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Unique Content Sources in Saturated Markets
Hamlet Batista commented on my last post that a problem with blogging is that many people look to the same sources for inspiration and information to blog about. Even in the most saturated markets there are a wide array of unique data sources. Here are some of my favorites: 

Intel Launches Tech Blog in Chinese
Intel, a current Ogilvy PR client, has just launched a new Chinese language blog focused on technology and is generating some great conversation through comments already. 

When To Use Graphics On Your Website

Overall, using text is more preferrable, than using graphics (images, pictures, Flash and so on) on a website, because it is easier to understand and remember – and also accessible to the people and the search engines.

But there are some cases, when using graphics is the right thing to do.

When to use graphics

As mentioned in the earlier article, graphics should only be used, when it is absolutely necessary, such as:

The Web’s The Word, But Webster Won’t Like It
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Language is always changing but online it arguably changes at a more rapid pace. Not that long a go words like "blog" and "vlog" did not exist and now they are a common part of the Internet language.

Service Modeling Language Submitted to W3C

Service Modeling Language has been submitted to the W3C.

Flickr to Launch New Language Versions

Flickr to launch Chinese-language version by end of 2007 In comments made to journalists in Taipei during a recent visit, Flickr Chief Stewart Butterfield said that Flickr would launch traditional Chinese, French, German and Spanish versions of Flickr by the end of 2007 according to the DigiTimes.

Localization Troubles

I have a website with a couple of games, presented in a couple of languages. What’s the best technical way to go about structuring such a multi-language site?* Some of the goals are:

Speedy Content Changes in Any Language

In the past, we’ve urged marketers to do it wrong quickly. But how can you make quick content changes when you have to translate into other languages? For global companies, translating their content into other languages can be a time-consuming process that delays the launch of new pages and campaigns. So, exactly how do you speed up your ability to change content when you have to do all that translating at the end?

Webinars in Many Languages

If you go to InterCall’s home page, you will find the word "global" prominently featured. Their tag line in the logo is: "InterCall – Global Conferencing Solutions" and down at the bottom of the page the small type says "InterCall is the leading conference call solution for global business." Not only that, but before you go surfing around their site, you are forced to select your country and language preference from a list of 18 representative flags.

Common Language Equates to Common Goals

Over at Dark Reading, Dr. Chris Pierson an attorney with Lewis and Roca discuses the impacts of not being able to communicate between business, security, IT, and others within the company.

Marketing Naturally

Whenever you are going to promote your product or website, you will be defining the goals of your marketing methods, as well as choosing the methods themselves.

Web Analytics Tool Evaluation

Tracking People not Behaviors

Is My Perl, CGI, MYSQL Site Obsolete?
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That is the question that one person asks in the web programming discussion forum at WebProWorld.

Authorities, Language, And Relational Databases

Why does Google sponsor spam and tell people to blend their AdSense ads, but try to control other link sales?

Wikipedia Restored in China

I was asked by a journalist to comment on China selectively granting access to Wikipedia, so I thought I would share my response here.

The Butchering of the English Language
George Orwell was a great writer. I recently came across a cool paper he wrote in 1946 titled Politics and the English Language. In it he stated that most bad writing typically has the following two signatures:
  1. staleness of imagery
  2. lack of precision

He believed that it is the job of every writer to try to maintain (and improve upon) the clarity of language

Why Website Globalization Should Matter to International Businesses

What kind of financial return should a company expect when it globalizes its website? If it translates the e-commerce pages, will more people buy? Or is English enough for the still English-saturated web?

Dont send bloggers stuff for free unless its good

A lesson to corporate types: it’s good to catalyze conversations by sending out free stuff, but only if you’re pretty sure you’re already best of breed.

Google Launches Russian Blog

I bet Sergey Brin is beside himself with excitement today, as Google launches its first Russian language blog.

European Expansion for MySpace

MySpace.com, the online social network, is often a topic I include in presentations and workshops about social media and social computing.

The Multilingual Blogosphere

Everyone knows that the blogosphere continues to grow, still doubling in size every six months or so, maintaining a consistent three-year growth trend.

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