Archive for the 'The Blogosphere' Category

Feb 22 2006

Half White-collars Keep Blogs, Privacy Top Theme

Blogging has increasingly become more popular in China, with 52% of white-collar workers now keeping weblogs (blogs) according to CBP Career Consultants Co., Ltd., a leading career consulting firm in China.

Pictures from the Web log of a woman from Shanghai who goes by the pseudonym Mu Mu.
Unlike western bloggers who often focus on news and politics, the Chinese white collar bloggers see complaining alongside office and personal gossip as their priorities, according to the survey.

According to the findings of a blogging survey conducted by CBP among white-collar workers in China’s four largest cities – Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen – 52% responded they already had a blog, while another 28% said they plan to begin a blog in the near future.

“Weblogs have become the fourth online channel for Chinese people to communicate with each other, following email, bulletin board systems (BBS) and instant messaging tools such as QQ and MSN Messenger,” Bian Bingbin, President and Chief Career Consultant with CBP Career Consultants, told Interfax Monday. “Blogging is now a lifestyle habit for more and more Chinese white-collar workers, with a majority updating their blogs once every three days on average,” he said.

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Feb 15 2006

Download The Virtual Handshake FREE!

Download The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Online by David Teten and Scott Allen FREE!

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Nov 14 2005

ATA 46th Annual Conference

I presented Targeting and Profiling Customers and Vendors Online for the second time, this time at the American Translators Association (ATA) ATA 46th Annual Conference in Seattle on Saturday. The presentation was well attended and well received. Among the members of audience where my friends, Beatriz Bonnet, president of Syntes Language Group in Denver and Christine Egwuonwu, senior project manager of Commgap in Salt Lake City. I also met Christine’s husband for the first time.

Two members of the audience who came to the front of the room to introduce themselves after my presentation really stood out: Sandra Alboum, owner of Alboum & Associates in Arlington and Natalia Jimenez, managing director of Eurologos in San Jose. Both of them noted my need for Italian-English and Italian-Spanish translators by looking closely at the screen grabs of my social networking software (SNS) profiles during the presentation and each of them came forward to recommend one. They’re either naturals at networking or quick studies!

Another member of the audience, Virginia Anderson of Canvas Dreams in Beaverton, Oregon, pointed out, during the customer relationship management (CRM) portion of the presentation, that her husband, David Anderson, had built ContacTracker, hosted CRM solution.

After the presentation, I had the pleasure of dining with ATA Translation Company Division (TCD) assistant administrator, Ellen Boyar, translation manager of Thomson Scientific in Philadelphia, past ATA TCD administrator Linda Gauthier, COO of BG Communications International in Montreal and Greg Churilov, president of Effective Translations in Buenos Aires. We talked about money, politics, religion and sex. We are now closer than ever. Remember, networking is about building relationships and building relationships is personal.

To top off a great networking weekend, on my way home, I met up with the same Southwest Airlines flight attendant I first met on my trip home from the ATA TCD 6th Annual Conference in Philadelphia where, coincidentally, I first presented Targeting and Profiling Customers and Vendors Online last April. I recognized her first and reintroduced myself. She remembered me, my book, Vacation Spanish, and the flight we were on when we first met.

On my flight to Seattle I had met a linguist, author and speaker, Don Richardson (who was also traveling to Seattle to speak,) who, as a Christian missionary in far flung places across the globe, has documented types of Christ woven into the languages and cultures of the peoples among whom he has lived and worked and has written a number of books on the subject. Don told me a couple of compelling stories that aroused my curiosity. I now look forward to reading one or more of his books. I hope to stay in touch with him and his lovely wife, Carol, who was traveling with him to give a solo singing performance in Seattle.

For those of you who missed my presentation, and for those of you who would like to review it, I’m sorry I didn’t consent to have it recorded on the DVD the ATA made of this year’s conference presentations. I promise I’ll do it next time. In the meantime, you can download Targeting and Profiling Customers and Vendors Online.ppt or read Targeting and Profiling Customers and Vendors Online, the first in a series of articles on the subject published in the ATA TCD newsletter (the second one is due out later this month.) I also recommend reading CustomerCentric Selling by Michael T. Bosworth, author of Solution Selling, and The Virtual Handshake by my good friend, online business networking guru, Scott Allen, and Never Eat Alone by master networker Keith Ferrazzi. See also: Blogger, Bloglines, Ecademy,, Hoovers, LinkedIn, openBC, Plaxo, Ryze,, SugarCRM, TypePad and WordPress.

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Jun 09 2005

Common Sense Advisory Launches Global Watchtowerâ„¢ Blog

Common Sense Advisory, Inc., an independent research and consulting firm, announces the launch of the Global Watchtowerâ„¢, a blog-like forum for sharing its commentary and assessment of globalization- or global business-related press releases and announcements.

The Global Watchtower™ contains entries from Don DePalma, author of the premier book on business globalization, “Business Without Borders: A Strategic Guide to Global Marketing,” and Renato Beninatto, longtime language industry expert who is known as the go-to resource for translation and localization.

Visit Common Sense Advisory’s Global Watchtowerâ„¢ for commentary on the latest business globalization news or to submit a news item for consideration. Analysts review events, press releases, or issues – and assess their importance using the patented three-habañero scale. Visitors can add the Global Watchtowerâ„¢ to their RSS readers or feeds.

Source: Common Sense Advisory press release

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Apr 27 2005

Vacation Spanish Blog

The Vacation Spanish Blog was published yesterday. The URI is Please feel free to add your comments.

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Apr 26 2005

Christopher Hurtado’s Blog

Christopher Hurtado’s Blog was published yesterday.

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Jan 18 2005

Beginner’s Guide to Business Blogging

The what, why, and how of business blogging, by business blog expert, DEBBIE WEIL. Normally $29, ChangeThis brings you the entire report for free until January 25th. Don’t miss it!

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Hat tip: Online Business Networks

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Jan 04 2005

The State of Blogging

By the end of 2004 blogs had established themselves as a key part of online culture. Two surveys by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in November established new contours for the blogosphere: 8 million American adults say they have created blogs; blog readership jumped 58% in 2004 and now stands at 27% of internet users; 5% of internet users say they use RSS aggregators or XML readers to get the news and other information delivered from blogs and content-rich Web sites as it is posted online; and 12% of internet users have posted comments or other material on blogs. Still, 62% of internet users do not know what a blog is.

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Hat tip: Smart Mobs

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Jan 03 2005

Souped-Up Blog Takes South Korea By Storm

Blogs, short for Web logs, were the talk of the Net in 2004, so much so tha Merriam-Webster Online named “blog” 2004’s word of the year, based on the number of times it was looked up on the company’s online dictionary.

In Europe and the United States, the market for blogging software is splintered, and no company has a dominant position. But in South Korea, SK Communications’ Cyworld unit has turned a kind of souped-up, community-oriented blogging software into a runaway hit called Cyworld.

Eleven million South Koreans now have a Cyworld “mini-hompy,” or mini home page. This is nearly a quarter of the overall population and a third of the country’s online population. SK Comunications says that about 79 percent of Cyworld users are in their 20s or 30s. In November, the Cyworld Web site attracted 16.8 million unique visits, according to KoreanClick, a research concern, which also estimated that 90 percent of South Koreans in their 20s were members of Cyworld.

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Hat tips: Smart Mobs

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Dec 06 2004

The ‘Blog’ Revolution Sweeps Across China

It took a chance online encounter between a software engineer from Shanghai and a teacher in a remote province of China to start shaking up the power balance between the people and the government of the world’s most populous nation.

In August 2002, Isaac Mao, who worked at the Shanghai office of the chip maker Intel, was one of only a handful of people in China who had heard the word “blog”. A regular web surfer, he was fascinated by the freedom these online journals gave to ordinary people to publish both their own and their readers’ views online.

Surfing the US website, Mao was thrilled to find Zheng Yunsheng, a teacher at a technical school in Fujian province. He left a message on Zheng’s blog, and two weeks later Mao and Zheng started, China’s first online discussion forum about blogging technology and culture.

They soon gathered a small but devoted group of participants, many of whom went on to develop the technology that makes blogging possible for China’s half-a-million bloggers.

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Hat tip: Going Global

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Dec 02 2004

Bloglines Welcomes the World

With the increasing use of RSS on blogs and other sites, feed aggregators are gaining in popularity. That’s why Bloglines has gone international, it announced Wednesday.

The Redwood City, Calif., company now includes language-specific versions of its Web site in order to accommodate the millions of bloggers and readers around the world who use RSS (define) feeds or search online for the latest news and opinions in the blogosphere.

Six languages are currently hosted on — traditional Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. Founder and CEO Mark Fletcher said Italian and several other languages will soon make an appearance.

According to the Computer Industry Almanac, there are nearly 935 million Internet users. The predominantly English-speaking counties make up little more than one-quarter of the total Internet user population. For the rest of the world, countries like China (10.68 percent), Japan (8.35 percent) and Germany (4.48 percent), English isn’t the native tongue.

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Note: Bloglines is my RSS aggregator of choice.

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Nov 28 2004

Digital Web Interviews Matt Mullenweg

Read an interview of Matt Mullenweg, lead developer of WordPress, on which the Linguistic Solutions Blog runs thanks to Matt himself (who created the template to match the Linguistic Solutions Web site) and our mutual friend, Scott Allen (who installed WordPress on the Linguistic Solutions Web server). Thanks again, guys!

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Nov 27 2004

The ‘Blog’ Revolution Sweeps Across China

In the current Chinese cyberspace, bloggers may not be as loud as their American counterparts. But they are potentially certainly no less subversive to the dominant paradigm. Hope will be born from their whispers.

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Nov 24 2004

Blogger Goes Multilingual

Blogger web-logging service, which was acquired by Google Inc. last year when it bought the service’s creator, Pyra Labs Inc., has broken away from its English-only status. Blogger is now available in nine other languages: Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, French, Italian, Spanish, German and Brazilian Portuguese. This first phase of the service’s internationalization involves key Blogger sections, such as its sign-in and account pages. Translation of the Blogger posting interface is to follow.

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Oct 29 2004

Beware the CEO Blog

Beware the CEO blog,” says Seth Godin. Since Seth Godin isn’t up for comments on his blog, this CEO with a sense of candor, urgency, timeliness, pithiness, controversy, and utility will post his comments here and invite yours and Seth Godin’s in return. “My work in the world is about sharing and acquiring knowledge globally, through the awesome power of languages and technology…” (from my life plan). That’s why I founded Linguistic Solutions. That’s why I started the Linguistic Solutions Blog.

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