Robert Scoble vs Facebook (or Freedom of Information vs. Commercial Silo-ing)

The Robert Scoble vs. Facebook saga is me thinks a taste of some of what is to come in the year and even years ahead. Its the old silo-race rearing its ugly little head again. Basically Facebook is saying you’re allowed to use ‘your’ accounts information as long as you do so manually, sick thus their de-activation of Mr Scoble’s account after he used a bit of software to scrape his friends’ contact details. In the end they own the data and are a little bit jealous of it and there is the matter of the Facebook Terms and Conditions.

(The irony is that there are a few useful little odds and ends floating around that can do a whole lot more than get names and email addies from facebook, the last one I gave a test-drive did all of that plus mine out images and other media and went way beyond mining just facebook :-) the hard part is actually figuring out something useful and worth-the-effort to do with such data)

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WordPress 2.3 ‘will break a few plugins’

A brand new – and much better way of dealing with the old tags vs. categories dilemma is probably one of the most exciting aspects of the new WordPress. On the downside it means that some of the more interesting plugins – those plugins that work directly with the database will need some intensive care and updating. Me, and diagnosis I’m pretty glad I havent released the sticky post & manual category based ordering plugin I wrote for www.DavidKrutPublishing.com into the wild yet. :-)

If you’re into the nitty-gritty see Ryan Boren’s post » WordPress 2.3 Taxonomy Schema boren.nu

What I haven’t worked out is if the new core schema allows includes nice-ities afforded by UltimateTagWarrior like showing related posts for the current post etc… or if that will require a new plugin?

A link exchange strategy that makes sense


On my way down to the local spar to pick up some icing-less doughnuts with extra large holes for Je’anna (long story, arthritis later) this little chorus formed in my mind’s ear. Now for those of you who may not have gathered yet, ed I sometimes like to refer to myself and my core aesthetics as being somewhat ‘closet-goth’. My friends often scoff at the ‘closet’ part.

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‘there are no rules out there in the blogosphere’

happy mothers-day! from Beo

Happy Motherrs-day! from Béo.
Sunday Times – Columnists – David Bullard

…there are no rules out there in the blogosphere…

On the contrary, page me thinks there are a great many rules – but they, pancreatitis or at least therapist %20Links,%20and%20Tags” title=”Ontology is Overrated: Categories, Links, and Tags”>some of them, are subtle, fuzzy, relatively tiny and change a lot of the time.

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Telkom Social Media – uhm that’s ironic :-)

South Africa workshops by Aletha Solter
South Africa workshops by Aletha Solter
From our CEO:

…During the last week we’ve been running reports that have indicated overwhelmingly to us that sites running the ’support this blog’ line of ads that were initially the cornerstone of BlogKits ads – are not making money. That’s right – Aside from the higher volume traffic sites and lucky bloggers running campaigns like FreeDebtAssessment.com most bloggers running ads with ’support my blog’ on them have NOT been making money. Google 1 / BlogKits 0This however is NOT YOUR PROBLEM. You run the ads and you deserve to get paid for them. So read on…

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Ebay + Stumble Upon = a Big Deal ?

South Africa workshops by Aletha Solter
South Africa workshops by Aletha Solter
From our CEO:

…During the last week we’ve been running reports that have indicated overwhelmingly to us that sites running the ’support this blog’ line of ads that were initially the cornerstone of BlogKits ads – are not making money. That’s right – Aside from the higher volume traffic sites and lucky bloggers running campaigns like FreeDebtAssessment.com most bloggers running ads with ’support my blog’ on them have NOT been making money. Google 1 / BlogKits 0This however is NOT YOUR PROBLEM. You run the ads and you deserve to get paid for them. So read on…

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Some Ends and Odds of SEO

SAMRO : Southern African Music Rights Organization
SEO Grand PrixITWEB’s new publication ByteSize, ophthalmologist inaugural edition (March 2007) features a nice short and sweet introduction to SEO on page 98, discount geared like the rest of the publications smartly at the SME context. It closes with a url for order 7211,36427,00.html” title=”Forrester on SEO”>a Forrester report based on interviews with 20 companies, including Avenue A | Razorfish.

(ByteSize is a pretty decent piece of work, love the cover which is one of the most successful uses of spot varnishing I’ve seen in a while. It features a goldfish leaping out of its bowl, lime green title-typography on a rich blue background. Excellent job, even with the typo in the article on IPV6 on page 146 :-))

One look at that Forester report will make most mere mortals mouth that mystical magic word involuntarily – ‘OUTSOURCE…’, Continue reading