Archive for May, 2007

After the ball is over… post election web usage

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Now the election is over and the reflecting has started, I wonder what will happen with the blogs and YouTube videos of so many candidates? Will Frank Chambers still talk to us from his kitchen? Dominic, Thomas, Ciaran and Eric have blogged since the election and here’s hoping they’ll keep going but surely more than that can converse with people digitally?

My own personal worry is that most of those that took the time to stick videos on YouTube and to blog will just consider them to be like other election material such as posters and we’ll see them mothballed until a few months before the next election. I found a good deal of what was on offer to be very educational and it added a lot of perspective. It’d be a shame to see it all disappear. Or maybe there’s now 5 years to slowly wear all the politicians down and chip away at their notions that being upfront and direct and being without a press officer is too risky.

So if you think that politicians should blog and YouTube more, how would you encourage/nudge/elbow them to keep doing it? How would you sell it?

I really hope this chap keeps blogging too. I think it is most encouraging that a Minister blogs.

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Hello 3G, bye bye hotspots . Hello again 3G bye bye WiMax. Hello …

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Still trying out 3G broadband and while the speeds could be better I am hugely impressed with the service. I’ve been traveling up and down from Cork to Dublin via train and while coverage is patchy in a good few rural locations along the train journey, they’re almost the same for the ordinary GSM service. When 3G service drops, you are switched over to a GPRS service. When I got up to Dublin speeds got better again than in Cork. During the day last Friday I tried to log on to a wireless hotspot in Jury’s only to be asked to pay a fortune for 24 hours access to the net. In the Teacher’s Club their wifi was broken so once again the 3G service was used. In count centres without broadband(which was almost every one), people used 3G to keep in contact.

On Saturday, sitting on the boardwalk on the smelly Liffey, I was surfing the net at very nice speeds. My only worry being the smackheads eyeing my laptop. Whip out the laptop, connect to the network and that’s it. No worries about finding a network, looking up a FON map in advance, worrying about honeypot networks or anything like this. And now all this for just €19.99 a month.

Today I’m going to Dublin airport to catch a flight to Copenhagen. eircom have the monopoly for WiFi in Dublin airport but I don’t need to care as I have 3g. I’m wondering how FON can compete with this, I’m wondering how hotspots can compete with this? If o2, 3, Vodafone et all enable cheap roaming around Europe then I can’t see any reason to ever have to think about hotspots again, especially at such a cheap price. What was WiMax again?

Actually, I can see 3g being useful for hotspots and that’s being used as the provider of the broadband that the WiFi access point needs. Bye bye DSL install.

Fluffy Links – May 30th 2007

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Hang on. If the IEDR’s revenue from domains dropped by 2%, how come they had a 15% drop in profits? The crap from Curtin about .ie being a safe domain is a bit of a joke when certain non-Irish companies are squatting on dozens of lucrative generic domain names.

Make steel using microwaves. You need more than one though.

Iain Dale was on “The Panel”. Is Guido next? Or is he waiting for Podge and Rodge?

BP is back in Libya. I love this bullshit about “embargoed” countries. There are so many loopholes that allow oil companies to still trade with Cuba, Libya, Syria, Iran etc. etc. They can’t trade directly so they trade with companies in Dubai who trade with them or they create new companies in the country who hire their services through someone else. PR stunts is all they are. If there’s oil, there is no embargo.

The Indo are looking for SEO people. Looks like they really are taking their online business seriously. Online Search Manager. Online Search & Marketing Coordinator.

He linked to me, I link to him. Anthony’s blog.

Gavin is back.

Lots of videos to prove if those “tricks” for unlocking your car are true. Like the tennis ball one and the unlocking car from miles away by pressing the alarm fob on your keyfob and ringing someone next to the car.

A building has two sides of it covered in grass. Amazing video.

And now video of the waif thin laptop:

Suggest some business gadgets to review

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

I’m putting together a list of business gadgets I want to review and if anyone else has suggestions, then let me know.

and also twin with a company from the States…

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

A while ago I suggested that like twinning cities, you could twin co-working facilities. Ireland could be too small for this next idea but with the PaddysValley tour a lot of new Irish companies and entrepreneurs could be mixing with a lot of young American companies and entrepreneurs. Maybe some of these American companies will want to expand into Europe and likewise some Irish will want to have a foot in the door in America. Wouldn’t it be nice to be something like an agent in Europe for American companies while these companies are agents for you over there and also accomodate them with a little office space when they make trips over here and likewise when you go over there? It’s just another student exchange programme really. It’s co-working plus knowledge-sharing.

It could be as simple as handing out business cards for them at events, to sending out press releases on their behalf or going to events where you pitch your idea and theirs. Of course if there’s a conflict you might not be doing that. :) Or it could be as detailed as acting like a band manager, arranging meetings with investors, organising conferences to attend and press to meet with the understanding they do the same for you. I’m not sure is Ireland the place to twin with Silicon Valley just yet since we don’t seem to have a great relationship with entrepreneurs in the rest of Europe. This is however changing with Open Coffee and Europe-side events like Le Web. Perhaps this idea might suit London more. Or maybe Ireland could twin with London? Then Europe, then the States. If a certain Government was clever they’d make Ireland the investment gateway to the rest of Europe for China, the States, Australia and Japan.

Fluffy Links – May 29th 2007

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Sufjan Stevens sings “Lakes of Canada” on a roof.

An Australian gay bar bans heterosexuals. Mainly hen nights. While straight girls telling you “ah aren’t ya great” just cos you’re gay is annoying, if you play god awful Abba music and other woeful “pop classics” then this is your penance.

ComReg getting some balls?

The Google guy.

Bloggers more connected than journos?

First Chapter of Everything is Miscellaneous.

Via Markham. Via CurryChips

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Did blogging influence the election? Not directly but …

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Huge influence? No. A small bit? Yes.

Where did blogs have most influence though? The media.

Blogging influenced those covering the election and I think that has impact but it might not have been as direct. Amazing to see the amount of content attributed and unattributed in the media running up to this election. I think that’s where the blogging breakthough was in this election. It was nice reading my opinion in a Sunday paper, even if someone else signed their name to it. It was nice to read the opinions of so many in the blogging world put into the mainstream. It certainly had more impact than letters to the editor. While a YouTube video taking the piss out of Mary Harney might only get 5000 views, it also got mentioned on RTE TV news, and as a result a few 100k people saw some of the video. While 1000 people might have read my blog post on something, 100k might have read my quote taking a dig at Enda Kenny and Fine Gael in the Irish Independent. (Kudos to the Indo though in this aspect as their guy covering political blogs always attributed.)

While the photoshopped photos and the satirical videos made up most of the media coverage, some of the insightful commentary also made it in there as well as some news that was at first overlooked by the media. Those that report are now reading blogs. We are now another associated press in a way but more than that, the media are coming into our insular, incestuous world and influencing us too and pushing our boundaries by joining in and leaving comments and starting their own blogs.

I think blogs can be quite complimentary to existing media and existing media joining the blogging world can also be of immense benefit. I think Kevin Rafter, Harry Magee and Mark Hennessy are making the political blogging community better and forcing the existing blogging superstars to improve their game. (BTW, I’m still in shock at the arrogance of a blogger telling Mark how to write his blog the way “we” write blogs.) When Tiger Woods became a pro he forced the golfing world to improve its game even more. As was pointed out recently, Tiger is playing the best golf of his career right now but most don’t realise it because everyone else has improved so much too. Kevin, Harry and Mark are the Tigers of political blogs. It’s not just political blogging that’s being improved but blogging in general when those trained in communicating with large audiences show us how they do things. Jim, Shane, John, Kathy and many more are good for us. [After re-reading that whole section, it sounds awfully lickarse :) ]

So here’s hoping more political commentators blog and join the party and as a result listen to what we are saying and take it on board. As they do that, I’m sure it’ll also expand the reading lists of other political hacks and handlers though I must say, some politicians are already reading our blogs on a daily basis. Lads and ladies, you should leave comments too.

On a slight tangent, the blogging politicians didn’t fare too well in this election. Dominic Hannigan and the wonderfully genuine Eric Byrne just missed out and probably have some of the best politician blogs about. Thank God Ciaran Cuffe got back in. Congrats to Thomas Byrne too who did very well. Minister Dempsey of course romped home and it’d be great that the first Irish Minister to start a blog, keeps it going. This will lead me on to my next blog post on how we can encourage politicians to keep blogging and YouTubing, this includes sitting TDs and the unsuccessful candidates too. It might need communicating that puppies are not just for Christmas and blogs are not just for upcoming elections.

Fluffy Links – May 28th 2007

Monday, May 28th, 2007

934 that’s how many first preferences John Bracken got. I knew you wanted to know.

Now that’s a waif thin beauty if ever there was one.

Burst culture.

I get links from the oddest places. The net being a great place for niches. The Dirk Benedict discussion forum is nothing new.

For my secretary friends. Thanks Gary.

Google on YouTube talking search. Warning, this is an hour long:

So do something

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Lots of whining and soul-searching because Bertie the Cunning was once again a winner. Twenty thinks that the 41% that voted him back in have no right to complain for the next 5 years but that still leaves a massive number who’ll still whine and do absolutely nothing but blame everything on those that did vote for Bertie while sitting on their asses pontificating and not actually doing anything tangible or constructive.

There’s more to do now than ever before and 5 years of Fianna Fail means even more to do. How many of those that whine and moan will actually do anything apart from hope that someone else will do something on their behalf in 5 years time? Self-serving people may have voted Bertie in, but a whole load of self-serving people wanted Pat and Enda and Trevor to get in too.

Reboot’s gonna rock

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Tom will be rubbing shoulders with an amazing array of geniuses and web legends at Reboot where he’ll be giving a talk. I’ll be there, as will Bernie and many more. I’m staying in the Hotel Fox, an art hotel. Oooer.

52 talks at this event so far and most of them seem to be really high class. Love the mixture of social and technology. Reboot is now sold out.