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Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Still a little time to nominate the Blog Post of the Month. Winner will be announced on Monday. Nomination form.

Fluffy Links – Thursday August 7th 2008

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

11. The BBC player goes to.

Piaras has fantastic tips for tech startups/tech SMEs.

Brilliant. Kilkenny County Council create a wiki for planning issues.

Ahhh David Norris. Always the vaudeville act.

This is cute.

Starbucks doesn’t seem to be doing well in Oz.

Garbage in…

Every bathroom needs this.

As blogs grow in audience, they take less risks. There are exceptions though.

Red Devil. Sky at night…

Scala and Kolacny Brothers – Friday I´m in Love

Back in a bit

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Fluffy links back tomorrow and all that.

ISPAI – Join our union or else you’re not against stopping child porn

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Sensationalist headline from the Tribune this Sunday: Internet providers refuse to fund web sex abuse hotline. So have you stopped beating your wife then? That’s pretty much the same line.

The line from the article is child pornography is online and without Digiweb, Magnet, Hosting 365, Leap et al paying fees to the ISP Association of Ireland who run, child porn is going to run rampant because Hotline won’t be able to keep going. Think of the children!

among the well-known companies which are not members of the Internet Service Providers’ Association of Ireland (ISPAI) – and by extension are not financially supporting its service – are Digiweb, Magnet, Hosting 365, Smart Telecom and

By extension? So by extension Texaco are not in the ISPAI so they too REFUSE to fund the war on child porn?

Isn’t it odd that they can’t support on it’s own but have to buy into the ISP Association if they did decide to voluntarily help in the reporting of child pornography online? Can other companies give financial support to

Why is an industry-run group tasked with logging reports about child pornography online? Well apparently our poor Gardai have enough to be doing, besides, you know, watching out for serious things like Child Pornography:

Paul Durrant, general manager of the ISPAI, told the Sunday Tribune the current approach, whereby members of the public can report suspect internet content to, had been agreed after high-level discussions between the relevant authorities 10 years ago.

“If there is no hotline there, where are the public going to report to? Their local garda station, who have 101 things to do?” he added.

So maybe we let Toyota, Ford and Irish Toll Roads Ltd run an organisation that patrols our roads for people that commit serious crimes there? Same logic right?

Were I Digiweb and Magnet and Hosting 365 I’d be phoning my solicitor over the way they got painted in that article. I also think were the Government to actually try and regulate this they’d get a kicking in the Courts for forcing a company to pay dues to a “voluntary” organisation. We’re not obliged to join a union as individuals, why should a company be strong-armed into joining a business union? If the Government is going to fund then do. Enough of threatening businesses to join a voluntary org, only part of which deals with fighting child porn.

If the Government really gave a damn about wouldn’t they be funding it?

Fluffy Links – Tuesday August 5th 2008

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Will has a great idea about going pink.

Dear Paul Street Car Park. I’m coming for you.

The latest On the Record Muxtape is brilliant. Really love the cover of The Knife.

New site: Arts and Crafts of Ireland.

Why Powerpoint just doesn’t cut it for presentations.

The O2 sale where prices go up. A lot. Ooops.

So, what have you stolen?

Slash and Perry Farrell play a concert for kids. Wow. Though they played Jane Says. But the kids don’t know what it’s about.

My Drive Thru, a song sponsored by Converse:

Fluffy Links – Bank Holiday Monday August 4th 2008

Monday, August 4th, 2008

There’s a meetup in Ballincollig in Cork on the 7th for those who are applying to seedcorn/seedcamp.

Let’s have some foodie fun.

Via Irish Craft UpdateBrownie Points, gift ideas for men to buy their women. Site needs a better design, but great idea.

New blog: I saw this.

Sinéad says we should volunteer for science. So maybe do.

Nialler finds a very odd anti-smoking site.

Why Microsoft’s Mojave experiment proving people really do like Vista is just bollox. Good marketing stunt though.

A very interesting idea. Idiots who call 999 have their idiocy stuck up on YouTube.

A neat way of visualing social networks … using Excel

MGMT – Kids

Fly me to the moon. Sideways. Also on Robert’s blog:

dbTwanged – Business Post coverage of guitarist’s social network

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Congrats to dbTwang featuring in the Sunday Business Post today. Our own Keith is the CEO of it and they’re brought in Gerry McQuaid, formerly of O2 to be on board too.

Recruit Ireland understand Web 2.blah

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Well done to Recruit Ireland who seem to have an understanding about how the 2008 web is working.

RecruitIreland Web 2.0

Not only are they doing RSS job feeds but they also have a Twitter profile and have an application for Facebook allowing people to search for jobs. They also have a Bebo profile, though no job search app on that just yet.

I’m most impressed with the Twitter profile because they’re using it in the best way it can be used.

RecruitIreland Twitter

It’s not broadcast. It’s interacting with people and has a person behind it. Too many people don’t realise that “social media” brings back most value when there’s a personality and a friendly manner. Blogs work best when it’s a person writing and interacting with people leaving comments though it could just be used to house press releases, Facebook could be used for a bland profile but it becomes more valuable when those connected to you get some banter back and likewise with Twitter, you can just use it to link to new blog posts (and this can be automated) or you can use it to interact and immerse with people.

See, the more human you make your business interactions with other humans the more value it has. That’s how social media works best. It’s harder work though, maybe that’s why so many companies take shortcuts and screw it all up? It’s great to see Recruit ireland become human. Their blog must be just around the corner so. 🙂

New Nooked and New stuff

Friday, August 1st, 2008


Nooked‘s website has been redone and they’ve launched a load of feed commerce website widgets. Feed commerce is a bit like VRM in that you control your shopping experience more by saying what you want and at what price and the offers come to you.

But Nooked allows you to display shopping widgets on your website, blog and social network profiles, the content of which you decide on and if your friends/visitors buy something, you get a cut. So you can have your own “Editor’s picks”. Be great if Google could offer the same for their not so great or relevant ads on their content network.

Right now they’re looking for UK based people to try this out as that’s where most of their partners are from. Hopefully they’ll expand into other areas and countries. Well done Fergus et al for this.

Fluffy Links – Friday August 1st 2008

Friday, August 1st, 2008

New Irish music blog. Guess List.

IIA Online Marketing Course on Oct 7th on Limerick. I’m gonna go. Tis free.

Neil Gaiman is going to Dublin. I. Have. To. be. There.

Jarvis on the link economy.

It’s not content until it’s linked.

Ooooh yes. From the guy that brought us Helvetica is his new movie Objectified. Still being filmed but looks like one Jonathan Ive was interviewed.

The Superficial is a cheap and tacky gossip site. And I love it. Another indulgence of mine. This is a typical headline: Amy Winehouse hospitalized again, had a ‘reaction’ to her medication (Read: Crack + Methadone do not a good sandwich make.)

If you’ve seen Dr. Horrible, here is the real iPhone app that the Dr. uses for taking over a van.

Gordon shows how that Facebook advertising works.

Yeah, the shaky fight bits in the Dark Knight were annoying.

This is the short movie shown before Wall-E. I wanted to cut the rabbit’s head off. Annoying thing. It’s a bit too repetitive too.

Levi’s go a little gay: