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Roundup: KATU Portland-blogger meetup

If you—like I—missed the KATU Portland-blogger meetup, don’t despair, gentle reader. We all know that actually attending events falls a distant second behind reading about those events in other people’s blogs.

So, here’s a smattering of the coverage from the Portland blogging crowd:

  • [UPDATE] Official Roundup from Brian Westbroook
  • Flickr photos tagged “KATUmeetup”
  • Winner (so far) of Most Detailed Recap: KATU Blogger Meetup, The Incriminating Evidence
    “I’m glad I went. It was a real positive experience, not only getting to see the inside of a TV studio building that gave me a lot of the broadcasts on which I was raised, but just seeing what was where and getting an idea of how a television station works (a lifelong desire of mine), but getting to know the IRL faces of the people I read regularly (I already mentioned a few; I was able to thank LynnS at Oregon Media Insiders for the fine job she does).Very few people looked like I thought they would, FWIW.”
  • KATU linky love
    “Blogging in Portland has certainly changed. Of the bunches of attendees who RSVPd for tonights. KATU blogger meetup, I know…one. Two, if JD decides to stop by.”
  • Mercury Parking Lot Foursquare A Raging Success
    “Thanks to all you local bloggers who showed up to play Foursquare in our parking lot this afternoon, before heading off to Katu’s so-called “blogger meet-up.” You know who you are. No, really. You know who you are. Because there were only three of you.”
  • KATU Is My New Best Friend
    “See, the Merc was my best friend when they bought me a chai and sent me a get well card. But now, KATU tried to get me drunk and fed me really good food and gave me a Rockstar and a thumb drive.”
  • And now for an update….
    “The KATU blogger meetup was a good time. I think some of us were apprehensive about the event wondering if Chris Hanson would show up to ‘catch a blogger.'”
  • [pdx] KATU Puts On a Fine Show
    “Regardless of what anyone might feel about on-air talent, the KATU news anchors were the very definition of affable. Incrediby nice and friendly people. I was pleased to meet Rod Hill and Debra Knapp–just missed meeting Steve Dunn–and they were just the sweetest people. It was uncanny the way Rod Hill could just pick up a conversation with you talk with you.”
  • A Totally Awkward Probably Not Fun Time
    “I got invited, even though I don’t really think of myself as much of a blogger (I was attracted to this format mostly because of the ease of organizing categories).”
  • Local bloggers mingle at the KATU News studios
    “Yours truly was in attendance and even I (an admitted introvert, wallflower and altogether socially inept person) had a good time. Although I didn’t get around to meeting a lot of the bloggers (again… introvert here), I did actually talk with a few interesting folks. I was also quite surprised, and of course very flattered, when one of them recognized me from the picture on my blog’s home page. “
  • Bloggers meet in Portland
    “Like other smart local media outlets, KATU-TV has taken a position of embracing the personal media revolution in its community. This isn’t easy for TV stations, but it’s an important first step in participating in the conversation — the buzz — that is the cyberspace community. I don’t see how media companies will be relevant in the years to come without taking this step.”
  • Portland Blogger Meetup
    “I was impressed with the amount of creative work that went into the meetup by KATU. They created a great logo and then splashed that across all of their materials – the signage pointing bloggers into the station, the name tags, and even in these fun little goody-bags that everyone received as a parting gift. Some poor intern probably went to great effort to unwrap candy bars and re-wrap them with their fun logo – a nice touch. Thanks go to the intern!”
  • KATU says, Hey Blogger
    “Surprising to all in attendance, last night’s event was actually a great deal of fun. We got a tour of all two rooms of KATU’s building, I rested my bummy arse on the anchors’ desk, and we took a group photo (followed up, of course, by a group hug…not really, but one would have been nice). Free finger food, wine and a keg of local brew (Widmer Bros. ) definitely performed the task of social lubricant, as I’m sure was intended.”
  • Free beer for bloggers, but why?
    “About 70 of us stood around nibbling finger food, drinking wine and beer and talking blogger talk. I was probably the oldest blogger in the room, but no one called me “sir.” When I told them about The Red Electric and showed them my card, several actually said, ‘Cool!'”
  • KATU blogger meetup
    “I think I went expecting to discover some evil master plan, or causes mischief, as well as to meet some of the faces of people I know online, but have never met in person.”
  • I fellate the KATU blogger meetup
    Well, in spite of the fact that I wasn’t invited by KATU (which I was told paid a contractor $10,000 to read OrBlogs and create an invitation list that somehow excluded me!!!) I WAS invited by Drew to attend the KATU blogger meet-up and I’m SO glad I went because I met and got to hang out with some really charming people. I’m going to express my gratitude by actually blogging about the event, because I assume that was the point … (Wait, what WAS the point?)”

Did I miss your entry? If so, it was a nod to the oversights of the original invite. But feel free to link it up in the comments.

Northwest Innovation interviews YourList CEO

YourList, a recently launched classified service headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, is the latest offering to take on mainstream media classified ads. Oh, and a little Web site called craigslist.

Charlie Parks, CEO of YourList, recently sat down with Northwest Innovation for an interview, discussing YourList and its place in the crowded classified ad market:

[Charlie Parks:] No question that the online classifieds space is crowded right now. A lot of companies are trying to offer a different take on the established Web sites. There is a lot attention on the industry and new sites keep coming out with different business models as they compete for market share. We’ve spent the last couple of years studying the sector and believe there is a lot more room for growth –if you pay attention to the needs of the online consumer.

To read the full interview, visit Northwest Innovation.

WordPress plugin: AJAX Search

Portland-based developer Matt King has released an AJAX search plugin for WordPress. It is currently available for download from his site.

Matt describes the inspiration for the WordPress AJAX plugin on his blog:

I use the Spotlight feature in OS X an awful lot. While some people would rather use things like Quicksilver, I like just hitting command+space and typing in what I’m looking for, be it a document or even an application I want to open.

That’s the inspiration for AJAX.search, a search system built on Prototype’s AJAX framework. It will make a call to a URL you specify and display the results under your search box like Spotlight (and now, like the search at Apple.com). From there you can hit the up or down arrow keys to select a result and then hit the enter key to visit the link.

For more information on the plugin, to see the search in action, or to download it for your WordPress blog, visit Matt King’s blog.

Grabb.it releases microblogging feature

Portland-based Grabb.it has announced the release of a new microblogging feature for its users.

Following the lead of services like Twitter, Jaiku, and Pownce, the new Grabb.it feature allows users to post short messages (less than 140 characters) and provides a feed to which others can subscribe. An example can be found here.

The recent development efforts—like the iPhone interface—have led to a growth spurt for Grabb.it, forcing them to have deal with (welcome) growing pains.

Marshall Kirkpatrick offers blog matchmaker service

If you’re like most of the Silicon Forest startups, you don’t have a ton of money to advertise, you probably can’t hire full-time public relations help, and most people don’t even understand what you’re doing. So, there’s a communications gap between you and your audience.

Blogging helps fill that gap.

But, let’s be honest. After spending 20 hours cranking code, it’s hard to find time to keep your blog up-to-date.

That’s what makes this offer from Marshall Kirkpatrick so interesting:

So, if you are a company who would like to hire a blogger for either in-house content creation or for news coverage for your blog network, send me an email at marshall@marshallk.com. Tell me what topic areas you’re looking to fill, whether it’s a part time, very part time or full time job and how much the position pays. (How much should you pay? See the bottom of this post.) If and when I find bloggers who I would recommend for the position, I’ll email you and offer to introduce you. This is where the quality control comes in, my reputation for this depends on my not recommending bad bloggers. If you would like to hire me to offer advanced training for whoever you select, that’s great – let me know. You’ll end up with a world class social media presence. I’m happy to make introductions regardless.

Marshall is asking bloggers who are looking for paying gigs to contact him, as well. Then, he’ll work to synchronize the right writers with the right companies. Win-win-win.

To get the full story, see Marshall’s post, entitled “Introducing good bloggers and companies to hire them.”

Marshall Kirkpatrick currently serves as the Director of Content at SplashCast and a consultant on social media. Prior to joining SplashCast, Marshall was the lead blogger at TechCrunch. For more information, see Marshall’s personal site.

Ultimate Blogger 3 from Urban Honking

Local collective blog, Urban Honking, has announced that it is now accepting applications for Ultimate Blogger 3.

Applications are now being accepted! You have until August 30th to apply and the application process is very easy: Shoot a video of introducing yourself and telling us what qualities you have that will make you the winner of Ultimate Blogger. Tell us about where you’re from, what you do, and what makes you the best contestant. Then upload your video to Vimeo.com and add the tag “UB3app“. We’re looking for bloggers who are willing to take the competition even deeper than the amazing performances of last season’s game. We’re looking for the BEST BLOGGERS IN THE WORLD! Ultimate Blogger 3 is going to be bigger, faster paced, and more popular than last season.

Think you’re made of the right stuff? Get to applying.

Urban Honking is a collection of blogs with more than 50 bloggers providing content. In the words of Urban Honking, “It feels like a real community of creative people. “