TECHNOLOGY MARCHES ON...
This post continues yesterday`s discussion on blog plagiarism.
- Auto-post and manage tons of content across more than one blog.
- Add unique articles custom-tailored to every blog you are running.
- Take any content or article and have Blog-zilla manipulate, randomize, or merge text based on your rules.
- Grab keyword-related RSS feeds and auto-post directly to all your blogs.
- Blend content, articles and RSS into numerous topic-matched blog entries.
- Write or republish one article and direct Blog-zilla to auto-generate dozens more based on your original.
- Never steal content, instead generate your own and let Blog-zilla hatch unlimited variations all customized to each blog's target audience. (maybe you should read that again!)
- Save hours of time.
- Maintain dozens of blogs.
- Multiply your content intelligently.
- Blow fire in the face of your competition :-)
- and have targeted visitors flocking to your blogs and sites.
- ... oh, did we mention make more money from sales, affiliate programs and contextual ads like Google's Adsense?
These features of course have legitimate uses, like any tool and/or technology. The publishers of Blog-zilla emphasize that the software is NOT designed for malicious, spamming, and plagiarized services, but for legitimate management of multiple blog sites by publishers.
The publisher apparently makes an effort to make sure only "good" users are permitted to buy the software through screening, which is commendable.
The recent discussions on blog plagiarism and spamming discussions on the web, or posts by bloggers like Fred Wilson on "Really Simple Stealing", BusinessWeek/Blogspotting, Mark Pincus, and others point to an environment that increasingly needs vigilance by the blogging community at large.
Over time, there may be other developers and/or vendors of software who are not as particular as the above-mentioned publisher.
As Albert Einstein said:
The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
We can uncomfortably say the same thing about "good" web technologies like RSS et al.
The key reason is not that this is as important as atomic energy...but because it endangers the possibility of more robust economic models and businesses emerging out of this blogging thing.
As Sweaty Blog makes it painfully clear in this post, the economics are already threadbare for individual blogs.
The promise is in larger blog businesses, and we're in the early days of experimentation of all types.
P.S. See the comment from the publisher of the software outlining their policies below.