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MIght There Finally Be Karma for Comment Spammers and SEO Game Players?

cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Ben Brown I’ve railed for many a year about the fetid scourge of blogs, rampant bombardment of irrelevant, unwanted garbage comments laden with nefarious links, all seeking to increase google rank. Can this be turning? Should I believe in the tooth fairy who says Google wants to only reward “sites with high quality content”? A recent article at The Awl suggests that The Golden Era Of Spam Comments Has Ended: The search engine optimization community has spent the last two years in a panic. SEO people flood our Internet with spam links and fake Twitter bots and paid traffic, to help bad websites look more popular than they are, to deliver fake viewers to web ads. They now spend their lives on the run, Google nipping at their heels. Their biggest project? Removing all the spam links on websites like […]

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YAOOCS (Yet Another Open Online Course Started)…

cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo shared by Since EBCDIC Move along. I thought this course would be The One. The One I Finished. It’s not the course’s fault at all, it’s all PEBKAC. I was eager to dive into the P2PU course Play With Your Music: “Play With Your Music” is a free, 6-week online course where you’ll make 3-5 songs of your very own, using the newest tools on the web. You’ll learn the in’s and out’s of audio production, while working with music you already know and love. Anyone with an interest in making music is welcome, and all you need is a computer and a browser. The course is now in week 5. I have not gotten much further than Tuesday of week 2. I’ll leave the excuses out. There’s a lot to like about the course design, the Mechanical MOOC method (so […]

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There’s Gonna Be Little Room on Profitable Twitter for your “Noise and Blather”

With all that IPO pumping, the quaint little twitter blue bird is going to be sporting some new duds cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by green kozi Make no mistake about it, according to a recent Forbes piece Can Twitter Save TV?: Twitter’s message to the networks is different, and it comes in well short of 140 characters: We come in peace; let’s make money together. Lots of tweeting when a show first airs transforms TV into what it used to be: an event, that others scramble to join live. Live, of course, means you can’t skip the commercial (which separately explains the soaring prices of sports programming rights). And when the commercial is followed up by an ad on Twitter, the company says, the viewer proves more likely to buy what’s being advertised. “We help marketers win the moment,” says Adam Bain, the company’s head of revenue. And guess what […]

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YouTube Breaks Tag Functionality. Internet Does Not Notice. Blog at 11.

cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by maziar hooshmand I feel lonely on the internet… because I still hold on dearly tot he idea of tagging content as a means to organize across communities. It’s so 2002. At one time, people could tag videos on YouTube as a way to organize them together. About a year ago, YouTube hid the visibility of these tags due to some issues of abuse I still do not fathom: Tags no longer appear on this page – this isn’t a bug, but a change that went out this week. Having them on the watch page, in some cases, gave users an opportunity to abuse tags by copying them from other videos. We also didn’t see much usage of tags by the average viewer. I would assume that the level of abuse and impact was clearly documented somewhere. Among the un-average […]

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Endorse is the New Like

I’ve already barked about how cheap it is to like stuff on Facebook (my campaign to have everyone like everything failed). If you can just click something in 0.2 seconds does it really carry any value? But now, of the ease of which I can endorse someone’s skills in LinkedIn, means alot if one gets a lot of endorsements, which all it really means is that a lot of people are mindlessly clicking because someone else mindlessly endorsed them. What really is banal is when LinkedIn pops up people I know and asks something like “Does Alec Couros know about E-Learning?” Its such a frigging stupid question, I am insulted to be even asked. It is close to this: I would be embarrassed to let it be known I have clicked such obvious questions. And of course, LinkedIn is merrily tracking all that clicking activity, you can even see who […]

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Guess What Kind of Yahoos Are Making the Design Decisions for Flickr?

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Chris Lott It’s gotta be monkeys (no offense to the primates) (but I love it when my creative common search turns up an image from a friend, hi Chris). Seriously– who is Yahoo using as a test group for the “new” flickr? The latest WTF is the insertion of a Yahoo navigation bar that looks like it was hand coded in the mid 1990s. On looking at the page source I truly accepted to see a bunch of <table>….</table> tags. At least it was not that bad. Maybe there is some humor at Monkey Web Design Shops, since the main div id is named “eyebrow” and the interior divs are all called “yucs” Yeah. YUCK- they cannot even spell that correctly. I was curious to see what the infestation of ads was like, so I hopped over to Safari to explore […]

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I #LikeEverything

cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by Helen K Actually I don’t like facebook. There’s just not a button for that, which seems to break some cosmic physical law of conservation of emotions. I think likes are cheap not unimportant, but pretty close. If it were so real, why do we wrap the now meaning less words in quotes? cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Alan Levine But some nights, in bed trying to nod off to sleep, I just scan facebook on my iPhone to see what other people are so busy doing in there. I’m pretty much a Facebook Lurker. I was amused when I saw a message from Tim Owens (is it even worth linking to a facebook URL, nah, f*** your silos). Tim is so funny. No Facebook I actually don’t want to tag people in their own […]

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If You Are Too Busy To Reply to A Message, Then You are Sending a Message

cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by ayeshamus Just sayin’ I’m not talking about anyone in particular, so stop getting all defensive and looking for DMs you’ve ignored (no you should go look). But if you are such a freaking big shot that you cannot reply to someone’s message, especially if you have had prior ones, well you are saying, “I am important… and you are not.” We get a large amount of impersonal communications. I can tell the auto generated emails that are sent by machines. It fails to make me feel warm inside. Last week, i was working on a web site where I was failing to get a scheduled script to run (I know how to cron, but the host seemed to have de-activated useful tools like wget and curl). I had remembered using web services that do this, and the second one […]

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Reader’s End is Near

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by futureatlas.com And there is will go soon, beloved Google Reader, something I have used on a daily basis since… the dawn of it’s time (2006, the Cambrian Internet era, when many crawled from the sea and learned to walk the web). It rescued me from the clunkery of Bloglines. In the past presentations, I would tell educators that when any software claimed to “save you time” it was a sham, a lie, with one exception… Reader, which gave you an efficient way to comb through sources you selected for information in any area (and anyone who suggests Twitter does this efficiently has their head up an ostrich’s bung hole). Now I get daily reminders. It feels like sand kicked in my face. Or maybe poop pellets. I keep clicking the red button, in denial, to no avail. The reasons make much […]

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<3 Google

They may “Do No Evil”™ but they can “Take Away Web Stuff That Works For No Credible Reason”. There is goes. Bye bye Reader. #GoogleNot4Life pic.twitter.com/2Yt4X7xuje — Alan Levine (@cogdog) April 6, 2013 If Google cannot afford the expenditure or running a web service, how are they funding the raft of experimentation? This is but a thin veiled attempt to funnel web reading into Google Plus. That’s me paranoid theory. Anyhow, in the next two weeks I am left with finding the less than optimal platform for feed reading. You know what I'm not up in arms about GReader? CAUSE ALMOST NO ONE BLOGS ANYMORE! — Alan Levine (@cogdog) June 8, 2013 This of course is a valuable lesson in what is ours and what is theirs in the internet space. Just wait and see what happens to search, because Google Controls The Forces of Gravity

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