While I recover from London and the chicken feet and Shark Fin gruel, an ad company sent me this. What’s the url at the end, I couldn’t figure it first time:
Archive for the ‘irishblogs’ Category
Off to London for the weekend. Careful now.
Maz has a new blog. Looks great already. Tis called Made Marian.
New blog sur le block. Fitzy’s Cloud.
Is this the most comprehensive post about Leonard Cohen ever on an Irish blog? Can you tell Bock is a fan?
Una talks about advertising on blogs. Would you do it?
On your last day, what would you do?
The Bank of Common Knowledge. Interesting project.
Flickr founder resigns from Yahoo! Brilliant resignation letter.
Google Streetview car gets busted.
Some films of Chris Maker (of La Jetée fame) have been released. Arty.
In the UK their telecoms regulator has a consumer panel. One that oftentimes smacks down the regulator. They are not hacks that the regulator handpicks to sit on their holes watching the regulator present them with lies and nod like a dog for half a day, get a free lunch, collect €1500 and come back again in 4 months and repeat. Unlike Ireland. This is their annual report.
Master Massey & Shyhhy Welly – If Yer Gettin’ Cows
Almost perfect. Almost.
It’s hard to believe that this album is a single band. The songs certainly vary a good bit but are all definitely based on classic rock and roll. The album at times reminds me of Lynard Skynard and at times like the Izzy Stradlin penned songs from Guns N Roses. Evil Urges, Aluminium, Highly Suspicious, Librarian and many others all have hints of other rock bands too. Given the current wave of guitary bands where you can’t differentiate between the lead and rhythm guitar, this is refreshing. One of the best albums I’ve heard in years but it does feel like some songs will wear worse than others and will end up being skipped instead of just being tolerated. The album got a thrashing on Pitchfork which is disappointing as it was worth way more than it was given.
Rick wants bloggers to go to Jay-Z with him. Apply within.
A certain car hire company. Arses.
Boards.ie can’t say someone is banned now if they used their real name as their username? What bollox.
LouderVoice and Bubble Brothers allow you to review your wine purchase.
It’s Gay Pride around the world this week, Google have been rolling out the rainbow flags it seems.
Meanwhile on the same topic one of the politico bloggers talks Equality rights in Ireland.
BBQ Sauce Nazi alert. Woman not allowed to buy Jack Daniel’s BBQ sauce because of lack of ID, then refuse to let her brother buy it as he might give it to her. WTF!
How to do your own ads on Facebook. A video guide!
She and Him – Change is Hard:
From a Green Party press release:
De Burca suggests EU-wide referendum in 2009
â€“ EU institutions cannot have authority without popular consent says Green Party Europe spokesperson
In today’s Seanad debate on the Lisbon Treaty, Green Party Spokesperson for European Affairs, Senator Deirdre de Burca called for urgent action by the European Union to address the issue of the democratic deficit and the levels of disengagement by citizens from EU institutions which she claims has been evident during referendums that occurred prior to the Lisbon treaty referendum.
“Much of the commentary that has followed the recent No vote of the Irish people to the Lisbon Treaty has concentrated on the challenge that confronts the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, as he faces into a European Council meeting on Thursday,” she said. “It is to be hoped that a sense of European solidarity, so frequently referred to during the recent referendum campaign, will be in evidence when he meets his EU colleagues this week to discuss the way forward. The European Union’s ‘legitimacy’ problems did not begin with the Irish rejection of the Lisbon Treaty, which is symptomatic of a wider and more enduring problem within the EU.”
Senator de Burca said that as the areas of competence of the EU institutions expand, it is essential that EU institutions are not seen to have “authority without popular consent”. She argued that if this issue is not addressed by its Member States, it will undoubtedly prove a fatal flaw in what is otherwise a very successful, ambitious and innovative trans-national political project, designed to respond to the challenges of the 21st century.
Piaras once again has a great post on his blog about the PR industry and possible futures. This will probably come across as talking the guy down but the quality of his blog posts have really risen in the past year or two and his site is now a destination for insights in to Public Relations for me. Piaras’ blog is a great educational resource. It’d be nice to see him get more comments and attention for it. Also, while we’re on a roll, various people in the media keep chattering amongst each other how impressed they are with his professionalism for organising events and launches and getting the press what they need before they even know they need it. (How’s that swelled head Piaras? 🙂 )
Anyway, to my point. Piaras talks about some PR agencies in Ireland that are using Facebook for advertising some events and the PR agency staff inviting people to various launches and parties.
So ultimately will PR agencies win new business based, not simply on their knowledge of communications techniques, but on how well connected they are with specific audiences?
Slattery Communications in Dublin do this for example and it’s really effective as it gets real people inviting real people to events, it feels more friendly that way but also it turns everyone that accepts an invite to advertise it to their network as well and by publicly listing who is also going, it will probably get people to go based on who else is going. It makes these events more networking focused. Win, win, win.
I left a comment on Piaras’ post with my own thoughts but on further thinking I wonder is it also the job of a PR company to make their clients more connected too? Maybe this is already part of their job, I dunno. With the examples of those events on Facebook for example, I wonder should PR companies just run monthly networking events where they bring their clients together to simply network and maybe bring in other people to the event too. Not a sponsored by event or launch of anything event, just a get to know each other event and have their clients get to know more people which can only lead to more connections and a better business environment. PR companies have fantastic contacts as far as I can see and increasing the connections between these contacts would surely enrich everyone?
Via Kottke: Take music from Requiem from a Dream and recut Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and you get:
Porter Novelli put together a really good concise guide on how to approach bloggers if you want to pitch to them or do business with them or send them/us something interesting. They contacted me and asked was there anything I’d like to add and there wasn’t, I think they’ve got it all covered. Anyone that’s in business should take a look at this because more and more you’ll probably be reaching out to bloggers. Well done Kerry et al.
Clare Herbert is interning in Washington DC at the moment. Her blog is well worth a read. There are also Irish interns working with Clinton, Obama and McCain this summer. Very exciting times to be in D.C.
Great post. How to source good offshore developers.
UK bans product placement in TV shows.
I do love the posts on A Townplanner’s blog. This one about the Luas is great.
Open Sourcing law. Bring it.
Allotments for Westport? Great idea.
Want this t-shirt given to every Irish blogger.
Ducks snore. This is woefully cute: