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February 21, 2007

Yehey to go IPO?

The Inquirer reports that local internet portal Yehey is going for an initial public offering (IPO) around middle of this year.

I was surprised actually as Yehey seems to be silent all these years and hasn’t made any news in the local industry. I noticed they’ve diversified too and have been spotted to gain some momentum in the message board (forums) arena, though some inside info tells me they’re just hosting these huge forums for free and there’s not much at stake in the tie-ups.

Not sure what an IPO would get them but it sure is an interesting development to watch out for.

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February 21, 2007

WordPress versions you might not know about.

Most of you might have only heard of WordPress 2.0.7 before WP 2.1 was finally released with major upgrades (500+ bug fixes!).

However, upgrading to WordPress 2.1 might only introduce more tragic problems with your blog, especially if you’re using tag clouds or tags as categories. We lost that nice plugin functionality over at Pinoy Travel Blog a while ago and that’s the reason I haven’t upgraded PinoyBlog to 2.1 as well.

If you’ve dug a little deeper in WordPress.org, you might have encountered this page — Download Release Archive. It’s an archive of all up-to-date WP releases on record. You’ll notice that versions 2.0.8 and 2.0.9 are listed there although there hasn’t been any announcement of them. These are basically versions that were released post-WP 2.1 and would have already had the bug fixes included in the latest version minus the structural upgrades of the latter.

You will also notice there’s already WordPress 2.1.1 too. ;)

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February 20, 2007

Google Reader takes the lead

My recent post on PTB talks about the recent introduction of Google Reader subscriber stats via Feedburner.

Initial survey on several blogs I run showed Google Reader taking the top spot. Is it the same with your feeds?

Btw, I don’t wanna sound superstitious but I didn’t like the number out of my Feedburner chicklet today:

Feedburner

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February 20, 2007

Automattic sponsors the Philippine Blog Awards

Just got wind a while ago that Matt of Automattic & WordPress heard about the Philippine Blog Awards and has now pledged to become one of our major sponsors for this event.

Just want to shout out to Matt with thanks for the support!

Likewise, I’d like to thank all the rest of the newer set of sponsors. Thank you and keep them coming.

By the way, Gail is calling out for volunteers here.

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February 20, 2007

100% 5-Day Money-back Guarantee on Domains?

Now, this I didn’t know. An article in Yahoo! News Entrepreneurs – Exploit Loophole in Law to Generate Profits From Free Web Site Names – discusses people taking advantage of a 5-day money back for new domain registrations.

Entrepreneurs have been taking advantage of a five-day grace period to sample millions of domain names, keeping the relative few that might generate advertising revenues and dropping the rest before paying. It’s akin to buying new clothes on a charge card only to return them for a full refund after wearing them to a big party.

The grace period was originally designed to rectify legitimate mistakes, such as registrants mistyping the domain name they are about to buy. But with computer automation and a burgeoning online advertising market, entrepreneurs have turned the return policy into a loophole for generating big bucks.

Experts believe spammers and scam artists are also starting to use the grace period as a source of free, disposable Web addresses.

Interestingly, we’ve been reselling domains for 3 years now and I didn’t know this was going on. Well, we have had instances where we register typo domains or customers changing their minds about their domain name and wanted to switch. We were able to change the domains but there was a $3 fee for that within the 5-day grace period. Not sure where the 100% money-back guarantee applies.

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February 19, 2007

TextMarks SMS Alerts

I’m sure you guys already heard this first from TC but I don’t think the business model will work in the US. Most mobile phones now have either GPRS, 3G or Wifi — why would one get his latest updates via SMS?

A publisher signs up for a TextMarks account and chooses a price to subscribers (either $4.99 or $9.99 per month). Readers subscribe to the alerts via a Flash widget that’s embedded on a website or by sending a text message to 41411 plus a unique keyword, confirm the subscription on their cell phone, and then receive the alerts. The service is currently only available to U.S. cell phone users , using Cingular, Verizon, Sprint or Alltel services. Publishers decide what news is important enough to send out as SMS alerts. Up to 100 alerts can be sent per month to subscribers.

TextMarksBut here in the Philippines, what do you think? I haven’t been updated how Inq7′s SMS alerts work but I guess they’re doing pretty good with that as well. Matter of fact, I’ve actually talked to a CP before about providing RSS alerts via mobile phones and in return get 10% of the revenue. I had reservations and didn’t push thru with it.

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February 19, 2007

SyndeoMedia launches 2 new social network sites

So, that’s why Luis hasn’t been updating his blog for over a month. I thought he’d gone off the face of the Earth had he not attended the Blog Parteeh! last month (and no post about it on his blog too).

Ok, moving on, do check out his two new projects that just launched or in the case of OdysseyLive, a revamped of the earlier social music sharing site MobiusLive.

The other one is 3eep which is a sports site. Is that pronounced as (three-eep?). I haven’t really dug deeper though I was a bit confused that the old mobiuslive name was scrapped in favor of oddyseylive (possible trademark issues?). Again, I’m also curious how the download and sharing would end up to be as it’s still in alpha stage.

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February 19, 2007

Are these fake iPod Nanos?

First time I saw them imitation iPod Nanos (2nd Gen) were at the 168 Mall last month. This week-end, I saw them again at the SM Appliance Storeand they were displayed in the shelves along with several other music players. Took pictures using my N6233 (sorry for the crappy images).

Fake Nano
The label says the MP4 Player has an FM Tuner, Games, Music & Record Voice.

Fake iPod Nanos
There are two capacities – 512MB (Php4,100+) and 1GB (Php6,400+), in a variety of colors.

SM Appliance Store

I think these are manufactured in the same factories in China, minus the expensive high-capacity flash drives of the original Apple iPods. 

Update: Turns out these are MP4-branded  music players that looks very similar to the designs of the Apple iPod. I’m seeing more and more look-alikes of these in a lot of stores in the metro.

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February 18, 2007

Track Adsense Clicks via MyBlogLog

I believe this is one of the oldest features on MyBlogLog (MBL). I remember seeing the old version of this when MBL was still just a click-tracking service.

Now, you can still check the outgoing and incoming links, only that, MBL also tracks the number of clicks on a per Adsense Channel basis.

MyBlogLog Adsense

This will give you an idea how many people are clicking on your ads and which ad channel is getting the most hits. Actually, you get the top 10 clicks out of your blog and to see those Adsense channels taking the top spots (it’s #1,#2,#4 & #7 for this blog) means that your ad positioning is already optimized.

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February 18, 2007

Will local TV networks & YouTube work?

Ok, it’s basically just ABS CBN actually. It’s been widely covered by other fellow bloggers since December last year. Rickey just sent me an update on that as well.

I guess the saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks also applies to media giants like ABS CBN. No wonder they’re not doing good in the ratings war and fiscally as well. YouTube is great for marketing and if you don’t believe in the long tail effect, you’re missing a lot of opportunities. I know the network needs to earn some more dough (to be able to pay its huge debts?) so locking off everyone and requiring them to subscribe to be able to view the episodes seems to be a logical maneuver to do.

I just hope that they did their homework first and checked how much they would gain and would lose if they did it their way. I’m not saying I’m pro-piracy or anything. ABS CBN can do whatever they want to do with their own properties. I’m just saying they need to adapt their mind-set with the changing times. They can’t even stop those pirated DVDs in Baclaran and Quiapo for years, how much more in the realm of cyberspace.

They should take a hint from CBS.

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February 17, 2007

Feedburner now counts Rojo & Google Reader

In the last 3 or 4 days, I’ve seen a bit of a steep increase in my total Feedburner subscriptions (actually, 60+ in the last 4 days). I wasn’t sure where’d the new subscribers were coming from but was surprised today to find out that Feedburner is now able to count Google Reader subscribers.

However, when I checked my Feedburner account, it was Rojo that was showing more than 1 subscribers and not from Google Feedfetcher.

Feedfetcher is how Google grabs RSS or Atom feeds when users subscribe to them in Google Reader or the Google Personalized Homepage. Subscriber counts include Google Reader and the Google Personalized Homepage. Feedfetcher collects and periodically refreshes these user-initiated feeds, but does not index them in Blog Search or Google’s other search services.

The official Google Reader blog also confirm this development.

So the Rojo bug has been fixed. The Feedburner blog mentions that Google Reader counts will start reflecting on the 17th, so I guess we’ll see a little bump in RSS subscription count this afternoon (I noticed that the feed counts are refreshed around 3PM, Manila time).

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February 16, 2007

My Barack Space

While we’re busy checking out the blogs and Friendster accounts of Philippine Senatorial candidates, the US Presidential is closely gearing its efforts towards a truly Web 2.0 election campaign.

Check out Sen. Barack Obama’s website:

MyBarackObama

MyBarackObama is like Facebook profile, Flickr, and YouTube account all in one and centers around, well, presidential candidate Barack Obama. I’ve been actually listening and using his podcasts since last year every time we do podcasting workshops abroad. I think he’s a great guy and I’m rooting for him instead of Mrs. Hillary Clinton. :D

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February 16, 2007

Get Free WordPress Install Support

A lot of people, esp. the newer ones, have a hard time figuring out the installation process for a WordPress, much more on upgrading it to the latest version. Unless, your web host is kind enough to install it for you or you’re using cPanel with Fantastico that does a one-click install, you could end up asking a friend or paying someone to do it for you.

Well, the guys at Installing WordPress for Free will do all that for you for, well, free!

This installation service is offered freely. The right to accept, or reject your request, is ours. This service is ONLY for individuals wishing to install WordPress for personal blogging purposes. Requests related to businesses will not be accepted.

This free service is offered by people who are experienced in installing and using WordPress. These people are trusted by their peers and were nominated by their peers to provide this service to you.

The guys behind this project are trusted members of the WordPress Support Community so you know your hosting account is in good hands.

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February 16, 2007

Performancing, sold.

And I really thought Performancing was on its way down a couple months ago, especially when they announced they couldn’t support the Metrics and the Ad Network. So, imagine my hidden excitement when I learned last month that Blog Herald’s parent company, SplashPress Media, is bidding for it.

Now, the official announcement of the sale is up at Performancing and Blog Herald. The purchase only includes Performancing.com (domain/blog), Performancing Metrics and the user base.

That means Metrics should be up and running again as well as an Ad Network (not Performancing Partners, but a totally new one). I’m not sure if the brand will remain intact, but IMO it’s better to keep it.

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February 15, 2007

RocketDock on my Desktop

This one’s from LifeHacker.

RocketDock

It’s called the RocketDock, a light app that adds Mac-like shortcut navigation to your Desktop. It’s free so get downloading now.

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February 15, 2007

5 Ways to Kill your RSS Subscribers

Last night, I was adding dozens of new feeds into my FeedDemon and found myself deleting a couple old ones too. Those are blogs which I’ve subscribed to for months now but seems like a ghost town already.

If you got a Feedburner chicklet that displays your RSS count, you’d see that number dwindle because of any of these reasons:

  • Erratic post schedules. One week, you’re on a roll; then, the following week, you got one two-liner post. (You might be mistaken for #2)
  • You stop blogging or updating your blog for weeks on end. If your subscribers think the blog is dead, they’d unsubscribe right away. If you’re on a blog leave or sabbatical, it would be good to leave a note for such in your last entry so people would know and not expect any new updates soon.
  • You switched from full feeds to summary feeds. Some people tell me that they don’t bother subscribing to feeds if it’s just a summary feed. So, if your subscriber’s already enjoying your full feed, don’t wish them away by switching to summary feeds (unless you have a really, really compelling reason to do so OR if you have some kick-ass content to serve).
  • You turned pink. I don’t know but one day, you just felt like posting all personal stuff and pictures of you and your significant other (or others) like there’s no tomorrow. And it went on for weeks and weeks. Aw, it’s sweet but I don’t think your subscribers will like a Pinoy Big Blogger issue for the next 45 days.
  • You switched programming. And I thought you were covering tech? Why am I reading all babes and boobs now? (Well, some might not really unsubscribe but may move your feed to another channel group. :D )

A nice Feedburner chicklet number usually attracts more subscribers as the perception that you are widely read adds to the convincing powers of your blog. Then again, if you think your target audience aren’t that cool with feeds, why not try email subscriptions? (Feedburner has one.)

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February 14, 2007

Phil. Blog Awards: Nominate your fave blogs!

As promised, we’re now opening the nominations for the 2007 Philippine Blog Awards. We’re actually already getting submissions when we opened it early today, so we know people are watching out over there.

We’re getting huge response from people/bloggers and companies wanting to sponsor the event and we can never stop saying thank you to them.

Here’s our incomplete list of sponsors/donors so far:

If you emailed me and didn’t get a response, please re-send. It might got buried. If you still want to support this event, there’s still plenty of time. Contact us anytime. Those who are interested and willing to volunteer for the awards night itself, thanks and we’ll contact you for a planning session.

Thanks. Many, many thanks to everyone!

But wait, there’s more! The Pinoy.tv has also pledged to sponsor an Apple iPod Video 30GB to be raffled off on the awards night itself! Fotogra Weddings, Inc will also be providing a photo booth on the venue for people to have their pictures taken. Sheero Media Solutions will also be giving away a Canon MP-160 Photo Printer for the Best Blog Design Award.

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February 14, 2007

Could Friendster win you an election?

That’s what senatorial candidate Chiz Escudero is trying to find out. Check out my short entry on PTB: Friendster, an unlikely internet election campaign arena.

It made me more curious what Regnard said in his talk about “Winning the 2007 Elections in Cyberspace” last month in Ateneo.

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February 13, 2007

Are you a netrepreneur?

This was inspired by Ben Yoskovitz of StartupSpark. Here are my top 10 checklist to see if you’re a netrepreneur.

  • You own a blog and a domain (not on BlogSpot or WordPress.com). Though free is good, nothing beats a good impression that you are willing to invest in your own virtual/online image.
  • Your first online credit card purchase was your own domain and you now have close to half a dozen other domains. You also have a backup credit card, just in case the other one exceeds its limit.
  • You have at least two of these accounts — Paypal, Xoom, StormPay, Ikobo and eGold.
  • You’re not concerned to publish your complete name, address, phone number and email on your website as you know transparency is everything online.
  • You consult Google and read forums first before shooting an email to a friend asking for help. Yes, Google is your best friend.
  • You have more than one blog/websites, and they’re more or less niche blogs/sites. And you don’t go crazy with Blogger (see #1).
  • You know that there is more to online business other than the advertising model.
  • You have more connections in LinkedIn than in Friendster.
  • You’ve maxed out your Yahoo Messenger’s 300 contact list limit.
  • You’re not ashamed to tell your first client that your laptop IS your office.

If you scored at least 7 out of 10, you *might* be on your way to become a netrepreneur.

P.S.
Don’t take this too seriously. Just for fun. ;)

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February 13, 2007

Youtube on Nokia E90 Communicator

According to Engadget, the Nokia E90 Communicator has just launched and sports quad-band GSM, WiFi, and HSDPA radios along with a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash. You can forget the camera and flash but with a full keyboard, Wifi and HSDPA support, you bet this could end up in the hands of a lot of jet-setters.

Nokia E90

Reminds me of Smart 3G which isn’t so reliable after all. I wish Globe would step up with Visibility’s HSDPA and offer time-based pricing like Smart (I’d switch in a heart-beat!).

CrunchGear also noted that the Nokia S60 series is now Youtube-capable starting with the E95. The lower versions will be later supported as well.

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February 12, 2007

StumbleUpon & Adsense not a good mix?

For bloggers Adsense Publishers who’ve realized the traffic gold-mine in StumbleUpon, it might not be a good mix for you. A thread over at DP (via SEORoundTable) mentions StumbleUpon as a possible auto-traffic program by Google:

It has come to our attention that invalid clicks or impressions have been generated on the Google ads on your site(s) through users of third-party programs paid or provided with other incentives to visit your site. Such programs include, but are not limited to auto-surf, pay-to-surf, pay-to-read, or pay-to-click sites. Please bear in mind that if we continue to detect invalid clicks or impressions from these services on your ads, we may disable your account to protect our advertisers etc…..

Though there’s no definite answer to this issue yet, I believe that this could be a possible reason for an Adsense Publisher to get his account banned (not because there was a surge in traffic but because of the surge in ad clicks caused by that traffic.) This could also be riskier if majority of your site’s traffic are not organic but inflated because of social sites like StumbleUpon, Digg or del.icio.us. Best thing to do is always inform an Adsense Rep when it happens.

P.S.
Actually, when I first saw StumbleUpon a couple years ago, I had the first impression that it was just another traffic exchange program.

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February 12, 2007

Davao Blog Party

Several bloggers down under are organizing a Davao Blog Party on March 17, having successfully done a second meetup last week.

I’ve been invited to fly down there and the invite’s too good to pass up. I haven’t really confirmed attendance but I’m more or less convinced to go. If any of you down south want some action, go check them out. :)

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February 12, 2007

The Blogging Times is looking for an Editor

Yup, Minic will be doing something else (he says prolly baking). So, if you’re interested in a problogging job, head over to The Blogging Times and apply for the slot.

You need to have other source of income other than this gig. This will not pay you anything but bragging rights… and maybe some. Let’s discuss.

If you’re interested, email me at minicrivera@gmail.com. Be frank in your requirements. If you know also of anyone who might be interested, please pass this on.

Minic is a fellow Filipino and an old friend/classmate of Migs back in college. He co-founded the news blog The Blogging Times.

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February 12, 2007

A Joomla Workshop

I’m doing a whole day workshop on blogging and podcasting for the entire Newsbreak team. Actually, make that a Joomla Workshop.

Joomla Workshop

Joomla has really positioned itself as a good CMS for portal/newsites.

P.S.
Btw, thanks to all those who inquired about sponsoring the Philippine Blog Awards ’07 (I got around a dozen people/companies already). If you haven’t heard nor gotten a reply from me, please re-sent. :D

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February 11, 2007

Joining the Feedburner Ad Network

I’ve just been invited to the Feedburner Ad Network the other day so you guys subscribing on my feed may get some sort of ads at the bottom of each entry.

Feedburner

Not really sure how I was qualified but from what I’ve heard, you need to get at least 500 RSS subscribers to be able to join. Another thing is that they only make payments thru Paypal which is a bummer but I’m hoping we could get some more Paypal functionalities before I get my first payment. :D