Blogger - Splogs Be Gone

A few new features have recently cropped up in Google's Blogger free blogging service. Last week saw the emergence of the new Newsreel and Video Bar widgets. Newsreel delivers the latest Google News live to your blog and Video Bar offers a convenient, fool proof way of integrating YouTube movies without the need to alter post HTML.

A major area of concern for Blogger is the way a few hardcore users abuse their platform by filling it with spam blogs (splogs). This week they are unveiling a new feature in the battle against the splog - word verfication of individual blog posts. This has long been a feature of comment moderation and should help to stop sploggers in their tracks. It has the negative side effect that honourable Bloggers will no longer be able to use software to publish the same post on multiple blogs. Oh well, you win some you lose some.

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