ME and Ophelia

Monday, January 12, 2004

And well organised blogs

Lately, I've been keeping an eye out for well organised blogs, hoping to see layouts that could be compatible with my BlogSpot Plus set-up. I'd like to categorise my posts so that I can find them all in one place. But I do not wish to move from Blogger. This log of daily posts, archived here by month only, is a nuisance when I want to find my posts on blogging, community, Internet dating and social networking.

Judith Meskill has a neat way of organising her blog knowledge notes, assorted bits and bytes on knowledge sharing, social software, content-based search, genealogy, haiku, poetry, and life in general.

I'm looking for simple ways to archive this particular post by subject so that, when I blog more examples, my posts can be retrieved under one subject heading. Then, when I'm ready to work on re-designing my blog, I could just whizz through all the samples to see how others have organised their work. No doubt other BlogSpot users feel the same way.

Early days yet, Blogger is still under development. Look forward to see what they are coming up with next. In the meantime, I can live with the way my blog stands while I spend time exploring social networking and knowledge media. This week, I'm looking forward to catching up on Marc Eisenstadt's My Dog, BuddySpace and Microsoft's Social Computing Group.

See previous post below re speculation that Google's hooking Blogger software to a Friendster-type network (via an acquisition) to tap into the open-standard-driven computing world.
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Internet News' blogging on steroids

Here are two extracts from Judith Meskill's post "blogging on steroids" taken from InternetNews' article BitTorrent, 'Gi-Fi,' and Other Trends in 2004:

Blogging technology merged with wikis and integrated into social networks -
A truly connected world of online journals

-- If you were caught off guard by the wild popularity of blogs (define) in 2003, wait till you see what 2004 has in store. The next wave could be dubbed blogging-on-steroids -- as blogging technology is merged with wikis (blogging "best-practices" sites) (define) and integrated into social networks (the Friendsters of the world) to create a truly-connected world of online journals, Web collaboration and personals networking.

(via an acquisition) to tap into the open standard driven computing world?

-- Researchers at Microsoft are already testing a networking tool called Wallop to explore how people share media and build conversations in the context of social networks. The word around the industry is that Google will hook its Blogger software to a Friendster-type network (via an acquisition?) to tap into the ever-more-connected, open-standard-driven computing world.

-- In 2004, the evolution of the weblog/wiki/personal network will make a huge impact in the way information is shared on the Internet. Doubters need just look at the way the heavyweight politicians have embraced blogging to take advantage of the conversational nature of the technology...
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Easy to read and find new blogs

On clicking through Judith Meskill's knowledge notes..., I discovered W4 k-collector. I'm not yet familiar with who or what collects and selects the blog posts featured, but it seems like an easy way to get a taster of different blogs.
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Blogs coming of age in Spain

Thanks to W4 and Dowbrigade for highlighting this post (written by Madrid-based blogger Marta Peirano of Elastico) that explains how world events, including the Prestige oil spill and the Iraq war, sparked growth and a new sense of significance for Spain's blogs this year:

"...It's easy to forget, ensconced as we are each in our own corner of the Blogosphere, the true depth and breath of this movement. Even when we reach out and link with far-flung blogs that somehow come to our attention, we can still not do more than scratch the surface of the sphere.

If you would like a reminder that Blogging is a world-wide phenomena which is working its magic hither and tither around the globe, check out this just-released article in Wired on the explosion of Spanish-language blogging during the past year.

"All of a sudden it became obvious that TV and newspapers weren't providing us with the truth," Peirano says. "We saw things on weblogs that contradicted what we were seeing in conventional media -- digital snapshots and first-person reports posted by independent people, individuals, who'd traveled to the oil spill site to help with cleanup."

"We were reading these live blog accounts, and it was as if the entire country realized at the same time we weren't being told the truth," adds Peirano. "The media was just lying..."

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 1/12/2004
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