Another exec posts to Fastlane

For a while, Fastlane seemed to be Bob Lutz’s very own blog. The vice chairman of General Motors was the only person posting items despite an introduction that characterized the blog as a forum for GM executives (plural). Neville Hobson points out that Powertrain Group VP Tom Stephens has joined the party. Read Neville’s post for details.

Interview with a link spammer

If you, like me, have ever been assaulted by content spam, it’s enlightening to read an interview with a professional link spammer in today’s Register. “Sam” uses open proxies to spam blogs, which he says is legal (as opposed to e-mail spam). His clients are PPCs (pills, porn and casinos), which earn between 100,000 and 200,000 pounds per month from their sites, of which Sam and his ilk get a slice. He has no intention of giving that up.

You can’t drink a virtual beer

Neville had a flight at fourish the day after the New Communications Forum ended. We decided it would be nice to stop at a microbrewery in Burlingame for lunch and a few beers with Christopher Carfi. Christopher writes the Social Customer Manifesto blog, which Neville reads (and so do I, now). Neville and Chrstopher had exchanged a few e-mails, which led to lunch. Christopher wrote about the experience on his blog, noting

“Reason #6537 why business folk should write, podcast, or otherwise communicate often, and in their own voice: your customers, vendors, and partners get to know you before they even meet you, so when you do get…

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A source for story ideas

In the first iteration of the Don Middleberg-Steven Ross “Media in Cyberspace” study several years ago, reporters and editors said they used newsgroups (message board, bulletin boards, forums) for story fodder. Most often they visited the boards for information about a story they were already covering, but some trolled message boards looking for story ideas.

Heath Row from FastCompany magazine (the guy behind the magazine’s blog—the first blog in a business magazine—says he finds blogs to be useful for finding story ideas today. He also says that blogs provide him the opportunity to write about topics that don’t meet the requirements… Read More »

Marrying RSS and social networking

One of the key benefits of RSS is the ability to get all the content in which you might be interested delivered to a single aggregator. Rather than visit 200 Web sites every day, you visit your single aggregator which has collected items from those 200 sites. I use FeedDemon, and I’m happy with it. But I still spend a lot of time dismissing stories the news reader has captured about which I just don’t care.

An article in the February issue of Technology Review introduces a new Web-based aggregator from San Francisco-based Rojo (pronounced like “mojo”) that adds a twist to the concept.

...in addition to RSS feeds, Rojo includes a social…

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Instant Messaging: The sleeping giant

Gartner has called Instant Messaging “the sleeping giant of the Internet.” The tech analysis company expects 70% of employees will use IM for personal communication this year. Already, business communications account for one-third of the 1 billion instant messages sent daily. What will spur the growth of IM, though, is the introduction of new technologies that transform the technology for a simple communication tool to a front end for business applications.

India’s Express Computer magazine reports that more mobile devices will be able to access IM and a host of business applications are ready for unveiling. It’s not so much instant… Read More »

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