I’m sure someone like Robert Scoble would be all for the UK’s Press Complaints Commission’s suggestion that bloggers should hold themselves to a voluntary code of conduct, but I say “hell no!”
The BBC is reporting the Press Complaints Commission director, Tim Toulin, suggested the idea.
He said a voluntary code of practice would allow content to be checked without government involvement, stressing: “We’re not in favour of regulating the internet. The flow of information should not be regulated by any government.”
It shouldn’t be regulated by anyone or anything, period! If you want to go ahead an keep professional journalists – those that report for newspapers etc – on a tight leash, go ahead. But, how in the world do you apply standards to bloggers, when they range from 13 year olds talking about the teacher they hate, to retirees who happen to favor a particular political party.
I always enjoyed reading Marshall Kirkpatrick’s posts over at TechCrunch, so I am sad to hear he has left them.
The good news is that he is back at his own blog, and has left us with a post that talks about some of the ways to track news, using RSS. I’m often asked how I am able to post so often and so quickly after news breaks – RSS my friend, RSS!
Best of luck Marshall! If you’re interested in writing for Marketing Pilgrim, I’d be honored to have you contribute a post or two.
There’s the positives:
And the negatives:
…the court said, “Until Congress chooses to revise the settled law in this area” people who contend they were defamed on the Internet can seek recovery only from the original source of the statement, not from those who re-post it.”
Bloggers are still liable for their own defamatory comments, but we now know that if someone leaves a comment on a blog about a certain crap SEO firm, the blog owner can’t be held responsible..
Here’s how Technorati describes the widget…
Technorati tracks when other bloggers link to your blog and this widget makes it possible for you to display the number of links on every blog post. We call them “reactions” to encourage readers to follow the conversation.
So if you’ve got ‘em (links that is), flaunt ‘em!
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