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Geeky Bloggers Wanted

blogger jobIT Itch is on the look out for tech geeks with the ability to write great, engaging content about really nerdy topics like search engine optimisation, social media, web design & development, domain names, web hosting technology and internet security. These geeks must be great at producing content that everyone can understand, it must be fun and enjoyable to read and it must attract community interaction.

Ideally, these geeks should have experience participating in online communities such as tech forums and be well connected in the social media world. A large number of Twitter followers could be advantageous as this is our main platform for social interaction.

We are willing to give anyone a chance and aren’t interested in seeing a CV at all. Potential geeky bloggers will be judged entirely by submitting an original blog of at least 300 words on one of the topics mentioned above. The best blogs will be posted live on our website ( and will be judged by these criteria:

  • Community interaction – the number of Twitter tweets, Facebook likes and quality back-links that the post receives.
  • The number of comments the blog post receives and the quality of these comments.
  • The quality of writing – how well it explains difficult concepts, how much our staff like it and generally how cool it is.
  • How it relates to the products/services on our website and how news worthy the post is.

We have both paid and unpaid internship positions available on a casual basis. Intern Bloggers get authorship credit and we will help them with authorship mark-up (people searching your name in Google will see a picture of you and a link to all your articles).

Please submit your original blog to us via the ‘Contact Us‘ page

We will send you an email notification if your article is good enough to publish on our website.


Medium – The New Social Share Site

From the makers of Blogger comes “Medium”.

social media site mediumThirteen years ago a radical idea changed the world wide web – anyone anywhere could suddenly publish their thoughts to the global internet audience through a free platform called Blogger (now owned by Google). The brains behind Blogger – Evan Williams and Christopher ‘Biz‘ Stone – are now trying to repeat history by building a new publishing platform from scratch. Called ‘Medium’, the new platform aims to redress the major flaw with social media and blogging communities – most services have lowered the bar for sharing information, making quality content hard to find.

The Obvious Corporation have taken on this project as they believe media is still the ‘connective tissue of society’. Williams and Stone are trying to re-imagine publishing in an attempt to make an evolutionary leap forward – they want to build a community where quality content always trumps quantity. Unlike Blogger, users posting on Medium wont have the burden of building an audience. Instead, they can focus on posting quality content, organised into ‘collections’. Collections are designed to give people a context to publish their own stories, photos and ideas. Users then rate the posts they visit, culminating in the highest-rated posts showing up at the top of the page, a democratic process designed to help users find the best posts easily. A green bull’s eye with a score from one to ten indicates how many viewers voted for the post.

Inside Medium

The developers of Medium are still in the testing phase and posting privileges are limited to a small invited list of friends and family of the founders. As a Beta member, I was still able to view and vote on content, which currently included the boards ‘Been There, Loved That’, a beautiful collection of photos from around the world.

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A particular favourite was the collection titled ‘Look What I’ve Made’, which included ‘Orwell’s Firewall’ – a router constructed from the decayed remains of an HP 80138 Pulse Generator. The device plays homage to Orwell’s 1984 novel with the name MINITRUE (short for the Ministry of Truth). The blinking lights are reminders that data is sent into a world of systems, corporations and governments that do not always share the maker’s own values of openess, transparency or privacy.

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‘The Writer’s Room’, was a collection that displayed the musings on the mental forces involved in writing and advice on how to grapple with the sometimes overwhelming drive to procrastinate. ‘The Obvious Collection’ was an ode to the company behind the Medium project – The Obvious Corporation – and had articles on collaboration in business.

Will it be any good?

With such lofty goals, Medium looks set to fail in it’s modus operandi. Like every other social media site that gets users to vote or ‘like’ content, quality content will simply be replaced by ‘popular’ content. Popular does not equal quality, and some would argue that it is inversely related. The Medium community will only be as good as its users – it looks good now because it has few users and fits a particular taste. As soon as Medium becomes popular, its ‘taste’ and ‘feel’ will degrade to the mainstream norm and we will be back where we started (drowning in a deluge of poor quality content).

However, where Medium can succeed is in its attempt to be the antithesis of the noisy Twitter feed. Posting on Medium looks elegant and easy and the good design will appeal to people wanting a less busy interface.