Ross Mayfield blogs Mark Fletcher’s first presentation post-Bloglines’ acquisition by Ask Jeeves. The talk was at the Media Center Emerging Tech conference in Palo Alto I attended yesterday (and will join up with later today, as well).
Another interesting tidbit: Fletcher said Bloglines is working to build out social networking features that would allow users to share their subscriptions, clipblogs, etc. (not sure of specifics here and of course left my notebook at home). You’ll be able to share only with a certain network of people, rather than the public at large (you can now do some of this with a Bloglines public profile). He also said it wasn’t antithetical to Bloglines’ business model to share data (in the aggregate) about subscriptions, views, etc. (This last was in answer to a question by Seth Goldstein, who I haven’t seen since back in the day but was glad to chat with briefly yesterday.)
So, the big spam attack has had another interesting consequence. Apparently, the new MSN Search indexed the The-River.net page with all of the crazy, nasty spam on it, so the new, revamped site is getting traffic from people searching for unspeakable things on MSN. How disappointed these folks must be when their search for “horny drunk girls hardcore sex pictures” (just one example) brings them here. (This is my not-so-techie interpretation of my referrer logs.)
When you search for my name (ah, vanity searching) on MSN you get The-River.net as the first result, and the cached page leads you to the spam-ridden version.
The result looks something like this:
… material now manuscript horsewomen clothesbrush noetherian jobholder somewhere poultry posted by Pamela @ 6:51:10 PM | 0 comments Invest in your own home business Subscriber …
www.the-river.net Cached page
My brother sent me (and others) a link to a blog today via e-mail. He didn’t refer to it as a blog, just sent the link along, saying it was a good view of what’s going on with troops in Iraq. It’s a totally different type of blog than I’m used to reading, but still fascinating and encouraging to see the blog format, and the individual expression it allows, getting more mainstream.
We should have known this (a new Google employee blogging candidly — including negatively — about the company and his experiences) wouldn’t last. We’ve seen it a few times now. Criticize your company, reveal “inside dope,” etc. and you’re probably lucky if it’s just your blog (and not your job) that disappears. Battelle has more.
UPDATE: Google Blogoscoped has the story of Mark Jen’s return to blogging, and a comparison between the new (edited) content and the old. Mostly, he just took out financial-related info. That portion of the blog had raised red flags with me, too, when I first read it. Not surprised Google felt the same, being a public company and all.