Archive for November, 2007

Why I should win the Golden Spiders

Monday, November 5th, 2007

So I, along with some very worthy people (Deborah, Grandad, the wonderful ladies of and the fabulous Denise) are nominated in Best Blog category at the Golden Spiders. I’m sure some Golden Spider judges might be reading this site and wondering why I should get the award above the others.

Well, if you choose me, I’ll probably make an entertaining thank you speech. Entertaining for me, not the Golden Spiders people. I’ll probably say that paying to enter awards is an awful way of doing things. I might also call on the awards next time to be more transparent in their judging and I’ll probably ask that sponsors recuse themselves from being nominated and make reference to this blog post. I’d also probably be bold enough to mention that I’ll be running an Awards show in April that will directly compete with them. That’s just the speech.

So gwan, choose me 🙂 and vote for me too, here.

Edit: It was pointed out to me that the way I worded one of the sentences sounded like I was snubbing Denise. Sorry if it appeared that way, not intentional. Denise is a great person and runs the amazing website. The website alone has probably saved the lives of many a doggy and moggy.

Business Blogging Training Course in Wicklow

Monday, November 5th, 2007

I’m giving a training course on Friday in association with Wicklow County Enterprise Board. The training course is for businesses who want to start a blog or have one and want to improve their blogging skills. There are still a few places left for the course. Full details here.

This is a rough overview of what I’ll be doing but will probably change on the day to suit the needs of those attending:

Module 1
Aim: Introduction to Blogging
1. What is blogging? Why is it good for business?
2. Search Engines and blogs: Why blogs are a natural fit.
3. What are blogs to model yours on? What are the good Irish blogs?
4. Community Building: Blogs have human qualities.
5. Is it worth the time and effort? Why spend more time on another tool?

Module 2
Aim: Setting up a Blog and going live by the end of the day
1. Getting started: Choosing a blogging platform
2. Blog installed, now what? What makes a good blog post?
3. Copywriting for blogs: Titles, wording, formatting, linking

The Science bit: URLs, links, trackbacks, spam, what are these things?
4. Getting noticed: Links, comments, mail shots.
5. Interacting with your new audience: How followers can build your company for free.
6. Nosy neighbours: Who’s talking about me and my blog?
7. Live, from this room: Going live.

Fluffy Links – Monday November 5th 2007

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Firefox plugin that randomly adds obscenities to the page.

Advertising costs in New York.

Using Facebook as an authentication gateway for WiFi.

A backshaver for men. Ugh.

Surprised the ISPs don’t do the dns redirect trick here.

This handy Yahoo! pipes application allows you to turn your Amazon wishlist into a nice RSS feed. The Amazon one that’s provided is a little iffy.

So a soldier gives a 17 year old HIV and only gets charged with assault and gets 3 1/2 years? I remember cases where people practically got life for this.

Some new Irish blogs. Post Darwin and Sam Kidd and Hairy Fish.

A clock that works really slowly over time. As in 1000 years. Uses trees to chart the time.

Via Conor, a nice road safety ad from Australia

Operator Please – Leave it alone

And now a critic of Ace Internet Marketing has his site attacked

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Distributed Denial of Service Attack.

Most popular artists and albums in Ireland via Gracenote

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Via JP

Gracenote Maps tells you what is being listened to in what country. Shame there isn’t more than Top 10. Would love to see a Top 1000.

Current Top Artists in Ireland:
The Beatles
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Green Day
Guns N’ Roses
Bob Dylan
Foo Fighters
Bruce Springsteen

Current Top Albums in Ireland:
Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits
International Super Hits – Green Day
Rush of Blood to the Head – coldplay
Stadium Arcadium – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Echos, Silence, Patience and Grace – Foo Fighters
Eyes open – Snow Patrol
Neon Bible – Arcade Fire
Curtain call (The hits) – Eminem
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Because of the Times – Kings of Leon

Invites – Jaiku and Jango

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

I have about 9 invites for Jaiku and 3 for Jango if anyone wants one. Jaiku is the Google owned much better competitor to Twitter while Jango is a bit like Pandora I suppose. (Social Internet Radio they call it) Social is the new buzzword afterall. An Internet radio station catered to your tastes and the tastes of others. Review here. If you want access to either leave a comment and I’ll send invites to the address you leave the comment with.

Woah – InPhotos is the numero uno Irish Blog

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Technorati rank of 1!!!!!!

Nice one Donncha.

The Freedom of Information sham in Ireland

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

I’ve used Freedom of Information over the years to get information from lazy regulators and lazier Government departments. Today, November 2nd, 2007 I got a letter frm the Office of the Information Commissioner saying that an appeal they were dealing with is now complete. I requested documents from ComReg. Included in the information was data supplied by a third party – eircom. eircom objected to ComReg giving me certain information and appealed to the Office of the Information Commissioner, as is their right. eircom has now said they are happy for ComReg to now hand this over to me. So now I get 11 records that I request from ComReg … in September 2004. 3 years for an appeal! Best delaying tactic ever.

Ace Internet Marketing (the ones whole stole from me) – More veiled threats and admission of guilt

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

So Aidan Doran from Ace Internet Marketing was on to me again saying I’ll get an apology and said he got legal advice about my “copywrite” claims from his legal team and they are at odds with what I say. Perhaps they are confused about copyright and copywrite. Hint: They are not the same. I wonder is the legal team outsourced too and I wonder was their opinion actually their own or did they lift that from a blog? The same way my content was lifted and stolen and put on the Ace Internet Marketing blog. Aidan said I can’t republish the email he sent me so I won’t because I’ll honour that, not because I’m legally obliged. Instead I’ll summarise it.

Aidan also in this latest email goes on to suggest that people who work for Ace (his words) are gunning for me now because when Ace stole my content and I wrote about it, it hurt their livelihoods and they are pissed over it. Apparently all of these people now are going to get me. This is my reading of the email.

Aidan, dear child, telling me that your employees/associates are out to get me and it is an issue between me and them, is a threat from Ace Internet Marketing in my books. One I will of course pass on to the correct people to deal with this. You’d have been better off keeping your mouth shut but as has been shown from your numerous childish anonymous comments as “Paul” and your constant harassing emails, this is something that you just don’t seem to be able to do. (I’ll now expect another rebuke via the emailternet)

History repeats and repeats and repeats.

Google OpenEsperanto – Universal apps will do what exactly?

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

Write once, run anywhere. I’ve heard this before right? I’m not too impressed that Google has built a framework to do this. Wowwee, they must have used half the brains in the company to do that or maybe half a brain. So now application developers can write an application and it can run anywhere. That’ll revitalise Orkut so will it? How exactly will an app that runs on Orkut benefit someone on mySpace or Bebo? Will it not mean that mySpace could actually take Bebo users now? All this does is make it easier to deploy Facebook/Social Network apps somewhere else but these app developers wanted to do that anyway and could not because the other companies didn’t have APIs or free ones (Bebo has a hefty charge to plug into it). And since when did programming for Facebook become difficult? How many days will the Super Adult Poke developer save now because of this?

All of these apps are run off a third-party server so most of the work programming the apps is done on your own server not Facebook, not mySpace, not Bebo. If these guys each brought out their own APIs, you’d just get a smart kid that would create an “Export to” app to allow your app to run on these sites. So Google’s allowed a smart 15 year old to spend more time on his Olsen Twins fake porn collection instead. Billion dollar companies are nice like that.

Also, OpenSocial won’t actually mean write once, run anywhere as each site can make their own proprietary calls too so an application writer could very well have to write an app that will only work on one site and have to change it for each additional site as Marc Andreessen explains:

nothing will prevent containers from implementing additional Javascript or web services APIs to provide additional functionality to developers. Open Social app developers can therefore choose to stay “onroad” and have their apps run in any Open Social container, or go “offroad” for one or more specific containers to do special things. Open Social standardizes common functionality but doesn’t prohibit innovation.

Think about it. Every site will have their own wants as will Google. Are they all given equal say as to what the “standard” API will cater for and what the future changes will be? It’ll be like the bloody United Nations as politics and agendas come out to play.

And why exactly if the Funwall App is now available on Bebo and mySpace, will I go back to them? It’s not about the apps, they might increase usage of the sites but Facebook is more than the mostly unused apps that are available for install.

A universal framework is just Esperanto. All these social networking countries still have their own culture, giving them apps that are on other sites might entertain some users but will it keep them from being dragged into Facebook? Facebook existed before their app platform, the opening of which got 1000s of geeks to make crappy things for Facebook which no doubt helped the hype. If Google helps all these other sites create their “Social Graphs” fantastic too. Maybe it’ll increase the time existing people spend on Bebo and mySpace and Vox. Or maybe they’ll be so overloaded with each one that’ll give up on all but one and hey they can now afford to leave Bebo as they can move their data to Orkut and all their apps. Thanks Google!

Nice quote from Russell Beattie too:

Would people be jumping on this bandwagon so readily if it was Microsoft unilaterally coming up with an API, holding secret meetings geared towards undercutting the market leader, and then making sure that only those anointed partners get a head start on launch day by making sure a key part of the API isn’t released – even in alpha. (It obviously exists already, all the partners have that spec and even sample code, I’m sure. The rest of us don’t get access yet, until the GOOG says otherwise).

One thing would have impressed me and maybe this is coming. Make OpenSocial a level 3 platform. This is what I’d expect Google to do. Google will be the runtime environment for all Open Social apps meaning the app creator doesn’t even need to have a backend for their application. Have they got their datacentres ready for that? Update:(While this was still in the timed queue) Sam Sethi is reporting that Google will in fact host your apps. Ooooh.

You know how Facebook should counter? Open up access to their new social advertising platform which competes against adsense.