Saturday, January 22, 2005

Trackback for blogs by CNET has a January 20, 2005 story via the Business Wire from CNET entitled CNET Introduces TrackBack, Linking Blog Commentary to CNET Stories. As written there:

"TrackBack is an emerging protocol that allows Web sites to automatically store records of any links which occur between them. For example, for each article produced by CNET, TrackBack automatically creates and posts records of any blogs that link to that article. As a result, readers can easily find the blogs that discuss the story, gaining multi-faceted insight on the issues that interest them. In turn, bloggers using TrackBack gain visibility before the audience of one of the most popular news sources on the Web when they link to a CNET story, and the CNET editorial team gains valuable feedback to their stories and insight on which topics are generating the most buzz, so they can expand their coverage of those topics.

The TrackBack protocol was introduced by Six Apart, makers of the Movable Type publishing platform and TypePad personal weblogging service, and is free to use. "We're pleased CNET has chosen TrackBack to link blog comments with their news articles," said Ben Trott, Six Apart's co-founder and CTO and creator of the TrackBack protocol."

We are regular CNET website readers, for example, try this January 21, 2005 article by Charles Cooper "When blogging can get you locked up", covering blogging dangers around the world.

Here is a description of CNET operations from that same article:

"CNET Networks, Inc. ( is a premier global interactive content company that informs, entertains, and connects large, engaged audiences around topics of high information need or personal passion. The company focuses on three categories -- personal technology, games and entertainment, and business technology - and includes such leading brands as:
CNET, [the computer and digital hardware site par excellence]
ZDNet, [technology news, blogs, downloads, white papers, reviews, prices]
TechRepublic, [e.g. their free download (to registered users) of "48 questions you need to answer for Sarbanes-Oxley compliance (according to the auditors)", a useful download for corporations and their legal staffs and counsel.] [music]
GameSpot, [games]
CNET, [downloads, but also analysis, e.g. their feature today is "The problem with porn We don't care whether you frequent adult sites, but we do want to help you keep spyware off your machine. Our newest spyware horror story describes how surfing for smut took a costly toll."]
CNET, [e.g. today's article: "How Significant Is SCO's Win?" by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writing "How significant was The SCO Group Inc.'s victory in its discovery motion over IBM in the companies' ongoing battle over Linux copyright and Unix contract issues? It depends on which analysts and lawyers you talk to about Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells' decision."]
Webshots, [digital photos]
Computer Shopper magazine, [technology products] and
CNET Channel [structured and standardized product information for electronic catalogs in the IT industry]. With a strong presence in the US, Asia and Europe, CNET Networks has operations in 12 countries. "

Crossposted to LawPundit.

Friday, January 14, 2005

Enterprise Blogging

The FreePint Newsletter has an article by Laurel A. Clyde evaluating the current status of Enterprise Blogging.

The article is based on the Enterprise Blogging presentation at the December 2004 Online Information conference in London .

Clyde, e.g., cites to one law firm's experience with blogging.

Crossposted to LawPundit.
Via TVC Aert.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

Six Apart buys Live Journal

Om Malik on Broadband (Om is senior writer with Business 2.0 magazine) reports that Live Journal is to be purchased by Six Apart, a story also found under the catchy title Turmoil in blogland in an article by Danah Boyd at Of course, Live Journal also has something to say about the deal as does Six Apart at Mena's Corner.

Friday, January 07, 2005

Blog News at Blogosphere News

The newly created Blogosphere News reports on blog news.

Citizen Journalists and Tsunami Coverage a Watershed

Steve Outing in Poynter Online and the article Taking Tsunami Coverage into Their Own Hands delivers his opinion and that of his colleague Dan Gillmor that the tsunami marks a watershed in the development of "citizen journalists".

Video Blogging (Vlogging) On its Way

As we might guess from the coming Vloggercon 2005 on January 22, 2005 in New York City at the Parsons School of Design, another new direction in blogging is going to be video blogging, something that Adrian Miles at VLOG 2.1 calls not Vlogging but "Vogging". Adrian even has his Vogma, a vogging manifesto, which has run into some legitimate criticism from Mike Slone to which Adrian has written a reply.

We think that the term vlogging will remain the term of art. Indeed, Jeff Jarvis at Buzz Machine already commented in detail on vlogging and vlogging software late in 2002.

As just announced at the CES 2005 in Las Vegas, Serious Magic at (pages still substantially under construction) will be introducing what it calls the world's first video blogging software Vlog It! in February, which will make vlogging possible by anyone, allegedly even those with no video experience or technical skills.

At the moment, there are still very vew vbloggers out there. See which is trying to maintain a list of Videobloggers

It will be interesting to see whether vlogging will be incorporated into the existing blogosphere or whether it will create a vlogosphere of its own.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Bill Gates on Blogs, RSS, IP Law and IT at CES 2005

Via the Law Pundit FeedDirect Newsfeed of Blogging News we are taken to Search Engine Watch and Search Engine News who comment on a January 5, 2005 article by Michael Kannellos (Staff Writer, CNET entitled "Gates taking a seat in your den", which contains a Q&A session with Bill Gates at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2005) in Las Vegas.

Gates comments on blogs, RSS, intellectual property law (IP Law) and other new developments in information technology around the world. Read the article here.

Crossposted to LawPundit.

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

SEA-EAT - The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Blog

The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Blog also known as "SEA-EAT" ("I saw the sea eat my wife and kids")
was set up as a clearinghouse to mobilize help for tsunami victims.

It has had over a million hits in its first nine days, showing the tremendous practical use to which blogs can be put.

Crossposted to LawPundit.

Weblogs, Inc. - Weblogs for business - The Future is Here

Weblogs, Inc. - Weblogs for business - is going blogs in a big way. As written at the Weblogs, Inc. blog:

"Weblogs, Inc. is dedicated to creating trade Weblogs (a.k.a. blogs) across niche industries in which user’s participation is an essential component of the resulting product...."

Take a look at AutoBlog, a member of the Weblogs, Inc. Network to see what's coming...actually, it is already here.

Weblogs, Inc. writes further:

"Partnering is better than owning. Our goal is to partner with individual bloggers, letting them do what they do best (writing, creating community, researching) and support them with what we do best (upgrading the software that drives their Web site, generating revenue, running the business). We split the profits 50/50 with each of our bloggers taking out only hard costs (i.e., sales commissions, credit card fees)."

The Weblogs, Inc. Network currently includes the following blogs:

Blogs for Consumers
Blogging Baby
hack a day
TUAW (Apple - Unofficial)

Technology Blogs
Apple (Unofficial)
Digital Photography
Flash Insider
Google (Unofficial)
Grid Computing
Microsoft (Unofficial)
Open Source
Photoshop (Unofficial)
SAS (Unofficial)
Search Engine Marketing
Social Software
Tablet PCs
Yahoo (Unofficial)

Blogs for Wireless Technology
Engadget: Cellphones
Engadget: GPS
Ultra Wideband
The WiMAX Weblog
Engadget: Wireless
Wireless Dev

Blogs for Video Games
Blogging E3
Engadget: Gaming
Playstation 3
Video Games
Xbox 2

Media & Entertainment Blogs
Digital Music
Documentary Film
Droxy (Digital Radio)
Independent Film
Magazine Design

Business Blogs
The Mortgages Weblog
Online Finance

Life Sciences Blogs
The Cancer Blog
The Diabetes Blog
Medical Informatics

Personal Blogs
Brian Alvey
Jason Calacanis
Blog Maverick
Gordon Gould
Judith Meskill

Events Blogs
Blogging E3
Blogging ETech
Future of Music
Blogging Milken
Blogging Sundance
Blogging Web 2.0

Other Blogs
Weblogs, Inc.

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

ABC News: People of the Year: Bloggers

ABC News has named Bloggers People of the Year.

That choice well understands the impact blogs are having and will continue to have on local, regional and world affairs. See also boing boing and popdex for more.

Crossposted to Law Pundit.

Monday, January 03, 2005

Blogs going Mainstream

Blogs going Mainstream

Jennifer LeClaire of EcommerceTimes, part of the ECT News Network, has a January 3, 2005 article which also appears on Technology News at TechNewsWorld indicating that blogging is going bigtime, referring to surveys by Pew Internet & American Life Project.

See - in .pdf format - the full article of the January 2005, Data Memo at Pew Internet on The state of blogging by Lee Rainie, PIP Director.

Rainie writes that "By the end of 2004 blogs had established themselves as a key part of online culture."

What is most interesting is that the number of blog readers increased in 2004 by a much greater percentage than the number of bloggers, clear evidence that blogging is becoming an integral part of what internet users regularly read online.

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