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Monthly Archives: June 2004

Henman out

Tim Henman just got whooped by an unseeded Croat in the Wimbledon Quarter finals, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2!. Why am I surprised? I should have learned by now.


70’s design

A set of lovely interiors from the 70’s

More motivation

Well, if getting a great response to the online questionnaire wasn’t enough, I’ve started this week with even more motivation, having had a meeting with my supervisor last week. She’s given me loads of great feedback from a technical report I wrote a while back, plus food for thought abought information space/environments, non-linearity and memes (reading a couple of Dawkins’ books at the moment).

This should put me in a great frame of mind for BlogTalk 2.0 next week.

Blog Questionnaire

I’ve now closed the online blog questionnaire. Thanks to everyone for responding – I’ll provide a summary of the results here once I’ve analysed everything – which may take some time due to 92 responses in total!

Questionnaire Update

Well thank you all for answering the questionnaire so far and a special thanks for Tom Coates for advertising it on his site – I’m guessing that’s at least part of the reason why I just got 60 responses in the last 24 hours.

I’ve had a few comments about bad questions, but I guess that’s all part of the learning process. The important thing is that at long last I have results!

One of my supervisors, Nick, pointed me towards this discussion about the parallels between blogspace and communities of practice (CoPs). It’s an interesting article and worth reading the comments.

I’ve been using Gush recently as my news reader. And it really is the works! The interface is a treat to look at, and very easy to use and read. The killer-feature about Gush, however, is the news reader is complimented with a Jabber IM client. Unfortunately I don’t know anyone using Jabber so I can’t make the most of it. But this is a really interesting marriage, allowing the sharing of news feeds amongst many other things.

Update #1: Just found out that Gush comes with an MSN gateway which means I can now talk to all my MSN buddies. It offers a very nice iChat style two-column interface when chatting as well.

Update #2
: Unfortunately Gush is proving to be a bit of a resource hog and therefore slightly clunky. It’s based on Flash – not sure if this is the reason though.

Please help me out!

I’m now collecting the first wave of data for my PhD about blogging and reputation. I’m doing this through an online questionnaire. For all those interested in the results, I will publish them once all the data has been collected. In the meantime, if you keep a blog and have 20 minutes to spare, then please please fill out my questionnaire!

Update #1: I should have added that it would be great if you could put a link to this questionnaire on your own blog to try and find some more respondents!

Update #2: The links for the blog sites listed in question 22 are:

Blog Street
London Bloggers
UK Bloggers

Honey Drought

There’s an interesting discussion going on at Many to Many at the moment. A popular blogger, invisibleadjunct, has recently announced that she is to stop publishing to her blog for personal reasons and that the blog will disappear from the web at some point in the near future. This has opened up a range of emotions from fans of the site, leading to a flurry of comments on her blog (200+ !) as well as many others.

The emotions appear to range from “she’s being selfish for bringing down a site that should really belong to the community that has spawned around it” to a more sympathetic voice of “we support her decision and good luck”.

This whole phenomenon has come about due to the person-centred nature of blog publishing. Unlike almost every other online publishing service, the blog is person-centric. Arguably, the blog acts as an avatar on the web for the author. The difference is that through trackback and commenting other people can attach their own content to that avatar. And this seems to be where the confusion lies, because the attached content causes ownership conflicts between commenters and blog authors. The loss of content is beyond the readerships control, and therefore anger emerges because their content is being unfairly taken away. A resolution is for readers to copy the content of the site and host it (i.e. mirror it) themselves, although this still does not solves the problem since the comments were contextualised by the posts made by the author, and to make a facetious allegory, without a queen bee there can be no honey.

Is this going to become an increasing problem with blogs? Is there a blog-community-saving business opportunity here?