i sat behind you at he midnight showing of New Moon last night. Me: medium height, dark hair, long nails, mysterious. You: straight long blond hair, full ruby lips, you were wearing black cargo pants and a twilight hoodie. as your hair draped down behind your seat i just has to hold it and smell it deeply(pantene. great choice). i dont remember much ov the movie but i will always remember the smell and texture of your hair. the way you sound when you whisper and laugh. after the movie i followed you and your friend to perkin’s. i waited outside in my car so i could watch you eat and smile. i followed you home and made sure you got there safely.i noticed you left you car unlocked so i went to have a look into your life. i can tell by looking in your car that we have a lot in common. if you want your dash ornaments back you will have to meet me and we can have a great time getting to know each other. “grin”
Archive for November, 2009
Back in October of last year, I wrote a piece for PBS’ MediaShift arguing that econ bloggers were gaining clout and influence as a direct result of the economic crisis. Sure enough, we learned recently that 20 were invited for a personal sit-down with top officials in the treasury.
HubSpot conducted a study recently with more than 1,500 of its customers and determined that small businesses that blog saw, on average, 55% more visitors than those that didn’t.
Why this is could be found in the subsequent data points: those that have blogs see 97% more inbound links, and 434% more indexed pages. The benefits are two-fold: Because of the fresh content there is plenty for other websites to link to, and with more indexed pages there’s more content for search engines to crawl and direct visitors.
With just a static page, obviously, there is little incentive to link to it.
When listing the accomplishments of the conservative blogger, the fall of Dan Rather seems so far to be their crowning achievement. Greg Sargent at the Washington Post wonders if lefty blogs deserve similar credit for Lou Dobbs’ resignation, seeing as they provided a constant drumbeat for his firing, systematically and tediously reporting his more outlandish and inaccurate statements.
The only difference, of course, is that the right blogosphere was able to seize upon one particularly large error while the left had to settle for a series of incremental ones, making credit harder to assign. While they certainly lobbed quite a few stones, the right was able to use a catapult to bring down the entire fortress wall in one fell swoop.
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For years, Google defenders (including Google itself) have been daring newspapers to flip the switch — modify their code ever so slightly as to ward off any search engine spiders and remove themselves from the Google index completely. If Google was such a parasite, then why not simply apply the anti-body? The reason behind this bluff was to extract an admission from the newspapers that they do enjoy the flood of traffic from Google, after all.
And perhaps Rupert Murdoch is issuing a bluff of his own, but recently he said that he was considering turning off the Google hose.
“I think we will, but that’s when we start charging,” he said. “We have it already with the Wall Street Journal. We have a wall, but it’s not right to the ceiling. You can get, usually, the first paragraph from any story – but if you’re not a paying subscriber to WSJ.com all you get is a paragraph and a subscription form.”
There are many who think this would be suicide, but if it is it would be suicide in the name of answering the question we’ve always asked: Can a newspaper survive without Google?