New Udell screencast looks at issues underlying Google Autolinks

There don’t seem to be too many people who are in the middle on the issue of Google’s Autolinks feature. Some think it’s great. Others (myself included) don’t like the idea of Google adding links to my page—for the sake of making money—that I didn’t intend to link to.

InfoWorld’s Jon Udell is out with another one of his terrific screencasts, this one a four-minute look at Autolinks and the issues that underlie whether it’s appropriate or an abuse. Udell doesn’t have an answer, but he does ask everyone to chill out for a while while we figure out what the rules should be. By way of explanation, he gives us a brief look at a bookmarklet… Read More »

GM employs Fastlane to talk about LA Times issue

As I noted briefly yeterday in a follow-up in the Fastlane blog about the company’s decision to pull its advertising from the Times.

For some time, I’ve been defending GM’s decision to avoid using Fastlane as a channel for addressing every business issue the company encounters. There have been cries from the blogosphere for GM to talk about the potential for layoffs, lowered earnings expectations, and a host of other topics. My rationale is simple: Fastlane is about cars. The people who read Fastlane want… Read More »

The Hobson & Holtz Report - Podcast #24: April 14, 2005

Content summary: Listeners’ comments (on open source marketing and the interview with James Cherkoff and Johnnie Moore; podcast tags; on Rupert Murdoch and the internet; where will co-creation take us?; world’s first train wi-fi in UK - not; on video news releases and FCC clarification; blog post republication without attribution will grow; on GM, the blog and the LA Times; enjoying the banter and smoking the podcast dope); blogs and censorship in the US - survey; journalism and blogging - investigative reporting and definitions; Creative Commons; aggregating PR blog posts Part 2; another forecast on podcasting growth; GM, the LA Times… Read More »

Blogger uncovers facts about LA Times reporting, commends GM’s decision to pull ads

Blogs come into play more than once in the story of General Motors’ decision to yank advertising from the Los Angeles Times. In case you missed it, GM wasn’t happy with a review of one of its cars by Pulitzer Prize winning auto writer Dan Neil. Several critics wondered why GM wasn’t addressing the issue on its own Fastlane blog. Meanwhile, Business Week writer David Kiley took GM to task for its petulence after determining there was nothing in Neil’s article that wasn’t factual and that GM was think-skinned for so over-the-top a response to Neil’s call for the ouster of GM’s chairman.

Now, Kiley is backtracking after reading (can’t you… Read More »

Blogs’ latest champion: Rupert Murdoch

When you think of champions for blogs, you think Dan Gillmor, Doc Searls, Mark Cuban. But Rupert Murdoch? Murdoch is portrayed as a traditionalist, an arch-conservative, a tyrant. Yet in a speech last night to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, he sang blogs’ praises and exhorted his audience to stop whining about them and get on board.

According to a report in the UK’s Times Online Murdoch said,

“The digital native doesn’t send a letter to the editor any more. She goes online and starts a blog. We need to be the destination for those bloggers. At the same time, we may want to experiment with the concept of using bloggers to…

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Forget Pew. Forrester research supports podcasting

Podcasting naysayers are pointing to admissions by the Pew Internet and American Life Project that it inflated the number of people listening to podcasts. Now, however, Forrester Research—another institution whose research is generally accepted at face value—has estimated that podcasting and satellite radio will grow through the rest of the decade with 32.4 million US households listening in.

An article in Internet Week cites Forrester analyst Ted Schadler suggesting that the growth surge will be spurred on by consumer desire “to listen to what they want, when they want, on the device of their choosing.” Podcasting is expected to reach… Read More »

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