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Ai caramba! Didn’t MS try this a few years ago… passport?


Overnight in the blogosphere

I took a quick look through my SEO reBlogger as it collects, sorts and indexes SEO/blogosphere related posts. I found some interesting items.

Google Bans – Woooah!! 😳

New Google Pagerank Patent – I guess the pagerank isn't dead after all? 💡

Blog Metrics API 2.0 Released!

All This From a PR Firm in NY? – "We've opened the Connors Communications MyLongTail data to the world."

8 Ways to Submit Your Site to Yahoo


Tectonic shift in the blogosphere – Google’s identity services

Now this is interesting. Google authorized websites, Lighthouse? and Google's X-GOOGLE-TOKEN. I won't repeat the text here – just go read it. I think we're seeing a tectonic shift in the blogosphere and Google are placing themselves right at the center of it simply by handing out freebies and services to anyone who needs them.

I'm still unsure how long the money from advertising and from their IPO can last for. When Microsoft's AdCenter kicks in and the IPO money runs out what will Google do for income? Google has diversified into many businesses but few or none of them (free spreadsheets, free identity services, free everything) earn money. Then again, they made BILLIONS in the IPO and they make BILLIONS in ad revenue, so that date when the economics of the situation force a rationalisation of the business may be a long way off.

As Robert Soble said in Google announces more sleepless nights ahead for MSFT product managers

You're watching two massively different ideas about how computers should be used battling it out right on the world's economic stage. On one hand you have the old standard Office that says "load locally and use local resources." On the other hand you have the new, fresh and clean, Google Office that says "load on the server and use a thin client, er browser."

I think Microsoft is far too paranoid, far too experienced, far too determined and has far too many brilliantly smart employees to make the same mistake that IBM did when they ignored Microsoft. Microsoft won't get left behind. They might be a battleship, but as someone said when they got hired by Microsoft – he said something like "from they outside they look like a battleship, but on the inside they are thousands of speed boats, which is why they can turn so easily."

As the old chinese proverb says: May you live in interesting times. Or maybe this proverb is more applicable: It's better to be a dog in a peaceful time than be a man in a chaotic period. hehehe.

Network neutrality D-Day tomorrow

You might have read my post Web inventor warns of ‘dark’ net previously in which Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of the dangers of the web getting "gatekeepers". It's an important post and it points to this BBC article Web inventor warns of 'dark' net as the source.

Robert Scoble has blogged Key network neutrality bill up for vote tomorrow

We're expecting the U.S. House of Representitives will vote on the Markey-Boucher-Eschoo-Inslee network neutrality amendment tomorrow or Thursday. I strongly support this amendment. It is gonna really be nasty if bandwidth companies can block or charge different rates to different internet players.

This is an important issue. The ramifications are significant.


There has been a lot of chatter about the "long tail" in the web industry as a new business model. Now there is a site to help you build a long tail! It's called MyLongTail (blog).

They have some very interesting graphics to explain what they do (explaining concepts like this is not easy to do)


Their business cycle graphic "works" quite well to explain how things can work.


A quick list of links that reBlogger caught overnight

I went to reBlogger on SEOData to catch up on the SEO news. It collects 157 SEO and blog (wiki etc.) related web feeds.

I wasn't happy with the existing keywords and so I added a Web 2.0 section and a Blogosphere, social, meme section with a bunch of keywords including "Blogosphere, Structured Blogging, Microcontent, Technorati, Bloglines, Social software, DIGG, Syndication ".

So now it pretty much catches all the posts I'm interested in. Here's the cream of the posts from overnight:



English isn’t the biggest language of the blogosphere

Also from the Technorati blog:

The following chart show the relative volume of blog posts based on the primary language of the post, on a month by month basis:


Something that may come as a surprise (at least to the English-speaking world) is that English isn't the biggest language of the blogosphere. In fact, English isn't even the primary language of one third of all posts that Technorati tracks anymore. Another interesting finding is that the Chinese blogosphere, which grew significantly in 2004 and 2005 (launches of MSN Spaces in Chinese, saw a peak of 25% of all posts in Chinese in November 2005) seems to be slowing down somewhat this year.

Also very interesting! That has a significant implication to any company making blog-related software… like reBlogger. 🙂