Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Around The Blogosphere 28 August 07

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For this post, I have links for you that will require your precious time. You might want to print some of them out and read them later or tomorrow, during your commute or perhaps before bedtime. First, the best post on any blog anywhere today, regarding the perhaps inevitable unification of Citizen Journalism with MainStreamMedia comes from Dan Gillmor's Center for Citizen Media blog. The post is entitled El Tiempo: Blogs and More: it's about metamorphosis at Colombia's national daily newspaper. [ PermalinkPrintEmail ] Here is an excerpt:

In addition to about 10 staff blogs, the paper has signed up about 200 citizens in a blog network covering a wide variety of topics. Comments are enabled on stories, and the forums are well-attended. All this attracts a fierce online debate, I’m told, including some angry postings that probably wouldn’t pass muster in most American papers. The politics of Colombia are beyond fierce; they are often literally deadly, and El Tiempo is in the middle of the debate.
Singapore bloggers are angry with one of their ISPs for revealing customer data to a company. The company was trying to find out people who had allegedly downloaded anime from the internet... Anime Pirate* responded to the post: "The best protest is to download more animes. If you download from ddl sites like da-anime.org, it's 100% safe. They can't catch u that way. lolz"

From Global Voices Sub-Saharan Africa section: Dr. Lucy Spelman blogs about the plight of Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda: “I’d just started out on a hike near Visoke with friends when I got a call from Elisabeth (the ORTPN vet tech) saying that a young female gorilla in Kwitonda group had been snared and was still attached to a tree.” There is also word from GV that two Congo Rangers are keeping a weekly journal at the BBC website: “This is fantastic exposure for the Gorilla Protection blog. It includes a summary of the weekly activities of the Rangers - and at the bottom there is a profile of both men.”

Now onto an MSM topic: Facebook!

As if in reaction to the discussions this weekend about Facebook and social sites killing off Google, the search giant has released a Facebook application. Built on Google’s AJAX Search API, the app lets you share your results with friends.

Ad Rants reported in July that 40 percent of Facebook’s audience, following the lifting of membership restrictions in September, is now over the age of 34.

While Facebook continues to cop a lot of negative press, a recent study looks at the brighter sides to the social networking site that everyone is talking about.

The study, published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, concluded that overall, Facebook had a lot to offer students as well as professionals, researchers, and the general population.

"The strong linkage between Facebook use and high school connections suggests how social networking sites help maintain relations as people move from one offline community to another," states the report.

Last week Facebook updated their developer platform to restrict some of the more egregious abuses of users by application developers - bait and switch profile advertisements and friend spamming.

Monday they announced additional changes. And Facebook also announced that they are changing the way applications are measured to show user engagement instead of just how many users have added an application.

Meantime, Facebook is ramping up efforts on a major new advertising plan that would let marketers tailor ads for the millions of Facebook customers who provide a mountain of information about themselves on the site, according to major advertisers and analysts briefed on the system.

Get your Facebook PROFILE CLEANER!
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