This sounds evil, but is not intended as it. I decided against the „blog crush“ thing made up by Darren. It’s in my eyes somehow worthless because its just another push-and-pull promotion for blogs.

Let me point out why I think so, and why I believe I have a very different opinion on this matter compared to all the readers of his (or my own) blog. I’m not going to use all points, but those that just… make me wonder if that push-and-pull promotion is nothing else but a game for bored kids.

you like the way they blog
I read over more than 200 blogs each day and scroll through various ones each day and night. But there’s not been something in a blog that would make it so uber-special for me to like somebody that much to admire them for what they do. Writing is an art, writing is a profession, and writing can be personal or anything else. But to admire one for what they do will not help yourself with your own writing, or will it?

their RSS feed is at the top of your list
Well, with that increasing number of RSS feeds, I could list about a dozent of authors who are good at their work, and as many who are not. If I’d judge in a radical way, none of even the blogrolls should ever exist.

you leave more comments on their blog than you write posts on your own
I like giving comments, but as an author of a blog, you should clearly maintain your blog and not increase the comments of somebody else just because he/she is your beloved author. Where will this end, would one expect to be invited to co-blog?

you let them know about posts you’ve written in the hope that one day they’ll notice you
Trackback, Pingback – the most beloved tools for every advanced blog author. Why should I email somebody about something I wrote if I can ping or trackback them in a modest way? The author will notice it – either by finding that ping in their moderation queue or by reading their own comments.

So this is it. While I know my daily reads and love to read them, there’s no benefit of endlessly promoting other people with this or that campaign. Why? Because they clearly do not understand how much value that brings for them – as in new readers. And on the other hand, most people do not visit those who link to them at all, nor acknowledge what other authors do.

Considering this above, I’m not in favor of having a blog crush. Why should I admire people for being what they are? I am who I am, and this is equal to what any other blog author or reader is. There’s nothing special in all of us but ourselves. No need to admire this ;) On the other hand I could easily transform a couple of blogs of my daily reads into a blog-crush related post. But who needs such? It’s yet another link farm development. In the end, traditional methods are much better than these push-and-pull campaigns.

Ich lese sie nahezu täglich, ich abonniere gerne die Feeds. Und schnell wie der Blitz sind sie allemal. Von wem ist hier wohl die Rede? Natürlich von der Netzeitung, die „online only Zeitung“ der Deutschen.

Trotzdessen wünsche ich mir ein wenig mehr von den Machern des virtuellen Blattes. Mehr? In der heutigen Zeit, wo man doch eigentlich alles und jeden kaufen kann? Und dann noch umsonst? Gewiss, ja, ich fordere. Denn die einen vom Heinz Heise Verlag haben es den Lesern gestattet, mit Kommentaren wilde Diskussionen mitzugestalten. Und die anderen vom Menschen erschaffenen Golem ließen es sogar zu, dass die wilden Horden sich untereinander nicht nur austauschen, sondern sogar zu den Machwerken ihre eigenen Referenzen setzen konnten. Warum sollte nicht genauso die Netzeitung allen kleinen Pseudo-Journallien, ihren eigenen Lesern also, erlauben, die Synthese von Content und Communication zu vollziehen? Im mittlerweile inter-mediären Zeitalter des Social Networkings ist solch vielfältige Nutzung dieses spezifischen Mediums Internet doch nicht nur hypothetisch machbar, sondern auch erfolgbringend durchsetzungsfähig.

Meine Forderung des Wochenendes an die Netzeitung: Lebt mit, kommt mit, und schließt den Kreis der Verdammnis. Ermöglicht es euren Lesern, in wilden Diskussionen auf der Basis eurer Nachrichten auch eigenes zu unternehmen. Als „online only Zeitung“ habt ihr genau den Vorteil noch nicht genutzt, den sich selbst die großen Printmedien wie beispielsweise SpOn geleistet haben. Also, liebe Netzeitung, wenn ihr den Hype nicht verpassen wollt und den Weg zum Social Networking auch bei euch ebnen wollt, seid ihr mit Kommentaren und Trackbacks auf dem richtigen Weg!

Brian Williams is the author of The Daily Nightly and was recently quoted as saying: „I don’t have a therapist. I have my blog.

Now if that’s not the truth. Who can afford a therapists if you develop your own almost natural social network based on blogs and similiar communicative software systems? Interactivity saves the expertise. Who else can give you more input than those people with who you share your daily life – or as another option – your professional life?

[via Recruiting and LightWithin]

I’ve been subscribed to the social network which is primarily used to add interesting links to blogs, news and just plain websites to an index. But the idea of using the service is ridiculous. Digg is down almost everytime I’m checking it out. Timeouts, errors and overall connection problems become an annoyance. The following message could be displayed at least each hour twice to compete with the digging users:

Digg is adding servers to keep up with demand – digg back in 30 mins. (9:45AM PDT)

At least the owners and programmers behind Digg learned to inform the users instead of giving them a hangtime lag. Nice to know, but the service is far from being usable. The idea is undoubtely beautiful to create a social network, but with people come problems. The users are behaving like net-extremists.

At first, nearly every one who feels uber-cool and geekish is trying to pull the virtual trigger at you – if you dare to make a mistake, especially if you’re new to the service, but not new to social networking. Insults, flaming and pure hatred are coming your way. Anybody can register and simply start to insult another user because they feel like it. A moderation like on many webforums or in blogs of comments does not happen, you can only rate the comments for future reading or ignorance of the flame-users.

At second, the system has a major flaw. Once you publish a supposedly new link, the chance is quite high that the server does not return correct search results to prevent duplicate posts about the same topic. Even if you have used the internal search engine to look for the URL and the title or specific keywords, the result is empty. I found myself adding a link which already existed on the server, yet no search revealed it to me. Being called „noob“ by the self-proclaimed just made me laugh. Is it my fault that the software is not fully developped yet? Clearly not.

At third, the topics offered are usually not much more than „click me“ posts. If one expects the social networking extension to content-linking, disappointment may be the most simple result. The topics are less special than it looks like. Most of the links are leading to techie-content, but this content lacks of originality.

By now about 20 minutes later, the update message has changed to the worse:

Digg is adding servers to keep up with demand – digg back in 30 mins. (3 PM PDT)

In the end, Digg appears to be one of the most capable social networking systems, yet suffers from its under-developped community. If you’re not with them, if you’re not their mainstream, you’re clearly going to get the red card and a „It’s lame content“ reply. Let’s wait for next week to see if I’m still digging in and out ;)

Earlier this morning I received an email which provided information about the launch of the german Not that I wonder why and how, they knew my private email address! The service however offers a combination of a branded RSS Aggregator and Social Networking Software. While collecting RSS feeds, one may interact with others who have read the same news. Searching, subscribing, and sharing – the services consists of RSS news feeds, blogs and rich web content. Furthermore, one may distribute tags for the news items to create a large network of „who reads who/what and what else“. Basically, this is yet another platform to collect our browsing behavior for nice marketing gadgets, isn’t it? I’m only disappointed that I may just add an entire OPML archive and not individual feeds.

Dass eine Fehlmeldung ja schon an vielen Stellen bereits diskutiert wurde, ging wie ein Aufschrei durch Kleinbloggersdorf Deutschland, jedoch dass Johnny einen Vermarktungsapparat für Weblogs auf die Beine stellt, ist neu für Deutschland. In den USA gibt es ja schon entsprechende Netzwerke und Groupblogs, die sich aber bis dato nicht mit dem „Pushen“ von kleineren Autoren beschäftigen. Da sind wir ja mal gespannt, wie es sich in Zukunft entwickeln wird. Es gibt aber auch schon Gegenstimmen – z.B. von Rene im Kommentar: „Bei mir entscheide ich das. Und bei mir geht der Trend zu Nixdamitwerbungschalten. Auch in 2005.“ Nunja, Trends ändern sich halt… Enjoy your game, Johnny&Co. ;)