Urchin, which is based in San Diego, is a software company serving Web site owners and marketers, helping them to understand how customers use Web sites and track marketing performance."

Reuters.Google to Buy Web Analytics Firm Urchin. News.com. March 28, 2005.

Google. Google Agrees To Acquire Urchin. (Press Release.) March 28, 2005.

Michael Bazeley. Google Buying Web Analytics Company. SiliconBeat. March 28, 2005.

Update: Elizabeth Millard. Google Buys Analytics Firm Urchin. March 29, 2005.

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Podcast Interview With Celebrity Blogger

"Last Monday 21 March, Shel and I interviewed Steve Rubel for The Hobson & Holtz Report bi-weekly podcast.

"Steve is Vice President Client Solutions at CooperKatz, a New York PR firm, and author of the Micro Persuasion blog. He is arguably the most prominent and influential blogger in the PR profession either side of the Atlantic."

The Hobson and Holtz Report. An Open Conversation with Steve Rubel, Micro Persuasion. March 26, 2005.

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Net Rules Raise Awkward Political Position

"After a public outcry over government regulation of bloggers, some of Congress' most ardent campaign finance reformers have found themselves in a politically uncomfortable position.

"Three years ago, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Russell Feingold, D-Wis., persuaded their colleagues to approve a campaign finance law with no exemptions for the Internet. But because that law now requires federal regulators to take a look at bloggers, McCain and Feingold are suddenly ducking for cover.

"So, for that matter, are Reps. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., and Martin Meehan, D-Mass., the sponsors of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act in the House of Representatives."

Declan McCullagh. Blog rolling? D.C.'s New Spin on Net Rules. News.com. March 28, 2005.

See also:
Declan McCullagh. Feds Get Set for Net Rules. News.com. March 24, 2005.

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Online Communities and Social Design

"The term 'online community' has gotten a bad rap in the business world since the late 90’s and I think I know why.

"'Community' was held up as a cornerstone of online businesses in the late 90’s. Influential books like Net Gain got executives excited about all the possibilities. The thought was that the Web would enable communities of loyal customers to form and once they do -- the cash would start rolling in. Or so they thought.

"In the aftermath, 'online community' has become a bad word- something that has come to mean 'something we tried in 1998 that didn’t work.' The reputation was well earned in a lot of situations."

Common Craft. The Online Community Hangover. March 28, 2005.

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Libraries and Weblogs

"Within the miasma of the blogverse floats an ethereal blogosphere where millions of blogphiles are blogging away on their very own blogs.

"It may sound like a lot of nonsense, but that was an example of 'blog-speak,' a language that is growing as fast as the increasing interest in Weblogs."

Alyesha Asghar. Weblogs Connect People Through Journals About Everything From Book Clubs to Bands. Bluefield Daily Telegraph. March 26, 2005.

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Del.icio.us Screencast Available

"You had to know this was coming. Today's five-minute screencast is a whirlwind tour of del.icio.us from my own perspective as a power user."

John Udell. Del.icio.us: the Screencast. InfoWorld. March 14, 2005.

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March 29, 2005

Newspaper Reaches Audience Through Blogs

"It's a journalist's job to ask questions, but they're usually aimed at outsiders. At the News & Record, a 93,000-daily circulation newspaper in Greensboro, reporters and editors are asking tough questions about the paper itself. The biggest questions: If the paper needs to change to survive, what changes should be made? What can it do, especially online, to make itself the electronic equivalent of a town square?

"Seeking the answers, the paper has launched an audacious online experiment.

"The News & Record's Web site features 11 staff-written Web journals, or blogs, including one by the editor that answers readers' questions, addresses their criticisms and discusses how the paper is run."

Associated Press. N.C. Newspaper Uses Blogs to Reach Readers. Forbes.com. March 27, 2005.

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Commercial Podcasting Gains Momentum

"Nasa is doing it, 14-year-old boys in bedrooms are doing it, couples are doing it, gadget lovers - male and female - are definitely doing it.

"It is podcasting - DIY radio in the form of downloadable MP3 audio files. They can done by anyone who has a microphone, simple software, the net, and something to say.

"Some liken them to talking 'audioblogs' because many complement text-based weblogs - diary-like sites where people share their thoughts."

Jo Twist. 'Podcasters' Look to Net Money. BBC News. March 25, 2005.

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Clear Channel Plans to Podcast

"Clear Channel plans to take first steps toward extending its radio brands through podcasting, as part of a new coherent Internet strategy set to unfold over the next several months at radio’s largest operator."

Paul Heine. Clear Channel To Embrace Podcasting. Billboard RadioMonitor. March 25, 2005.

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March 28, 2005

Forrester Analyst Dissects Yahoo 360

"The Yahoo! team has done an excellent job thinking through key details of how to not only integrate blogs and social networking, but also how to pull in elements from the Yahoo! network.

"Central to the whole service is the concept that you want to communicate and connect with the people that you already know, rather than try to meet new people. Your home page on the service shows the most recent content published by people within your network. This might be a blog post, a photo album, review, or an updated profile item.

"This fundamental concept of linking people through their updated 'stuff' is what makes Yahoo! 360 unique – and inherently will drive usage of the service higher than traditional social networks. In essence, the content is being pushed to you by the service."

Forrester. First Look at Yahoo! 360. March 24, 2005.

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Bloggers Evade FEC Crackdown

"Political bloggers and other online commentators narrowly avoided being slammed with a sweeping set of Internet regulations this week.

"When the Federal Election Commission kicked off the process of extending campaign finance rules to the Internet on Thursday, the public document was substantially altered from one prepared just two weeks earlier and reviewed by CNET News.com.

"The 44-page document, prepared by the FEC general counsel's office and dated March 10, took a radically different approach and would have imposed decades-old rules designed for federal campaigns on many political Web sites and bloggers."

Declan McCullagh. Bloggers Narrowly Dodge Federal Crackdown. News.com. March 24, 2005.

See also:
Declan McCullagh. Feds Get Set for Net Rules. News.com. March 24, 2005.

Siobhan McDonough. FEC Weighs Limited Internet Activity Rules. WashingtonPost.com. March 24, 2005.

Federal Election Commission. Draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Internet Communications. (.pdf) March 23, 2005.

Update: Declan McCullagh. Blog Rolling? D.C.'s New Spin on Net Rules. News.com. March 28, 2005.

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Yahoo! Launches Creative Commons Search Tool

"Yahoo took another step toward fulfilling a promise to make its portal a platform where communities develop, rather than a stagnant site limited to serving information.

"The latest feature, released Thursday as a beta, allows users to search content hosted by Creative Commons, a nonprofit group that specializes in copyrighting material made available for limited reuse.

"While most material on the Internet comes with a copyright, Yahoo Creative Commons will help developers and site owners find content published by authors willing to share or reuse it, according to the company."

Tim Grey. Yahoo Offers Creative Commons Search. InternetNews.com. March 24, 2005.

See also:
Larry Lessig. Larry Lessig on Searching Creative Commons. Yahoo Search Blog. March 23, 2005.

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2005 Technology Trends

"Wouldn't it be great to have a good handle on what will happen this year to make sure you could plan around it? asks Mitchell Levy, CEO and executive editor of Happy About, a US publisher of books for corporations.

"In his latest book, Knowing What to Expect in 2005: Predictions from Over 50 Executives, Levy offers ten trends that he says software vendors need to factor into their business plans for the year ahead."

NevOn. Ten Trends to Watch. March 25, 2005.

See also:
Mitchell Levy. Ten Trends for 2005. Sandhill.com. March 21, 2005.

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World's First Podcast-Only Novel Released

"At three miles below the surface of the Earth, where the rocks are so hot they burn bare skin, something has been waiting for centuries. Waiting ... and guarding.

"That's part of the description of what is being billed as the world's first 'podcast' novel, 'EarthCore,' written by Scott Sigler of San Francisco.

"Mr. Sigler, who narrates his novel, which was first published in 2001, plans to release an hour of audio each week, creating a format similar to weekly television suspense shows with continuing storylines, such as '24' and 'Battlestar Galactica.'"

No author. 'Podcast-only' Novel Released. San Jose Business Journal. March 24, 2005.

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March 26, 2005

Congressman Calls Out to Protect Blogs

"Web Loggers, or bloggers, have already broken several major stories, including those that led to the resignation of a Virginia congressman, a shake-up at CBS news over the "60 Minutes" Bush National Guard story, the firing of a CNN executive over remarks criticizing the U.S. military, and the White House granting Jeff Gannon inappropriate access to White House daily press briefings.

"Unfortunately, today in two separate arenas--campaign finance laws and the legal privileges accorded to journalists to protect confidential sources--bloggers' free speech rights are at risk. It is incumbent on the Federal Election Commission, legislatures, and the courts to ensure these rights are protected for Internet-based media."

John Conyers. Bloggers Have Rights, Too. News.com. March 24, 2005.

See also:
Declan McCullagh. Online Politicking Receives Temporary Reprieve. News.com. March 23, 2005.

Federal Election Commission. Draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Internet Communication. (.pdf) March 23, 2005.

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Blogs Continue to Blow Up

"Dave Sifry's Technorati.com reported Tuesday it is now tracking slightly more than 8 million Weblogs through its search tool and directory services.

"This is only the beginning, if you believe investment analyst Mary Meeker at Morgan Stanley, who last touted blogs as a huge business opportunity late last year. Meeker forecast Yahoo would get into the blogging business big time, and last week, it did with the Yahoo 360º service.

A more academic boost for blogs is at the heart of a new report by Outsell Inc., a California-based technology market research firm. Behind the sizzle stirs the essential ingredients of the next tipping point in the information industry, Outsell wrote."

Frank Barnako. 8 Million Bloggers Can't Be Wrong. Marketwatch.com. March 22, 2005.

See also:
Frank Barnako. Podcasting Hype, Inflating the Balloon?. Marketwatch.com. March 21, 2005.

Morgan Stanley. An Update from the Digital World. October 2004.

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March 25, 2005

Warner Brothers Reenters Blogosphere

"After getting into some trouble for its early marketing practices in the blogosphere, Warner Brothers Records is dipping its toes in the blog waters once again. The company will sponsor podcasts of the Eric Rice Show and provide exclusive audio content from one of its bands.

"The Eric Rice Show, which is produced by Rice and three of his colleagues, features audio musings on entertainment, technology, and culture. Podcasting, the practice of publishing extended audio recordings in a Web feed format, still reaches a very small audience, but many expect it to take off as digital music players proliferate."

Zachary Rodgers. Warner Brothers Sponsors Podcaster. ClickZNews. March 22, 2005.

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Business Blog Resource List

CommonCraft, a weblog operated by Lee LeFever, has published a cumulative (and, hopefully, ongoing) list of resources about blogs usage and adaptation in American business.

CommonCraft. List of Business Blog Resources. March 21, 2005.

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Leading Experts Present BlogWiki2005 Workshop

BlogWiki2005 will take place on May 19-20, 2005 in Coral Gables, Florida.

Leading experts will provide a comprehensive program featuring the emerging techonologies of blogs, Bots, Wikis and RSS/Web feed applications.

Presenters include: Gerry McKiernan, Science and Technology Librarian and Bibliographer, Iowa State University Library; Sabrina I. Pacifici, Founder, Editor, Publisher and Web Manager of LLRX.com and Author, beSpacific.com; and Marcus P. Zillman, Executive Director of the Virtual Private Library and creator of VPL White Papers and Subject Tracer™ Blogosphere.

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Study: P2P Usage Declines

"About 36 million Americans—or 27% of internet users—say they download either music or video files and about half of them have found ways outside of traditional peer-to-peer networks or paid online services to swap their files, according to the most recent survey of the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

Mary Madden and Lee Rainie. Music and Video Downloading Moves Beyond P2P. Pew Internet and American Life Project. March 23, 2005.

Mary Madden and Lee Rainie. Music and Video Downloading Moves Beyond P2P (.pdf) March 2005.

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March 24, 2005

Newspaper Firms Invest in Topix.net

"Three of the nation's biggest newspaper publishers, the Gannett Company, Knight-Ridder Inc. and the Tribune Company, are joining forces to buy three-fourths of Topix.net, a Web site that monitors more than 10,000 online news sources.

"Each publisher will own 25 percent of the company. Topix.net, based in Palo Alto, Calif., will retain the rest and continue to run the site.

"Topix.net is a news aggregator, continuously monitoring updates on thousands of news media Web sites as well as government sites and organizing links to articles in more than 300,000 subject areas. Topix.net already keeps track of news from sites operated by Gannett, Knight-Ridder and Tribune, but the acquisition will allow it to approach the newspapers' online advertisers about using its technology for customizing ads."

Katharine Q. Seelye. Newspaper Giants Buy Web News Monitor. The New York Times. March 23, 2005.

See also:
Bambi Francisco. Newspapers Invest in Topix.net. MarketWatch.com. March 23, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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Awards Honor Best of Blogs

"Blog mogul Nick Denton's gossipy online empire walked off with four awards at the 2005 Bloggies, while a woman fired for her Web log also snagged four prizes for her edgy postings about motherhood and the mundane annoyances of life."

Leslie Walker. Awards Salute Best in Blogging. WashingtonPost.com. March 20, 2005.

See also:
Bloggers Blog. 2005 Bloggies Announced. March 15, 2005.

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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March 23, 2005

Yahoo Acquires Flickr

"Yahoo has purchased online photo-sharing service Flickr, less than a week after the Internet giant launched a beta test of a new blogging tool.

"Vancouver, British Columbia-based Flickr lets users upload digital photos from computers and camera phones, put together photo albums, and post photos to blogs, among other things. "

Jim Hu. Yahoo Buys Photo-Sharing Site Flickr. News.com. March 20, 2005.

See also:
Flickr Blog. Yahoo Actually Does Acquire Flickr. March 20, 2004.

Update: Stefanie Olsen. Yahoo's Game of Photo Tag. News.com. March 22, 2005.

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Ask Jeeves Toolbar for Firefox Launches

"Ask Jeeves on Tuesday made a Firefox version of its toolbar available for download."

Paul Festa. Ask Jeeves Launches Firefox Toolbar. News.com. March 16, 2005.

Ask Jeeves Blog. Got Firefox? Get Toolbar.. March 15, 2005.

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March 22, 2005

Religious Podcasting Takes Hold

"Godcasting is the latest advancement in online religion, in which preachers convert their sermons to audio to be heard on portable digital audio devices.

"Using iPods or any portable MP3 player, 'podcasting' lets people download audio programs that can be listened to whenever they like. It's a form of audio syndication that musicians, businessmen, tech talk show hosts and political commentators like Al Franken have already adopted."

Kathleen Murphy. Godcasting May Be Portable Players' First "Killer App". The Baptist Standard. March 18, 2005.

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Corporate Blogs: Just Another PR Avenue?

"The soul-baring, anything-goes, free-for-all phenomenon called the Web log has come to this:

"'This is the first of many commentaries I will make on this forum,' wrote General Motors Vice Chairman Robert A. Lutz in January when he first started his blog, fastlane.gmblogs.com, 'and I'd like to begin with, surprise, some product talk -- specifically, Saturn products.'

"Since blogs became the next big thing, an increasing number of companies have come to see them as the next great public relations vehicle -- a way for executives to demonstrate their casual, interactive side.

"But, of course, the executives do nothing of the sort. Their attempts at hip, guerrilla-style blogging are often pained -- and painful."

Amy Joyce. More PR Than No-Holds-Barred On Bosses' Corporate Blogs. WashingtonPost.com. March 19, 2005.

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March 21, 2005

CNN Recognizes Growing Power of Blogs

"Forget 'The Bachelor' or 'The Apprentice' or even the wonderfully named 'Wife Swap.' The 'reality' television that I try not to miss is CNN's 'Inside the Blogs' segment. It has been a staple on Judy Woodruff's 'Inside Politics' program since its debut on Feb. 14.

"CNN recognizes that nothing is more grounded in 'reality' than the news. True, a cynic would argue that the feature, which only lasts for a few minutes each afternoon, has all of the intrinsic drama of watching people as they stand in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

"Nevertheless, 'Inside the Blogs' is valuable. It's shining a light on the most emotional and widely discussed issue in journalism today. The show -- to my eyes - merely contains equal parts bloggers' opinions and unwitting entertainment. But it's significant that CNN is dedicating time everyday to the blogs."

Jon Friedman. CNN Gives Bloggers Some Respect. MarketWatch. March 18, 2005.

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March 19, 2005

Few News Sites Experiment With Social Software

"Social networks continue to blossom online by appealing to people's deepest needs for connection. What promise do these technologies offer for news sites?

"In the last two years social networking sites mushroomed across the net, heavily fertilized by hype and the promise of six degrees of connection between socially dispersed people who shared common interests or friends. Now companies actively apply social networking principles to shift more stock and lure more clickthrus to their site."

Daithí Ó hAnluain. Social networks: All Around the Net, But Underused by News Sites. Online Journalism Review. March 11, 2005.

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New iPodder 2.0 Available

"The nascent market of podcasting got a boost this week with the latest release of iPodder 2.0.

"The new version of the popular podcasting client sports a slicker look among its long list of feature improvements, which developers argue is proof positive that podcasting technology is now mature and ready to be taken seriously.

"Podcasting, a term derived from Apple's iPod, makes use of RSS enclosures to allow users to listen and subscribe to audio content much the same way they can with a text blog. The technology can be played on any MP3-capable device."

Sean Michael Kerner. iPodder 2.0 Release Elevates Podcasting. InternetNews.com. March 17, 2005.

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March 18, 2005

K. Matthew Dames' Presentation on Social Software

On Thursday, K. Matthew Dames, SNTReport.com's executive editor, co-chaired the "Communities & Collaboration" track at Computers in Libraries 2005. Dames also gave the first presentation in that track, "Social Software 101," which is available in .pdf format below.

Editor's Note: I was very excited about this conference because I believed that the program Steven Cohen and I created contained some of the most valuable material in the entire conference. From the feedback I have received thus far, it seems that the attendees left each session with a lot of fresh ideas about using digital collaboration tools in their workplaces. If today's organizers and speakers were able to spur some of our audience to begin testing these tools for personal use, seek to implement them in the workplace, or merely spur enough curiosity to warrant further investigation, the track was a success.

I would like to thank all the people that attended Computers in Libraries 2005, and I also would like to congratulate Information Today on its 20th year as organizer of CIL.

There are some people, however, for which I reserve a special thanks. Thank you to Will Richardson (editor of Weblogg-ed), Aaron Schmidt (editor of Walking Paper), Michael Stephens (editor of Tame the Web), Megan Fox, and Blake Carver (editor of LISNews.com) for contributing a wealth of rich content and ideas to Thursday's sessions.

Thank you to Nancy Garman, Information Today's Director of Conference Program Planning, and Jane Dysart, CIL 2005 program chair, for their organizational guidance.

And a huge thank you to Steven Cohen, editor of Library Stuff. It was an honor working with you, a pleasure to finally get to know you, and I sincerely hope we can work together again to advance the information sciences and the profession called librarianship.

K. Matthew Dames. Social Software 101. (.pdf). March 17, 2005.

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Online News Embraces RSS

"Online news is shifting once again, as consumers turn to blogs, Really Simple Syndication (RSS) newsreaders and RSS-based search engines as new platforms to access information. More than 6 million Americans – 5 percent of all Internet users - are now getting news and classified information via RSS feeds, according to a January 2005 report from Pew Internet & American Life Project, 'The State of Blogging.'

"The growing popularity of RSS among information-hungry consumers is having a direct impact on publishers’ audience acquisition and Web monetization strategies. Although journalist/blogger Tom Biro reports that 160 newspapers in the U.S. are offering RSS feeds of their content, only a few have comprehensive strategies for distributing and monetizing the feeds. Most, like the Ventura County (Calif.) Star, are experimenting and watching carefully to see what’s next."

Susan Mernit. RSS Providers Analyze Newspapers’ Opportunities. The Digital Edge. March 2005.

See also:
Susan Mernit. Guardian Unlimited Embraces RSS. The Digital Edge. March 2005.

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March 17, 2005

Yahoo! Prepares Blogging and Social Networking Hybrid

"Yahoo is preparing to introduce a new service that blends several of its Web site's popular features with two of the Internet's fastest growing activities — blogging and social networking.

"The hybrid service, called 'Yahoo 360,' won't be available until March 29, but the Sunnyvale-based company decided to announce the product late Tuesday after details were leaked to The Associated Press and other news outlets.

"The service is designed to enable Yahoo's 165 million registered users to pull content from the Web site's discussion groups, online photo albums and review section to plug into their own Web logs, or blogs, the Internet shorthand used to describe online personal journals."

Michael Liedtke. Yahoo Tests Blend of Blogging, Networking. USA Today. March 16, 2005.

See also:
Forrester Blog. Yahoo! Announces Blogging and Social Networking Betas. March 15, 2005.

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Executives Offer Insights on Blogging

"A new genre of self-expression is catching on with business and technology executives, and it has nothing to do with the next board meeting or industry speaking engagement. It's blogging, and even executives at the very top are doing it.

"In this package, we profile five executives who see great advantages in blogging, despite potential legal, professional, and personal risks. One's a former CIO of Utah. Another runs a large Christian-book publishing company. There's also the CEO of an Internet-content provider, an IBM chief scientist, and Disney's engineering VP. Their motivations are straight Leadership 101, and they all offer insights into how blogging can be a valuable business tool."

Jim Nash. Look Who's Blogging. InformationWeek. March 7, 2005.

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March 16, 2005

Newspapers Debate Economics of Web Presence

"Consumers are willing to spend millions of dollars on the Web when it comes to music services like iTunes and gaming sites like Xbox Live. But when it comes to online news, they are happy to read it but loath to pay for it.

"Newspaper Web sites have been so popular that at some newspapers, including The New York Times, the number of people who read the paper online now surpasses the number who buy the print edition.

"This migration of readers is beginning to transform the newspaper industry. Advertising revenue from online sites is booming and, while it accounts for only 2 percent or 3 percent of most newspapers' overall revenues, it is the fastest-growing source of revenue. And newspaper executives are watching anxiously as the number of online readers grows while the number of print readers declines."

Katherine Q. Seelye. Can Papers End the Free Ride Online?. News.com. March 13, 2005.

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March 15, 2005

Disgruntled Employee Posts Medical Records on Blog

"In a troubling episode involving medical privacy in the digital age, Kaiser Permanente is notifying 140 patients that a disgruntled former employee posted confidential information about them on her Weblog.

"The woman, who calls herself the 'Diva of Disgruntled,' claims it was Kaiser Permanente that included private patient information on systems diagrams posted on the Web, and that she pointed it out.

"The health care giant learned of the breach from the federal Office of Civil Rights in January, said Kaiser spokesman Matthew Schiffgens. Kaiser has been investigating ever since, Schiffgens said, but it wasn't until Wednesday that it asked the Internet service provider hosting the blog to remove the information."

Barbara Feder Ostrov. 140 Kaiser Patients' Private Data Put Online. SiliconValley.com. March 11, 2005.

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Gallop Poll: Blogs Have Minimal Impact on Public

"Whether they are seeking immortality or just letting off steam, Web bloggers are multiplying in number and are seemingly affecting American media and political insiders, at the very least. But whether bloggers are directly influencing the broader public is questionable. According to a new CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, relatively few Americans are generally familiar with the phenomenon of blogging, in which individuals, ranging from famous to anonymous, post running narratives of their thoughts and observations on whatever interests them.

"Three-quarters of the U.S. public uses the Internet at work, school, or home, but only one in four Americans are either very familiar or somewhat familiar with blogs (the shortened form of the original "Web logs"). More than half, 56%, have no knowledge of them. Even among Internet users, only 32% are very or somewhat familiar with blogs."

Lydia Saad. Blogs Not Yet in the Media Big League. Gallup Poll. March 11, 2005.

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Bloggers Reach Out to Mainstream Media

"Even as online pundits criticize traditional news organizations as slow, biased and technologically challenged, a group of bloggers is trying to use old-fashioned telephone conference calls to share their ideas with newspaper and television journalists.

"The bloggers, who describe themselves as liberal or progressive, say the conference calls are intended to counter what they regard as the much stronger influence of conservative pundits online. Bob Fertik, president of Democrats.com, the host of the two calls so far, views them as a step toward getting their reports out to mainstream news organizations.

"While there is no way to know precisely who dialed in, reporters from news organizations including CBS, The Washington Post, Newsweek, MSNBC and The National Journal asked for a call-in number, according to one participant.

"'We hope to build a bridge,' Mr. Fertik said, adding that different bloggers would be invited to share their reporting on each call. 'We hope that good credible stories that are broken on the Internet find their way into coverage in the mainstream media.'"

Jonathan D. Glater. Liberal Bloggers Reaching Out to Major Media. The New York Times. March 14, 2005.

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March 14, 2005

Apple Can Get Blog's E-mail Records

"Apple Computer has the right to subpoena the electronic records of a Web site that published items about an unreleased product, a judge ruled Friday.

"The judge said that Apple can go ahead and obtain records from Nfox, the e-mail service provider to Mac enthusiast site PowerPage. In the ruling (.doc), Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg ruled that Apple's interests in protecting its trade secrets outweighed the public interest in the information.

"In the ruling, the judge largely brushed off the question of whether the publishers were journalists and therefore protected from facing contempt charges for refusing to divulge sources under California's shield law."

Ina Fried and John Borland. Judge: Apple Can Pursue Fan Site Sources. News.com. March 11, 2005.

See also:
Charles Cooper. Apple Lawsuit: Thinking Different?. News.com. March 11, 2005.

Jonathan Glater. At a Suit's Core: Are Bloggers Reporters, Too?. The New York Times. March 7, 2005.

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Do Bloggers Get Journalistic Privileges?

"I'm not one of these people who thinks you need a graduate degree, an ID card or an official stamp of approval to call yourself a journalist. Anyone with an idea and a computer can now play the role of reporter, commentator or social critic. People can tell the difference between a New York Times correspondent and BozoBlogger.com, and both have something to contribute.

"But this is starting to matter for legal reasons. Time magazine's Matt Cooper and Judith Miller of the New York Times may wind up going to jail for protecting their sources in the Valerie Plame case, but at least they have the standing as journalists to challenge the prosecutor who wants to imprison them. Would a blogger have the same standing?"

Howard Kurtz. Regulating Cyberspace?. WashingtonPost.com. March 11, 2005.

See also:
Jonathan Glater. At a Suit's Core: Are Bloggers Reporters, Too?. The New York Times. March 7, 2005.

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Workplace E-Mail Snooping Becomes Commonplace

"It still isn't known how the e-mail that cost Harry Stonecipher his job as chief executive at Boeing Co. was intercepted or by whom. Boeing directors ousted the CEO earlier this week after they learned about an e-mail he had sent to a female employee with whom he was having an affair.

"But what every employee ought to realize by now is how completely nonprivate their office e-mail is. In a recent survey of 840 U.S. companies by the American Management Association, 60% said they now use some type of software to monitor their employees' incoming and outgoing e-mail, up from 47% in 2001. Other workplace privacy experts place the current percentage even higher.

"And in most states, companies don't have to tell employees their e-mail is being monitored. Only Connecticut and Delaware have laws requiring companies to notify employees, says Jeremy Gruber, legal director at the National Workrights Institute, a Princeton, N.J., workplace privacy advocacy organization."

Pui-Wing Tam et al. Snooping E-Mail by Software Is Now a Workplace Norm. WSJ.com. March 9, 2005.

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March 12, 2005

Yahoo! Offers Mobile RSS

"Yahoo Inc. on Thursday launched a service that allows mobile phone users to access news and other information either from the portal's personalized news and information service or from websites that offer RSS content syndication.

"The new service extends the Sunnyvale, Calif., company's My Yahoo desktop service to mobile devices, which the company has targeted as a growth area for its Internet services. In addition, users can access content from websites that the support really simple syndication, or RSS, a lightweight format based on extensible markup language that's designed for sharing headlines and other Web content, such as weblogs."

TechWeb News. Yahoo Launches Mobile RSS News Feed. InternetWeek.com. March 10, 2005.

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Wikis & Blogs Prominent on Campus

"First the Internet turned colleges upside down, extending classrooms and changing the way people learned. Next came Napster and other file-sharing tools, then Web logs. Now blogs are morphing into the next big thing on campus: wikis.

"The wiki, which got its name from the Hawaiian word for 'quick,' is the scrappy little brother to the blog, an interactive Web page that can be changed by anyone who stumbles upon it. While blogs let people publish their thoughts online, wikis take things a step further, creating freewheeling, collaborative communities: Students can edit one another's work, bounce ideas around or link to infinite other Web sites."

Susan Kinzie. Blogging Clicks With Colleges. WashingtonPost.com. March 11, 2005.

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OJR Launches Journalism Wikis

"Today, OJR launches a new feature, designed to help 'grassroots' journalists, bloggers, students and other Web publishers without formal journalism training to write more accurate and informative content.

"We start with three tutorials, intended to help a beginner write and report clearly, accurately and ethically. But these are not static lessons. Instead, we present them as wikis, articles that any OJR registered user can add to or edit."

Robert Niles. OJR introduces New Wikis on Journalism. Online Journalism Review. March 8, 2005.

See also:
Online Journalism Review. Ethics.

Online Journalism Review. Reporting.

Online Journalism Review. Writing.

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March 11, 2005

McCain, Feingold Dispel Blog Regulation Rumors

"Senators John McCain and Russ Feingold reassured the Internet community that bloggers will not be regulated by federal campaign finance laws.

"The senators, who authored the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 known as the McCain-Feingold campaign-finance reform law, issued a statement on Tuesday in response to comments made by a Federal Elections Commission commissioner in a CNET News.com interview last week.

"'The latest misinformation from the antireform crowd is the suggestion that our bill will require regulation of blogs and other Internet communications,' they said. 'This issue has nothing to with private citizens communicating on the Internet.'"

Marguerite Reardon. Senators Reassure Bloggers. News.com. March 9, 2005.

See also:
Ellen Weintraub. Bloggers, Chill Out Already!. News.com. March 7, 2005.

Declan McCullagh. The Coming Crackdown on Blogging. News.com. March 3, 2005.

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Blogstreet Offers Tools to Explore Blogosphere

"There's a lot of great content out there on those millions of blogs, but finding the good ones related to your own interests can be a challenge. A set of tools from Blogstreet can help.

"Finding good blog content can be a challenge. One way is to explore the 'blogrolling' links that many bloggers create to other blogs. But you're never really sure if someone has linked to another blog because they like the blog, or out of obligation or some other reason.

"Another approach is to use one a blog search engines, such as Daypop, Bloglines, Technorati, Feedster and many others (see Peter Scott's excellent Weblogs Compendium for links).

Chris Sherman. A Cool Blog Discovery Tool. SearchEngineWatch. March 9, 2005.

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Virgin Radio Offers Daily Podcast

"Virgin Radio is making highlights of its breakfast show available for digital audio players in what it says is a first for 'podcasting'.

"The station began making its Pete and Geoff show available to download on Wednesday. It says it is the first UK station to podcast a daily show."

No author. Virgin Radio Starts Daily Podcast. BBC News. March 9, 2005.

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FEC Tells Bloggers to "Chill"

"Reports of a Federal Election Commission plot to 'crack down' on blogging and e-mail are wildly exaggerated.

"First of all, we're not the speech police. We don't tell private citizens what they can or cannot say, on the Internet or anywhere else. The FEC regulates campaign finance. There's got to be some money involved, or it's out of our jurisdiction.

"Second, let's get the facts straight. Congress, in the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act, limited how one can pay for communications that are coordinated with political campaigns, including any form of 'general public political advertising.'"

Ellen Weintraub. Bloggers, Chill Out Already!. News.com. March 7, 2005.

See also:
Declan McCullagh. The Coming Crackdown on Blogging. News.com. March 3, 2005.

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March 10, 2005

Blog-Related Firings Spotlight Policies

"Flight attendant Ellen Simonetti and former Google employee Mark Jen have more in common than their love of blogging: They both got fired over it.

"Simonetti had posted suggestive photographs of herself in uniform, while Jen speculated online about his employer's finances. In neither case were their bosses happy when they found out.

"Though many companies have Internet guidelines that prohibit visiting porn sites or forwarding racist jokes, few of the policies directly cover blogs, or Web journals, particularly those written outside of work hours."

Anick Jesdanlun. Blog-Related Firings Focus on Policy. WashingtonPost.com. March 6, 2005.

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Podcasting As A Sales Tool?

"Podcasting is all of the talk right now, but can it perform as a sales tool as well? Recent examples prove that it certainly can."

Rok Hrastnik. Podcasting as a Sales Tool. marketingstudies.net. March 8, 2005.

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Bloggers Bring Text to Visual Life

"When the dot-com bubble burst five years ago, the promise of interactive TV - or the convergence of TV and the Internet - seemed to pop with it. The failure of Yahoo's business channel on the Web, called Finance Vision, underscored the hefty costs and little audience demand there was at the time for online TV.

"That's all changed as distribution, production and talent (thanks to bloggers) costs have declined, and more people are on high-speed connections. What's more, Democrats may be able to lay claim to being the first channel on the Web dedicated to their political cause.

"DemsTV.com, a new Web Video Show, produced by and featuring Democratic bloggers, consultants, and activists, is a cross between a political talk show and a game show."

Bambi Francisco. DemsTV.com Launches. MarketWatch.com. March 8, 2005.

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March 09, 2005

Judge to Decide Blogger/Journalist Debate

"In the physical world, being labeled a journalist may confer little prestige and may even evoke some contempt. But being a journalist can also confer certain privileges, like the right to keep sources confidential. And for that reason many bloggers, a scrappy legion of online commentators and pundits, would like to be considered reporters, too.

"A lawsuit filed in California by Apple Computer is drawing the courts into that question: who should be considered a journalist?

"The case, which involves company secrets that Apple says were disclosed on several Web sites, is being closely followed in the world of online commentators, but it could have broad implications for journalists working for traditional news organizations as well."

Jonathan Glater. At a Suit's Core: Are Bloggers Reporters, Too?. The New York Times. March 7, 2005.

See also:
Declan McCullagh. Apple Goes to the Source. News.com. March 7, 2005.

John Borland. Judge Delays Decision on Apple Trade Secrets Case. March 4, 2005.

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Landmark Day: Blogger Gets White House Access

"Another signal moment for bloggers is to occur Monday morning, when Garrett M. Graff, who writes a blog about the news media in Washington, is to be ushered into the White House briefing room to attend the daily press 'gaggle.'

"Graff, 23, may be the first blogger in the short history of the medium to be granted a daily White House pass for the specific purpose of writing a blog, or Web log. A White House spokesman said Sunday that he believed Graff was the first blogger to be given credentials.

"He is being given a press pass as the editor of FishbowlDC, a blog that is published by Mediabistro.com, which offers networking and services for journalists."

Katherine Q. Seelye. White House Approves Pass for Blogger. News.com. March 7, 2005.

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Social Networking Promises Great Potential

"Not all dot-com dreams died when the Internet stock bubble burst. Amazon.com, the king of the dot-com era, is keeping some of them alive in 2005 inside a small office on Capitol Hill.

Light floods into a sparse whitewashed room above a yoga studio, where former Amazon director Josh Petersen and his cohorts sit around a large table plugging away on laptops.

"The seven-member group has created a Web community based on sharing personal goals and dreams with a worldwide audience."

Kristi Heim. Social networking: A Link to Like Minds. The Seattle Times. March 7, 2005.

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March 08, 2005

Media Landscape Faces Change

"For me, the defining moment at the 'Blogging, Journalism and Credibility' conference held at Harvard recently came in an exchange between Jimmy Wales, creator of Wikipedia, and Jill Abramson, managing editor of The New York Times. Abramson was responding to the idea that blogs could displace traditional news-gathering organizations. 'Do you know how much it takes to run our Baghdad operation?' she asked. 'One million dollars.'

"Wales responded that the Encyclopedia Britannica is a $350 million operation but Wikipedia is 'kicking its butt.'"

David Weinberger. Blogs and the Values of Journalism. KM World. March 2005.

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Internet: Key Source in Campaign 2004

"Roughly 75 million Americans used the Internet to connect to politics in 2004. They sought election news, exchanged political e-mail, made campaign contributions and blogged, according to a post-election study conducted by The Pew Internet & American Life Project. This figure equals roughly 37 percent of the adult population, and 61 percent of American Internet users.

"The number of online political news consumers, meanwhile, increased dramatically compared to 2000, growing from 18 percent of the U.S. population in 2000 to 29 percent in 2004."

Rob McGann. Internet Played Bigger Role in U.S. Politics in '04. ClickZNews. March 6, 2005.

See also:
Lee Rainie et al. The Internet and Campaign 2004. (.pdf) Pew Internet and American Life Project. March 6, 2005.

Michael Cornfield. The Internet and Campaign 2004: A Look Back at the Campaigners. (.pdf) (Commentary.)

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March 07, 2005

Feds to Crack the Whip on Political Blogs

"In just a few months, warns Bradley Smith, bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaign's Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate's press release to a mailing list, depending on the details, could be punished by fines.

"Smith should know. He's one of the six commissioners at the Federal Election Commission, which is beginning the perilous process of extending a controversial 2002 campaign finance law to the Internet."

Declan McCullagh. The Coming Crackdown on Blogging. News.com. March 3, 2005.

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Firings Aside, Friendster Embraces Blogs

"Friendster, a so-called social networking site of linked personal profiles, launched a beta, or test version, of Friendster Blogs, a section of the site that lets people post and archive the daily musings known as blogs.

"Friendster entered the media spotlight for firing an employee who kept a blog that included what she termed 'publicly available' information about the company.

"Friendster Blogs, whose underlying technology is provided by San Francisco-based Six Apart, is notable in that it merges two Web trends--social networking and blogging--and also helps nudge the social networking sites toward fee-based revenue models."

Paul Festa. Friendster Befriends Blogs -- and Fees. News.com. March 2, 2005.

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Apple Bloggers Await Judge's Decision

"A state judge in California heard arguments on Friday in a lawsuit brought by Apple Computer to force three Web site publishers to reveal the names of confidential sources who disclosed to them Apple's plans for future products.

"The outcome of the lawsuit, which was filed in December, could have far-reaching ramifications for the ability of bloggers to maintain the confidentiality of unnamed sources, which news gatherers often depend on for information."

Laurie J. Flynn. Apple Asks Judge to Order Web Sites to Name Sources. The New York Times. March 5, 2005.

See also:
Dawn Kawamoto. Tentative Ruling Favors Apple in Blog Case. News.com. March 4, 2005.

Electronic Frontier Foundation. No Ruling Issued Yet in Apple Case. March 4, 2005.

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Spirtual Blog Creates Dialogue to Air Concerns

"In many ways, Lisa Butterworth is the very image of Mormon devotion; she lives in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and their three children younger than 4, faithfully attending church and teaching Sunday school.

"But then there is her Web log, or blog, FeministMormonHousewives.blogspot.com. Unlike the more mainstream Mormon blogs - known collectively as the Bloggernacle - that by and large promote the faith, this online diary focuses on the universal challenges of mothering young children and on frustration with the limited roles women have in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."

Debra Nussbaum Cohen. Faithful Track Questions, Answers and Minutiae on Blogs. The New York Times. March 5, 2005.

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March 05, 2005

Blogs & Wikis for Enterprise Applications

"It would be difficult to find anyone who spends time on the Internet, or indeed who reads newspapers, who has not heard of blogs. Wikis are less well known, though Wikipedia, the free online collaborative encyclopedia is helping to change that.

"The vast majority of blogs are individual personal journals, many of which have some technical content, but most of which are made up of individual opinions about politics or hobbies. Most of the discussion about blogs is centered around their affect on mainstream journalism, their power as a new communication channel and voice of the people, and how this will impact society.

"All this is interesting, but what does it have to do with implementing content or knowledge management, or enterprise collaboration applications?"

Lauren Wood. Blogs & Wikis: Technologies for Enterprise Applications?. The Gilbane Report. March 2005.

Related:
Lost Boy. Bootstrapping a Corporate Wiki. Feb. 1, 2005.

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Methods to Create Blog Revenue

"Most webmasters and online business owners know that a blog can bring you additional revenue from advertising, and more traffic from search engines. Then there's the additional benefit of having a great way to spark productive dialogue between you and your prospects.

"But did you know that your blog itself may be worth thousand of dollars to you in its present form?"

Tinu Abayomi-Paul. The Top 4 Ways To Profit From The Hidden Revenue In Your Blog. WebProNews. Feb. 28, 2005.

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March 04, 2005

Beware of the Blogs

"Bloggers frighten me.

"Well, a little, anyway.

"I haven't reached the point where I can completely trust them to be accurate or comprehensive or analytical or, especially, fair. Sometimes, I'm not even sure if they worry about such conventions of journalism."

Jon Friedman. Why the Bloggers Frighten Me (a Little). MarketWatch. Feb. 28, 2005.

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Bloggers Share Views on BTK Case

"Day by day, James Keith became more obsessed with the BTK serial killer. Just one more clue, he thought, and he could crack the case that had baffled authorities in Wichita, Kan., since the 1970s.

"'I was going 24 hours a day, even in my sleep, trying to figure it out,' he said. 'I was totally obsessed. My daughter woke me up one night and told me I was having a dream about it.'

"But Keith is no homicide cop. He's an aerospace contract worker from Albuquerque, N.M. - one of hundreds of amateur cybersleuths who publish Web logs and post to Web sites and message boards devoted to the BTK case."

Steve Brisendine. Amateur Cybersleuths Flocking to BTK Case. SeattlePI.com. March 2, 2005.

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March 03, 2005

Business Blogs Arrive

"Some eight million Americans now publish blogs and 32 million people read them, according to the Pew Internet & American Life Project. What began as a form of public diary-keeping has become an important supplement to a business's online strategy: Blogs can connect with consumers on a personal level -- and keep them visiting a company's Web site regularly.

"While any size company can use such a strategy, small businesses may benefit most: Blogs offer little-known small businesses name recognition, and the chance to boost traffic well beyond what they'd get if they were simply offering goods and services for sale."

Riva Richmond. Blogs Keep Internet Customers Coming Back. WSJ.com. March 1, 2005.

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March 02, 2005

Reagan Speechwriter Weighs In on Blogs

"'Salivating morons.' 'Scalp hunters.' 'Moon howlers.' 'These pseudo-journalist lynch mob people.'

This is excellent invective. It must come from bloggers. But wait, it was the mainstream media [MSM] and their maidservants in the elite journalism reviews, and they were talking about bloggers! Those MSMers have gone wild, I tell you! The tendentious language, the low insults. It's the Wild Wild West out there. We may have to consider legislation.

When you hear name-calling like what we've been hearing from the elite media this week, you know someone must be doing something right. The hysterical edge makes you wonder if writers for newspapers and magazines and professors in J-schools don't have a serious case of freedom envy.

The bloggers have that freedom. They have the still pent-up energy of a liberated citizenry, too. The MSM doesn't. It has lost its old monopoly on information. It is angry. But MSM criticism of the blogosphere misses the point, or rather points.

Peggy Noonan. The Blogs Must Be Crazy. WSJ.com Opinion Journal. Feb. 17, 2005.

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Leveraging Business Knowledge with Social Software

"Increasingly, those tasked with sharing knowledge and learning within firms are coming to see enterprise KM and information systems as an enabling layer for more lightweight, personal services rather than the locus for all knowledge sharing and collaboration activities in themselves.

"The future is about networks, not systems, and networks flourish when the intelligence is at the edges rather than the centre. Interestingly, those professions that depend most heavily upon social networking often have the most centralised and least network-centric KM systems, but this is perhaps a reflection of the fact that they were early adopters during the first (system-centric) wave of KM IT during the 1990's. Rather than abandon this investment, or let their systems wither on the vine, perhaps the new wave of social network thinking can be applied to get the most out of these systems and make them easier for users to engage with."

Headshift. Social Software as a Force Multiplier for Existing Corporate Systems. Feb. 15, 2005.

See also:
Headshift. Blogs Are Not the Only Fruit. Jan. 6, 2005.

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ALA President-Elect Calls Out Bloggers

"I had heard of the activities of the Blog People and of the absurd idea of giving them press credentials. I was not truly aware of them until shortly after I published an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times ("Google and God's Mind," December 17, 2004). Then, thanks to kind friends with nothing but my welfare in mind, I rapidly learned more about the blog subcultures.

"My piece had the temerity to question the usefulness of Google digitizing millions of books and making bits of them available via its notoriously inefficient search engine. In the eyes of bloggers, my sin lay in suggesting that Google is OK at giving access to random bits of information but would be terrible at giving access to the recorded knowledge that is the substance of scholarly books.

"It is obvious that the Blog People read what they want to read rather than what is in front of them and judge me to be wrong on the basis of what they think rather than what I actually wrote."

Michael Gorman. Revenge of the Blog People!. Library Journal. Feb. 15, 2004.

Related:
Kevin Drum. Google and the Human Spirit. Washington Monthly. Dec. 17, 2004.

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Podcasting's Challenges

"Remember the Web in 1994? Lots of pictures of pet cats and long lists of people's favorite junk foods.

"Podcasting is in the same place today as the Web was in 1994. These personal radio broadcasts, designed to be downloaded to an iPod or similar MP3 player, are homespun, rough-edged, and -- let's be honest -- not all that riveting.

"One problem is that, much like the Web before advertising and e-commerce, there's no money in podcasting yet. I doubt we would have seen Google, eBay, CNN.com, or Mapquest emerge if the Web had remained a commerce-free zone. Ads and transactions on the Web gave everyone an incentive to produce high-quality websites, from start-ups like eBay to giant media corporations like CNN to individuals like Harry Knowles, who runs the movie insiders' site Ain't It Cool News."

Scott Kirsner. Podcasting Faces Growing Pains. Boston Globe. Feb. 28, 2005.

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Kanoodle Moves Into RSS Feed Advertising

"Kanoodle, a search-advertising specialist, wants to help turn blogging into small business.

"On Monday, the company introduced a self-service system that lets online publishers pair advertising with their RSS feeds. Called BrightAds RSS (after the technology format known as Really Simple Syndication), the service takes advantage of Kanoodle's keyword advertising system to match Web content to relevant ads. Once a publisher signs up, an advertising link will piggyback on its syndicated feed sent to third-party news readers.

"And with the help of Moreover Technologies, the service will offload a publisher's infrastructure demands of delivering RSS feeds to hundreds or thousands of readers. Moreover's technology will do the work."

Stefanie Olsen. Firm Eyes RSS Feeds as Ad Vehicle. News.com. Feb. 28, 2005.

See also:
Pamela Parker. Kanoodle Expands RSS Ads to Smaller Publishers. ClickZNews. Feb. 28, 2005.

Kanoodle. Kanoodle Announces 'BrightAds RSS' - First Self-Service RSS Feed Monetization and Distribution Service, in Partnership with Moreover Technologies. (Press Release. Feb. 28, 2005.

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March 01, 2005

Gawker Sponsorship Deal Grounded

"CheapTickets.com has confirmed it has cancelled its sponsorship of Gawker Media travel blog Gridskipper less than one month after the deal went live.

"The company was the exclusive partner for the website when the site launched on January 31. But several blogs first noticed that CheapTickets.com's exclusive ads disappeared as early as February 7. Neither party would comment on those observations."

"Nick Denton, publisher of Gawker Media, declined to comment specifically about CheapTickets.com."

(Editor's Note: Surely, there is more to come on this. The backstory likely will be made available for publication sometime later this month.)

Keith O'Brien. CheapTickets.com Pulls Sponsorship of Gawker Blog. PRWeek. Feb. 24, 2005.

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The Price of Podcasting Music

"ASCAP updated its Internet licensing to reference podcasts – oh, excuse me, pod-casts – last week. The move may have been intended to answer some questions as to the legality of using music in podcasts, but, as with the webcasting era, it left a lot of people scratching their heads. Is this all we need, just a $288 license to this agency, to be covered through 2005?

"Well, there’s some bad news. The truth is that, no, that’s not everything. In fact, the landscape for music licensing is even more confusing than most people would imagine, and it at times consists of entities who may not even want to sell you a license. Here, I try to break them down. Know that I am not a lawyer, and as such am not going to know much more detail than is absolutely necessary.

Bestkungfu Weblog. Podcasting, Music and the Law. Feb. 15, 2005.

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MT Leads Blog Market Share

"Market share analysis is an educated guessing game, especially when you are trying to determine share with only publicly available data. Private companies rarely release usage stats to the public. And even though the hosted services know how many active accounts they have, many of the software makers do not. Those offering shareware or GPL tools can only count the number of downloads, not the number of people who use their free software, or the number of blog entries created with their tools. Google can give us some indication of the degree of use or influence of these tools in the public World Wide Web.

"The thing to noodle isn't whether Movable Type's share is 10% or 2%, or whether Typepad is as big as Blogger (highly doubtful), but the growth rates. Technorati has been showing a doubling of the blogs it tracks every 5 months or so, or 120% every 6 months. The data here shows a 6 month growth rate of the blog pages captured by Google of around 175%. This should tell anyone who is in the blog tools business that if their product or service isn't keeping up with this growth rate in terms of sales or downloads, it is falling behind."

Elise Bauer. Weblog Tools Market - Update February 2005. elise.com. Feb. 15, 2005.

Related:
Elise Bauer. An Overview of the Weblog Tools Market. elise.com. Aug. 6, 2004.

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AP Now Has RSS Feeds

The Associated Press now has made all of its RSS feeds available directly through the AP Website. Before, the AP feeds were available exclusively through Yahoo! News.

The Associated Press venture follows similar, recent moves (also in mid-February) from the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal to publish their RSS feeds.

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Interview With Founder of Blogdigger

"As I’ve mentioned in the past, Blogdigger is one of my favourite RSS search engines, and since I had the chance to interview Greg Gershman, founder of Blogdigger itself, I couldn’t let this chance go by."

Sid Yadav. Interview With Greg Gershman, Founder of Blogdigger. The Daily Rundown. Feb. 22, 2005.

Editor's note: Greg Gershman also keeps notes on the development of Blogdigger at his Blogdigger Development Blog.

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February 28, 2005

Political Bloggers May Out-Drudge Drudge

"In every major conference, at every major speech, sitting at tables in restaurants, there is going to be a blogger or podcaster with microphone, PDA, Videophone, laptop or paper and pencil in hand. Listening. Taking notes. That information is going to be transmitted to and from a blog entry and placed in the hands of 'the readers.'

"Unlike celebrities who hear or see the flash of the camera, the gatekeepers don’t know they are there. Blogging in plain site. Questioning everything.

"Dan Rather and Eason Jordan were just practice laps."

Blog Maverick. Political Bloggers -- The New Paparazzi. No date.

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Making Blogging Your Day Job

"After years of juggling a full-time job and a high-profile blog, Jason Kottke is calling it quits.

"Quits for the job, that is.

"From now on, the New York web designer will no longer be commuting five days a week to his day job at a Manhattan financial services firm. Instead, he'll be devoting himself full time to building out his blog, kottke.org, a scattered collection of writings and photos on topics ranging from web design to the politics of Girl Scout cookie sales.

"As for earning a living, Kottke has a plan for that, too. His readers will support him. At least he hopes they will. Kottke does not intend to seek advertising revenue; he plans to depend solely on reader contributions."

Joanna Glasner. Quit Your Job to Blog, Blog, Blog. Wired News. Feb. 23, 2005.

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February 26, 2005

Business Continues to Discover Podcasting

There have been a spate of articles this month about Podcasting, but much of the coverage in the mainstream press has focused on how the Podcasting movement threatens traditional consumer- and music-oriented radio.

Another set of articles, however, has focused on how the Podcasting movement is changing the communication dynamic within businesses. These articles have appeared mostly on blogs and other non-mainstream publications that focus on one or more aspects of the digital collaboration spectrum.

A bibliographic listing of these articles follows; SNTReport.com will continue to update this listing as more interesting information becomes available.

NevOn. The Hobson and Holtz Report - Podcast #10. Feb. 24, 2004. (A 54-minute podcast recorded live using Skype from Chicago, IL and and Amsterdam, The Netherlands and featuring an interview with General Motors' Michael Wiley, who discusses the company's first foray into podcasting.)

Common Craft. Podcasting and the CEO. Feb. 15, 2005. (Discusses how the CEO of an organization can use podcasting to communicate with employees throughout the company.)

FastLane Blog. Cadillac, Buick Reveals in Chicago. Feb. 10, 2005. (General Motors -- yes, that General Motors -- uses its first podcast to introduce the Cadillac DTS and Buick Lucerne luxury sedans at the Chicago Auto Show.)

Glenn Fleishman. How to Record a Podcast. O'Reilly Macdevcenter.com. Jan. 25, 2005. (This article offers information on podcasting that is specific to the Macintosh computer and the OS X operating system.)

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BBC's Implementation of Digital Collaboration

"Late last year I paid a visit to Euan Semple in the BBC Digilabs, and he has graciously allowed me to interview him about the very forward-looking way in which 'Auntie' is taking the new on board and putting it to meaningful use."

broadbandblog.net. London Blogging. Feb. 24, 2005.

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Will the Wall Street Journal Survive?

"The Wall Street Journal is not only the best-written, most elegantly edited newspaper to cover business, it may be the best paper period.

"Because of its immense clout and vast resources -- the Journal might assign half a dozen reporters to the telecommunications beat while The New York Times and Washington Post each have one -- publicists feed it exclusives, sources leak it information and corporate chieftains plead for the privilege of having their cartoon portraits grace Page 1. All of this helps the Journal maintain its competitive edge.

"Given all of this, it might be hard to believe that The Wall Street Journal is in danger of becoming irrelevant, but it is."

Adam L. Penenberg. Whither The Wall Street Journal?. Wired News. Feb. 24, 2005.

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Blogging Takes Root on Capital Hill

"As he stood inside the National Cathedral at President Reagan's funeral last June, Representative Mike Pence, Republican of Indiana, typed a stirring message into his BlackBerry.

"Blogging, the Web-based craft of diary-keeping and commentary, is taking root on Capitol Hill.

"The nonprofit Congressional Management Foundation, which helps educate Congress on running its business, says at least four members - Mr. Pence; Representatives Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois, and Katherine Harris, Republican of Florida; and Senator Patrick J. Leahy, Democrat of Vermont - have taken up the task on a continuing basis. (Others have used temporary blogs to document trips, said Brad Fitch, the foundation's deputy director.)

The Congressional bloggers praise the power, popularity and potential of blogging, citing it as one of the most frequently visited parts of their Congressional Web sites.

"While popular political blogs like Wonkette, MyDD and Daily Kos serve as an alternative to traditional news sources and allow their authors to purvey commentary, Congressional blogs are extremely tame. In many cases, staff members - not the legislators themselves - post entries, and they rarely link to other blogs, as most blogs do."

Brian Wingfield. The Latest Initiative in Congress: Blogging. The New York Times. Feb. 24, 2005.

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Start Up Eyes Podcasting for Profit

"The primarily amateur Internet audio medium known as podcasting will take a small, hopeful step on Friday toward becoming the commercial Web's next big thing.

"That step is planned by Odeo, a five-person start-up that is based in a walk-up apartment in this city's Mission District and was co-founded by a Google alumnus. The company plans to introduce a Web-based system that is aimed at making a business of podcasting - the process of creating, finding, organizing and listening to digital audio files that range from living-room ramblings to BBC newscasts.

John Markoff. For a Start-Up, Visions of Profit in Podcasting. The New York Times. Feb. 25, 2005.

Related:
Evhead. How Odeo Happened. Feb. 25, 2005.

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Spyware Exposes Blogs to Attacks

"Hackers are using blogs to infect computers with spyware, exposing serious security flaws in self-publishing tools used by millions of people on the Web.

"The problem involves the use of JavaScript and ActiveX, two common methods used to launch programs on a Web page. Security experts said malicious programmers can use JavaScript and ActiveX to automatically deliver spyware from a blog to people who visit the site with a vulnerable Web browser.

"Spyware tools also have been hidden inside JavaScript programs that are offered freely on the Web for bloggers to enhance their sites with features such as music. As a result, bloggers who use infected tools could unwittingly turn their sites into a delivery platform for spyware."

Stefanie Olsen. Spyware Infiltrates Blogs. News.com. Feb. 23, 2005.

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February 25, 2005

Web Service Links Entrepreneurs & Investors

"When Chuck Abate joined PlantFind.com, an online company that connects buyers and sellers of landscaping and nursery goods, one of his first tasks was to raise some capital for the company. So he turned to vFinance.com.

"Mr. Abate, who had been a stockbroker for a decade, had heard from a colleague that vFinance.com could help him find financing from individual investors.

"VFinance.com started in 1997 when Timothy Mahoney and a partner bought the Web site from its original owner. Since then, the parent company, vFinance Inc., based in Boca Raton, Fla., has acquired six brokerage and investment banking firms in New York, New Jersey and Florida. It now offers a broad array of investment and other services, including drawing up business plans.

"But its calling card is vFinance.com, where entrepreneurs and small businesses can match their ideas and business plans with investors, whether venture capital firms or individual investors known as angels. The service is inexpensive -- PlantFind.com, which is based in Boynton Beach, Fla., spent about $350 to connect with individual investors who provided a total of about $500,000 -- and the process is relatively simple."

Elizabeth Olson. The Quest for Financing Can Start on the Web. The New York Times. Feb. 24, 2005.

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Kurzweil's Law of Accelerating Returns

"Which will have a greater impact on the history of humanity--Friendster or penicillin?

"I bring it up because I've been hearing more references lately to Kurzweil's Law, otherwise known as the Law of Accelerating Returns. Coined by futurist Ray Kurzweil, the theory states that building on past accomplishments, the pace of technological change doubles every decade--leading to a Moore's Law vision of progress.

"'Early stages of technology--the wheel, fire, stone tools--took tens of thousands of years to evolve and be widely deployed. A thousand years ago, a paradigm shift such as the printing press took on the order of a century to be widely deployed. Today, major paradigm shifts, such as cell phones and the World Wide Web, were widely adopted in only a few years time,' Kurzweil wrote in the original essay outlining the theory."

Michael KanellosThe Future of the Future. News.com. Feb. 23, 2005.

See also:
Charles Cooper. Ray Kurzweil: Don't Fear the Nanofuture. News.com. March. 19, 2001.

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Intelligence Community Needs Blogs

"While I was serving as an intelligence analyst at the US Central Command in Qatar during operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom in 2003, my team and I analyzed hundreds of messages and reports each day. A vast amount of information was available to us on Intelink, but there was no simple way to find and use the data efficiently. Somebody had answers to my questions, I knew, but how were we ever to connect? The scary truth is that most of the time analysts are flying half blind.

"It doesn't have to be that way. Instead of embarking on an expensive and decades-long process of reform, the services can fix this themselves. There's no reason our nation's spy organizations can't leap­frog what the Army is already doing with Web technology and, at the same time, build upon what the public is doing with the blogosphere."

Kris Alexander. We Need Spy Blogs. Wired. March 2005.

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February 24, 2005

Podcasting: How Amateurs May Soon Rule the Airwaves

"'People think I'm this poseur guy from MTV, but I don't care,' says Adam Curry, the former VJ whose long blond locks once mesmerized teenyboppers across the globe. 'I've always had this total dual life as a geek and a celebrity.'

"Curry, 40, is the brains behind iPodder, a tiny application that he believes has the power to challenge commercial radio. iPodder is the bastard offspring of the blog and the Apple MP3 player. It combines the hyperactive talkiness of blogs and the hipness of iPods into something utterly new: the podcast. iPodder uses the blog syndication tool RSS to automatically download homebrew radio shows, podcasts, directly into a portable MP3 player.

"Welcome to podcasting, the medium that promises a future where anyone can make radio, instead of just listen to it. The biggest podcast audiences now number in the mere tens of thousands. Yet real radio, the kind with bona fide mass audiences, is starting to use the technology to make its shows available for download.

"The podcasting scene is reminiscent of the early, heady days of blogging, circa 2001, a time before Wonkette made the cover of The New York Times Magazine. Like bloggers in the good old days, podcasters are obsessively internecine and gloriously, honestly unprofessional."

Annalee Newitz. Adam Curry Wants to Make You an iPod Radio Star. Wired. March 2005.

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February 23, 2005

Librarians Value Online Communities

"Last February I was introduced to Bob Spence from the Carnegie Library in Ballinger, TX. Ballinger is a town of about 4000, smack-dab in the middle of the state. Right off, Spence told me he'd been 'cramming to learn the how-tos' ever since he'd started in his new role as library director, only six months before.

"In subsequent months, Spence shared his goal to have Ballinger's library become "the most practical public library in West Texas." He asked for advice on involving his library board, cataloging relevant web sites, and, in true Texas form, his struggle with 'wearing so many hats.'

"Since the onslaught of Internet services, all librarians have been struggling to incorporate new types of information, formats, and skills into our work, for both ourselves and our patrons. We exercise our professional skills, judgments, expertise, and even "share" an awful lot online, but perhaps we've missed an important point in all the technology hubbub—one that's fundamental to our ethics and practice in librarianship: we must be present and connected with our patrons and each other. What if we were all 'here, listening and learning,' like Bob Spence, in our online community?"

Chrystie R. Hil. Everything I Need To Know I Learned Online. Library Journal. Feb. 15, 2005.

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Researchers: IM Creates New Field of Linguistics

"We love instant messenger for the little pleasures it provides: workday diversions, covert flirting opportunities, parental contact with an easy out.

"But communicating using instant messenger, text messaging, even blogging are changing the way humans communicate. The technologies have opened up a whole new field of linguistic studies, and researchers say the impact will be as significant as the advent of the telegraph and telephone.

"Traditional linguists fear the internet damages our ability to articulate properly, infusing language with LOLs, dorky emoticons and the gauche sharing personal information on blogs. But some researchers believe we have entered a new era of expression."

Kristen Philipkoski. The Web Not the Death of Language. Wired News. Feb. 22, 2005.

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February 21, 2005

Podcasting: A New Voice in Media

"From a chenille-slipcovered sofa in the basement of their friend Dave's mom's house at the edge of a snow-covered field, Brad and Other Brad, sock-footed pioneers in the latest technology revolution, are recording 'Why Fish,' their weekly show.

"Clutching a microphone and leaning over a laptop on the coffee table, they praise the beauty of the Red River, now frozen on the edge of town, and plug an upcoming interview with a top-ranked professional walleye fisherman. Then they sign off.

"Their show, mostly ad-libbed, is a podcast, a kind of recording that, thanks to a technology barely six months old, anyone can make on a computer and then post to a Web site, where it can be downloaded to an iPod or any MP3 player to be played at the listener's leisure.

"Since August, when Adam Curry, a former MTV video jockey, and David Winer, an early Web log writer, developed the podcasting technology, 3,075 podcasts have sprung up around the world, according to a Web site, Ipodder.org, that offers downloads of podcasting software."

Kate Zernike. Tired of TiVo? Beyond Blogs? Podcasts Are Here. The New York Times. Feb. 19, 2005.

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AOL Updates Winamp Copy-Prevention Features

"America Online is disabling a feature of its popular music software that had been used to evade copy-prevention features of digital music services, the company said Friday.

"The company's Winamp software was identified by bloggers this week as part of a process that transformed copy-protected music downloads into songs that could be burned by the thousand to CD. The tool had potentially affected any subscription service that used Microsoft's media format, including Napster, Virgin Music and even America Online's own music subscription plan.

"AOL programmers are taking a series of steps to prevent its software from being used in this way, a representative said."

John Borland. AOL Blocks Music-Copying Feature. News.com. Feb. 17, 2005.

See also:
John Borland. Napster Hack Leads to Free Downloads. News.com. Feb. 15, 2005.

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February 19, 2005

No Law to Protect Bloggers

"Over the past eight months, bloggers have covered two political conventions; claimed credit for forcing the resignations of two prominent journalists (soon-to-be former CBS news anchor Dan Rather, ex-CNN news chief Eason Jordan); outed a conservative faker with a taste for gay porn credentialed to cover the White House; and risen from relative obscurity to media darling. They've done this while attracting impressive levels of web traffic (and advertising dollars) and conjuring up a cottage industry and community devoted largely to, well, themselves.

"Now, with two reporters from established news organizations facing jail time for defying an order to divulge confidential sources to a federal grand jury, bloggers are clamoring for the same legal protection that journalists are accorded under the First Amendment.

"But they won't get it. Besides, even if they did, it wouldn't be of much use."

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Adam L. Penenberg. No Protection for Bloggers. Wired News. Feb. 17, 2005.

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February 16, 2005

Impact of Bloggers on Mainstream Journalism

"Late Friday night, conservative web bloggers helped force the resignation of top CNN news executive Eason Jordan over remarks he made at the World Economic Conference in Davos. This, and other recent developments, have experts questioning the impact of Internet bloggers on mainstream journalism."

Jim Lehrer. Bloggers and Journalists. Online News Hour. Feb. 14, 2005.

See also:
Katherine Q. Seelye. Bloggers as News Media Trophy Hunters. News.com. Feb. 13, 2005.

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Online Social Networks 2005

"Online Social Networks 2005, going on now through February 23rd, is a summit for all those interested in working with social networking processes, tools, and media. In addition to attending many workshops, panels, and presentations by leading experts and practitioners, attendees will have the opportunity to be part of a community with a significant role in defining the future direction of online social networking.

"During the OSN2005 summit a manifesto will be created and published describing what is wanted and needed from online social networking tools.

"Attendees will be invited to participate in a series of focus groups to provide feedback on current OSN technology and articulate specific suggestions for future features and developments. A series of White papers based on these focus groups will be shared with venture investors who want to know where to place their bets in this industry."

Online Conference. Online Social Networks 2005. Feb. 9-23, 2005.

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February 15, 2005

New Web Tools Make Online Work Easier

"This scenario is all too familiar to office workers who collaborate electronically on projects: E-mails get passed around with differing versions of documents-in-progress attached. Instant messages whizz by. Web sites are cited, then lost. It's often a jumbled mess, with no central online location for shared data. There must be a better way.

"A new crop of tools aims to help turn the Web - be it on the public Internet or a company network - into much more than a collection of documents one visits like a museum: Look, but don't touch.

"'We're turning the Web into a conversation,' said Glenn Reid, chief executive and founder of Five Across Inc.

"Reid's startup and several other companies will offer their visions for accomplishing that on stage at the DEMO conference in Arizona, an annual showcase of tech innovation."

Associated Press. New Tools Making Online Work Easier. MarketWatch.com. Feb. 13, 2005.

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February 14, 2005

The Endless Beta Cycle

"Once considered the final stage of software development, beta versions are taking on a life of their own, as companies tinker endlessly with their products in public.

"Underscoring the trend, Google co-founder Larry Page on Wednesday told investors that the beta, or test, stage for its products would last as long as its engineers expected to make major changes to them--a process that has already taken years, in some cases.

"Google's beta time frames represent one of the most dramatic expansions yet for a process that until recently was used as an opportunity to discover fatal flaws and make final touch-ups in advance of a product's full public release."

Paul Festa. A Long Winding Road Out of Beta. ZDNet.com. Feb. 11, 2005.

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February 12, 2005

Google Blogger No Longer at Google

"Mark Jen, a blogger whose candid comments about life on the job at Google sparked controversy last month, has left the company. 'Mark is no longer an employee at Google,' a Google representative said in response to an inquiry Tuesday.

"Jen's departure comes less than a month after he joined Google as part of a wave of new hires and began recording his impressions of his new employer, including criticisms, in his blog.

"While details of Jen's departure are unclear, the newbie Googler ran into trouble at the company almost immediately when he decided to record his impressions of Google on a blog called Ninetyninezeros--one zero short of the mathematical term known as a 'googol.'"

Evan Hansen. Google Blogger Has Left the Building. News.com. Feb. 8, 2005.

See also:
Evan Hansen. Google Blogger: 'I Was Terminated'. News.com. Feb. 11, 2005.

Evan Hansen and Stefanie Olsen. Google Blogger Reappears, Redacted. News.com. Jan. 26, 2005.

Randy Dotinga. Office Memo: 'Blogging' Can Get You Bounced. Christian Science Monitor. Feb. 7, 2005.

Amy Joyce. Free Expression Can Be Costly When Bloggers Bad-Mouth Jobs. WashingtonPost.com. Feb. 11, 2005.

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February 10, 2005

Podcasting Allows More Voices to be Heard

"After getting a taste of the radio business in college, software designer Craig Patchett never lost his interest in broadcasting. But without a job in radio, it seemed likely to remain one of those unfulfilled passions - until something called 'podcasting' came along.

"Now, Patchett's creating shows and sending them out to the masses every day - not over the airwaves to radios but over the Internet, from his personal computer in Carlsbad, Calif. His listeners download his shows to their iPods and other digital music players.

"Patchett, 43, is among a growing number of people getting into podcasting, which is quickly becoming another of the Internet's equalizing technologies."

Matthew Fordahl. 'Podcasting' Lets Masses Do Radio Shows. Boston Globe. Feb. 7, 2005.

See also:
National Public Radio. 'PodCasting' to Music, Talk Fans Online. Day to Day. Feb. 1, 2005.

Steve Rubel. Pondering Podvertising Possibilities. iMediaConnection. Feb. 8, 2005.

Cindy L. Chick. Invasion of the Podcasters. LawLibTech. Feb. 2, 2005.

On the Media. Podcasting. Jan. 7, 2005.

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February 09, 2005

The Butler Buys Bloglines

"Ask Jeeves is expected to announce Tuesday that it has bought privately held Bloglines, a site for searching millions of personal Web pages and aggregating news headlines, for an undisclosed sum.

"As expected, the search company will add the blog specialist to its corral of Web search products in an effort to keep pace with rivals Google, Yahoo and MSN.

"With the property, Ask Jeeves plans to build a specialized blog search engine and fold the service into its various properties, including personalization product MyJeeves and the portal Excite.com, said Jim Lanzone, senior vice president at Ask Jeeves. It will also maintain Bloglines as a separately branded site to encourage people to aggregate and search for news headlines and blogs, as well as pen their own sites. The average user of Bloglines visits the site four times a day, Lanzone said."

Stefanie Olsen. Ask Jeeves to Buy Bloglines. News.com. Feb. 7, 2004.

See also:
Gary Price. It's Official: Ask Jeeves Acquires Bloglines. SearchEngineWatch. Feb. 8, 2005.

Stefanie Olsen. Ask Jeeves to Buy Bloglines?. News.com. Feb. 6, 2005.

Bloglines. Letter to Bloglines Subscribers. No date.

Ask Jeeves. Ask Jeeves Acquires Bloglines. (Press Release.) Feb. 8, 2005.

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Debate Stirs Over Blogger's Legal Rights

"An Apple lawsuit against the operators of fan websites stirs debate on whether bloggers can claim legal protections.

"Even in a country where most citizens probably have no idea what a blog is, it's not just an academic debate. Bloggers, some observers say, are becoming major players in everything from national politics to consumer trends. As a result, "their conflicts, motives, and agendas matter enormously," says Zephyr Teachout, who served as Internet director for the Howard Dean campaign.

"Now in California, a court will soon decide whether bloggers have the same legal protections as journalists under 'shield' laws that protect reporters from revealing their sources."

Randy Dotinga. Are Bloggers Journalists? Do They Deserve Press Protections?. Christian Science Monitor. Feb. 2, 2005.

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February 07, 2005

Blog Feeds Attract Venture Capitalists

"So many blogs, so little time--and now, so many entrepreneurs hoping to help you sort through them.

"As the number of blogs, news services and other syndicated sources of online information balloons, a new crop of start-ups has emerged promising to improve the signal-to-noise ratio. And venture capitalists and veteran Internet investors Marc Andreessen and Ron Conway are right behind one of them.

"Rojo, a San Francisco start-up in the blog aggregation business, 'is wrapping a communications capability around content consumption,' said Andreessen, Web browser pioneer, Rojo investor and Opsware chairman. 'And the killer app for the Internet is and always has been communication.'"

Paul Festa. RSS Feeds Attract Venture Dollars. ZD Net. Feb. 1, 2005.

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February 05, 2005

Sony Sponsers Gawker Media Blog

"Nick Denton's Gawker Media signed Sony as the sole sponsor of a new blog covering software for the non-geek. Called Lifehacker, the site will offer 'a more briskly efficient approach to using computers and downloading software,' according to Denton.

"Sony's buy with Gawker Media marks the company's first blog marketing foray. Denton described the deal, with Sony's eSolutions group, as the second or third largest it's signed with an advertiser and the largest with a consumer electronics company. In addition to owning all ad space on the new site, Sony will buy media on Gawker's Gizmodo gadget blog.

"'They [Sony] were very interested in doing something before blogging became a common marketing platform,' said Brad Bowers, founding partner of BlackInc. 'Given that Gawker is a pretty well established media property as far as blogging goes, they thought it would be a good place to dip their toe in the water.'"

Zachary Rodgers. Denton Snags Sony as Exclusive Blog Sponsor. ClickZNews. Jan. 31, 2005.

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Yahoo Japan Beats Yahoo to Blogosphere

"Yahoo Japan, owned mostly by Softbank and partly by Yahoo, on Tuesday launched a test, or 'beta,' version of Yahoo Japan Blogs, a free service that lets users post blogs and up to 2GB of images, comment on other blogs, and associate their blogs with animated representations of users known as avatars.

"Yahoo's Asian blogging services are striking in that they precede any offerings or previews by Yahoo for its flagship portal. And Yahoo's lateness to the blogging game is all the more notable thanks to significant investment by Yahoo's main portal competitors, including Google, MSN and AOL."

Paul Festa. Yahoo Japan Launches Blog Beta. News.com. Feb. 1, 2005.

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February 03, 2005

Search Sites Face Fierce Competition

"Last Monday, Google representatives called analysts and reporters to trumpet a new service that searches the transcripts of television broadcasts. Yahoo, Google's rival, got wind of the announcement and within hours, its publicity machine had bolted into action to say it had a similar service in the works.

"Perhaps the fiercest competition on the Internet these days is among sites offering new ways to search through more information. Yahoo and Microsoft each have hundreds of engineers trying to challenge Google's leadership, and dozens of minor players are trying to find ways of getting their services noticed.

"So far, all this innovation has yet to shake Google from its perch at the top of the search market, although its growth in market share has slowed."

Saul Hansell. Search Sites Play a Game of Constant Catch-Up. News.com. Jan. 31, 2005.

See also:
Saul Hansell. Microsoft Introduces Its Own Search Service. The New York Times. Feb. 1, 2005.

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February 02, 2005

Five Ways to Make Money from Blogs

"You pound on the keyboard each day, broadcasting your unalloyed truths to the world (or at least to friends and family) via your blog. Unfortunately, earning such singular authority demands serious time and energy, and what begins as a hobby can quickly start seeming like Job No. 2 -- sans paycheck. But haven't you heard? You can turn your Web log into a digital cash cow. Simply choose among these techniques (but keep in mind that it's not all free money -- come tax season, Uncle Sam gets his fair share)."

Mike Peed. How To Make Money off Your Blog. WashingtonPost.com. Jan. 30, 2005.

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February 01, 2005

Bloggies Celebrate the Best in Blog Publishing

"Quick, what was the catchiest idea about blogs to sweep the Web last year: podcasting, food blogging parties, group photo captions or themed photo contests?

"If you haven't even heard of those trends, you have until Thursday to check them out at the site of the 2005 Bloggies and to choose from five finalists for the 'best meme' -- that is, a 'replicating idea that spread about Weblogs.' Twenty-nine other categories are also up for a vote in the Bloggies, which aim to celebrate the best in Web log publishing.

"'The point of the Bloggies is to highlight the best blogs around, especially ones that are good but nobody's heard about,' said Nikolai Nolan, the University of Michigan senior who created the contest in 2000."

Leslie Walker. Bloggies Recognizes New Trends in Format. WashingtonPost.com. Jan. 30, 2005.

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Pew Examines Americans' Increasing Reliance on Internet

"A decade after browsers came into popular use, the Internet has reached into–and, in some cases, reshaped–just about every important realm of modern life. It has changed the way we inform ourselves, amuse ourselves, care for ourselves, educate ourselves, work, shop, bank, pray and stay in touch.

"This entry is the Pew Internet Project's contribution to 'Trends 2005,' a publication of the newly-created Pew Research Center, a research orgnization that combines several analytical projects funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts."

Lee Rainie and John Horrigan. A Decade of Adoption: How the Internet Has Woven Itself into American Life. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Jan. 25, 2005.

See also:
Pew Internet & American Life Project. Trends 2005: A Look at Changes in American Life. (Press Release.) Jan. 25, 2005.

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January 31, 2005

Zillman Presents 'Bots, Blogs & News Aggregators'

"Bots, Blogs and News Aggregators is a keynote presentation that I have been delivering over the last year, and much of my information comes from the extensive research that I have completed over the years into the 'invisible' or what I like to call the 'deep' web.

"In the last several years, some of the more comprehensive search engines have written algorithms to search the deeper portions of the world wide web by attempting to find files such as .pdf, .doc, .xls, and .ppt . These files are predominately used by businesses to communicate their information within their organization or to disseminate information to the external world from their organization.

"Searching for this information using deeper search techniques and the latest algorithms allows researchers to obtain a vast amount of corporate information that was previously unavailable or inaccessible."

Marcus P. Zillman. Deep Web Research 2005. LLRX.com. Jan. 17, 2005.

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AOL Removes Access to Newsgroups

"America Online on Tuesday confirmed that it will stop supporting access to newsgroups, a once-popular feature on the Internet that has since become overshadowed by message boards and blogs.

"The Internet giant has begun informing users that its AOL Newsgroup interface will be discontinued as early as February, according to a notice posted on the site. AOL users will still be able to access newsgroups through Google Groups or by using a third party reader such as Mozilla's Thunderbird, the notice adds.

"AOL's decision to scrap newsgroup support comes as other forms of online community have taken favor, according to company spokeswoman Jaymelina Esmele.

Jim Hu. AOL Shutting Down Newsgroups. News.com. Jan. 25, 2005.

See also:
Jennifer LeClaire. AOL Dropping Usenet as Action Moves to Blogs. TechNewsWorld. Jan. 28, 2005.

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January 29, 2005

Blogs Transform Design Community

"On a recent day, the cyberdesign world was buzzing. Bloggers at apartmenttherapy.com had discovered the mystery manufacturer of a hot paint color called Fresh Melon Green. Over at treehugger.com, bamboo coffins were the talk of the moment. A post at Design Sponge, meanwhile, praised ceramic bowls that double as wall sconces.

"Now that blogs, or Web journals, influence just about everything from politics to technology news, they are starting to transform the once clubby design community. On design blogs, readers who are normally not privy to chatter among interior decorators and tastemakers can participate in debates on burning topics (sample: Is the designer Karim Rashid overrated?); get advance word on design trends, like erotic stained glass; and find answers to practical issues, such as how to quiet an obnoxiously loud apartment buzzer. These tips and tidbits are sometimes dispensed by bloggers who support themselves with day jobs within the design industry."

Lockhart Steele. Hot Off the Web: Gossip and Design Guidance. The New York Times. Jan. 27, 2005.

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January 25, 2005

An Exercise in Wireless Democracy

"Americans who brave winter snowstorms to catch a glimpse of President Bush's inauguration on Thursday now can check e-mail and update blogs from Pennsylvania Avenue, thanks to a new Wi-Fi hot spot.

"A nonprofit community group called the Open Park Project is providing the free service this week in what its founders describe as an exercise in wireless democracy.

"'It helps advance our goal of providing a Wi-Fi zone on the National Mall,' said Greg Staple, the group's president and co-founder. 'We call it a hot spot for democracy: using Wi-Fi to witness history.'"

Declan McCullagh. Wi-Fi Helps Blogs Tune in to Bush Inauguration. News.com. Jan. 19, 2005.

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January 21, 2005

Google Takes Step to Stop Spam

"Google will introduce new technology controls to thwart people using blogs to manipulate rankings in its search results.

"Otherwise known as 'link' or 'comment spam,' the ruse is as old as Web marketing. Such Web site promoters use the comment form on forums, blogs or any Web page to place or gain a link pointing back to their own Web site. And because Google and other search engines tabulate search results in part by a Web page's link popularity with other sites, the trick can boost a site's ranking--and more importantly, traffic. It can also produce irrelevant search results.

"In the age of blogging, the problem has grown acute because publishers have little recourse to stop outsiders from littering their comment forms with bogus links, short of shutting them down or inserting password protections."

Stefanie Olsen. Google Aims to Outsmart Search Tricksters. News.com. Jan. 18, 2005.

See also:
Matt Cutts and Jason Shellen. Preventing Comment Spam. Google Blog. Jan. 18, 2005.

Danny Sullivan. Google, Yahoo, MSN Unite On Support For Nofollow Attribute For Links. SearchEngineWatch. Jan. 18, 2005.

Matt Hicks. Search Engines, Bloggers Team to Fight Spam. eWeek. Jan. 18, 2005.

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A Roundup of Photo Sharing Services

"These days, nearly everyone has a digital camera or camera phone. And many new online services offer varying features for people who want to share their pictures, post them to blogs, or tag or comment on others' photos.

"Here's a roundup of four of the best of these services."

Daniel Terdiman. Photo Sites Share and Share Alike. Wired News. Jan. 17, 2005.

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January 20, 2005

Google Uses Services to Promote Services

"A new version of Picasa, Google Inc.'s digital photo software, is due for release today, offering additional ways to edit, print and share pictures. It also has a feature that Web surfers have come to expect from Google: It's free.

"Google acquired the company behind Picasa in July and immediately slashed the price of its software from $30 to nothing. When Picasa co-founder Lars Perkins asked Google executives how the software would make money, he recalled, they told him, 'Don't worry about it.'

"In fact, Google has eliminated or slashed the price of every service it has acquired, including Web log software Blogger and online mapping program Keyhole. And many of the services its own engineers created feature no ads or subscriptions; these include social-networking software, a program for conducting queries through text messaging on cellphones, and services for searching through computer hard drives, scholarly material and university websites."

Chris Gaither. Free-for-All Could Pay Off for Google. LA Times. Jan. 18, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. Google Updates Picasa Photo Software. eWeek. Jan. 18, 2005.

Reuters. Google Touches up Photo Service. News.com. Jan. 18, 2005.

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January 19, 2005

Pew Survey Evaluates Future of Internet

"Technology experts and scholars foresee a bigger role for the internet in people's personal and work lives in the next decade.

"A wide-ranging survey of technology leaders, scholars, industry officials, and analysts finds that most internet experts expect attacks on the network infrastructure in the coming decade as the internet becomes more embedded in everyday and commercial life.

"In addition, there was notable agreement among the 1,286 experts in this survey that in the next 10 years the internet will be more deeply integrated in our physical environments and high-speed connections will proliferate – with mixed results. They believe the dawning of the blog era will bring radical change to the news and publishing industry and they think the internet will have the least impact on religious institutions.

Pew Internet and American Life Project. Internet Evolution. Jan. 9, 2005.

Susannah Fox, et al. The Future of the Internet. (.pdf) Pew Internet and American Life Project. Jan. 9, 2005.

Pew Internet and American Life Project.Technology Experts and Scholars Foresee a Bigger Role for the Internet in People's Personal and Work Lives in the Next Decade. (Press Release) Jan. 9, 2005.

See also:
Princeton Survey Research Associates. Internet Experts Web Survey. (.pdf) Dec. 6, 2004.

Elon University/Pew Internet and American Life Project. Predictions Database. Imagining the Internet. Jan. 9, 2005.

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Enterprise Blogging

"Weblogs can take many different forms, any of which might be appropriate for enterprise blogging. They may be a one-way form of communication, where users simply read the 'posts' of the blog owners.

"Alternatively, blogs can be a two-way medium of communication (between
owners and their readers) or they can be the basis of a community in which all readers of the blog can contribute on an equal footing. Each of these options has its place.

"There is very little research related to enterprise blogging; the commercial applications of blogging are mostly unproven as yet. There are, on the other hand, many articles and papers written by enthusiasts or early adopters. While this literature contains many useful ideas, there is little evaluative material, so though we know that enterprises have used blogs for various purposes, we don't
necessarily know whether or not those blogs achieved the purposes for which they were created."

Laurel A. Clyde. Enterprise Blogging. FreePint. Jan. 13, 2005.

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January 17, 2005

MSN Tests New Blog and Search Features

"MSN on Tuesday evening is expected to quietly begin testing new features for searching and syndicating blogs, in a nod to the online publishing format.

"In partnership with Moreover Technologies, Microsoft's Internet division will add features to MyMSN, its personalized Web service, that will let users find blogs and syndicate content using the RSS (Really Simple Syndication) format, according to company representatives.

"People will be able to add content feeds to their MyMSN pages so they can view snippets of news and information in one place, without surfing to each individual page. Another feature will let people search for specific content contained within blogs."

Stefanie Olsen. MSN Tests New Blog, Search Features. News.com. Jan. 11, 2005.

See also:
Matt Hicks. MSN Gets Ready to Expand RSS Support. eWeek. Jan. 12, 2005.

Michael Connolly. 1.5 Million, Baby!. MSN Spaces. Jan. 11, 2005.

Brady Forrest. RSS Feeds for Search Results. MSN Search Weblog. Jan. 11, 2005.

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January 15, 2005

Corporate Library Weblogs

The latest isssue , the newsletter of the Information Technology Division of the Special Libraries Association features an article on Corporate library blogging.

An overview of points are provided to consider when starting a corporate library weblog.

"Does your library need one? And, if so, what type of content is your library going to be placing on the blog?

"What sense is there to having a blog, especially those that are for public consumption, if there is no one to read it?"

Steven Cohen. Corporate Library Blogs. (.pdf) B/iTE. Nov./Dec. 2004.

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January 13, 2005

A Clash Between Free-Speech and IP Rights

"Apple Computer's lawsuit against a Web site that published details of forthcoming Mac products raises troubling First Amendment questions, media experts say.

"In its court action last week, Apple sued not only the unnamed individuals who revealed Apple's inside information, but also those at Mac enthusiast site Think Secret who helped publish it.

"'To me, it is very disturbing that Apple, or anybody frankly, would try to invoke trade secrets to go after a media publication or, for that matter, even a blog,' said Paul Grabowicz, director of the New Media Program at the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. 'If they think somebody inside is leaking information, then they should be going after them directly.'"

Ina Fried. Apple Suit Tests First Amendment. News.com. Jan. 10, 2005.

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January 08, 2005

Gates Speaks on Search, Blogs, Games

"Microsoft's chairman is setting the company on a course to provide software and tools that will allow different forms of entertainment to blend. Messaging will become a crucial part of Xenon, the code name for the next Xbox. Microsoft will also work with television outlets like the Discovery Channel and MTV Networks to create tools for delivering content, as well as advertising, into the home.

"Its eyes ever set on the competition, Microsoft will continue to raise the stakes against Apple Computer in the music industry and against Google and Yahoo in search.

"Gates spoke with CNET News.com on the eve of his keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas about Microsoft's consumer plans, the convergence of entertainment technologies--and why he hasn't done a blog yet."

Michael Kanellos. Gates Taking a Seat in Your Den. News.com. Jan. 5, 2005.

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Macworld Conference to Feature New Products

"IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for technology markets, today provided a preview of Macworld Conference & Expo(R) in San Francisco, to be held next week at the Moscone Center. Hundreds of new products are expected to debut at next week's event, which will feature an exhibit hall filled with over 275 of the most innovative companies serving the Mac community.

"Macworld will also include five days of world-class educational content, with conference sessions appropriate for Mac users of all levels and backgrounds. In addition, concerts by six different music stars will take place during the week.

"The Macworld exhibit hall will feature the newest products and applications for the Mac platform from companies such as Apple, Adobe, Aspyr, BlackBerry, Canon, FileMaker, Harman Multimedia, HP, Intuit, Microsoft, MYOB, Nikon, Oxford Semiconductor, Quark, Roxio, Sonos, Xerox, X-Rite and many others."

Business Wire. New Products Ready to Make their Debut at Macworld Conference & Expo 2005 in San Francisco. CBS MarketWatch. Jan. 4, 2005.

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January 07, 2005

Blog Use Grows Among Net Users

"By the end of 2004 blogs had established themselves as a key part of online culture.

"Two surveys by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in November established new contours for the blogosphere: 8 million American adults say they have created blogs; blog readership jumped 58% in 2004 and now stands at 27% of internet users; 5% of internet users say they use RSS aggregators or XML readers to get the news and other information delivered from blogs and content-rich Web sites as it is posted online; and 12% of internet users have posted comments or other material on blogs.

"Still, 62% of internet users do not know what a blog is."

Pew Internet and American Life Project. The State of Blogging. Jan. 2, 2005.

Lee Rainie. The State of Blogging. (.pdf) Pew Internet and American Life Project. Jan. 2005.

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January 06, 2005

There's No Escaping the Blog

"Freewheeling bloggers can boost your product - or destroy it. Either way, they've become a force business can't afford to ignore.

"The blog - short for weblog - can indeed be, as Scoble and Gates say, fabulous for relationships. But it can also be much more: a company's worst PR nightmare, its best chance to talk with new and old customers, an ideal way to send out information, and the hardest way to control it. Blogs are challenging the media and changing how people in advertising, marketing, and public relations do their jobs. A few companies like Microsoft are finding ways to work with the blogging world;even as they're getting hammered by it. So far, most others are simply ignoring it.

"That will get harder: According to blog search-engine and measurement firm Technorati, 23,000 new weblogs are created every day - or about one every three seconds. Each blog adds to an inescapable trend fueled by the Internet: the democratization of power and opinion. Blogs are just the latest tool that makes it harder for corporations and other institutions to control and dictate their message. An amateur media is springing up, and the smart are adapting. Says Richard Edelman, CEO of Edelman Public Relations: 'Now you've got to pitch the bloggers too. You can't just pitch to conventional media.'"

David Kirkpatrick and Daniel Roth. Why There's No Escaping the Blog. Fortune. Jan. 10, 2005.

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January 04, 2005

Tsunami Debate Rumbles in Cyberspace

"As the horror of the South Asian tsunami spread and people gathered online to discuss the disaster on sites known as Web logs, or blogs, those of a political bent naturally turned the discussion to their favorite topics.

"To some in the blogosphere, it simply had to be the government's fault.

"The interplay between the sites, left and right, is typical of the rumbles in cyberspace between rivals at different ends of the political spectrum. In many ways, Web logs shone after the tsunami struck: bloggers in the regions posted compelling descriptions of the devastation, sometimes by text messages sent from their cellphones as they roamed the countryside looking for friends and family members. And blogs were quick to create links to charities so that people could help online."

John Schwartz. Myths Run Wild in Blog Tsunami Debate. The New York Times. Jan. 3, 2005.

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Opera Software Releases Talking Browser

"Opera Software released a test version of a major update to its Web browser software, intensifying its efforts, along with open-source rival Firefox, to cut into Microsoft's market share.

"The new, as-yet-unnamed software adds stronger support for RSS (Really Simple Syndication)--a technology widely used for automatic access to blogs and other material--and technology that allows users to navigate through voice commands and have Web pages read to them.

"The company said it has made enough improvements to turn the final version of this beta download into a major new release, instead of an ordinary incremental upgrade."

John Borland. Opera Releases New Talking Web Browser. News.com. Dec. 23, 2004.

See also:
No author. Opera Releases New Talking Web Browser. Search Engine Journal. Dec. 23, 2004.

Matt Hicks. Opera Tackles Voice Browsing and RSS in Latest Beta Release. eWeek. Dec. 23, 2004.

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January 03, 2005

A Look Back at 2004

"In the legislative battle over copyright and file swapping, you might assume the entertainment industry's lobbyists are sitting fat and pretty.

"Nothing could be further from the truth, and the constellation of forces in Washington could be ripe for a redrawing, said Declan McCullagh--one of the many columnists who offered CNET News.com readers insight and analysis of the major tech events of 2004."

Charles Cooper. Year in Review:Politicos in the Crosshairs. News.com. Dec. 25, 2004.

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December 24, 2004

Blogs Blur Journalistic Line

"As Web logs proliferate, the boundaries between public and private are being transformed. Unconstrained by journalistic conventions, bloggers are blurring the lines between public events and ordinary social interactions and changing the way we date, work, teach and live. And as blogs continue to proliferate, citizens will have to develop new understandings about what parts of our lives are on and off the record.

"When Louis Brandeis, the future Supreme Court justice, and Samuel Warren, his former law partner, wrote their famous article on the right to privacy, they worried that the press and the camera were threatening the privacy of daily life. In the age of blogs, all citizens, no matter how obscure, will have to adjust their behavior to the possibility that someone may be writing about them.

"There are as many different kinds of blogs as there are human impulses -- sex blogs, dating blogs, political blogs, technology blogs and music blogs. But 70 to 80 percent are varieties of personal journals. Although men and women blog in roughly equal numbers, personal bloggers are more likely to be women than men. And the favorite topic of personal bloggers is sex."

Jeffrey Rosen. Your Blog or Mine? The New York Times Magazine. Dec. 19, 2004.

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December 20, 2004

Eight Copyright Myths Exposed

"A handful of myths have spawned practices, particularly among bloggers and Website owners, that turn copyright law on its head. These myths are rooted in the assumption that everything is up for use online unless and until proven otherwise. Those myths and that ease have fostered a presumption of entitlement that causes Netizens to treat the Internet (and non-electronic sources as well) as a buffet spread of photos, articles, sounds and multi-media files free for the plucking and posting.

"Despite all the media attention to recent lawsuits cracking down on unauthorized music downloads, these myths are still in surprisingly widespread circulation. In the past six months, otherwise educated people have asserted eight different fallacies to me as if they were law. Every one of them has the potential to lead the ill-informed into the land of copyright infringement, where even a short stay can carry a whopping price tag.

"Note: The discussion below will use the term 'permission' to include both explicit permission from the copyright holder and any legally imputed permission, whether due to the work being in the public domain or through fair use, the exercise of the special reproduction right granted to libraries and archives under 17 U.S.C. Section 108, or the limited instructional exemption granted by 17 U.S.C. Section 110. Also, this discussion addresses only works created in the United States or otherwise subject to U.S. copyright law."

Kathy Biehl. Bloggers Beware: Debunking Eight Copyright Myths of the Online World. LLRX.com. Dec. 16, 2004.

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December 18, 2004

2004: Review of Mobile & Wireless Technology

"Mobile and wireless technology is still hot, only its application is going through teething problems. Tony Hallett looks back on a busy 12 months and sticks his neck out on what to expect in 2005 - sort of…

"In all things mobile and wireless it has been a year of consolidation, launches, wireless everywhere and some familiar battles between well-known standards and companies.

"But 2004 was also 12 months where some of us became a little more sophisticated in how we use mobile devices and even the higher-ups learned - sometimes the hard way - that this remains one of tech's most exciting areas, one that can make a real difference to the bottom line."

Tony Hallett. Re:Viewing 2004: Mobile and Wireless. Silicon.com. Dec. 14, 2004.

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December 16, 2004

Video for Podcasting

"With the success of podcasting -- a recent technology that lets anyone subscribe to and play back audio feeds on an iPod -- the natural next step is technology that can do the same with video.

"First a podcasting primer: It works much the same way as syndication of content through RSS or Atom, except that instead of text from blogs or news sites, podcasting sends songs directly to iPods or other MP3 players.

"Now comes video. Already, there are rudimentary applications like Vogbrowser, which offers video feeds to which people can subscribe, much like they do with RSS feeds. There are more products like this on the way."

Daniel Terdiman. Video Feeds Follow Podcasting. Wired News. Dec. 7, 2004.

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December 14, 2004

Blogs Gain Political Influence

"Internet blogs are providing a new and unregulated medium for politically motivated attacks. With the same First Amendment protections as newspapers, blogs are increasingly gaining influence.

"While many are must-reads for political junkies, are some Internet blogs also being used as proxies for campaigns? In the nation’s hottest Senate race, this past year, the answer was yes.

"Little over a month ago, the first Senate party leader in 52 years was ousted when South Dakota Republican John Thune defeated top Senate Democrat Tom Daschle. While more than $40 million was spent in the race, saturating the airwaves with advertising, a potentially more intriguing front was also opened.

David Paul Kuhn. Blogs: New Medium, Old Politics. CBS News. Dec. 8, 2004.

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AOL Locks Out Users

"America Online Inc. has confirmed that it mistakenly deactivated a number of AOL Instant Messenger accounts this week as part of its regular cycle of opening unused screen names to new users.

"AOL, whose instant messaging service is among the most widely used worldwide, had begun releasing screen names that had gone unused when it snarled the accounts of some active users in the process, an AOL spokeswoman confirmed to eWEEK.com. The Dulles, Va., company is working to restore the mistakenly turned-off accounts by Monday.

"The mistake surprised AIM users, many of whom took to Weblogs to try to figure out if they were alone in being cut off from IM."

Matt Hicks and Ryan Naraine. AOL Locks Out IM Users. eWeek. Dec. 9, 2004.

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December 13, 2004

MSN Bloggers Try to Circumvent Censorship Tools

"MSN Spaces, Microsoft's new blogging service, has sparked a new game for some of its users: trying to circumvent its censorship controls.

"BoingBoing, a popular Web log, on Friday reported that MSN Spaces is rejecting certain blog titles or URLs because they contain words that Microsoft has deemed inappropriate.

"However, like so many censorship tools, Microsoft's is proving less than perfect. BoingBoing found that all of the most obvious profanities fell foul of Microsoft's electronic sentries."

Graeme Wearden. MSN Bloggers Try to Foul up Censorship Tool. News.com. Dec. 3, 2004.

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December 11, 2004

Local Sites Include Citizen Journalism

"When fire destroyed a historic building in Brattleboro, Vt., in the wee hours of Saturday, the local daily newspaper had already been put to bed. But by dawn, local residents had posted photos and their own stories about the blaze on iBrattleboro.com, a local Web site where anyone can write the news.

"Residents in the town of 12,000 spent the weekend using the site to publicly discuss ways to help the 11 people who had been hurt or displaced -- and even look for lost cats.

"One-year-old iBrattleboro.com is at the vanguard of the latest wave of Web publishers trying to build audiences by delivering local news. What's different about their efforts from those in the past is that they are relying on a new ally: local residents.

Leslie Walker. On Local Sites, Everyone's A Journalist. WashingtonPost.com. Dec. 9, 2004.

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December 09, 2004

Tech Gadgets for the Holidays

"This week, online shopping is set to hit its peak traffic as consumers put in their orders early enough to ensure they'll be shipped before Christmas.

"If the Monday after Thanksgiving is any indication, this week should ring up the biggest sales on the Web during the holiday shopping season. On that day, consumers spent $400 million, up 30 percent from last year, according to comScore Networks.

"Why not? The convenience, the easy checkouts, the selection -- there are 377,000 Web sites devoted only to shopping, according to Websense -- the bargains, the price-comparisons, are reasons consumers go online."

Bambi Francisco. My Christmas Wish List. CBS MarketWatch. Dec. 7, 2004.

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Blogs Increase Reach, Foster Communities

"Blogs, says Charlie O'Donnell, are frequently updated, personal journals posted on the Web - think Web plus log equals blog. Bloggers with similar interests end up finding one another, linking to and often posting responses on one another's blogs. Hence communities form.

In the past six months, O'Donnell, 24, an equities analyst in Manhattan, has identified 40 to 50 bloggers in the venture capital field he likes to keep up with. The snippets, rumors, hypotheses he gets from them help him stay ahead of the crowd. 'I don't want to wait three months' he says, 'before the mainstream media - no offense - finds out about a new technology.' (Thanks, Charlie.)

"He also authors a blog himself on his Web site, www.find mypath.com, where he shares career advice with college students. He tells them how they can research their chosen fields by reading blogs written by 'thought leaders' in their industries. And, indeed, much can be gained - information on trends, companies that are expanding, advice on getting a job - as long as young people master the basics of networking, with the first rule being: Thou shalt not come right out and do the 'help-me, help-me' needy thing and ask people for jobs."

Patricia Kitchen. Blogging Bluepoint. Newsday.com. Dec. 5, 2004.

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December 04, 2004

'Blog' Top Word for 2004

"A four-letter term that came to symbolize the difference between old and new media during this year's presidential campaign tops U.S. dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster's list of the 10 words of the year.

"Merriam-Webster said Tuesday that 'blog,' defined as 'a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments and often hyperlinks,' was one of the most looked-up words on its Internet sites this year.

"Eight entries on the publisher's top-10 list related to major news events, from the presidential election--represented by words such as incumbent and partisan--to natural phenomena such as hurricane and cicada."

Reuters. 'Blog' Top Word of the Year. News.com. Nov. 30, 2004.

Merriam-Webster Online. Merriam-Webster's Words of the Year 2004. No date.

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Microsoft to Offer Blogging Service

"Microsoft is looking to take on Google's Blogger and other blog-creation and hosting services.

"Microsoft's MSN division is expected to take the wraps off its MSN Spaces blogging service this week, according to sources close to the company.

"MSN is expected to tout MSN Spaces as a direct competitor to blog-creation and hosting tools, such as Blogger, Blog*Spot, LiveJournal and TypePad. Microsoft also will position MSN Spaces as a way to allow users to more easily share photo albums and music lists, too, insiders said."

Mary Jo Foley. MSN Readies New Blogging Service. Microsoft Watch. Nov. 30, 2004.

See also:
Matt Hicks. MSN Launches Blog Service with IM Ties. Dec. 1, 2004.

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December 02, 2004

Blogs: A New Marketing Trend?

"In the past few years, blogs have gone from a quirky vehicle for expression to a political force to, now, a quirky marketing tool for corporate America.

"This year, Nike, Dr Pepper, Mazda, SBC and others have staked claims in the blogosphere. They've found blogging (short for 'Web-logging') an easy, cheap way to appear hipper and keep customers engaged with the brand. The cost is a pittance -- just some spare server space.

"'It's a relatively small investment and can elicit a lot of information because it's such a democratic medium,' said Matthew Cross, brand consultant at Interbrand, New York. 'Compared to the millions companies spend to create or revitalize a brand, and then do TV spots and a print campaign, it's pennies to the dollar to do a blog.'"

Diane Anderson. Blogs: Fad or Marketing Medium of the Future?. Adweek. Nov.29, 2004.

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Podcasting Emerges as New Killer App

"Apple's wildly popular iPod music player is really becoming pervasive — and no longer confined to music.

"It has lent its name to a hot new technology dubbed 'podcasting'. In recent months, podcasting sites have spread across the internet like bushfire. What is it? Think of it as time-shifted radio. Talk shows, news reports, educational material, sporting news, agriculture reports, music shows, even sex talk – they're all being offered as podcasts.

"That means they're formatted as MP3 files and set up for downloading or streaming via the internet. No longer are you tied to the schedule of your favourite broadcaster: listen at any time on your Mac or Windows PC."

David Frith. Podcasting Takes Off. AustralianIT. Nov. 30, 2004.

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November 29, 2004

Video Conferencing Goes Mainstream

"When Melody Wilt made the 10-hour drive from her home near Reading, Pa., to her daughter's house in Chapin, S.C., for Thanksgiving, she took along more than a 20-pound smoked turkey.

"She went bearing a U.S.B. Web camera, sophisticated teleconferencing software and an Internet-inspired vision that will allow her to continue visiting even after she returns home.

"There are no definitive numbers on how many people use Web-based videoconferencing. But there is anecdotal evidence that face-to-face electronic communication is gaining a foothold beyond the executive suite, and that the typical home users are no longer the stereotypical geeks straining to see each other over crude Webcams connected by sluggish modems."

Michel Marriott. Waving Hello, From a Distance. The New York Times. Nov. 25, 2004.

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November 24, 2004

PubSub Monitors Real Time Information

"While most search engines can help you sift through the archives of the Internet, PubSub Concepts looks for the new stuff.

"Claming to filter millions of Weblogs, SEC/Edgar filings, Internet newsgroups and press releases, PubSub's 'matching engine' recognizes new information as soon as it's published and delivers it to subscribers on a Web page or an RSS reader.

"Salim Ismail, co-founder of the two-year-old firm, said he doesn't see Google or Yahoo or MSN Search as the competition -- perhaps because they dealing with the past. 'Our competitors are CNN News Alerts and eBay auction alerts,' Ismail added."

Frank Barnako. PubSub Pushes the News. CBS MarketWatch. Nov. 19, 2004.

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November 23, 2004

AP CEO: Future of News is Online

"The Internet will change the way news is provided to the world by giving consumers the power to demand and receive any sports score, analysis or breaking story instantly, the head of the world's largest news organization said.

"Newspapers, TV broadcasts and even fancy Web pages will have less meaning as people use Web-surfing programs and recording devices to pick and choose items from various providers, said Tom Curley, president and chief executive officer of The Associated Press.

"In the new media age, people will be able to dictate exactly what news they want, when they want it and on which electronic devices they want to receive it, he said."

Robert Jablon. AP Leader Sees Internet As Future of News. MyWay. Nov. 13, 2004.

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November 20, 2004

PubSub Manages Real-Time Information

"RSS feeds, search alerts and other information monitoring technologies are great, but often end up providing too much of a good thing. PubSub is a 'matching engine' that offers a promising new way to keep up to date while alleviating information overload.

"Over the past year, subscribing to RSS feeds has become an increasingly popular way to keep up to date with favorite web sites, blogs, and other frequently changing sources of web content.

"But anyone who's used an RSS aggregator has experienced at least two problems: Information overload and information underload."

Chris Sherman. Managing the Firehose of Real-Time Information. SearchEngineWatch. Nov. 17, 2004.

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November 17, 2004

Flight Attendant Fired Over Blog Postings

"Until two weeks ago, Ellen Simonetti worked as a flight attendant for Delta Air Lines, doing her best to project the image of a stewardess from a bygone era. But it is Ms. Simonetti's very 21st-century activities that she says prompted Delta management to ground her, suspending her from flying in September and then firing her a month later.

"Ms. Simonetti has operated a Web log since January, calling it Diary of a Flight Attendant, and she says she did not hear from Delta about the site until after she posted a set of provocative photos of herself in her Delta uniform.

"But Ms. Simonetti said her supervisor called her on Oct. 29 and said she was being terminated for 'inappropriate photos in a Delta uniform.'"

Christine Negroni. Fired Flight Attendant Finds Blogs Can Backfire. The New York Times. Nov. 16, 2004.

Update: Ellen Simonetti. I Was Fired for Blogging. News.com. Dec. 16, 2004.

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November 16, 2004

Technologies Reinvent CRM

"Many of today's most effective CRM processes and strategies are so successful because of the underlying technologies that enable and support them.

"In our dynamic, evolving industry new technologies continue to allow us to interact with customers in ways we never imagined. This is not to say that technology is the end-all in CRM--we still need engaged people, relevant processes, and quality data. But when properly implemented, technology can take that powerful threesome even farther.

"Consider the already heady impact and potential of the following 10 technologies..."

Coreen Bailor. 10 Technologies That Are Reinventing the CRM Industry. CRM Magazine. Dec. 2004.

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Conference Examines Blogs' Impact on News

"The woman who writes Wonkette needed no introduction and offered no apologies Saturday, telling her peers in online journalism that web logs like hers have spurred a quicker response to breaking news by major media outlets.

"Ana Marie Cox and others who maintain blogs were criticized after the Nov. 2 presidential election for posting exit polls throughout the day -- a practice frowned upon in the mainstream media because the data could sway the outcome.

"'To the extent to which they affect voter turnout is to the extent people believe them,' Cox told the Online News Association conference in Hollywood. She added that blogs have made it more difficult for mainstream news organizations 'to sit on a story.'"

Associated Press. Do Blogs Change the News?. Wired News. Nov. 14, 2004.

See also:
Jeff Pelline. Big Media Getting Bigger. News.com. Nov. 14, 2004.

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November 13, 2004

How RSS Can Serve Libraries

Zeki Celikbas provides an explanation and background of technology used in RSS feeds and offers suggestions for potential benefits libraries can gain by using this technology.

"Suggestions include general communications and marketing; library user education (via book lists); current awareness services (via table of contents analysis for journals); and augmenting of reference services."

Zeki Celikbas. What is RSS and How Can it Serve Libraries?. (.pdf). E-prints in Library and Information Science. Nov. 9, 2004.

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November 11, 2004

Six Apart, Kanoodle Partner for Sponsored Blogs

"Six Apart, provider of blogging software and hosting services, will work with online ad network Kanoodle to let bloggers add sponsored links to their content, the companies said on Tuesday.

"New York City-based Kanoodle serves cost-per-click ads into search results and content pages, using three targeting methods: keywords, context and behavior.

"Beginning late this year or early next year, subscribers to Six Apart's hosted TypePad blogging service can opt to include advertising with their content."

Susan Kuchinskas. Kanoodle 'Ads' Bloggers. InternetNews.com. Nov. 9, 2004.

See also:
Kevin Newcomb. TypePad Bloggers to Get Contextual Ads. ClickZNews. Nov. 9, 2004.

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November 10, 2004

Blogs Feed Search Engines' Appetites

"One of the most exciting aspects of blogging systems is that they have made it possible for many people to easily publish content to the Web without knowing HTML or web design.

"'With blogs and RSS feeds, content is updated in real time,' said Jeremy Zawodny of Yahoo! It is changing the way that people get their information from search engines; it is aggregating information. Since feeds are machine readable, there is no guessing game with constructing pages. The machine-readable nature makes this very precise and easy to work with.'

"Simple Syndication of blogs has shifted the choice of visible content over to site visitors. By using RSS feeds, blogs give visitors the ability to use blog aggregators such as Topix.net, Bloglines, Yahoo's blog aggregator or a desktop tool such as FeedDemon to view regular updates of their favorite blogs.

Mike Rende. Web Feeds, Blogs & Search Engines. Search Engine Watch. Oct. 28, 2004.

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November 06, 2004

POPstick Introduces 'Social Network Marketing'

"A new take on the social networking phenomenon hopes to create online communities around specific brands. Outburst, a new marketing unit from digital media and tech firm POPstick, aims to leverage consumers' natural affinity for brands and allow marketers to communicate with those fans.

"POPstick describes its new service as 'social network marketing.' It offers an online dashboard through which brand loyalists can meet and share their enthusiasm for a given product or service. As with social networking services like Friendster, Orkut and LinkedIn, Outburst lets users create personalized profiles through which they interact with others.

"Outburst's components include a blog, discussion threads, small uploaded videos and interactive maps users can use to find brand-related events in their area."

Zachary Rodgers. POPstick Tries 'Social Network Marketing'. ClickZ News. Nov. 3, 2004.

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November 05, 2004

Former Yahoo Top Exec Becomes Blinkx CEO

"Blinkx desktop and integrated search tool, today announced the appointment of former Yahoo Europe Chief, Mark Opzoomer, as Chief Executive Officer.

"Blinkx's innovative search technology redefines traditional search technology by understanding and linking to relevant information anywhere and in any format.

"Blinkx automatically links information from computer files and can suggest content from news sites, the internet, video, and blogs."

No author. Blinkx Appoints New CEO. Search Engine Journal. Nov. 1, 2004.

See also:
CNET News.com Staff. Former Yahoo Top Exec to Head Start-Up Blinkx. News.com. Nov. 1, 2004.

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November 03, 2004

Blogger's Impact on Politics

"From the early days of Howard Dean's online fund-raising success in his Democratic presidential run to the rise of influential political Webloggers, 2004 ranks as a standout year for the Internet's impact on politics -- so far at least.

"Perhaps the best symbol of the Internet's impact came through bloggers on the political process. This was the first year they earned media credentials to cover the Democratic and Republican conventions. The development helped raise the profile of already-popular bloggers, such as the DailyKos on the left and InstaPundit on the right.

"Sharing space in Tuesday's New York Times editorial pages is the Op-Ed headline The Revolution Will Be Posted. 'The commentary of bloggers - individuals or groups posting daily, hourly or second-by-second observations of and opinions on the campaign on their own Web sites - helped shape the 2004 race,' said the intro to the piece, which asked bloggers from all political stripes to comment on what they thought was the most important event."

Sean Michael Kerner. Year of The Political Blogger. InternetNews.com. Nov. 2, 2004.

See also:
Cynthia L. Webb. Bloggers Let Poll Cat Out of the Bag. WashingtonPost.com. Nov. 3, 2004.

Associated Press. Blogs Blamed for Exit Poll Fiasco. Wired News. Nov. 3, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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Legal Liabilities Lurk Among Corporate Blogs

"More and more people are jumping on the corporate weblogging bandwagon. At Microsoft Corp., for example, there are currently more than 1,000 blogs. Like many companies, especially the IT vendor companies where weblogs tend to proliferate, Microsoft encourages the informal sites as a way for its employees to stay close to customers.

"But as weblogs have multiplied, a number of legal issues have arisen, and regardless of whether your company sponsors its bloggers, it may be opening itself up to hidden liabilities.

"Here are some of the dangers of corporate blogging and precautions companies should consider."

Linda Rosencrance. Watch Your Weblog. Computerworld. Nov. 1, 2004.

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November 02, 2004

SNTReport.com's Midday Election Coverage Special

Editor's Note: SNTReport.com has compiled the following online stories and resources so that our readers may follow the presidential election. This section will be updated throughout the afternoon and evening. We will return to our regular publication schedule on Wednesday, November 3.

SNTReport.com's Special Edition: Midday Presidential Election Coverage

Frank Barnako. Webloggers May Leak Exit Polls. CBS MarketWatch. Nov. 2, 2004.

Adam Penenberg. Calling the Election: A Primer. Wired News. Nov. 2, 2004.

Daniel Terdiman. Download Movies Before You Vote. Wired News. Nov. 2, 2004.

Jonathan Dube. Election Quick Links. Poynter Online. Nov. 2, 2004.

Yahoo News. Election Blog Roundup.

CNet's News.com. Election 2004.

Christian Science Monitor. Decision 2004. Nov. 2, 2004.

The New York Times. Election 2004.

Technorati. Election Watch 2004.

News.com & TechNet. Digital Agenda.

U.S. Electorial College.

Federal Election Commission.

Bush-Cheney 2004.

Official Bush Campaign Blog.

GOP.com. Gillespie's Blog.

Kerry-Edwards 2004.

Democratic National Committee. Kicking Ass: Daily Dispatches from the DNC.

The Official Kerry-Edwards Blog.

The White House.

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Facts Have Become Like Statistics

"Increasingly, facts -- these smallest indivisible chunks of information -- are being subjected to microscopic scrutiny and high-energy attacks in the realm of public discourse, which has made things look a little less solid and more malleable than they might once have seemed.

"Facts, for better or worse, have been stripped of the meaning that authority figures, like politicians and news anchors, once imposed on them, said Clay Shirky, an adjunct professor in the interactive telecommunications program at New York University.

"That might not be an altogether bad thing. Authority figures have often abused the facts, and they are now held more accountable for what they say. But the flip side of all this truth-squadding in what Mr. Shirky calls 'postauthority culture' is that facts themselves becomes more open to interpretation. 'It's much more difficult to get people to agree on what a fact is, or whether it's important,' he said."

John Schwartz. When No Fact Goes Unchecked. The New York Times. Nov. 2, 2004.

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Blog Search Engine, IceRocket Feature MoBlog Search

"Blog Search Engine and IceRocket Search have partnered to bring cell phone pic blogs, or MoBlogs, into the search engine world with a new search feature which produces image results of the latest MoBlogs images available.

"Blog Search Engine has over 10,000 blogs indexed in its blog directory and this new feature gives them a jump on other cutting edge search engines in the blogging world.

"The partnership between the two companies utilizes IceRocket search technology to serve search results from TextAmerica blog entries - a MoBlog only blog hosting service."

No author. Blog Search Engine Adds MoBlog Search. Search Engine Journal. Oct. 29, 2004.

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Blogs Impact on Political Landscape

"Here's a thought: A blogger might be the first to announce the winner of Tuesday's election.

"Pure speculation on my part, of course, but is it so crazy a guess? News organizations now abide by an agreement not to project a winner until after the polls close on the West Coast. The folks who conduct exit polling usually have a pretty good idea which candidate is going to come out on top.

"That information is closely held. Four years ago, blogging had yet to burst upon the mainstream. Even if an insider wanted to spill the goods, the blogosphere did not figure on the Official Leaker's short list.

"Things are a lot different this election cycle. "

Charles Cooper. Political Jihads and the Blogosphere. News.com. Oct. 29, 2004.

See also:
John Borland. Blogs Play Critical Role in Campaigns. News.com. Nov. 1, 2004.

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October 29, 2004

Are We Ready for Podcasting?

"Every so often someone comes up with a new idea that depends upon another not fully developed new idea. So the two ideas get put together and also get a cool name. This is followed by a manic period where the new idea is extolled as the next big thing.

"In this fashion, we have been introduced to podcasting—the next big thing. Too bad it's a kludge that doesn't work as advertised unless you have a Macintosh and an iPod.

"The podcasting concept, in its most boiled-down form, is as follows. You attach a simple audio stream to an RSS feed (typically from a blog) and distribute audio feeds as they are created. With the original concept, an audio feed is designed to be grabbed in such a way that it will queue itself in iPod audio format and download itself to the iPod.

"But since the world consists of 95 percent PC users, how does all this really work?"

John C. Dvorak. Podcasting: Not Ready for Prime Time. PC Magazine. Oct. 25, 2004.

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October 28, 2004

Every Blog Will Have Its Day

"Web logs have had an astonishing season this year, enough to freckle the faces of bloggers who do not, as a rule, get much time outdoors.

"Although political blogs have received the most attention, advertising agencies and communications professionals are using blogs to create discussion about ideas within their industries."

Nat Ives. Madison Avenue Ponders the Potential of Web Logs. The New York Times. Oct. 27, 2004.

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October 26, 2004

Wall Street Journal Offers Free Content

"The Wall Street Journal Online, a bastion of subscription-only news on the Web, has begun giving away some content.

"In recent months, the business news outfit has been sending nightly e-mail to bloggers, or online diarists, to offer up several daily stories free so that they can point to or link to them from their Web pages. And on Nov. 8, the company plans to remove its paid wall altogether for five days, for the first time in 7 years, according to the company.

"The move is notable because WSJ.com has long been held up as one of the few examples of success in collecting subscriber fees from Web surfers, who have a bevy of free choices in news."

Stefanie Olsen. Extra! Wall Street Journal Gives Away Web Content. News.com. Oct. 22, 2004.

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October 22, 2004

Stewart's Blast Explodes Across the Web

"When comedian Jon Stewart blasted the hosts of CNN's 'Crossfire' on the cable TV program, he ignited a frenzy of online activity.

On Friday night, the star of Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' angered his 'Crossfire' hosts Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala, saying they promote partisan political debate. The online transcript and video clips of the program immediately became an overnight sensation among Web surfers, bloggers and pundits alike.

As of midday Tuesday, online video hosting site IFilm said, more than 670,000 people had downloaded the CNN clip from its site. The clip runs for about 13 minutes.

Matt Hines. Jon Stewart 'Crossfire' Feud Ignites Net Frenzy. News.com. Oct. 19, 2004.

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October 20, 2004

Coming to a Blog Near You: Advertisements

"No online medium is safe from advertising anymore.

"In recent weeks, more companies have started bringing advertising to RSS feeds, the popular platforms for aggregating content from multiple sites in a single place. In the past, RSS feeds have typically been free of ads.

"By most accounts, companies, analysts and bloggers have reported little complaint from readers, noting that they can 'vote with their feed' simply by unsubscribing."

Cyrus Farivar. RSS Feeds Hunger for More Ads. Wired News. Oct. 15, 2004.

See also:
Matt Hicks. Yahoo Readies Ads for RSS. eWeek. Oct. 7, 2004.

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October 19, 2004

Blogs Do Not Fix Businesses

"It seems that the technology trap - believing new stuff can fix old problems - afflicts corporate, nonprofits and individuals alike. You need to deal with cultural change as well as technology change at the same time. If you try and bring technology in without commitment from the top, regard to working practices and so on, you'll get resistance... or lots of systems that don't work. And if you try and innovate without using appropriate tools you could be frustrated in your purpose."

Designing for Civil Society. Technology Traps Corporates and Nonprofits Alike. Sept. 21, 2004.

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October 18, 2004

Social Software History & Timeline

"The term 'social software', which is now used to define software that supports group interaction, has only become relatively popular within the last two or more years. However, the core ideas of social software itself enjoy a much longer history, running back to Vannevar Bush's ideas about 'memex' in 1945, and traveling through terms such as Augmentation, Groupware, and CSCW in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s.

"By examining the many terms used to describe today's 'social software' we can also explore the origins of social software itself, and see how there exists a very real life cycle concerning the use of technical terminology."

Life with Alacrity. Tracing the Evolution of Social Software. Oct. 13, 2004.

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Possible Profit in the Blog Business Model

"Among media types, blog publisher Gawker Media, creator of such websites as Gawker, Wonkette, and Gizmodo, has long enjoyed the sort of buzz that money can't buy. But now publisher Nick Denton is getting serious about converting that buzz to cash.

"In early October Gawker launched Jalopnik.com, a site about cars; Kotaku.com, a website for computer games; and Screenhead.com, a site that will collect the best of Internet humor.

"At least one big-league advertiser has already signed on: Audi will be the exclusive sponsor of Jalopnik.com at the launch, and the brand will be fully integrated into the site's graphics.

"If Denton's new sites catch on with advertisers, the blog business model may prove to be more than just hot air."

Oliver Ryan. Gawker Grows Up. Fortune. Oct. 18, 2004.

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October 15, 2004

Presidential Blogs Reflect American's Frustration

"The U.S. presidential campaign between President Bush and John Kerry has prompted a frenzy of gossip and conspiracy theories among Internet bloggers.

"As Bush and the Massachusetts senator slug it out in a neck-and-neck race ahead of the Nov. 2 election, partisan bloggers have flooded the Internet with alternative views about both candidates, which they hope will help sway voters.

"Media watchers say much of the gossip on the Internet is as loony as supermarket tabloid stories claiming Elvis Presley lives, but that it still has a role to play in the campaign."

Reuters. Presidential Race Sets Blogs Ablaze. News.com. Oct. 11, 2004.

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October 12, 2004

Podcasting Brings Convenience to Internet Audio

"For anyone who loves listening to the wide variety of internet audio programming, but can't always listen to their favorite shows when they're scheduled or take the time to download them manually, help has arrived.

"Known as podcasting, the technology is a new take on syndicated content feeds like RSS and Atom. But instead of pushing text from blogs and news sites to various content aggregators like FeedDemon and Bloglines, podcasting sends audio content directly to an iPod or other MP3 player.

"'It's aggregating audio content, but it's taking one extra step, in that it's putting it on your device,' said Adam Curry, who built the first podcasting aggregator, known as iPodder. 'Not only do these devices play it, but you don't have to put it there yourself. It just happens automatically.'"

Daniel Terdiman. Podcasts: New Twist on Net Audio. Wired News. Oct. 8, 2004.

See also:
Phillip Torrone. How-To: Podcasting (aka How to Get Podcasts and Also Make Your Own). Engadget. Oct. 5, 2004.

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October 11, 2004

IceRocket Offers New Tools-Including Blog Search

"Recently IceRocket added two new tools that even help to position it more as an alternative search engine with its loyal users.

"IceRocket’s Blog Search marks IceRocket as one of the first top to mid tier search engines that has opened its doors to blog searching. It indexes works from a database of RSS feeds from blogs only.

"Also available is an interesting live time search reporter called IceSpy. IceSpy is a cool way to see what people are searching for on IceRocket and the different niches of search queries which are performed on an ongoing basis.

"IceRocket has also released a new toolbar offering their search box (of course) along with a news ticker, Alexa rankings, related links, site info, and a dictionary. While most toolbars are available only for Microsoft IE browsers, IceRocket offers a version for Mozilla FireFox at IceRocket FireFox."

No author. IceRocket Adds Blog Search to New Features. SearchEngineJournal. Oct. 7, 2004.

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October 08, 2004

Google's Blooger Announces Departure

"Google confirmed that the founder of its blog unit is leaving the company.

"Evan Williams, who launched Pyra Labs in 1999 to facilitate other people's Web logs, announced his imminent departure from Google--appropriately enough--in a blog posting.

"In his post, he anticipated speculation about an acquisition gone awry and denied any ill will against the company."

Paul Festa. Blogger founder leaves Google. News.com. Oct. 5, 2004.

See also:
Matt Hicks. Blogger Boss to Leave Google. eWeek. Oct. 5, 2004.

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October 07, 2004

Lashing Out at Bloggers

"Network news anchors are taking off their gloves as they go toe to toe with Internet bloggers.

"At a panel discussion sponsored by The New Yorker magazine on Saturday in New York, NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw and ABC anchor Peter Jennings lashed out at Internet bloggers in defense of CBS anchor Dan Rather, according to reports from the Associated Press and Reuters.

"Brokaw compared the bloggers' attacks on Rather's '60 Minutes II' report about President Bush's National Guard service to a 'political jihad.'"

Marguerite Reardon. Network TV Bigwigs Rail Against Bloggers. News.com. Oct. 4, 2004.

See also:
Paul J. Gough. Rivals Rally to Rather's Side. Reuters. Oct. 3, 2004.
Deepti Hajela. Brokaw, Jennings Show Support for Rather. Observer-Reporter. Oct. 3, 2004.
Staci D. Kramer. CBS Scandal Highlights Tension Between Bloggers and News Media. Online Journalism Review. Oct. 4, 2004.

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October 05, 2004

Blogging Connects Businesses and Customers

"Blog enthusiasts are excellent evangelist candidates. They're early adopters. Often, they're serial buzz spreaders, and they can funnel waves of others just like them toward your blog and your organization, especially if it's a small business.

"B2C or B2B? Doesn't matter. Companies that sell primarily to other companies may find that a blog more easily bridges the feedback loop between end customers and channels. That bridge is often missing or difficult to create using existing tools—like focus groups, or the telephone.

"Blog enthusiasts are excellent evangelist candidates. They're early adopters. Often, they're serial buzz spreaders, and they can funnel waves of others just like them toward your blog and your organization, especially if it's a small business.

"B2C or B2B? Doesn't matter. Companies that sell primarily to other companies may find that a blog more easily bridges the feedback loop between end customers and channels. That bridge is often missing or difficult to create using existing tools—like focus groups, or the telephone.

"For any organization, a blog is part of a long-term customer evangelism strategy."

Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba. Seven Reasons Why Businesses Should Blog Now. MarketingProfs.com. Sept. 28, 2004.

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October 04, 2004

Blogs Benefit Potential Employers and Employees

"Gary Feldman was vice president of strategic planning at a Manhattan marketing and advertising agency, when he received an e-mail message last spring from HotJobs.com listing opportunities that might be of interest to him. Although he rarely gave such notices a second glance, he said, a position as director in the New York office of the marketing research and consulting firm Cheskin caught his eye. He followed a link to the company's Web log, or blog, and read the job description.

"It wasn't typical, it was cool,' Mr. Feldman said. 'It sounded like the person who wrote it really knew what the job was and understood the business. It was written by someone you would want to talk to.'

"The blog entries of others at Cheskin intrigued him. 'I got the sense this was a company where the employees really enjoyed their work,' said Mr. Feldman, who was hired in June. 'If I had not read the blog I doubt I would have applied.'"

Eilene Zimmerman. Before Applying, Check Out the Blogs. The New York Times. Oct. 3, 2004.

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NewsGator Partners With Movable Type Parent

"News feed aggregator NewsGator Technologies has struck new partnerships to expand its enterprise sales and tie its online service with other desktop newsreaders.

"NewsGator on Wednesday announced a co-marketing agreement with Six Apart Ltd., one of the leading makers of Weblog software, and integration of subscription information from its Web-based aggregation service with FeedDemon, a leading Windows desktop reader.

"The deal with San Mateo, Calif.-based Six Apart reflects both companies' increasing focus on selling to enterprise customers, who often want a tool for consuming feeds as well as one to create blogs."

Matt Hicks. NewsGator Gains Partners to Extend RSS Reach. eWeek. Sept. 29, 2004.

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October 01, 2004

Bloggers Assist Election News Agenda

"Bloggers are helping set the election news agenda, the Internet has helped candidates raise record amounts of cash, and newspaper Web sites are helping the Old Media interact with readers like never before.

"A week after the election, the Online News Association will help you make sense of it all. This year, the ONA presents a stellar slate of high-profile speakers at its annual conference in Hollywood, Calif. on Nov. 12-13, 2004.

"In additional to the political discussions, the two-day conference will cover a wide range of topics offering practical ideas and solutions to the problems digital journalists face."

No author. Bloggers Help Set Election News Agenda. Webpronews.com. Sept. 28, 2004.

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September 29, 2004

Blogging Used as a Management Tool

"Jonathan Schwartz, president and COO of Sun Microsystems, has recently criticized statements by Intel executives, mused that IBM might buy Novell, and complained about a CNET.com article—all by writing a blog on a Sun website.

"Yep, blogs—which are a way to post text to a website—have found their way into business. Schwartz is the highest-ranking executive yet to embrace the new medium, which is burgeoning globally. About 35,000 people read his blog in a typical month, including customers, employees, and competitors.

"Schwartz encourages all Sun's 32,000 employees to blog, though only about 100 are doing it so far. But they include at least three senior managers other than Schwartz as well as development engineers and marketers."

David Kirkpatrick. It's Hard to Manage if You Don't Blog. Fortune. Oct. 4, 2004.

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September 27, 2004

Movable Type Upgrades Platform

"New authoring features in Movable Type 3.1 give users more control over the performance as well as the look and display of their blogs. The result is a polished and powerful personal publishing system that begins to blur the line between mere blogging software and a Web content management system.

"However, it took longer to install Movable Type 3.1 than it has taken to install competing products, including Microsoft Corp.'s SharePoint Services and Traction Software Inc.'s TeamPage 3.5. This is because the Movable Type software lacks a graphical installer and has poor documentation."

Anne Chen. Movable Type 3.1 Burnishes Blogs. eWeek. Sept. 20, 2004.

See also:
Henry Baltazar. TeamPage System Blogs On. eWeek. Sept. 20, 2004.

Jim Louderback.
Nokia and Six Apart Team on Mobile Blogging
. eWeek. Sept. 9, 2004.

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The Blogger World

"A year ago, no one other than campaign staffs and chronic insomniacs read political blogs.

"In the late 90's, about the only places online to write about politics were message boards like Salon's Table Talk or Free Republic, a conservative chat room. Crude looking Web logs, or blogs, cropped up online, and Silicon Valley techies put them to use, discussing arcane software problems with colleagues, tossing in the occasional diaristic riff on the birth of a daughter or a trip to Maui.

"Then in 1999, Mickey Kaus, a veteran magazine journalist and author of a weighty book on welfare reform, began a political blog on Slate. On kausfiles, as he called it, he wrote differently."

Matthew Klam. Fear and Laptops on the Campaign Trail. The New York Times. Sept. 26, 2004.

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September 25, 2004

Bloggers Create Transparent System

"Well, last week, the insurrectionary pajama people—dubbed 'pajamahadeen' by some Web nuts—successfully scaled one more citadel of the mainstream media, CBS News. One of the biggest, baddest media stars, Dan Rather, is now clinging, white-knuckled, to his job. Not bad for a bunch of slackers in their nightclothes.

"You have to ask: Is this a media revolution? In some respects, sure. The Web has done one revolutionary thing to journalism: it has made the price of entry into the media market minimal.

"Does this mean the old media is dead? Not at all. Blogs depend on the journalistic resources of big media to do the bulk of reporting and analysis. What blogs do is provide the best scrutiny of big media imaginable—ratcheting up the standards of the professionals, adding new voices, new perspectives and new facts every minute."

Andrew Sullivan. A Blogger's Creed. Time.com. Sept. 27, 2004.

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September 23, 2004

Tech Blog Sold for $15,000

Who says blogging doesn't pay?

"I’ve had people approach me straight out asking for a hand out, wanting me to invest in their business, wanting me to give them money for free books, so they can take their wife to dinner… I’ve literally had more than 50 requests for money in the last week.

"You’d think I’d sold it for a million dollars.

"But I haven’t, thankfully (I think). I’ve sold it for a reasonable amount, and the full deal includes monthly compensation for me, which brings the total into that 15,000$ US range."

Ensight. Now I'm A Millionaire. Sept. 22, 2004.

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XML Feeds Straining Web Servers

"Popularity comes with price, as Web publishers of XML syndication feeds are learning the hard way.

"According to feed publishers, as the use of Really Simple Syndication news feeds grows so too does the bandwidth they consume and the demands they put on Web servers.

"Some Weblogs and technology Web sites are rethinking the way they publish their RSS feeds as they find that frequent requests from newsreaders, the applications that aggregate feeds, can strain their resources."

Matt Hicks. RSS Comes With Bandwidth Price Tag. eWeek. Sept. 20, 2004.

See also:
Kim Peterson. Software Programs Called RSS Readers Creating A Blog Jam. Seattle Times. Sept. 20, 2004.

Editor's note: See also SNTReport.com's prior story on bandwidth consumption.

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September 21, 2004

RSS Speeds Up Distribution of Critical Information

"For Compassion International Inc., the efficient dissemination of information on topics such as disease and hunger can make a huge difference in a child's life. RSS reduced the time it took the relief organization to distribute information—in some cases, from weeks to minutes.

"Compassion International used to rely on faxing and e-mail to relay information. The organization now uses RSS (Resource Description Framework Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication)—to provide employees in remote locations with information.

Anne Chen. RSS Aids Relief Organization. eWeek. Sept. 20, 2004.

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September 20, 2004

Feedster to Power RSS and Blog Results for Eurekster

"Feedster, Inc., the first company to utilize RSS feeds and weblog content to enhance broad web search, today announced that it will power RSS and blog search results forEurekster, the first and only Internet search engine powered by social networking technology.

"By integrating Feedster’s news search technology and RSS feeds, Eurekster now provides its users and subscribers with an expanded search solution containing new sources of information and data beyond traditional Web search."

eMediaWire. Feedster Powers RSS and Blog Search Results for Eurekster. Sept. 16, 2004.

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September 18, 2004

Microsoft Attempts to Conserve Bandwidth on Blogs

"As Web logs gain in popularity, critics warn that they are increasingly becoming the Internet's new bandwidth hog.

"The issue has been in the spotlight for much of this month, following a decision by Microsoft to abbreviate developer blogs both on its Web site and in syndication, citing a bandwidth crunch. The software giant stopped delivering the full text of postings on the Microsoft Developer Network to blog subscribers, requiring them instead to follow a link to read the postings in their entirety.

"Facing a clamor of criticism from its own developers, Microsoft on Tuesday backtracked on that decision."

Paul Festa. Microsoft Flip-Flop May Signal Blog Clog. News.com. Sept. 16, 2004.

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September 14, 2004

OJR Interviews Dan Gillmor

"Dan Gillmor wrote his first major article about the Internet in 1991. As he recalls, the story sank without a trace. That's not the case with his work today. Gillmor's blog posts and columns for the San Jose Mercury News ripple across the Internet. When one of the most respected technology journalists writes, speaks or links, people pay attention.

"That's certainly the case with Gillmor's new book, 'We the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People.' Published by O'Reilly in July under a Creative Commons license that encourages non-commercial re-use, the book is available free on the Internet.

"OJR caught up with Gillmor at the Progress & Freedom Foundation's Aspen Summit in late August, where he served on a panel titled 'The Future: How Politicians, Policy Wonks, and Ordinary People Use the Web' opposite James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal's OpinionJournal.com."

Staci D. Kramer Connecting With Dan Gillmor: What's Next For the Web. Online Journalism Review. Sept. 11, 2004.

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Mobile Blogging Moves Ahead

‘Moblogging’ takes a step forward as the companies announce the integration between Six Apart's TypePad and Nokia's Lifeblog software at DemoMobile.

"Cell phone giant Nokia on Thursday teamed up with blogging powerhouse Six Apart at the DemoMobile show here to unveil an integrated phone and blog product that lets mobile phone users easily and quickly blog photos while on the go, or from a PC.

"Both the phone and PC version of Nokia's Lifeblog software now work directly with Six Apart's TypePad to enable easy mobile blogging, or moblogging."

Jim Louderback. Nokia and Six Apart Team on Mobile Blogging. eWeek. Sept. 9, 2004.

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Blogs Keep Bush Buzz Alive

"Forget the political conventions.

"When history books are written, bloggers' real contribution to the 2004 election may well turn out to be in providing leagues of amateur sleuths to fact-check political controversy.

"The Internet has been abuzz with bloggers' claims that the memos about President Bush's time in the National Air Guard publicized by CBS were actually a hoax. Keepers of online journals around the country have been analyzing the memos in excruciating detail, comparing the notes' typography to the technical specifications of early 1970s typewriters.

"The incident could help legitimize the role that blogs and other nonprofessional online writers are already playing in the everyday business of news reporting."

John Borland. Bloggers Drive Hoax Probe Into Bush Memos. News.com. Sept. 10, 2004.

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September 09, 2004

A New Trend: Educational Blogging

Stephen Downes, Senior Researcher with the E-Learning Research Group, reflects on an educational trend that is sweeping the world of online learning, one that brings a new set of skills and attitudes by using weblogs to support learning.

Stephen Downes. Educational Blogging. Educause Review. Sept./Oct. 2004.

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A New Trend: Educational Blogging

Stephen Downes, Senior Researcher with the E-Learning Research Group, reflects on an educational trend that is sweeping the world of online learning, one that brings a new set of skills and attitudes by using weblogs to support learning.

Stephen Downes. Educational Blogging. Educause Review. Sept./Oct. 2004.

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Investment in Social Software

"Something about late summer, or the smell of fall, makes Silicon Valley venture capitalists turn into lemmings and rush in collective frenzy toward the latest new Internet sector.

"Last year, the VC big-swingers Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Benchmark and Mayfield converged upon social networking start-ups.

"They threw millions to the likes of faddish Friendster, LinkedIn and Tribe Networks, all of which hooked up users with their friends or professional contacts, and to their friends' friends and contacts, and so on.

"Those companies are still figuring out how to make serious money."

Matt Marshall. Social Software Gets the Money This Fall. The Mercury News. Sept. 7, 2004.

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September 04, 2004

Weblogs and Traditional Journalism

"Interested in the slow death of traditional media giants at the hands of a new technology? The era of the 'Democratization of Information,' with savvy citizens gaining access to the audiences once reserved for corporate media?

"The importance of solid, reliable sources in an over-communicated world with too many newbie “journalists,” many of whom are no more than shouters and snipers? And how about the dangers of the Balkanization of a cohesive news media landscape when it comes to vital common knowledge?

"Then turn your attention to 1992."

Frank Catalano. Weblogs Will Not Cause the 'Death' of Traditional Journalism. TacomaDailyIndex. Aug. 27, 2004.

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September 03, 2004

Bloggers Provide Inside Scoop of RNC

"The idea of penning a blog to cover the Republican National Convention isn't so unique after all.

"While the party doled out credentials for about 15 bloggers to officially cover the convention this week in New York, it seems every Tom, Dick and Jane is writing a blog from the convention floor, the streets of New York or home computers in basements across America.

"There are so many blogs related to the convention (or online pundits making pot-shot posts on their everyday blogs), there are search engines and Web sites to help track them all. A special site called Convention Blogger aggregates links for bloggers covering the convention."

Cynthia L. Webb. Bloggers Blanket Republican Convention. WashingtonPost.com. Sept. 1, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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Friendster Fires Employee Over Blog

"Friendster, known for breaking new ground in online social networking and promoting self-expression among peers, fired one of its employees Monday for her personal Web log. Joyce Park, a Web developer, said her managers told her Monday that she stepped over the line with her blog, Troutgirl. They declined to elaborate, except to say that it was CEO Scott Sassa's ultimate decision, Park said.

"Park's termination is the latest warning shot for employees who are participating in the blogging phenomenon. Comments made in public forums can boomerang if they come to the attention of the boss, even at supposedly hip, Web-savvy companies such as Friendster.

"The firing could dampen widespread enthusiasm for blogs, which by their own right have fostered the development of elaborate social networks on the Web. It also, once again, raises questions about how the new publishing medium changes roles of corporate communication, news media and the community online."

Stefanie Olsen. Friendster Fires Developer for Blog. ZDNet.com. Aug. 31, 2004.

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September 02, 2004

Wireless Technology Aids Republican National Convention

"New communication technologies are getting an airing by federal agents and protesters alike at the Republican National Convention in New York City.

"While surveillance cameras are standard in security, the Federal Protective Service has taken the concept one step further for this week's convention. It has mounted tiny video cameras onto agents' helmets to give commanders a real-time view of what is happening around federal buildings throughout New York City.

"Footage is transmitted over a wireless network back to a mobile command center. Each camera enables the commanders there to observe a situation just as the officer on the street sees it."

Marguerite Reardon. Wireless Tech Gets Workout at RNC. News.com. Aug. 30, 2004.

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August 30, 2004

Technology Aiding Protesters at GOP

"Technology has changed how protests are organized.

"Activists are using the Internet to arrange housing for out-of-towners, organize a mass-flash of underwear emblazoned with anti-Bush messages and tell protesters what to say if they're arrested ('I am going to remain silent. I would like to speak with a lawyer.').

"Cell phones work well for on-the-fly mobilizations, and text messages add to their power. Some protesters are signing up for 10 p.m. daily text updates telling them where the next day's events will be.

"Mobile bloggers, or mobloggers, are expected to show up in droves and quickly post on the Web photos, text and even video chronicling events as they happen."

Ellen Simon. Technology Playing Role in GOP Convention Protests. eWeek. Aug. 27, 2004.

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August 28, 2004

RSS Entering the World of Big Business

"Really Simple Syndication is starting to attract some real money.

"This is especially true after Technorati -- one of the leading blog and Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, tracking services -- acknowledged Monday it recently closed a multimillion-dollar round of venture capital funding.

"While Technorati's haul is in and of itself impressive, it's the expected ripple effect on other RSS technology developers that has some in the industry excited."

Daniel Terdiman. RSS Attracts Really Serious Money. Wired News. Aug. 26, 2004.

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August 27, 2004

Will the Power of Blogs Remain Editorial?

"A new service would break down the walls between blogs' editorial and advertising content by matching up marketers and bloggers in a manner reminiscent of magazine advertorials.

The service, called Blogversations, is ostensibly designed as a way for bloggers to get paid to do what they've always done: carry on open-ended discussions with their readers about whatever they want to talk about. The difference is that Blogversations wants to find marketers willing to pay to sponsor the discussions.

"The sponsored discussions can 'help marketers engage tuned-out consumers,' said Umair Haque, one of the developers of Blogversations. 'They let bloggers retain control of what they have to say. They give readers interesting, thought-provoking discussion to take part in.'

"In return for hooking up bloggers and advertisers, Blogversations gets a cut of the payment."

Daniel Terdiman. Service Mixes Ads in Blog Chatter. Wired News. Aug. 25, 2004.

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August 26, 2004

Social Software Startup Reaches Major Milestone

"Preparing for more competition in the enterprise social software field, startup Socialtext Inc. has raised more than $500,000. Socialtext announced the Series A funding on Monday on its own blog.

"CEO Ross Mayfield said the investment will largely fuel product development for the company, which sells software for building wikis and Weblogs for enterprise collaboration.

"Venture capitalists have increasingly turned their attention to the social software and social networking arena with investments in everything from blogging and XML syndication services to online dating services and enterprise social networking."

Matt Hicks. Social Software Startup Garners Funding. eWeek. Aug. 24, 2004.

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August 24, 2004

Online Social Networks Lead to Professional Allies

"While their use is still largely limited to less-than-mission-critical purposes, online social networking services are becoming more popular each day.

"But there is growing evidence to support claims that some social networking services (SNS for short) can be a powerful professional ally to businesses — in particular, independent entrepreneurs and smaller companies, for whom each new personal connection is a significant business building block.

"LinkedIn and ZeroDegrees are two of the more popular services that facilitate business-oriented connections, and some argue these and similar sites are now doing a better job at connectivity than ever before."

Xeni Jardin. Online Social Networks Go To Work. MSNBC News. No date.

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August 23, 2004

Social Networking Web Site Spreading Quickly

"ConnectU.com is a free online community that connects people through networks of friends and common interests at over one-hundred different colleges and universities.

"ConnectU can be used for friendship, class work, dating, and developing professional relationships.

"While other networking sites are limited to each member's own college or university, ConnectU connects all students and alumni nationwide, resulting in better dating and networking opportunities."

eMediaWire. Thousands Flock to New Social Networking Web Site ConnectU.com. Aug. 22, 2004.

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Olympians Barred From Blogs

"The International Olympic Committee is barring competitors, as well as coaches, support personnel and other officials, from writing firsthand accounts for news and other Web sites.

"Participants in the games may respond to written questions from reporters or participate in online chat sessions — akin to a face-to-face or telephone interview — but they may not post journals or online diaries, blogs in Internet parlance, until the Games end Aug. 29."

Anick Jesdanun. Olympic Athletes Largely barred From Posting Online Diaries. USA Today. Aug. 20, 2004.

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August 21, 2004

Classroom Weblogs Becoming More Popular

"Classroom Web logs, or blogs, many of which got their start in the last school year, are becoming increasingly popular with teachers as a forum for expression for students as young as the second-grade level and in almost any subject.

"In the blogs, students write about how they attacked a tough math problem, post observations about their science experiments or display their latest art projects.

"For teachers, blogs are attractive because they require little effort to maintain, unlike more elaborate classroom Web sites, which were once heralded as a boon for teaching. Helped by templates found at sites like tblog.com and movabletype.org, teachers can build a blog or start a new topic in an existing blog by simply typing text into a box and clicking a button."

Jeffrey Selingo. In the Classroom, Web Logs Are the New Bulletin Boards. The New York Times. Aug. 19, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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Blogging Replaces Postcards

"Who needs postcards? Use high-tech ways to stay in touch while you're traveling.

"You create a Web site and simply update it when you get a chance, uploading a few new photos and writing a couple of paragraphs to let everyone know where you are and how you're doing.

"It's simple, and it's often fast (depending on your connection on the road), and as a result your loved ones become a part of your trip."

Joel Strauch. Blogging Across America. PCWorld. Aug. 20, 2004.

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August 18, 2004

Warner's Clumsy Attempt With Blogs

"Warner Brothers Records pulled out all the stops recently to promote a rock band, the Secret Machines, on the Internet. But there is one stop that might have been better left unpulled.

"Earlier this month, Warner became the first major record label to ask MP3 blogs to play its music. The blogs - which are relatively new but increasingly popular - are personal Web sites that offer music criticism right next to the actual music, in the form of downloadable MP3 files.

"But as is sometimes the case when marketers try to insinuate themselves into online communities, the company's approach did not go as planned."

David F. Gallagher. Warner's Tryst With Bloggers Hits Sour Note. The New York Times. Aug. 16, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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August 17, 2004

Notorious Blog

"The instant message blinked on the computer at Jessica Cutler's desk in the Russell Senate Office Building. 'Oh my God, you're famous.'

"Before she could form the thought -- 'famous, cool -- or puzzle how she, a lowly mail clerk, had escaped obscurity, a second instant message popped up on her screen. Startled, Jessica recalls, she began to curse.

'Your blog is on Wonkette,' the message said.

"Jessica's blog (short for 'Web log') was the online diary she had been posting anonymously to amuse herself and her closest girlfriends. In it, she detailed the peccadilloes of the men she said were her six current sexual partners, including a married Bush administration official who met her in hotel rooms and gave her envelopes of cash; a senator's staff member who helped hire her, then later bedded her; and another man who liked to spank and be spanked."

April Witt. Blog Interrupted. WashingtonPost.com. Aug. 15, 2004.

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Bypassing Traditional Media With Blogs

"You know blogging has gone mainstream when air-conditioning contractors are doing it.

"Some news media analysts say blogging is a significant shift in the way people get their news and learn about new consumer products and services.

"Research on the number of people who read blogs is scarce, although the people who read them are probably those who treat them as a supplemental part of a news media diet."

Chris Baker. What's all the blog about?. WashingtonTimes.com. Aug. 15, 2004.

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August 16, 2004

Blogs: Efficient Way to Relay Corporate Information

"The tried and true marketing and PR departments may one day make the endangered species list thanks to a rush of corporate interest in blogs and RSS feeds.

"Weblogging -- or blogging -- is taking social networking to new heights. And with the improvements to the technology, the personal journals are now supplying tens of millions of bits of information every day.

"The question by some is, 'Do companies need a full-blown marketing or PR department when the employees themselves and the conversations they have on these blogs are getting the corporate info out more effectively?'"

Michael Singer. Blogs: The Marketing Killer. Internetnews.com. Aug. 13, 2004.

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August 14, 2004

Blogs Generate Transparency

"At the Aspen Institute's Conference on Journalism and Society in mid-July, a question was put to executives of major news organizations: Whom do you trust in online media today? Most answered with a list of the usual suspects: the Web sites of The New York Times, NPR, the Los Angeles Times.

"Jeff Jarvis, a blogger and president of Advance Internet, gave a different answer: 'I have learned to trust the voice and judgment of my fellow citizens.'

"That answer may have drawn snickers a few years ago. No longer."

J.D. Lasica. Transparency Begets Trust in the Ever-Expanding Blogosphere. Online Journalism Review. Aug. 11, 2004.

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August 13, 2004

CNet's Bountiful Blog Special

Want a veritable harvest of information and commentary about blogging, its utility, and its place in the American media landscape? Then check out News.com's bibliography, entitled "The Blogosphere: Are Blogs Worth the Hype?" The bibliography features some of the Web's best stories on blogging and its potential as an alternative to television, radio, and cable.

SNTReport.com already has posted several stories from this collection already, including News.com Executive Editor Charles Cooper's opinion that the blogging community "blew its chance" to become legitimized at the Democratic National Convention.

But as they say in those cheesy late night commercials, "Wait!! There's more."

  • Geoffrey Nunberg, a senior researcher at the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University, compares the language use in blogs and newspapers;
  • The Online Journalism Review on Big Media's response to the blogosphere at the Democratic National Convention;
  • Mother Jones' view on what blogging at the Convention meant, both for blogging and for the established media; and
  • An opinion that blogging is to the progressive cause what talk radio has been to the conservative cause.

News.com. The Blogosphere: Are Blogs Worth the Hype?

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Wired News Interviews Dan Gillmor

"As columnist with the San Jose Mercury News, veteran Silicon Valley reporter Dan Gillmor has covered the bubble, boom, bust and continuing evolution of the tech industry for over a decade.

"Along the way, he has become an increasingly influential voice in exploring how technology changes media -- and how it changes us in the process.

"Wired News spoke with Gillmor while he was on the road in Europe."

Xeni Jardin. We're All Journalists Now. Wired News. Aug, 11, 2004.

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August 10, 2004

Big Media Acknowledges Blogging's Influence

"Could we be entering a belated Age of Enlightenment when it comes to the way media companies treat independent bloggers? After years of deep-linking legal debates and arguments about whether bloggers are journalists, some mainstream media outlets are starting to realize a link from a prominent blogger can bring traffic and buzz.

"Take the example of the Wall Street Journal Online. Just a few years ago, Patrick Phillips, who runs the IWantMedia Web site, got in trouble with the Journal's legal department for linking to stories behind the subscription wall by using the site's "Email This" function.

"Now, WSJ.com night editor David Patton sends out an e-mail each evening especially to bloggers to let them know about the site's 'free feature,' an article that is available for free."

(Editor's Note: The Journal finally got on the syndication bandwagon, and began offering RSS feeds this summer. The feeds offer no content, however -- not even a lede -- and readers still need a subscription to WSJ.com or the print edition in order to view content. In other words, the Journal business and editorial staff still don't really get it.)

Mark Glaser. Dear Bloggers: Media Discover Promotional Potential of Blogosphere. Online Journalism Review. Aug. 4, 2004.

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August 07, 2004

The Library & The Blog

"How many libraries currently have a weblog? A search on Google (using the search terms 'library weblog') returned 544,000 hits on 21 June 2004, but this is not indicative of widespread use of weblogs by libraries for user-related activities. The top ranking site from Libdex is a list of library weblogs by country, which also features articles on weblogging by and for information professionals, most of whom are based in the U.S. and Canada. Articles carry titles such as 'Blogging Your Life Away' and 'The secret life of tattooed and bellydancing librarians' (the mind bloggles) [sic] - as though to illustrate that librarians can be as hip and cool as the regular guys in the blogging community."

Penny Garrod. Weblogs: Do They Belong in Libraries?. Ariadne. July 2004.

See also K. Matthew Dames. Social Software in the Library. LLRX.com. July 26, 2004.

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The Blogosphere, Post-Convention

"In his column 'Cybertourists in Boston,' News.com's Charles Cooper expresses his disappointment with the bloggers credentialed for the Democratic National Convention. I think he missed the point about what was taking place in Boston.

"This was not a contest between the best of 15,000 traditional journalists and the total output of a few dozen Web loggers. We were watching the start of an important learning process.

"My main issue with his assertion that 'blogging blew its big chance' is with his apparent premise that this was a head-to-head evaluation of similar products with a similar feature checklist. This was not a prize fight, and they weren't even going after the same prize."

Dan Bricklin. Blogging Breakthrough in Boston?. News.com. Aug. 2, 2004.
Charles Cooper. Cybertourists in Boston. News.com. July 30, 2004.

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August 06, 2004

Blogs Assist Knowledge Sharing

"Once a unique place for hackers and geeks, blogging and social networking have now become multi-million dollar enterprises where IT heavies roam in search of money-making opportunities.

"The industry itself has shifted from its early adopter stage to an 'awkward adolescence,' according to experts attending last Friday's BlogOn 2004 conference. But major IT players like Microsoft, IBM and others are finding that they can embrace blogs instead of fearing them and transition the communication platform from a technical tool to an enterprise goldmine.

"'Social media builds relationships. Connection happens before conversation, but still, this is business,' CEO Ross Mayfield said. 'What you will not find on your balance sheet is an underlying value proposition of enhancing social capital.'"

Michael Singer. IT Heavies Lifting Dollars For Blogs. Internetnews.com. July 26, 2004.

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August 05, 2004

Userplane Introduces New Web Audio Video Recorder

"Userplane, the premier provider of enterprise social software for online communities, today introduced Userplane Web Recorder(TM) 1.5 -- a significant enhancement of its A/V recorder technology, delivering improved performance, reliability and administrative tools.

"Offering Flash-based recording and playback capabilities to an array of business segments, Userplane Web Recorder 1.5 is the leading application providing dynamic, browser-based video and audio message recording.

"A/V message capabilities can enhance any website environment and various forms of communication between companies and their audiences -- delivering sales pitches, personal messages, advertising promotions and product showcases in a familiar format that captures the senses."

No author. Userplane Unveils Web Recorder 1.5, Featuring Enhanced Flash-Based Audio/Video Message Recording and Playback Capabilities. BusinessWire. August 2, 2004.

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August 04, 2004

Scaling RSS Traffic Requires Conscious Thought and Effort

"Dare Obasanjo suggested two approaches that would help InfoWorld and other RSS feed providers limit bandwidth consumption. The first is HTTP compression, a simple but seldom-used capability of Web servers and browsers.

"The second method proposed is the use of the HTTP conditional GET. The conditional GET combined with HTTP compression can make a huge performance difference -- most newsreaders won’t pull an RSS feed unless it has changed, and when they do, the file will be compressed.

"In my experience, the annoyances in serving RSS have less to do with bandwidth and more to do with supporting regular surges of simultaneous connections from newsreaders."

Chad Dickerson. RSS Bandwidth Blues. InfoWorld. July 30, 2004.

See also Chad Dickerson. RSS Growing Pains. InfoWorld. July 16, 2004.

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August 03, 2004

Blog Brings Convention to "Grass Roots" Level

"The organizers of Virginia's delegation are sure there must be hundreds or thousands -- or, at least a few -- people out there who wanted desperately to be part of the state's trek to Boston. To help them live vicariously, there is www.documentingdemocracy.com.

"That Web site is the Virginia delegation blog. Laura Bland, the Democratic Party's communications director, said she believes it is the only online convention journal being run by a state delegation.

"The audience is the great mass of people who are not part of the Virginia delegation. The intent is to provide a sense of participation when they are not in Boston . . . to bring politics to the absolute grass-roots level."

Michael D. Shear. Blogging Brings Convention Home to Virginians. WashingtonPost.com. July 28, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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August 02, 2004

SNTReport.com's Editor Writes About Libraries & Social Software

LLRX.com, an online publication dedicated to providing information professionals with the most up-to-date information on a wide range of technology-related issues, has published an article by SNTReport.com Editor in Chief K. Matthew Dames. The article, entitled "Social Software in the Library," discusses the role and uses of several social software applications within the library space.

"Most of the published literature about social software has been more about the commercial viability of services like Orkut, LinkedIn, Feedster, and Ryze. Missing from much of the discourse is an analysis of the practical and educational value of social software. There are few published articles that explain what social software is, how social software tools may be used to build knowledge networks, or the information professional’s role in using and mediating these tools."

"The purpose of this article is to fill that void. By its end, the reader should have a solid understanding of what social software is, and hopefully will understand how these tools may be used to help people and organizations work better and more collaboratively."

K. Matthew Dames. Social Software in the Library. LLRX.com. July 26, 2004.

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The New Marketing Machine

"In the five years that Jeffrey Cole has been running the UCLA Internet Project, he's found that Net users consistently watch less TV than other people - in 2003, more than five hours less per week. This pattern has held for every age group, for both sexes, and in every country he's studied, from Hungary to South Korea. Young men are simply the advance guard. "The business model of television, which is to deliver viewers to advertisers," he declares, "is as troubled as that of the music industry."

Eager to reach the disappearing guy demo, marketers are experimenting with advertorial blogs, commercials that pop up in email, even human billboards running around Times Square with ad slogans pasted on their foreheads. Ad revenue to Web sites is soaring, and game publishers are hoping to hit pay dirt as well. For anyone who gets it right, big rewards are in the offing.

Frank Rose. The Lost Boys. Wired. Aug. 2004.

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July 31, 2004

Blogs Offer Alternative Perspective

"Bloggers have invaded the Democratic National Convention, and the mainstream media is reacting. The New York Times compared convention bloggers to journalists but emphasized their lack of experience in interacting with primary sources and quoted a professor who suggests 'that bloggers have put the issue of professionalism under attack.'

The Wall Street Journal focused on the up-and-coming nature of blogging in both news and politics, while Wired is chronicling the mainstream obsession with blogging.

In a convention without standout storylines, the bloggers are a mysterious spectacle. The tendency of bloggers to talk about blogging is often criticized, yet this practice of self-reflection is precisely what makes blogging a valuable contribution to public discourse."

Danah Boyd. The New Blogocracy. Salon. July 28, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: Salon.com normally requires a paid subscription, but you can view articles if you register for a free day pass.)

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July 30, 2004

Blogs Improve Business Processes

"For a few years now, blogs have given tech-savvy individuals a platform to publish directly to the Internet their personal opinions on everything from relationships to politics.

"In a sign blogs are moving mainstream, major technology companies including Microsoft and IBM came together at a recent conference to discuss the profit potential of the Web publishing format.

"The growth in the number of blogs, and those who read them, continues to attract attention from business leaders, including Microsoft's chairman Bill Gates, as a means of enhancing companies' communication more directly with employees, partners and customers."

Spencer Swartz. Blogging and Business Moving Mainstream. USA Today. July 28, 2004.

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Blogs Unpopular in Switzerland

"Internet journals, commonly known as weblogs, have been springing up in many parts of the world – but have yet to catch on in Switzerland.

"Experts believe the reserved Swiss are missing the boat because they are reluctant to bare their souls to the outside world.

"The blogging phenomenon has made few waves in Switzerland, even though the country boasts 48 regular internet users for every 100 inhabitants."

Philippe Kropf. Blog Boom Skirts Switzerland. SwissInfo. July 28, 2004.

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July 29, 2004

Festival of Bloggers

"The press is making plenty of hay lately about the Democratic Party's decision to treat a small list of Web loggers just like real journalists at this week's presidential nominating convention in Boston.

"The bloggers may be the talk of the town, but that hardly translates into front seats; they sit 'way up in the rafters of the Fleet Center, just below the CNN booth.'

"National Public Radio correspondent Robert Smith covered the bloggers in a report that aired Tuesday morning. He noted that their 'sometimes quirky, often shrewd novelty made them media stars.'"

Robert MacMillan. The Blogger Circus. WashingtonPost.com. July 27, 2004.

National Public Radio. Bloggers Offer Intimate View of Convention. July 27, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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July 27, 2004

Blogging Creates Sense of Community

"After a Republican congressman resigned unexpectedly, a lefty blogger called for readers to send money to his opponent -- and the cash poured in.

"Thanks to blogs and the Internet, we now live in an age when news can be translated into action -- into money -- in no more than the time that it takes to post a paragraph online.

"The most newsworthy point about this latest episode of online fundraising is perhaps how normal it's become."

Farhad Manjoo. At the Speed of Blog. Salon. July 23, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: Salon.com normally requires a paid subscription, but you can view articles if you register for a free day pass.)

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July 26, 2004

Blogs are the Hottest Enterprise Tool

"Long heralded as a way for the masses to wrest the Internet back from corporate control, the Web log has emerged as the hottest new enterprise tool.

"That's a key message emerging from BlogOn 2004, 'The Business of Social Media,' a two-day conference at the University of California's Haas School of Business here, where blog software providers, evangelists, engineers and others are exploring the disruptive and fertile landscape of online diaries both corporate and personal.

"Appearing on a panel with Microsoft were the founders of the blogging software vendor Six Apart, who told their own tale of corporate transparency through blogs."

Paul Festa. Blog's the Word in Big Business. News.com. July 23, 2004.

See also Matt Hicks. Blogging Catches Business Interest. eWeek. July 24, 2004.

Editor's note: See also SNTReport.com's prior BlogOn 2004 story.

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July 23, 2004

The Seriousness of Blogs

"It’s Time to Take Blogs Seriously—and Maybe to Develop One of Your Own.

"Since the earliest days of the Internet, its evangelists have been predicting that the new medium had the power to transform the nature of journalism.

"For those who expected the Internet to change everything, and to do so overnight, the big shock must be how little things have changed. Yes, every newspaper now has its own website, and the pressure to break news in real time has led to some lowering of standards. But new, Internet-only media have been slow to evolve."

Micro Persuasion. Paul Holmes: PR People, Take Blogs Seriously. July 19, 2004.

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Social Networking Preludes Tools

"At what point do more people joining an online social network or using a social software tool cause more harm than good?

"While the answer may be elusive, panelists at the Supernova 2004 conference here agreed that the social dynamics around the use of burgeoning collaboration tools such as online social networking services, Weblogs and wikis are often as important as, if not more important than, the technologies themselves.

"Technologists need to delve into theories of group dynamics to make the new tools useful."

Matt Hicks. Social Issues Surround Social Software. eWeek. June 25, 2004.

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July 21, 2004

Social Software Has Its Own Confab

This weekend, the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley is hosting BlogOn, an event that positions itself as "the first conference to examine in-depth the business of social media."

"It is not just for the professional blogger, but for forward-thinking investors, smart marketing executives and media company professionals who understand it is time to understand and harness this gathering disruptive phenomenon. BlogOn is for executives who want to see a sharper Big Picture for social media and to identify their options and opportunities."

From looking at the event's lineup, it seems like this conference is really for investors and business people from large media companies who haven't "gotten it" about social software, are afraid they will miss out on an income opportunity, and want to attend a weekend "skin-and-grin" to make sure they can place their capital in the right place in the event "this stuff takes off." Truly, it is a business conference -- "the business of social media," as it bills itself -- not a social software conference.

I hope I am wrong. I would like the conference speakers to address how social software can be a community-building, collaboration tool for all organizations, regardless of revenue stream. I would want to listen to ideas about how to keep social social software from devolving into the dreck that has become e-mail. I really like to hear about librarians and their role in fostering social software, and how libraries can serve as perfect test cases for social software use and implementation.

Somehow, though, I don't think such topics will make it into the conversation. Instead, the talk will be about investment, advertising, "monetization" (what a strange word), and venture capital. In my view, that has been part of the problem with the social software "industry": some of the largest voices speaking abou social software discuss it purely from a business standpoint, not a utility standpoint.

But that's just fine: collaboration, knowledge networks, communities of practice, and the people that are involved in them ... this is what SNTReport.com is about.

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July 20, 2004

Martha's Verdict Makes Web Headlines

"CNN, ABC News, Fox News, The New York Times and the New York Post, among other Web sites, all flashed the news across the top of their Web sites when the sentence was announced.

"Google News carried nearly 1,200 stories related to the announcement by Friday afternoon, a sign of the story's immense popularity.

"Many of the sites featured homegrown reporting rather than wire dispatches."

Jeff Pelline. Web Reacts to Martha Stewart Sentencing. News.com. July 16, 2004.

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July 16, 2004

Micosoft Inadvertently Welcomed RSS Platform

"When Microsoft abandoned Internet Explorer development to concentrate on fixing the browser's security vulnerabilities, it opened the door to the emerging RSS revolution.

"Internet Explorer has come under attack in recent weeks not just from malicious coders but also from CERT (the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team) and now, the most devious opponent of all, RSS.

"The latest exploits have leveraged IE's ActiveX and Active scripting, and IIS (Internet Information Server) security holes to unleash a wave of keystroke loggers and other malware designed to capture personal and financial data."

Steve Gillmor. IE's Failings Point Way to RSS. eWeek. July 8, 2004.

See also Steve Gillmor. Sun Adopts RSS. eWeek. March 8, 2004. (Sun adopts RSS as a fundamental transport for developer communications and community building.)

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July 14, 2004

MP3 Blogs Unearth Forgotten Musical Gems

"A new genre of Web sites that offer an eclectic mix of free music downloads may not be strictly legit, but the sites' creators say they're doing the beleaguered record industry a favor.

"Named for the MP3 music format and the popular self-published Web sites known as blogs, they are part online mixtape, part diary, and part music magazine.

Well-known blogs include Soul Sides, which has underground hip-hop and forgotten R&B; The Tofu Hut, whose offerings range from gospel artists Blind Mamie and A.C. Forehand to rockabilly performer Carl Perkins to soul god Donnie Hathaway; and Said the Gramophone, which has indie rock, folk music and hip-hop."

Adam Pasick. Livewire: MP3 Blogs Serve Rare Songs, Dusty Grooves". Reuters. July 11, 2004.

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July 13, 2004

Bloggers Losing Inspiration

"To one blogger, the author of Counterspin Central, the pressure to keep up led to a recent decision to shut down his blog altogether.

"Other bloggers feel that even if their readers aren't worrying about their health, they're still expected to be coming up with the next post with little or no delay.

"There's always pressure to have new content up on the site and this is where burnout begins to creep in."

Daniel Terdiman. Bloggers Suffer Burnout. Wired. July 8, 2004.

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Oddpost Acquired By Yahoo

"Yahoo has acquired Oddpost, a San Francisco start-up that provides an innovative, Web-based e-mail service, and plans to use its technology to spruce up Yahoo Mail and other Yahoo services.

"Like other Web-based e-mail, Oddpost uses a standard Web browser, but its interface functions more like that of a desktop program such as Microsoft's Outlook.

"Oddpost stopped accepting new subscribers last week. A posting was sent to current users, who can keep using the service and will be switched to the new Yahoo Mail service when it's completed."

James Niccolai. Yahoo Buys Oddpost E-mail Company. Network World Fusion. July 12, 2004.

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July 12, 2004

FCC Chairman Steps Into Blogosphere, But Will He Answer?

Michael K. Powell, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is pontificating virtually on his new blog, which is hosted by the AlwaysOn Network.

Editors at AlwaysOn note that the FCC Chairman's posting last Thursday is not a one-shot deal, but rather "the first in a regular series of columns."

Powell says he wants get ideas and views from non-traditional sources. "One reason I am participating in AlwaysOn Network's blog is to hear from the tech community directly and to try to get beyond the traditional inside the Beltway Washington world where lobbyists filter the techies," wrote Powell in a July 8 posting. "I am looking forward to an open, transparent and meritocracy-based communication—attributes that bloggers are famous for!"

On the surface, it seems novel that Powell would adopt the blogging medium in order to distribute his message. But Powell, as chairman of a federal agency that plays a critical role in developing this nation's telecommunication and computing infrastructure, has never lacked a platform upon which to disseminate his message.

Rather, what remains to be seen is whether Powell is committed to being "open" or "transparent" -- attributes that are seemingly at odds with being an American political figure. For example, will Powell answer any of the comments that AlwaysOn members post in response to his columns? As of this writing, SNTReport.com counted at least 35 comments that members posted in response to the Chairman's inaugural posting. Some of the comments seemed more like complaints than comments designed to address important issues -- like the one that asked why the FCC fined Howard Stern for mentioning sexual activity on his radio show, but chose not to fine Oprah Winfrey for allegedly offering similar comments on her television show. The member cited no examples, nor offered any specific comparisons.

But other comments raised some important issues, like the affect of media consolidation on local reporting. One member, going by the name "newsie," offered the following story:

"At 1:30 on a cold January night [in 2002], a train containing hundreds of thousands of gallons of toxic anhydrous ammonia derails in Minot, N.D. Town officials try to sound the emergency alert system, but it isn't working. Desperate to warn townspeople about the poisonous white cloud bearing down on them, the officials call their local radio stations. But no one answers any of the phones for an hour and a half.

"According to The New York Times, one resident died after inhaling the gas and more than 300 people were treated at hospitals -- some partially blinded -- and pets and livestock are killed.

"Where were Minot's disc jockeys on Jan. 18, 2002? Where was the late-night station crew? As it turns out, six of the seven local radio stations had recently been purchased by Clear Channel Communications, a radio giant with more than 1,200 stations nationwide. Economies of scale dictated that most of the local staff be cut: Minot stations ran more or less on auto pilot, the programming largely dictated from farther up the Clear Channel food chain.

"Who'll sound the alarm in the event of a local disaster?"

Newsie's question raises legitimate concerns and issues that are clearly within the FCC's jurisdiction. Will Powell step beyond the politics and open himself to unmediated, unscripted discourse? I think that is highly unlikely.

Chairman Powell's blog is an important milestone within the social software industry because it is another step toward making these tools part of America's mainstream communication channel. But is social software's inexorable march toward the mainstream necessarily positive? Perhaps not, if becoming mainstream means silencing discourse.

Since Howard Dean and Joe Trippi showed how powerful social software tools could be in reaching citizens and motivating them into democratic discourse, folks "inside the Beltway" and large corporations increasingly have been using social software tools -- blogs, specifically -- to "reach the people."

The problem is these same politicians do not allow themselves to be reached by "the people." Politicians and businesses too often use social software as another broadcast medium: the communication is one-way, the collaboration is non-existent, and reciprocity is imaginary. But communication, collaboration and reciprocity are the hallmark tenets of social software, and without them, the information that social software produces devolves into infoglut.

Three years from now, will we look at Powell's swim in the blogosphere as the beginning of open and transparent dialogue with those "inside the Beltway," or the bastardization of social software?

The Hon. Michael K. Powell. Michael Powell Joins the Blogosphere. Always On Network. July 8, 2004.

Attribution: SNTReport.com first discovered news of Chairman Powell's blog through a posting in beSpacific, edited by Sabrina Pacifici.

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July 10, 2004

The Scobleizer Speaks

"Microsoft's Robert Scoble uses his own personal Web log, Scobleizer, to get Microsoft partners excited about his company's technology. Thousands of Web sites and other blogs link to Scoble's blog, and he is regularly read and interviewed by business and technology magazines like EWeek, Microsoft Watch, and Fast Company. We asked him five quick questions about this new phenomenon known as blogging, and how to use it to spread the word about your products."

Microsoft Business Solutions. The Four-Letter Word That Can Get People Excited About Your Products. June 30, 2004.

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July 09, 2004

The Grey Lady Does RSS

The New York Times has (finally) published its own RSS newsfeeds. The Times formerly had made some feeds available only through Userland.

The Times' recent move makes The Wall Street Journal one of the last major news organizations to fail to make its own RSS feeds available to the public. The Washington Post, Boston Globe, BBC, and Reuters -- among many others -- all have published their RSS feeds.

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Blogging Influences Presidential Race

"It started as a way to have a cyber-rant or just share a personal thought, but the blogger has become cutting edge media with a role to play even in the US presidential election race.

"Sifting through the tens of thousands of blogs, short for web logs, or weblogs, has become a challenge for media and intelligence analysts. But amid the diatribes, commentaries and gossip, bloggers are gaining influence and breaking stories.

"Blogging has taken off since the internet boom of the late 1990s. It has gained ground over the past two years as the technology becomes cheaper and easier to handle."

Agence France Presse. Bloggers Come of Age in U.S. Presidential Race. Yahoo! News. July 5, 2004.

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Bloggers Descend Upon Beantown

"More than 15,000 people will converge on Boston later this month to cover the Democratic National Convention -- including, for the first time, bloggers.

"The Democratic Party plans to give media credentials to a select group of bloggers who want to cover the event, where Sen. John F. Kerry is expected to accept his party's presidential nomination. The group has not announced which bloggers might get the passes, but that information will come in the 'next few weeks,' an event spokeswoman said. The convention begins July 26.

"But officials said whoever gets credentials will have the same opportunities to cover the four-day event that journalists enjoy."

Brian Faler. Parties to Allow Bloggers to Cover Conventions for First Time. WashingtonPost.com. July 6, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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Paying for the Blog with Ads

"What Dave doesn’t mention is the amount of work that goes into running a blog like Engadget.com. Engadget.com has more then half dozen people working on it, and is updated every day of the week numerous times. A good blog post takes 20 to 40 minutes, so 30 posts at 30 minutes each represents about 900 minutes of work—or 15 hours!

"So, we will definitely have ads in our RSS feeds shortly, because the only way we can provide such a great service is to make sure our writers get paid, get raises as their experience/value grows and invest in the technology that drives the blog. Since a significant portion of our readers are on RSS, and advertisers are looking to get to those elite readers, it only makes sense that we would add ads. Now, how big the ads are, how we position them and how we account for them are all issues, but two things are certain:

1. RSS readers are higher value to advertisers because they are more loyal readers, and by extension more loyal to the topic.
2. RSS ads will provide amazing value to readers."

The RSS Weblog. RSS Ads — Let’s Get It On!!!. July 5, 2004.

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Multimedia Messaging

"Through Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), mobile users share video, stereo-quality audio and other forms of rich media. This could include short home movies you shoot on your camera phone, photo snapshots, even audio clips you download from your wireless provider or from the Web.

"Media-rich messages can be sent to or from a mobile device or by way of the Web on your computer. That means if you're out on the road, you can send an MMS to someone else who's back in the office, or vice versa. The technology makes a wide array of personal entertainment services possible. Film trailers, music preview services, mobile photoblogging, audioblogging and videoblogging are also made possible with MMS. Using your MMS-capable handset, you can capture and publish multimedia to a Weblog from wherever you are in the world."

Xeni Jardin. Saying Yes to MMS. MSN.com. No date.

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July 08, 2004

AALL Blogs 2004 Convention

Kudos to the American Association of Law Libraries, which has decided to publish an official blog of its 97th Annual Convention & Meeting. (The AALL Convention is being held this year in Boston, MA from July 10 through July 14.)

I have some observations about the effort.

1. Syndication: The use of both RSS and Atom syndication provides good access coverage. More blogs should offer dual-platform syndication.

2. Writers: How does AALL determine who will have publishers' privileges? The blog makes reference to a group called "The HUB Bloggers," but there is no biographical information available on the group or its members. As a result, a reader cannot get background information on the reader, their affiliation with AALL, or their connection to the Conference.

(Further, one of the most recent posts is from Raquel Ortiz, who I know is involved in the Webmaster's Developers workshop. But Ortiz is not listed as a part of the "HUB" group, nor is her bio or connection to the blog -- or the Association -- mentioned anywhere on the site.)

3. Posts: The length of some posts is too long, even though such postings seem to use Blogger's extended entry function. (The extended entry function allows lengthy postings to be divided across the main page and a referral page. This feature keeps lengthy postings from taking up too much space on the main page.)

Here at SNTReport.com, we send most of the text over to a jump page -- with just the lead paragraphs on the main page -- whenever we have a posting that is dense with text, or more than three paragraphs. (Note, for example, how this posting jumps from the main page to a referral page, which has the entire story, after the second paragraph.)

To be sure, a lot of this is a "feel" thing -- if the entry feels lengthy, it probably should be split after a couple of paragraphs and "jumped" to a referral page. Having said that, some of the posts here should jump to a referral page much higher in the story.

4. Classification: Where is it? It is inexcusable for a librarian or library association to publish anything that lacks requisite classification and metadata. The blog has disparate postings about traveling to Maine, Special Interest Section (SIS) events, and newsletters all in the same blog. The blog seems to lack a core theme -- which is another story altogether -- but convention coverage, while ambitious, can work if there is a strong classification scheme that allows readers to look exclusively at specific topics. Without such a scheme, content chaos will surely ensue.

5. Layout: I really like the layout. There is a good amount of white space, but given the density of the content, I think the white space is a welcome addition. (Granted, if the stories were jumped to another page, it might seem that there is too much white space, but multiple postings throughout the convention will probably take care of that.)

6. Key Information: What, no navigational link to the Hynes Convention Center?

7. Extras: From the "that would be really cool" department:
(a) Send the blog -- or at least certain blog categories -- to mobile devices;
(b) Allow authors to post to the blog -- or "moblog" -- through mobile devices or phones (actually, that might be more of a necessity than a luxury given the pace of the convention and the mobile nature of its participants);
(c) Publish multimedia snippets from some of the sessions, AALL officers, and blog authors.

(There is also a possibility that AALL could sell ad space on the blog, but I'll refrain from going down that road right now. I fear that such an initiative would become the exclusive domain of vendors such as West and Lexis, and I think vendors -- especially West and Lexis -- already have a disproportionate amount of influence on the Annual Convention and its proceedings.)

Overall, this is a good effort, but it needs to be polished for the 2005 meeting in San Antonio.

One last thing. In the spirit of city of Boston (which is also hosting the Democratic National Convention later this month) and the current presidential election year, I would like to take this opportunity to campaign for giving a blog to AALL's Washington Affairs Office, headed by Robert Oakley and Mary Alice Baish.

Almost everything that the Office publishes -- Action Alerts, press releases, amicus curiae briefs, statments -- could be published quicker and more efficiently using a high-powered blog platform. More importantly, the Office should use a blog to syndicate its content across the Web so that other interested parties are notified instantly about issues and topics. This last feature is critical given the Office's need for instant galvanization and response to copyright, privacy and access issues. (Case in point: the INDUCE Act (.pdf))

Frankly, I think it is foolish for the Association to continue to publish this sort of information in any other form besides a well-formed blog. And because I am so convinced of the efficacy of this initiative, I'll go even one step further: I offer right here and now to set up the blog for the AALL Washington Affairs Office on the Association's servers (or those of the Georgetown University Law Library, where the Washington Office's site is currently hosted) and train Bob and Mary Alice on how to use it for free.

Do I have any takers?

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Kerry Announces VP Choice Online

"The Internet's role in politics continues to solidify with Democratic presidential contender John Kerry's announcement this morning that he picked North Carolina Sen. John Edwards as his running mate.

"The Kerry campaign last week said it would first announce its vice-presidential pick on its Web site and via e-mail, a leap forward for the Internet as a viable campaign tool. The campaign did just that this morning, just before Kerry delivered the news at a speech in Pittsburgh. After that, the Kerry team added the news to his Web site, fresh with a picture of Kerry and Edwards together. The announcement was also posted on Kerry's official blog."

Cynthia Webb. Kerry Gets Cozy Online. WashingtonPost.com. July 6, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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July 06, 2004

Political Web Logs

"Web logs have done more to spark opinion-sharing than anything since the creation of the Internet. But is this new vehicle of unconstrained expression fated to come under the thumb of the powers that be?

"Moves are already afoot to shade the blogosphere ever so slightly for partisan advantage.

"The Democrats plan to invite a limited number of bloggers to their summer political convention in Boston. A Republican spokesman says the GOP is still thinking about what it wants to do."

Charles Cooper. The Blogging Cover-Up. News.com. July 2, 2004.

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June 30, 2004

Safari RSS–Apple’s Next Generation Web Browser

"By giving its blessing to XML syndication, Apple is joining the trend of browser makers embracing Web news feeds and potentially bringing the technology to the masses.

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer Inc., previewed the company's next version of its Web browser, dubbed Safari RSS. RSS refers to the acronym for Really Simple Syndication, the major format for XML syndication.

"Safari RSS will allow users both to aggregate feeds directly in the browser as well as to automatically detect when a feed is available on a Web page."

Matt Hicks. Apple's RSS Embrace Could Bolster Adoption. eWeek. June 28, 2004.

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Will "De facto" Standards Rule?

"When is a standard not a standard?

"Technology users are pondering that conundrum more and more as the industry moves to technology standards. Most are administered by the World Wide Web Consortium, to ensure interoperability between disparate systems.

"But some of the most common formats in computing veer away from the standards process in one way or another, creating a nebulous area of 'de facto standards' that mix democratic ideals with corporate concerns.

"As a result, these technologies are testing long-held assumptions about the standards process."

David Becker. When Standards Don't Apply. News.com. June 29, 2004.

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June 28, 2004

The Business Blog Blooms

"Until recently, the thought of employees blabbing freely to the masses about their work on company time would have created panic in the executive suite. But in the past year, employee blogs have begun to multiply across Corporate America -- and a growing number of companies approve.

"It started mostly as a techie thing when engineers and product developers at places such as Macromedia, Sun, and Dell began posting first-draft free-for-alls of their own volition as a way of communicating with customers, each other, and the outside world. Though employees represent just a fraction of the 2.7 million bloggers today, experts predict they will grow robustly as consumers demand information in a more unvarnished way."

Michelle Conlin and Andrew Park. Blogging With The Boss's Blessing. Business Week Online. June 28, 2004.

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June 27, 2004

Municipal Government Site Syndicates

State and Local Government on the Net, a Web directory of government Web sites at the state, county, city, and local level, announced recently that it has launched SLGN Notes, a blog about recent changes on the SLG Web site. Recent entries include additions of new municipal sites, link changes to existing municipal sites, and notifications about reports concerning e-Government.

The blog can be syndicated through an RSS feed.

Attribution: SNTReport.com first discovered news of SLGN Notes through a posting in Library Stuff, edited by Steven Cohen.

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June 24, 2004

Google's AdSense Turns to Blogs

"Google's recent decision to extend its AdSense program to all publishing sites means that searches done on, say, a blog I create could have a commercial element. I would get revenue for searches done from my blog site, assuming I passed the qualification test. Google says sites have to apply to be part of the revenue-sharing program. Google does not disclose whether a site has to generate a certain level of traffic to qualify for this new revenue-sharing program."

Bambi Francisco. Google Makes Us All Marketers. CBS Marketwatch. June 22, 2004.

Stefanie Olsen. Google to Publishers: Some Butter for Your Bread. News.com. June 21, 2004.

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June 20, 2004

Winer Shutters Weblogs.com

"Blogging pioneer Dave Winer has shut down the Weblogs of about 3,000 users on weblogs.com, one of the first blogging sites.

"Winer is a respected figure in Web development circles and was a driving force in the emergence of blogging and Web syndication; last year he took up a fellowship at the Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, part of Harvard Law School, where he heads up the new Blogs at Harvard initiative. But such accolades meant little to the thousands of users who discovered that their blogs had summarily been taken offline, with some users comparing the act to murdering one's own child."

Matthew Broersma. Bloggers Up in Arms Over Closure of Weblogs.com. eWeek. June 16, 2004.

See also David Morgenstern. Weblogs.com Authors Gain Reprieve. eWeek. June 17, 2004.

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June 16, 2004

PC World Compares RSS News Readers

"RSS readers are one of the biggest new categories of software in recent memory. A quick online search will find more than 50 programs designed to scan subscription news feeds, and each one works a little differently than the others.

"Most of these applications work very similarly, but a few go above and beyond the call of duty. After rounding up 18 RSS readers for this article, we picked the best representative of each type; there are five types in all. Go to our expanded chart for brief reviews of the other apps. After you've selected a reader, click here to subscribe to PC World's own RSS feeds."

Bob Stepno. News on Demand. PC World. June 7, 2004.

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June 13, 2004

RSS v. Atom

For those looking to get a simple explanation of the RSS/Atom distinction, see Sean Gallagher's article.

"RSS has established a substantial foothold on the Web; it's used for everything from news feeds from major media organizations to alerts from social networking sites. Dave Winer, a fellow at at Harvard Law School and founder of Userland Software, has placed the specification for the current version of RSS, version 2.0, in the hands of the Berkman Center under a Creative Commons license that allows anyone to adapt it or extend it.

"But rather than moving to incorporate RSS 2.0 itself into the web standards process, the two major Internet protocol standards bodies have instead been focusing on another syndication protocol, Atom. Tim Bray of Sun Microsystems, and Sam Ruby of IBM, co-chairs of the Atom Project, have been leading the effort to turn the project into an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) working group."

Sean Gallagher's Root Access. RSS, Atom, And The Syndication Standards Dance. eWeek. June 5, 2004.

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June 11, 2004

The Next Generation of Mobile Devices

"I first noticed that the leaders of Silicon Valley are *still* behind the times when I saw the line up for O'Reilly's Web 2.0 conference. Not a single member of telecom industry there and only one session that talks about telecom - and its focus is VoIP. Are you kidding me? Anyone who doesn't realize by now that the Web 2.0 is going to be dominated by mobile devices must be living on, well, here in the U.S."

"You know what the mobile industry needs in the U.S.? An evangelist. The GUI had Jobs, the web had Andreeson, blogs have Winer. We need someone to explain to the masses the difference between what 'wireless' means and what true 'mobility' is. We need someone to repeat ad-nauseum the incredible societal changes that will take place in an always-connected world. We need someone to thump the drum until it becomes common wisdom and we wonder how we ever thought differently in the first place."

Russell Beattie Notebook. Where's the Mobility?. June 5, 2004.

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Google Mulling RSS Offering

"Google is considering renewing support for the popular RSS Web publishing format in some of its services, CNET News.com has learned, marking the latest twist in a burgeoning standards war over technology that could change how people read the news.

"In April, Google seemingly chose sides, bypassing RSS support for most subscribers of its Blogger publishing tool in favor of rival Atom. But now, there are signs that Google may be poised for a change of heart, as support has grown inside the company to restore equal footing to both formats."

Stefanie Olsen and Evan Hansen. Google Mulls RSS Support. News.com. June 9, 2004.

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June 10, 2004

Is Blogging Really Useful?

"Blogging is the hottest thing on the Internet since, well, the Web browser. This is not news, as just about everybody who spends time online is maintaining a blog, regularly reading and contributing to a blog, or knows someone who is maintaining or regularly reading and contributing to a blog. And blogs are everywhere. The National Institute for Technology & Liberal Education Blog Census has logged about 1.9 million Weblog sites, 1.2 million of which are in English.

"Blogging is red-hot, but just how constructive is it?"

Scot Petersen. Throw Another Blog on the Fire. eWeek. May 31, 2004.

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Getting Away From E-Mail

"According to a Gartner statistic cited at the recently concluded INBOX conference in San Jose, Calif., 75 percent of all knowledge assets exist in e-mail. E-mail is a corporate asset, goes the logic. (And a corporate liability, too, as Microsoft famously discovered. These days, you almost need an attorney on retainer to open your e-mail.)

"While INBOX wrestles with the intractable problems of blurred international boundaries, too-complex authentication solutions and too-expensive computational and payment schemes, more and more of us are routing around e-mail for all but the most basic services.

"IM for supply-chain communications, social networks for collaboration spaces, and RSS as the glue that ties these data points together."

Steve Gillmor. As E-Mail Hassles Pile Up, RSS Is the Elephant in the Room. eWeek. June 3, 2004.

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Blogs & Commerce

"Very few blogs will be able to generate money. Within the Gawker and Weblogs Inc. empires one will find a handful of blogs that can generate income. Therefore I am not a big fan of the concept as a way to make big income. Blogs associated with network sites like our Jupiterweb, on the other hand, can in fact tangentially generate revenue because the readership is likely to want to find out more about a writer and this in turn can lead to lead generation. We see this with our Jupiter Research division. Several analysts write blogs which are free. Readers of these blogs might be impressed with the opinions expressed by one or more of our analysts -- and this can lead to sales leads."

Micro Persuasion. Alan Meckler: Few Blogs Will Generate Money. June 4, 2004.

Alan Meckler. Internet Media Commentary.

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June 09, 2004

Big Business Takes to the Blog

This venture may portend the end of the blog as an information/journalism tool, and mark its beginning as an advertising medium. If this happens, the venture may also mark the beginning of a time where only large corporations and consolidated media voices dominate discourse over the Web.

"Gawker Media, a small company that operates snarky Web logs on culture and politics, like Gawker and Wonkette, has begun blogging on behalf of major advertisers.

"The company's first paid blog is for Nike. Called Art of Speed, the blog will spend about a month showcasing a series of 15 short films on the theme of speed, all commissioned by Nike. Gawker Media Contract Productions, a new division of Gawker Media, will supply layout, commentary, links and other features."

Nat Ives. Nike Tries a New Medium for Advertising: The Blog. The New York Times. June 7, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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June 08, 2004

The New Music Marketing

"Today's music fan interacts with a "community" that is far larger than anyone ever dreamed possible before the widespread personal use of the Internet. This social networking is changing the way people market and sell music and it's doing so on a global scale.

"Here's how: One fan hears a song and 'tells' a dozen others online. Each in turn sends the information (and sometimes the entire song file) to another dozen people, and so on. If the song's hook is catchy and universal enough, the artist can reach thousands of fans in a matter of seconds. It's fast, it's easy, it's free, and it's global.

"Does this viral communication bring any income for that artist (or songwriter, or publisher, or manager, or agent, or distributor, or record label)? No. But does it provide vital publicity that has the potential to sell singles, albums, concert tickets and merchandise? Absolutely."

eMediaWire. Social Networking and Music Marketing: MySpace.com is Putting It All Together. June 5, 2004.

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June 07, 2004

Voice Your Opinions (Or Not)

"For just $4.95, bloggers can, using AudioBlog's BlogRecorder capability, record their entries (they can also upload prerecorded MP3 and WAV files). This is not progress. At least when people had to write down their thoughts, they might have edited them a bit. Now people will speak into the PC microphone and record and upload unexpurgated stream-of-consciousness blather as quickly as they can think it. All I can say is, "Yuck!"

"AudioBlog has some sample blogs on its site that sound quite clear and lucid. Founder and chief evangelist Eric Rice has one, but I can tell by the cadence that he's reading off prepared text. It makes him sound stilted and uncomfortable. But his information-rich audioblog (explaining how the service can work with XMLRPC and non-XMLRPC weblogs) is the exception and not the rule for what promises to be yet another unfortunate online trend."

Lance Ulanoff. Blogs Speak!. PC Magazine. June 2, 2004.

See also SNTReport.com. Visualize Your Blog. June 4, 2004.

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June 06, 2004

Politics & Blogging

"Political bloggers chew over the news of the day, frequently skewering journalists' coverage or spotlighting what they feel are undercovered stories. Objectivity is generally verboten in the blogosphere, although ideology tends to be less rigid than the partisan debates that play out so repetitiously in newspapers and on television. And bloggers are a clubby bunch, referencing and linking to each other even when ideologies clash.

"A few hours into my research, I felt a rising sense of panic--there was SO MUCH OUT THERE."

Rachel Smolkin. The Expanding Blogosphere. AJR.com. June/July 2004.

Update: Cindy Chick's LawLibTech, citing Roll Call, notes that Mike Pence (R-Ind.) became the first U.S. Congressman to start a blog.

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June 04, 2004

Blogging Democracy

"The Democratic National Commmittee, in what its officials believe is a first in the world of politics, is granting convention credentials to a carefully selected group of bloggers. They will join thousands of conventional journalists covering the festivities July 26-29 at Boston's FleetCenter.

"These traditionally non-establishment social commentators will be chosen based on their professionalism, the number of readers who check their blog on a regular basis, and how much of their content is original. DNC officials have not determined how many credentials will be issued."

Jennifer Peter. DNC Invites Some 'Bloggers' to Convention. WashingtonPost.com. June 3, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Post allows free access to their stories on the Web for 14 days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archives.)

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Nokia Phone Addresses "Moblogging" Phenomenon

"Nokia has begun shipping the 7610 -- a camera phone with video-editing and mobile-blogging features -- in Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.

"The 7610 phone can capture, edit, store, print and send pictures and videos. The handset comes with a Kodak application designed to let users upload pictures to a virtual photo album on the Web. Images can be printed using a Bluetooth connection to a compatible printer or at kiosks at Nokia stores and other photo shops.

"Nokia also recently announced a site called Lifeblog that lets subscribers archive cell phone photos in chronological order, along with other data, including text, video and audio, using a personal mobile Web log."

Dinesh C. Sharma. Nokia Releases "Moblog" Camera Phone. News.com. June 1, 2004.

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Visualize Your Blog

"Video blogs don't require sophisticated equipment, just a PC or a Mac, a high-speed connection and a digital video camera as well as a hosted weblogging service like TypePad and, if you want, editing software such as Apple's Final Cut Pro or iMovie.

"Although millions of text-driven blogs have blossomed worldwide, there are only a couple hundred video blogs out there."

Jeffrey Ressner. See Me, Blog Me. Time. May 31, 2004.

Attribution:: SNTReport.com first discovered news of the video blogs through a posting on Library Stuff, edited by Steve Cohen. Cohen also made the following observation about video blogs: "Librarians, think of the possibilities of using video clips in your weblogs. There can be real-time tutorials on how to use the online catalogs and fee-based databases, or a tour of the library (just a few that popped in my head)."

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May 30, 2004

Get a Life

(Editor's Note: This, ahem, is not me. Yet.)

"To celebrate four years of marriage, Richard Wiggins and his wife, Judy Matthews, recently spent a week in Key West, Fla. Early on the morning of their anniversary, Ms. Matthews heard her husband get up and go into the bathroom. He stayed there for a long time.

"'I didn't hear any water running, so I wondered what was going on,' Ms. Matthews said. When she knocked on the door, she found him seated with his laptop balanced on his knees, typing into his Web log, a collection of observations about the technical world, over a wireless link."

Katie Hafner. For Some the Blogging Never Stops. The New York Times. May 27, 2004.

(Editor’s Note: The Times allows free access to their stories on the Web for seven days before sending the stories to the paper’s fee-based Archive.)

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Controversy Over Movable Type License Increases

(Editor's Note: This post is long overdue. It concerns the controversy over the new licensing structure for Movable Type 3.0. We believe the licensing changes, and attendant controversy, are quite important given the number of people who use and depend Movable Type and TypePad, Six Apart's well-regarded blogging tools.)

"With 3.0 we have revised our licenses and pricing structure to address this issue. We feel that with this new release we have created licensing that allows and encourages the development of software and services paid or free. We will be offering a variety of licensing options for small to large sized business, educational institutions and we are also beginning to sign-up qualified companies who are interested in hosting Movable Type (we'll be announcing a few partnerships very soon).

"And for the many large institutions and businesses who want to use Movable Type, we finally have a coherent licensing structure that benefits both the end user and Six Apart.

"Yes, there will be a free version of Movable Type 3.0."

Mena Trott. It's About Time. Mena's Corner. May 13, 2004.

Six Apart. Movable Type 3.0 Developer Edition. May 15, 2004.

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May 27, 2004

Finding a Middle Ground for Social Software

"The other day, a CIO was complaining about how users at his company were running roughshod over corporate systems and networks. The most recent problems came to light when a network failure cut off e-mail and Web access throughout the company's far-flung operations.

"Instead of simply calling it a day, creative employees quickly implemented workarounds. One group installed a quick and dirty Wiki to enable team communications. Another took advantage of America Online Inc.'s Instant Messenger application to route files and messages between geographically remote employees. Others used Web e-mail and wireless networking to keep the company's business flowing."

"The CIO moved quickly to lock down corporate desktops and laptops to prohibit users from installing unapproved software. It's not the first time I've seen such a dramatic, knee-jerk response to user-supplied productivity tools."

Jim Louderback. Finding Middle Ground in Office Use of Collaboration Tools. eWeek. May 24, 2004.

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May 26, 2004

Library Leads University Blog Initiative

"With the April launch of UThink, a program under the library's auspices to offer free blogs to the university community, the University of Minnesota is among the first university libraries to become the center for blogging. Blogging has become popular on campuses nationwide but not necessarily sponsored by the academic library. UM asserts that blogging is key to the library's mission, from collecting 'campus history' to facilitating academic discourse."

Andrew Albanese. UM Library Offers Free Blogs. Library Journal. May 17, 2004.

University of Minnesota University Libraries. UThink: Blogs at the University Libraries. April 12, 2004.

University of Minnesota University Libraries. UThink FAQ. No date.

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Project Blogs for Project Management

"Posting a work plan on a Weblog made three key things happen. First, it forced the team to strategically organize its initiatives into a coherent roadmap fit for broader internal consumption. Next, it created a sense of accountability for these initiatives within the team because we had collectively agreed on the initiatives and documented the process. Finally, posting our plan for the entire company to see helped foster a sense of accountability to our non-IT colleagues within the company."

Chad Dickerson. Blogging Behind the Firewall. InfoWorld. May 21, 2004.

Chad Dickerson. RSS: Really Simple Solution. InfoWorld. Jan. 30, 2004.

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May 18, 2004

Project Blogs for Use in Information Organizations

"The blogging phenomenon has intriguingly useful implications for IT. I have to ask myself: Why wouldn't it make sense for an IT project manager to post a blog—or "plog" (project log)—to keep her team and its constituents up-to-date on project issues and concerns? Is it inherently inappropriate for an individual to post constructive observations about a project's progress? IT organizations that can effectively use blogs as managerial tools (or communication resources) are probably development environments that take both people and their ideas seriously."

Michael Schrage. The Virtues of Chit Chat. CIO. May 15, 2004.

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May 14, 2004

Google's Blog: More Than Idle Chatter?

"Despite the breezy tone of the Google blog, the effort is apparently not as offhand as one might think," according to a News.com story. "In a move that seems out of character with the informality of blogging, Google edited itself in a Monday note about the Mountain View, Calif., company's recent expansion to Bangalore, India. In an earlier, more lighthearted version of the posting, Google said too much has been made out of U.S. companies outsourcing jobs in India. A later version of the note, posted Tuesday without identifying the changes, takes a less opinionated tone over what is a topic of heated political debate."

It will be interesting to see how this publication evolves, particularly as the company prepares its initial public offering of stock. SNTReport.com's quick review of the initial postings suggest that the blog may turn out to be nothing more than a sly way to distribute press releases.

For example, a May 11 posting reviews the company's position over search results that some saw as controversial. In early April, a person who entered "Jew" as a search term in Google was pointed to an anti-Jewish site as the first entry of the search results. The search results were amended a few weeks later in a such a way that the controversial site was listed much lower in the Google search result rankings. Google attributed the change to the timing of its spider's crawls, and possible ISP host changes.

Other companies, like Dell, also publish blogs, but the content of many other corporate blogs is more technical than editorial.

Update: The blog Google Watch reported on May 14 that Google has bought an ad for the search term "Jew" that points to the company's position statement. The new, revised search results for the term "Jew" can be seen here.

Stefanie Olsen. Google Blog Somewhat Less than '"Bloggy". News.com. May 11, 2004.

David Becker. Anti-Semitic Site Drops Off Google. News.com. April 26, 2004.

David Becker. Google Caught in Anti-Semitism Flap. News.com. April 7, 2004.

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May 13, 2004

Reuters Syndicates Using RSS

As of last week, Reuters.com has adopted RSS technology to syndicate its headline news to publishers across the Web. The news agency has done so in order to meet increased demand for news via Web syndication. "Reuters has been more aggressive about promoting general news and video for consumption on its own Web site," according to a News.com story. "In the last year, it has pushed to highlight consumer-focused news online and sell more advertising on its Web site and Reuters Television. The RSS feeds may serve to drive traffic to Reuters.com."

The revelation that Reuters has selected RSS as its syndication platform comes mere days after Google announced that it had updated Blogger, the popular blog tool, and decided that Blogger would use only Atom, a syndication platform that competes with RSS.

Google bought Pyra Labs, the company that makes Blogger, in February 2003.

Stefanie Olsen. Reuters Picks Up Web Syndication Technology. News.com. May 11, 2004.

Stefanie Olsen. Google Polishes Up Blogger Site. News.com. May 9, 2004.

SNTReport.com story.

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May 10, 2004

Upgrading Librarians' Skills

"Blog! The tools are free. Blog internally and externally. Promote your stuff to your users. Promote the library to the staff. Bring out your staff's hidden creativity. It's time well spent.

"Send out your Web content via RSS. Not everyone may know what's up with RSS but they soon will. That little on your site says a lot!"

Michael Stephens. 10 Things A Library Can Do to Boost their Techie Stuff. Tame the Web. May 8, 2004.

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Blogger Upgraded

Google has launched an improved version of Blogger, the first major upgrade to the the popular web log service in nearly four years. New features include posting via email, comments and profiles.

Chris Sherman. Google Overhauls Blogger. Search Engine Watch. May 10, 2004.

Biz Stone. The Great Blogger Relaunch. Blogger.com. May 3, 2004.

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April 09, 2004

More Sharing At Redmond

"Microsoft quietly launched a new site on Tuesday that combines blogs, discussion forums and other technology to improve communications with developers.

"Channel 9 was created by a group of engineers and "technology evangelists" at Microsoft that is convinced the software giant could do more to promote free discussion with outside developers. The name refers to the audio channel most airlines use to allow passengers to listen in on conversations between flight crew members."

David Becker. Blogs Put Developers in Microsoft 'Cockpit'. News.com. April 6, 2004.

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April 05, 2004

Introducing SNTReport.com’s Connections Column: Suchi Mohanty

Today, we debut our Connections column. The purpose of Connections is to interview an information professional who is using social software tools in unique and interesting ways.

In our first Connections column, we are pleased to publish an interview with librarian Suchi Mohanty.

Mohanty, 25, is a reference and instruction librarian at the R. B. House Undergraduate Library at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. For nearly one year, Mohanty has been an integral part of an initiative in which House librarians use Web logs and instant messaging in order to communicate with and service their clientele. (In addition, the House library makes social hardware software tools available for checkout, including laptop computers and wireless cards.)

These initiatives, which target a core audience that ranges from 18 to 22 years old, point to the increased – and natural – use of social software in the library environment.

SNTReport.com's Founder and Editor K. Matthew Dames interviewed Mohanty on April 1, 2004.

SNTReport.com: How did the IM initiative start?
Mohanty: I guess I should start by telling you about the background and history of our library. The House building was built in 1968. We closed in December 2000 in order to renovate, and reopened in August 2002. During the renovation period, the building was gutted and rebuilt to accommodate wireless and other technologies.

When we re-opened, we noticed that we weren’t getting the same level of business at reference desk. We began discussing this internally, trying to figure out why our numbers were dropping. One of the things we noticed was that the computer labs were always filled to capacity, and we got the idea that one reason people didn’t come to the reference desk was that they didn’t want to leave their computers; they feared they would lose their spot if they did so.

As a result, we developed the IM service as a response to that: students could send us questions from their computers without having to come to us at the desk, and possibly lose their computer time as a result.

We launched the IM initiative in May 2003, and ran it over the summer as a pilot program. We got very little response during the pilot: we had about 20 questions over the whole summer. But once the fall semester began, our numbers exploded. In October [2003], we got 245 IM questions, and in November we got 395 questions. Last month [March 2004], we got 202 questions. Our peak times are around exams.

SNTReport.com: Who is your main audience?
Mohanty: Our main audience is the undergraduate student body. We get some business from graduate students, but they usually gravitate toward Davis, the campus' main library, or the departmental libraries.

Our policy says that the service is primarily for students at UNC-Chapel Hill, but we don’t exclude non-Chapel Hill students. We occasionally get questions from high school students in the area, and we’ve even had alums IM us from California.

SNTReport.com: What IM technology do you use?
Mohanty: We’re using AOL’s Instant Messenger as the main tool because it’s such a familiar tool for our undergraduates. We wanted to pick a software they were familiar with in order to eliminate any technology intimidation issues.

SNTReport.com: Where do your students IM from?
Mohanty: We originally envisioned that people inside the [library] building would use the IM service, but it has expanded to include people outside the library, including from the dorms. We do get IM from in the building, but the majority of our IM customers come from outside the building.

SNTReport.com: How do you handle IM questions in the overall reference mix?
Mohanty: In our policies, we state that IM service is for “brief” questions. We may ask patron to call us if the question is detailed or complicated. But, on the other hand, we IM’d with a student yesterday for more than an hour. The questions really vary in complexity.

We also state in our policies that people who are at the reference desk have priority over IM questions. If we are too busy at the desk, we usually tell the IM customer to wait a few minutes, and usually they are happy to wait. If we are away from the desk helping someone in the stacks, we’ll post an away message that includes a link to our Ask-A-Librarian page.

[Editor’s note: House’s IM service is open 68 hours per week, the same total hours and times that the Library's reference desk is open.]

SNTReport.com: How has the library and University administration responded to the IM initiative?
Mohanty: The head of the undergraduate library, Leah McGinnis, has been very supportive. Part of our mission statement is to test new technologies. We like the idea of offering service using a service students already familiar with. Other people on the campus seem to be very impressed with our success.

SNTReport.com: What other Chapel Hill libraries are using IM?
Mohanty: Well, the Math/Physics Library is experimenting with it now. The School of Information and Library Science is starting a trial this summer. And the main library, Davis, offers a chat service through LSSI, and they have had increased usage numbers as well.

[Editor's note: LSSI provides a virtual reference service that several public and university libraries use.]

SNTReport.com: What other social software initiatives are you using at the Library?
Mohanty: We are using a blog as well. We started the blog pilot at the same time as our IM pilot. The blog idea came from a graduate student in the LIS school, Jean Ferguson, who worked in our instruction program. The purpose of the blog is to provide an alternative space for communication, and to draw students into library. Again, the overall goal has been to take a technology that students are familiar with in the recreational arena, and adapt it to our academic purposes.

[Editor's note: The online publication blogwithoutalibrary.net maintains a listing of public, special and academic libraries that use blogs.]

SNTRreport.com: What is the future of these initiatives?
Mohanty: We’ve been doing both of these for almost a year now. We want to take the summer to evaluate the results, and we’d like to take time to develop more interest among staff. We’ve been thinking about offering LSSI as a supplement, but we may hold off on that because IM is perfect for what we do.

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April 01, 2004

Moblogging is Mo' Better

"More and more people are using their cell phones to create online photo journals, also called mobile Web logs, or 'moblogs,' for short."

Paul Festa. Will 'Moblogs' Mean Mo' Money? News.com. April 1, 2004.

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March 28, 2004

Can Blogs Replace Communities of Practice?

"Before the development of weblogs, 'online community' tools like forums, mailing lists and bulletin boards were predominantly used for community building. Experience seems to show that weblogs are proving far more effective in creating meaningful interpersonal connections than centralized community spaces on the web. Can networks of bloggers be seen as the future of online communities?"

Mopsos. Blogs and CoPs. March 22, 2004.

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March 10, 2004

Competing Blog Formats Get Closer

News.com continues its timely coverage of the RSS scrum by reporting that the chief architect of the RSS syndication format has proposed that he merge the format with Atom, RSS's chief competitor.

Writing on March 9 in his Scripting.com blog, Dave Winer -- recognized as the caretaker of Really Simple Syndication, or RSS -- stated that he was seeking to resolve the long-contentious RSS issue at this time because he felt RSS was secure.

"My philosophy is that the time to make an offer is when you're strongest, because that's when it's most likely to work," Winer wrote. "Now that RSS is ascending so powerfully, I want to make an offer on its behalf. It would be easy to say that other formats don't matter, but even if I believe that, the community is better off if we have one format we're all promoting; as opposed to having continued arguments about whether "issued" is better than "pubDate". The truth is that neither is better or worse. If it works it's good.

"By making this offer to the Atom people I'm giving them a chance to get out of conflict with RSS. I think it's something users can support," Winer continued. "I hope they get together and make a serious counter. Why shouldn't they?"

RSS is a format for syndicating news and the content of news-like sites, including major news sites, news-oriented community sites, and personal weblogs, according to XML.com. There are seven different RSS formats; version 2.0, owned by UserLand, is the most recent format.

Winer's truce offer comes about one month after Google announced that it would adopt Atom as the main syndication format for its popular Blogger.com software instead of RSS. Google acquired Blogger.com's parent company, Pyra Labs, in February 2003.

Atom supporters have stated that they began seeking an alternative to RSS because the RSS specification is five years old and Winer had announced that the current version (RSS 2.0) would be the last final version of the syndication format. "[RSS] was designed for news sites, a way for them to list the stories they had," the Atom authors explain on its "Motivation" page. "Things are different now, and RSS is mostly used as a way of sending around the content of weblogs. RSS has been kludged and pushed into this world, but it doesn't really fit."

Google and Six Apart are among those that support Atom, while Yahoo!, Apple Computer and News.com support the RSS standard.

The Atom crew denies that their efforts to build a competing Web syndication specification have nothing to do with reported personal rifts. (For a non-technical explanation of the Atom syndication effort, please refer to AtomEnabled.org.)

Paul Festa. Blog Format Truce Proposed. News.com. March 9, 2004.

Dave Winer. RSS is Raging. Scripting.com. March 9, 2004.

Dave Winer. RFC: Merge RSS and Atom? Dave Winer's Test Site. March 8, 2004.

Paul Festa. Google Spurns RSS for Rising Blog Format. News.com. Feb. 11, 2004.

Paul Festa. Battle of the Blog. News.com. Aug. 4, 2003.

AtomEnabled Alliance. What is AtomEnabled Beta: What is Atom? AtomEnabled.org. No date.

Mark Pilgrim. What is RSS? XML.com. Dec. 18, 2002.

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March 01, 2004

Blogging Not Yet Widespread

A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project says that while an increasing number of Americans contribute content to various online channels, blogging has not become as widespread as many thought.

"Some bloggers indeed update their journals often, in some cases several times a day," according to an Associated Press story about the report. "But it's clearly a minority who are taking advantage of the blog and its potential to steer the online discourse with personal musings about news events and daily life."

Query this: should blogs become standard communication tools in libraries? It seems the application has wide uses, either as a public notice application, or as an internal staff tool for professional development and information sharing.

We would be interested in learning how you, Uber-librarian, use blogging and related tools. Please post a comment in the Comments area (link located in the dateline of this post).

Amanda Lenhart. Content Creation Online. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Feb. 29, 2004.

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