Summer is at a close, the kids are back in school, we’re off to enjoy a long Labor Day weekend and there are now over 30,000 blogs that have added Sphere Related Content to their site. Here are a few of our favorites to go live this past week: The Obstructionist; A Rubber Door; Frank Hagan; Wohlrapp; The Conservation Report; Square Oak; Graywolf’s SEO Blog (a long time partner that we should have mentioned a long time ago!); wii4.us; OpinionBug; and Tech Consumer (BTW, congrats Bob on selling Computers.net!).
This week had so many high quality new partner sites – we’re very flattered. Happy Labor Day weekend.
Congrats to OM who was named one of the 50 Most Influential INDIAN Americans by Rediff.com. GigaOM is a Sphere Related Content partner and one of the brightest minds we have the pleasure to dialog with about Media. Om has been a tech journalist since moving to the U.S., writing for high profile publications like Business 2.0, Red Herring and The Wall Street Journal.
If you like keeping up with pop culture, celebrity photos (1 million+), videos (5,000+ hours), tidbits and scoops, you’ll want to check out VH1’s new site, VH1 eyecandy.
I’m a big Hollywood news fan, the kind of guy that buys the map to the stars home when in Hollywood. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m super excited about Sphere partnering with VH1 to connect their brand of entertainment news to conversational media. Just like technology, politics and sports, connecting entertainment news to conversational media is a natural fit, the blogosphere is full of great, cutting edge entertainment content.
I think you’ll love their new site. The narrator has the perfect voice for celebrity content. One of my favorite features is the site enables users to grab, embed, blog and remix photos, videos and news stories. This is very novel. It’s fun, it’s interactive, confident and progressive to let readers “slice and dice” digital assets.
Our team has worked closely with Jenny Fong and Fred Garver to scope out the Sphere Related Content service and implement. You can find it on any article pages, in the bottom right hand column. Great folks to work with, open to new ideas and the type of partner that just gets it. Congrats to the team at VH1 for launching a great service.
Inna Politseymako pulled together a roundtable discussion about Web 2.0 last week at Cisco. I participated along with Matt Mullenweg (Automattic Founder), John Toebes (Cisco) and Daniel Wedge (IBM).
We spoke about (more…)
There are a lot of nice posts out there about Sphere but I really liked this one from Seth Eagelfeld at Raw Digital – you can see his post here.
—– Original Message —-
From: “X@gmail.com” <X@gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2007 5:03:49 AM
Subject: Sphere Feedback – kudos
I want to say a HUGE thank you to you.
I am the owner of the blog X.wordpress.com. To say I was absolutely AMAZED when I saw that I was a related blog to an article in the Wall Street Journal would be an understatement. I was COMPLETELY FLOORED that you guys did that for my business blog. If I said thank you a 1253 times that would just begin to scratch the surface for how incredibly grateful that I feel to you. You guys are the BEST. Please keep up the GREAT work that you do.
*Hat tip to Wanky Comics for the Link Love graphic
A few weeks ago, Lindsay Campbell of Wallstrip interviewed Automattic CEO Toni Schneider. Toni is also a co-Founder of Sphere and I’m a board member at Automattic. Toni is one of the smartest guys (more…)
Here is this week’s line-up of some new partner sites to go live the past few days with our Sphere Related Content plug-in include: Feral Pundit; NoDirectOn; The Screencast Blog; Fitness Solutions; eNewsChannels; Daily Reckoning; Blue Star Chronicles; Metal Lungies and two of our favorites from our partners at Dow Jones: Jamie Thingelstad – appropriately titled thingelstad (the above icon is from his site) and Ados Pados by Rama Sadasivan.
If you don’t know these sites, give them a visit – it’s always fun to discover new sites and even more fun to discover sites using our Related Content plug-in. Thanks to each of these authors for joining the ‘Sphere.
One of our first and favorite Political blog partner sites, the Captains Quarters Blog by Ed Morrissey, updated their site earlier this afternoon. I really like the (more…)
If you’ve downloaded our Plug-in from WordPress.org or through Feedburner’s FeedFlare, you’ll notice that we’ve update the look & feel of our “Classic” Sphere Related Content Plug-in. Our goal is to (more…)