Nanopublishing

The $100 Million Club

How rare is it to land a $100 million round of venture funding? Well, Twitter just became the first U.S. based digital media company in the…

Twitter Officially Makes Ads An Option

Twitter has never expressly ruled out the possibility of introducing ads to its site — and the microblogging site has now officially made i…

The Social Networking Outage: The Aftermath

Twitter is finally back up, as is Facebook — and some details are emerging about this morning’s cyber attacks:

— Some third-party Twitter…

Twitter Accidentally Disables Accounts

To add to the legend of Twitter’s service problems: The day the microblogging site accidentally suspended some users’ accounts. After multip…

The Narco Appeal Of Blogging

Slight navel-gazing on a U.S. holiday: a good longish story from Andrew Sullivan in the latest issue of The Atlantic magazine. One of the ea…

Dogtime Raises $1 Million From Angels

Dogtime Media, which sells ads to a network of pet-related sites, has taken in $1 million from angel investors, notes Alarm:Clock, which fou…

Web on TV: Will It or Won’t It?

Will blogs and personalities translate well onto TV? That’s the big question, and some efforts to experiment in that direction:

— Gossip a…

B5media Acquires Blog Network Level9

A smallish blog network acquisition: B5Media, the blog media network, has bought a smaller blog network Level9 Media. Level9 has a network o…

Blog Payola Firm PayPerPost Gets $7 Million

The controversial blog payola firm PayPerPost is getting traction, if not from users, then from the VCs who are still suckers for the sell:…

Intela Buys Blog Ad Network CrispAds

Marketing company Intela has bought CrispAds, a blog ad network. Both companies are based in Boulder, CO…the network was formed in 2004 an…

Presidential Candidates Vie For Blog Primary

While the first actual state primaries for the 2008 presidential election are about a year away, there is a primary happening right now in t…

GamePolitics Blog Bought by ECA

An interesting small deal: GamePolitics.com, a blog about the video industry from a regulatory and political perspective, has been bought by…

Technorati Mines Blog PR Revenue

PR firm Edelman will sponsor new Technorati sites in French, German, Italian, Chinese and Korean to the tune of “several hundred thousand do…

WaPo Launches Blog Ad Network

This is a nice move from Washington Post: it has launched a blog advertising network called “Sponsored Blogroll”…it helps WaPo Online adve…

Forge Acq-Hires Blog Ad Tool BlogKits

Online marketing firm Forge has acq-hired the BlogKits blogging network and is launching and ad/marketing network built for bloggers. BlogKi…

Monetizing Blogs Through Product Commerce

Lots of debate in the blogs about PayperPost, but no, this post is not about that…rather a better way to monetize blogs, through age-old a…

Creative Weblogging Buys UK’s Mink Media

Creative Weblogging, a blogging network, has bought the assets from Mink Media UK, including domain names, blog content and other intellectu…

Audio Interview: Technorati CEO Dave Sifry

At the PC Forum last week, I had a detailed chat with the irrepressible Dave Sifry, the CEO of blog search engine Technorati. For us blogger…

Valley Wag: The Silicon Valley Gossip Sheet

We don’t cover too many new blog launches, but this has some relevance to our focus, and should be a lot of fun to watch and read: Valleywag…

Independent City Sites Compete With MSM

Our conference contributor Dorian Benkoil has penned an interesting report for Borrell Associates, covering the indie city website competing…

The Yahoo-Huffing-Gawker Party Tonight

Surely, the dotcom days have turned into the blogosphere days, and so have the parties. At Arianna Huffington’s house in deeply wooded secti…

Time To Pay Up For Citizen Journalism

Steve Outing has a very good story about why citizen journalists should be paid…he gives examples of BBC and others like Backfence.
He goe…

Pajamas Media Launches Blog Network

Pajamas Media, a network of right-leaning political blogs, has announced its advertising/aggregation network, with some high profile names.…

AOL-Weblogs Inc Deal: Some Futher Details

Couple of details on the AOL-Weblogs Inc deal…two components are not part of the buyout deal:
Blogsmith, which is the software tool the co…

Google Blog Search Reverb

For a glimpse of how much bloggers like to write about blogging, check out the collection of links piling up on Gabe Rivera’s just-launched…

On Being a Media Hub

Um, that’s me, talking with ZDNet columnist Steve Gillmor, on becoming a media hub, the state of nano media, the conflicts or running a busi…

China Blog Portal Gets $10 Million

China’s biggest blog portal Bokee (fka BlogChina), has formally announced that it has received $10 million in venture funding in its first r…

MSN Launches Blog Media Network

MSN, in hunt for some differentiation from other portal players, has launched a blog network, similar to what Weblogs Inc or Gawker Media ha…

Corante Gets Strategic Investment

Corante, the original blog media company, has received an undisclosed investment from Francois Gossieaux, an industry veteran, and he has al…

BlogChina Funding: More Details

BlogChina, now called Bokee.com, the biggest blog portal in China, is raising $10 million in first round funding, as this interview with CEO…

MemeWatch: Blog Plagiarism

I was still trying to figure out what to do with the fresh wave of posts on blog plagiarism when a totally random search brought to the surf…

Technorati Taps In To Live 8 Mojo

A number of media outlets and web sites have a chance to do good for themselves at the same time as they support the July 2 global Live 8 ca…

The Business of Blogging

A detailed story/profile of Weblogs Inc, the blogging media company run by Jason Calacanis, my ex-boss. Some good pointers of how Jason and…

Technorati Testing New Version Of Site

Technorati has posted a public beta with a redesign that features bigger type and drops the McDonalds-ish blog count. Among the key changes:…

Defining The Blog Universe

Lots of energy is being dispelled on forming business models for blog advertising and the like with very little real knowledge of the size o…

Chinese Blog Media Empires

A facinating story on a Chinese blog media empire, Blogkumedia, which takes its inspiration from the likes of the Gawker empire in U.S.
The…

Curry Brings Podcasting To Sirius

Adam Curry, described as the “podfather” in this NYT piece by Ken Belson, will produce and host a weekday four-hour show on Sirius Satellite…

Committing Journalism At BlogNashville

[Staci D. Kramer]As I mentioned a while back, I’ll be in Nashville May 7 for BlogNashville — a BloggerCon-like event being held between the…

Communicontent

An essay on how weblogs enbable communication through content: “Communicontent to me, is a byproduct of communication where traditional cont…

BlogAds: Is There Life after Nov. 2?

The outfit, which sells ads on Weblogs, has enjoyed this year’s burst of interest in political sites, but it needs a post-election plan…
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Publish And Be Damned

(sub. req.) (A version re-posted here) FT does a story on what Jeff has called Citizens Media…coming about as a result of tools like blogs…

Cartoons Get Serious Online

WSJ weighs in on how cartoons are on the way to becoming a viable business online…especially with the political season and parodies like J…

$1 Million Seeding Of Micro-Local News

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism is giving away $1 million in grants — the money is from the Knight Foundation — to seed co…

Advertising On Blogs

Jason Kottke point out an interesting figure: Out of Technorati’s top 100 most-linked weblogs (mine isn’t), only 16 don’t feature advertisin…

Online Advertising And Blogs

Another audio from a panel at Gnomedex, this time on the future of online advertising, again as it related to blogs and RSS….

The Trade Blogs Etc

(via Steve Rubel) Well, I’m in there somewhere…
According to the story, few b-to-b media executives appear threatened by blogs, although t…

DailyCandy’s Expansion Plans

(reg. req.): An interview with Dany Levy, founder of DailyCandy.com, which was bought by former AOL-er Bob Pittman. A San Francisco edition…

Blogversations: The Blogging Market

A very interesting idea, in theory….billing itself as Blogads 2.0. Check out Blogversations, developed by Umair and a few others.
Let’s se…

Mediabistro.com: Making blogs Pay

An interesting play by MediaBistro, in trying to develop nanomedia properties and mixing media gossip with job ads and networking.
I guess…

Blogging For Dollars

That’s almost the same headline that Wired News used (“Blogging For Bucks”) when profiling me last year, and this is the headline ABCNews.co…

CableNewser Morphs to TVNewser on Mediabistro

Well, the 18-year old kid’s moving fast…CableNewser will morph into TVNewser for Mediabistro…
Related: CableNewser’s anonymous blogger r…

The Advertising Balance

The Media Drop mentions something close to my heart: how much advertising can I push down the pipe without crossing the line. There’s no sci…

Fisking Flak Journalism

I wrote about the “embargo school of journalism” yesterday, pointing to the discussion going on at Jeff Jarvis’ blog. Today, some more react…

The Advertising Economics of Nanomedia

(via Micropersuasion) Tom Hespos does a great service to our emerging media (yes, I’m biased), by laying out some ground rules on how advert…

The Best 2 Years of My Life

I missed by a day, but this site and blog is now two years old…I started it on June 11, 2002 (the Internet Archive has a June 27, 2002 sna…

Media Should Remember Smaller Operations

Um, in this case, it means me…some of my plans come out in this PR Week story (reprinted on Brand Republic site), though nothing’s hidden…

Bloggercon: Quick Roundup

(by Vin Crosbie) Bloggers attending the BoggerCon II
conference Saturday at Harvard University’s Law School voted that
forming a trade assoc…

The Blog in Your Living Room

An interesting point brought up by Joe Wilcox, Jupiter analyst, on content copyrights and how they are being affected by the blog world…”T…

Developing Hyperlocal Media Through Blogs

Jeff Jarvis, president of Advance.net (the online unit of Advance Publications, Inc., includes CondéNet and Advance Internet) has revealed…

Does Webcomics Have a Mainstream Already?

An essay by Joey Manley, founder of Modern Tales, a webcomics content and technology provider…
A point he made that is very close to my he…

The News/Blog Flitering Gets a New Entrant

Gawker Media, Nick Denton’s blog media company, has launched its long-delayed Kinja project. The new site is a blog aggregation and search s…

Me on Me

An interview with me on Journalism.co.uk…On working alone, and why publishers must be brave enough to empower their journalists.

Reuters Position on Linking From Blogs

Earlier this week, I posted a note on Reuters’ latest deal with FAST, to go after copyright infringers online…I wondered aloud whether thi…

Superbloggers and the Future of Big Media

Rob Enderle opines on how blogs are chaning the media world: “I think the software industry faces the same issue. The issue isn’t about bein…

The Nano Revolt

Something I’ve also written about earlier: the rise of the individual journalist-entrepreneur…NY Mag reports on the Weblogs, Inc and Gawke…

Engadget: Watch For It…

Watch out, the nanopublishing wars have begun…I’ll spare you the details, but read this…

Tucows Acquires BlogRolling.com

Tucows, the softwrae download and sales company, has bought out BlogRolling.com, a weblog tracking service.
BlogRolling.com is a blogroll ma…

The Diversity of Revenues Sources

A very nice piece by the pioneering Mac newsletter TidBits, on its efforts to develop diverse revenue streams…my revenue sources mirror so…

Making Money With Blogs

Jason Calacanis offers an update on his nanopublishing venture Weblogs Inc. More than the details on his business, here’s what I like: “I

PMachine is now Expression Engine

Here’s something for the nanopublishing geeks to get excited about…pMachine, the blog/CMS engine which I have praised publicly before, has…

TheBig Dig: Naming the Enterprise

Well, it seems, people don’t like change…overwhelmingly, my readers did not like the name change to ContentTimes. Me, all I like is change…

Weblogs as Journalism

A radio interview of me by the Greenlee team at Web Talk Radio, where I talk in some detail about weblogs and journalism…(I have realized…

Paid Subscription Blogging, Part 2

Vin Crosbie rounds up more pioneers in the nanopulishing arena: interviews people like Hylton Joliffe of Corante; Steve Outing of Poynter; H…

The Dawn of the MicroPubs

A nice micro-essay by Om Malik….hey, didn’t know that Glenn Fleishman joined this new nano-venture called JIWire, which hopes to be all t…

Former MediaPost Editor Joins Nanopub

Longtime MediaPost editor Masha Geller is joining MarketingWonk, the trade blog on online marketing…she’ll be the managing editor there.

Blogging for Dollars

(sub. req.): A short and nice story in the latest B2.0, on Six Apart, the parent company of Movable Type, the blogging software I use for th…

Weblogs and Journalism

(large PDF file: 2.9 MB, 110 pages): Wanna BOD? Here’s a term I have just coined: blogging over dose…
Anyway, Nieman Foundation has publis…

Time For a Monthly?

MarketingWonk, the trade blog on online marketing, has introduced a monthly PDF compendium of its posts, which it is selling for $99 a year…

The Missing Factor: Dispassion?

On the debate of whether there’s a business model to weblog publishing, Frank Barnako puts its like this: “My own take on the idea is that i…

Toward a Weblogging Empire

Wired News reports on Weblogs Inc, the project headed by Brian Alvey and backed by Jason Calacanis (and about which you read here first, of…

Blogbiz: Bubble Boy or Baron?

Jeff Jarvis dissects the new company, Weblogs Inc, which , of course, you first heard here: “It’s essentially a weblog syndicate for b2b blo…

Weblogs Inc: The About.com of Trade Blogs?

This is the project which I have mentioned before, which former Silicon Alley Reporter founder Jason Calacanis is helping launch. The sites/…

Web Gives Voice to Unsung Writers

(WSJ story reprinted on Lulu.com): WSJ gives a huge boost to RedPaper, an Adobe-backed project , and Lulu.com, both sites where users can se…

Drudging Your Way Through To $1.2 Million

By his own estimate, [Matt Drudge] the former convenience-store clerk makes about $1.2 million a year, including revenue from his nationally…

Fit To Print?

An interesting story in New Yorker about the right-wing Drudge wannabes, so to speak: “WorldTribune.com more fairly qualifies as something b…

GridBlog: A New Trade Blog on Grid Computing

If you want to see a great implementation of a trade blog, have a look at the brand new GridBlog, with its focus on grid computing and utili…

Can Blogs Make Money?

Holy God, Economist writes on blogs….and they quote Tony Perkins, of all the people out there, which is a shame. If Perkins moves are revo…

Earning Money Through Micropayments

Ben Hammersley reports on the writers and artists who are earning money through the internet with micropayments..talks about companies such…

We Media and Participatory Journalism

Two interesting series of stories on the changing face of journalism…”participatory media” and “We Media: How audiences are shaping the fu…

Publishing for the Little Folks

The RedPaper is an experimental online information exchange that blends self-publishing with micropayments. An author’s success depends on h…

Reporting on Online Fantasy Sports

An interesting story about how two small operations are reporting on fantasy games and making a living selling those newsletters online…ex…

Zen and The Art of Nano Publishing

Microdoc News, which is an excellent site on nano-media issues (started with heavy Google focus and has now expanded and re-designed), has a…

Micro-Content, Metadata and Trends

A sweeping, trends post by Jo Ito on user-generated micro-content…”Microsoft will continue to dominate the desktop, but it will become les…

Rise of Pay-to-Read Journalism

(via IWantMedia): Are pay-to-read (read nano media) sites the way of the future? BW looks at one-person examples like Christopher Allbritton…

The Other Kind of Syndication

(via Dan Gillmor): A profile of David Wallis, founder of Featurewell.com, online syndication done right, unlike iSyndicate or ScreamingMedia…

Blogging For Bucks

Yeah, in other words, trying to earn a living, like anybody else…only independently.

Art Vs. Art

A profile of ArtsJournal.com, arguably one of the most influential arts news sites online…a nano-publishing venture of Douglas McLennan, a…

About.com Shifts to Blogging Model

(via BuzzMachine) : A very interesting development: About.com has just relaunched its network of about 400 guide sites as weblogs. As an exa…

Andy Bourland’s Venture Formally Launches

Andy Bourland’s new venture, Up2Speed, on Internet marketing and advertising, has formally launched, integrating Adventive and MarketingFix.…

Indie Web Publishers Gain Libel Protection

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last Tuesday that blogggers, website operators and e-mail list editors can’t be held responsible fo…

The Rise of Nano Businesses

Forget that Guardian story on nanopublishing…Simon Waldman, the head of Guardian’s online operations, manages to do something remarkable:…

Guerrilla Media and the Cutting Edge

An article by Glenn Reynolds, on the lessons continuing evolution of the so-called reality/amateur porn teach nano publishers. “So what will…

The Challenges of Nanopublishing

Andy Bourland defines his new business as this: “So we’ve got two companies combined: one that struggled and failed to find a business model…

Still (Dis)Content After All These Years

(or, A year down the content lane, the blueprint for the future…)

“Contentment,” said Luke. “A word which should never be spoken, only sp…

Investment Ideas: Online Media?: Get

Investment Ideas: Online Media?: Get out of this doom and gloom, and invest in online media: this is Nick Denton’s advice. “Valuations are s…

Gossip Is The Latest Killer App

Tom Cruise’s rupture with Paramount and his freakish behavior overall are the premium fuel that gossip/celebrity blogs feed on. Gossip, Red…