A new blogging search tool

Mike Manuel of Media Guerilla offers a post about his first brush with Blabble.

The service is in beta so you can’t test it without becoming an authorized beta tester, but examples on the home page offer a taste of what Blabble can do. If you’re into a PR measurement, it could become a standard tool. Enter a search term (in the case of the examples, recent movie titles are used), and you get comments posted about the movie, phrases used to describe it, the times of day messages were posted, and a scale that analyzes the tones of the post (positive, neutral and negative).

I’ve requested beta status. I’ll let you know what happens.… Read More »

Shut up and write

Maciej Ceglowski, former oil painter and current Perl programmer, has posted a manifesto on audioblogging on Idle Words, his blog. Ceglowski points to a couple of good examples, but then derides the whole concept as a contradiction of the Web’s purpose. For example, he says, you can’t choose what you want to hear and what you want to skip. You can’t read ahead. You can’t follow links. (And to make this point, he offers a ridiculously long link you’d be hard-pressed to copy down as he reads it). People read faster than speakers can speak.

“Ask yourself,” Ceglowski says, “is the key to making your site more interesting really to add… Read More »

More grief for P2P

I wrote my two US senators and my congresswoman recently to complain about legislation to outlaw peer-to-peer networks. Sure, a lot of illegal file sharing goes on over P2P (and this isn’t the place to debate whether it should even be illegal or whether it has the negative impact the entertainment industry whines about). My point was that illegal file sharing represents a fraction of what goes on over P2P.

Now CNN (among others) reports that 45 state attorneys general have sent a letter to P2P companies telling them they could face legal consequences if they don’t better inform their customers and users about copyright violation.

If… Read More »

Skype vs. Vonage

On Neville Hobson’s recommendation, I tried Skype today. Download and installation were a snap, following which I called Neville. I’m in the San Francisco Bay Area, Neville’s in The Netherlands. I’ve never heard phone call sound so good. You know the expression, “It sounds like you’re in the next room?” The next room has nothing on this. Neville sounded like he was a CD recording.

So I like Skype, a peer-to-peer solution from the folks who brought you Kazaa. However, you have to pay for calls to people who don’t have Skype (it’s free to those who do), and those without Skype can’t call you at all. When your computer’s off, so is Skype.… Read More »

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