"The board includes leading bloggers in social media, community development, marketing, advertising, and affiliate programs," Izea CEO Ted Murphy wrote in a blog post on the company's site. "The advisers will be working together with our management team to guide the company in product development, outreach, and further enhancement of our code of ethics."
If you're a big fan of LOLCats like me, then you probably are very familiar with Icanhascheezburger.com, a community site where the most active practitioners of the phenomenon involving funny pictures of cats mixed with odd, badly spelled phrases ply their trade daily.
To the uninitiated, LOLCats can be hard to decipher, especially given that many of them are subtle meta references to the phenomenon itself. So regular Icanhascheezburger.com visitors are well-versed in phrases involving things like "Ceiling Cat...," "I'm in ur...," "...ur doing it wrong" and so on.
Over the last year-and-a-half, the site has become massively popular, with tens of millions of monthly visitors and even a series of spin-off sites, all in spite of the fact that it was hardly the originator of the phenomenon.
Now, the creators of the site have cobbled together several dozen LOLCats from the site into I Can Has Cheezburger? the book. A slick little volume subtitled, "A LOLCat colleckshun," it features the famous fluffy gray cat so familiar to fans of the site on the cover.
I was really looking forward to the book, as I figured it would cull the best of the site's thousands upon thousands of user-created entries. And since I can always feel confident that a visit to the site will have me ROFLMAOing--rolling on the floor laughing my (butt) off--I expected that the book would induce much the same reactions, except even more concentrated.
Sadly, that wasn't the case. … Read more
Longtime Seattle Post-Intelligencer Microsoft reporters Todd Bishop and John Cook have left the paper to launch a new technology news site focused on the Seattle area.
Bishop, who covered Microsoft, and Cook, who covered venture capital, will continue to blog about those areas and also help guide the site, which is backed by the Puget Sound Business Journal.
The site is expected to launch in the next few weeks, with name and URL still to be decided. The pair promises guest columnists and interactive features to help create a "gathering place" for those interested in Seattle-area tech goings-on. … Read more
Cisco Systems announced Wednesday plans to acquire e-mail and calendaring software maker PostPath in a $215 million deal.
The acquisition, which is scheduled to close by the end of October, is designed to bolster Cisco's collaboration portfolio by including PostPath's Linux-based e-mail and calendaring software with Cisco's "software as a service" platform.
Cisco's collaborative platform includes instant messaging, voice, video, data, document management, and Web 2.0 applications. PostPath will be folded into Cisco's Collaboration Software Group.
"The acquisition of PostPath complements our strategy to develop an integrated collaboration platform designed for … Read more
I like her line on mainstream media vs. blogs: "Mainstream media have an attention deficit disorder, blogs have an obsessive compulsive disorder."
If you've accumulated hundreds or thousands of RSS feeds in your favorite reader you might be looking for a way to sort through them all. Of many solutions out there, Google Reader offers just a few ways to weed out lame feeds either by tracking inactivity or integrating tags for the sake or sorting. These tools are helpful, but far from a solution to save you from having to go through all your content to get to the good stuff.
BuzzFeed, a start-up trend-tracking site, has received $3.5 million in its first round of funding, the company said Tuesday.
New York-based BuzzFeed tracks and delivers the content that is grabbing the most eyeballs on the Internet. Hearst Interactive Media and Softbank were among the group of investors.
Sure, the company sounds like another Digg clone. What's different about BuzzFeed is that it doesn't rely on votes to determine the popularity of a video, blog, or photo.
The company blends click tracking with its own algorithm and human editors to figure out which piece of content is about … Read more
How many of us are really comfortable crossing over to the other side?
You know, those people who do and believe things that you really don't like.
For some, that might be David Duke. For others, Doris Duke. And, for me, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Nowhere is this reluctance greater than in politics.
The media, each as objective as a Vegas casino owner, have abdicated their objectivity throne and decided to cater to their own skewed crowd.
Those barely left of center wander off to the New York Times, the Huffington Post and the Bill Maher Bible Study Group. … Read more
Liberal news site The Huffington Post may just have expanded into eco-news, but the downtown New York-based company isn't stopping there: Local news sites are on the way, starting with a Chicago edition. And it will be raising more venture money to fund the expansion.
Huffington Post co-founder and namesake Arianna Huffington made the announcement at a conference hosted by the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper, which published a story Thursday. A Huffington Post representative confirmed the news to CNET News.com later that day.
The company is not yet announcing any partnerships with local news outlets, and according … Read more
It isn't exactly breaking new ground to say many newspapers are struggling. Nor is it breaking new ground to argue that newspapers have to cover the heck out of their local communities--so-called hyperlocalism--in order to win back readers and advertisers.
But what do you do when hyperlocalism doesn't work? The Wall Street Journal Wednesday has a (troubling, if you're in the newspaper business) look at The Washington Post's experiment in hyperlocalism, LoudounExtra.com. The site, despite a slick design and plenty of news about the goings on in Loudoun, an affluent Virginia county, has been a … Read more