Blogger's dinner tonight in Cambridge.
Paul Boutin: Wi-Fi for Dummies.
BlogStreet: Blog Post Analysis.
Donna Wentworth is blogging today's sessions.
Pictures from the Jupiter weblogs conference.
Dan Bricklin's pictures.
Today I have a net connection in the conference hall. As Doc notes, the hotel network system has been very very flaky. If you're blogging it, send me an email. Jason Shellen from Google (Blogger) presented earlier.He says this weblog will get passed around the blogging world. Okay, let's see. On an internal weblog at Google, stories about how Google saved my dog. They're thinking about a Blogger appliance along the lines of the Google appliance. "We don't have product plans here yet," says Shellen.
Denise posts on Doc's blog an answer to a question Halley asked at the previous session.
My next keynote is in the valley of the shadow of Microsoft, July 10 in Portland, OR, to be followed by a summer tour of northern California, with pics, dinners and parties.
Kevin Werbach figures that he will get a quarter million spams this year.
Joi Ito points to a parody of A-List bloggers posted by Scoble, not written by Scoble. Joi is right, it's fun until you get to the parody of yourself.
Thomas Burg: Weblogs als Business Anwendung.
I met the proprietor of EasyJournal. He says there's a killer viral feature to the software. What is it? He says use it to find out.
When users flame
Movable Type users, predictably flame me for advocating a time-tested way of evolving software, explained by Don Park. In so many ways we're hitting the reset button on old practices that worked. Embrace & Extend is respectful. Eventually SixApart will want the respect, when an upstart (or an old fart) implements something called Trackback that doesn't work with theirs. Users, of course, don't have to understand this. But that doesn't mean it isn't relevant. And one day it would be great if vendors asked their users not to flame their critics or competitors. One can hope.
This subject came up yesterday at the Jupiter conference, about transparent companies, and how that relates to weblogs. Now understand that I do not today work at UserLand, but of course I am influential there. Weblogs, it seems, are somewhat about companies speaking their truth. Some bloggers, esp Kottke, don't get this. He often jumps on me for saying what I think. Jason, listen up. I'm supposed to say what I think. That's what weblogs are about.
Thoughts from Day 1
People talk about reasons to have a weblog, how will you measure its success. I wanted to say You'll know when it works, you won't need numbers. You'll get an idea you wouldn't have otherwise gotten. A business contact. A bug report. An old friend finds you. You get a job. You hire someone. You get an answer to a question. These are the benefits of running a weblog. There are others, more surprising. I quit smoking -- I get support from people who read my weblog. Even better, I inspire a few others to stop smoking. It can be so gratifying (that is, inspiring gratitude).
People talk about elusive What Is A Weblog? question, and I clearly didn't do my job very well. I was supposed to answer that question. I wrote a paper (still have to finish and publish it) that tries to answer the question.
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