Tidbits from Marie Kaddall's talk: "Trends in Blogging and RSS"
Kaddall largely gave an overview of the state of blogging and a brief run-through of RSS use:
- From a perseus.com Blog Survey, 98% of bloggers are under 30; only 2% of working adults are blogging
- blogging is the democratization of the press
- blogs can be created for the "nanoaudience" such as family, co-workers, friends
- leading blog hosts are Blogspot (used by Blogger), Xanga, and LiveJournal
She talked about different types of blogs, and different types of people who are blogging. Aimed particularly at teenagers: AOL Red blogs and bolt.com.
Types of blogs I hadn't heard about yet:
- dashblogs and linkblogs: blogs that just point to info on the web or websites (what this blog would be if I wasn't also summarizing sessions and adding the little comments now and then!
- kLogs: knowledge management blogs (I'm not clear how this differs from the other blog types)
- Plogs: password protected project management blog (presumably used for individual projects)
- social podcasting: for example www.sparkcasting.com
- Doppler, iPodder, iPodderX are all software for downloading podcasts
- Airtight is a taxonomy developed for tag browsing Flickr (Flickr being one of Yahoo's applications for storing and showing photos on the web)
- social bookmarking e.g. http://del.icio.us/ and http://www.blogmarks.net/
- bridge bloggers e.g. Global Voices from Harvard Law
- new blog search engines e.g. http://www.icerocket.com/
- Wikis, which she billed as "the wisdom of crowds" to tie in with another LexisNexis talk later at this conference - e.g. http://en.wikinews.org
This part of the talk seemed a little glossed over I thought. RSS was mentioned, as were feedreaders/aggregators. She mentioned that some browsers such as Mozilla and Foxfire incorporate feedreaders. She mentioned various other RSS applications, and I believe mentioned bloglines in particular as a favourite of many.