Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Google +1, QR Codes and Activist Bloggers Rock the Blogosphere

qrcodeMove over, Google +1 ::: Are QR codes the next big things for bloggers? Try it out: GET ONE!

QR is short for "Quick Response" - the codes can be read via any smartphone equipped with a reader. The one you see here is the one for my blog, which will soon appear in the sidebar. I love new widgets, services and technology, and June 2011 seems like just the right time to add QR code and some new HTML code, as you will read below!

Bloggers, you may want to pay particular attention to this ::: PR in an SEO context doesn’t just mean PageRank. It means public relations.

Have a look at Authorship HTML code.

I'll be hopefully rolling this feature out later in the month. I have a few big surprises in store for you, so keep stopping by!

Now, onto the greater blogosphere:

Syria: ‘Gay Girl in Damascus' SeizedRead this post.
Amina Arraf has seen a quick rise to fame. Blogging pseudonymously, as Amina Abdullah, she writes about politics, the recent uprising, and being a lesbian in Syria. A dual citizen of the United States and Syria, her powerful words have shown the reality on the ground in Syria over the past few weeks. On Amina's own blog, it was reported that she had been kidnapped by authorities. Arraf is hardly the only blogger to be arrested recently in Syria, of course. Twenty-year-old Tal al-Mallouhi was jailed in February on "espionage" charges; Ahmad Abu al-Khair was arrested a few days later while traveling from Baniyas to Damascus; Khaled ElEkhetyar disappeared for a week in March; Egyptian-American blogger Muhammed Radwan was detained later that month... Carlstrom goes on to say he talked briefly this afternoon with Sandra Bagaria, a close friend of Amina's living in Montreal, who said she didn't think either of those two facts played a role in Arraf's arrest. (Details)

U.S. Court says 'shield law' not applicable to 'bloggers'...

Hrna [fa], Human rights activists news agency, reports [fa] that Ali Pour Soleiman, a blogger and teacher was arrested in Iran a few days ago. He was a member of Association of Teachers and wrote [fa] in Sokhane Molem (means teacher's word) blog.

Caledoniyya complains there isn't much information about Mikel Nabil - an Egyptian blogger sentenced to three years in prison for insulting the Armed forces. “With so many bloggers being persecuted by the regimes for broaching crucial issues; in Nabil's case, the Egyptian military; it can be a challenge to keep track,” she notes.

Womanish Words congratulates Trinidadian Simona Lee, “creator of the blog ‘Women Speak: Women Tell Their Stories of Discrimination,' for being chosen to receive a 2011 Internet Activist BlogHer Scholarship.”

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