Thursday Morning Link Fest: Theoretically Speaking

Comments 7 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Whenever I am asked about some of the high and low points of blogging I can hardly think of the negatives. I get to write, share my knowledge, open up topics for discussion, inform, learn, create and network with some amazingly talented and selfless people.

On the other hand, maybe once a month, I’ll be reminded of the negatives. Folks hiding behind their computers and fake names, simply with nothing nice to say. Sometimes I’ll unapprove a comment, but more often then not I’ll let it be published as such is the life of a blogger.

Photo credit: Carol Browne on Flickr

Now that we have that out of the way, it’s on to this morning’s link fest:

  • John shared this article with me a few weeks ago about trolls, those whose main purpose each day is to troll the internet making others feel about as big as an ant. Poking, prodding, insulting, and generally trying to get under your skin and when that happens, they feel they’ve won.
  • On a similar note, Pete Quily sent this book review by Guy Kawasaki my way and I have to say, it’s pretty brilliant (and will probably help a few people out).
  • Now for more shiny happy things that make us smile. In the spirit of social media for a change, both Gus and Raul did a charity roundup yesterday, highlighting some great people working to raise funds for even greater causes.
  • By way of TechCrunch I came across BackType. It’s a new way to track comments, almost Twitter-style.
  • A while back Kris started a website to help share some of his knowledge about Vancouver when it comes to great locations for photoshoot. Public spaces, green spaces, the best spots to go when it’s pouring rain etc. You can sign up for a free account (he just celebrated the 200th user) and add some of your favourites as well, creating a useful resource for professional and amateur photographers alike.
  • Finally, Votermedia has been holding weekly surveys to award Vancouver bloggers who cover the topics of the day and I have been voted into the top spot for two weeks running. 100% of the credit goes to all my readers even though I am not a political blog (except for the occasional follow up on the Parks Board). I hope to address this in an upcoming interview I am conducting with the founder of Votermedia, Mark Latham.

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    1. KevanThursday, August 28th, 2008 — 12:14pm PDT

      BackType: SO awesome! I blogged about this idea in March of last year, back when it was merely hypothetical dreaming. I’m looking forward to trying this out!

    2. DaveOThursday, August 28th, 2008 — 12:52pm PDT

      Remarkable how so many with (sometimes) actual skills and pleasant public personas insist on slagging someone for their hobby (i.e. writing a blog). Still don’t understand the apparent thrill they receive from spreading negative lambasting and nonsensical self-aggrandizing crap to audiences seeking something entirely different.

      It’s a mystery to me (and i like it that way).

    3. AlanThursday, August 28th, 2008 — 12:56pm PDT

      I did a double-take at the troll photo and its caption, as I thought that you were saying that that is Carol Browne! See, I use a greyish background as default on my desktop, which my browser inherits, so the words “Photo credit:” and “on Flickr” are almost invisible when I view your site. I thought, “wow that Carol Browne troll must have really pissed you off”. 🙂

      You may want to consider explicitly setting a background colour in your CSS for people whose defaults aren’t what you expect. Just a thought. Love your blog.

    4. Miss604Thursday, August 28th, 2008 — 1:16pm PDT

      @Alan – Oh no! Carol is great, she lets me blog her cool photos 🙂

    5. carolbrowneThursday, August 28th, 2008 — 1:28pm PDT

      Great use of that zombie pic, Miss604. Ha! I had no idea what it would “represent” when you asked me to use it yesterday.

    6. SimonThursday, August 28th, 2008 — 1:37pm PDT

      And while we’re all in a linking mood, here’s one to an interview with Miss 604 her own self!

      Thanks for that, by the way Rebecca, great stuff.

    7. Blog World Expo 2008: Trolls, Spammers and Sock Puppets » Vancouver Blog Miss 604 by Rebecca BollwittSunday, September 21st, 2008 — 12:27pm PDT

      […] familiar with trolls and spammers although I left it to Rick to explain sock puppets: In political blogging it happens […]

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