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Moving…

I’m stopping this blog. It was mostly an experiment to see how fast a blog could become popular, and it worked amazingly well. I was hitting well over 1000 uniques a day after the first day, and the traffic maintained for quite some time. My new blog is at peteroliver.wordpress.com (I’m Peter Oliver, btw. ;) ) It focuses mostly on web 2.0 and emerging trends, so feel free to check it out.

Thanks for the good times.

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Legal videos for your new iPod!

So you’ve come out of Christmas with a beautiful iPod that just happens to play video. Now you just need some videos to play on it! If you’re a regular visitor you may have seen the post on ways to get video onto your iPod. It has a lot of information on conversion programs and sites offering torrents of videos and shows that may or may not be legal to download depending on your location in the world. (Go ahead and assume it’s illegal unless you are in France.)

But perhaps you aren’t the kind of person who breaks the law. You want some good sources for legal video content, and you want them to be easy. Well, we’ve got you covered!

PodGuide.tv
“Podguide.tv is a new guide to the best video content available for the video iPod. Each week we’ll bring you our latest finds, handpicked from thousands of websites and RSS feeds, and categorized to make it easy to find something to suit your viewing tastes. Each has a “subscribe with iTunes” button that makes it simple to download videos and transfer them to your iPod.”

They also have an excellent list of other directories. We highly suggest you check it out, as we aren’t going to list sites from there, here. (at least that’s the plan).

Public Domain Torrents
Public Domain Torrents is an amazing site that has torrents of hundreds of public domain movies available in ready to play video iPod format. There’s not much more that can be said about this site, other than I hope you keep seeding your downloads from here when you have your video completed.

Free iPod Videos
“We provide a large database of quality videos that are completely free and 100% compatible with your iPod. Our site’s content for all videos is updated in real time via RSS feeds. As of now, there is no real standard for shows or videos being published on the web, but we only allow m4v videos.”

Video Blog Map
“VlogMap.org is an online resource which shows where participating vloggers are located around the world, along with links to key information about their video blogs. Anyone can submit info to VlogMap.org to be listed on the map, as long as you run a video blog.”

Free iPod Movies
This is an interesting site, and we’re not entirely sure if that’s a good thing. It does have a lot of information, though it’s strangely organized. Scroll to the bottom of the main page and there are a lot of links to pod/vid casts and their respective feeds.

Those are some of the best we came across. If you have any suggestions, please comment. We will be making a new list as soon as we see an influx of legal iPod video sites. So hit us up with your input.

Massive WordPress.com Spam

UPDATE
I received an email from Donncha on the WordPress.com team. They responded extremely quickly to the problem (turns out there was more than just that one blog).

The email read:

“We took care of the problem and we do have anti-spam measures in place.
Currently, the best place to report spam sites is through the feedback
form in your wp-admin backend. About 6 other people did so and since
feedback mails are always monitored it was quickly dealt with.

Thanks for being proactive, please report other spam blogs as you find them!”

Mad props to WordPress.com.

Original Post

Well this is certainly interesting. Upon logging into my WordPress.com account, I was greeted by quite a mess. The Dashboard on WordPress.com shows us the most popular and most recent posts from around the wordpress-dot-com-oh-sphere. The most recent section was (and still is) filled with posts by one iWilliam102.

You can see a screenshot here.

All of the links on all of the posts point to tires.321-info.com (but don’t go there, as Donncha on the wordpress.com team points out, why help his page rank?).

WordPress.com really needs to work to make sure it does not become the BlogSpot (or as some say, SplogSpot) of the new web. It’s an amazing service and hopefully will stay that way when they figure out this problem.

Hopefully the WordPress.com team can sort this out and figure out a way to prevent it from happening in the future, considering this post:

WordPress.com FAQ – Adsense and other Ads
“We currently don’t allow Adsense or other JS ad code on the site, though we probably will in the future. However right now it is keeping sploggers (spam bloggers) from exploiting WP.com and only a few legit users have asked for it.

We’ll announce when you’ll be able to add Adsense or Yahoo or Chitika to your templates.

We have a very low tolerance for blogs created purely for search engine optimization or commercial purposes, machine-generated blogs, and will continue to nuke them, so if that’s what you’re interested in WP.com is not for you.”

One of the comments made to that post is as follows: “How about some flagging or reporting system for wordpress.com blogs which are found to be created for just seo or false clicking??”

I would suggest that it be taken a step further and made so any blog that is subject to a large number of reports by other wordpress.com members is automatically disabled temporarily while the owner is notified. It’s a shoot first, ask questions later attitude, but in the world of online marketing and spam, it’s just about all we have got.