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Googlezon the future of News in 2014 November 30, 2006

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Nostradamus couldn’t be better than this:

Have a look into the future of the new Media empires and what’s happening with the flow and flexibility of information. The idea that we are all part of a big social media revolution seems very appealing but it definitely also carries dangers. EPIC 2014 draws a quite reasonable scenario about the times to come. Power vs. Credibility or how we learn to love the truth!


Convergence of WEB 2.0 or how it will end October 21, 2006

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Giving the future development of the WEB 2.0 technology some thought it can be stated that there is a clear direction of convergence. The shift from the former text based weblogs to the merging of podcast and video logs has been tremendously since the beginning of this year. Additionally, the Wiki environments are also integrating all kinds of visual technologies to enhance their looks and attract more visitors. I am seriously wondering if by the end of next year the label of WEB 2.0 is extinct due to its omnipresence on the Internet. If the speed of Internet evolution is continuing in the same way it is now it soon will be impossible to distinguish between WEB 2.0 Technology and the previous homepages (disappearance). Nevertheless, the question in mind is still the social aspect behind the first steps into the era of online representations in the mode of WEB 2.0 and the open content sharing spirit. Will there be a new development soon which outruns the hype of the WEB 2.0 generation in terms of a new WEB 3.0. Since Google bought YouTube, another social media sharing platform, it is clear that there are a lot of marketing minded people behind the scene up for exploiting the social networks. Advertisement is conquering the market and WEB 2.0 goes big time into business concepts. So what is left of the social media revolution after-all?

Science goes Superblog – Blogosphere Trend October 11, 2006

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There has been a major shift in the way the Blogosphere is organized. What once started out to be a personal diary has evolved into a new business market. Looking at the development within the Blogging practices it has to be recognized that there is a trend towards the establishment of “Superblogs”. The top ranked Blogs in major search engines are not personal blogs anymore but more for the purpose of an employer or contractor. Most of the blogs are maintained a group or hosted under an umbrella of a Blog directory.
The Superblog trend can also be seen in the scientific Blogosphere. One example is http://www.scienceblogs.com which hosts former individual scientific Bloggers (48 Science Blogger at the moment) under one head directory covering every major field of research. All bloggers proved to be excellent writers in their field, giving the scientific world a specific personal flair.
Also in specialized areas such as Genetics, Physics and medical research we find very successful group Blogs which apparently earn a high degree of authority and credibility. The way to attract visitors is depending very much on the Blogging Voice and the content. Most of the successful Blogs use a highly conversational and personalized tone and manage to prepare and explain complicated facts for the eyes of a mainstream audience.
Nevertheless, the Blogosphere still relies on a lot of individual star Bloggers which have been around since the beginning of the cult.
But I think it is just a matter of time before the diverse communities are monopolizing and set the tone via the mouthpiece of authoritative SUPERBLOGS!

Google reveals the TRENDS in the Google Society October 9, 2006

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Recently, I was searching for new inspiring features in the Google Lab and just discovered the new application called Google Trends. That function enables you to see how trendy you are with your search terminology and what the world is talking about most. It is definitely something to play around with.


Keywords, Trends to track and use the Blogosphere October 8, 2006

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I was just reading a book on Blogging in Marketing talking about different methods to enhance your visibility in the Blogosphere. One concept I found quite interesting is that you determine the most popular keywords in Blogging search engines in the particular business area and integrate them into your article’s title. Due to the actuality of your posting the Blog appears to be in the top-ranking of the search engine’s result list. Also in terms of analysing the Blogosphere and its disposition for future developments it can be deduced that by looking at the trends major shifts and directions will be revealed. That’s why I will think of a method to keep records of popular keywords from search engines and compare them to older states of the Blogosphere but also to historical “old media” trendsets.

Since my main focus is particularly on the scientific Blogosphere, I predominantly use the search engine www.postgenomic.com which proved to be a very valuable source. Nevertheless there are a vast number of keyword trackers on the market, which I am going to discover in the next couple of days.   

 If this approach sounds sounds nonsense to you, comment on this!

How big is the Blogosphere? October 7, 2006

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For everyone who wants to get a quick overview of the current state of the Blogosphere according to Technorati’s statistics by looking at David Sifry’s Blog, who is the CEO of Technorati.

It is quite interesting to see that the English and the Asian (Japanese and Chinese) market are competing each other and controlling more than 80% of the entire Blogosphere.

If you find other statistics in the WWW please let me know! 

How credible is Technorati? October 7, 2006

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Everybody is more or less familiar with the Blog search engine Technorati. technorati logoIt seems to be the most efficient tool out there to run a quick search in the Blogosphere. However it is still unclear how best to rank blogs, especially given that the patterns of links among them change as posts are added, and some blogs play tricks to boost their position. There are definitely many ways to raise your visibility within the communities.


But to be honest how credible are the mechanisms behind the scene. According to a survey conducted by Nature to evaluate the TOP 50 popular scientific Blogs it was very difficult to come up with the results.


“Technorati uses the number of sites linking to a particular blog in the past six months (with a longer time frame, older blogs would obtain a higher ranking simply from having been around longer). Technorati’s approach is useful, but not all encompassing: great blogs with small, devoted audiences do not rate highly.” Nature


So the question is, will Technorati become one of the Internets biggest global players in alliance with Google with the lack of transparency? Hiding behind nice Graphs and collecting data not transparent to the regular user. In my opinion, it has most definitely the potentials to transform to a second Google if we follow the trend of the growing Blogosphere and its increasing impact on every part of society. What do you think about that?


Ten Tools to Monitor the Blogosphere October 7, 2006

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Lately, I have been doing a lot of research to find the most appropriate way of monitoring the Blogosphere. Unfortunately all of those services are giving you only an idea of trends and direction but no precise answer. Nevertheless, the concept that most of them are for free also leads to the conclusion that the expectancy can’t be raised to high. So be pleased with what you get, I assume. That’s why it works best to run a combination of a couple of the available tools to get the best results.

List of available Blogosphere search engines:

  1. Technorati (most popular Blogosphere search engine)
  2. Blogpulse (has a lot of nice trend features)
  3. Google (Blog search)
  4. Blogscope (BlogScope is an analysis and visualization tool for blogosphere which is being developed as a research prototype at Database Group, University of Toronto)
  5. Icerocket (shows Trends in the Blogosphere)
  6. Pubsub (PubSub is a matching service that instantly notifies you when new content is created that matches your subscription.)
  7. Digg (Digg is all about user powered content. Every article on digg is submitted and voted on by the digg community.)
  8. Talkdigger (Talk Digger is about Web Conversations)
  9. Opinmind (discovers opinions and ideas in the Blogosphere)
  10. Postgenomic (Postgenomic collects data from hundreds of science blogs and then does useful and interesting things with it.)

Another very useful way to monitor the most favourite Blogs is to set up a RSS Feed aggregator. There are many aggregators available which can be hosted on the desktop or online.

I personally use Bloglines, which is very easy to handle and is hosted online. You don’t need to install anything on your computer. The RSS Aggregator is updating automatically whenever a new entry is posted on your subscribed Blogs.

Another way to keep track of the WWW environment and to organize your favourite sites and information on the Web is made easy by the bookmarking service Delicious.

It allows you to save all kind of URLs which can be described and tagged so that they are categorized and easily locatable.

If anybody can think of another application or tool to track and monitor the Blogosphere, please feel free to comment and add.

HELLO BLOGOSPHERE I am coming October 6, 2006

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Weblogs have become increasingly popular and spreading rhizomatically to all spheres of the internet, private, academic, cultural, professional, commercial, and political. A Blog is a website that treats a particular topic (previously used as a diary now evolved into a marketing and communication tool) by posting information in an open content system, allowing readers to comment and link and thus enhances a discussion. Weblogs consists of various mostly brief, time-stamped postings that are organized in a reverse chronological order. Thus, the reader is able to see the most updated post on top of the page. In general, weblogs can contain all modes of multimodal representations such as text, graphics, images, audio, and video.

As the Blogosphere grows and grows there is more blogosphere box

and more need to find means of monitoring the vast dimensions of the Blogging Universe.

Therefore I will make it my mission to explore these means of getting grip of the Blogosphere. The knowledge will be shared without any restrictions and accumulated in a Blogosphere Wiki.

 “wikinization of the blogsphere”

Let’s enrich and disclose the ends of knowledge within and around the Blogosphere and bring light into the valley of darkness. There are certainly a lot of professionals out there who dig into the field and use algorithms of success measuring the ranking and linking culture. But the name of the game is recommendation and that’s where the project shall go.

Please share the knowledge and spread the word.

Let’s rock the Blogosphere and make the best out of it.

Alright talk to you soon.