RSS advertising – it was just a matter of time…

As I was trawling through my RSS feeds via my iGoogle interface, I saw that ads have infiltrated RSS — although I had to scroll to see the branding. I suppose it was going to happen – maybe it did and I’ve just noticed.  For some reason, it makes me sad. I wonder if it’s something that can be filtered out– or if you’re stuck with it when using RSS feeds as content on a…

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Shame on you NY Times and Michiko Kakutani!

Y’know – perhaps the Harry Potter series is one of the most profitable entertainment media franchises to come along in a while — but when I’d heard there were spoilers due to an online book store screwing up and delivering the book a few days in advance — I was picturing mean-spirited nobodies trying to get a quick burst of site visits or 15 minutes of fame.  I would have thought that spoiling the last…

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You can pick your tools

In communication and education, we are bombarded with an ever-increasing barrage of you-beaut tools, tricks, tips and sites designed to make our communications and teaching more effective. To illustrate the point for a presentation I was planning for earlier this week, I was going to print out a blog post publishing links to web 2.0 sites that had left comments perpetually open for others to add their “favourites”.  I didn’t end up doing so because…

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Talking ’bout my generation – not!

In an attempt to design products, services and marketing messages tailor-made to entice particular age brackets of people, it would seem that the “generations” are getting re-segmented. Being born in 1965, I’ve found myself over the years being lumped in with Baby Boomers (people born 1944 to 1965) and Generation X (people born from 1965 to 1979). I’ve rolled my eyes as grey-bearded grampas tell me about “baby boomers like us” and shaken my head…

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