Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Which World Leader Has Open Blog Comments?

President Ahmadinejad has not got a reputation as the most liberal world leader, in fact Iran tries to censor the internet by blocking access to foreign websites.

But his own very public blog allows comments from unregistered users, which means that like on this blog you get the mob making comments. He has comment moderation but it is (as here) pretty liberal. John Jacobs from the USA tells Mahmoud “I hate you. You are retarted. That simple, mentally retarted”. More intelligently another American posts a comment “I think you are an evil leader. Freedom and tolerance are necessities in this day and age, and the fact that your country kills intellectuals, journalists, minorities, etc. is horrible and deeply disturbing. People say America is so horrible, but you can live in whatever fashion you want to, and if the government does something you dont like then we can protest. Our government is great because it is of the people, for the people and by the people. Change your ways.”

In contrast as an experiment (after discovering that they were using payroll astro-turfers) Guido has been joining Downing Street Ministerial webchats on and off for months and posting polite pointed but critical questions to the likes of Ed Balls and other ministers. Not once has a single question got through, yet Guido can post critical comments on the Iranian president’s blog freely.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Stat-Porn : Give Guido the Crown Back Iain

Normal service has returned, Guido has got the crown back from Iain, with 305,624 unique visitors making 423,598 page loads last month. More people visited Guido than any other comparable political website.

The biggest referrers are (in order) Iain, ConservativeHome and PoliticalBetting. As Big Media becomes more blog-centric it is interesting to see how they are faring comparatively – it implies their relative traffic. The BBC is the biggest source of Big Media traffic from their politics pages and the Newsnight site. They are followed by the Times and the Speccie courtesy of Comment Central and Coffee House.

This suggests that Ben Brogan, Sky’s Boulton & Co and the Telegraph political blogs are critical but not box office successes – yet. For what it is worth, Guido suspects the Telegraph is making the same mistake that the Guardian made with CiF – too many bloggers. Successful blogs need strong personalities and a clear voice. Readers faced with multiple authors and too many choices of variable and unknown quality decide to click on what they know best, rather than waste time clicking on the unknown. There is a time cost to information overload even when “comment is free”.

The other pressing question is, are these blogs commerically sensible? Paying journalists to write on low traffic blogs is not a commercially sustainable model. Politics is not popular outside the political elite, far more people watch Sky Sports than Sky News, Murdoch runs the latter as a loss leader. With losses at the Guardian, Telegraph and Indy’s online operations continuing to mount without end, the penny will drop with proprietors eventually. Big Media can do it, can do it well even, but who will pay the elephant to dance?

On that note, Guido would like to thank his advertisers this month for their support and contribution to profits.

Amazon – The Bumper Book of Labour Sleaze will fit in a Christmas stocking.
Anne Summers – Get your sexy Christmas stockings, and something for her as well.
Argos Online – They deliver toys.
Backlash – Kinky libertarians.
Betfair – Clegg or Huhne? Place your bets.
18 Doughty Street – See you next year in your new form.
eBay – For everything.
Hamleys – Forgotten that present for your Godchild?
La Senza – Christmas is coming.
Laithwaites – Booze to the door.
Lastminute – Go Ski, go Caribbean.
Norwich Union – Socially responsible, unlike Guido.
Total Recall – That Alastair Darling ad was the best of the month.
War on Want – Have a right on, ethical winter festival.
Westminster Live – Studios overlooking Parliament.

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Good Week, Good Night

Guido is looking forward to going off to the panto with young Ms Fawkes tomorrow, which should be almost as much fun as UK politics.

It has been nice to see Vince Cable openly attacking the leader of another party, as opposed to attacking his own for the last few year(s). According to GMTV he has the ambition to dance on Strictly Come Dancing, expect to see Bruce Forsyth staggering with a stab wound soon…

It has also been great fun to see Yates (and Guido) get a second round of Labour funding sleaze to go after. This time with a bit of luck somebody will do time. It is fascinating to see it being blamed on Levy and Blair by Labour MPs. Labour MPs who only a few months ago were denying Levy and Blair were guilty of any wrong doing.

Enjoyed the new Telegraph blogs, one of which bemoanedwhere are the bloggers on Donorgate?, before elsewhere cutting and pasting Guido’s copy of that Wendy letter without attribution. You saw it here first, there later, so the answer to their question is, “ahead of the Telegraph”.

Mad Mel and others now talk darkly of anti-semitism. When Guido was kicking Prescott when he was down it was blamed on class snobbery, mocking Melissa Kite was misogyny – so what was Guido guilty of when he was slagging Blair? Sorry, in reality Guido is an equal opportunities piss taker.

Predictions for next week; more people will be discovered to have been “in the know”, therefore more people will have been part of a cover-up, we will re-focus on the fact that at £30 billion and rising the taxpayers are in for £1,000 each to Northern Rock as the property market goes south. Can it really get any worse for Brown next week? It will if Guido has a hand in it…

Monday, November 19, 2007

Iain Dale Wins Party Selection

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Stat-Porn for Blog Voyeurs

Top ten identifiable organisations loafing on the blog (in order) : Houses of Parliament, BBC, Oxford Uni, Cambridge Uni, CCHQ, GLA, News International, Associated newspapers and Manchester Uni.

Dale will be chuffed that he has smashed Guido traffic-wise this month as a result of all his top lists linkages. Guido had a mere 364,825 pageloads from 279,709 unique visitors. Dale is clearly trying too hard – Guido will still not be working the weekends regardless.

The most popular stories in October were about Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley at Tory party conference, Indy-gate and our new hero MP. Hard news values triumph here…

UPDATE : Sam Coates brags that ConservativeHome had 697,797 page views from 298,834 unique visitors, Iain that he had 519,104 from 276,072, the obssessive anoraks at Mike Smithson’s PoliticalBetting.com re-loaded 1,560,751 times from an undisclosed number of visitors. Guido would guess that would be from a similar quarter-of-a-million or so individual visitors. No willy waving yet from the other big swinging dicks of the political blogosphere, Slugger and Anthony Wells of Polling Report or any of the main left-of-centre political bloggers. Would be very interesting to know how Boulton & Co, Danny Finkelstein and Ben Brogan measure up with the backing of their Big Media sites behind them…

UPATE II : Da Fink has exposed himself to Guido – Comment Central had 303,047 page views from 176,015 unique visitors. His biggest post this month was about Richard Dawkins and the Jews.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Ali Campbell Complains About the Blogosphere

“The blogosphere is very right wing at the moment. We need more voices out there to counter it” he told 200 mugs who had paid hard cash (£15) to hear Campbell plug his book - “perfect for Dad for Christmas” at a fringe event last night.

Chris Hope in the Telegraph agrees: it is the right-wing blogs that are shaping coverage in the dead-tree-press.
We know the ususal Tory suspects he is talking about – Guido Fawkes, Iain Dale and Tim Montgomerie’s. There are left-wing blogs like LabourHome but they seem to lack the spikiness and must-read edge of Guido, for example.

After a lot of thought about this, Guido has come to a simple conclusion as to why British left-wing blogs are unsuccessful. It is not because Labour is in government. It is because they are boring.

Monday, September 10, 2007

When Commissioned Polls Go Wrong

Dods, the parliamentary publisher, has been around for 170 years and the 21st century seems a bit bewildering for them. Well aware that political blogs are eating them for breakfast, they commissioned an ICM/Dods poll to ascertain what is going on. They already knew that the leading political blogs have far more readers, so they decided to find out what the all-important MPs read online. The news was not what they wanted to hear, so Guido is happy to give it a bit of extra publicity..

MPs are :- % Aware of % Use
Conservative Home 49 27
Guido Fawkes 45 14
Iain Dale 43 13
The House Magazine 41 8
Recess Monkey 22 3

Their flagship publication is the venerable House Magazine, which they have up until now claimed is “Independently identified as the most read weekly publication within the Palace of Westminster.” According to their own research, whilst MPs are roughly equally aware of the leading blogs and that parliament’s trade magazine is online, they are three times as likely to read ConservativeHome and almost twice as likely to read Guido and Iain Dale. Looks like they will now have to change that old claim…

UPDATE : Somebody from Dods has been on to Guido whining that he hasn’t emphasised that it is the online offering being surveyed. Consider it now emphasised. In Guido’s experience most MPs throw the boring old magazine straight into the bin with the rest of the junk mail.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Miliblogger : "I’ll Be Back"

Yesterday David Miliband told those who tuned into his Downing Street webchat
I am completely committed to the idea that diplomacy needs to engage the public as well as diplomatic elite and also to the notion that I need to lead that in the Foreign Office. So the blog will be back, supplemented by other tools for discussion and debate.

That will not be engaging by actually asking their opinion in a binding referendum, just blogging down to them from on high.

Ominously he tells us “please follow developments on the FCO website over the next couple of weeks.” Hang on to your wallets.

The Unfree Internet

When they talk about regulating the internet, just remind yourself where the internet is regulated. China is the world’s biggest prison for reporters and cyber-dissidents. This will always be the blog they hate and you love. Unregulated and uncensored.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Don’t Call Guido, Call Ben

About once a month or so an ad agency, PR or public affairs shop, academic department or such like, calls Guido to do a guru talk on blogging. Mostly Guido turns them down on the basis that “some Guru, some do”. In future Guido will direct them towards Ben Goldacre. He says a lot of what should be said here.

Don’t agree with him or his comment makers about video ads and suchlike – they pay the rent. If you ain’t going to pay for content, somebody has to, if you block out the ads, sooner or later the content will disappear. Starving idealistic geeks forget that detail. Soon all devices will be connected at high speed all the time, so don’t worry about bandwith sucking videos on your Blackberry.

Hat-tip : Martin Stabe


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“Well, then he’s gonna pay on December 2nd”



Mycroft says:

Have you read the last bit of Animal Farm?

You know where the animals are looking through the Farmhouse window?

My TV screen was that window at lunch-time today.

Be careful, the sudden self-congratulatory tone, the slightly pudgy outline of indulgence and you become exactly what you should despise.

The jolly face of the Quisling Cameron poses for your camera has mesmerised and deceived you, you who were once not so deceived.

You were no firebrand, you were a damp squib in my opinion, sorry.

You need a damned good kick up the ahse!


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