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TechZulu Talks BlogWorld & New Media Expo


Just wanted t get this interview on the blog as Amanda Coolong does a great job talking with Rick Calvert about the experience at BlogWorld & New Media Expo.

Watch Rick Calvert – BlogWorld Expo 09 in Tech & Gaming  |  View More Free Videos Online at Veoh.com

I am hoping to get some of these interviews doen myself this year as we travel around to the events and talk with organizers, attendees and speakers at shows we are attending. Thanks to the folks at TechZulu and Amanda!

Happy Veteran's Day! Talking To The Army


To all of our veteran’s and servicemen and women across the country and abroad, please accept our heartfelt and sincere thanks for your service and sacrifice for your country and our freedoms.  I know I speak for all of the people here at BlogWorld & New Media Expo when I say we very much appreciate all that you do.

We will be talking with Major Mary Constantino, the project manager for Army Strong Stories which is a soldier blogging community hosted by the U.S. Army Accessions Command, at BlogWorld Expo Radio on Friday at 12:00 PST. Join us as we talk with Major Constantino and milblogging.  

Rappin At SXSW? How About Blog World Expo "I Wanna Be A Rock Star?"


This has gone around the blogosphere out on Twitter and a number of other places.  Rebecca Corliss did an awesome job of putting together this recap of SXSW in Austin, Texas.  Some of the rock stars in blogging, podcasting and conference attendees are in the video.

What I would like to see now is a video done for Blog World and New Media Expo to the tune of “Rockstar“.  I’m thinking it could be titled “Blogstar”.  I want to be a Blogstar, don’t you?

CBS Sunday Morning's Two Takes On Blogging


I never watch this program but for some reason I did this Sunday. I took it as a sign when Tim Bourquin sent me a link to the first video online that it required a post.

This first piece is pretty good considering the audience and despite the little dig equating bloggers with yellow journalism.

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We should all heed the implied word of warning to avoid the consolidation that took over and some say ruined the newspaper business.

Doesn’t this piece remind you a little bit of the great videos Lee Lefever makes?

Then comes the next piece on Twitter by Nancy Giles who doesn’t quite get Twitter.  Now wait just a cotton picking minute, she actually embeds one of Lee’s videos in the piece.  Now I really want to know if the Fast Take guys were ripping Lee off errr showing him the greatest  form of flattery.

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She’s not sure how she feels about the news being interactive and at the end of the piece Nancy poses the question:

I’m wondering if you use Twitter are you considered a Twit?

In your case Nancy the answer is yes. What do you say tweople, am I being too hard on Nancy?

"Why Am I The Only Woman Speaker?"


This was a great impromptu type presentation.  Kristina Halvorson was on stage and gave a talk on Web Content.  Then ended her talk and everyone clapped.  I thought wow 15 mninutes that was short. Then she walked back on stage, and said I want to talk about something else.

The title of this post is what the slide said as she told us what she wants to talk about.  This is a great eye opener.  Chris Messina and Ryan Carson are joining her onstage to discus not just the fact that all men are speaking , but they are also talking about diversity.  They are talking now about the "White Boy’s Club".

This is a talk that I want to talk about more and certainly something we are tuned into at Blog World Expo and what we can do about it.  I’m hoping we can get Kristina to agree to talk to us on our radio show.  I will try to flag her down to discuss this very issue.

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Do You Read "Terms of Service"? Who Owns Your Content? Should you Be Scared?


I was recently reading the blog post by Brian Solis over at PR 2.0 entitled "Facebook and the Reality of Your Online Content" and I wanted to ask the question, do you read the terms of service?

I came from the legal world before getting into this web 2.0/social media/blogosphere/Twittersphere or whatever the case may be.  I am the first to recognize that many people have no clue what I am talking about when I mention the three letters of TOS.  We have referred to this in many circles as the fine print, the end of that car commercial where the guy talks at a million miles a minute and we really have no idea what he is legally disclosing to us.  Of the 175 Million or whatever number of users there are in Facebook and other online social networks, I wonder what the number of users are that actually pay attention to what they are signing on for and how they are effected?  Did you read the Terms of Service?

Many of us would be horrified by the things that we have agreed to in these sites.  Brian spells out for us an excerpt from the Facebook TOS that causes me alarm:

You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.

I unfortunately understand the terms, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive and other spooky terms used.  I have seen them wielded like a weapon in the legal world and used quite effectively. This is a time of watching as we see networks try to move to the next level.  Most of them had no idea they were going down a path and now they are trying to retrofit ways to monetize and use information as it is collected.  Keep your eye out for more things like this to unfold as we see companies like Twitter try to implement a business plan.  How can they change their legal rights after the fact?  They change their Terms of Service.  Have you read them recently?

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2007 Weblog Awards @ BlogWorld & New Media Expo


Thats right the 2007 Weblog Awards will be presented this November 8th during the opening night party at BlogWorld & New Media Expo. The opening night party begins at 7 pm at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

There will be the biggest blogger party and celebration of the industry you have ever seen. Lots of great food and drink and a few other surprises. All of your favorite bloggers will be there so be sure to join us. register now.

Nominations begin October 1st. Visit the official 2007 Weblog Awards site to nominate and vote for your favorite blogs.

Write a Blog Post & Win a $10,000 Scholarship!


Thats right CollegeScholarships.org is now accepting entries for its fall 2007 Blogging Scholarship. The Grand Prize winner will receive an unprecedented $10,000 scholarship check. The winner will be announced at Blog World and New Media Expo to be held November 8-9, 2007 in Las Vegas.

Scholarship applicants must currently be enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program, maintain a 3.0 GPA, maintain their own individual blog or blog on a community and be able to prove U.S. citizenship.

Any college student with a personal or professional blog is encouraged to apply. Entry forms are now available online through CollegeScholarships.org. Student bloggers may also be nominated by friends and family.

More info at CollegeScholarships.org

BlogWorld & New Media Expo is the largest blogging conference and tradeshow in the world.

Rafe Needleman isn't to hot on "lifecasting"


Rafe Needleman has a really good, and important, point about this new meme/craze called lifecasting.  Lifecasting, like Justin.tv, is broadcasting you life via some kind of webcam and connection.  I’ve been spotted on both the ScobleCam and Jeremiah’s cam.  So what does this say about privacy?  What does this say about having “a life”?

It’s cool that bloggers are experimenting with this medium, but my perspective it this: Being a blogger is a hard enough job. I don’t I want to become a lifestreamer. I know for sure that my wife doesn’t want me to (nor does Scoble’s; during the drive the word “divorce” was mentioned more than once). But is losing all shred of personal privacy going to become requirement for being an online commentator? Already I’m feeling a little weird about the items I’m posting on my Twitter feed.
Source: Lifecasting: I did not sign up for this | Webware : Cool Web apps for everyone

You won’t see me lifecasting.  Heck I don’t even like having my webcam going (not that I can get it running in Vista).  While this is neat and cool and might be fun at a party (that is until you significant other watches you chatting someone up and getting cozy).  I think it’s time will come and go.  I’m betting that in 6 months, no one will be lifecasting except at conferences and other special events.


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