Thursday, April 21, 2005

Mission: Impossible

Caterina and Stewart are right.

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Podcast as buzzword

Stewart Butterfield -- and commenters -- hilariously ridicule the indiscriminate use of the buzzword of the moment, podcast:

Remember urination? So 2004. Now we're peecasting! Pass it on.

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What happens to perspiration?
# posted by Shahid : 4:39 PM

Sweatcast. Duh.
# posted by Stewart : 4:43 PM

I think I just heard somebody saying they were really wasted this weekend and were hurlcasting.

# posted by vanderwal : 10:03 AM

I had some bad ricotta cheese in a calzone. I'm gascasting.
# posted by Jeneane Sessum : 8:14 PM

Friday, April 01, 2005

Internet traffic slows Vatican Web site

U.K. Internet services firm Netcraft is reporting that the sharp rise in visits to the Vatican Web site has slowed it down.

Details can be seen in a snapshot and live performance report.

Vatican needs blog

The Vatican needs a blog.

With increasing attention around the world focused on the Pope's apparently ailing health and many observers on an unofficial deathwatch, rumours about the Pope's condition have begun to circulate.

That's no surprise -- in the absence of concrete information, rumours will rise. However, the Vatican is slow with news, in part because of its Web site's convoluted path to the Vatican daily bulletins.

The Holy See was ahead of the curve in 1995 when it launched its Web site -- so far ahead that the image-heavy site took ages to load over dial-up Internet connections.

In the decade since then, the Vatican slipped behind, and has done little to update its design in accordance with best practices for the Web.

That's unfortunate, because as the Church struggles to stay relevant to the lives of modern Catholics and gain ground with youth -- and now minimize the impact of rumours about the Pope -- it's missing a key opportunity to spread that message.

The Vatican doesn't have to overhaul its site (although that would help) but adding a blog would go a long way to achieving a number of goals, including getting news about the Pope to the public.

Press credentials for bloggers?

Persian blogfather Hoder needs press credentials. In the wake of yesterday's statements by an Iranian refugee about injuries Iran-born Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi sustained, allegedly while in Iranian authorities' custody, Hoder sees accreditation as a way to help ensure his safety on a planned trip to his ancestral homeland.

This raises a challenging question for professional journalists and circles back to the question of who qualifies for official credentials.

Hoder, a former journalist in Iran, now makes his living outside of journalism. But as one of the blogging world's most prominent members, one could argue that he's an influential Internet columnist. So, other than the fact that he self-publishes and self-edits, what essential difference is there between him and a columnist or commentator at an established media outlet?

I suggest that he look into the Canadian Association of Journalists press photo ID card as a possibility.