Feedster 500

Shameless self-promotion: I figured when they got around to tweaking the Feedster 500, they’d discover no one subscribes to this blog. Geez. It’s now #390< . Also, the rexblog map has broken the 50 person barrier. I know I’m forgetting something. Oh, yes: a magazine that has me as its editor won the top award for editorial excellence from the Custom Publishing Council. (By the way, we editors call that “burying the lead.”) Kudos to several very talented people who enable me to accept awards they win.

Delicious new feature

Delicious new feature: (from del.icio.us/blog) PlayTagger is a simple javascript you include on your site that automatically makes any mp3 link playable on your page. It also includes a link that allows visitors to easily post the mp3 to del.icio.us.”

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Update: That tag “puppy” is funny only to ecto users. When you add a new tag to a list of default tags, it populates the field with the word “puppy” — You can then type over the word puppy to create your new tag. I guess this puppy got away from me.

Cluetrain incarnate

Cluetrain incarnate: Amazon.com is about to educate marketers on what wikis are and how their lives will never be the same. The addition of a “product wiki” on every Amazon product page will prove once and for all, markets are conversations. For the record, this isn’t Web 2.0. This is Cluetrain Manifesto, 1999. What a great time to be alive — if you make great products.

Ironically, I can’t get the product wikis to work (heaven help them if it doesn’t work for Mac users — surely that’s not the problem) and they don’t show up on every browser I’ve tested them on. I’ll be updating this post as I learn more about them. In addition to the screen shot on the left, here is a screen shot of the product wiki explanation on Amazon.com.

Update: By the way, for those who have been asking if wikis have a business model, here’s your answer. And, they also have a business disruption model, as well.

(via: Church of the Consumer Weblog and Micropersuasion)

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Karlgaard’s freakonomic observation

Karlgaard’s freakonomic observation: Forbes magazine publisher (and now blogger) Rich Karlgaard points out that every week, the U.S. economy creates 30,000 jobs. Why, then, does mainstream media (except, I guess, for Forbes) think it’s news only when 30,000 jobs are lost?Karlgaard believes that mainstream media (and, for that matter, politicians and academics) tend to view the world in terms of zero-sum: where there’s a winner, there’s a corresponding loser. That’s because in the world of politics, traditional media and academia, that’s true: there is a finite number of editor positions, governorships and professorships.

However, what happens when something like the blogosphere allows unlimited “winners”?

Karlgaard suggests:

“Meanwhile, the most energetic, original and positive writing has been migrating to the Web and to blogs. No surprise here. Anybody who creates a blog is: (a) an entrepreneur and thus probably NOT a zero-sum thinker; (b) a producer first and a consumer second. These two attributes alone guarantee that the blogger probably has a more accurate view of the world, and how it really works, than does the zero-sum thinker toiling away at his MSM position.”

Again, that’s the publisher of Forbes magazine writing. That’s a long way from the whole ” attack of the blogs” zero-sum cover-story of three weeks ago.

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