Bloggers Under Attack from German Spammers?

I’m glad to see I’m not the only one getting hundreds of German spam emails at the moment. Steve thinks there might be a blog link to the issue – or maybe its just that bloggers are talking about it more than others because they have the vehicle (their blogs) to do so.

Update: The Australian picks up the story.

Also I’ve noticed quite a few of the emails I’ve been getting are ‘message failed’ emails and that my email address has been used as a reply address for hundreds of emails.

Yahoo buys Flickr – Confirmed

FlickrBlog confirms the rumors that everyone has been talking about recently – Yahoo! has bought Flickr:

‘Holy smokes, SOMEBODY out there is bad at keeping secrets!! Yes! We can finally confirm that Yahoo has made a definitive agreement to acquire Flickr and us, Ludicorp. Smack the tattlers and pop the champagne corks!

Woohoo! What does this mean? It means that we’ll no longer have to draw straws to see who gets paid, schedule conjugal visits between trips to the colo….wait! That’s not what you want to know. This is what you want to know:’

Congratulations flickr – another example of an innovative web based development being bought up by the big guys.

Found via Kris Krug

Preople Rank – Is yours bigger than mine?


Ok – for all of us Ego surfers out there – Preople Rank is just the trick. It will rank your name in comparison to others on the internet. This is how they explain their service.

‘ok, we visit a few search engines, search for your name, get the number of times your name is found online and perform a complicated calculation to extract a ranking. We guard this formula with our lives because it is what makes our service, and your ranking, unique.’

So for me – I get a ranking of 45,700 (although I did it twice again and got another number too) which means there are 2917 names in their database with higher ranking and 36628 with lower. Sounds impressive until you start to compare it with a few others out there.

So this got me thinking about what others might rank. One of the nice features of Preople is that you can compare two names. So I decided to answer an age old Blogging question – who is more powerful – Nick Denton or Jason Calacanis? Ok – so this tool won’t answer that – but it’ll tell us who gets themselves talked about more than the other according to the Search Engines. Ready for the results? Here they are….

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Comparing Blogs to John Kerry – An issue of recognition

There has been a bit of commentary around the web this week about the statistics that 48% of Americans have never knowingly read a blog and that only 7% are regular readers. Whilst bloggers might be a little disappointed in such statistics I actually think that they are good. It means that 52% of Americans must have some idea what a blog is (they must have some idea to even answer that question).

It reminds me of an article I read a month before the US presidential election last year – in it the author spoke of a study which found that presidential candidate John Kerry had a name recognition rate of 60% of the American public. I was staggered that 40% of the population didn’t seem to recognize the name of the guy who could be their next president!

I know I’m comparing apples and oranges (or Kerry’s with Blogs) and don’t really have a major scientific point here – but I don’t think these studies really need to be taken too seriously other to say that at this point in the history of blogging that perhaps there is still some room for growth of the industry.

State of The Blogosphere – Volume of posting Up

Sifry continues his State of The Blogosphere series of posts and looks at volume of posting.

‘On average, Technorati is tracking about 500,000 posts per day, which is about 5.8 posts per second. In October 2004, we were seeing about 400,000 posts per day.’

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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