No Blogs For You!

When you start reading Gary Stein’s article on blogs, you’ll think he’s predicting the end of blogs.

Close. As you get thru the story, you realize that Stein is merely predicting the maturation of blogs as they become simply another type of “web site”.

I don’t think it will happen next year though. I think we’ll still see the buzz surrounding “blogs” for another couple of years.

Could Google Take us Back to Banner Ads?

The New York Times looks at how Google brought online advertising out of the dark ages of banner-ads and X10 pop-unders. The article suggests that Google could turn to banner ads, once it has the infrastructure.

Some analysts view Google’s embrace of text as temporary, predicting that the company will add image advertising to its site just as soon as it can build the infrastructure. Jordan Rohan, an Internet analyst at RBC Capital Markets, said that given the fact that Google serves up 100 million search-query results a day, were the company to add a single photo-quality image to each page, the bits for each page would increase a thousandfold and the resulting load would figuratively “break the Internet.”

Google Analytics Grinds to a Halt?

Over at SEW, Gary looks at whether Google Analytics temporarily shut down new registrations because it couldn’t take the strain or as part of a clever marketing effort to create buzz.

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Major Security Flaw With Google Sitemaps Stats

Danny Sullivan takes a look at a serious security flaw with Google Sitemaps.

…surprising security oversight with Google’s new Sitemaps stats system that can allow anyone access to stats of other web sites, if those web sites don’t report 404/File Not Found errors correctly. Right now, I’m looking at stats for eBay and AOL, as well as Google’s own Orkut!

French Government Using Google AdWords for Propaganda

MarketingVox points to an interesting story about the French government’s use of Google Adwords.

As riots flare in Paris suburbs and elsewhere, France’s ruling party has been running a marketing campaign using Google AdWords sponsored links, writes CNET. Searches for “violence,” “riots,” “suburbs,” “burned cars” or “scum” point to a petition in support of French Interior Minister and party president Nicolas Sarkozy’s “zero tolerance policy” in response to the fiery confrontations between Muslim youths, mostly of North African extraction, and the French police.

Best of the Web Blog Directory

Looking for a directory of blogs? Best of the Web Blogs offers a directory view of different blog categories.

One suggestion for them. How about an RSS feed for each category so I can see when a new resource has been added?