Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Using Social Technologies

The reports of my death have been greatly exagerated - so said Mark Twain following newspaper reports of his demise. The same may be true of blogging which, in spite of reports in Wired magazine amongst others, appears to be alive and well and (according to a recent Forrester report), positively thriving in the US.


Trevor Attridge said...

"Jason Calacanis made millions from his Weblogs network. But he flat-out retired his own blog in July. "Blogging is simply too big, too impersonal" = I've made my money I'm out (but I need to justify the fact to you all that really, I cannot be bothered anymore)

They also point to single users being unable to crank out 30 blogs a day (and therefore compete with the professional sites) - about time like minded bloggers joined forces under a single site to produce content and engage with the wider audience this would attract.

As for Twitter and it's limitations putting us all on an equal footing - sometimes writing short prose can be the most difficult task in the world. Blogs still have a place, they will just evolve into a richer media experience, become more portable and automatically (due to the input device) make use of supplemental technologies such as location based information.

Ian said...

Blogging is still a new medium, it will take time to evolve and settle, once this has occurred then I think it would be fair to measure how successful they really are against other tools.

Experimentation by people over time to find their own sweet spots as to which tools suite them best will, without a doubt, still mean blogs are alive and well ten years from now. Especially when you consider the older crowd who do not 'butterfly ' around the web, but spend more time in their interactions.

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