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Google bloggers - after Mark Jen, we have Joe Beda

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Following a Slashdot link I got to Joe Beda's blog

I'm a software developer living in Seattle and working for Google. I can't really talk about *what* I'm working on at Google quite yet. I used to work at Microsoft on Avalon, Longhorn and IE.

UK's Channel 5 Video Downloads go Live

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Last week we mentioned that the UK's Channel 5, them of the stupid website, would be making video downloads of content available. DMEurope report that the downloads are now available.

Consumerpedia - One to Watch

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Here's one to watch: It says it's for consumer information and allows user comments and the building of pages and navigation aswell. From the name, you can guess that it's very similar to Wikipedia.

RSS & Search Integration - The big play for '05?

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Richard MacManus at the Read/Write Web posts some thoughts and observations on the integration of RSS and Search - Among other things, he notices that Bloglines, that now belongs to IAC's ASK, has had a very Search focused makeover.

Magazine Industry getting Desperate

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Jason points me to this wonderful discovery at Jaffe, sporting this natty advertisement from publishing big dog Condè Nast

Six Apart Move Forward on Comment Spam

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Anil Dash posts an update on Six Apart, the makers of MovableType and owners of LiveJournal and TypePad hosted blogging service's, progress on fighting comment spam. The plugins he lists are all proprietory to MT however, and it makes you wonder whether comment spam prevention is being used as a selling point for blog software market share...

Yahoo! Helps you find Free Content

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If, like many web dev's, you're pushed for time, and need content, look no further than Yahoo! Creative Commons Search, a tool just announced on the Y!Blog that also carries a guest post from CC creator Larry Lessig.

NowPublic is Now Public - Open Source News Site Launches

Source Title: Major Problems Plague Launch Source Url: Story Text:, a new open source news project from Vancouver based BlueHereNow launched today. Hot on the heels of Internet Archive's, NowPublic focuses on news and photography by creating a community of OS news enthusiasts and bloggers/photographers by providing the tools for them to collaborate and create projects.

The BBC's Plans for Downloadable Content

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Coming on the heels of UK Channel 5's announcement, more details of the BBC's plans to make it's programs downloadable emerge in this report by B&C

Busythumbs does Tags [updated]

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Good friends of mine at photo sharing and moblogging site Busythumbs have announced the addition of tags to their service.

PBS Enables Trackback - Almost

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PBS have apparently enabled trackback but as yet, it's just lip service...

Major Problems Plague Launch

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The launch of, a new grass routes media social enterprise got off to a less than auspicious start today..

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Get an Invite for Yahoo! 360

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Not got an invite for Yahoo! 360 the new blog network from Y! yet? Don't worry, no one has, Yahoo tell me they're still a little way from giving out invites. You can however, sign up to recieve one when they're available...

Tags, Good for Search Marketers

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LiveJournal, the blogging social network recently aquired by SixApart, makers of MovableType has gone and done a Technorati and added tags to it's service.

Think this isn't important for Search marketing? Here's a tip: If you run a trackback enabled website, and are writing on a subject then a good way of finding good topical pages to link out to and get trackbacks linking back is the folksonomic tagging systems implemented by Technorati tags,, Metafilter tags and now LiveJournal tags.

Simply find the tag that suits your subject and link to the blog posts you find in it. If the entry doesn't have trackback enabled then find another, or link to it anyway...

You can also ping Technorati and get your pages included in the tags there, and of course add your pages to - People read this stuff ya know, and link to what they find...


Lessig Launches Collabrative Editing of New Book

Lawrence Lessig has launched a Jotspot wiki to allow public revisions of Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace. From the Wiki:

Once the the project nears completion, Professor Lessig will take the contents of this wiki and ready it for publication. The resulting book, Code v.2, will be published in late 2005 by Basic Books. All royalties, including the book advance, will be donated to Creative Commons.

Many may know Lessig as one of the creators of the Creative Commons licensing system, and he's still trying to pushing copyright laws into the 21st Century. The Code wiki was launched simultaneously with a new CC draft. From Lessig's blog:

Creative Commons has also taken this opportunity to launch a beta version of a newly branded tweak of an old license -- the CC-Wiki license. We've been talking to wiki developers for some time now. They've been looking for a license that was (1) share alike, but (2) required attribution back to the wiki, rather than to the individual contributors to the wiki. We realized that could be achieved with a very slight change to our existing Attribution-ShareAlike license: rather than requiring attribution back to the copyright holder, require attribution back to either the copyright holder or a designated entity.

Thanks to Mr. Rubel.

Interview: Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales

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A short Q&A with the founder of Wikipedia at

I was recently on a panel with the head of He said they have 300 million pageviews a month. I said that's good; we have 400 million. Then he said he had 180 people on staff. I said I have one part-time person who helps me with the servers. There's something new going on here. It's not about broadcast, it's about interaction.

He goes on to discuss the community of editors and a couple of his other projects.

Sifry says 45% of entire blogosphere stagnant

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Dave Sifry of Technorati has updated his "State of the Blogosphere" says Battelle. In Battelle's comment section (linked above) Sifry drops the lead weight.....

We're seeing about 45% of weblogs are "stagnant", meaning that they haven't been updated in 6 months or more, and that's not using statistical sampling methods, that's from watching the entire blogosphere.

Yahoo! 360 - Blog and Social Networking Tools

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AP report that Yahoo have finally announced plans to join the blogging and social networking game with Yahoo 360, a mix of tools to be released on March 29th that includes blogging, photo sharing and social networking.

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.

Yahoo also is making it easier for the service's users to connect with others who share common interests and friends - a practice known as social networking. Participants can either choose to open their blogs to the entire world or restrict access to people invited through e-mail.

Meanwhile, Forrester's Charlene Li talked to Yahoo about the service. Apparently she's old mates with Julie Herendeen, VP of Network Products at Yahoo! Charlene adds a little more detail to the AP story saying that the new service will essentially comprise of three main components:

Blogs for Yahoo! users. You’ll be able to control access to the blog by designing how can see which sections. Presumably, this The ability to add content from within the Yahoo! network to the personal space. This will primarily include Yahoo! Photos, but also any reviews you’ve written for local businesses, music/movie reviews, and Yahoo! Groups. This will eventually evolve to also include non-Yahoo! network content, presumably through RSS feeds (an extension of Yahoo!’s RSS service available today on MyYahoo!) Be able to see reviews from people within your “social network”. This would include music, movie, and even local business reviews, with the idea that you trust the reviews more from people that you know. It’s a little unclear at this point (I was being briefed right before getting on a flight) whether this feature will be available with the launch or in a later edition.

Delicious Screencast

John Udell has a screencast out that will teach you how to use the folksonomy based social bookmarking system.

Personally i use it for recording comments i've made elsehwere, and just subscribe to the RSS feed that it generates and occasionally go back to those posts to check for replies - in that regard, aswell as discovery of weird and wonderful shit i'd never find without it, it rocks...

Dumbing-Down the Web?

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According to the eminent Mr. Nielsen, usability scores increase dramatically when a site is 'dumbed down' (my choice of words ;-) to cater to the needs of the "lower-literacy" population.

Apparently, 48% of the American public are the sort who move their lips when they read, can't find where they left off when interrupted, and must sound out the long words (don't get smug across the pond, he says that percentage is not far off Euro/UK stats!). Therefore, to maximize site usability one should, among other things...

"...use text aimed at a 6th grade reading level on the homepage, important category pages, and landing pages. On other pages, use text geared to an 8th grade reading level."

I find this terribly depressing, and am now considering rewriting my employer's site so my boyfriend's small children will understand it.