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Getting Social at Web 2.0 Expo Berlin

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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…

Afternoon Coffee Reading

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

Digital Journalism: The Time For Talk Is Done

image2067378807.jpgThis is my boss, Karl. He's a career journalist who, like me, is enthusiastic about the possibilities opened up by new technologies. This whole post, picture included, has been created on a hand-held device, published over the mobile phone network, to a CMS that's free, and which is hosted for only a few pounds a month - certainly for less than I spend on coffee in a week.

That's exciting, because of the possibilities for in-the-field journalism it opens up. This should be an exciting time for journalists. Our ability to get to news, record it and share it with the world is higher than it's ever been. So why are there do few people like Karl? Why do so many journalists regard the whole business as something to be challenged, ignored or even soundly mocked?

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Testing iBlogger

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.

Automattic acquires Intense Debate


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.

Technorati State of the Blogosphere 2008

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.