“Expressen-blogger” used to be an invective

I’ve been away for a week of alpine skiing and I’m ready to pick up the blog again. Here are a few things worth mentioning from the last week.

Blog Buzz Helps Companies Catch Trends in the Making. [Via Marcus]

“By trawling in cyberspace, ConAgra sensed that consumer interest in portable snack foods is growing as people’s schedules get busier, the kind of intelligence that helps guide expensive decisions on research and development of new products.”

– Jay Rosen has a new project called Blue Plate Special. In the first issue he and a group of students have studied the Best Blogging Newspapers in the U.S. Top six are:

1. Houston Chronicle (128 points)
2. Washington Post (69 points)
3. USA Today (38 points, 1 honorable mention)
4. St. Petersburg Times (29 points, 2 honorable mention)
5. Atlanta Journal-Constitution (23 points)
6. San Antonio Express-News (22 points, 1 honorable mention)

– Readers have started 700 blogs just a few days after Expressen launched its blog service. It’s interesting to see that some established bloggers have launched mirror blogs on Expressen.se just to increase traffic to the “real blog”. What happened to the tabloids-are-evil standpoint? (And remember in 2005 when Expressen-blogger was an invective?)