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May 6
Tracking A Healthy Epidemic: The Link Leak Virus Explained
Domino Effect.jpgHere is some top-secret information I've uncovered regarding the Link Leak Virus.

Name: Virusicus Linkilikus, AKA "The Link Leak Virus" (or LLV for the acronym-obsessed).

History: See Martin Neumann's excellent summary.

Symptoms: Healthy pleasure in linking to high-quality resources on a regular basis; lack of selfishness and highmindedness; confidence that blog readers will return if fed good links regularly.

Treatment: There is no reliable way to treat this highly contagious virus.  Some have hypothesized that the only way to eradicate the Link Leak Virus is to re-emphasize to bloggers that a blogger's blog is her castle, and that therefore all who enter must be subject to her words and her words only, without any outlinking of any kind.

Disclaimer: The information above is meant with a dash of humor and not to be taken seriously as a notice of any physically harmful virus :).  Also, the more a person succumbs to this powerful virus, the more he envisions the Web as a tool to connect  people, rather than to disconnect them.  Truth be told, I wish all people were infected with LLV.  Especially corporate bloggers who think their business blog is the only resource worth linking to.

Now go spread a little link leakin' love while you gear up for Blogtipping Day on June 1st, 2006!

May 3
Does Your Blog/Company/Idea Deserve A Wikipedia Entry?
Yesterday I created a Wikipedia entry for blogtipping in order to help others understand how and why to blogtip, but it's probably going to be deleted because it doesn't (yet) meet Wikipedia's criteria for publication.  I didn't know how the process worked and now that I do, I'm happy to see the entry deleted.  However, I believe that in a few months' time, when hundreds more of you have gone blogtipping and can vouch for its significance, it will deserve a (small) place in the annals of Web history at the greatest Wiki of all.

My question for you is, what ideas, blogs, companies do you have or work with that you think deserve a place at Wikipedia?  What ideas are you working on that are important enough to someday be remembered by many as genuinely inspiring?  (Hey, if Janice Myint likes it, how inane could it be?)

After my lesson-learning at Wikipedia yesterday and today, I recommend that you think twice before creating an article referencing your corporate blog, a meme you've created or even a simple explanation of your business.  However, there are many other places to stand on your soapbox and spread the good word about your work.

I'd be happy to hear your experiences with Wikipedia or other places where the importance of blogs, memes and other things is evaluated.  What do you think would be the tipping point for blogtipping to merit a place at Wikipedia?
May 2
Update: First Blogtipping Day A Fun, Tip-Filled Success
I was amazed at how many of you - and your friends, and even their friends - went blogtipping with me yesterday.  The Technorati "blogtipping" tag, which lay dormant prior to this grand experiment, now boasts links to several excellent, thoughtful, fun blogtipping exploits.  Here's an incomplete list of May 1, 2006 blogtippers and blogtippees.  Thank you for participating!

Blogtipping Honor Roll, May 1, 2006:
Liz Strauss
Liz Thompson
Mike Barlow
Martin Neumann
Mike Sansone
Phil Gerbyshak
Tom Vander Well
Greg Balanko-Dickson
Joseph Thornley
Chris Clarke

Let's make next Blogtipping Day, June 1st (it's the first day of every month), even more special.  Do you think I should offer prizes?  What would you do if you were in my shoes, watching the surprisingly quick viral spread of a decent idea?  How would you capitalize on it in order to benefit the greatest number of people?

Learn more about blogtipping:
May 1, 2006 - the first Blogtipping Day
How to go blogtipping
Technorati index of posts tagged "blogtipping"
May 1
Blogtipping Day: Tip Your Fellow Blogger
It's Blogtipping Day!  The first calendar day of each month will be a special day for sneaking up behind three other bloggers and giving them each three good compliments and a gentle "tip."  If they happen to fall over, that's just part of the fun!  And hopefully a good habit of reaching out to encourage someone else will prevail.

So it's time for me to go blogtipping.  I'll spare my fifty-plus Know More Media colleagues, as they're always hearing my feedback anyway.

Darren Rowse:
1 - Your blog optimization is impeccable, and it shows in your careful site design.
2 - You have a knack for spurring fruitful conversations - few blogs get more comments per post than yours does.
3 - You clearly want to help others prosper at blogging as you have been able to do, and your posts reflect that humble willingness to share your blogging wisdom.
Tip - It's not easy to blogtip a Hall of Fame blogger like you - you do everything so well - but I would simply suggest that you look at possible changes to your layout.  I think it's fine the way it is, but you could always test it for a week with a third column on the right for the b5media blog links, for example, or with a slightly different color/font scheme.  Although I've grown fond of the ProBlogger yellow look ... anyway, you're an inspiration to me and therefore to all the KMM bloggers, Darren.

Paul Chaney:
1 - Like Darren Rowse, you blog with such positive energy and avoid bashing other bloggers.  (That's actually a more common phenomenon than many people might think.)
2 - Your writing style is very enjoyable - I think a lot of people probably don't pick up on your subtle wordplays, puns, and clear analogies as much as I do.  Just wanted you to know I notice!
3 - You pick great topics for your posts - quite often you put a totally new spin on an old subject or ask a question that gets the rest of us thinking in a new way about something.
Tip - Keep doing profiles of small and large business blogs - I miss that ongoing series about 52 weeks / 52 blogs.  Let me know if you're still doing that, I really enjoyed it!  Your experience with blog consulting makes you an expert on what works and what doesn't for professional blogs.

Amy Gahran:
1 - Your sidebar at Contentious is so addicting and downright useful.  So many goodies to choose from!
2 - I love that you openly share your feedreading list with the world.  I've been meaning to do that myself, but I need to make sure I don't mix business feeds with random personal feeds (and I suppose I could cut out all my crazy ego feeds so people wouldn't have to wade through them to get to the good stuff :)).
3 - You're very good at pointing out nitpicky things about writing, commenting, problems with blog tools, and other such minutiae.  I really enjoy that because it teaches me to be specific in my blogging - not just to gloss over a topic, but to drill down into it.  That's where the greatest benefit to you and the reader emerges.
Tip - Put the phonetic spelling of your last name in your blog masthead.  Kidding, kidding!  I just think it's funny that we bloggers can know each other so well from such a distance and then not know how to even pronounce each other's names (poor Darren - it took me forever to learn how to pronounce Rowse).  My real blogtip for you would be to consider maxing out your tags for the three blogs you have claimed in Technorati.  It'll let you put up to twenty, and it's one more free way to guide people to your blogs organically.

Whew!  Blogtipping is addictive!

Read more about blogtipping:
Blogtipping Day
My first three blogtipping "victims"
Technorati index of posts tagged "blogtipping"

Are you an unsuspecting blogtippee?  Please leave your feedback below (and get the new cocomment Firefox extension while you're at it!).
Apr27
Announcement: May 1, 2006 Will Be Blogtipping Day
Cow.jpgCalling all sentient bloggers: Monday, May 1, 2006 will be Blogtipping Day.  (Perhaps the first Monday of each month can be Blogtipping Day - let me know what you think.)

What's blogtipping?  It's where you forget yourself for a few minutes and think about another blogger.  It's a win-win.  All you do is this: Say three nice things and offer one simple tip.

Still confused?  Here's an example: "Hey Johnny, I like your shoes, your hair and your teeth - maybe you could also put on some deodorant!"  See, you've already done this sort of thing your whole life.  Why should your blog stay so stiff and serious that you can't go blogtipping once in a while?

So, on Monday, May 1st, please choose three of your favorite bloggers - really, anyone you want to encourage - and give each one a good blogtipping.  Please tag the post with the "blogtipping" tag so Mama Technorati can keep a growing record of our collective forays into blogtipping..

I went blogtipping yesterday and Liz Strauss, Jeremiah Owyang, Trevor Cook, Mike Sigers and Mike Sansone all liked the idea.  It's much safer than cowtipping, by the way, and you won't get in trouble for doing it publicly.  Shouldn't, anyway.

Remember: From small things come great things.

P.S. There are no prizes for blogtipping and no penalties for not blogtipping - only sweet satisfaction for the willing and dark remorse for the recalcitrant.  (I couldn't resist.)

P.P.S.  Be careful - you just might get blogtipped!

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