Tag: blogger

Darren Barefoot interview podcast

I recorded an interview with Darren Barefoot at the end of last week but what with the Scoble’s visit and the IT@Cork conference, I haven’t had a chance to publish it until now.

Darren is an uber blogger, a web marketer, he is involved in Capulet Communications, Northern voice, darrenbarefoot.com, geek travellers blog – that I know of – a busy man! Darren was good enough to take some time out to discuss these and other interests with me.

Here are the questions I asked Darren and the times in the interview they were asked:

  • Darren, you are involved in Capulet Communications, Northern Voice, darrenbarefoot.com, geek travellers blog – that I know of – that must keep you quite busy… – 0:25
  • You are also involved in lighting design… – 0:56
  • Northern Voice, is that like BarCamp, just up north? – 1:45
  • Given your relationship with Ireland, could you speculate why so few Irish companies have started blogging? – 3:38
  • This whole Web 2.0 stuff, what is it? – 7:06
  • So there’s a difference between the term Web 2.0 and the reality which is the evolution of web applications…- 9:07
  • There seems to be a huge amount of hype around the term, are we heading for another bubble? – 10:22
  • Do you think Web 2.0 is changing how marketing is done these days? – 12:04
  • What about companies who are building software applications which are not Web 2.0 – how do they create a web buzz? – 16:21
  • It seems to be becoming the norm that sites are being monetized by ads – do you think we will soon see free versions of Microsoft office or Microsoft Windows? – 19:27
  • Does the fact that many of your applications are online help manage your remote clients? – 22:37
  • Finally, Mac or PC? – 24:07

You can listen to the full interview here (5.9mb mp3).

Everything you blog is false!

Today’s podcast is an interview I did with TJ McIntyre – TJ is Chairman of Digital Rights Ireland, and is a lecturer in Law in UCD.

The interview was fascinating, and should be compulsory listening for any Irish blogger. TJ informed me that everything published on a blog is automatically considered defamatory in the eyes of the law, if reported as such (guilty until proven innocent anyone?), until the blogger can satisfactorily prove to a jury that it is indeed true!

TJ also spoke about how copying music from legally purchased CDs is against the law, the pointlessness of national ID cards in terms of national security, and the governments position on data retention.

See below a list of the questions I asked TJ and the times in the interview that I asked them:

  • What is DRI – what is its raison d’etre? – 0:21
  • Why is there such a difference between our rights in the offline and online world? – 0:56
  • What sparked you to start this up Digital Rights Ireland? – 1:36
  • Digital Rights Ireland isn’t formally launched yet? 2:18
  • Who do you represent/speaking on behalf of? – 2:39
  • If you copy songs from legally purchased CDs onto your iPod or mp3 player, are you breaking the law? – 4:03
  • In terms of blogging and podcasting, where do you see DRI fitting in? – 5:58
  • What’s the function of the Press Council going to be? – 7:06
  • As a blogger, who do I need protection from? – 7:35
  • If I make a post about XYZ co. claiming dodgy practices on their behalf, what is the mechanism of action? – 9:17
  • So, they can either try to drag you to court or they can take your site offline? – 10:25
  • Of course, if you have a backup, you can get your site up on another host…? – 12:35
  • Could you just get a summons without a cease and desist? – 13:29
  • If you get a summons, can you put your hands up at that point? – 14:14
  • And it doesn’t matter that what you wrote is true? – 14:29
  • So, even if you have copied the article from a reputable news source, they will go after you because you are the ‘low hanging fruit’? – 15:16
  • In a defamation case, if it goes your way, are the costs always awarded against you? – 16:01
  • Is free legal aid available to bloggers? – 17:06
  • Is there such a thing as anti-defamation insurance? – 17:53
  • It seems that in defamation cases it is the person with the bigger resources who calls the tune… – 19:08
  • Why is that? – 20:14
  • Why are defamation cases heard by jury? – 21:09
  • Why isn’t it the case that the plaintiff must prove that they have been defamed? 21:59
  • I assume this is the same for podcasting also? – 23:26
  • Does DRI have a position on the passing of data by EU airlines to the US government? – 24:30
  • In three years time the government will know where I was today even if I can’t remember because of mobile phone data retention laws? – 26:05
  • So, call centre operatives for mobile operators will have access to three years of my data? – 28:53
  • Do DRI have a position on biometric passports? – 29:21
  • Is it a valid argument that national ID cards give greater security? – 30:28
  • Why do governments want to introduce compulsory ID cards then? – 32:02
  • What other things are coming down the line that we should be aware of? – 33:30
  • When is the launch of Digital Rights Ireland? – 36:09
  • Whats the website of Digital Rights Ireland? – 36:29

You can download the full interview here 8.4mb mp3.

Upcoming podcasts – get your questions in!

Great news! I have some extremely interesting podcast interviews coming up soon that I am very excited about – in the next few days I plan on recording interviews with:

If you have any questions you’d like me to ask any of these interviewees, feel free to leave your questions in the comments and, as always, I’ll ask them for you during the interview.

Any questions you'd like to ask Robert Scoble?

I will be interviewing Robert Scoble (Microsoft’s tech evangelist and chief blogger) on this coming Tuesday evening (15th) and podcasting the interview as part of the PR around the IT@Cork conference. Robert will be giving a keynote address on Business Blogging at the opening of the conference and later in the Technical Stream Robert will be giving a talk on the next 5 years in Social Software.

I’m looking for questions to ask Robert – if you have any questions you’d like me to ask him (especially around the two talks he is giving), drop them into the comments and I’ll try to fit them in to the interview.

Dot blog bubble

With all the mergers and acquisitions going on at the minute, it is only natural to wonder what the value of your site/blog is. I see Tom Murphy recently mentioned that Boards.ie was offered $750,000 for the site back in the original dot.com bubble but they turned it down. I wonder what it would be worth now that we are in the dot blog bubble.

Well, part of that speculation has been made easier for us by Tristan Louis – he analysed the AOL-Weblogs Inc deal in great detail and came up with a valuation of $564.64 per inward link for a blog. I’m not sure if there is an easy way to tell how many inward links boards.ie has. Google reports 2910 – but that doesn’t account for the deeper links to the various fora and discussions. Still – even this conservative figure values Boards.ie at over $1.6m – nice one guys.

In my own case, Technorati reports 466 links into this site (from 118 sites). So that puts a value of $263,122 on this site! I tell you what, I’ll let it go for an even $250,000 😉

In all seriousness, influential blogger or not, there is no way that this site is worth that much. Valuations like that do nobody any favours (except perhaps Jason Calacanis). We are back in the dot com bubble days all over again. The bubble is going to burst with all the financial losses and pain that brings. Again. And technology is going to get an even worse name than it has had for the last 3-4 years.

How do we avert this second spectacular fall from grace? I have no idea – anyone who has any suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments.

UPDATE:
I see Kevin Burton is thinking along the same lines.