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Blogging and Spam November 18, 2011

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Those who blogs , spam is a common encounter. In wordpress , Akismet acts as a guard against all the spams. I was confident on the ability of the Akismet. So far akismet has detected 70881 spam with 98.34% accuracy to my blog and carefully kept it aside froM the approved comments. Earlier I looked at the spams occassionally and satisfied with its performance. Then I overlooked it for long time.

Recently , I peeped into the spams of my blog. I astonished finding hundreds of spams in the row. I also felt puzzled as the spams are written by bloogers or website owners.

I like many of the ‘comments’. These are not like earlier spams that tried to promote porno site or illegal drugs. I startted to approve the spams. I was impressed by the language of the most of the spams.

Several of my days are spent in this menuevre. I had first checked the comments, then looked at the websites, their nature and content. I was rather feeling a sort of satisfaction by the number and contents of the comments.

I had been spending hours to check the ‘comments’. I was feeling worried about my main profession. Am I becoming popular fast? Will I have to leave my profession and more engaged in bloging?.

When I felt exhausted with the load, i want to refresh my understanding of spam. I Iooked at the wikipedia and got a link there for ‘spam in blogging’. I understood that spam not necessarily only means unwanted site or illegal drugs. It also mean electronic messaging without visiting the actual site.

I found that spam in blogging or in internet got a new dimension and bloggers/website owners are using the spam to increase the visit to their blogs/websites.

This is unethical.
I had to erase hundreds of ‘comments’ one by one.

A blogger or website owner shouldn’t adopt this means to increase the traffic.

We consider bloggers a better human being,

An ordinary citizen

Power of Blogging April 24, 2009

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, Blogging.
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I was thinking writing  on this topic one year back as a sequel to my posts ‘Blogging-the beauty of mind’ and Blog,blogging and Bangladesh. Many days have passed and the power of blogging is more obvious than ever.

At present, millions of people have their own blogs , thousands are opening blogs daily. There are many blog platfroms and more are coming up and many people have blogs of their own platform.

People of every subjects are using blogs for expressing their views- no one falling behing. Politicians, scientists, economists, physicians , journalists. 

Recently I have encountered the blog of new Prime  Minister of Malaysia Najib Tun Razak who also maintains a twitter in his blog. Opposition leader Anwer also has his own blog.

The TV presenters who like to have a constant contact with audiances have blogs to get the feedback from them. CNN AC360 degree maintans a very popular blog of this nature.

Newspapers also has set their electronic edition in such a way that the readers can comment on each news like blogs. Some newspapers also open blogs to engage the readers in collective blogging under their guidance. Prothom Alo from Bangladesh started such a blog recently.

Many activists take up the blog to persue their ideals. Blogs are better media for expressing differences more staightway.  It does not need to compromise on contents like that of traditional media. Bloggers are therefore not only drawing the attention of the viewers but it also drawinng the rath of the repressive governments.  Bloggere are now threatened; blogs are closed down or obstructed from viewing; blogggers are arrested and tortured. Very recently an young Iranian blogger died in the jail.

That day is not far away, when every literate man/woman will have a blog where he/she would express  views, discuss intersts and keep contact with  friends and relatives.

The writers will  write their novels and stories in their blogs,likewise the journalists will write  columns, scientists will disclose their ideas, physians will share his experience and politicians will keep contact with the people through their blogs.

Blogs will be powerful expression of the opinion of the people on current affairs and on state policies. The role of blogs is felt in geting information regarding BDR mutiny in Bangladesh. Inquisitives searched  the blogs for more ready information. In narrating the incident the blogs beutifully interwined the social media (face book ) and twitter with its own content.

In future, editors will buy the articles and columns from the blogs of the journlaists, the publishers will contact the writers after a glipse of content in the blog, the scienctists will be invited to the conferences depending on the articles published and link cited in their blogs.

We are approaching to the age of the blogging.

An ordinary citizen

BDR ‘mutiny’: Role of media March 8, 2009

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, BDR mutiny, Blogging, Media.
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‘Mutiny’ in the Pilkhana caught everybody surprised. No one ever imagined such an event to be happened in Bangladesh .

People close to the Pilkhana, the high ups who were informed by the victims themselves and close relatives of endangered officers were probably the first persons who were heard or informed of the sitaution.

Most of the people knew the fact when the electronic media started to telecast the incident live. From then on People were virtually glued to the media and were following the progress of the incident.

The first interview with the mutineers was by Munni Shaha on ATN close to a BDR gate where more than half a dozen of the mutineers, some of them masked tried to express their grievances in a haphazard way. It is said afterwords that this interview and some of the others in the first day glorify the demands of the mutineers.

Probably in an oblique reference to these telecasts, the Information Minister urged the jourrnalists to play their role more responsibly.

But as a whole, electronic media tried to convey the real-time phenomenon to the viewers. The telecast not only gave an idea about what was going on around the incident in Philkhana, the footage recorded by them will also be of help to identify the criminals and to follow the course of events.

The web media also make the issue lively in the internet. Bloggers, social networkers and web hosters discussed the different aspect of the issue, projected pictures, audios and videos and expressed their opinion unhindered. The web this time attract more young viewers than the print media and presented more information and thoughts.

It looks that the Bangladesh web media will be more vibrant with increased number of visitors in future. One advantage of web media is that there is scope for every visitor to participate in the discussion and it is so interactive which is not so with the print media or tv channels.

With time web media will be more popular and more representative.

An ordinary citizen

Media not necessarily reflect the opinion of the people May 28, 2008

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We have a common impression that media reflects the opinion of the people. It is not necessarily so.
Media represents a group of people who hold the privilege to express the opinion on any subject in the name of people. The people neither nominate them nor they seek permission from the people. (more…)

Developing alternatives to conventional media May 9, 2008

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I was listening to a talk show few days back where the chairman of Public Service Commission, was telling that the survey they have conducted on quota system for Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) has been given to the journalists and it was hoped that the journalists would summarize and discuss it in the papers and TV channels. (more…)

Blog, blogging and Bangladesh February 9, 2008

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, Blogging, TECHNOLOGY.
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Blog is one of the best way of expressions of one’s thoughts and ideas. There are more than a million bloggers now in the internet and it is increasing day by day. Bangladeshis are also becoming gradually involved in blogging. Though it is more popular in the young but the olders are also taking interest.

Though many of the bloggers are from abroad but more bloggers from home are also participating in the exercise.

Blog is the bridge among people beyond the boundary of a country. (more…)

Blogging- the beauty of mind January 8, 2008

Posted by bdoza in Blogging, TECHNOLOGY.
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You can identify blogging with anything and everything.

Blogging may be a diary- description of one’s daily rituals, or recoding of one’s own thinking. It may be an album – collection of pictures that one is impressed by or pictures that one like to share with others.

Blogging may be the exposition of one’s secret life which in no other way one can express. It may be collection of information on any subject from health to climate which one likes to disseminate to others. (more…)