Mayor Menino, Police Commissioner Ed Davis and other city officials gathered at the Milky Way this morning to announce a partnership with Neighbors for Neighbors, a social-networking effort setting up online gathering spots for 18 Boston neighborhoods.
Boston Police are looking for somebody who'd like to design a logo for BPDNews. No money, but they will issue a press release and photo.
The venerable police blog has a new logo and now links to all the other online services Boston Police offer, including crime maps, district e-mail alerts (which seem mostly unused these days), but also YouTube copies of the "Call the Cops" cable show and Neighbors for Neighbors, an effort by former E-13 community liaison Joe Porcelli to build a social network for each of Boston's neighborhoods.
Blue Mass. Group is looking to hire - at least part-time:
... We're looking for someone to help us raise money to build BMG and integrate original reporting and an improved technology platform with the robust debate for which our esteemed commentariat has become famous.
Your job will be to research potential funding supporters, from foundations to individuals, and help prepare and present applications for support. ...
Rather than face an $11,000 fine from the FTC, Rhea Becker comes right out and admits: The people who make Pom pomegranate juice sent her two bottles of their new kiwi and nectarine juices.
And they were awful, she reports: Only when she diluted them with seltzer did they stop overwhelming her with sugar (Ed. note: Hey, what a horrible waste of seltzer!).
Blog Will Hunting is a blog whose authors only discuss "Good Will Hunting." Well, with an occasional digression, such as a photo of Ben Affleck dressed as a T worker.
At Blogtoberfest, starting at 6 p.m. at 28 Degrees in the South End. Free appetizers, even.
CNet reports the Federal Trade Commission is proposing fines of up to $11,000 for bloggers who post reviews of stuff without mentioning they got it for free.
No word if magazines and newspapers that have been writing about free stuff they get from vendors without mentioning that fact for decades now will face the same level of scrutiny as mommy bloggers.
From the stairway to Jones Hill and the fried chicken wings at Mrs. Jones to the diversity of the neighborhood and the varied terrain, Dorchester bloggers are posting lists today of the five things they most adore about their neighborhood. If you have no clue what Dorchester's really about, check 'em out:
The blogosphere opened up the public conversation to new, thoughtful voices, but it should not provide a shield to hide biases and private agendas.
Oh, excuse me, Miss High and Mighty.
Bob Nelson reports on the Boston Radio List that he was listening to Carr on WRKO this afternoon and the car dealer came on down and said:
- He is not the Ernie Boch III, who's calling for a boycott of Carr's advertisers on Blue Mass. Group (and on tried on Red Mass. Group, where the reaction was a bit less friendly).
- Flack Extraordinaire George Regan suggested he hire a private investigator to find out who III really is
- Boch thinks it's somebody at the State House
For trying to help him get out of his contract with WRKO. He hugs them and musses their hair and gives them a friendly "yer momma."
"Ernie Boch III" has been trying to convince Blue Mass. Group readers to boycott advertisers on Howie Carr's radio show (he's even posted a handy list of advertisers and contact info). Must be having some effect: The Herald today fires back with the news that Ernie Boch III is not, in fact, the car dealer (whom the Herald gives space to to complain about the imposter).
The ADORE-chester Project involves ten Dorchester bloggers who will show just how much they enjoy Dorchester on Sunday, Oct. 4, by simultaneously posting their own personal lists of what makes Dorchester special. Whalehead King, one of the organizers, says:
On Tinkering with Urban Mechanics, Sean Bender isn't afraid to visit the giant pear in Edward Everett Square or to recommend events that don't happen anywhere near Copley Square.
I'm emerging from the blogcave up in the mountain fastnesses next Wednesday, to participate in a panel discussion at the Vilna Shul: Are Blogs and Twitter Improving the Dissemination of Information and News?
Dan Kennedy moderates the discussion with Globe innovation columnist Scott Kirsner, Mass. High Tech Editor Doug Banks, HubSpot CTO Dharmesh Shah, and, well, me. Click the link for more details and to register.