Archive for January, 2007

Fluffy Links – January 3rd 2007

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

Irish Blog Awards 2007 – March 3rd in Dublin. You going to go? Please let me know if you are.

A Not Safe For Work HTML tag? Not sure of that.

Child born on train gets free travel for life from rail company. Awww or something. Great marketing too. Even gets reported on in Ireland. In Ireland the mother would have had to buy the newborn a ticket.

Divorce is as easy as saying a word three times in some Islamic countries. This guy gets drunk, shouts the words, she accepts, they are divorced. If this happened in Ireland half the country would be divorced.

Okay so Kathy made a Scoble doll but it’s a cute idea for a homemade present. Take a Ken doll and make it into someone you know.

The fact that there are medical warnings about the Wii and medical associations giving warm-up tips shows how unfit we really are.

Mario Brothers on the One Laptop per Child Laptop

Via We make Money not Art, club goers with RFID implants:

Starbucks – They’re listening AND reacting

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007

Via Slashdot.

Oxfam launched a video about fairtrade coffee and how Starbucks weren’t good to Ethiopian farmers. They stuck it on YouTube:

They said Starbucks weren’t listening. They were and they used the same new medium to respond:

Fantastic. As it should be. Still, saying they spent 2.4M on projects in Ethiopia isn’t really convincing since they probably make that every few hours but generally the reply is good. Imagine seeing companies respond to criticism this way! And all it cost was the use of a cheap camcorder and video software. Quick and almost cost-free replies.

Blog Survey questions – so far

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Here are the questions that you sent to me via email or left in comments when I asked for questions for an Irish blogger survey. I threw all the questions together, removed duplicates and bunched them into groups that cover the same area. Feedback again is appreciated on these. I was aiming for 30-40 questions and these seem around the right number though to be honest I think we could lose a few of the questions.

    Blog Reading

  1. Use an aggregator yes | no | aggregators | other | more than one
  2. How many blogs subscribed to
  3. How often do you read blogs
  4. How much time
  5. What type of blogs do you read
  6. Breakdown: Irish| Other , Male|Female
  7. Blogging

  8. How many blogs do you have?
  9. Do you use dial-up or broadband.
  10. How long have you been blogging?
  11. Do you use your own domain or blogspot, blogger etc?
  12. How often do you blog?
  13. Do you class your blog as a personal blog or as a business blog?
  14. Would you have a political affiliation. What would it be?
  15. How many subscribers do you have, if you know?
  16. How many visits do you get per day?
  17. Have you considered stopping blogging or taking a break?
  18. Have you modified your standard template and added features?
  19. What do you use your blog for?
  20. Why did you start blogging?
  21. Have your reasons changed?
  22. Do you have comments and are they pre-moderated i.e. you approve all comments before they are live?
  23. Do you get a lot of comment spam?
  24. Act of Blogging

  25. What is your inspiration for a blog post?
  26. Preparation time: How long does it take to prepare/write your post?
  27. Do you check and verify sources?
  28. Do you link to other blogs and newssources? In every post, sometimes, not really.
  29. Do you use other media like audio and video in your posts?
  30. How have you improved your blogging? How? Listen to feedback, watched other bloggers, asked for help
  31. Do you think there is a need for training classes in blogging?
  32. Threats and legal issues

  33. Have you received a legal letter/threat or a threat of another kind?
  34. Do you know how to respond to legal threats?
  35. Do you know the law about blogs and defamation?
  36. Blogs and the blogging community

  37. Gone to blogger meetups/conferences?
  38. Friendships through blogging?
  39. Blogs to non-bloggers

  40. Do friends know you blog?
  41. Read your blog?
  42. Blog promotion

  43. How do you promote your blog ? Email signature | Link Swapping | Advertising

Blog Awards Sponsorship slots are being taken quickly – Woo

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Update: 2 slots left now

2 slots left (as well as the Best Blog Award which goes to auction)

What currently remain are:

* Best Photo Blog
* Best Political Blog
* Best Group Blog

* Best Blog Post
* Best Designed Blog

* Best Sport & Recreation Blog

* Best News/Current Affairs Blog
* Best Specialist Blog
* Best Podcast

Fluffy Links – January 2nd 2007

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007

Donncha is going to be a father. Well done him and Jacinta.

A 200 dollar bill does not exist and certainly would not have George Bush on it and a script of “We like Ice-cream”. Yet it was accepted at till.

Ah Jesus Christ, txt-speak going too far.

Nice post from Michael Gartenberg. “A vendor pitching their new smartphone take a phone call on her RAZR”.

Review of online operating systems. Really in-depth. Only heard of a small number of these. I really thought Meebo would have gone into this space.

Move around in Second Life using your Wiimote.

Via Engadget. More Wii. Control your Roomba using a Wiimote:

Hiroshima Atomic Bomb CGI Re-enactment. It is a sad world when humanity needs to do this to apparently stop killings.

Ones to watch in 2007

Monday, January 1st, 2007

I put a little list together of people to watch and to subscribe to in 2007. This hasn’t been researched greatly or anything like that but I thought I’d share who I thought had the potential to do something interesting in 2007. Given the election is on this year, many have a political slant.

Simon McGarr

From his writings on Tuppenceworth and his work with Digital Rights Ireland we already knew of him but he has also branched out with the Paper Round project which shows just how amateur the press pros are and how unoriginal too. The star of the Blogging the Election conference later in the year where he answered questions on the legal rights of bloggers, everyone just wanted him to talk and talk and talk. A natural with any audience I have to say. Leviathan is merely the start. Simon then ended 2006 by unveiling the VoteTube project. I think this could with luck become a very useful source during the 2007 election and for years afterwards. The only issue for Simon in 2007 is the arrival of a baby McGarr to keep him busy. Time will tell how well he can juggle it all.

The Cedar Lounge lads

The 2007 election is probably going to be the most talked about event for 2007 in Ireland and intelligent analysis of the spin and the politics is a must. The bloggers from the Cedar Lounge seem to bring political discussion up a notch but at the same time clear some of the fog that you might experience when trying to figure out what is actually happening in the political arena. When you read what they have to say it is as if your substitute teacher for Physics turns out to be Richard Feynman.

Piaras Kelly

Only just moved to Edelman, one of the few PR people in Ireland to blog. (You have to wonder why) I certainly don’t agree with Piaras on a lot of subjects but he does have a keen ability to spot some new trends and see things in a different light to me. He’s a maven in his area and is someone to keep an eye on. I demand he blog more though. (In the same fashion as Withnail demanded booze.)

Red Mum

Not sure will she de-cloak or not but I would not be surprised if her seriously good photography matched with her wonderful writing we see on her blog and column will get her another gig. Maybe she’ll leave her day job and get employed as a roving reporter/photoblogger for an Irish news organisation.

Cian O’Flaherty

The champion of the blogging the election conference and the one who was running around keeping everything ticking over during the event. It was a fantastic event and I was glad to work with him at it. He’s got the brains, the charm and the wit to do really well. He’s been dead quiet with college work since the conference but I have no doubt with the election coming up that he has a few pokers in the fire that he’ll be making use of. I expect to see him running around the election trail “live blogging” and maybe we’ll see people wearing windbreakers during some of the political news conferences.

Pat Phelan

Moving completely away from politics now. One of the new bloggers on the block in 2006. The biggest exporter of “People’s Republic of Cork” t-shirts to Silicon Valley. Pat is a genuinely decent guy and strives to point out the good in everyone. His Roam4Free venture will hopefully get going in 2007 and it should shake up mobile communications for those people on the move a lot.

Bernie Goldbach

He has made a massive contribution to the podcasting community in Ireland and if there is one blog to inform you of what is new in 2007 it’ll probably be Bernie. I’m surprised he has not picked up a videocamera and become the Irish scoble.

Two Richards and Dick

Richard Delevan is doing very well in his role of Business Editor in the Sunday Tribune and Richard Waghorne is doing well in the Irish Daily Mail and Irish Mail on Sunday role. We then have Dick O’Brien working in Business Plus. I may be mistaken, but they are all new enough to their roles and should be settling in now and ready to make things more fun. All three I’d consider to be opinion drivers and with their strong blogging backgrounds and great consumption of blogs, they could very well bring views from bloggers into their publications.

The teeny tiny startups that could and will

They might be one man or two man operations mostly but I think the startups like those of Walter Higgins from Sxoop Technologies, Joe Drumgoole from and Conor O’Neill from are what we will see more and more of. An army of one man armies in the tech world. Thanks to the flat world and abdundance of resources online, a startup can be run from anywhere with a broadband connection. It would be great to see a few of these become successes in 2007 and inspire those in college or about to complete their studies that their future does not necessarily have to be in giant companies like Sun or IBM or wearing a shirt and tie while writing boring code for a bank.

The unknown blogger

I think we might see a few new bloggers in 2007. Both anonymous and named. I think some might even be journalists from large publications who might hang up their boots and totally immerse themselves in this new way of communicating. I think having someone with a lot of experience with traditional media helps to engage with an audience and can teach us bloggers a thing or two. Such is the case with Blogorrah that went from nowhere to pissing off Ray “Mr. Nice” D’Arcy on the national airwaves. Wouldn’t it be fun if a new blogger dished all the gossip on Bertie but did it from a very safe distance?