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WordPress

Start of WordCamp Day 2

For those of you at WordCamp Dallas you don’t want to read all about it again, and for those of you not in attendance, you can watch what you want here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cali-live. You’ll also be able to find details of the sessions on some of the people’s sites below.

So, rather than bore you with information, let me fill you in on some new faces.

So this is just a handful of the people I’ve met so far and encourage you to check out.

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Blogging

Twitter. Twitter. Twitter. Oh, and Twitter.

Aren’t you sick of it yet?

I’ve avoided this post for a while now, because I didn’t want to offend anyone.  Read on though, because I don’t hate Twitter. I’m just frustrated with some of it’s users.

Online Social Interaction

It started about ten years ago with online journals. For the most part, someone would write about their personal life and a small group of friends would keep up with each other’s journals. These pretty much fizzled out about five years later when everyone realized their life wasn’t all that exciting and no one actually cared to read about them.

The death of the online journal was quickly revived and renamed, however. Blogging was popularized. The difference? Not really anything, except blogs were accepted territory for non-personal communication as well as the same old boring personal diaries.

Blogging will surely have a much longer lifespan. It encompasses so much ground (personal diaries, company news, online magazines, professional journalists, etc.) that the death of blogging won’t be because people get tired of it, but because it gets renamed. The tension between professional journalists and amateur newsies will cause some sort of split and renaming of each vehicle of media.

So blogging hasn’t even died and now we have micro-blogging — the pesterous, constant updates about people’s unexciting lives. At least, that’s what it started as. Now, it’s pesterous, constant spam with the unexciting personal updates mixed in.

Find out how many people are “eating hot dogs“. Who cares?

Why Twitter Sucks

90% of the users are marketing & PR “experts”. Haven’t you noticed that it seems like everyone is a marketeer with a blog (which just so happens to be posts all about Twitter)? I don’t want to generalize though — there are plenty of people out there that have nothing to do with marketing and there are a few bonafide experts.

In reality, it’s a pool of mediocrity. Twitter gives everyone a platform. For the marketeers that don’t really know anything about marketing, they can create a Twitter account and get a ton of followers. There’s something tangible they did and they claim to have done it with some sort of Twitter insider knowledge. The question remaining is: did you actually popularize a product or service?

What in the world is the point of following 1,000 people? I use the music site lala.com and you can follow people to see what they’re listening to. Now, if I followed hundreds of people they probably wouldn’t be listening to what I like and how could I even keep up with what they’re listening to? Instead, I follow just a handful of people with music tastes that I like. The same goes for Twitter: if you have hundreds of people you’re following then you have a low quality stream of updates and what’s the point?

Why Twitter CAN Be Great

With all of the crap I just dropped on Twitter, there’s still some light shining through.

News. Some really interesting news has been recorded because of instant mobile access to Twitter.

The right kind of marketing. Because people are going to use Twitter no matter what, there are some things that can be done well to market to them: exclusive Twitter coupons/promo codes, contests, integration with offline campaigns. Notice, these examples don’t include anything that would require updating your account 100 times a day or even gaining followers.

That’s about it all the good I see in Twitter. I don’t care if you are pooping, going to sleep, or hate your boss.

I’m Guilty

I didn’t get this frustrated sitting on the sidelines. I was a part of the mess for a while.

I actually used Twitter primarily to promote my non-profit website giveaway and it worked wonders. You can see why though. I was doing something nice and giving something free.

So, maybe this’ll be a wakeup call for some.

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Reputation Management

MyBlogLog, You Could Be So Much More!

Here’s my MyBlogLog account (awfully redundant…oh well). For those of you unfamiliar with MyBlogLog I’m not going to go into much detail, but all you need to know for this post is that it aggregates all of my feeds among many different web services. For example, the public page updates information from my Twitter accounts, LinkedIn, blogs, Flickr, etc. So anyone could stop by this page and find out what’s going on with me in seconds.

Where MyBlogLog Breaks Down

From a user’s perspective there may be SOME value to a page showing the updates from any particular individual. Honestly, I’m really not that interested in other people’s feeds of bookmarks, profile updates, etc. They could be focusing on what they could do best: SEO.

Take a look at a search result listing for a MyBlogLog account. The description of my listing is:

MyBlogLog respects your privacy—we only aggregate publicly-available information . If you wish to edit your list of services, visit the ‘Services’ tab.”

That helps no one! Searches don’t need to see that. Instead, why can’t they populate the description with something about…ME?!

So all of those sites I spent the time entering into MyBlogLog are getting their updates displayed on my home page, but what they aren’t getting is crawled. The news feed containing all of the great information about me (which is the point of the page) isn’t being utilized as efficiently as possible because the content is generated via javascript, and therefore isn’t scannable.

I think it’d be amazing if they could switch that over from a javascript feed to a pure HTML feed.

In All Fairness

MyBlogLog may not have had SEO in mind when building this page. They may seem to think that people are actually interested in viewing all of the updates about myself. They may also want to prevent their site from becoming a spam monster. Understandable.

They do have some follow links on the page that go to all of my services; they’re just without all of the awesome anchor text that I’d like and instead use the name of the service and my username (i.e. Technorati: patrickdaly, etc.).

Conclusion

If MyBlogLog corrected these things it would be a powerhouse of link juice.

Does anyone know of a MyBlogLog alternative that meets these requirements:

  • Public Pages
  • Follow Links (preferably custom anchor text)
  • Already performs well in search engines
  • Free (preferably)