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Many publishing businesses are heavily involved with the events business too, and I find the growing use of the web to support conferences before they occur increasingly fascinating. In a blog post earlier in the week, Janetti Chon outline the online initiatives they’re using to support Web 2.0 Expo Berlin this year. 
There’s a social network for the event at Crowdvine. I first saw these springing up for conferences last year, and they’re a really excellent way of identifying in advance contacts who will be at the event. Here’s my profile in the network.
There’s a whole series of satellite events around the conference (not unlike the ones you see at our party conferences in the UK, I suppose), including a BarCamp, which are being gathered together under the banner of Berlin Web Week
And then there’s the blogger outreach programme, of which I am a part. That’s why I have a handy-dandy discount code for Web 2.0 Expo Berlin, that you can use to save 35% off the registration price. Just use the code webeu08gr9 when you register. I’d really like to get some blogger outreach going with some of RBI’s events, so I’m finding my participation in the programme an educational experience…

Green Team CoffeeSome spots from my RSS feeds for this afternoon (although it’s pretty much evening now):

I think – and I’ve heard many others echo the same thought back to me –
that we have to stop talking about whether these tools are useful
to journalists, and start using them to prove that they are.

danger we’re in right now is that many of the people who are most
conversant with these tools, and who are the biggest evangelists, for
them end up getting pulled away from the reporting positions into
central development functions. They stop doing, and start encouraging
others to do. But I think we need more leading by example. And we need
better documentation of good journalism done with new tools. And we
need to find better ways of sharing knowledge of how to use these tools
between journalists.

Let’s see if we can’t make the next six months the period when journalism really gets to grips with these new tools.

image1894367549.jpgThis is just a quick test post from iBlogger, a blogging app for the iPhone. There are some existing ones out there that support specific platforms, but this supports a whole range.

Better yet, it’s based on ecto, long my favourite Mac blogging software.

But is it any good? Well, this post is coming together pretty well. Impossible to add links in any useful way, of course. But this will be great for quick, newsy posts.

Mobile Blogging from here.


An e-mail was waiting for me when I got home, announcing that Automattic has acquired Intense Debate.
For those not familiar with it, Intense Debate is one of those centralised blog comment services, where you replace your own blog’s comments with a centralised service. The key advantage of this is that a commenter’s activity can be aggregated across blog. The commenter owns her own comments, if you like. Competitor Disqus has been getting more attention, but Automattic’s acquisition will push the idea quickly towards the mainstream – and Intense Debate with it. 
Matt Mullenweg has already suggested that they’ll be integrating Intense Debate into the WordPress core, “as appropriate”, so we’ll rapidly see the concept spreading across the wide world of WordPress blogging.
It’ll be interesting to see how both Disqus – whose primary development has been around WordPress – and Six Apart – who have been showing more and more of a community focus in their products – respond to this.
But I think this is the first step major step towards making centralised commenting identities the mainstream – and default – way of working.

At last! The 2008 Technorati state of the Blogosphere is out. Nice to see it back to being blog-focused rather that being a report into the notional “live web”. The report is being published in five sections over five days. Only section one – Who Are The Bloggers – is up so far.

A couple of interesting things I’ve noted:

  • Only about 1.1m blogs are updated in the last week. Now, obviously there’s a large hinterland of abandoned blogs in the rest. Frequency seems to be the exception rather than the rule in the whole of the blogsphere these days. 
  • The majority of bloggers do NOT live near the largest metropolitan areas – OK, it’s a US finding, but I’m pleased to see that blogging is not a purely urban phenomenon.
  • And I think this graph could be very significant for what I do:

State of the Blogsphere 2008: Blog types

Lots of people blogging about their jobs. That’s very interesting for B2B media indeed.

Oooh, day 2 went up while I was writing this post.