Version 2.5.1 looks beautiful (hope it’s more secure)

It really took five minutes to upgrade to the newer version of WordPress (v. 2.5.1). The dashboard looks beautiful and easy to use, and it responds quickly (works faster).  Nice. You can manually upgrade to the newer version or opt for an automatic upgrade. Of course, I chose the latter.

What prompted me to upgrade? Well, let’s just say the earlier version was compromised.

So after getting some help from the host (they were able to restore some archives), I finally decided to move to the new version for protection. Apparently, blogs such as WordPress are becoming targets of hacking. Anyway, that’s over now. We move on to better things.

Happy blogging!

On the beat with CJs: Sydney Morning Herald

First off, thanks Dr. Stephen Quinn for citing our experience here in the Philippines.

My prof in convergent journalism, Dr Quinn, wrote a story for the Sydney Morning Herald, titled the On the Beat with Citizen Reporters, where he details how technology has changed the way news is delivered, at least for some organizations.In today’s world of wireless communications, blog, and the Internet, nothing still beats good journalism.

Excerpt:

THE power of the mobile phone to capture history has been enthralling news watchers as never before and is changing the way news is reported.

Most of the eyewitness images of the Virginia Tech shootings came from amateurs using camera phones. So, too, did images from major news stories such as the London Tube and the Mumbai rail bombings.

old vs new media

Old media (the likes of Time Warner) has hit back on new media (read Google) for its continued violation of its copyright. The CNET article writes:

“The Googles of the world, they are the Custer of the modern world. We are the Sioux nation,” Time Warner Chief Executive Richard Parsons said, referring to the Civil War American general George Custer who was defeated by Native Americans in a battle dubbed “Custer’s Last Stand.”

“They will lose this war if they go to war,” Parsons added, “The notion that the new kids on the block have taken over is a false notion.”

Time Warner defended its discussions on copyright protection with Internet search leader Google, which another panel member, Viacom, has sued.

It is easy to hit Google (and YouTube) for all its faults. But without these two companies, today’s Internet is not as interesting as it should be.

Old media needs the Googles of this world, vice versa. But as more people are hooked to the Internet, new media is becoming an alternative medium to old media that is controlled by a few. Yes there will be some consolidation. But there will be new forces that will emerge. And they don’t have to be big. They will be niche players who will have a “steady” stream of revenues from a market that prefers personalized content free from commercial interests.

Should bloggers follow code of conduct?

Tim O’Reilly has recently invited people to consider a proposed code of conduct for bloggers. This was prompted after his talk with Kathy Sierra who had received threatening and disturbing anonymous comments in her blog.

Eventually, this call for bloggers to adopt a code of conduct was picked up by the media and bloggers, including Blog Addicts, which I contribute to.
I wrote a reaction to Blog Addict’s post by Joey Alarrila.
Here’s what I said:

Be responsible. That’s essentially what Tim OReilly is saying in this proposed code of conduct for bloggers. I remember stumbling upon a similar proposal from cyberjournalist.net before. There are indeed unwritten rules in blogging. But as O’Reilly says it is time to write them down to “formalize blogging behavior.” One thing that strikes me is his suggestion that we should not blog things that we wouldn’t say in person. That again falls on being a responsible blogger. It is clear that the same code we journalists practice is now being applied to blogging.

Twitter and the power of one-liners

I have finally surrendered to the powers of Twitter.

To those unfamiliar with this new innovation in, er, communication and social networking, Twitter will test how well you are in one-liners. It is essentially blogging but you’re only allowed to tell everything in 140 characters (I think that’s the same limit as your regular text message).

Twitter is fast becoming a global community of users (Scoble, Borat) answering one question, “What are you doing?” –actually that’s the one-liner you’ll see on the website.

So what’s the big deal and how come the likes of Borat, Scoble and Stephen Colbert are hooked on Twitter? Well, it extends the concept of social networking to mobile blogging. I believe some people want to let their friends know what they’re doing (but some would say this is just plain crazy). Get a life man! Okay, okay. But it goes beyond that. There are a number of other applications like sending quotes: Iheartquotes, which offers amusing and interesting quotes.

That’s all that I can say for now about Twitter. I want you to try it. If you don’t like it, you can unsubscribe easily. Leo Laporte just did that recently.

Oh, you can set Twitter to receive “updates” from friends on your instant messaging client (Google chat) or your mobile phone (this you’ll have to pay as you receive text messages).

The beauty with Twitter is that it will allow you to send a tight sentence while you’re on the move. This can also be a great tool for journalists, I think.

At the moment, most users feel that this is a cute way of letting your friends know what you’re doing/thinking at the moment.

Lately, it has become a good tool for advertising.

p.s. There’s a rival service called Jaiku, which offers the same kind of service.