telecom, technology and the occasional floobergeist

I’ve got an abundance of bits and pieces of canadian telecom and internet experience, and I am thrilled to be in a place in time when all is changing, technology is developing, and the status quo is being disrupted. 

Floobergeist is a word that is beginning to defy definition.  The more I roll that smooth pebble around, the more it becomes to mean. Floobergeist started out as the magic dust that turns dreams into ideas.  And then it began to encompass the zing that happens when you have conversations about those ideas. And now, it’s the whole evolution from dream to conversation, with each step improving the later and the former along the way.

Everyone aspires to good conversations. They can lead you to adventures you’ve never imagined, and to people you can twig with.

Let’s have a good conversation…



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Wow - at first I thought this might have been a ship in the night, but apparently payperPost has teeth, and is settling in to become of of the more interesting Web2.0 companies that may indeed have a business plan with viability, providing companies and vendors the ability to advertise on blogs. After only 3 months, they’ve been able to now secure financing, and Techcrunch has interesting details with the executives of PayPerPost as to what their future directions look like.

Now, the question simply begs to be asked - would you write for money? Are their inmplications to a service such as this? Would your audience have to know that they were reading a post that was “sponsored” by the company you were posting about? What happened to non-biased writing?

Matthew Ingram has a serious article about the implications of disclosure/non-disclosure - and the credibility of the posters. 

He makes a valid point - and the question - “are you going to take a blog article seriously, if you know that the person is being paid to write about it?  Is there a difference between an advertorial, and say, a review of a tech gadget that someone has been given?  What about publications like EWeek and Information week, who are able to sustain themselves with advertorials and reviews?  They are still credible sources, but I bet that they get BIG BUCKS from companies for favourable reviews.


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