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Archive for June, 2007

The controversial Microsoft Ad Campaign

Friday, June 29th, 2007

Recently Valleywag posted about a Blogger sellout where major well known bloggers such as Om Malik, Richard Macmanus and Michael Arrington amongst many others sold out to do a similar ad as displayed above. This caused a firestorm where people are talking about a blogger sellout to big bad Microsoft. Om Malik immediately apologized, Michael Arrington is unapologetic, who is right and who is wrong?  Many more continue to chime in.

It’s just an Advertising for crying out loud, relax you people. Everyone seems too fussed about how these bloggers sold their soul. They are web celebrities, that’s what web celebrities do! Michael Arrington put it best when he wrote:

So here’s my position on all of this: Go pound sand. People understand that if there’s text in an ad box, someone is paying for it to be there.

Indeed, how is this different than some business person endorsing a new drink, credit card or banking service? It’s the same as opening up a newspaper and it says in big bold writing: THIS IS A SPONSORED PAGE PAID BY THE ADVERTISER.

                        No difference.

With Valleywag posting up a storm on this issue they’ve proved one thing over and over again about blogging. It’s as sensationalist driven as the traditional media they blame for being too "sensationalist".

Business plugs into Web 2.0

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Business plugs into web 2.0

Not just marketing hype, poll claims

Despite mounting criticism that web 2.0 is nothing but marketing spin, a recent poll conducted by hosting firm NetBenefit claims that 60 per cent of firms have embraced the technologies.

Users seem to believe that there is real substance to the new technologies being deployed on platforms such as blogs, Ajax and mash ups, and 69 per cent of companies indicated in a poll that web 2.0 is more than just hype.

The survey of delegates at Internet World 2007 in London asked respondents a series of questions about how they were actively using web 2.0 in their business.

The results revealed that web 2.0 is seen as a natural progression in the use of internet technology. Some 83 per cent of respondents agreed that web 2.0 is an ‘online evolution’ rather than a radical change in the way we use the web.

Jonathan Robinson, chief operating officer at NetBenefit, said: "As podcasts, social book-marking and the latest communications technologies become more mainstream, everyone is getting excited about how businesses can benefit from a more collaborative way of working.

"Some web 2.0 applications still have a long way to go before proving their worth, but it is undeniable that technology with so much potential to enable collaborative working and empowerment is here to stay.

"The popularity of social networking websites and websites containing user-generated content shows us this. Companies need to keep up and assess how web 2.0 will add value to their organisation."

Reporters, Journalists and Bloggers - what’s the difference?

Monday, June 4th, 2007

A recent spat between a startup CEO and a conference organizer came about when the CEO said he was going to go to a trip, apparently "lied" and got caught by his own tool which is similar to twitter in updating your status.

The CEO of the Next Web event wrote in his blog:

Ok, Reboot seems to rock after some dinner, beer and wine. Great. The amazing thing is not that Felix would rather go to Reboot. I respect that. The amazing thing is that someone would lie about the health of his children to be able to drink beer at another conference and then assume that no one would find out.

Seems pretty stupid to argue about, and Felix later on goes to say that he didn’t think it was a big deal, his Kid was sick and that the e-mail was of a day earlier.

I must say I´m really confused by the commotion. My kid was sick on Tursday and it wasn´t entirely clear wether I could attend thenextweb the next day. In addition did we have some issues with the new Plazer (http://blog.plazes.com/?p=157#comments) and Stefan, my co-founder was coming to Reboot on Friday. So for professional and personal issues I decided to cancel since I wasn´t sure at that point that I could make it. Boris forgot to mention the last part of my email:

“And to be fair to you guys I rather cancel now than trying until the last minute and then not being able to come afterall.”

More details on Techcrunch.

Comments were raging and flying, and of course all sorts of conspiracy theories, but in the end who won and who lost?

Plazes CEO Felix got some loss of credibility, albeit maybe there was some marketing benefit for people learning about how he got "busted by using his own tool".

A good story was made that got attention to Reboot, Next Web and Techcrunch achieved countless newsbites and stories, and thousands more are amused by the story.

Isn’t that news sensationalism, no different than what bloggers accuse reporters of skewing facts to suit their needs? Isn’t this, in the end, a private and personal affair between two individuals?

The difference here is that a blogger is not bound by an oath, or by a job, he can be fired for transgressing or going too far, but if you’re a blogger/owner you can play entirely by your own rules, your own loss being your credibility.

In the end, he/she is still looking for a story that will be read and discussed to make his/her site popular, so ultimately a blogger and a journalist are not that different in their goals, and if this true, we need to be wary of the "masses of blogs" just how we have become wary of what we read in the newspaper. It’s mroe about managing the information flow of individual agendas rather than "group agendas" but it’s still the same. Just because a thousand blogs say it’s so, doesn’t mean it is, it could be manipulated just as much as traditional media.