Drama at Rocketboom

Well, shame on me for not having had the 3-5 minutes to take out of my daily happenings to keep up on my once-favorite Rocketboom vlogcast. (And no, I never got any action out of my February cameo, since yr asking).

Alas, it seems I missed some serious drama late this week as host Amanda Congdon announced — or did she threaten — her departure.

Such big news this is, that as AP National Writer Jocelyn Noveck points out:

On the Web site technorati.com, which monitors tens of millions of blogs, “rocketboom” was the top search ? globally ? both Thursday and Friday. (Kenneth Lay, the Enron Corp. founder who died Wednesday, was second.)

Somebody please, say ’tain’t so!

amanda congdon

UPDATE: while Amanda’s sob story is posted at her blog – apparently Andrew Baron, majority owner of Rocketboom, spilled his guts at CaseCamp in Toronto on Friday night. And it’s all here on YouTube. Anyway (and holy shit does HuffPo look weird)! Rachel Sklar says the new hostess is the possibly hotter but most probably less talented Joanna Colan. As the New York Times printed Friday, move over Star Jones Reynolds and Dan Rather!

To ‘Google’ — now legit

“Google” was officially added to the most-stringent of grammarian resources, the Oxford English Dictionary in recent weeks.

To google” has been considered by other resources — and of course casually — as a legitimate verb for quite a while now.

But now that Merriam-Webster has confirmed to Google’s verbage, I’m left wondering — along with Neil at InfoWorld — if ever the verb will lose its copyright-mandated capital “G.”

The bad news, as far as this concerned, is the long standing predecessors in official tech lingo: The capitalizing of both the “W” on “Web site” and the “I” on “Internet.” But neither of those are verbs, so I’ll ask, how long did it take before the capital “X” was slashed off “to xerox?” (Granted, xerographic is a similar word, but the word “Xerox” itself is most definitely protected).

UPDATE: The L.A. Times reports that Merriam-Webster has defined “google” — small “g.” Good news from the fine newspaper that is not afraid to divert from AP style, commonly using website (one word) and internet (small “i”) as well as the pathetic “Southland (not in reference to the Lynyrd Skynyrd song).