John Gruber on why he refuses to embed Flash on his site:

As for why I refuse to embed Flash, let me put it this way. I use and highly recommend ClickToFlash, which blocks all Flash content by default. Why would I publish content using a technology that I personally block by default? I truly hope to see Flash fade as the de facto standard for embedded web video, and I’m willing to put my markup where my mouth is.

I am an avid ClickToFlash user as well and until recently thought the internet was for pr0n text. It would be nice to be able to embed H.264 videos from Youtube.

Why Gruber Refuses to Embed Flash


Michael Arrington on the topic of online privacy.

Back in 2006 people still had a notion of privacy online, particularly around contact information. Today those walls are crumbling. People share information today without blinking that they never would have considered sharing in the past. Things that bother us today probably won’t matter much this time next year.

It might seem a lost battle in the mindset of people, but the more information is readily available the more people will become aware of sharing less. Expect big battles with law makers in countries such as Germany.

What Happened to Online Privacy

Advice, Problogging

Blog Advice from a Journalist Who Started as Blogger

Last weekend while chatting with friend Thord D. Hedengren I joked about one of the things I learned over the last 4 years, dealing with pro bloggers. The bloggers who will write tutorials how to get traffic, how to promote your blog and similar crap. Of course I could not not twitter my joke:

What I learned from ‘pro bloggers’: Gimme a topic & within 3hrs I’m an authority all while BEING drunk!
Lots of work for me to become ‘pro’!

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Problogging, Tumbling

Dan Cederholm. Expect more to come on the title over the next weeks.

“I’d like to post here more often — not just to fill up bits and bytes, but to write again. Remember when blogs were more casual and conversational? Before a post’s purpose was to grab search engine clicks or to promise “99 Answers to Your Problem That We’re Telling You You’re Having”. Yeah. I’d like to get back to that here.”

What’s Wrong With Blogging (P1)


Derek Powazek on SEO: Is SEO needed and is it ethical?

And so, like the goat sacrificers and snake oil salesmen before them, a new breed of con man was born, the Search Engine Optimizer. These scammers claim that they can dance the magic dance that will please the Google Gods and make eyeballs rain down upon you.

Do. Not. Trust. Them.

The problem with SEO is that the good advice is obvious, the rest doesn’t work, and it’s poisoning the web.

On SEO and Their Value


Paul Carr hits home.

And yet, I argued back, after camera phone dude helps us establish that the plane has crashed, who can we trust to tell us why it happened? While bloggers can own the first five minutes of any breaking story – a plane crash, a fire, a burglary – it’s always going to be the professional reporters who own the next five days, or five weeks. They walk the streets, work their contacts and – yes – trawl the blogosphere for eye-witness reports, and then take all of that information, analyse it, follow it up and ultimately provide an account of events that readers can trust.

The difference between traditional journalism and bloggers

Problogging, Tumbling

John Gruber on blogging.

There is an easy formula for doing it wrong: publish attention-getting bullshit and pull stunts to generate mindless traffic. The entire quote-unquote “pro blogging” industry — which exists as the sort of pimply teenage brother to the shirt-and-tie SEO industry — is predicated on the notion that blogging is a meaningful verb. It is not. The verb is writing. The format and medium are new, but the craft is ancient.

Blogging is a Meaningless Verb