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From TheJournal.ie They can make thousands from an Instagram post - but how transparent are Irish bloggers? Meet The Influencers

They can make thousands from an Instagram post - but how transparent are Irish bloggers?

We asked bloggers about trust, money and advertising – and they answered.

From TheJournal.ie This tech journalist started an internet firestorm because she wants to be sterilised at 29 Contraception

This tech journalist started an internet firestorm because she wants to be sterilised at 29

Holly Brockwell says she doesn’t want to have children and has problems with other forms of contraception.

From TheJournal.ie How Suzanne Jackson (aka SoSueMe) established her beauty empire in just five years Beauty Blogging

How Suzanne Jackson (aka SoSueMe) established her beauty empire in just five years

The blogger is the first stop for many Irish women looking for a bit of fashion or beauty guidance.

'Anything I recommend sells out straight away': Meet SoSueMe, Ireland's biggest beauty blogger

How Suzanne Jackson (AKA SoSueMe) established a beauty empire in just five years.

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From TheJournal.ie Beauty, food and parenting: the top themes of Irish blogs Sharing Is Caring

Beauty, food and parenting: the top themes of Irish blogs

A new survey of Irish bloggers has found that a quarter earn money from their blog, while all say they write from personal experience.

From TheJournal.ie Updating your friends - while in a coma Social Network

Updating your friends - while in a coma

For one Kerry-born woman, it was just a case of having the right friend.

From TheJournal.ie Column: There isn't a 'right' way to die. Journalists should recognise that. Bill Keller

Column: There isn't a 'right' way to die. Journalists should recognise that.

Lisa Bonchek Adams was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago, and has since publicly chronicled her experiences online. Journalists asking whether this is ‘too public’ are asking the wrong questions, writes Marie Ennis-O’Connor.

From TheJournal.ie 'Lifelogging' camera with no off-button: chronicler or privacy breach? Memoto

'Lifelogging' camera with no off-button: chronicler or privacy breach?

The camera takes a picture every 30 seconds, digitally recording your daily life. But why?

From TheJournal.ie Yahoo! approves deal to buy Tumblr in $1.1bn takeover - report Yahoo!

Yahoo! approves deal to buy Tumblr in $1.1bn takeover - report

The Wall Street Journal says Yahoo! directors have approved the ambitious takeover of the popular social platform.

From TheJournal.ie Céard? 17 words from modern Ireland, in Irish Gaeilge This post contains images

Céard? 17 words from modern Ireland, in Irish

Have you ever sent a ‘tvuít’ about the ‘tarrtháil’?

Video: Internet censorship in China explained China This post contains videos

Video: Internet censorship in China explained

Blogger Michael Anti explains how the social media space works in a country where site like Twitter and Facebook are blocked.

From TheJournal.ie China to tighten Internet control with new rules China

China to tighten Internet control with new rules

China’s government plans to extend nationwide a requirement for microblog users to register with their real names as part of a sweeping update of rules governing the Internet.

From TheJournal.ie Chinese blogger released after six months' police detention China

Chinese blogger released after six months' police detention

Ran Yunfei was detained in February after calling on Chinese people to start their own version of an Arab Spring.

From TheJournal.ie Malaysian man apologises via 100 tweets in defamation settlement Sorry

Malaysian man apologises via 100 tweets in defamation settlement

Fahmi Fadzil reached a settlement with a publishing company after it was claimed he had defamed the company on Twitter. His punishment? 100 tweets.

From TheJournal.ie 19-year-old blogger is 'foreign spy' - Syria Syria

19-year-old blogger is 'foreign spy' - Syria

Student Tal al-Mallouhi writes a blog about Palestine. Syria believes she is involved in international espionage.

BLOGGERS IN PHILADEPHIA have condemned the decision of the city government to charge them $50 a year – or a lifetime contribution of $300 – for the privilege of having a blog.

The move, proposed by mayor Michael Nutter, will see any blog that accepts money for advertising, or sells any goods, as a business and thus being required to hold a licence – no matter how little money it might make.

A spokesman for Nutter said that the licence was nothing new, and is required for any money-making enterprise – whether it be a large corporation, a pizza parlour, or any home business.

Residents who keep blogs in their spare time, however, are annoyed that they could be asked to pay for an annual licence just for the privilege of publishing their own thoughts through a currently free medium.

The proposals came after the city’s tax authorities wrote to residents who had reported earning money through their blogs to the US’s national Internal Revenue Service, but who did not possess a city business licence.

One blog – albeit one based in San Francisco – called the fee “absolutely ridiculous” and said the city was ‘picking’ on bloggers.

To counter complaints that some bloggers would make less in a year than the cost of the licence, amendments have been proposed to the scheme which would see licence-holders exempted from their first $100,000 a year in profit.

“I think it’s ludicrous,” said Seano Barry, who writes a blog about the local music scene. He told AP that he reviewed “shows in the city. I sometimes write for a couple of other blogs. Sometimes I get access to the shows, sometimes I don’t. To put the ads up is to cover the cost of going downtown.

“This is not a business,” he said, suggesting he had made about $11 in the last two years. “Really, it’s a labour of love.”

A BLOGGER FOR the Irish Times-owned ireland.com website was sacked because her blog was not popular enough – and then replaced with another writer using the same nom de plume.

A writer using the pseudonym ‘Kitten O’Shea’ wrote a regular blog about being a singleton in her 30s for the site, which formerly housed the Irish Times’ own content before being rebranded in late 2008.

The blogger was told her blog was not receiving enough hits, despite being featured on the ireland.com homepage, and was given notice that her employment would be terminated.

O’Shea thus wrote a farewell post on the blog saying that she was soon to be laid off – but was shocked when another writer adopted the pseudonym and continued writing on the blog shortly afterward.

Regular readers who spotted the change in style described the website’s u-turn as “disgusting” while another described the website as “a joke”.

The original Kitten, who retains the name on her Twitter account, has confirmed that her successor was a ‘fake’.

Her blog was one of a dozen on the site, but the blog – irrespective of its writer – has since been pulled.

A spokesperson for ireland.com told the Sunday Tribune that the whole affair was “a storm in a teacup [...] the readership of the blog wasn’t high enough either.”

Visitors following links to the Dating Blog are now redirected to the homepage for the remaining eleven blogs, where the website is now currently advertising for new bloggers.

Blogger Clare Herbert today apologized to Prof. John Crown over comments made about the consultant oncologist on her blog.

Herbert had been critical of TV3 and of Crown for a St Stephens’ Day report announcing that Minister Brian Lenihan has pancreatic cancer. The blogger received an email from Crown this morning that threatened legal action.

Herbert said: “I would like to unreservedly apologize to John Crown for comments made by me on this blog… I would like to withdraw my remarks and apologize to Mr Crown for any offence caused.”

Responding to the apology Crown told TheJournal.ie “if Ms. Herbert has apologized, I consider proceedings between us to be over, I’m not in the habit of starting legal proceedings against undergraduates”.

“I’m considering legal action against a number of papers” the consultant told TheJournal.ie. Yesterday Crown received an apology from The Sunday Business Post in relation to the same TV3 report.

THE HIGH COURT has today ordered the internet provider UPC to reveal the identity of the blogger behind the anonymous ‘Governance Reform at Irish Red Cross‘ blog, after the charity brought a case against it and Google, who publish the blog through Blogspot.

BLOGGER and journalist Clare Herbert has received a threat of legal action over  a blog post she wrote in December.

Herbert wrote a post entitled “Brian Lenihan’s illness & TV3″ on December 27. The post critcised TV3 for the station’s report on the announcement that Minister Brian Lenihan had pancreatic cancer.

It also made specific criticisms of Professor John Crown, the well-known oncologist and critic of the HSE, who was interviewed in the TV3 report. Crown took up the criticism in the comments section of Herbert’s blog, and she replied, but declined to make any changes to the piece.

A debate ensued, with Crown writing: ”I have no wish to stifle your freedom of expression. The law allows you to express any opinion you wish. You should not however make serious unsubstantiated and extraordinarily damaging allegations about me or about anyone.”

The blogger replied, saying: “Readers of this blog can read both my contribution and your comments and make up their own minds. I, too, consider the matter closed.”

But the matter wasn’t closed, and Herbert revealed on Twitter today that she had received an email threatening legal papers. If the action goes ahead, it will only be the second known instance of a blogger in Ireland being sued.

Earlier this year an Irish blogger agreed to a €100,000 payout after allegedly libelling a senior civil servant and his girlfriend.