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QumanaXP Public Beta Launched

For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying out the closed beta versions of QumanaXP, an offline blog editing tool that is available in versions for Windows and Mac platforms.

TypePad Captcha in Action

I was adding a comment to a post on my own blog in reply to a previous commenter and hit the ‘submit’ button. What I got next was a pleasant surprise:

More Choices With Offline Blog Editors

I use an offline editor to write nearly all my blog posts. This means I’m not dependent on a network connection nor the vagaries of the internet between my PC and the hosting service (TypePad for this blog), or even my own server where I have my WordPress blog.

TypePad Tests Comment Auth
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TypePad is testing some new captcha features to stop comment spam.

Blog from Performancing for Firefox

This is very nice indeed – Performancing, an extension for Firefox 1.5 that enables you to use write a post and publish it to your blog just by using Firefox.

Getting Back up to Speed with TypePad
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A welcome sight for every TypePad customer – you can access the TypePad service again and you can update your blog to reflect accurate content.

Six Apart: Perceptions and the Role of Communication

This is clearly not a good time for some companies offering blogosphere services.

BBC Getting into Blogging

The BBC’s political editor, Nick Robinson, started a blog last week, called Nick Robinson’s Newslog.

Moderated Blogs Are BS

I had a conversation today with a reporter, and was commenting to him about the few comments I had received on my blog post on Dennis Hastert and his blog.

TypePad Customers Get an Offer That’s Hard to Refuse

As many TypePad users know, the hosted blog service has been a literal nightmare to use in recent months.

DIY PR in a ‘Cheap’ Economy

Putting aside all the recent rhetoric and controversy surrounding Web 2.0 companies, a few facts remain, one of which is this: the costs associated with starting and running a business today are significantly lower than they were a few years ago.

TypePad’s Growing Pains

TypePad seems to creaking under the strain of its own success. For some weeks now, I’ve been observing (and experiencing) constant server timeout problems when posting to this blog.

Tough Fortnight For Typepad

The past two weeks have seen Typepad bloggers plagued with problems, spurring an apology from Mena Trott herself about the issue.

Blog Spam Is Relentless

Since I implemented comment and trackback moderation on this blog a couple of weeks ago, the amount of spam I’ve been getting has steadily increased.

Constantly Waiting for TypePad

‘Waiting for TypePad…’ is a phrase I have now memorized when it comes to publishing posts to any of my blogs.

The Case For Open Comments

I’m not very hep on comment moderation. I think it’s a line for bloggers that cannot handle criticism – why is the blogosphere so full of thin-skinned people? – but the usual line trotted out that it’s to stop comment SPAM.

BBC blogs the G8

Newsnight, the BBC’s flagship news and current affairs TV programme in the UK, will be blogging the G8 summit in Scotland on 6-8 July.

TypePad Pro Turning In To Real Pros

It just came to my attention that bloggers with TypePad Pro accounts can now earn money from their blogs via an integrated service from Kanoodle, a contextual advertising company.

TypePad Blogs To Get Spam-Fighting Features

If you have a TypePad blog, here’s some good news on what Six Apart is planning to implement as part of major improvements in everyone’s efforts to combat comment and trackback spam.

Giveaways

I was recently interviewed for publication on the subject of giveaways… it was an interesting discussion so I thought I’d reproduce my responses here… There are 3 basic giveaway strategies that I can see: short-term promotion, long-term product and industry shake-up.

Most Abandoned Blogs Probably Freebies

Among the 10 million blogs tracked by BlogPulse, Intelliseek reports that 31% are active within the last 30 days …