Die, comment spam

Die, comment spam: Google announces a plan that means comment spammers won’t benefit from comment spamming. Being the low life losers they are, it may take comment spammers a while to figure out they’re wasting their time. In the past, these lizard-like creatures could attempt to raise their page rank by loading up comments on weblogs, usually on older posts. Here’s an example I noticed the other day on a well-known blogger’s site. The kind folks at Userland, where the rexblog is hosted, have helped me gain some control of the comment spam that was menacing it a few months ago.

Recipe for success

Recipe for success: You can take this one to the bank. Reiman has launched an extension of its “Taste of Home” franchise called, “Cooking for 2.” According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, “The magazine follows Reiman’s typical recipe of using content provided by readers. Cooking for 2 focuses on offering recipes specifically created for two people, catering to empty-nesters, newlyweds, retirees, singles and others in small households.”

(Don’t forget, there’s a constant stream of links to magazine-related news on my link blog, del.icio.us/rexblog. It’s also available via an RSS feed.)

BlogNashville, including Bloggercon Tennessee & lots more

BlogNashville, including Bloggercon Tennessee & lots more: I’ve been sworn to blog-silence, so it’s nice to be able to point to the news about Blog Nashville, a Music City blogger Woodstock on May 5-7. I’ll be blogging way-too-much about this in coming weeks I fear, so I’ll keep this brief.

Robert Cox came up with the idea. Bill Hobbs hopped on and found an ideal co-host and venue: his blog-savvy employer, Belmont University. Blog rock star, Glenn Reynolds gave it insta-credibility by agreeing to chair the “selection committee” and to attend.

And Dave Winer blessed it by allowing it to include an official “bloggercon” unconference-conference on Saturday, May 6. I can assure all attendees of previous Bloggercons (I attended Bloggercon II), that those of us in Nashville want to make you feel especially welcomed and to have a great experience, both at the conference and at side-line activities (like the Saturday night (like at BCIII) “food for thought” small-group dinners designed to spread-out the A-listers and, well, mingle.)

Lots more news will be coming, but mark your calendars. Come in on Friday, heck, even Thursday, and plan to stay through Sunday. We’ll have lots for you to enjoy. Promise.

Update: Hammock Publishing is happy to be one of the underwriters of the event, but we’re going to adhere to the Dave Winer-school of not making a big deal out of the whole sponsor thing. We’re just happy it’s going to be in Nashville and that we can support it.

Google tags announcement

Google tags announcement: Later today, Google is expected to make an announcement about “tags” on the Google weblog (side observation on the practice of corporate communications, 2005: generate news with blogs, bury news with press releases).

Clarification: Dave Winer blogs that Google is implementing a plan, developed in conjunction with Winer, to discourage comment spam on weblogs — a different kind of tag than the Technorati “tag” news. Cool news, however, and as this weblog is hosted at Userland and I use Manila, I guess I’ll be one of the early beneficiaries of this new development. Although, I must say that in the past couple of months, since “returning” to Userland servers, the comment spam has cleared up for me. The following is more about the Technorati tag news kind of tags.)

I haven’t blogged about tags, nor will I much here (I confuse enough people already), but ever since my colleague Laura Creekmore (one of this weblog’s seven readers) and I (okay, mainly a team she led) spent a couple of years immersed in the creation of a taxonomy of thousands of small business-related terms (and creating “trees” in Verity), the world of toxonomy is one of great fascination to me: how the words we use often mean something else to others…and how those words can connect knowledge in new and fascinating ways.

I’d like to suggest a new term for collaborative tag-oriented taxonomy creation rather than folksonomy. Why not tagsonomy? And the whole study of grassroots, collaborative taxonomy creation, well: how ’bout tagsology?

(Google announcement via: Robert Scoble, who wonders if this is what Dave Winer was speculating would make people smile. Maybe. Maybe not.)