Three stories from the web


First comes this story from the Times about a seller suing a buyer for leaving negative feedback. The idea that you could damage someone’s business by leaving negative feedback on eBay or Amazon is not new. This guy seems to be a little obsessive, and doesn’t seem to have a leg to stand on, if the courts react in the way that the readers do in their comments.

It seems a bit rich to say that one negative comment is costing you money. If you can’t stand the heat, and all that.

Also from the Times, an update to the fake story about Steve Jobs having a heart attack. It’s kind of similar, really. On the one hand, a seller with a 98% approval rating obsesses over one unhappy customer’s comments. On the other hand, the market capitalisation of a major technology company is severely damaged by a teenage prank.

Finally, from Wired, comes this rather depressing editorial about how blogging is dead. It’s the video-killed-the-radio-star syndrome. Actually, it’s all about professional journalists and publications muscling in on the cutesy amateur world of blogging.

He’s got a point, some bloggers I read were recently discussing the annoying phenomenon of journalists pretending to be bloggers and then “miraculously” getting a book deal. It takes the fun out of it to see professional writers taking over the show. Wired goes on:

Scroll down Technorati’s list of the top 100 blogs and you’ll find personal sites have been shoved aside by professional ones. Most are essentially online magazines: The Huffington Post. Engadget. TreeHugger. A stand-alone commentator can’t keep up with a team of pro writers cranking out up to 30 posts a day.