A database of spam blogs (splogs)

Splogspot is a search engine hat keeps track of spam blogs or Splogs to help blog related services and directories to keep their sites clean.
How does it work? SplogSpot mainly feeds on the blacklist that Pingoat generates. Pingoat has automated software that can detect spam blogs. SplogSpot also accepts manual splog submissions, that are first reviewed and then added to the database.

How to participate? When ever you come across a Splog (spam blog), you can report it to SplogSpot.

How it helps? Maintaining a database of spam blogs will help us to avoid splogs whenever possible. (…) And the most important of all, you can use the SplogSpot API to determine the genuinty of a blog, when handling blogs in your custom built application or anything like that.

Click-to-call, anonymat et identité on-line

David Sadigh de IC Agency blogue à propos du fait que Google se lance dans le click-to-call (vous entrez votre numéro de téléphone et un système de “web call back” vous rappelle pour vous mettre en contact avec l’annonceur)

Cela va clairement dans le sens du trend “click-to-call” actuel (eBay qui rachete skype pour offrir cette fonctionnalité).

Ce qui me semble intéressant dans son blogpost, c’est la phrase “mais reste plus dubitatif quant aux freins d’adoption qui pourrait survenir auprès des internautes”, je pense que c’est vraiment le cas et le 2% de web call back que David et ses collègues ont obtenus sur leur projet en 2001.

Cela me fait penser a ces “Ebay exchange point” dans les gares suisses (un point avec une pancarte ebay pour se retrouver et échanger/vendre physiquement son objet sur ebay). Je passe tous les jours devant (2x par jour) et il m’est arrivé de rester a cote pour observer ce qui s’y passe (mon coté ethno), et à part servir de point pour poser son café et discuter (sans échange d’objets), je n’ai jamais vu un échange ebay (bien sur il faudrait que je reste plus longtemps peut etre mais je pense que la composante ‘rester dans l’ombre’ est fondamentale dans la transaction).

Pour autant je ne crois pas qu’il s’agisse vraiment d’anonymat car les utilisateurs d’eBay sont moins anonymes que liés à leur identité on-line. Ce que je veux dire par là , c’est que c’est plus derrière cette identité on-line que les utilisateurs préfèrent se référer, plus que l’anonymat.

About 25 million people have used the internet to sell something

The last report of PEW Internet is about online activities. It gives an interesting overview of how people use the Internet to sell things/services. The report can be downloaded as a pdf. It highlights the large variety of objects and services that may be found on the Web. However, this activity seems to be carried out by early-adopters and not the average joe.

Some 17% of online American adults have used the internet to sell things. That amounts to approximately 25 million Americans.

In addition, internet traffic data show that visits to classified ad web sites has grown 80% in the past year.

Almost everything imaginable is currently for sale or has been for sale by individuals on various auction or classified ad sites. Tangible items like pink plastic Christmas trees, collectible coins, wedding dresses, automobiles, books, or CDs share web space with a myriad of intangibles including virtual weaponry and characters from online games (sold for real money) and services including everything from finding a French tutor, a personal trainer or someone to clean your aquarium.

Demographically, online sellers have an “early adopter” profile and they are relatively intense users of the internet.

Web2.0 now acquired a meaning

Thoughtful writer Paul Graham has a good piece on the pot-pourri concept of Web2.0.

I don’t think there was any deliberate plan to suggest there was a new version of the web. They just wanted to make the point that the web mattered again. (…) And they were right. New things were coming. But the new version number led to some awkwardness in the short term
(…)
I wouldn’t quite call it “Bubble 2.0” just because VCs are eager to invest again. The Internet is a genuinely big deal. The bust was as much an overreaction as the boom. (…) The reason this won’t turn into a second Bubble is that the IPO market is gone.

Then he goes through the main idea of stuff2.0: Ajax, Democracy… and… Don’t Maltreat Users which is somehow a topic less tackled:

During the Bubble a lot of popular sites were quite high-handed with users. And not just in obvious ways, like making them register, or subjecting them to annoying ads. (…) The ultimate way to be nice to users is to give them something for free that competitors charge for.

And finally, this leads to a very genuine conclusion:

here is a common thread. Web 2.0 means using the web the way it’s meant to be used. The “trends” we’re seeing now are simply the inherent nature of the web emerging from under the broken models that got imposed on it during the Bubble.

1001 visits

Today, we just went over the symbolic number of one thousand visits per day on this site. I am proud that so many people trust and read us.

Thanks to all our readers 🙂

1001 visites

C’est aujourd’hui que le cap symbolique des milles visites quotidiennes vient d’être franchi par ce site. Je suis fier de savoir qu’autant de monde nous fait confiance.

Merci à tous 🙂

The Blog Files

Le Journal du Net a mis en ligne un dossier apparemment complet sur les blogs. Je n’ai pas du tout le temps de le lire vu que je pars en vacances dimanche mais, connaissant le sérieux de ces gens-là , ça mérite probablement votre attention.

Blog, communication sans filet

La vague du blogging intrigue les entreprises, leurs dirigeants et les grandes marques qui tentent d’appréhender – et de maîtriser – les règles subtiles de cette communication “désintermédiée”. Conseils, cadre juridique, retours d’expérience, chiffres.

(merci pour le tip john)

Google Space

Christian Lindholm raconte que Google offre désormais un accès Internet et de l’assistance gratuite dans un espace Google au terminal 1 de l’aéroport d’Heathrow. C’est intéressant de voir les géants du virtuel investir le monde réel. Je pense que cette tendance va continuer, on aura bientôt des magasins Amazon dans nos villes.

Google Spaces is the first push for Google in the physical world. It is a place where passing travelers can stop to get online. It is staffed with Googlers willing to help. They don their apps. But also let users check their mail. I was happy to see several reading Yahoo mail.

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Google Space

Christian Lindholm reports that Google is now offering free web access and assistance in Heathrow Terminal 1. Nice move into the real world. I am looking forward to experience this in person soon.

Google Spaces is the first push for Google in the physical world. It is a place where passing travelers can stop to get online. It is staffed with Googlers willing to help. They don their apps. But also let users check their mail. I was happy to see several reading Yahoo mail.

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MBA et palmarès bidons

Un article qui m’a fait sourire, et qui me conforte dans mon choix de créer une petite entreprise pour échapper à la stupidité du système des grosses boîtes, ou le succès se construit beaucoup via ce genre d’accomplissements truqués.

MBA, le superdiplôme qui repose sur des palmarès bidons

Coup sur coup, deux des trois gardiens du temple mondial des écoles de commerce viennent d’arriver aux mêmes conclusions : les palmarès publiés dans la presse ne vaudraient pas tripette, spécialement ceux des MBA