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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Some Facts about Bloggers and the Blogosphere

The Wall Street Journal has published an interesting article about bloggers and the blogosphere, which summarizes some facts. According to the article below today there are as many professional bloggers in the US today as there are lawyers. 20 million US citizens are blogging, 1.7 million do earn some money and about a half million is financing their life by blogging.

America's Newest Profession: Bloggers for Hire

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Social Media Music Charts

A great source for music at the social web has been launched. We are Hunted is a music chart service, which is based on the popularity of music at the social web. The service measures the popularity at blogs, forums and media sharing sites.

The service has a great design and enables to listen to the chart music directly from within the site by an integrated music player. There are daily and monthly charts as well as charts for the whole year. By a menu tab called 'Artists' one may access artist profiles by images. The profile pages offer further information about artists, links and have a player, too, to listen to choosen music of particular musicians.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

BloggersBase merges Blogging with Citizen Journalism

One may describe BloggersBase is a new blogging or a writers community. It is a blog hosting service and citizen journalism site at the same time, but it has a strong focus on journalism. The blogs are rather the medium and used for the technical realization.

It is a site with a very modern touch, that integrates various social networking means for both authors and readers. Authors have their own blogs, where all of the written stories are gathered. Additionally stories may become rated to be displayed at the homepage. Actually there is no concrete business opportunity offered to writers, but authors may gain reputation and win cash prizes for featured stories.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

VodPod Video Search Engine and Video Services

VodPod is something like an all in one video site, not all but a lot. At first it is a video sharing site with an up to date video search engine. The search enables to search for videos at the web, the site itself and displays shared videos in realtime. Other ways to discover videos are by popularity, genres and tagging.

To members some further tools and services are available. People may create video widgets to display their collections at third party sites and blogs. Best of all might be a community feature, which enables the creation of whole video sites. This community feature is available in a basic free version and a premium version with business opportunities by advertising.

Friday, April 10, 2009

List of Social Media Sites

SiteRapture is new social rating service for web applications and websites. They have released a new category with a list of social media websites. The list is designed like a catalogue, which enables to search for various kind of social networking sites.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Microblogging and Video Sharing with Gawkk

Gawkk is a well designed new microblogging service dedicated to video sharing with some great social networking features.

What makes the service really convenient is the player, which appears by a click on the title of a post. If done, a video player comes up just below the post and ready for viewing. At second a lot of social networking features are included. Below the posts, which are of typical length, there is a comment feature for discussions and a link to video rating. By another click a menu appears with several sharing codes for link sharing or to embed the video elsewhere.

To find videos there are a directory and channels and to find like minded people there is a profile directory at Gawkk.

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