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Movable Type Goes Virtual

Movable Type 4.2 and MT Pro released

Six Apart, the creator of blogging platform Movable Type, and JumpBox, a developer of virtual appliances, announced the availability of Virtual Movable Type.

With Virtual Movable Type, users can get a quicker start with MT using its virtual version that promises to be a simple and powerful alternative to installing Movable Type on a web server.

Blogging Down the Walls of Politics

With the Democratic National Convention well underway, bloggers have been busy covering every aspect of the political event.

Hundreds of bloggers descended upon Denver on Monday and will do so into St. Paul next week for the Republican National Convention. As with the changing face of politics, both parties understand the need to allow bloggers, who are often self-supported, into the fray, as they embrace the new social medium that is fast replacing television and other traditional media that has long been the primary resource of reaching out to voters.

Fortune 500 Takes Over BlogWorld


When you think of the rebellious and loose nature by which blogging is often described, it might be that Las Vegas is the perfect location for the Second Annual BlogWorld and New Media Expo.

Scheduled for September 20, adding to what is already a busy weekend for bloggers, the expo will feature advice, insight and experiences as shared by senior executives from Fortune 500 companies and industry thought leaders, all of whom attendees can learn a thing or two about how to implement social media.

Web 2.0 is Changing the Face of the Political Convention

No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, most everyone can agree that how politics is covered online has changed dramatically from four years ago. With political convention season within days of peaking, the impact that online media has on coverage is hard to overlook.

As it turns out, political conventions have very little to do with television anymore.

Six Apart Gets a Little Social with WCM

Movable Type 4.2 and MT Pro released

Six Apart released a brand new version of Movable Type (MT) that “signals a new era in blogging,” thanks to the newly added social networking capabilities. Six Apart’s icing on the cake is the debut of MT Pro - a product combining Movable Type’s blogging tools and WCM features with social networking capabilities.

Media Ethics Workshop: Whose Rules

Discussing the ethics of media online

Remember the whole AP Blogging debacle? It’s as resolved as it can be. But that’s no reason why we can’t continue to discuss the issue. If you’re not going to Paris in September, you can opt to go to Ohio.

The Poynter Institute joins Kent State University for a Media Ethics Workshop on September 18 at the Kent State main campus in Ohio.

Squarespace Gives New Life to Hosted Blogging

Squarespace version 5 Gives Blogging cms tools a run for their money

It’s only been out for a couple of weeks now, but Squarespace version 5.0 is generating a buzz that looks to threaten the blogging platforms we have all come to know and love. What’s so special about this latest version?

Blogging Trends: Are They Blogging Tools or Micro CMS?

We couldn’t help but notice the recent trend among blogging software products. Many of them are starting to look and act like web content management tools. Is it the seemingly inevitable merger with the Web CMS market, or the progression into the seemingly inevitable micro CMS arena?

Movable Type 4.2 - Faster, Prettier and Nearly Ready

Movable Type 4.2 Coming Soon

From 4.0 in the summer of 2007 to 4.1 in early 2008, Six Apart is about to grace us with yet another shiny and new version of Movable Type sometime this summer. While the exact release date has not yet been revealed — think early August — the 4.2 version looks like something worth the wait. The suspense is further fueled by the MT team’s bold comments revolving around the statement that this is “one of the most important upgrades to Movable Type ever.”

Oracle Hosts Its Blogs on Movable Type?

Oracle Blogs on Movable Type

Now here’s an interesting note that crossed our path today. According to CMS Watch, Oracle is hosting all their blogs including the Oracle ECM Fusion blog on the Movable Type platform.

CMS Watch points out clearly that Oracle sells its own blogging capabilities through several of it’s products including Stellent, Oracle and it’s latest acquisition BEA AquaLogic. So what exactly is going on?

In their Enterprise Social Software Report 2008, CMS Watch did caution about Oracle’s “lack of decent blogging functionality”, so maybe this is Oracle’s way of acknowledging they have work to do in this area.

It does make you pause and wonder if a company like Oracle with a hugely successful ECM suite really has their stuff together. May be all these acquisitions are causing more problems then they bargained for — and the Web 2.0 technology is suffering as a result. Or maybe they just like Movable Type better.

Curious to know what you think of this turn of events. Does it make you think twice about Oracle?

Blogging 101: Which Blogging Software Do I Choose?

We all know that blogs and blogging are a shockingly effective means of sharing your most ingenious thoughts and building or participating in online communities.

Right. You got that message a while back. But considering that there are a number of options to choose from, the final step of getting going can still seem a touch daunting. We’ve put in a little spadework and here’s a quick guide through the woods for the rest of us.

Transforming Blogs Into Conversations: Scoble, Silverlight and FriendFeed

A good blog post is in essence a question; purposefully opinionated, or better yet, outright wrong. It demands interaction.

The blogger’s job is to provide the question, provoke debate, and invite the community at large to pool its immense knowledge and take the conversation further (a characteristic which distinguishes the blogger from the journalist). The conversation is the reason why we prefer blogs. If it weren’t for the dialog between writer and reader, we may as well just pick up a newspaper or listen to the damn radio.

This is how it was always supposed to be. But typically, either this conversation does not really happen at all, or else it is so slow and disjointed as to suck the life out of the whole process. Blogging platforms and the blogosphere as a whole have failed miserably at enabling effective conversation.

But it would appear that the landscape changing, and that the evolution of conversation is changing the nature of blogging itself. To demonstrate this, we look at a particular, regular post by Robert Scoble, and look at how the conversation now shifts from one forum to another (and more importantly, why). This will demonstrate how the blogosphere is becoming less about the blog, and more about the conversation.

This trend has wide-ranging implications, and points the way for future web communication, both in the blogosphere and beyond.

The AP and Bloggers Agree to Disagree

AP Walks a Thin Line with Bloggers

It’s over. The AP vs. Blogger debacle has been resolved. Sort of.

After having engaged in a “constructive exchange of views this week with a number of interested parties in the blogging community about the relationship between news providers and bloggers” the AP says “resolution of this matter illustrates that the interests of bloggers can be served while still respecting the intellectual property rights of news providers.”

Round Two: AP To Meet with Media Bloggers Association

AP Meets with Media Bloggers Association

You know it was too good for us to just leave well enough alone. After all, who doesn’t like a good fight? So that’s why we’re following the AP vs Bloggers story closely.

Recent reports suggest that the Associated Press has scheduled a meeting for this morning with the Media Bloggers Association. In hopes of discussing appropriate guidelines for quoting AP stories, the phrase “fair use” is bound to make a few appearances, as well as lots of analytics, indicating, perhaps, the large amounts of traffic that the AP gets from humble little blogs.

TechCrunch Encourages Bloggers to Boycott AP

AP Walks a Thin Line with Bloggers

In case you missed it, someone died and made the Associate Press King of How Bloggers Can Use AP Content. Or so it would seem since the AP has released its own rules about how bloggers are allowed to use content written by the AP.

Apparently, they had their fill of being generously quoted and having their content graciously linked from blogs audaciously talking about the topics covered in their original articles. It’s clear that something had to be done.

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