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Yahoo 360 – Blending Blogging and social networking

It looks like Yahoo! is getting further into the Blogging Business with their new venture to be released later this monty – Yahoo 360 – a service that combines a number of functions including blogging and social networking. Here’s how its explained at Yahoo News.

‘Yahoo Inc. 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.

Yahoo is testing the service with a small group of employees, some of whom have been working on the project since last year when the product was operating under the code name “Mingle.”

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….’

Read more at Yahoo! News – Yahoo Tests Blend of Blogging, Networking

Yahoo 360 sounds very much like Google’s attempt at social networking – Orkut which was an invitation only service only whereby members could invite others in a virus like manner.

Update: You can see the Yahoo 360 website here

Apple 1, bloggers 0

I find this finding by a San Jose judge to be quite puzzling. It seems bloggers are not held under the same law as journalists. I’m sure there will be an appeal of the decision – perhaps as bloggers we should pass around the hat to help fund it – this is not the type of precedent that would be in the best interests of bloggers.

‘In a case with implications for the freedom to blog, a San Jose judge tentatively ruled Thursday that Apple Computer can force three online publishers to surrender the names of confidential sources who disclosed information about the company’s upcoming products.

Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg refused to extend to the Web sites a protection that shields journalists from revealing the names of unidentified sources or turning over unpublished material.’

Read more at Apple 1, bloggers 0

Found via Business Blog Consulting

Yahoo to Invest in Blogs, Analyst Says

A quick quote from an article found on Yahoo! News written about Yahoo!

‘Internet media company Yahoo Inc. is likely to build and buy tools that help its users create, publish and search blogs, Susquehanna Financial Group Marianne Wolk said in a note on Friday.’

Read more at Yahoo to Invest in Blogs, Analyst Says

Tsunami Blogging – What did we learn?

I really enjoyed reading Pete Blackshaw’s Marketing Through the Tsunami Lens article today where he examines some of the lessons learned and trends that have emerged as a result of the mass of blogging that happened around the Tsunami tragedy late last year and in the weeks that followed. He observes 6 key points and then gives key takeaways from each one. Here are some snippets of what he had to say on each point.

The rise of citizen’s media – Our world is becoming more transparent, and the blog-enabled “Web recorder” is archiving real-time consumer/citizen experiences and narratives. This includes experiences with products and services.

Rich media by default – We live in a rich-media, consumer-controlled surveillance culture. Rich media is changing the game. The same factors that historically made TV so persuasive and emotionally engaging are the core building blocks of the blogosphere.

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Yahoo! Blogs

Yahoo Blogs Japan

It looks like Yahoo! have been getting into the blogging thing with the launch of Yahoo! Japan’s Blogs beta. I wonder if we’ll see this rolled out world wide at some point from Yahoo!? The features of what they are offering look pretty comprehensive with them coming complete with RSS feeds, accepting trackbacks, statistics, a favorites system, guest book etc.

Found via Susan Mernit’s Blog and Blog Count

Visualization of Blogs

Vs Scobler

Anjo is doing some very interesting work on Visually representing blogs. The picture to the left (click to enlarge) is a partial visualization of Scobleizer over a year. Anjo describes what you’re looking at by writing:



• Size of a blob is determined by the number of words in the post. Bigger blob, more words (in fact: every pixel represents one word).

• Colour of the blob is determined by whether there are links to others (grey), links from others (green) or no links (red). All with respect to a community of KM bloggers determined by Lilia and
Stephanie

It is an interesting first implementation of this visualization system – well worth checking out. Read the rest here. I’ll be interested to see what else emerges.

NYT Online Advertisign is up 32%

ClickZ reports that Online Ad Revenues Up 32 Percent at New York Times Co. its not a blog – but I figure its representative of what is happening in the wider online community.

‘Advertising revenue for The New York Times’ online unit increased 32.2 percent for December 2004 compared with December 2003, driven by strong growth in display advertising and all classified advertising categories.



That robust online performance contrasts with the almost flat advertising revenue growth company-wide. Total advertising revenues across all of the Times’ media holdings increased 2.2 percent to $187.2 million in December. For the year, the Times reported total advertising revenues up 3.5 percent with $2.19 billion.’

Searches on “Blogs” and “Blogging” up by 10% on Yahoo

Yahoo Buzz Reports that blogging has continued to climb the most search for words rankings:



Blogging continues its march on the mainstream. It’s considered essential to consume a steady diet of weblogs to keep up with what’s hot on the Web. Searches on “blogs” and “blogging” are still surging and both are up over 10% over the past week. We’ve seen political blogs, MP3 blogs, and food blogs all spike at various times over the last half-year. ‘



Read more at Yahoo! Buzz Index – Buzz Log – Blog-o-riffic!

PicturePhone.com For Sale – $1 Million Start Bid

Do you want to buy a domain name? Got a spare $1million dollars? Then PicturePhone.com might interest you! It isn’t a blog and therefore isn’t quite relevant here but I couldn’t resist linking up.

You see PicturePhone.com will be auctioned off to the highest bigger on January 31 to the highest bigger and the bids will start at $1million. Check out their terms for the auction at PicturePhone Domain Name Auction.