by Barbara K. Iverson, PhD.
Old wine, new bottles Samuel Pepys wrote about daily life in London in the late 1600s.
Phil Gyford began to post Pepys diary as a blog, beginning with the January 1, 1660 entry which was published on 1 January 2003.
Social media circa 2008 Emergence of cheap, ubiquitous communication tools (broadband, computers, mobile phones) Participatory, they invite contributions
Blogs, wikis, forums, virtual worlds, social networks
Weblog = we + blog Computer-based journals were originally called “Weblogs” but one fellow hyphenated the word to make it fit his web page as “We” and “blog” Other people took this to be a verb: I blog, you blog, he blogs, she blogs, we blog. It stuck.
A blog is what its content and its author(s) make it.
The blogosphere About120,000 new weblogs/day; 1.4 new blogs/second 3000-7000 new splogs (fake, or spam blogs) created every day 1.5 million posts per day, 17 posts per second Japanese the #1 blogging language at 37%; English second at 33%; Chinese third at 8%
About 1/3 of posts include “tags”
Why are Blogs Big?
Blogs in common English Blogging is simply put, easy, electronic, self-publishing. Searchable, archived, shared, indexed
Parts of a blog Posts are the heart of the blog. They should include OUTLINKS & you might allow comments. Link to “About you” information Categories are useful to readers & to search engines Trackbacks tell who is linking to your blog. Conversations are two-way Blog header - branding & ID information
Posts are the heart of the blog. They should include OUTLINKS & you might allow comments. Link to “About you” information Categories are useful to readers & to search engines Trackbacks tell who is linking to your blog. Conversations are two-way Blog header - branding & ID information
the post The link is the heart of it Link for context & brevity Connect & index - tags, categories
Invite interaction - comments, sharing
It’s a conversation Interactivity & community via comments
Talk to me, look at me, see me (media files) Widgets : what, why, and how (maps, apps) Beyond basics
Social networking gets connected (aggregators, feeds of feeds)
Useful URLs (handout) http://blog.meetup.com/351/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog_hosting_service http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/10.05/mustread.html?pg=2 (Weblogs are to words what Napster was to music) http://www.techsoup.org / http://mashable.com/2008/03/10/blogging-phone-tools/ http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/000493.html
by Barbara K. Iverson [email_address] 5-08-2008