Comments Dead, Twitter Holds Smoking Gun

first_imgAt the recent Real-Time CrunchUp 2009, Khris Loux, CEO of one of the web’s largest commenting services, announced the “death of the comment”. This declaration was extremely significant as Loux’s JS-Kit is currently installed on over 600,000 sites. He blames the death on social media sites like Twitter and Flickr and the rise of “parallel channels away from [the] product”. In essence, dialogue has moved from a singular destination to a series of parallel but separate social networking channels. Loux took the opportunity to introduce Echo – his new product that allows publishers to embed a simple JavaScript widget and aggregate social media and blog dialogue from across the web. This means that all of the related posts from Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, Digg, WordPress and Blogger end up below your post for the world to see. For those who are widely loved, you’ll see this as a blessing. For those who are widely loathed, you’ll see the full wrath of the internet in colorful cross-platform commentary. Echo further transcends existing commenting systems with the incorporation of HTML, photo and video. This appears to be a truly amazing tool for mash up contests, political debates and global events. Tags:#Blogging#web Loux said, “When Robert Scoble saw this his response was, ‘blogging is back’.” Scoble’s own Building 43 project aggregates comments into the Community 43 page from various social media sources using hashtags. However, where Scoble’s community dialogue gets buried as new media comes in, Echo produces a live feed that stays visible with the source material. Chris Saad, VP of Product Strategy and Community, said,”We look for links back to the source page inside tweets/FriendFeed etc and bring in the related conversation – in real time.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Related Posts center_img This evolving stream of truth (good and bad) is about to stare us in the face every time we visit our pages. It will be interesting to see how this will affect blogging as we know it. Do you think bloggers will elevate their game to gain accolades or simply become gratuitously extreme in order to stir conversation? To reserve an Echo subscription, visit the JS-Kit site. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more


Suarez deserves no sympathy at all for his act, says S Kannan

first_imgLuis Suarez is a national hero, whatever he does. When he pumped in two goals against England at the FIFA World Cup, tears trickled down the cheeks of English fans. And now that the Uruguay star has shown his uglier side again, biting Italian Giorgio Chiellini on the shoulder with the delight of a canine, he is still being hailed as a hero at home.They say old habits die hard and, in the case of Suarez, this seems to hold true as his previous ‘bite victims’ Otman Bakkal and Branislav Ivanovic in 2010 and 2013 respectively will testify. Aggression in sport is something which comes naturally. The urge to win can make one do bizarre things as ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson would vouch for when he bit Evander Holyfield’s ear in a professional heavyweight bout in Las Vegas in 1997. In boxing, the urge to punch hard and cause damage to the opponent and win maximum points can be understood.But what causes Suarez to behave like this is hard to comprehend. In football, a rough tackle is a common occurrence, as is striking a player behind the knee to thwart his progress. Yet, the very thought of biting a player and then falling on the ground to show pain in the teeth is bizarre. All this happened in a matter of seconds and nobody knows what precipitated it.Was it a chase for the ball or frustration at not being able to stop Chiellini? Only Suarez can answer that.Luis Suarez is a serial offender who causes nuisance on the field. Mind you, all this was not spotted by referee Marco Rodriguez. It was only after the FIFA disciplinary panel met two days later did it decide to hand Suarez a ninematch ban and a fourmonth forced holiday from the beautiful game.advertisementAs a football fan, what is of utmost concern is how a star player can behave in such a sick manner. To bite in self-defence can be tolerated but not breaking all rules of discipline and sportsmanship and digging one’s teeth into an opponent’s flesh. In Britain, Suarez is now the butt of ridicule. From images of Suarez as ‘Jaws 4’ to shrinks giving their opinions, each one has his or her own take. Yet, the fact remains this is not the time to condemn a player just because he scored against one’s team.Suarez has to be condemned because his act borders on barbarism and could have actually instilled fear in Chiellini as the next time he is on the field in a club game, he may wonder if he’ll again be a victim of biting. Then again, not many would know that the human bite can be as dangerous as that of an animal that has been administered anti-rabies injections.Even as major sponsors like Adidas decide their future course of action with respect to Suarez, his fortunes in club football will take a nosedive. For millions who idolised the star, such acts can never be forgiven, unless you live in Uruguay. The way he has been received at home suggests fellow Uruguayans worship him even after his reckless act.In today’s age of satellite television, the FIFA World Cup is watched globally. Impressionable kids watching Suarez biting a player is a bad advertisement for the game. What’s funny is how Argentine superstar Diego Maradona has come out in defence of Suarez and criticised the ban. I think it’s understandable as Maradona is no role model. From his “Hand of God” act to drinking, doping and drug abuse episodes, each one has shown him as a weak character.So it’s clear Maradona is supporting a man who is guilty of not behaving like a normal human.ASIAN DEBACLEAway from the biting episode, what has come as a disappointment is the way Asian teams have flopped in Brazil. Iran, South Korea, Japan and Australia -none could progress to the Round of 16. It is well known that 60 per cent of the football market is in Asia and most of the funds are mopped up from here. So what is it that has resulted in Asian teams faring badly? If Asian Football Confederation president Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa is to be believed, copying European football had done the damage. Sheikh Salman says the shortcomings are clear and it is a wake-up call for the AFC. The same views have also been aired by Iran’s national coach Carlos Queiroz, a well-respected figure. The former Real Madrid coach says this setup will not work. “You cannot copy Europe because the day you think you are close, they are one step ahead because they also progress,” says Queiroz.advertisementForget what is happening in stronger football teams in Asia, look at India. More and more money is being pumped into the game, or so we are made to believe. The Dutch seem to have taken control of Indian football as from technical director Rob Baan to coach Wim Koevermans, they call the shots.The salaries they earn are mind-boggling and yet Indian football has crashed to abysmal depths. During the last FIFA World Cup India was ranked 142 and now it is 154! Obviously, what Queiroz is saying holds true for India as well. Having “professional” club football at home means nothing with top teams like Churchill Brothers, United SC, Rangdajied FC (Shillong) and Mohammedan Sporting now relegated from the ILeague as they do not fulfill AFC [email protected]last_img read more


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