Chicagosphere

July 2009 Archives

Twitter 101 for Business: Horizon Realty Edition

user-pic
Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

twitterhorizonAs reported by ChicagoNow's Marian Wang, on Monday Horizon Realty Group sued unhappy tenant and Twitter user Amanda Bonnen for "maliciously and wrongfully publish[ing a] false and defamatory Tweet on Twitter, thereby allowing the Tweet to be distributed throughout the world." Bonnen aimed her tweet at 20 followers, but Horizon's lawsuit--and the questions Bonnen raised about the company's management practices--made global news. Horizon might have avoided giving itself the same global PR black eye it feared from Bonnen's tweet if only someone had read Twitter 101 for Business: A Special Guide...released by the microblogging platform just days before the tweet hit the fan.

Continue reading...

Blogging the Thin Blue Line: Second City Cop vs. Chicago Copwatch

user-pic
Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

chicagocops2A highly popular blog written by and for Chicago police officers, Second City Cop, gives a provocative insight into the world of the Windy City's finest. Pointedly opinionated and rarely politically correct, reading it may tell you more about the inner workings of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) that you ever wanted to know. Meanwhile, watchdog blog Chicago Copwatch rarely gives the guys in blue a break. So who paints the fairer picture of Chicago's sworn peacekeepers?

Continue reading...

Silence Isn't Golden for the W***** Tower

user-pic
Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

img_0020(Photo credit: Jeff Reimer | Mode of Expression.)

There are bad branding strategies. There are Macy's-mothballs-Marshall-Field awful branding strategies. And then there's Willis Group's hubris- and hare-brained idea to rename the Sears Tower. What do you get when you glue a new name on an old icon whose existing monicker has worldwide recognition? Judging by local blog discussion, a good laugh--and lots of people who say they just won't bother to say the word W*****.

Continue reading...

Blog Debate: Should the CTA President Get a Pass on Driving to Work?

user-pic
Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

CTA_logoUPDATES 7/21/09:

--Read a wonderful Sun-Times editorial from Tuesday chastising CTA President Richard Rodriguez for driving to work.

--Read CTA Tattler's rebuttal, saying "family values" make it OK for Chicago's top transit honcho to drive to work.

Yesterday on Chicago Carless, I published a video post calling out Chicago Transit Authority president Richard Rodriguez for his recent decision to continue driving to work every day to his top job at the nation's second-largest public transportation agency. He refuses to commute by CTA bus or 'L' in order to have more time with his kids in the morning. And the Windy City's top transit blog, CTA Tattler, is defending Rodriguez's decision.

Continue reading...

Multimedia Posted from CMW's Making Media Connections Conference

user-pic
Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

CMW logoChicago's nationally noted grassroots media training shop, Community Media Workshop, has posted online expanded coverage of last month's annual Making Media Connections conference. Regular readers will recall MMC as the venue for the release of The New News, a report that named the top community-centric blogs and niche media sites in Chicago.

Continue reading...

The Printed Blog: Dumb Idea Finally Drops Dead

user-pic
Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

printedblogdeadAs reported yesterday with far too much column space on Crain's Small Business Blog, the paper formerly known as The Printed Blog has ceased publication after a short, six-month lifespan. If you're scratching your head right now wondering what paper I'm talking about, that's entirely my point.

Continue reading...

Following Up on Chicago's Independence Eve Violence

user-pic
Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

IMG_0058Yesterday's Chicagosphere post on alleged gang violence during Chicago's Independence Eve fireworks turned out to be one of today's top stories on ChicagoNow. That post compared official reports of a relatively "peaceful" July 3rd fireworks display with reports from the blog, Second City Cop, and several Twitter members indicating a sizable gang presence, multiple gang-related fights, numerous guns recovered, and a potential shooting or serious injury at or around 8:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Buckingham Fountain (follow the above link for more details.) Today on Chicagosphere, I'm here to tell you we intend to get to the bottom of things--and how you can help us do that.

Continue reading...

Is Chicago Covering Up Independence Eve Gang Shooting?

user-pic
Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

fireworksbeforedark(Photo: Chicago's Independence Eve fireworks, now with extra daylight?)

[UPDATE 7/7/09: See the July 7th continuation of this story: Following Up on Chicago's Independence Eve Violence]

Welcome to viewers referred from Gapers Block, Windy Citizen, Chicago Carless, the Beachwood Reporter, Chicagoist, Huffington Post Chicago, Second City Cop, the WBEZ Chicago Public Radio blog, and Topix.net.

For the second time in two years, Chicago's Independence Eve fireworks started early. Last year's reason? Gang violence, including four shootings--one fatal--after the display, that marred the evening and marked a controversial start for then-new Chicago police superintendent Jody Weis. This year, Chicago police brass reported gang activity yet again, in and adjacent to the Taste of Chicago grounds both before and after the show. Trouble is, the blogosphere is reporting a lot more violence--including potentially another shooting--than can be found in the city's official version of events.

Continue reading...

Four Reasons Why Bloggers on Twitter Shouldn't Pimp Facebook

user-pic
Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

failwhaleAnyone who's ever followed anyone on Twitter will be aware of my biggest pet peeve about the world's leading micro-blogging service: impersonal, automated Direct Messages, or DMs, thanking you when you follow (i.e. subscribe to the updates of) a fellow Twitter user. Perhaps the worst of these canned-ham responses are the ones immediately inviting you to join the person you've just followed on Facebook.

The assumption seems to be all social networking sites are the same: if you like me here, you'll love me over there. The Internet is a bad place to make assumptions like that. Twitter and Facebook couldn't be farther apart in the ways--and the whys--their respective communities mingle with each other. Here are four reasons why bloggers using Twitter shouldn't push their Facebook pages on their followers, told from the perspective of a hapless new follower.

Continue reading...

The Beachwood Reporter: Conquering the 'Net One Niche at a Time

user-pic
Mike Doyle

Since 2005 scribe of the local blog, Chicago Carless. I invite you to visit.

beachwoodlogoI seldom take seriously local bloggers intent on taking over the online world. That is, with one exception: Steve Rhodes, Publisher and Editor of The Beachwood Reporter.

Heading one of Chicago's top, homegrown news and content networks, every day Rhodes goes up against the best and brightest of the Windy City blogosphere (including Chitown Daily News, Chicagoist, Gapers Block, Huffington Post Chicago, and the folks right here at ChicagoNow) to tell the story of this town from a deliberately critical perspective. It's a curious kilter with major merit for those who believe the real commodity has never been the dryly objective news, but the subjective newspaper that has always surrounded it in opinionated juiciness.

Continue reading...

Most Active Pages Right Now

ChicagoNow.com on Facebook