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January 2004

Another fine weblog

Trudy Schuett's blog is excellent. Current post: 'I've taken it upon myself to compile a list of people who are doing good things for the Internet, for blogging, and helping those of us who are slightly tech-impaired to do our thing online. ... This is my way of saying thank you to the many people that have helped me along. That's one reason I'm so passionate about blogging and RSS. The community has been helpful and instructive, and there's a great spirit of teamwork and welcoming, which was lost somewhere when the Internet went commercial. The Internet is no longer boring or exclusionary thanks to these people!'

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What the internet is ... (2)

The article by Doc Searls and David Weinberger (see this earlier post), 'What the Internet is and how to stop mistaking it for something else', comes with a sidebar of 'essential links'. A key text is David Isenberg's 'Rise of the Stupid Internet', and this can now be found at two sites. There is a revised version of this essay, too, 'The Dawn of the Stupid Network'. Isenberg's own site provides links to other important articles. Now, Ken Camp, in his blog Digital Common Sense, takes issue with Searls and Weinberger.

Weinberger's Small Pieces Loosely Joined: a Unified Theory of the Web is perhaps something we should buy and have a look at.

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Some useful links

Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution: I was led to this by reading cogdogblog — who has just read Simon Winchester's The Map that Changed the World, a book about our (Marlborough's!) "local" proto-geologist, William Smith.

Michelle's Online Learning Freakout Party Zone: a blog that looks like a mine of ideas and links about learning technology.

The role of the net in contemporary American politics and campaigning has received much attention lately. PC World has an article entitled, 'Clicking for President'.

'mobileRSS is specifically designed for small PDA screens, works within your browser (thus requiring no software downloads or upgrades), and stores all your settings and feeds online (thus using no memory on your device).'

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Another key player

Ross Mayfield (blog) is the CEO of SocialText, a company that provides 'Enterprise Social Software' -- which, being translated, means they are adapting wikis and weblogs for corporate use. (Incidentally, here is an interesting page about what 'wiki' is and why/how it works.) He also formed Blog-Network or Ryze, a community of those who blog or are interested in blogs. His latest blog carries a reference to this article about the bottom-up Net society.

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