The makers of WordPress blogging software now have bbPress - a 'light' forum software app.
bbPress is forum software with a twist. bbPress is focused on web standards, ease of use, ease of integration, and speed. Most software in this space is focused on features like avatars or file attachment and if that's what you're interested in, bbPress probably isn't for you. We're focused on keeping things as small and light as possible for the explicit purpose of creating a community around support.
I do like the bit about no avatars i must say. How it would hold up under the strain of critical mass remains to be seen and i've not done much more than read the homepage and take a look at it's showcase implementation - which leaves a lot to be desired in the looks department but as bbPress is focused on web standards is most likely very simple to prettify.
Why There's No Escaping the Blog
Much of the blog evangelism out there just bores me to tears but here's a relatively well informed and thought provoking piece on the power of blogs and how companies are, or need to be, monitoring and using them.
Some of it is pure waffle, the stuff about Scoble being particulary funny. It is a good read though:
It all used to be so easy; the adage went "never pick a fight with anyone who buys ink by the barrel." But now everyone can get ink for free, launch a diatribe, and—if what they have to say is interesting to enough people—expect web-enabled word of mouth to carry it around the world. Unlike earlier promises of self-publishing revolutions, the blog movement seems to be the real thing. A big reason for that is a tiny innovation called the permalink: a unique web address for each posting on every blog. Instead of linking to web pages, which can change, bloggers link to one another's posts, which typically remain accessible indefinitely. This style of linking also gives blogs a viral quality, so a pertinent post can gain broad attention amazingly fast—and reputations can get taken down just as quickly.
Hey, what was that new fangled way of linking again? hehe...
It's facinating to watch such momentous change happening in the way we communicate and do business. Blogs are a big part of it but certainly not the only component in the "web communications boom"..
Craigslist Costs Newspapers Millions In Classified Ads Revenue
Social classifieds site Craigslist is eating up millions in ad revenue that would have otherwise gone the way of newspaper classifieds:
The non-profit site has also cost newspapers millions of dollars more in merchandise, real estate and other traditional classified advertising businesses, Classified Intelligence LLC said in a recent report on the self-service site's impact. Craigslist, which is a quarter owned by EBay Inc., has grown to a billion page-views a month.
"Craigslist has created an extremely important and valuable marketplace, and perfectly illustrates the changing nature of the classified advertising industry," Peter M. Zollman, founding principal of Classified Intelligence, said in a statement.
WebAtlas booted from Google
The conversation threadlinked above started by some gloating knob could be very worrying for Directory owners. The knob in question is gleefully informing the members at seozip that webatlas.org has been booted from Google.
Speaking of knobs, this thread at IHU has Dastardly Doug crowing about "spammy directories" - there's not much to be gained from the thread itself (surprise..) but it's indicative of many threads floating around out there over the last couple of months about Directory sites having trouble with Google.
So, have a look at Threadwatch member nandini's site: Web Atlas and tell us what you think. This would seem on a level with BlueFind's recent troubles
Is Google actively seeking out directories or are there some inherent flaws in the scripts that generate and maintain such sites that are tripping some kind of site hazard at G?
Is goodle against anyone who earns more than 5k a month
An interesting example of how urban myths develop - viz " I saw a thread on WMW about this, so it must be true"
One wonders whether the OP is for real. However if you want a smile, then read the thread, made me laugh.
Im told they will only let you earn a minimum of $4000 a month before you are likely to be dropped back down to $1000 a month..
ok cool so there are people earning 10k a month.. from adsense.. i heard they were like mythological beings .. like the loch ness monster
Jenstar, moderating, tries to dispel the myth, then BTabke arrives and does a cut for " language and specifics, as per TOS"
A new poster then confirms that the original proposition is true
I can confirm your opening post to this thread. Twice.....Both sites steadily increased daily/monthly revenue until hitting that one "magical" month, and then in a matter of a few days, daily revenue dropped until tapering off somewhere near the lower monthly number.
One feels that the premis will have gained credence from this airing
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Kevin Newcomb in the threadlink above has some interesting quotes and a little further speculation on Search Marketing consolidation:
Just about any SEM of significant size has been approached as a potential acquisition. Suitors include publicly traded holding companies, traditional and interactive agencies, and also ESPs, direct marketing and database marketing firms. According to various SEM executives ClickZ News interviewed for this story, performance-based ad networks, like ValueClick and FastClick, are among the most likely acquirers, outside the big three holding companies.
There are hundreds of SEM firms, but most industry watchers agree less than a dozen are large enough to have developed the practices and technologies to make them worth acquiring. SEM firms Did-It, Fathom, Impaqt and the foundering DoubleClick top the list of attractive targets.
What's more interesting to me is the unasked question: What will this mean to the small SEO/SEM?
Mobile spam bigger problem than regular spam in South Korea
Seems like mobile spam is outpacing email spam in Korea. Korea is often seen as a good "what's to come" indicator - The Engadget post threadlink aboves says that in May this year 10% of all SMS was spam but does point out that maybe folks have just resigned themselves to email spam and stopped complaining about it.
At least one of our members is in the Phuket Tsunami region - I hope they're alright, but fear the worst as news reports and blogs are saying thousands have died during the biggest earthquake since 1900.
thanks to scoble for the technorati link - G News Y! News Blog Reports
A place for black hats on SEW?
The term "blackhat" has become dilluted and distorted, as evidenced by the threadlink above. It's not just that the terms seems to have lost it's meaning (or possibly taken on a new meaning) but as Qwerty pointed out a day or so ago, it becomes offensive when a term you find yourself labeled with is equated with characteristics you'd rather not be associated with.
For him, it's the fact that whenever the tired, sad old debate raises it's weary head, inevitably someone in the dark camp brings up "religious zeal" when describing our lighter cousins. I do it quite often.
The reason im prone to that is that some in the light camp do indeed resemble religious fanatics, it's a fact i think Qwerty would find hard to deny - but rightly so, he objects to being bunched in that description.
Likewise for me with the blackhat label. For me, much of what's being discussed in the thread above is not what i would describe as blackhat, and i too dislike being labeled wrongly.
So, what am i going to do about it?
Nothing much, im just going to stop (not that it happens very often) siding myself with the black camp. It's just not a black and white issue so i think i'd prefer not to generalize. To liken Qwerty (sorry mate, your just a good example heh..) to Doug Heil is doing Qwerty an injustice. I have a lot of respect for what he's said in this thread although we oppose and like him, find it somewhat mildly offensive to be lumped together with so called "blackhats" - when some of them clearly dont understand the term and what it means.
So, in 2005 i shall be hat agnostic and try to judge cases on their individual merits or demerits rather than lump folks together. I shouldnt think for a moment that that will stop people putting a label on me, but it'll make me feel a bit better :-)
At I.B.M., That Google Thing Is So Yesterday
An interesting look at IBM's PIQUANT (Practical Intelligent QUestion ANswering Technology) - although this is (i think) aimed at business use it does seem that they are comparing to Google and thinking in terms of the Web also. PIQUANT uses natural language processing to add meaning to text:
One example is question answering. Google-type search engines are fabulous at retrieving random data, but mediocre at handling subtler queries. Using Google or Ask Jeeves, you can eventually find out how many of the world's Web pages are in each of the major languages, but it's slow and frustrating compared with finding out, say, Mozart's birthplace. Jennifer Chu-Carroll of I.B.M. demonstrated a system called Piquant, which analyzed the semantic structure of a passage and therefore exposed "knowledge" that wasn't explicitly there. After scanning a news article about Canadian politics, the system responded correctly to the question, "Who is Canada's prime minister?" even though those exact words didn't appear in the article.
MR. CICCOLO, the search strategist, said that in a way his team was trying to match - and reverse - what Google has achieved. "As Google use became widespread, people began asking why it was so much easier to find material on the external Web than it was on their own computers or in their company's Web sites," he said. "Google sets a very high standard for that Web. We would like to set the next standard, so that people will find it so easy to do things at work that they'll wonder why they can't do them on the Internet."
I saw this piece this morning but missed the fact that it spanned two pages heh.. so thanks to slashdot posting a thread on it also, i went and had another look.
Does anyone have more insight into this? It would be good to get a little clarification on whether this is going to be used on the WWW aswell as company intranets etc...
I don't seem to be able to see this but Cory Kleinschmidt over at the Traffick post threadlinked above (among a whole bunch of others) can.
Here's a snippet from the post:
Unless my normally eagle eyes had been failing me, Google has quietly introduced a way to view all AdWords listings relating to your search by clicking a link titled "More >>" at the bottom of the first-page search results listings. Clicking the link displays a page of nothing but sponsored links, presumably all of the available AdWords advertisers for that keyword phrase.
At first *thought* this seems pretty cool to me, there are searches that just do NOT bring up good results but do bring up great adwords.
Kinda Related: How long as the "search within results" feature been on the bottom of the Google SERPS? Whilst looking for the "more" link i saw that for the first time today and dont remember hearing about it...?
WmW's rogerd has an interesting discussion going in the threadlink above on seo paranoia. Specifically about the need (or not) to remove software footprints and kicks off by listing a few of the easier ones to spot:
Some of the most obvious steps:
1) Remove "powered by" and similar text.
2) Remove on-page "copyright" text or convert to image.
3) Change default installation directory and file names to foil both searches and brute-force attacks.
4) Remove/change other giveaways (ancient SEOs remember the infamous "blueline.gif" that undid many thousands of pages), i.e., anything that a hacker or other problem user could plug into a search engine to easily find sites using particular software.
The way i look at it is this: If you know you are employing high risk tactics, or you think that people using the same software might be, remove everything. In fact, dont stop there - change every conceivable bit about the scripts as you can including templates, urls structures, admin script names - the whole damn lot.
If you're not in that kind of area: Do it anyway.
So, taking it some steps further
How paranoid should one be, or is there no need?
Other than removing footprints from software, what else can one do to fly beneath the algorithmic radar?
Consequences and considerations apart from SE's?
Microsoft are taking the piss with patents again. This time they want to patent object persistence.
This, if it ever got accepted would mean an end to modern programming as we know it - shopping carts, games, search engines - the lot..
So, it'll never happen (one hopes heh..) but sheesh! what are they thinking over there.. Object persistence is a fundamental principle in almost everything of even a slightly advanced level.
Still, look on the bright side, as rayg points out apparently they think HTML is a protocol.. - Muppets.
Herein is described an implementation of an object persister, which serializes an object to preserve the object's data structure and its current data. The serialized object is encoded using XML and inserted within a message. That message is transmitted to an entity over a network. Such a transmission is performed using standard Internet protocols, such as HTML. Upon receiving the serialized object, the receiving entity deserializes the object to use it. Rather than include copies of referenced objects within the serialized object, the object persister includes references to those objects. This avoids redundant inclusion of the same object and potentially infinite inclusion of the object itself that is being serialized.