Are you feeling the need to start a blog?
Perhaps you've already got an account on Blogger, WordPress.com or LiveJournal but you're ready to host your own blog.
This Tech Digest how-to guide will help you to decide which of the many pieces of blog software and hosting options is right for you.
I'll look at:
the pros and cons of the different types of blog hosting available;
the benefits of having your own domain name;
a quick way to narrow down the choice of which blogging software to use;
an overview of the main types of blogging software;
some things to look out for when it comes to choosing a web host for your blog
Controversial ad-targeting system Phorm will be blocked from scanning Amazon's website, according to a statement released by the company this afternoon. It's not alone - LiveJournal, mySociety and Netmums will also be off-limits.
The system, which works by scanning for keywords on pages visited by a user and using that to send more relevant adverts, has been under fire this week, after the European Union declared that it would be bringing legal action against the UK for its data protection laws not preventing such a system.
The Open Rights Group, which works to protect digital rights and freedoms, has written to the privacy officers of Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, Facebook, AOL, Bebo, Yahoo, Amazon and eBay, asking them to block Phorm. So far, Amazon is the only company in that list to respond, but if the others start following suit then Phorm could be in even greater trouble.
T-Mobile has announced the addition of Bebo to their mobile social-networking service My Social Sites.
The service allows users to check their messages and post comments and images through a mobile application that amalgamates a number of the sites and charges you 5p each time you upload...
Spin-my-Blog, which launched in February, has now done a deal with Six Apart to make the service available to all 12 million LiveJournal users.
Simply by making a phone call and speaking their blog entry, users of the popular blogging platform can blog while on the move, or anywhere they don't have access to a computer. It's also more convenient than texting blog entries, unless you're into micro-blogging of course.