Pre-holiday catching-up-with-the-blogs edition, carefully selected for easy beach reading.
- Much discussion of Facebook’s new Platform application. Todd Zeigler and The Good Doctor Rosenblatt think it’s a potential game-changer, but Donna Bogatin’s more skeptical.
- More fallout from Monday’s Post story on Democratic dominance online: Patrick Ruffini vs. Mike Turk (watch out man, Mike’s all kung fu and shit). On a related note, Do Conservative Bloggers Want to Counter Liberals?
- Payola, blog-style. A helpful how-to guide to corruption.
- The Netroots And War-Funders. Dems: “lying whore[s]” or “avatars of ‘learned helplessness?'”
- Whew, how about something more pleasant, like some nice practical tips? First, Best Practices of Online Strategies (via Patrick Ruffini), and next let’s learn to Make Internet TV (via the Idealware newsletter).
- Google buys Feedburner, apparently en route to buying everthing else. But did the company buy the PDF conference? Donna Bogatin says yes, and Eric Frenchman thinks she’s dead wrong.
- There’s still time to vote for Hillary’s song! (I knew you were worried.) Oh, and now she’s collecting email addresses, unlike at first.
- Social media meets groceries. Mmmmmmm, groceries.
- Online politics with an Australian accent. Let’s toss that Internet strategy on the barbie for a bit.
- A couple of good Blog P.I. articles: The Google Bombing Campaign of 2008, and All Political Consultants are Stupid (a more-skeptical take on cable tv advertising).
- On the virtues of organizing people rather than information.
- Dueling maps of the political blogosphere from Beltway Blogroll and The Politico. Notice anything missing?
- Some info on the weird Ron Paul online boomlet: NPR on Ron Paul and Games Ron Paul Supporters Play.
- And finally, the nerdiest way to spend your holiday: Make-It-Yourself ‘Star Wars’ (via Micropersuasion).
Have a good weekend, kids. And stay off my damn lawn!