How to get depressed with Technorati

Updated on July 18, 2006 I was looking for something on Technorati just now and glanced at the top searches and hot tags lists on the home page. Technorati certainly does reflect the topical issues people want to find commentary and opinion about from the blogosphere. I found it quite depressing that the top search term was for “World War III.” But with what’s going on in the Middle East right now, it looks like a Nostradamus prediction, one that…

Biz-Tech-News: Headlines 18-July-06

Updated on July 18, 2006 BBC chief tops media power list Citizen journalists get rewarded Companies learn value of blogging Dell Called Me: Well, Knock Me Over With a Feather Digg to Add Sports, Swarm & Stack Free Digital Books from The World eBook Fair ‘Image Spam’ and VoIP Scam Attacks on Rise International Citizens Reporters Forum Microsoft makes changes to way it reports results Presidential Potty Mouth Resonates Across the Web, but the Candor is the Impressive Part Skype…

The Hobson & Holtz Report – Podcast #155: July 17, 2006

Updated on July 17, 2006 Content summary: First podcast for the Social Media Club; suggestions on show length and an experiment; International Herald Tribune podcasts; Charmin’s rude UK viral campaign; American Management Association’s email, IM and blog survey only looks at the dark side; WSUN Technologies’ bold response to blog copyright infringements; David Phillips reports on Second Life now; PR grassroots anti-astroturfing campaign launched; listeners’ comments discussion; FIR Frappr community update; the music; and more. Show notes for July 17,…

Speak out against astroturfing

Updated on July 17, 2006 Australian PR bloggers Trevor Cook and Paull Young are spearheading a grassroots campaign to persuade PR practitioners worldwide to speak out against an insidious practice known as astroturfing. The term astroturfing describes formal public relations projects which deliberately seek to engineer the impression of spontaneous, grassroots behaviour. The goal is the appearance of independent public reaction to a politician, political group, product, service, event, or similar entities by centrally orchestrating the behaviour of many diverse…

FeedBurner acquires blog analytics company

Updated on July 17, 2006 RSS management company FeedBurner announced today that it has acquired BlogBeat, a blog analytics company: […] The combined services will give FeedBurner’s 200,000 customers powerful tools for comprehensive comparison of feed subscribers and blog visitors, insight previously not available from a single platform. Looks like a very good deal for FeedBurner customers (of which I am one). Detailed info in the acquisition FAQ. (Via TechCrunch) It also scotches a baseless rumour last Friday that FeedBurner…

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