Technorati, Yahoo, and Google still have a long way to go before they do proper indexing of blogs
Does Technorati present an accurate view of the world of blogs?
The recent announcements of changes in the campaign management of the Dean presidential campaign raise some interesting questions. As political observers know by now, Joe Trippi, the man credited with creating a new political approach by using the Internet, has been replaced at the head of the Dean campaign by Roy Neel. In: Telecom Insider The impact of this change goes much beyond a simple change of management. Neel was president and CEO of the USTA, which bills itself as “the voice of the converged telecom industry”. The USTA and the Internet crowds have often been on opposed end of the political spectrum. Historically, the USTA has been the organization that protects the Baby Bells. For example, the USTA believes that IP telephony should be subjected to the same charges as regular telephone carriers and does not support Wireless Number Portability. Granted, it is unfair to look at the current record of an organization and use it to paint a negative image of a former president. Maybe the organization changed radically from when he was their president. So let’s look at his record: Neel is against regulations of telephone companies but against sharing lines, which he sees as anti-competitive. Here’s…Read More
In yet another change highlighting the Internet influence on politics, the Dean campaign has unveiled a set of Internet principles and named a very impressive slate of net advisers. I hope that this will help the group formulate a set of policies relating to technology and make technology in general and the net in particular an issue during the presidential campaign. I suspect that other groups will follow suit. During the last elections, I put together a list of technology issues and where the candidates stood. I was surprised at the time that no news organization had gone through the trouble of compiling such list. I was also surprised by how little data there was at the time. With the announcement from the Dean campaign, it is now becoming clear that the business of technology is gaining the limelight it should have had then. Reading the statement of Internet principles, it appears the Dean campaign is for open Internet access, and is looking to foster more freedom online. At the current time, it’s very hazy and I hope that more details will emerge in the future as to where this campaign stands on critical issues like cryptography exports, H1B visas,…Read More
News.com reports that the Dean campaign acknowledge it had spammed people on the Internet. Infrequent readers can find my stories on the subject here, here, here and there. What I find most interesting is that the news has been making the rounds in the blogosphere for a couple of weeks by now. My first entry is dated August 5th and the spamvertized article is about a week old. Once more, it seems that blogs are trumping regular news organizations when it comes to bringing breaking news to the public. Also of interest is the story itself. The Dean campaign is quoted saying On Tuesday, August 12th, Dean for America received notification from a supporter that spam was being sent. We terminated our relationship with both vendors immediately. What I find most interesting here is that I received the piece of spam on the 5th of August, emailed it to the Dean’s blog then (figuring I would get a response quickly). With no response on the initial email, I emailed them a link to my blog entry asking for comment and am still waiting for an answer. The article continues with The Dean campaign’s bulk e-mail, which was sent last week,…Read More