There is an article over at Boing Boing, ATT + iPhone int’l. roaming data horror story: $3K bill, about Dave Stolte, a web developer, who took his iPhone to Europe and didn’t throttle his use at all, resulting in a $3,000 bill at the end of a month. Moron. What’d he expect? Moron. Well, AT&T folded and ended up scrubbing the bill due to a “miscommunication.” Moron. And, worse, this will just encourage morons to be moronic without needing to be responsible for moronic behavior. Egad. There are loads of Twitter Morons who incurred loads of SMS fees, too. Why? Because they’re morons.
The American Reporter has really nailed why blogging and the blogosphere is such a fantastic and powerful medium. I mean, seriously, nailed it.
“While most of the Blogosphere is a cacophony of voices competing for attention, if you have something intelligent to say, you have a better chance to be heard online than in any other medium.” Via American Reporter
“Facebook, the online social network, has stolen some of MySpace.com’s momentum with users and the news media. Now it is being subjected to the same accusations that it does not do enough to keep sexual predators off its site.” Via CNET News
“Earlier this month, MySpace, another popular Internet social network, said it detected and deleted 29,000 convicted sex offenders on its service, more than four times the figure it had initially reported.” Via MSNBC
Mashable just posted their list of the top 100 Tools for Making Money Online.
Everyone knows about Adsense/Overture and the rest, but the minds behind Mashable did have some pretty genius ideas. Some of my personal favorites include:
PayPerPost – Get paid as much as $500 or more a month writing articles and reviews of their sponsors on your blog.
Squidoo – Earn money by writing your new blog, or choose to donate your earnings to charity.
About.com – Become a paid guide writing articles for About.com. Compensation depends on the growth of your page views.
DayTipper – Earn $3 for every short tip you write and get published.
Dada.net – Social site with a revenue sharing program that pays you for referring friends and driving traffic.
Check out more at Mashable
I have been a reluctant member of Facebook for going on about two years now. Of course this makes me the least popular person on my alma mater’s network because joining up well after graduation I’ve severely limited my number of friends. Why did I not join earlier? Very easy, I was just too cool. Now I find myself being ashamed of my low friend counts in certain global locations and hoping upon hope that I will have enough comments on my wall so as not to look silly.
Well Andrew Keen just keeps bumping up against my amateur ass. I hear him on NPR, read about him on blogs and on and on. I am kind of a little over his diatribe but I found this discussion between him and Weinberger of the Wall Street Journal.
I think it is one of the best debates thus far between Keen and anyone else. I think that Weinberger gives him a good run for his money. The debate about what the web and specifically web 2.0 means for the “old” economy has been going on since the rise of silicon valley in the 90′s. Telephone companies have cried, music has cried, advertising is crying, mass media is crying. So interesting that organizations are so scared of change. Why? Why do people not see change as something that is part of the dynamic existence of humanity. It is what makes it happen, it is what makes it fun.
Along that line check out this video from the Ted Conference by Tony Robins. I think that it is this inspiration, this emotion that has driven the internet for the past 20 years and is what frightens so much of the established communication economy. It doesn’t want emotion – it can’t control it – it doesn’t want amateurs definining the conversation – it can’t control it. This is the issue of today, this is the democracy of today. It is what makes me excited.
So, I am doing my usual exploring the blogosphere seeing what people have to say and I came across this blog post by Andy Beard Paid Comments-They Can Be 100% Ethical. I think that this is an interesting topic and something that you see all kinds of debate about. For me, ultimately there are several factors in determining the ethics of someone’s post or commentary. And, it is all defined by how the information is presented and whether deception is used or not. Continue reading