BlogTalk Evaluation

DSC00565Wow...this was an interesting conference. The topics did feed a few general areas like networking, education and especially knowledge management issues. While I do agree that blogs do naturally fill some knowledge management areas, they are very lacking in the area of information retrieval.

DSC00571I can see, however, a change/evolution in the thought behind weblogs. Last year, it seemed that the conference focused on blogging tools, its future, and how people could make money off of blogs. This year many of the same bloggers have attended and I feel that the thought behind the purpose of blogging has changed from seeing blogs in these ways, to see blogs as a tool for both social networking and especially for knowledge management. It is a refreshing change of opinion and one that I believe reflects a deeper exploration of the medium. I am looking forward to continuing my research in this area, and I am definitely leaving with new ideas, and not least great new connections. New projects are in the works, and even though it is time for vacation, my creative juices are flowing! I can not wait to begin!

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Back at BlogTalk

This morning began with a great presentation by Mena and Ben Trott of Six Apart. It was a great overview of what they believe blogging is about and a bit about the differences between content-driven versus audience-driven blogs. Mena talked a lot about her discomfort with tens of thousands of readers, which underscores a major theme/question of the conference; do Bloggers want a lot of readers or not? Today both the Trotts and the next speaker, Jane Perrone made a good distinction between professional/audience-driven blogs and personal/content-driven. It seems that the majority of Bloggers only want to be read by a select group of people and that when suddenly faces with a large readership, their content-driven blog (content usually being the aspect that drew in the readers in the first place) to audience-driven weblogs, in which the Bloggers feel forced to ‘perform’ for their readers. Also, there seems to be a correlation between the killing of blogs and the Bloggers’ feeling of needing to perform.

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Well, we got through out presentation, despite shaking on my part and speaking too fast :-) . Also, our slides were a little too dark on the screen, so we have included them here as requested. Also, this is the handout that we gave out before the presentation.

It was a great experience though, and one that I look forward to repeating. I have made great contacts here, and was able to connect face to face with Bloggers that I have only read and admired from afar.

One thing that I noticed from the panel position was how well people seem to be able to multitask! I saw people live-blogging, using web cameras, listening to ear phones, and even received an Orkut invitation during our presentation. This makes me wonder…I have often heard that the laptop separates people, that we can not communicate as effectively as we do face to face at conferences, but I wonder if it is not just a matter of practice… those who can multitask seem better at communication than many I have spoken with F2F. I do not believe that the laptop is a barrier, but a facilitator. (this could have been longer, but I want to listen to the presentation now!)

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Jon Hoem

Tv viewing is declining more than any other traditional media, still people use tv more than anything else.

Media literacy: the border between active and passive participation. The ability to access, analyze, evaluate and communicate info

Blogging has always been about compliation. authentic creation is replaced by selection and it should always be closely integrated with the browser.

he is showing us a demo which will attempt to combine the simplicity of moblogs with the collective editing of wikis.

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Jorg Kantel

Turn your radio on, or tweaking and tuning your weblog for the future
Weblogs are a combination between asynchrony and synchrony and as such, a perfect tool for alternative media.

Short history of alternative media: many roots of blogging as it tries to give control of the media to the people. (archaeology of blogging)
Radio: it is cheap to build.
Alternative newspapers and magazines: the freedom of the press belongs to those who own one. (he was one of the producers of the radikal)
Movie, film, video groups
Weblogs; a new media between synchronity and asynchronity:


somewhat conspiracy theory, got too caught up in the presentation to blog it…loved it! especially the ending of ‘let’s do it…maybe it won’t work, but let’s try before the government does!

(the connection seems to be *very* slow and we have now lost sound to Jon's presentation)

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Mark Bernstein is the first keynote.

The social physics of weblogs

Long ago, he wrote 10 tips for writing better weblogs, but how do we know that these are right? Thus far, much weblog research had been trying to convince people that weblogs matter; why not conduct research that matters to weblogs instead?

What is success in a weblog? not abandoned, page rank, influence,

How does success change software? Usability is easy to measure but it privileges the novice.

Are weblogs dying? Salvage ethnology would be interesting

There is no mystical nature to the internet, it is bits and rust. We need to figure out things.

weblogs should not be broadcasting...there should be more thought/reflection in the posts

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i want to blog about blogwalk and my impressions from yesterday, but i do not have time at the moment as blogtalk is about to begin. i will post about blogwalk later.

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