I am actually finalizing my new blog that will be hosted on www.prthougths.xxx and will be revealed soon ! ;o)
For this reason, I am posting since today on the new one to have some content ready before I leave www.prthoughts.com as an open archive.
Stay tuned, I'll announce the official new URL in the very next days.
By the way, I am not going to publish it thanks to SquareSpace that I've been testing for several days, I have to say that I have not found it so intuitive and efficient as I was told it was. This might probably be due to my strong Typepad culture, I might not have been able to fit with it's spirit and to get use to it's mechanism. I have to say that I've been a bit lost with it's "module" feature, I haven't found it so easy to use at all.
Probably someone who is not used to any weblogging solution but begins in the blogosphere will have less issues adopting it. But not in my case.
Reading Philippe's post, who got Forrester's last report, it is interesting to see the Top 3 most used enterprise blogging plateforms in the world:
1. iUpload 2. Movable Type & WordPress
3. Telligent Systems, Traction Software, TypePad and Drupal.
Well, the choice I made for my new blog is in this Top 3.....;o)
That's it, it' s the end of PR Week Forum in Wales today, I am using the last hours of the wifi network that has been set up here to do this post, it has been a great Forum, and my blog is the most appropriate channel (in my views...) to thanks PR Week for having inviting me to handle those 2 workshops on "The rise and rise of weblogs".
By the way, in this week issue, PR Week has a interesting article coming from the PR and New Media conference that they organized recently, with quotes from Peter Bale, editorial editor of the Times Online, explaining why communities like MSN and Yahoo! also becomes their competitors, such as The Guardian and other MSM - from his point of view.
Interesting also to know about the Times Online's Sounds podcast, containing interviews with bands and some of their tracks, sponsored by Sony Ericsson, and which had notched up 170 000 downloads since January...
You probably already heard about this story.... Robert Scoble leaves Microsoft to join PodTech (the company behind the famous InfoTalk podcast from the Silicon Valley), part of the reason why is there. Scoble considers his job at Microsoft is done and wants to participate in a nascent industry.
Today, PodTech's server has been down for an hour due to the huge traffic coming from the blogosphere following the announcement of Robert's departure... Amazing and not astonishing at all...
The press release is available there, by the way this is the first time I see a release on a corporate website open to comments...;o) and to trackback !!
Robert Scoble was a "first time" in the blogosphere, we are going to need a new one as reference for the corporate blogging world...
Well, today I am happy to announce a partnership that will have a direct impact on my business blogging life !;o)
Technorati and Edelman announced yesterday that we will have an exclusive right to offer Technorati's analytic tools in Chinese, French, German, Italian and Korean, starting with French in July and continuing into early 2007. The analytic tools themselves will be able to cluster blogs by language, not only the user interface.
As I wrote it, french will be the first customized analytic tools available, so I'll be more than happy to experience it. This will definitely help us track more efficiently conversations within a specific language and provide local feedback to our client. We are indeed often asked about the ability to track conversations not only on a world wide level but also on a local level.
As you can easily imagine, there are two mean reasons for that:
- First of all, companies might make announcements that will only have a local impact
- Second, reaction to a specific announcement will be different depending of the local culture and of microeconomics parameters.
Those are two good reasons to motivate such a customization. This will be definitely very helpful.
So, stay tune, I'll share first experimentations here soon !
I think it's going to be very interesting to see how each of both is going to use this media to share their news with their audience, I wonder what is going to happen... While the LAPD is hosted on Typepad with a very basic design, the french Police made the choice to set up it's own blog, including a blogging policy. Surprisingly, there is no RSS feed on the french blog... Both have enabled comments, none offers trackbacks.
Back from Blogging4Business full day conference in London which has been a very nice success, congratulations to the organizers, Matthew and Bernhard !
Again, it has been a great opportunity to meet and connect with many people there, about 170 people attended the conference, only few have been blogging in real time, probably due to the fact that the hotel has not been able to provide any wifi access in good conditions (in a budget sens....).
The official blogger hired for the event can be read here, more is available on Technorati of course, some have been taking pictures of the event also, have a look on Flickr.
We were two PR pros invited as speaker at the conference, nice to meet you by the way Antony... ;o)
I've been surprised to see several time during the conference people still talking about "controlling information"... I've been reacting in real time but would like to confirm my position on this: I don't believe we can still pretend to have the same kind of "control on information" we (=whoever we are) used to have in the past, we definitely have to be prepared to loose this control as soon as we are entering the blogosphere or as soon as someone is beginning to blog about your industry/brand. The rules of the game are changing, while everyone becomes a media, everyone is able to express his views on your company, whenever he is right or not, which isn't the question here. People are talking about you, that's all. Your choice is then about deciding to participate in the conversation or let them talk about you without you...
You might have heard about our french blogzine dedicated to the blogosphere, Pointblog, without doubt the most popular french one. Launched in 2003 as a personal initiative, PointBlog became a company recently.
Today, the original founder announced he is leaving (title of his post : "Without me") and pointing out the bad administrative management and the lack of consideration for the team by the head of the company.
I don't have any information allowing me to take any position here, I hope Pointblog will survive to this crisis, it would be really sad to loose it.
On a corporate blogging point of view, this is an interesting point to see that the founder (co-founder in this case) of a company is announcing his departure on the blog itself, making by this way a strict application of "transparency" so precious to the blogosphere. But I am wondering.... He didn't just announced he left the company, he gave the reason of his departure and directly pointed out one men's responsibility. Did he go one step too far ? Should he have tell the whole story on the company's blogzine... Well, it's not so easy to answer I am afraid... In my deep thoughts, I would rather not have gone so far, but on the other hand, as he is the founder of this blogzine, everyone would have asked for the exact reason of his leaving... I'd leave the question open.