Catching up on web news

I haven’t looked on my webby-internetty blog subscriptions for an age in e-language (translates to about 10 days), but this evening I have taken a look at some of the several hundred new posts that have accrued in the past couple of weeks.

First, bad news; Boing Boing, one of the most successful blogs (if success is measured by amount of traffic) is experimenting with adverts in its rss feeds. Actually I thought it was doing that already, as I sometimes see ads in its rss, but I guess they are not satisfied with being one of the top 3 on Technorati and want more. Pity. But at least we should (presumably) be thankful that it isn’t "malicious javascript".

Apophenia has an interesting post about the blogher convention — a convention of women bloggers that I found out about too late to sign up as it was full. "i’m faced with the challenge i always face when in a room full of women. I’ve definitely grown up in a boy’s world, trying to out-boy the boys. I’m used to being aggressive to get my voice heard; i’m used to a language of critique, not compliments; i’m used to trying to take up space to be seen. Here, i just feel so awkward and out of place in a place that should feel comfortable. ::sigh::"

Barry at Content Matters continues his series on the 50 companies that matter by featuring the New York Times as the newspaper "on top of the pile" of the rubbish heap generated by the Internet. Despite criticism in other quarters, Barry analyses why he thinks the New York Times is well placed to survive and thrive in the Internet era. In another post, Barry features MyBlogLog, a set of tools to help bloggers track activity on their blogs. I get swamped by all the companies offering these features, but Barry’s recommendations are usually pretty reliable.

Returning to news, Greg Linden asks when is news old on the Internet? The news cycle, I find, is ridiculously short, but it reverberates on, being recycled among all the blogs on that topic, cropping up again and again in a self-perpetuating long tail, if the basic story is good enough to pique interest as each blogger reads someone else’s posting on the topic and feels compelled to add their own personal take. See here for similar lessons of the web.

Finally, ten reasons why Liz (M. E.) Strauss doesn’t leave comments on blogs. Nevertheless, if the content is sufficiently compelling, "I lose all self-consciousness. My fingers can’t wait to share what you’ve started me thinking. My hands literally jump to the keyboard and start typing out the words."

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