Yahoo Buzz Opens to All; Don’t Get Too Excited

When Yahoo Buzz first opened in beta, stories soon surfaced that, those invited to the beta, saw some big increases in traffic. If you’ve been pining to get a piece of your own Buzz, you’ll be pleased to know that Yahoo Buzz is now open to all web sites.

Today, six months and more than 5 million users later, we’re pleased to share that we’re opening Yahoo! Buzz up so that you can “buzz up” content from any publisher on the Web…And for anyone publishing Web content that was not part of our beta testing, today we hope you will join Yahoo! Buzz and let our audience (of more then half a billion people!) buzz up your content, too. Joining is as simple. Just grab code from our Buttons page and paste it into your website or blog.

SES San Jose Photos – Day One

Unfortunately, I didn’t arrive in San Jose until after 6pm–so I missed all of day one. However, I did make it to the Internet Marketer’s Charity Party, which was a huge success.

I’ve posted a few photos from the event to my Flickr account. Here are a sample:

Internet Marketer's Charity Party

Mona Elesseily, Todd Malicoat, Jon Kelly

Jonathan Dingman

I’ll have more photos from Day 2, later today.

If you’re looking for a re-cap of day one’s panels, then I suggest you take a look here and here.

ABC News Looks at Protecting Your Online Reputation

More signs that online reputation management is becoming mainstream? Mainstream media, namely ABC News, decides to take a look at the importance of managing your Google reputation.

I was excited to appear on the nationally broadcast America This Morning show. You can view the edited video online at the ABC News web site.

Pilgrim’s Picks for August 18 – Leaving on a Jet Plane Edition

I’ll admit, blogging is going to be a little light this week. Jordan’s still taking a well-earned rest and I’m getting on a plane today for SES San Jose. Don’t fret! I’ll still blog, and will even post exclusive photos from the conference. You may also want to follow me on Twitter–for casual conference updates.

In the meantime, here are today’s Picks:

Exclusive: Hands-on Social Media Training from Om Malik, Biz Stone and More!

OK, pay attention! With many folks offline at various conferences this week, this is your chance to secure one of only 25 seats for a very exclusive conference: the Aloha Social Media Summit.

Picture this: You, me, the Om Malik, Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter), Peter Shankman (the Help a Reporter genius), Susan Bratton (social media diva), Dave Taylor (the man, the legend) and other social media gurus, sitting in beautiful Boulder, CO learning cutting-edge social media tactics!

Drooling yet? It’s gets better!

No boring PowerPoint, no stale boxed-lunches, and no sales pitches from speakers, more interested in signing you up as a client, than actually helping you.

This is your chance to tap the minds of some of the smartest people in social media–all willing to help you create a killer social media campaign.

GraphOn Sues Google for Patent Infringement…Takes a Ticket, Waits in Line

It’s a new week, it’s a new Google law suit.

This time, it’s GraphOn hoping to get a little publicity by suing Google for patent infringement.

Software maker GraphOn has filed suit against search giant Google, alleging that Google’s Base, AdWords, Blogger, Sites, and YouTube services violate GraphOn’s patents

GraphOn, based in Santa Cruz, Calif., acquired the patents through its acquisition of Network Engineering Software, a privately held network software company, in 2005. The suit was filed in United States District Court in the Eastern District of Texas.

Will GraphOn win? Define "win."

According to MarketWatch, GraphOn has filed similar suits against AutoTrader.com, IAC, Match.com, Yahoo and many others. In January of this year, GraphOn ended its legal dispute with AutoTrader.com when the classifieds site signed a license agreement. Will Google follow suit or will it fight this all the way? Either way, don’t expect an outcome this decade.

Twitter Needs Your Help to Make Money

There’s a new Viewpoint column about Twitter, over at BusinessWeek. Before I go on, it’s important to note that Viewpoint’s are guest columns, not written by normal BusinessWeek staffers.

Anyway, "The Trouble with Twitter" takes an in-depth look at the money woes at Twitter, in particular its lack of business model. Now, when I say "in-depth," I mean it. In fact, you can safely skip the entire first page–unless you enjoy a little fluff with your morning coffee.

The second page gets to the meat, and has a pretty good analysis of the different types of monetization models Twitter could consider. I’ll summarize the suggested business models:

  • Twitter could ask users to pay
  • Twitter could get messages to pay
  • Twitter could extract money from user data