How SPNbabble Can Help Web Professionals
My name is Titus Hoskins
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SiteProNews Launches SPNbabble, a Micro-Blog for Web Professionals
Copyright © 2009 Titus Hoskins
SiteProNews, a well established website geared towards webmasters,
has recently introduced a new micro-blogging service called SPNbabble.
Describing itself as "Micro-Blogging For Web Professionals" - SPNbabble.com
lets you share your ideas with friends and colleagues. It also incorporates
such popular services as Twitter and Facebook. To find out more about this
interesting new platform, Bizwaremagic.com did an interview with Mel Strocen,
CEO of the Jayde Online Network, which runs numerous websites, including
SiteProNews and SPNbabble.
1. Lets cut to the chase, why should anyone use your micro-blogging
The main reason, and the reason we created SPNBabble, is that it
provides social media marketers with a means to post to multiple
micro-blogging sites simultaneously. Currently, SPNbabble members
can configure their accounts so that a post on SPNbabble will also
appear on Twitter, Facebook, Friendfeed, Plurk, Tumblr and 5 other
micro-blogging sites. If time is a factor in your marketing endeavors,
then using SPNbabble is a no-brainer.
2. Not everyone is familiar with micro-blogging, could you go
into more detail and fully explain how your program works or
Well, anyone who uses Twitter will find SPNbabble very similar in features
and functionality. For those unfamiliar with micro-blogging, it's basically
a concise form of blogging. Most micro-blogging sites, including SPNbabble,
restrict blog posts to 140 characters. It takes some practice to get your
message across in shortened form, but for busy web professionals less is more.
Micro-blogging is ideal for getting short snippets of useful information
out to a potential audience of millions of micro-bloggers. Short blog
posts can be about news, articles, products, services, programs, links to
interesting sites, what you happen to be doing at that moment, or about
almost anything else you care to share with others.
3. Can you elaborate on the SPNbabble Community Toolbar and how
The SPNBabble toolbar was created using the Conduit.com custom
toolbar creation service. Conduit allows site owners to create
their own branded toolbars in minutes. We selected from some of
the standard components that Conduit offers, but component
choices literally number in the thousands.
The toolbar is available for the Internet Explorer, Firefox and
Safari web browsers and can be downloaded in seconds from
In addition to common toolbar features like search, weather, radio,
pop-up blocking and a drop down link menu, the SPNBabble toolbar
also offers more unique features like online chat between
SPNbabble members, a RSS feed reader for SPNbabble posts, a
Twitter post reader, an email notifier that supports virtually all
webmail providers and most POP3 providers, and a Message Box
that enables us to send messages to members in real time to which
they can respond.
4. How much does it cost to use SPNbabble?
There is no cost. SPNBabble is FREE to use.
5. Seems like everyone has gone Twitter mad, can you give your
views on Twitter and how it is connected with your new program?
How is it different from using Twitter?
Twitter is an acquired taste. Either you immediately grasp its
value or you find it to be a total waste of time. For many
people, the latter view is based on their personal tastes and
preferences. They see no real benefit in reading about what
other Twitter users had for breakfast, where they are going or
what they are doing.
The trick, of course, is to follow the message posts of people
with whom you have something in common. Finding those people
on Twitter isn't that easy or intuitive, but there are Twitter
related services that can help you find people whose message
posts you might find interesting. I personally like Mr Tweet,
but there are a number of other similar services that assist
in pinpointing Twitter members with similar
Like Twitter, SPNbabble allows members to follow each other's
message posts, invite their friends, add custom promotional
backgrounds, direct message other members, search message
posts and setup groups devoted to specific interests.
Unlike Twitter, SPNbabble caters more specifically to business
professionals versus the general public, although no one is
prevented from using the service.
6. What types of Data or RSS feeds does your program support?
Do you have a Wordpress Plug-in?
SPNBabble supports RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0 and Atom data feeds. If
you use a RSS feed enabled browser or one of the many available
RSS feed readers, you can browse and read message posts in the
SPNBabble public timeline without actually visiting the site.
SPNBabble also offers a Wordpress blog plug-in. Details can be
found at the Wordpress Plugin Directory:
In brief, the plugin, once installed on a Wordpress based blog, allows
a blogger to select the blog posts he/she wants converted to
micro-blog notices and automatically added to SPNbabble and
the other micro-blog services SPNBabble supports.
7. Spam is an ever constant problem for every site on the web,
but blogging sites with comments are especially vulnerable, what
measures have you put into place for SPNbabble or is this a
Spam notices are definitely an area of concern, for SPNbabble
and other micro-blog sites.
The question is how does one define spam on a micro-blogging
service. In our case, we define spam as notices that are
inappropriate (adult, inflammatory, illegal, etc.) or repetitive
and identical. We are looking at ways of automating the spam
monitoring process, but currently notices are manually scanned
and removed as necessary. In extreme cases of abuse, members
are banned and all of their message posts removed.
8. In a slightly different vein, not everyone reading this will
be aware that you're the CEO of the Jayde Network, which has
many popular sites such as SiteProNews, GoArticles, ExactSeek...
Plus, you also co-founded the iEntry network, which also runs
some very popular sites on the web. How do you see SPNbabble
fitting into these comprehensive online networks?
My connection with iEntry ended 8 years ago. iEntry has thrown
its own hat into the micro-blogging ring with Twellow.com, a
comprehensive directory of Twitter users broken down into
hundreds of categories, and has been successful in popularizing
Twellow very quickly.
We chose to go in a different direction and provide our core audience
- webmasters and site owners - the means to market and communicate
across multiple social media sites. It's a service that I personally
find useful as a marketer and entrepreneur and one that I believe will
strike a chord with other web professionals as the micro-blogging
phenomenon continues to grow.
Obviously, we plan to promote the service across all of our
websites and we are also approaching other companies in the
social media arena to form mutually beneficial partnerships.
9. What are your goals and objectives for SPNbabble? Where
would you like to see it in a few years?
My main goal for SPNBabble is to make it a one-stop destination
for anyone interested in effectively utilizing the social media
bandwagon for meaningful and profitable communication.
Specifically, I would like to improve, and add to, SPNbabble's
feature set. That might entail tying into additional micro-blogging
sites, providing additional search functions, adding a directory of
categorized users, notice ranking and/or voting, etc. I'd also like
to see SPNbabble eventually added to desktop social media applications
like TweetDeck, Twhirl, Twitteroo, Bitter, and others.
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2009 Titus Hoskins.
Mel Strocen - President and CEO, Jayde Online Network
Mel Strocen held a senior executive position in an international,
Canada-based management and development corporation for 20 years.
In 1996, he founded Jayde.com, one of the first web directory and
search engine sites on the Internet. Jayde Online gradually evolved
from a simple directory site to a full-featured search engine with over
one million members, indexing more than 30,000 unique URL's daily. In 1999,
he co-founded the iEntry Network, one of the largest newsletter networks
on the Internet. In 2001, Mr. Strocen sold his ownership interest in iEntry and founded
the Jayde Online Network, currently comprised of 15 websites, including the highly visited
sites GoArticles.com, SiteProNews.com, and ExactSeek.com.
In June 2005, Mr. Strocen founded the Independent Search Engine & Directory Network
(ISEDN.org), established for the purpose of offering webmasters and site owners a reasonably
priced advertising alternative to the major pay-per-click search engines. He is currently
focused on expanding and building the Jayde Online and ISEDN networks.
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