Posts Tagged ‘Blogging’

NASA scoops up Twitter award for Mars ‘tweets’ (AFP)


WASHINGTON (AFP) – It’s not exactly the Oscars but at least the acceptance speeches were short. Awards for the best feeds on Twitter, the popular micro-blogging service which allows users to send short messages of 140 characters or less, were handed out at a ceremony in New York on Wednesday night.

The winners of the “Shorty Awards,” sponsored by Sawhorse Media and the Knight Foundation, were restricted to acceptance speeches of … 140 characters, of course.

Among the winners, NASA picked up the Shorty Award in the Science category for its Twitter updates about the Mars Phoenix Lander mission.

More than 38,000 people had signed up to receive “tweets” from Mars by the time the mission ended in November.

“I dig Mars!” was among the Phoenix Lander’s messages.” along with “w00t!!! Best day ever!!”

Jackie, a fitness trainer from Vancouver who goes by only one name and the Twitter handle of “girlwithnoname,” won the sports category.

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, a prolific Twitterer, finished second.

The winners of the awards in 26 categories were determined by voting by Twitter users.

The competition had no official link to Twitter, which was launched in August 2006 and now claims more than six million users.

But Twitter co-founder Biz Stone congratulated the winners in a video played at the ceremony and in a “tweet.”

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Teach Yourself Blogging (Teach Yourself)

by Nat McBride, Jamie Carson
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“Though it is a commercial text written to follow Teach Yourself series format, Teach Yourself Blogging is comprehensive, easy-to-read and worth the time. The illustrations are few but well-placed and there is no wasteful writing to fill out the pages: Jamie Cason gives detailed but adequately brief overviews of all the related topics. I find this a very useful text in spite of the fact I am an experienced blogger. The coverage is broad but deep enough to justify reading by novice and experienced. I recommend this as very good usage of your time.”

Blog Schmog: The Truth About What Blogs Can (and Can’t) Do for Your Business

by Robert W. Bly
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“Blog Schmog is for the most part a general guide to blogs for the novice. It is a common kind of primer but Blog Schmog has a great angle on incorporation of blogs into business marketing. The writing is clear and the information is both accurate and well-presented. The bulk of the book involves the basics of blogging but the few chapters that analyze blogging as a marketing tool make the book valuable. And, the text is fit for several audiences besides the novice. Overall, it is a good book to read and I recommend you read Blog Schmog.

Blogwild!: A Guide for Small Business Blogging

by Andy Wibbels
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“A blog is basically a web page that constantly grows in length as new information has been added by the blogger and possibly others. The readers of the blog can make comments after each blogger entry thus having a dialog with the blogger and other readers. The blogs are popular mostly because of the ease of setting up and updating by even the least skilled technical person. The simplicity of using a blog makes it unnecessary to spend much time learning to become a blogger. Blog Wild may be all you need as a business person to become an effective blogger. The book is pocket-size, and written in an easy-to-understand language. Most significantly, Andy Wibbels succeeds at putting together a text that shows how to define, create, and promote your blog. I very strongly recommend you to spend the 20 minutes it takes to read the 165 pages and get greater results.”