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Wordpress/Automattic blog police or just protecting their brand?

Larix Consulting - November 13, 2006 - 12:34pm

Dave Taylor, a guy who is a friend and I listen to closely when he speaks, wrote a thought-provoking post about a problem with shutting down blogs who violate their terms of service (TOS).  Dave calls them out and hangs the label "blog police" on them.  I think while Dave has a point, Wordpress needs to give people at least 36 hrs to respond, I also think there is another side to this story.  Jim picked up on this as well in his post on the topic.

Here's the thing.  When Matt, et al started they wanted to setup an alternative to Blogger.  Blogger had become one of the tools of choice for splogs (not so much any more, but still a problem).  They wanted a service where people could just blog.  Blog for fun, not not really for profit.  It's clear in the TOS that you may not put ads on the blogs or posts.   We ran into this when they stripped all Q-Ads ads from peoples' blogs one day.  We knew that we were treading on borrowed time, but it wasn't until a few people just made blogs that were solely about ads did we run into trouble.  I think Automattic is doing the right thing to protect their brand.

I wouldn't recommend as a place to host or start your business blog either.  It's a great place for a personal blog.  It's a great place for a practice blog, but there are too many long-term problems (not just the TOS, but also permalink and domain issues) to make it a business blog site.  But that's fine with me.

I think Dave is being a little harsh.  Yeah the blogger's blog shouldn't have been yanked without much warning.  That can be changed.  Matt is a very reasonable guy. doesn't want to become the next stop for sploggers, so they are being extra careful.  Maybe too careful, but given the battle against sploggers is a long and hard one, I think it's justified.

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Worth Repeating: danah boyd's definition of social network sites

Full Circle Associates (Nancy White) - November 13, 2006 - 9:23am
The term "social networking" applied to sites, just like the much abused word, "community" is worth clarifying. danah boyd's piece apophenia: social network sites: my definition, does just that. I've copied the definition, but the really interesting stuff comes after where danah looks at the "edge cases." And of course, I always think the interesting things happen on the edges!I would like to offer my working definition of 'social network sites' per confusion over my request for a timeline. A 'social network site' is a category of websites with profiles, semi-persistent public commentary on the profile, and a traversable publicly articulated social network displayed in relation to the profile. To clarify: 1. Profile. A profile includes an identifiable handle (either the person's name or nick), information about that person (e.g. age, sex, location, interests, etc.). Most profiles also include a photograph and information about last login. Profiles have unique URLs that can be visited directly. 2. Traversable, publicly articulated social network. Participants have the ability to list other profiles as 'friends' or 'contacts' or some equivalent. This generates a social network graph which may be directed ('attention network' type of social network where friendship does not have to be confirmed) or undirected (where the other person must accept friendship). This articulated social network is displayed on an individual's profile for all other users to view. Each node contains a link to the profile of the other person so that individuals can traverse the network through friends of friends of friends.... 3. Semi-persistent public comments. Participants can leave comments (or testimonials, guestbook messages, etc.) on others' profiles for everyone to see. These comments are semi-persistent in that they are not ephemeral but they may disappear over some period of time or upon removal. These comments are typically reverse-chronological in display. Because of these comments, profiles are a combination of an individuals' self-expression and what others say about that individual. This definition includes all of the obvious sites that i talk about as social network sites: MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, Cyworld, Mixi, Orkut, etc. Some of the obvious players like LinkedIn are barely social network sites because of their efforts to privatize the articulated social network but, given that it's possible, I count them (just like i count MySpace even when the users turn their profiles private)." Tags: ,
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It's a Thin Line Between SEO and Spam

Blog Business Summit - November 13, 2006 - 9:09am

I had the privilege of meeting Danah Boyd at this year’s BlogHer. I always enjoy reading the results of her efforts to apply her enormous brainpower to the world of social networking. Today, she posted about the marketers who have recently been using her comment section as an SEO tool. “Dear online marketers,” she wrote, “I am not humored that you wish to use my blog to up your pagerank. I’m not stupid. It’s obvious you’re posting pithy comments debasing competitors on lots of highly trafficked entries with your URL and the search terms you wish to associate with your company.”

Danah has every right to be irritated at this behavior. I spend about an hour each week deleting comments like this from our spam trap. It puts me in a bad mood every single time.

Don’t get me wrong, as a business blogger, I recognize that comments on other blogs are a big part of the marketing equation. But there is a thin line between using other people’s comments as a marketing tool and becoming an out-and-out spammer. If you want to avoid having bloggers associate your company with the scum of the Web, then you need to think a little more organically.

Genuine participation in the conversation means interacting in a thoughtful, relevant and timely way with other bloggers that share your interests. It’s the only way to engage in SEO without deeply pissing off the bloggers. You have to actually show some enthusiasm for the conversation and the SEO will follow organically.

There are two kinds of SEO practices in the blogosphere, those that require interaction with others and those that do not. Non-interactional tactics include making sure your code is clean and creatively integrating your target search terms into the headlines of your posts. Those are the kinds of things you can do with your goal of more search engine traffic in mind.

But when you’re interacting with other bloggers, you need to be a little less goal-oriented. Instead of keeping your eye on the SEO prize, focus on having an interesting conversation about a passion you share. The inbound links and search engine love will naturally follow at least some of the time. This isn’t a system you can game. It has nothing to do with “link exchanges” to fool search engines. It’s about developing personal relationships.

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Notes for 11/13/2006

Wow.  So I've been pretty much non-existent around here lately.  Maybe it's because most days I don't even have time to think never mind blog.  So, here we go...

  • Remembrance Day was this past Saturday, and I do not feel the same way that Mack and Darren do.  I think that the fact that the ceremony has become stale is a good thing, because we haven't had any global conflicts on the scale of Word War II since, well, World War II.  For me, Remembrance Day is one of those days that really resonates with me, because of my Grandpa's service in WWII, and because of my affinity for the military.  Yes, I get a little emotional , which is why I don't go to the public ceremonies, but watch in the comfort of my own home.  It's unfortunate that there are so many people who fail to recognize the relevance of the day, and understand that your freedom of expression and freedom of the press and freedom of religion was defended by those who have served, and continue to serve their country. 
  • Jane and 's birthday dinner/board game playing was on Saturday.  We had good times, and I really enjoyed myself.  It was fun to be with everyone again, because we don't get the chance often enough.  Board games at Jane's house were fun too.  Clearly we need to get together more often. 
  • The downside of the evening was the horrid service at The Mongolie Grill.  I realize that you pick the food yourself, and then take it to be cooked, and then they bring it out to you.  But seriously, why in hell did it take 45 minutes for the girl to bring my drink refill?  Or a half hour for my bill?  Come on.  Not only this, they also added a 15% gratuity to my bill because I was part of a big group.  I don't think that asking a 15% gratuity is rasonable at a restaurant where I create my own meal and only ask for a Coke and some soup.  But maybe that's just me. 
  • I had my first Eggnog Latte of the year yesterday.  Heck yeah, I'm excited about that drink being back.
  • I'm not, however, excited about the insane amounts of people in the stores this Christmas shopping season.  I'm planning on doing all of my shopping on Thursday afternoons and evenings.  Or after work at the pool, but NEVER on weekends. 
  • Oilers.  They need to stop losing.  'Nuff said.
  • Work is good, but man I'm busy.  Kids are good, for the most part, but I am gobsmacked by the insane amount of ignorance that I encounter on a daily basis.  I'll make a different blog to write about that, where no one will find it, and vent about it.  Kind of like Tucker Max's friend who teaches slow learners.  (I'd link to it, but is blocked by EPSB IT, and I don't know the link off the top of my head.)
  • Going to see Half Nelson on Thursday with Cyd (from the pool).  Absolutely cannot wait for that one.  If you're interested, it's at The Princess at 7pm.  Join us if you want. 

That's it for now.  I'll try to be slightly more regular in the future. 


Notes for 11/12/2006

MasterMaq - November 12, 2006 - 9:00pm
It's Sunday, which means time for notes!
  • Yesterday was Remembrance Day. Just another Remembrance Day. I agree with Darren - this holiday/event/day/ritual is stale. We need to somehow breathe new life into it.
  • Tom was up from Red Deer with a friend for the weekend to visit. It was nice to see him! We sure played a lot of Xbox 360 this weekend. He totally schooled me in NHL 2K7...I'll have to practice for the rematch.
  • Speaking of video games, Engadget has a really great coverage roundup post for the three newest consoles.
  • Last night my good friends Jane and Andrew celebrated their birthdays in a joint dinner at The Mongolie Grill. I had never been there before, and while the food was good, the service sucked. Here are some pictures from the dinner. Looking at them just now, I realize I don't look very open and positive - my arms are crossed in almost every one!
  • At first I wondered why NBC gave the green light to a full season of "Studio 60". Then it hit me: they've got nothing better! That said, Mark Cuban makes a good point. If funny videos like Mentos in Diet Coke are the future (and maybe they are), why is Google/YouTube spending money to license content? The answer is that right now, they need it. Crappy as it might be, millions of people still watch "Studio 60", and advertisers are all about eyeballs.
  • The Xmas season officially started for me with the arrival of Starbuck's red cups this past week.
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Conversations about Children and Online Safety

Full Circle Associates (Nancy White) - November 12, 2006 - 1:54pm
This past week at the New York State Association of Independent Schools Education Technology 2006 Conference (what a mouthful, eh?) there were many sessions and thoughtful conversations about the safety of students in this online-infused world. The issues are complex: there are the duty of care issues in schools, with local and federal laws, a school community's moral responsibility to it's members, and then things like lawsuits from families, especially in a litiginous society like the US. I'm not sure what to think or do yet. I have to engage in the conversations about this. In fact, that is probably the most useful thing any of us can do - talk to each other (including kids!) about it. My kids are young adults and we talk about this stuff, but I don't have to confront some of the things my friends with younger children are seeing. So I may see it in a different light. I tend to cringe at some of the more strident responses and knee-jerk legislative reactions like DOPA, but I don't want to minimize the problem. One of my online friends works in the youth online space and has started a blog about the issue. Barbara has lots of thoughtful things to say - you might want to take a look at The Watchful Eye. The stories she tells send chills. We need to be proactive. The thing I find really useful that Barbara has started to surface is that the distributed network afforded by the internet allows predators to support each other anonymously, without personal relationship, by sharing kiddie porn. This is outside of the (hopefully) self correcting boundaries of a community. I know I'm not being very clear here - not allowing sufficient time to write this out, but I wanted to try and "tag" that thought in Barbara's piece. This is where we look at the strengths and potential threats of networks. They are not all value neutral. My one caution to all of us is not to separate totally the online and offline world; it's risks and our actions in response. Yes, the only world makes an easy channel for predators to get to kids. But it is the world, as a whole, that creates conditions where predation exists. We can't separate the two. Nor should we address one and ignore the other - at our peril. Tags:
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Backchannel Resources

Full Circle Associates (Nancy White) - November 12, 2006 - 8:57am
Howard Rheingold and his network have developed a good wiki page on Backchannel Resources. My quick read of it is that it is about online back channel at F2F events. I realized I tend to think of backchannel a bit more broadly in terms of private messages that are part of the communication fabric of groups/networks/community and not always captured or visible for the full group. For example, a blogging network sends IMs and private email between members that is not part of their public blog-based communications. A distributed community of practice has it's main online interactions in a forum, but the members coordinate, nudge, remind in private messages. I think we may need two terms to distinguish between these, because the conference chat back channel IS available to the group. Hm. Time to think through this again. This is just one page of a great wiki on Participatory Media Literacy that is supporting a course (courses?) that Howard and others have been leading. It is a GREAT resource. I also noticed that the Socialtext platform they are working on has had a major interface change. It looks different! I have to investigate. I see a personal note pad - I like that. But the editing buttons appear to be moved or hidden. Hm, upon checking "help" it appears that all you do is double click the page you want to edit. That is new! But I can't seem to get it to work. And I don't see edit buttons, which should always be there according to help. Hm. Will play more. It is always interesting to see what happens with an interface change. I'd also like to know if it improves the experience for a new user. Enoujgh for now... time to work. (Yes, on Sunday!) Tags: , ,
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RootsCamp - Not Too Late

Full Circle Associates (Nancy White) - November 12, 2006 - 8:50am
Ruby Sinreich has organized an online RootsCamp, a week long online gathering in Second Life on non profit, post election organizing. It's not too late to join - it runs through the 14th. The schedule can be found here. Here is a brief blurb. RootsCamps are 2006 post-election debriefs. The progressive community — everyone from the "netroots" to precinct captains to field organizers to national message consultants — is invited to come together to hash out what we learned in 2006 and how to apply those lessons going forward.There are offline events, but I think Ruby's is the only fully online one.
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Mervyn's Is Closing in Redmond

Jeff Sandquist - Microsoft Evangelist - November 11, 2006 - 8:48pm

Mervyns in Redmond, Washington is closing.  I was driving by Mervyns today (on my way to good ol' Target) and noticed all items were 30-50% off so I went on in.  Amongst all the Store Closing signs was a Join the team! sign right out front. :-)

I wonder how many takers they are getting? :-)  The two signs definitely conflict with each other don't they? Sorry to see it close for the people who work there today.


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More on Experimentation

Full Circle Associates (Nancy White) - November 11, 2006 - 3:41pm
Sitting here working, I'm listening to a Cole Porter tune, "Experiment." I could not resist weaving it back here with this talk of experimentation. The soundtrack of life, eh? Listen here. This is for you, Beth! Experimentby Cole Porter Before we leave these portalsto meet our paramortals,there's just one final massage I would give to you. We all have learned relianceon the sacred teachings of science,so I hope through life you never will become,in spite of philistines, defiant,to do what all good scientists do. Experiment.Make it your motto day and night. Experiment.And it will lead you to the light. The apple from the top of the treeis never too high to achieve.So take an example from me. Experiment. Be curious,though interfering friends may frown. Get furious,at each attempt to hold you down. If this advice you'll only employ,the future can offer you infinite joyand merriment. Experiment,and you'll see.
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Using Flickr for Lost and Found at a Conference

Full Circle Associates (Nancy White) - November 11, 2006 - 1:18pm
Lost and Found is a great post using flickr and a conference blog to try and get lost and found items reconciled. The owner and laptop cover were reunited, but it was through a hotel staff member who walked up to me, I knew where the cover was and lost became found. But at a larger conference, it could be a great way to do lost and found! Tags: ,
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Time to Experiment, Crack Dealers and Networks

Full Circle Associates (Nancy White) - November 11, 2006 - 1:05pm
Beth picked up on some of the text images I posted on flickr as part of some work we did yesterday at the New York State Association of Independent Schools Tech Ed 2006 conference. This image above tweaked a great post and a quote I HAD to blog:Beth's Blog: Finding the time to experiment ..."So, momentarily, I feel like a crack dealer to nonprofits ... that they are doing something wrong experimenting. But how else will it get embedded into nonprofit practice unless someone takes a few minutes to hit the pause button, set up a tiny experiment, and see what happens?"In response to Beth, our tool crack dealer who we know, love, AND cherish for her generous sharing of her experiments with technology, I wrote:"Beth, our tool crack dealer. I'm going to have to blog that quote, Beth! Fair warning.I think we DON'T all have time to experiment and it is at times an addictive behavior. For me, the only solution is to have a network and we spread the experimentation out amongst us. I am reading your stuff on 2nd Life, for example, not yet jumping in myself.If we can't do this as a network, we'll NEVER get past early adopters, IMHO."This follows on from the Second Wave Adoption kick I'm on and the work of Ben at ODI on the ">Six Functions of a Network..Second wave adoption can be supported by taking a network perspective and practice. Not everyone has to do/master/use everything.The next question is, how does the network keep enough coherence across a diverse set of adoption (or rejection) patterns?By the way, thanks to all who have been adding to the 2ndWave tag. Some good stuff there!Tags:
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links for 2006-11-11

The Last Minute (Duncan Rawlinson) - November 10, 2006 - 8:19pm

Expose Like Functionality for Windows Vista

Jeff Sandquist - Microsoft Evangelist - November 10, 2006 - 7:54pm

Looks like this has been around for a little while, but I just had an opportunity to play with it tonight.  Simon Ferquel has written an Mac OS X like Expose application for Windows Vista.  I just installed it and although it takes a few moments to start up, it works great.  Just select the F9 key or click in the top left corner of your screen to launch after initial startup. 

You can download here.  It is running great on Vista RTM for me and is a great addition to Flip 3D. :-)  Really cool use of the Desktop Windows Manager API.  Expect to see much more cool stuff like this as developers really, really start to play with Vista.

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How Do You Reach Out to Your Target Market When They All Have a Serious Disease?

Blog Business Summit - November 10, 2006 - 7:13pm

Amy Tenderich is a communications professional with diabetes. Her blog, Diabetes Mine aims to be “a gold mine of straight talk and encouragement for people living with diabetes.”

There are many different kinds of communities on the Web. There are those who are brought together by gender, or sexual orientation, by age or ethnicity or level of eduction. There are groups for people with an interest in knitting, politics, or Star Trek. And there are groups for people who are coping with difficult situations: reproductive challenges, HIV/AIDS, depression, obesity, and diabetes, to name a few.

And just as there are communities for every conceivable facet of the human condition, there are companies that want to reach those communities. It’s a facet of blogger outreach that I had never considered before until I read Amy’s very thoughtful post about blogger outreach to communities with these difficult conditions. She has some excellent advice for pharmaceuticals companies, hospitals, treatment centers, and any other businesses that want to reach out.

She’s started a very interesting conversation, which I’m eagerly following. I highly recommend that you check it out.

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Want to Host Your Blog with Dreamhost? Grab a Crayon.

Blog Business Summit - November 10, 2006 - 6:55pm
Until now, I’ve been nothing but happy with Dreamhost since we migrated our blog there in January. Even when the MYSQL database for this blog crashed about a week ago, I was pleased with the speed and response time of their technical support team. Those guys in tech support are smart and helpful and they get the job done consistently.I wish I could say the same for the people in billing.I recently tried to set up a separate account on Dreamhost. I entered the relevant credit card information and waited for the process to go through. That’s when I got a strange e-mail from the Dreamhost team:Hello,Unfortunately we will specifically need fax approval on this card beforethe account is activated. I realize this can be an inconvenience but ourfraud department requires it when an account gets flagged for somereason. When you sign up for a new account your application goes throughour approval system to make sure that your request is legitimate. Usually,this happens when some of the information you provided did not match thecredit card you gave us so the system has us check to make sure that thisis not fraud because we get a *lot* of fraudulent signups!!! Because ofthis, our credit card processor *requires* that in these cases we accept*only* a fax of this information =(The form you need to fax us is located at: apologize for the inconvenience!“Umm…ok….” I thought. “This is supposed to be the 21st century. And these guys are supposed to be high-tech. Haven’t they ever heard of VeriSign?”Confidence in the technical competency of my Web host diminished, I clicked through to the document they wanted me to fill out and sign. Everything seemed relatively normal until I read these words:Please place your credit card under this paper and make an imprint ofthe card below by rubbing a pencil or crayon along the surface of thepaper. A photocopy is not acceptable. Please ensure that the cardnumber and cardholder name are legible - multiple rubbings are OK!We live in a world where I can use the embedded web cam on my computer to talk to my girlfriend halfway across the world. Terabytes of information travel over fiber optic cable each day. The world is more interconnected than ever before, and this supposedly high-tech company is asking me to verify my identity with a fax machine and a crayon?I can’t decide if I should be amused or pissed off.Update 11/17/06 2:52pm It looks like I’m not the only one who finds this whole thing rather annoying.
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Where have I been?

Jeff Sandquist - Microsoft Evangelist - November 10, 2006 - 4:59pm

A reporter once joked to me at a party that he could always tell when I was about to ship something as my blog would go without a new post for weeks and then "pow" out would come a new hire to my team, a new web site like Channel 9, 10 or  I do tend to go totally heads down on projects and then come up for air often in a very tired state.  You know I talk a good talk about the 5 F's on my blog, but man I can honestly say that I don't always suceed in nailing them with the appropriate balance. 

In fact there should not be just 5 F's, you there are actually 6.  The first 5 are:

1. Faith
2. Family
3. Finance
4. Fitness
5. Philtantropy

And important one that I completely miss, is 6.  Fun!

Anyhow one goal that I am trying to achieve this year is striking the balance between being sucessful at work and at home.  Its not always easy and sometimes I fail, but I am trying. :-)  This week has been especially hard as got completely taken out with the flu and now it has spread to my family.  Blech.

So what do you do to strike the balance at work, at home and in fun? :-)  Enough work now, off to play Age of Empires III.  Would you believe I bought it back in August at the company store and am just removing the shrink wrap tonight?

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Where have I been?

Jeff Sandquist - Microsoft Evangelist - November 10, 2006 - 4:59pm
A reporter once joked to me at a party that he could always tell when I was about to ship something as my blog would go without a new post for weeks and then "pow" out would come a new hire to my team, a new web site like Channel 9, 10 or  I do tend to go totally heads down on projects and then come up for air often in a very tired state.  You know I talk a good talk about the 5 F's on my blog, but man I can honestly say that I don't always suceed in nailing them with the appropriate balance.  In fact there should not be just 5 F's, you there are actually 6.  The first 5 are: 1. Faith 2. Family 3. Finance 4. Fitness 5. Philtantropy And important one that I completely miss, is 6.  Fun! Anyhow one goal that I am trying to achieve this year is striking the balance between being sucessful at work and at home.  Its not always easy and sometimes I fail, but I am trying. :-)  This week has been especially hard as got completely taken out with the flu and now it has spread to my family.  Blech. So what do you do to strike the balance at work, at home and in fun? :-)  Enough work now, off to play Age of Empires III.  Would you believe I bought it back in August at the company store and am just removing the shrink wrap tonight? technorati tags: my+life
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Microsoft Channel 9 Version 4.0

Jeff Sandquist - Microsoft Evangelist - November 10, 2006 - 4:52pm

It is hard to believe that with just 2 ½ years behind us, we're on our way to deliver the forth major update to Channel 9.  We hope this will be released in beta form in about a month. 

We’re focusing on 4 things in this major release:

1.  Experience - Ajax may be all the rage, but it might not necessarily be the best experinece for a message board and forums.  We've experimented with the experience on 10, learnt what has worked and what hasn't and think we're on the path to deliver one of the best conversation experiences on the web.  We worked really close with the Niners to figure out an experience that flows well, is easy to participate in for the high volume discussions that take place on our sites.  In fact we have a logo from that famous discussion. :-)  

This totally related to a recent post made on Dare's blog, in reference to the talk Marissa Mayer gave at Web 2.0 (more on techmeme), Dare writes:

If you are a developing a consumer web site whose revenue depends on the number of page views you get, you need to print out that post and nail it to every bulletin board in your offices. One big problem with the AJAX craze that has hit the Web is how much slower websites have become now that using Flash and DHTML to add "richness" to Web applications is becoming more commonplace. My mind now boggles at the fact that I now see loading pages that last several seconds when visiting Web sites more and more these days.

So we're trying to strike a balance there and I think we finally got it.

2. A common code base - All of the communities (past and future) that are ran and built out of my team: Channels 9 and 10, Student Union and even will all run on the same code-base with a common infrastructure.  We’re going to strive to maintain a unique style and tone that each audience deserves, do a better job of cross-linking when appropriate and leverage the power of the overall network.  This experience is built from the ground up using ASP.NET 2.0, SQL 2005, XHTML and Atlas.  Most of this code is running today with Channel 10.

3. Making content easier to find- We have content being created across DPE and around the globe for both Channel 9 and 10.  Thank you.  The new design focuses on bubbling up all new content to  our homepage so that we can make shows, screencasts, podcasts more discoverable.  We’ll still have a space where we control editorially what is happening, but we want to bring all new media to the homepage.  In the new design our UI scales and gives visibility to it all.  Soon Channel 9 will ship its 1000th piece of media, we need to create an experience that works with this.

4. Expanding the types of content we support- We’re taking our existing tag centers to the next level.  Our plan is in addition to aggregating video, audio and screencasts into a single view and we want to enable Microsoft employees to upload draft whitepapers (wiki based with revision history) , samples from our sandbox, and relevant content from other sites into this view as well. 

A fun part of the design is that we’re collaborating with the folks from eboy ( to create a set of mastheads for Channel 9 that we’d rotate through as folks navigate the site.  The design work from EBoy was the inspiration for the design of the very first version of Channel 9.   The mastheads will be similar to this, will be about 150 x 750 in size and will highlight cool moments in Developer, Channel 9 and Microsoft history.  We’ll rotate through them as people navigate through the site.  Our hope also is that the graphically inclined in our community will also create their own renditions, adding to the mix.  Some ideas we have so far for mastheads are famous moments in Microsoft, C9 and Developer history that we want to pay tribute too in this effort like:

  • Building 18 with our team active in front
  • Bill Hill Interview – walking around the wooded of campus, should be pretty visual, maybe a map of the path they walk
  • Bill Gates Interview – very popular video, him in his office mainly
  • The first team video – a full set, 5 distinct characters (even though three have black shirts on :-))
  • WM_IN / Hoppers– Famous women in technology
  • PDC – LA Convention Center
  • Visual Basic 1.0

So today, we shipped sreenshots of this new Channel 9 to give everyone a sneak peak of what this next version will look like.  Please take a moment to check it out and give us your feedback

We're listening and we hope that by working with you we'll continue to keep Channel 9 one of the finest developer communities on the web. 

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