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  • 1. Blogs 2008
    • by Barbara K. Iverson, PhD.
    • http://currentbuzz.org
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. The blogosphere
    • 70 million weblogs
    • 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”
  • 6. Why are Blogs Big?
  • 7. Blogs in common English
    • Blogging is simply put, easy, electronic, self-publishing.
    • Searchable, archived, shared, indexed
    • http://commoncraft.com/blogs
  • 8. Parts of a blog
    • V/user expectations
    • Purpose
    • Audience
    • Database w/a pretty face
    • Tags, categories
    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
  • 9. 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
  • 10. the post
    • The link is the heart of it
    • Link for context & brevity
    • Illustrate, “mediate”
    • Connect & index - tags, categories
    • Invite interaction - comments, sharing
  • 11. It’s a conversation Interactivity & community via comments
  • 12.  
  • 13.  
  • 14.
    • Talk to me, look at me, see me (media files)
    • Widgets : what, why, and how (maps, apps)
    • RSS: Feeds and readers
    • Social networking gets connected (aggregators, feeds of feeds)
    Beyond basics
  • 15. The End
  • 16. Useful URLs (handout)
    • http://currentbuzz.org
    • http://blogger.com
    • http://blog.meetup.com/351/
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog_hosting_service
    • http://technorati.com
    • http://google.com/reader
    • 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