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The Queen of England and the British Monarchy have launched a YouTube Channel. The Channel will features The Queen’s Christmas message as well as current and historical footage of the monarch and other members of the Royal Family. The site contains a number of videos already including this video clip of the Queen’s Christmas broadcast from 1957.
Among the older clips is footage from a film by Lord Wakehurst called Long to Reign Over Us, which has never been released to the public.
The former Tory MP, who died in 1970, was a keen amateur film maker and charted many key royal events, including the death of King George VI, the Queen’s accession and her coronation.
The site also has footage of Queen Alexandra’s West End tour among the rose-sellers in 1917, and silent newsreel of the 1923 wedding of the Duke of York and Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon - the Queen’s parents.
Announcing the launch of the channel, a spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace said the Queen “always keeps abreast with new ways of communicating with people”.
“She has always been aware of reaching more people and adapting the communication to suit,” she said.
“This will make the Christmas message more accessible to younger people and those in other countries.”
The BBC says this year’s holiday address will appear on the site at about 1500 GMT on Christmas Day.
According to entries on The Huffington Post, Inside Cable News and TV Newser Fox News anchor Alan Colmes has a “secret blog” called Liberal Land. Alan now links to the blog from his website so it really isn’t much of a secret anymore. The blog is located at www.liberalland.com and liberalland.blogspot.com. Colmes has been posting to the blog since November.
Alan Colmes is the liberal host on Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes show. On the blog he has been discussing political issues like Bush’s dissaproval ratings, Halliburton and Dick Cheney. Many of the recent posts are about the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. The vast majority of the posts are political in nature but Alan Colmes has also blogged about some non-political subject matter including Paris Hilton and the Dramatic Prarie Dog. Colmes’ blog is not affiliated with the Fox News channel.
Posted in New Blogs
Here’s a new web launch that didn’t make anyone’s list of 2008 predictions. The BBC is reporting that MC Hammer plans to launch a video website that will challenge YouTube. The site will be called DanceJam and will let people share dance videos.
Famous in the early 1990s for his hit song “U Can’t Touch This” and very baggy trousers, Hammer is launching a website that hopes to rival YouTube.
Due to debut later this month, DanceJam will allow users to share and watch their own dance videos.
If the website is a hit, it could help Hammer’s finances - he went bankrupt in 1996 with debts of almost $14m (Â£7m).
The BBC article says the website will launch later this month. It will be advertising based. MC Hammer reportedly told the AP that he is well informed on Internet technology. Hammer said, “”There is no high-tech lingo or business strategy that you can talk that is above my head. I breathe this stuff.” There is truth behind his bold statement. MC Hammer has been actively blogging at mchammer.blogspot.com since he launched his blog in February, 2006. He has blogged about the power of blogging to connect with others. YouTube is likely too large and powerful for even the Hammer to overcome but he may be able to get something going with a niche video sharing website.
Posted in Videos
The New York Post extended its popular gossip news brand “Page Six” onto the web earlier this month with a new blog at PageSix.com. The site features a frequently updated blog, photos, videos and as the Daily Intelligencer notes Gawker-like stalker maps.
“Page Six” has made a new move in its aggressive push to take over the world and make it canoodley. They’ve launched the new version of PageSix.com! The site is slick, a little bit more glamorous, and a lot more bloggy. They’ve got feeds from other gossip sites, a running blog (which, so far, seems to have mostly party pictures and items from the print version of the column), and even Gawker Stalker Maps.
The blog is run by a team of six bloggers known as the Sixers. The blog has been popular already - it already has nearly 1,000 inbound links according to Technorati. The new PageSix.com site is seperate from the other New York Post content. The regular Page Six column by Richard Johnson continues on the New York Post.
Posted in Gossip Blogs
A reliable source just confirmed the company’s plans, noting the company has hired Allen & Company, a tiny but influential private investment firm, to help broker a deal. The asking price is still $300 million, the source said.
This will come as no surprise. Rumors of a sale have been rampant for months, although until now we hear co-founder Jay Adelson has been trying to muster up interest in a sale. This is the first time Digg has hired a bank to shop the deal, we’re told.
Valleywag reported the $300 million rumor last month. Separately, it reported Digg chief executive Jay Adelson’s attendance at Allen & Company’s annual Sun Valley, Idaho get-together of the rich and famous, noting the company might be looking to find a buyer among one of the many media company executives in attendance.
Has Digg waited too long to get its $300 million? Probably not. Tech bloggers have been focusing much more on the social networking big dogs lately but Digg still has tons of traffic. Digg has lost some of its appeal because of competition but someone will likely pay the big bucks for all this traffic.
Who would want it? Mashable is betting on a big newspaper conglomerate like “Gannett, Tribune, or Cox Newspapers.” Valleywag mentions Barry Diller’s IAC. Matthew Ingram suggests that Google may buy Digg - you can ridicule (or praise) him for it here. Microsoft is said to be selling at least some of the ads on Digg so maybe that’s something Google would want to takeover. Microsoft may also want to buy Digg to keep Google away from it.
Digg itself has a lot of comments about a potential sale. There doesn’t seem to be quite as much interest in blogging this particular rumor. Some of the other rumors this year were very heavily blogged. Maybe everyone is just about rumored out for 2007.
But other than realizing how much it sounds like Olbermann, it dawned on me that when the elderly, squirrels and crazed dictators start blogging, then blogging is dead.
Crazed dictators is not good but seniors? They have every right to blog and probably have far more interesting stories to tell than many of the 20-something bloggers.
Greg Gutfield continues his anti-blog rant by explaining how blogs suck.
The worst five words you can hear at a party are “have you read my blog?” Blogs used be called diaries and they were covered with rainbow stickers and glitter. But now everyone calls them blogs and they suck.
I call it the Sylvia Plath Syndrome: The idea that every nuance of your life should fascinate everyone else. At least Plath had the decency to provide a killer ending.
Some think that if you don’t blog, you don’t have a life. But it’s the opposite. You should be happy that you don’t write for dopes who live in a disjointed bubble of weirdness where their own real world cowardice is masked by online bravery.
Greg ends his rant by saying it would be more honest to go outside and beat someone up for real than to beat them up online. Does that mean Greg is about to go outside and beat up some seniors? We suspect Greg Gutfeld’s probably kidding about some of this but he’s going in the Blog Pessimism file anyway. Note to Greg: Ahmadinejad’s blog isn’t new - it has been around for about a year and a half.
Posted in Blog Pessimism
eWeek reports that Google is going to add blogs to its Universal Search alongside images, news, books, maps and videso. Google has been running Google Blogsearch as a seperate search engine. eWeek says Google will make the move to include blogs this week (which is nearly over) or next week.
Starting this week or next, queries on the leading search engine will return links to blogs alongside the images, news, books, local maps and video, Marissa Mayer, vice president of search products and user experience, told eWEEK in a briefing at the company’s headquarters here.
Blogs have been gaining significant momentum in the last couple of years, fueled by everything from fascinating news revelations to gossipy snipes. The inclusion of blogs as a genre on Universal Search is a nod to their growing number and ability to get people to go online to find content, which is what Google is all about.
Universal Search is the fruit of a five-year effort involving hundreds of engineers working to refine the company’s search algorithms and add multimedia content to its search returns to give users richer results.
It’s a logical move for Google or any search engine that wants to provide current and relevant information for it users. Frequently updated blogs tend to contain news about what is happening right now. That’s often just the kind of information people are searching for. Blogs have always been indexed by Google so it will be interesting to see how much more exposure this will give blogs and what the search results will look like.
Here is a video explaining what Google’s Universal Search is all about. (hat tip Jim Kukral).
Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has not been blogging as frequently as had been anticipated when his blog launched over a year ago. Earlier this month he posted an entry titled “A Guideline for Islamic Governance.” This was only Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s third post of the year on his blog called Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Personal Memos. Vnunet has an entry on the Iranian leader’s slothful blogging style. Ahmadinejad claims he is still spending a staggering 15 minutes per week on his blog despite the lack of posts.
The blog, called Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Personal Memos, has been active for over a year and has attracted a wide readership. But despite promising to spend a set amount of time writing the blog, he has seldom managed to post this year.
“Since my last post on the blog, a few months have passed,” he writes.
“But this doesn’t â€Žmean that I have not been keeping my promise of spending 15 minutes per week â€Žon it. As a matter of fact, I have spent more than the allocated time on the blog. The â€Žmagnitude of the reception and acclamation from the viewers was beyond â€Žexpectations.”
As well as writing about his life and policies he also takes time to answer letters from readers.
Someone should tell Iran’s leader that infrequent blogging can result in a diminishing blog readership. If Mahmoud wants to increase his blog readership he really needs to pick up the pace.