Forbes attacks blogs, bloggers

Forbes has written a scathing attack on the blogosphere, calling web logs as the “prized platform of an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective.”

The article by Dan Lyons said blogs started as online diaries but later became the “ultimate vehicle for brand-bashing, personal attacks, political extremism and smear campaigns.”

Lyons added in his article:

It’s not easy to fight back: Often a bashing victim can’t even figure out who his attacker is. No target is too mighty, or too obscure, for this new and virulent strain of oratory.

Here’s what top bloggers think of the Forbes article.

Pinoys text petitions, prayers

Filipinos pray for love, money via text messages.

Salvation is now just a text message away for Filipinos.

Prayers for lotto wins, jobs in Canada and even boyfriends have been flooding a Philippine Catholic Church project allowing Filipinos to send their petitions via text messages from their cellular phones.

The petitions sent to the “Text Mary” project are forwarded for inclusion in the intention of daily Masses held in churches in Manila and in prayers of Carmelite nuns, the INQ7 reported.

Filipinos have also been downloading novenas and daily prayers from the Text Mary server by simply texting a keyword.
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Don’t fall victim to online fraud

Phishing is a type of online fraud where the perpetrators attempt to acquire personal, financial, and/or other account information (such as user IDs, passwords, credit card numbers, PINs, etc.) from unsuspecting victims. This type of fraud is typically initiated by sending an unsolicited but official-looking email claiming to be from a reputable company, such as a bank, a credit card firm, or an online establishment. The fraudulent email usually contains an urgent message that tries to lure the recipient into providing sensitive information.
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E-mail etiquette: Mind your P’s and Q’s

Sloppy messages that are riddled with spelling errors and are irrelevant and difficult to read are major source of lost productivity as employees struggle to decipher cryptic online requests and disorganized sales pitches.

“Email should contain the same attention to detail as a letter with signature on corporate letterheard. It’s a direct reflection of your professionalism,” said Sue Jacques, president of Calgary’s Influence Etiquette & Protocol.

“Unfortunately, we tend to just fire off our thoughts and there’s no filter system between our brains and our fingers.”

A recent US study suggests the problem is getting worse. Some 80% of workers surveyed consider strong email skills “extremely important”, but 40% say they waste 30 minutes to three hours a day reading ineffective messages.
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Chitika releases sample keywords for ads

If you display Chitika ads in your site, check this link for a catalogue on keywords you can use. The keywords will help you target the type of ads that will be displayed in your blog. If you’re still not using Chitika, apply for an account in their home page. If you still haven’t heard of Chitika, here’s a review from someone who earns more than $700 a day from the program.

US workers wasting millions of hours on blogs?

From Agence France Presse: Trade paper AdAge.com reported this week that US workers would waste the equivalent of 551,000 years during 2005 reading blogs, online web diaries and gossip sheets, which have exploded in numbers in recent years.

Further on in the article, AFP said: But some blog and Internet experts argue that reading a blog in itself does not necessarily equate to wasted time – and may replace time when workers could be idling away their boss’s time doing something else. Click here to read the full story.

Automating publication of author profiles in WordPress

In group blogs, author profiles are important so that readers can have additional information on the contributor of the article. In WordPress, the publication of the author’s profile can be automated through the <?php the_author_description(); ?> tag. Just include the tag in your post template, preferably after the body content, and the contributor’s profile will be automatically published. You can then style the text using CSS.

To Sun.Star Blog Chronicles contributors, fill up your profile information. To do so, just log into the site and click on Users, the profile table is near the bottom of the page.

Added: And I forgot to add, you can use HTML in your profiles data to link to your personal blogs.

Sun.Star launches blogs

Sun.Star Network Online this afternoon launched its blogs: Blog Chronicles and Citizen Watch: The Arroyo Presidency. Sun.Star Cebu’s Citizen Journalists project, which has a web log component, was also launched during the event held in SM City Cebu.

Sun.Star Blog Chronicles is a website on “blogging by bloggers.” Among its contributors are economist J. Angelo Racoma, Cebuano priest Fr. Stephen Cuyos and special education teacher Maria Lourdes Solivia Angala, more popularly known as teacher Sol.

During the launch, Racoma did his first podcast to discuss blogging and marketing. Cuyos also did a podcast on the use of blogs to spread the gospel. Teacher Sol, on the other had, submitted a video cast on the use of blogging in education, particularly in her school.

After the launch, Janette Toral discussed statistics on internet penetration in the Philippines. She discussed what has become an annual study by DigitalFilipino.com on the Internet in the Philippines. Vincent Rallon of Salveon.net talked about effective marketing using social networking sites.
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Attendees of the Sun.Star blogs launch listen to the podcasts of Fr. Cuyos and J. Angelo. They later viewed a videocast by Teacher Sol.

Serving the Bisaya Community of Bloggers

Sun.Star Chronicles

OCTOBER 25, 2005 is a big day for Sun.Star Chronicles as we launch our own Sun.Star Blog at SM Cebu. Yep, I am a blogger contributor to this prestigious blogging community. I am now a writer-contributor to a major newspaper in the country (most especially to the Visayan Community).

It all started with a tagboard invitation from Marlen Limpag to join the Sun.Star family of writers. A tagboard invitation? Usually I do not take invitations there seriously until I followed her link. Alas, it wasn’t a spammer afterall who left the message!

The Sun.Star Blog Chronicles is handled by Marlen del Mar-Limpag, online editor of the Sun.Star website. The section is devoted to the Sun.Star website’s coverage of the blogging community. The Sun.Star website is managed by the Sun.Star Network Exchange, a department under Sun.Star Publishing Inc.

I already published my first article with them, “WEBLOGGING can assist students with disabilities”. Feel free to let us know your feedback regarding my entries.

I will be working with a very diverse group of writers here, including a tech priest Fr. Stephen Cuyos and a Pinoy Teachers Network Core group member J.Angelo Racoma.

Sige na nga, pangangatawanan ko na ang pagiging writer ko…

VIDEOCAST (click my photo here): Teacher Sol, blogging from Washington DC

More power to Sun.Star Blog Chronicles; CHEERS TO US!!!

Teacher Sol is a proactive blogger. Working with exceptional children made her realize that, just like the regular children, they need attention and someone to make them feel important. She’s now blogging at www.teachersol.blogspot.com.

If Jesus Were a Blogger

While He was on earth Christ revealed Himself as the Perfect Communicator. He spoke from within, that is to say, from out of the press of His people. He preached the Divine message without fear or compromise. He adjusted to His people’s way of talking and to their patterns of thought. And He spoke out of the predicament of their time. (The Pastoral Instruction Communio et Progressio, no. 11)

Jesus Christ, the Perfect Communicator, used every available means to communicate the Good News. He was so creative and ingenious in communicating with the people of his time, that if he were around today, Jesus would have a blog. But what and how would he blog?

If Jesus were a blogger he would talk about the daily experiences and concerns of people. He would use stories from everyday life like the uninvited wedding guests or a determined woman looking for her lost coin. He would talk about a Samaritan who helped an injured person and in the process teach people what it means to be a compassionate neighbor. He would most likely describe the kingdom of heaven “like treasure hidden in blogosphere” or “like an eBay bidder looking for fine pearls”. Or he would surprise and startle his readers by making a most unexpected person a “hero”, like the unrighteous steward in Lk. 16:1-13. Maybe he would also write down the story of an unjust judge to explain to his online visitor’s their need to pray always and never to lose heart. In short, Jesus’ blog would be aimed at helping people understand who God is and what his reign is like.

If Jesus were a blogger he would ask questions and address the issues of social justice and poverty. He would challenge the prevailing social and political structures of our time and speak against religious bigotry, racial prejudice, and economic selfishness. Forgiveness, compassion, peace, and putting others first would be some of the common themes of his blogposts. He would side with the poor and the marginalized and call them blessed. He would call for an end to war and all forms of violence. And he would insist good over evil, grace over vengeance, love over hatred.

If Jesus were a blogger he would have a shoutbox on his sidebar so he could chat in real time with online friends like Nicodemus, Mary, Peter, Martha, John, and the woman at the well. Aside from the twelve disciples, his blogroll would contain links to tax collectors, prostitutes, lepers, sinners and other outcasts. To protect himself from spammers like those irreverent Pharisees and Sadducees, he’d install an anti-spam plug-in. I am sure Jesus would use open-source content management systems and he would release his blog articles under the Creative Commons License. He may well have a “make poverty history” whiteband on his website. He’d also probably enable a plug-in that allows guests to make donations to victims of natural disasters. This is in line with his challenge for everyone to make a positive difference in this world.

If Jesus were a blogger he would post from his mobile phone or through a wifi-enabled Linux laptop. This is important because, being always on-the-go, he would need to blog from every place where there is a wireless hotspot – in the synagogues and marketplaces, on the mountain and at the sea, or while by his lonesome in the desert.

If Jesus were a blogger he wouldn’t be simply transmitting information or entertaining people through well-crafted stories. While his web-based publication would be true to life, written for the purpose of teaching spiritual and moral truth, he wouldn’t stop there. He would go far beyond just blogging. As a good shepherd, he would be where his flocks are – healing the sick, conversing with outcasts, preaching to the masses, praying with his disciples, teaching by example – all for the glory of the Father.

After all, man does not live by blog alone.

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Fr. Stephen Cuyos, is a Cebuano Missionary of the Sacred Heart presently based in Rome, Italy. He manages two websites, two blogs and two podcasts, namely, MSC Philippines, MSC Capitulum Generale, The Pinoy Migrants’ Voices, Cuying Blog, Europinoy Perspective and Cuying Podcast. You can contact him at stephencuyos@gmail.com.

High-tech Cheating Comes to High Schools

SACRAMENTO, Calif. —

Cheating on tests has come a long way from writing notes on the back of your hand — and it’s getting harder for schools to police as technology advances.

Instead of sneaking in a scrap of paper with answers scribbled on it, some students snap a picture of the paper with their camera phones. During the test, some students are so adept at text messaging that they can keep the phone in their pocket or under their desk, secretly sending answers to a friend.

Some educators believe the problem is changing too rapidly to be quelled by conventional methods, and it’s time that teaching methods evolved with technology.

(High-tech cheating comes to high schools)

I was a prophet; I had a futuristic insight of this five years ago when I got my first camera phone. I was already a teacher then of course, and I was jokingly telling my husband how easy it would be for friends to take a picture of the exams and share them with each other.

Now I found this news…wow! I am so impressed at how the students are becoming so brilliant and more sophisticated in cheating, using technology to solve problems such as in the exams *smile*. I wish I had a phone camera when I was graduating from highschool, it would make it easier for me to overtake my academic rival.

Now what do you think, is technology a good thing or a bad thing?

Teacher Sol is a proactive blogger. Working with exceptional children made her realize that, just like the regular children, they need attention and someone to make them feel important. She’s now blogging at www.teachersol.blogspot.com.