A listing of some Web 2.0 properties (and some not) that I’ve come across in the past few days…
-RSSPect isn’t just an RSS scraper (meaning it takes your online content and converts it into RSS), but it makes sure the feed is validated and gives several options for feed syndication. RSSPect is written by Ryan North, the same guy who does the awesome Dinosaur Comics. Plus, RSSPect has killer bees on the logo. KILLER BEES. How cool is that?
-Yet another podcast directory, but I happen to really like the Web design of pluggd.com. Clean, simple and dark.
-And taking word of mouth blog oriented marketing to the next step, yes you too can write about products and services on your blog and get paid for them via PayPerPost.com. There’s a post on the PayPerPost blog today arguing:
In my opinion someone who discloses but will write about anything to make a buck is worse than someone who does not disclosure but will only write about what they are truly interested in.
I believe requiring disclosure gives bloggers an open license to “pollute the blogoshpere”. It’s a free pass for bloggers to say “but I said I was getting paid for it, what did you expect?”. If you are being honest you don’t need disclosure because it’s what you truly believe.
So, in the official PayPerPost view, disclosure gives a license to pollute the blogosphere since you’re getting paid and not necessarily writing about what you truly believe - good or bad. Alrighty then, there’s one other facet the PayPerPost blogger missed - if the blogger I’m reading doesn’t have my trust (i.e. I don’t know them or the blog), disclosure or not, I’m less likely to believe them in the first place which makes whatever advertising less effective.
-On a whim, I signed up for the diigo beta. Will report my initial thoughts a bit later, if I can remember how to spell the domain name.
[tags]RSS, RSSPect, Killer Bees, Dinosaur Comics, pluggd, PayPerPost, diigo[/tags]