IMs as the next big wave?

Poynter’s Monique Van Dusseldorp has a cool posting today, about the use of instant messaging for new personal communication. Microsoft is assisting the Netherlands in several tests by licensing commercial “chatbots” that users can added to their buddy list. One cool one involves a couple banks: “Dutch banks already have started to use the service:…


UPDATE: Blogger trouble in India

An amazing story is going on in India. I first posted about it a week ago, after first reading about the story from the Yahoo! Group Image Management. (BTW, Image Group is a very good PR/communications group if those in North America want a more global industry perspective.) Basically, one Indian blogger, Rashmi Bansal, ran…


Blogging going more mainstream

Bacon’s MediaSource is taking bloggers seriously. Reecently, it sent its informational survey to bloggers — though I didn’t get one 🙁 — seeking profile information on them for its database (which my company uses). As “BusinessWeek’s” Stephen Baker points out, bloggers are growing as an important media outlet for those in public relations/media relations. Peter…


We’re all gonna be ‘Googligans?’

As much as I don’t like to admit it, I’m really starting to like Google. Its desktop search is much quicker in finding old e-mails than the “Find” function on MS Outlook. And, its Google Earth and its API map applications others have used are really neat tools. So, I guess yesterday, there was a…


CJ with proper guidance

Great piece from Steve Outing on Editor & Publisher about how newspapers and other media can take advantage of the current (and permanent?) citizen journalist craze. My biggest problems with CJ is the potential for credibility, integrity and basic honesty (at least, as honest as any naturally biased person can be. We all have our…


Grassroots blogging

Colin McKay in the Great White North that is Canada — home of Labatt, Molson, great fishing, and just really nice people — found a number of great how-tos when it comes to blogging and communications. The pieces are focused on grassroots and cyber-dissident blogging, environmental and non-profit communications. However, we all should be able…


Got steroids?

Apparently, Major League Baseball is upset over the most recent “Got Milk?” ad. According to the AP story on Yahoo!, the ad “talks about a player getting pulled from a game ‘after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.’ In the next scene, a coach pulls a carton of milk from the slugger’s locker.” MLB’s Exec…


The Rise of & Problem with CJ

A couple stories in the “Joplin (Mo.) Globe” and The Age (Melbourne, Australia) about citizen journalism raise some very good points about the growth of it, and benefits of it. However, just like recent quality issues have crept up at Wikipedia, the same caution should be noted for any and all citizen journalism sites: quality.…


Cool tools

Okay, these may not be new, but they are cool. The below are some Web tools I’ve come across the past day or so, mostly dealing with maps. Enjoy! * Gmap Pedometer: Uses Google’s superb mapping application to help record distances traveled during a running, walking and even bicycling workout. A couple nice blog map…


Okay, I guess your 15 minutes of fame is over

Well, if you haven’t been to FedExFurniture.com lately, it looks like Jose Avila’s 15 minutes of fame is over. (Unless you want to read his blog.) I suppose FedEx’s lawyers got to him. Or, maybe Mr. Avila simply saved up enough money and bought real furniture. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then,…