Financial Times examines blogging on intranets

Neville Hobson covers a report from the Financial Times on intranet blogging. The FT article takes a look at one company—a German investment bank—that has set up about 120 internal blogs to “promote discussion and distribute information, including some that encourage users to share ideas, requests and criticisms of in-house information technology systems. Traders use the medium to share information and research.”

The post inspired Allan Jenkins to spend a few seconds jotting down other ways companies can use internal blogs, including (and I love this one) letting colleagues know if he’s in the office or on the road.… Read More »

What journalists can teach bloggers

Poynter Online’s Steve Outing started his two-part series with an overview of what traditional journalists have to learn from bloggers. Now comes the second installment, which turns the tables. Bloggers no doubt felt fairly puffed up over having something to teach mainstream journalists, but may sniff at the notion that those same journalists may have anything to teach bloggers.

Outing notes the primary difference is an editor: “An extra pair of eyes can certainly help to catch spelling, grammar, and factual errors, but more importantly they can catch really dangerous issues—such as when you’re about to libel someone.”

He also notes… Read More »

Auction site adds RSS feeds

More traditional businesses are finding uses for RSS. Global Auction Guide Media Group—“advertising network available to auctioneers with over 50 Web sites carrying the complete sale bills of hundreds of participating auctioneers”—has added over 70 RSS feeds to help users search for upcoming offline auctions (the kind where an auctioneers stands at a lectern with a gavel as opposed to the kind where you’re notified by e-mail that somebody has outbid you). The feeds duplicate the e-mail lists to which users have been able to subscribe for the last few years.

New software is up and running

As you can tell by looking, I’ve completed the switchover from the software I was using to publish my blog—pMachine—to Expression Engine. Expression Engine is distributed by the same company, but it offers several significant features not available in pMachine. The one that motivated me to make the switch is the inclusion of Captcha.

Captcha stands (sort of) for Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart. You’ve no doubt seen Captcha implementations elsewhere. Captcha generates a graphic image of a word that computers can’t read—only people can. You have to enter the word in a text field to show that… Read More »

Hometown paper covers local business blogs

I live in Concord, California, in the San Francisco East Bay. I’m close to Walnut Creek, not too far from Pleasanton (home of Peoplesoft) and San Ramon. Our local newspaper, the Contra Costa Times, does a decent job of covering technology, given that part of its readership is in the Silicon Valley area and that the San Jose Mercury News is a sister paper.

So it didn’t come as too much of a surprise when I picked up this morning’s paper, turned to the business section, and saw a front-page story about local small businesses that have taken up blogging as a form of marketing. Under the headline, “Blogs connecting small firms to their… Read More »

More evidence that PR needs to be pushed

BL Ochman’s What’s Next? includes a post about a study that suggest most PR people “are not altering their media monitoring methods to adapt to recent changes in media channels and the new realities of digital news dissemination.”

According to the executive summary of The 2004 Worldwide Market Survey on Media Monitoring, “Despite recent advances in news monitoring services, traditional services like paper-based clipping and in-house monitoring remain the primary tools used by PR professionals to monitor the news.”

Since is a media monitoring company, much of the study produces self-serving results, such… Read More »

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