Archive for October, 2005

Fun With GPay

23 Oct 2005

While I was browsing for some new stuff, I accidentally came accross this pretty cool image :

Created by Durity Sense of Humor

The Image was posted on [Durity Sense of Humor], for the occasional rumor of Google wanting to compete with PayPal. I thought it was pretty funny.

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Links R Us

23 Oct 2005

Busy days, and I’ve been redesigning the blog a little, for those who haven’t noticed. I didn’t add the rss-post and the link-post to the rss feed, because it’s more of a ‘behind the scenes’ thing. So if you think there’s something wrong : there isn’t. :)

Here are some good links to get you through the day :

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It’s Coming & You Might Want That

19 Oct 2005

What is it? Do you want it? It can hold 2500 songs, has over 1700 lines of resolution!

It is everything you ever wanted. That’s for sure.

“The highlight however is the 6 funny videos which appear to make fun of many other company’s campaigns”

  • Check out [] via [AdLand] (22 hours left ’til the launch)Other Good Reads of The Day :
  • Video phone pioneer 3 UK is bringing to Britain a service that could allow its customers to make thousands of pounds by shooting their own video clips — and charging others to watch them. [Read on Reuters]
  • I previously reported on Rollyo, the custom search engine and now they’re back, with a custom search box for your site, featuring the sites you’ve handpicked and added to the searchroll ! – via [SearchEngine Lowdown]
  • What would Jesus blog? That and other pressing questions drew 135 Christians to Southern California this weekend for a national conference billed as the first-ever for “God bloggers,” a growing community of online writers who exchange information and analyze current events from a Christian perspective. [Read on YahooNews]
  • It seems, ladies and gentlemen, that it is now possible to advertise on police cars.
    [Read on ExperienceTheMessage]
  • For those tackling math equations, MSN Search has a nice feature: it solves them.
    [Read on Google Blogoscoped]
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If you Think This Blog Moves Slow

19 Oct 2005

… then you might want to know I’m also posting stuff on other places, which leaves me not that much time to post other interesting things here, since I have issues in real life that kind of need some devoted attention. Tomorrow I’m going to interview the guy who reads my blog but doesn’t know the url. A common disease with people that work their ass off all the time. :)

That interview needs to last at least 45 minutes, and I have to video-capture it and put it on dvd to hand it in with my teacher of qualitative market research. I have to prepare that a little. School, isn’t it just great :)

Okay so what have I been posting around every here and there?

Nathan’s off for a few days again, so I’m taking over the BlogNewsChannel’s main blogs.

the Google section :

* Blogspot Under Fire
* Measure Map, Coming Soon To A Blog Near You
* ProgrammableWeb & Movil
* Yo, Google, Pass Me The Milk
* Yahoo Acquires WhereOnEarth
* What Is It ?
* GMail’s Spam Filter On Vacation ?
* Secret AdSense API
* MS AdCenter Live (cross-posted on Microsoft)
* Pimp My GMail

the Microsoft section :

* RealNetworks Goes Shopping With Microsoft’s Cash

Over at Movil, our blog on mobile & wireless technology :

* ShoZu Your Pictures To Flickr
* In Comes 4G (3G’s for losers)

Want to know what I’ve posted there in the past? Here’s a Google Shortcut :

for & for
and last but not least for the movil blog.

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Striking Back With The Bubble Project

18 Oct 2005

Our communal spaces are being overrun with ads. Train stations, streets, squares, busses and subways now scream one message after another at us. Once considered ‘public’, these spaces are increasingly being seized by corporations to propagate their messages solely in the interest of profit. Armed with heavy budgets, their marketing tactics are becoming more and more aggressive and manipulative.

[The Bubble Project] is the counterattack. The Bubbles are the ammunition. Once placed on ads, these stickers transform the corporate monologue into an open dialogue. They encourage anyone tp fill them in with any form of self expression, free from censorship.

Date Me ! (please)

More Bubbles mean more freed spaces, more sharing of personal thoughts, more reactions to current events and most importantly : more imagination & fun.

Setup : 15,000 of these bubble stickers were printed and are going to be placed on top of ads all over New York City. Passersby fill them in. Then the results are photographed, you can also send yours in, and the best ones are gathered in a gallery. – via [i-Wisdom]

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Facts, Figures & A Bunch of Links

16 Oct 2005

It seems the more things you have to do in real life, the less time you have to post about it. That too goes for reading an RSS reader, or cleaning out your inbox. I’m going to summarize the interesting things I read recently and point out some places that have good stuff going on.

Philipp thinks computer keyboards can also be used as terrorist’s tool because “By entering letters into this input device, digital messages can be created to speed up communication between different terrorist organisations. Among other things, this may be used to discuss potential targets.” Too funny ! Also check what he writes about the post-it notes! Really :)

[SearchEngineWatch] reports on 2 reports that researched how we search. :)
“40 % of those conducting online research go to search engines first. Still, 57 % use retailer Web sites to research products before making a decision.
The study also found that the same number of people — one-third — search by brand as much they do by general category of product and/or service. Men use search engines more when researching a product: 69 % compared to 65 % of women.” – [Read more]

Google now lets you submit Flash-based advertisement for your Google AdWords campaigns. via [BestingAdwords]>[InsideAdwords]

Yahoo is testing a new approach to delivering news search results, combining traditional media sources with “citizen journalism” from blogs and images from its Flickr photo sharing site.” So now News, Blogs & Flickr are all scanned for results when you enter a query. via [SearchEngineWatch] -
[Submit Your RSS Feed to Yahoo] and get included.

The new Bluetooth-enabled Apple Remote, a new Mac user interface for navigating your media collection called Front Row & the New iMac G5.

Google has silently added a Bookmarks feature to My Search History, enabling you to quickly tag and comment any web page you’ve visited. [InsideGoogle]

courtesy of the google blogoscoped guy
Just the Noise.

“Best of all, sites in the Spam Google index try to rip you off by being relevant to your search. And isn’t that what Google is all about, relevancy?”
Heheh :) [Check out SpamGoogle] and have a blast ! via [Philipp]

The Netcraft “October 2005 Survey” found 74,409,971 sites, an increase of 2.68 million sites from its September survey. The gain makes 2005 the strongest year ever for Internet growth, with the Web adding 17.5 million sites, easily surpassing the previous annual mark of 16 million during the height of the dot-com boom in 2000. [eMarketer] > []

“Never moon a werewolf” and other funny oneliners on [NetScrap]
“Ever wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?” and other great quotes by comedians, also on [NetScrap] > [Blogium]

I’m worth : $219,960 says [Nathan], now to make that clear to the bank and investors team so they can balance me out. I could do with some wheels. :)

SorryGottaGo is the perfect alternative to end ANY phone conversation you want to stop. Tired of those telemarketeers calling you? Tired of listening to your mother in law? When you’re looking for a good excuse to end it : [Here's Your Answer] – via [GoogleBlogoscoped]

Pimping the IMDB [InternetMovieDatabase] from Amazon with [SearchEngineWatch] came in very handy for some reviews I was doing.
College Life, Powered by Google. “You spend your life dealing with information. A lot of it is academic, a lot more is personal, it all matters, and you can probably use better tools for handling it effectively.” On this page, Google likes to introduce you to a few of them. via [InsideGoogle]

Blogging Predicted in 1837? A talented, prophetical Russian prince by the name of Vladimir Odoevsky (1803-1869) apparently predicted the internet and described the process of what we call ‘blogging’. [Read]

Ultimate R|Mail : Scott Kingery used R|mail to post his links via FeedBurner onto his blog. Are you using R|Mail ? Let us know how, and tell us what you experience.

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An Electronic Handshake

16 Oct 2005

“Most bloggers don’t know the power of linking to their sources. You see, I’m often surprised when I find a fellow blogger has stolen some code or text or idea from another blog without any link back to the source.” – I have to agree that what Randy says in that post is very true. Very often bloggers ‘forget to mention’ where some quote or image came from. Last time I checked my logs, I saw a lot of traffic caused by images from certain blogposts, but the html count was way under the image count. About 5 times as low. That means somewhere someone is hotlinking my images. Very often I check out the sources that ‘hijack’ my bandwidth and I’m rather confused to see how many people out there consider me to be a free image host. I can only imagine I’m not the only one dealing with this problem. That’s what happens with copy pasting or with automatic reposts, I guess. Text Thievery, however, is something I highly disapprove of. Even more than Image Theft, this is showing of little respect for the blogger community. It often happens in the form of copying text and pretending it’s yours, but it also happens in form of ‘bypassing’ the messenger.

Isn’t blogging about linking? About people? I guess for certain sites and bloggers it became all about ‘owning content’ hereby blocking off their sources to ‘be the first one again’ when their secret source brings another stunning piece, posts another hot link. Some people then just link to the hot link, without mentioning their source. And that’s just too bad. Taking credit from your audience for something someone else has done research for is just lame.

I don’t care if people steal my images. Well in fact, I do care, but there’s not much I can do about it but send a mail, so I started caring less ;). But I hate it when they hotlink without even mentioning the source. Not only are you kicking me in the back, you’re also robbing me when I’m down on the ground. I have to pay for bandwith I’m not using and get nothing in return. I’m not a charity organization. Either you pay me in cash, or you link to me. The least you could do is right-click-save the image and upload it to your own host. The other nice thing to do would be linking to me. I do it all the time. I don’t hide where I nicked stuff, I invite people to go see where it came from. I have an idea : let’s all do that, all the time. Then maybe if you do a blogsearch, you finally get to see where you end up instead of discovering a week later you’ve been duplicated without even knowing it. Becoming duplicated is an honor for the writer. A signal of recognition. Being robbed makes you feel just not that recognized.

I recently saw it happen with a blog that posted a really hot link to a good story. I know this because I watch the rss feeds of those blogs very closely. The soon as I’ve received that certain rss post in my mailbox via r|mail, I then saw the story pop-up on very different places, of which you could tell they all quoted or congratulated the second source, ‘the thief’, and nobody every knew about the original blogger who actually was the first one to bring this story up.

The same quotes, but no link to the messenger, just to the source. As if they accidentally stumbled upon the same Chinese newpaper or Mexican blog. Goh, jeez, what are the odds? You monitor all Chines blogs and translate it yourself too to see if this story is true, and then you accidentally come up with identically the same ten lines of text from a 2-page-issue? Wow, man ! Congrats ! (you can fill in every country you like, examples enough- unfortunately). That’s just not right. It’s selfish. I assume anyone could tell for themselves whether somebody pointed them to the story or not. I think anyone should be honest enough to mention the guy that actually monitors these foreign sources to blog the news, because without this guy you wouldn’t probably have read the news in the first place. And if everybody keeps blocking their sources, perhaps there’ll come a day these sources disappear, because nobody knew about them so logically nobody had the opportunity to help support the investigators and preserve their existence or encourage them to continue with the marvellous job they do.

It’s all about the electronic handshake.
It’s all about saying ‘yo man, thanks! I’m blogging this!’ or ‘Good job! Mucho gusto!’

And then there is the opposite. You can also ‘overdo’ the linking stuff. That’s what happens with for instance. Nathan posted a really good story about that, which you should read… cuz it’s good. – is a network of blogs, and every week they post an entry on all of their blogs with a ‘hot this week on weblogsinc.’ sauce topped over it. Then they line up the ‘top reads’ from all of the blogs, interlinking them to help increase traffic – and maybe adsense revenue :) – Apparently blog search engines like Technorati count those links as independent sources, Nathan says.

“See, the latest one of these ‘posts’ contains 69 links to other Weblogs properties, and Technorati counts every single one. And since these posts are replicated across all of Weblogs properties, getting seven links in the post (as Slashfood did) can translate to well over a hundred links in just one day.”

If this is true, and let’s say you’d value a blog on how many links it gets, using a recognized company to do so, there is a significant difference between how much your blog(s) is(are) worth with or without the interlinking system. By overdoing this, you could ‘game’ a valuating system by tapping into it and playing out this flaw, so you can artificially crank up the value of your blog(s) and make it look more appealing if you put it up for sale. Technorati values blogs in terms of in influentialness. So the more links you get, the more influential you are and thus the more you are worth.

It’s also a deformation of reality because, for instance, if the first ten or fifteen results are in fact coming from the same sources or platform, then a lot of information is no longer really relevant, because in the end they all represent the same point of view. It goes without saying that a lot of people don’t go beyond page 2 of the search results, so in fact any of their choices regarding a certain topic would guide them to the same platform anyway, to then arrive in a crossposted link that takes you to another blog in the network, increasing hitcount and traffic numbers. And that’s not really meant to be so, but it’s not forbidden.

“[...] that the relevance of a site can be determined by the number of other sites that link to it, and thus consider it ‘important.’ [...] Technorati tracks the number of links, and the perceived relevance of blogs, as well as the real-time nature of blogging.” – Technorati’s ‘About’.

Makes you think, doesn’t it? – Dave from Technorati said in Nathan’s comments that they’re working on it, so I guess it’ll get fixed somehow. It’ll be interesting to see the stats ‘after’ the new code has been applied. This would then be the naked thruth.

[Randy : Where Credit is Due !]
[Nathan : How Games The System]

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Tagging Your Ads With Feed Weaver

15 Oct 2005

The idea is you can enter your ads/posts put in a link with your referral id (like at amazon), and then tag the ad. The ad will then be displayed on all the affiliate’s web sites, affiliates can subscribe to tag feeds and target ads to their needs. Currently feedweaver tracks clicks on an ad & clicks on an ad per affiliate. You can sort by recency or by total number of clicks.

Also from the ‘About’ :

For blog or website publishers that are tired of irrelevant ads, feedweaver provides highly informative ads based on keywords you select. Targeted ads using tags create RSS channels to distribute ads. Unlike other marketing sites, feedweaver gives control to the publisher to select and enter relevant content while optimizing ad performance.

For advertisers that want to reach specific target audiences, feedweaver provides a broad audience of involved publishers that have specifically requested ad feeds from a keyword targeted channel. Feedweaver is a web 2.0 publishing engine that will put your ad where it generates the most traffic.

FeedWeaver is a new personal Ad syndication site based on web 2.0 techology. It creates a feed of ads that you can put on your website or subscribe to in RSS. There is a simple way to enter an ad, to list your popular ads and to list your recent ads. Ads can be tagged with keywords of your choosing which creates a dynamic ad channel for books, music, sports etc. You can subscribe to just your ads or to all ads in the system.

A good thing is that you, as an advertiser, can hook up to an RSS feed displaying the most recent ads that are active. You’ll notice the green keywords, the ‘tags’ that are connected to the ad itself and are entered by the publisher. Those keywords are the strength of this tool.
Good thing is : now you can see what terms your competiton is betting on. Comes in handy.
Welcome to Web 2.0, ‘power-to-the-people-and-customize-this!’ is all around now, and I’m loving it.


[The About] – [Try Feed Weaver] – via [Web2.0Central] > [Findory]

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