The Bloglins

Blog lab for the Group A of Section 4, obviously the top group around.

Google

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Just 25 years to pay it off

According to this page: http://www.paidcontent.org/pc/arch/2005_06_22.shtml#014421

Weblogs, Inc. made an annual revenue of about $730,000. It also has some interesting numbers regarding the ads revenue, revenue per click and so on

Cheers Heiko

Number of readers

Somehow it seems, that we don't get so many Google Ads so far...
Probably not surprisingly

Here just a hint about the total number of hours people spend reading blogs:

"U.S. workers in 2005 will waste the equivalent of 551,000 years reading blogs"
(http://adage.com/paypoints/buyArticle.cms/login?newsId=46494&auth=)

Can you make money from Blogs

Hi everybody, here are some interesting links about making money from blogs.

Ro, if you are about, why don’t we try and put some Google ads on our site and see what happens? I don't know how the process works, but it must be easy.


Economist

Robin Good -How to Make Money with Your Blog Site

Washington Post - Making Money Off Your Blog

Or is THIS what we are reduced to?

It seems to me though that blogging is not about making money, it's about passion and voice. Rather like the people in Speakers Corner (this is not only metaphorical but also a place on the corner of Hyde Park in London where, on Sunday Mornings, you can go and say whatever you want although normally bereft of religious sanity).

The money making seems to be a double edged sword. On the positive side, the more money that goes into blogging, the better the servers, site development, features, power, etc. On the contrary, the more involved businesses become, so the more valuable (or at least the perceived return) comes on the information displayed and the users. This means more ads, more trackers, more publicity (could also be a positive point) and the more biased information.

As people become more money orientated so there passions will be influenced over what they say. Enrique is obviously one of the honest ones and is a recognised academic with intelligent thoughts and posts. This cannot be said for everyone else even without the lure of money skewing the model.

As a further point, the biggest e-business (by genre) I would think is porn. Blogging seems to be about anyone providing their views on anything. What then becomes of the younger bloggers looking for information. Will we be having to register to certain blogs if they are carrying certain ads or content?

Blogging to me seems to be about freedom of speech away from official regulation. AS such, the Blogosphere tries to self regulate by links and comments. The more money that comes in to the 'Sphere may well propagate the need for more regulation. However, is this not going against the grain of blogging leading eventually to a blogging vicious spiral. If blogging is about giving a voice to the unheard, is it fair if the voice is sponsored. When seeing a popular golfer in an interview sporting a Nike cap, can you take his (or her) views seriously about the product or during the Second World War, could the views of the Resistance movement have been taken so seriously of the Vichy government sponsored the printing?

Saturday, February 11, 2006

The Bloglins

Hi guys.

Take a look in these weblogs statistics.

http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/000419.html

Hugs
Ivan Moreno

AOL Survey Says: People Blog As Therapy

America Online Acquires Weblogs, Inc.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

AOL - Weblogs, Inc. » Dave Johnston - newdave.com

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Chris Boese's Weblog: An interesting way to measure the Weblogs, Inc. AOL deal

Doing the numbers on the AOL-WeblogsInc deal

This hasn't got anything to do with Skype but has with todays lecture on the Tesco case.... I saw this about article regarding RFID tags...... thought it made some interesting reading.

Seeya

Jo

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Hardware

Really interesting what for hardware already exists for Skype. I assume that is one of the key successfactor for Skype beeing more successful in the private and business market. As not everybody wants to carry around a laptop each and everywhere a more smooth hardware integration is essential. Especially the tool for redirecting Skype to your Cellphone sounds exciting.


http://share.skype.com/directory/hardware/

Privacy issues

Some thoughts about pirvacy of Skype and sharing of data, especially as Skype is now integrating with ebay (also an interesting question, how a bigger integration of Skype and Ebay would look like)

http://www.securityfocus.com/columnists/357

Skype



The Skype hype!


Some interesting information regarding Skype. Defeinitely worth a visit:

Om Malik on Broadband : On Broadband, VoIP & The Next Generation Internet

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Great job Ro,

love the page.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Burnham's Beat: A Unified Theory of Search, Social Networking, Structured Blogging, RSS and the Active Web