Step Right Up! Social Media Here!

The Soap Box is Digital, But The Scam Remains The Same Everybody has something to sell, but almost nobody has anything that is worth anything to sell. That’s the problem. There is a group of executives on LinkedIn.com that has been discussing the value of social media, and there are mixed reviews about whether sites like Twitter really provide a good marketing boost to companies. It really depends upon the company and the legitimacy of…

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Dangerous Domain Name Trends

One Year Later: The Day a Hospital Won a Geo – Two of Them The is a follow-up to the ICANN article on the UDRP Wall Of Shame survey, taken during January’s T.R.A.F.F.I.C. conference. To review: On March 11, 2009, the World Intellectual Property Organization ruled in favor of the transfer of LomaLinda.net and LomaLinda.org to a university hospital, just because the hospital is tied to Loma Linda University. The problem, however, is that Loma Linda…

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Semantic Networks Versus Semantic Web

The Difference In Driving Traffic With Content Versus Metacrap We love Cory Doctorow’s description of the potential irrelevance of meta tags. He calls it metacrap, primarily because the tags, which are read by search engines and algoriths, are prone to falsification, they become outdated, and they are often simply not included. Considering the ability of machines to read tags is a critical facet of Semantic Web, or Web 3.0, one has to consider the implications of metacrap…

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Internet Censorship Becomes Focus of France

HADOPI was first, and now Loppsi 2 threatens users’ freedoms online Not to overstate the implications of French laws and their impact on other nations, but it seems France is fairly hell bent on using fear of child pornography as the launching point of a series of new restrictive Internet proposals now rocketing their way through the French parliament. It is difficult to get a clear translation of the new proposals, but a translation of…

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The Social Media Strategy Consultant

With New Internet Trends, It Is Ridiculously Easy To Call Oneself an Expert Having developed websites for the past ten years, I have seen very significant changes in the way the development game works. It is worlds away from how it all started. That being said, I was most amused to read a blog today from a person who called themselves a “Social Media Strategy Consultant”. Here’s another one I saw on a message board…

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Content and Search Presence

Busting More Myths About Keyword Search The way things work online is very interesting. If I ask you to tell me the most widely-used operating systems in computers today, how would you answer? Windows? Mac OS? Linux? Unix? DOS? Of course, you probably wouldn’t answer with DOS. It’s a necessary shell, but no longer the interface. If you were to google “operating system”, what do you think the result would be? Windows at the top…

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Emails Online Are Safe, If You Ask the Right Judge

Subpoenas May Not Compel Discovery of Your Emails, Unless It’s Big Brother Online email providers who receive a subpoena to release your email messages are required by law to protect the content of those emails, at least in civil cases. I wrote about this story about a year ago. Please see the archive file here → Emails Secure From Subpoena?. But the protections of the Stored Communications Act, for individuals, apparently do not apply to the…

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Conquering Content Issues With Great Scripts

Lessons from the Blog Tech, and How a PHP Blog Will Translate Into Superior Content Management Innovation seems to beget further innovation, as a great set of programming code can easily be adapted to handle other content issues that regularly beset the online community. Make no mistake about it, our development of our own little PHP code for a large-scale blog project has already led to new applications of that code for content management. The…

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ICANN WIPO Your Domain Rights Any Time, Buddy!

Ignoring UDRP Trends a Dangerous Game in Today’s Internet The fragile contract rights of domain owners is very much under assault as the World Intellectual Property Organization and the National Arbitration Federation find themselves headlining some of the worst UDRP rulings to be handed up against domain owners in the past year. And the dangerous trend seems to be that if you buy a piece of the Internet, you’d better be prepared to use it….

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Building Websites Means Building Development Technology

Rodan Media Creating Technology Features to Automate Web Development for Clients Web design and development has changed a great deal in just ten years. When I first began maintaining a website for a magazine, constructing a website or adding new pages was as simple as opening Netscape Composer and dropping text and pictures. A fair website could be created fairly quickly. Of course, at the time the biggest concern was making certain the page could…

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