Buzz Your Blog With A Buzz Button

Why be the last one to the party? You too can install your own Google “Buzz This” button on your WordPress self-hosted blog and get a little sharing button at the bottom of each post.  Check mine out at the botton of this post. Essentially, the button is a simple link that ports the article share into Reader, which in turn shares into Buzz. Whatever the process, the button looks pretty cool and you can style yourself bleeding edge since Buzz only just debuted yesterday. Hit the jump (link here) to copy and paste or download and install.

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Wikipedia Is Bad Enough …

… but when you don’t actually read the disclaimer in the entry, more and more shame on you. In fact, when you are a famous philosopher and you fail to notice the “fictional” reference, it gets even worse.

I will always get a chuckle from Wikipedia gaffs and this one is a doozy, although not really Wkipedia’s fault  (link here). Thanks ResourceShelf. Apparently, noted French philosopher  Bernard-Henri Levy decided to put Emmanuel Kant in the cross-hairs in his new book, “On War In Philosophy.” One of his sources? A book penned as a fictional account by a fictional twentieth-century philosopher, Jean-Baptiste Botul. The book and Botul were a “joke” created by a journalist in 1999. Botul’s Wikipedia page explains that he is a work of fiction.

Levy, apparently, has taken an “I meant to do that” approach to the situation, explaining that the book’s arguments were sound, whether penned by Botul or the journalist behind the curtain.

Oh, this is rich. Maybe Levy should hire a research assistant.

More Social Stats

If you are looking for material for your next presentation on why professionals should consider the social media option, consider some of these fresh figures from comScore and others, via ResourceShelf (link here.) Here are some that jumped off the computer screen at me:

  • Twitter processed more than 1.2 billion tweets during the month of January, 2010.
  • 1 out of very 4 pages views in the United States during December, 2009 was on one of the main social networking sites, with 1 in 10 page visits worldwide.
  • Over the past year, more users have moved to smartphones, incrasing from 11 percent to 17 percent. 3G phone ownership has expanded from 32 percent to 43 percent. Unlimited data plan subscriptions rose from 16 percent to 21 percent.
  • Cisco released its own estimates that global mobile data traffic has increased by 160 percent over the past year to 90 petabytes per month – the equivalent of 23 million DVDs. This is projected to increase by a figure of 39 times, to approximately 3.6 exabytes per month by 2014.

So there you have it. We are mobile and social and getting moreso all the time.