Tim Rowe's Observatory: Trends in Blogging    
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4 Jan 2007 @ 14:20, by Tim Rowe

It'll be interesting to see how Blogging in general fares during 2007.

Anyone and everyone, it seems, now has a Blog. I've noticed, somewhat cynically, that people are using Blogs simply to get listed in Google. So they'll Blog on a pet subject - or more likely Blog about something they want to sell or promote - except that they'll do it in a rather mechanical way so that key phrases abound in their copy.

Now, there's nothing *wrong* with that per se, but I think we'll a kind of 'sorting of the wheat from the chaff' as Google gets hip to the glut of Blogs that are simply promotional tools - and not very good ones at that!

I've cut the number of RSS feeds I subscribe to by about half. Often I don't get the time to read them anyway.

I wonder what the next Big Thing will be Internet-wise. Will it be Web 2.0 or has that kind of peaked and petered out already?

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5 Jan 2007 @ 01:47 by ming : Web 2.0
Nobody's defined it super well, but I guess it is still the thing. People-centered stuff you can interact with.  

5 Jan 2007 @ 07:47 by timrowe : People-centred
Yes. I like the whole idea of 'social software' and the like (although I'm not a programmer). Although social software needn't be related to Web 2.0 I guess some of the features of Web 2.0 I've already benefited from are in evidence on sites like Netvibes where a lot of your data is server-based. I've been using several computers recently - even different OS's and it's been a real benefit to have been using delicious for bookmarks, Gmail for email etc. so that I have access to them any location.  

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