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Blogger Bans Adult Advertising While Facebook Pulls Ads from Controversial Pages

censoredIn an attempt to please more of the people some of the time, Blogger and Facebook are taking steps to curb potentially offensive advertising.

Blogger decided to ban all adult advertising while still allowing adult content. They sent an email out last week telling account holders that they had to remove their adult ads by June 30 or risk having their blog deleted. The email doesn’t specify what qualifies as “adult.” Links to X-rated photo and video sites are obvious but what about links to erotic booksellers or other adult goodies? I don’t think Blogger is out to crack down on erotic books but this email gives them the power to ban those sites if they please.

Blogger’s Terms of Service always warned against using their site to “make money on adult content.”

Fancy Launches Affilate Program for Tumblr

According to comScore, Tumblr had 29.2 million unique visitors in March 2013. And in this case the word “unique” has double meaning. Tumblr people are younger and more creative than the folks you’ll see on the other, more popular social networks. Skimming through the site you’ll see endless streams of artwork, witty captions, sarcastic outbursts, and trends that are so new they’re not even a blip on Twitter’s radar.

Tumblr folks love fashion, design, color, and they love quirky which is why they’re a perfect match for Fancy.com.

Fancy is a crowd-curated catalog of cool and offbeat things like wooden martini glasses and micro luggage scooter. The product photos are big and bold and they run top to bottom in traditional blogger style. The site looks like a Tumblr page only, you can buy things. Now, they’re bringing that same functionality to Tumblr with their Fancy Anywhere button.

LinkedIn Jumps on the Feed Reader Craze, Buys Pulse

pulseEvery since Google announced that they were shutting down Google Reader, a dozen others have popped up with plans to fill the void.

Today’s entry comes from LinkedIn. Instead of reinventing the wheel, they bought one – Pulse: Your News, Blog, Magazine and Social Reader. The app was designed as a class project by two Standford boys who were looking for a better way to keep up with their favorite blogs and newspapers.

Now, 20 million people use Pulse to keep up with their favorite content streams in 190 countries. Pulse says they consume more 10 million stories a day and that’s music to this writer’s ears.

LinkedIn bought Pulse because well-written content is slowly pushing random blurbs off the page.  Here’s a quote from their announcement post.

Tumblr Shuts Down Their One Attempt to Rise Above the Noise

storyboardSocial media has a higher than average noise to signal ratio. For every truly creative or informative blip, there are thousands of useless blurbs, nasty retorts, misinformed mentions and lots and lots of spam. Tumblr is like this. You can skim through page after page of duplicate celebrity photos, bad manips and overused pictures of animals making funny faces. If you keep digging, you will find a few gems like Restaurant-Restaurant (a man who turns restaurant stationary into art) and Last Book I Loved. These are the kinds of Tumblrs that made it to the Storyboard and now Tumblr is shutting it down.

Revitalizing the Classics: About.com and Digg Say They Have a Plan

1415159_47821948Is anyone surprised that About.com is still standing? Before Wikipedia, it was the best place to find a lot of specific information about a wide range of topics with everything from Action Figures to Zoology.

What sets the company apart from standard blog sites is their extremely specific template style which leans heavily on evergreen resource pages. They’re also known for the amount of text they publish on a page and they are the reigning champs when it comes to internal linking.

They’re also king of the adsense placements. They weave so many plain text ads into their template it’s often hard to tell what’s content and what’s not. And I guess that’s the point.

Ning Tries to Recover its Zing

ningDo you remember Ning? Back in 2005, Ning launched an unusual social networking tool that combined the conversation of a forum with the content of a website. Thousands of people signed up to create communities dedicated to their favorite TV show or movie, hobby or cause. You could also build a private Ning space for members of your local little league team, club or company.

Back in the day, I belonged to several Ning groups, so I was extremely disappointed when the free service converted to a paid service. That was the beginning of the end. Because they were doing it for fun, not profit, thousands of community owners shut down their sites and reopened in places such as LiveJournal and Facebook.

Tumblr’s New Posting Tool Puts the Emphasis on Fast and Photos

tumblr front pageTumblr may be a blogging platform but you wouldn’t know it from their front page. I don’t know if it was their intention all along but, the free blog site has become known for it emphasis on graphics over text.

Because of this, it attracts an artistic crowd. Fashion, comics, art, architecture, design – they all flourish here. As does visual humor and celeb sites with miles and miles of both legit and manipulated photos.

These numbers tell the story:

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Yes, it’s a busy place. But for everything they’ve done right, their posting blank has been wrong for so very long. It was long and required too many steps. Photo handling was atrocious, which is ironic given the graphic nature of the site.