Archive for June, 2007

Simon is looking for techie help

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Simon from Tuppenceworth is looking for some assistance to help him with his Twitter/blog hybrid. As far as I understand he’d like to take in all Twitter messages directed to his account (using that @ command) and export them to his blog. Trouble is he is not a techie, like myself and it seems while you can get a feed of the replies, it is password protected. Conor O’Neill did something like this for CorkProbs using some version of an application called Planet. Anyone got suggestions on how to integrate somethinglike this into an existing blog? Any plugins out there yet? Or widgets?

Paddy’s Valley – Date set. Sign up now.

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Paddy’s Valley has a blog. The date for the trip has also been agreed. December 2nd to December 9th. Fill in this form if you want to come along. Be aware that the form results displays email addresses without spam protection so add NOSPAM or something to your address.

We’re still getting the itinerary together but we hope to meet various VC and tech people and also have one evening where the Irish companies present to an audience of investors and influencers. Suggestions for the itinerary are more than welcome.

So what is this Paddy’s Valley thingymabob?

Well it’s a bunch of Irish people (mostly but others can come) who are going to go over to SiliconValley and try and build some long-term relationships and friendships with people over there which will be good for the Valley and good for the Paddys. You can be a company, a sole trader or just a nosey person who wants to meet up with people over there.

So subscribe to the blog and fill in that form. Coming soon the Paddy’s Valley Twitter account, and Facebook and Tumblr and and and and… If you have Dopplr, don’t forget to add the trip to our account.

Beirut (the band) ticket draw

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Right. I have two tickets for Beirut who are playing at the Tripod on Friday 22nd June. To make sure only diehard fans get these tickets, please answer the following question: What is the name of the band? Yeah, I know, told you it would test you.

But yeah, if you want to be in a draw for the tickets, leave a comment below and specify whether you’ll take one or two tickets. I assume two but if whoever wins wants only one, I’ll pick another person to get the last ticket.

Update: I’ll do the draw on Friday 15th June.

Draw over.

Fluffy Links – Monday June 11th

Monday, June 11th, 2007

Take the Co-working Ireland survey.

Increase Macbook power by 1000%.

Jason Calcanis riffs on Nick Denton and Valleywag. Seems he was sending them emails from fake personas giving them false rumours about what he was up to. Rest of the video talks about his new venture which really seems to be remaking the old style search directories.

EFF climbs down over “hidden information” in iTunes files. Clowns. They created a big hooha saying Apple was storing lots of personal data about you in the latest songs you downloaded from iTunes. How about saying you over-reacted guys? Chicken Little.

I’m surprised they’re not complaining about these scientists who are storing information in live neurons.

Man. This is some cool art/engineering project.

Handy way of getting rid of illegal posters? Put a “canceled” sticker over them? What if they make people see the “canceled” as a validation?

Via Una – Gallows

“Salt of the Earth” – The Rolling Stones w/ Axl Rose & Izzy Stradlin live in 1990

And staying with that theme – The French President drunk as a Pepe le Peu at G8

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

Look what I found on the YouTubes – Mario “Gift Grub” Rosenstock

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

Via the Indo:

The lawyer for radio comedian and Gift Grub star Mario Rosenstock yesterday strongly denied his client has ever been arrested or charged and has questioned the authenticity of a new dramatic video clip of his client.

Well, is this authentic?

No doubt Uncle Raybo D’Arcy will suggest it is a fake.

The denial comes as the video clip, reportedly taken while Mr Rosenstock was at a Dublin Garda station, has been obtained by the Sunday Independent. The clip has not yet made it to internet sites like YouTube or Blogorrah but has in the past few days been circulating on mobile phones.

All change!

Green Party would be ideal Twitter users if they signed up

Sunday, June 10th, 2007

The Green Party just sent out another press release:

Green Party awaits Fianna Fáil response on viability of new negotiations

Fianna Fáil has contacted the Green Party to investigate whether there is a basis for new negotiations on agreeing a Programme for Government. Further to those contacts, the Green Party has sent Fianna Fáil a document. The Green Party awaits Fianna Fáil’s response.

Almost small enough for a Twitter. Just as transparent and honest enough too for Twitter.


Friday, June 8th, 2007

Someone nominated me for a Bloggers Choice award for best Political blog. PayPerPost sponsor the event.

This whole universal search thing from Google

Friday, June 8th, 2007

I think I need some of the Google experts to explain this to me. After reading the interview John Battelle did with Udi Manber -the guy looking after Google Universal Search I remembered I had an email from Dave Davis to answer. I’d asked him some of his thoughts on this whole area. I’m actually getting bad at emails these days and if they are not answered right away I forget about them quite quickly. Anyways, back to the main topic of this post.

Jeff Jarvis talked a bit about universal search here and said:

Until now, you structured your pages and metadata in certain magical ways and — if you were hip — got yourself linked a lot by linking out a lot and — voila — you rose into Google heaven. Now you have to figure out how to put some Google helium into your videos and photos and news headlines — all of which can now appear on the blessed search-result page.

And you also have to figure out what people get when they click on those things: where are your brand, your ads, your links? If you distribute your stuff onto more sites out there — if your video becomes a hit on YouTube and on bloggers’ embeds — does that get it higher on Google? What does this do to destination and portal strategies?

Right. That got me thinking. So if you’re doing stuff now, it might well worth be considering working harder on your videos and photos and so forth and they will show up in the main result pages? Or begin to start doing videos. Would a video with a few tags get to the front page above a well SEOd page? Anyone know how well videos ranked compared to pages?

My biggie though is this: Say you are 9th on Google for the search “banana in pyjamas”. Now with universal search, they find some videos that match that and stick them in 4th or 5th position. I assume you are going to get bumped down the list and your coveted 9th place is now 11th or 12th and with it a big drop in traffic. Is this how it will work, or will you still remain in 9th spot and the vids are stuck on the page too but not in an actual placing? Are they packing the pages more into the same page?

If not, how in the feck are you going to climb that ladder once again, especially if you have to get back on the first page with 10 other ultra-competitive sites?

Actually “banana in pyjamas” turns out to be a good example as a YouTube video is 3rd above the Wiki and IMDB entry. Would have thought they’d rank WAY higher than the vid. So what are the opinions of my well-educated readership?

Edit: Some stats on the effects of Universal search.

Ah screw it, here’s the vid 🙂

Fluffy Links – Friday June 8th 2007

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Public service announcements about blogs and online stuff. Oh no, oh my!

10 Attributes of Really Lazy People.

I want. I want. Adam also wants.

Lessig’s disclosure agreement is fantastic.

John still has some good domains up for sale. Big prices. I wonder would he “rent” them to someone in return for equity in an idea?

An iron and phone interface. Errr.

Via WalterThe list of 2007.

Terry McAuliffe (Chairman of the Hillary Clinton Campaign) at Google. Talk about a Clinton lickarse: