Sifting through the EDU_RSS feeds this evening, I found this reference:

Bots, blogs and news aggregators
The brilliant Marcus P. Zillman has compiled a free 20-page whitepaper on Bots, Blogs and News Aggregators (PDF). Good stuff. I’m working on a similar effort for a new Social Media blog I’m about to announce.

Sounded tempting. I’ve picked up some good resources via Zillman’s site. Follow the bounding link first to:
http://zillman.blogspot.com/2004_08_01_zillman_archive.html#109240955500039693:

This edition of Current Awareness Happenings on the Internet by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. August 16, 2004 V2N33 discusses my latest white paper titled Bots, Blogs and News Aggregators. Click on the below audio posting to hear an audio by Marcus P. Zillman on this latest white paper. View the site that discusses and makes available this free white paper:

Bots, Blogs and News Aggregators
http://www.BotsBlogs.com/

Okay, following instructions, I click over to:
http://www.BotsBlogs.com/ where the lead lines read:

Bots,Blogs and News Aggregators White Paper
(20 Page .pdf Document 1.47MB) [download]

Now that link just takes me back to where I was before? The rest of the page is a laundry list of URLs, not bad stuff, and lots opf stuff about the credentials and presentations of the esteemed Dr. Zillman.

Okay, I backtrack, or follow the circular reference link to the first Zillman link. Now I try and different track, and try the hyperlink for “white paper“: where big giant letter proclaim:

White Papers by Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A.

and a few links down (plus more links to books, videos and expert availability…):

Bots, Blogs and News Aggregators (Released 08-13-04 20 Pages] http://zillman.blogspot.com/2004_08_01_zillman_archive.html#109240955500039693

Oi! It is the same link! This goes nowhere! So just where is the paper? Worse, others are echo blogging this reference without even checking it out or they would have discovered what I just outlined.

Maybe Maurice just made a typo, an HTML faux pas, but trying to find a link to a supposed free white paper buried among thousands of links of self promotion just smells a bit like fresh dog poop.

Update (2 hours later) JD Lassica wrote and said it was there in plain site. I see it now, but it was not there when I barked. I swear on a pile of Milk Bones! Okay, it was an over reaction. The Olympics are a bit droll right now, so my paws got twitchy. Apologies for over zealous blogging….

Now just a dog-gone minute! Zillman’s ever scrolling blog is a mile loooooong and takes a while to load. The link to the paper is posted on his August 13 entry but not the topmost August 16 entry I looked at today. I stand by my original irate rant. The dang thing is hard to find, but here it is after all:

http://virtualprivatelibrary.blogspot.com/BotsBlogs.pdf

The post "Zillman Blog Endless Link Loop: Where’s the White Paper?" was originally assembled from spare parts of a 1957 Chevy at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2004/08/zillman-blog/) on August 16, 2004.

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