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Job opportunity: Keep Social Signal’s projects on target

Social Signal is hiring a Web Production Manager: WHO WE ARE: Social Signal puts the web to work for social change, helping organizations turn online communities into a powerful force for progress. And we're looking for a web production manager who will organize our...

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Another Inconvenient clip

Using YouTube, Google Video and other video hosting sites as a way to generate viral buzz (especially from bloggers) for An Inconvenient Truth has been one of the filmmakers' most heads-up moves in a very savvy campaign. Behold the latest trailer:

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Prepare to be spun

If you have a blog, you've had to deal with everything from comment spammers to juvenile flame warriors. Well, brace yourself: your blog may soon pick up a new breed of online pest. According to the folks at Blanton's and Ashton's, paid commenters are now cruising the...

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Web of Change has a new (online) home

Web of Change, the annual gathering of wired change-makers at the Hollyhock Conference Centre, moved into its spiffy new site a few weeks ago. The site builders are Communicopia (say, that's their second mention in as many posts), and the project leader is Sarah...

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Rewarding public-interest programmers

Via Jason at Communicopia, news of a new award for those who create open-source software that helps make the world a better place. Introducing the $10,000 Antonio Pizzigati prize for software in the public interest: The new Antonio Pizzigati Prize for Software in the...

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In Vancouver? Want to blog for a living?

I can't possibly say it better than Alex did at SocialSignal.com: We're thrilled to be working with Vancity on a new online community project that will be unveiled this summer. The project will create an online community where people in the Lower Mainland and Victoria...

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A new entrant in the blog search sweepstakes: Bloglines

It was just a matter of time, but Bloglines has launched its own blog search engine, with feeds for search results. This could be significant; nobody has been able to knock Technorati off its perch yet, but Bloglines comes equipped with a pretty big user base. And for...

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NetSquared: thanks for the music tonight

These guys along with several other very talented folks (including comedian Heather Gold) performed tonight at the NetSquared conference party. (Visit their MySpace page and check out the song Change Tha Nation.) It's hard, awfully damn hard, to perform for a...

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NetSquared, morning sessions: liveblogging

Here are my very rough notes from this morning's sessions at the NetSquared conference. To get more information, or to take part, visit the NetSquared remote conference site. Daniel Ben-Horin There's something going on that isn't incremental, a sea change. In our work...

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Send Sarah Marchildon your best

Yikes: the writer of one of my favourite Vancouver blogs, Sarah Marchildon, has had a bad bike crash and faces a weeks-long recovery. If you've been enjoying her blog as much as I have, why not drop her a line at her blog and wish her a full, speedy recovery?

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DeSmogBlog: blogging versus climate spin

Just a quick plug: a friend of mine, Sarah Pullman, is working on a terrific project, the DeSmogBlog, which aims to combat the corporate PR machine trying to eke out a few more years of rapacity before facing the inevitable climate change music. (Forgive the awkward...

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Welcome, Charity Villagers

The fine folks at Charity Village have just added SpeechList to their directory of online resources for Canadian non-profits. And in turn, I strongly recommend adding Charity Village to your list of regular online check-ins. Whether you're looking for your next...

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