Weekly Blogistan Round-Up no. 44/2008

Yup, I jump into your rss reader completely unexpected and start a ritual on my int’l blog that I’ve been diligently following on the German langue version datenschmutz for almost two years: from this very Sunday on I’ll publish a weekley report on current events in the blogosphere. Of course there will be international and US news, but with a special focus on “good old Europa”, as information exchange between the two continents is not working as well as one might imagine in the era of communication worshippers. It’s not a 1:1 translation of my German weekly-roundup, but the title will also include the word “Blogistan” (my kinda-Russion-sounding nom du guerre for la Blogosphere). So enjoy my first English weekly blogistan round-up, it reads a little something like this:

This week in goold old web 2.0 Europe…

Ernerst & Young teamed up with Burda Media to conduct a study [in German] on monetization/feasibility of web 2.0 services. In short, the conclusion offers nothing new: customers are not yet willing to pay recurring fees, traditional mdoels make more money than the social web and future ads will be a lot more personalized. Like I said: nothing new in here.

But this connects smoothly to the next news: Facebook might be needing money sooner than expected, as the social network is growing “too” fast while not even making enough money to cover it’s monthly costs, left alone development. Good luck with that: may the hope for better times be with FB! In times like these investors favor short-term return strategies. But Dubai might offer a solution, and that’s where CFO Gideon Yu travelled recently – probably not just to ride the camel.

In Other News

Consulting in times of crisis: Consulting Pulse interviewed marketing legend Seth Godin on the difficult topic of “consulting in times of crisis”. btw: you can’t satisfy them all.

The MTV conspiracy: CrunchGear reports a strange case of civil un-disobedience: MTV is seriously bleeping out the names of filesharing networks when playing Weird Al Yankovich’s “Copyright Song”. Hey, once you had an impact on pop culture – lighten up! Bittorrent, E-Mule, Kazaa… that was not so hard, ey?

Le video du week

Vote, vote, vote. Or don’t vote? Or what the heck is Stevie Spielberg trying to tell the public in his new short movie? Work of a genius, check it out and watch till the end:

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This week it was like that / and that’s just the way it was. Thanks for your priceless attention, read me again on Monday.

How to finance microcredits with a fake beard

  1. Choose a beard that fits your needs.
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  4. Do it!
ritchie mit bart

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Do you need a new coffee table?

This one ain’t exactly cheap, but it will definitely impress any visitor, from casual mobile-user to alpha-geek: Microsoft built the “Surface” Hardware, an innovative touchscreen (which actually isn’t a touchscreen but uses five cameras to track visual input) that allows for a unique user interface experience. But hardware is pretty boring with proper applications, and that’s what this video is all about:

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Xsara, Diaries of a SEO Dog #9

Lately, Xsara has become quite fascinated with all the realtime podcasting buzz. “I’ve spent enough time as a listener, time to get my own show,” she told me recently:

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Synthasite offers $1.000 plus press coverage

best of synthasiteAnd all you have to do is use their free webpage editor, which rocks anyways. All pages made with synthasite are eligible for the competition, the results will be presented to the public on January 5th next year. But there’s actually a lot more than just plain old money at stake: especially pro-bloggers dig all kinds of buzz for their persona/projects, so this sounds like a nice deal:

Winners will receive (a) a free SEO lesson, performed by SynthaSite CEO and SEO Expert Vinny Lingham, (b) $1000, (c) be featured in a SynthaSite press release, in the SynthaSite newsletter and posted to Vinny

Coldcut vs. TV Sheriff: Change gone come?

Coldcut and TV Sheriff“They’re awfully hard to tell apart…” Turn up your subwoofers for this one! For their latest drum-and-bass powered assault dancefloor shakers Coldcut teamed up with America’s notorious TV Sheriff: it’s vivisection time aka: this one is great remix of the media frenzy that broke out over the final phase of the presidential elections:

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Xsara, Diaries of a SEO dog #8

In times of financial crisis, good advice is even more expensive than usual. Many dogs are frightened to lose all their fortune. Instead of just watching bones go down the drain, Xsara decides to take her fate into her own paws.

Xsara, Diaries of a SEO dog #8

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DJ Uppercut: The Attack of the Ninja

Even though music videos are not quite the booming genre, they seem to make their comeback online. While MTV and other television channels play less and less music vids, creative artists these days us the net as their primary distribution channel. Shane Lester did this outstanding short movie for DJ Uppercuts Attack of Ninja, a masterpiece of animation and style. Turn up the volume and go fullscreen!

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Blog Action Day 2k8: Against poverty

blog action day 2008Blog action day 2008 is fighting global poverty by raising collective awareness in the blogosphere: Blog Action Day is an annual nonprofit event that aims to unite the world

Pictures from Barcamp Vienna

Last weekend #bcv08 took place at HP headquarters in Vienna. The weekend was incredibly intense, special kudos go out to all the guys from Bratislava who came to join us. We’re thinking about a bi-city barcamp, a (really slow) ship might make a great location. The two cities are so close, it’s time to start connecting!

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Blogcatalog premium features rule supremely

…over any other blog catalogue. These guys offer very good value for very little money, considering the popularity of the site. Some of my blogs have been listed for quite a while now, and I like the looks and usability of my blog catalogue profile page. Instead of trying to spam as many irrelevant directories as possible, bloggers are much better off concentrating on a handful of important dirs, and bc is definitely one of them.

Today I became a “supporter”: for 6$ a month bc offers a pretty impressive range of feats: supports receive a special profile icon, geta beta access to all new features and surf a completely ad-free site. Any freeware adblocker can do that as well, but not if you’re on a public computer.

I can almost hear your thoughts – nice, but why should I pay for this? Okay, here’s the two killer features: first of all, donors are able to integrate their other social media profiles and leverage their catalogue presence by doing so. Currently only twitter is supported, but Digg, Delicious, last.fm and others communities will follow in the near future. And finally, here’s the juicy part: bc offers increased visibility, or in their words:

As a premium member your blog will be prominently displayed on our homepage, helping you get the exposure your blog deserves!

There’s also a weekly snapshot update (a recurring task that bc should do for every users anyways, as it’s in their own interest) or you might wanna spend some more money: an additional business model enables users to rent sponsored category links, the prices vary depending on the demand, but start as low as 8$ per month. Recently, Jeremy did an interview with one of the bc founders on these listings and on their newly launched social search. The reason why the made their prices so cheap is that they hope to make a lot of people use the premium services – at least in my case that worked quite well. I think this longtail-business-model is a lot smarter than high-prize premium placements and it shows that a good longtail site (containing no pr0n) *can* indeed be monetized.

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If donating some money for enhanced exposure in the bigges US blog catalogue (we’re talking pagerank 7 here) sound like a good deal to you, simple login and chose “donate” in the account-menu. No subscription fees, just chose the time span (starting form one month), pay via Paypal and you’re all set.