Archive for September 30th, 2004

It Doesn’t Take Much to Start a Revolution

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The prime example in the
world today of the power of the Internet and the Blogosphere to suplant
the established news media as the main source of a nation’s information
is South Korea, where a coalition of blogs and web sites elected a Maverick
president
and blew the old line media out of the water. Now they want
to export their success….

SOUTH KOREA’S MEDIA has been turned on its head by an upstart Internet news portal
called OhmyNews. But can its revolutionary brand of citizen reporting and Internet-only
delivery work elsewhere?

OhmyNews is in fact little more than a Web site, edited by Oh and his fellow
editors, and filled by ordinary members of the public–what the left-leaning
Oh calls "citizen reporters"–who submit stories, comments, pictures
and sometimes video by e-mail and from their cellphones. More than 30,000
of them regularly post pieces, and many more add their comments. A team of
editors
sift through the material, weeding out potential legal problems and rewriting
for readability, while a handful of full-time reporters add their own stories
on the top events of the day

For now, the most lasting lesson Oh and his team can pass
on is that it doesn’t take much to start a revolution. "We can do
anything so long as we have an Internet connection," he says.

from the Far Eastern Economic Review

What’s Up With Technorati?

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What’s up with Technorati? Long considered the most authoritive and professional
blog tracking site, it seems to be slipping, at least from a public perception
point of view if not in fact in the accuracy of their information.

For a blogger who blogs daily, usually multiple posts,
it can be disconcerting to the point of emotionally upsetting to discover
that the Official Register of the Blogosphere thinks you HAVEN’T UPDATED
YOUR BLOG IN 16 DAYS 12 HOURS AND 22 MINUTES. The very fact it is so
exact gives it all the more weight as officialista reproach.
What a slacker! That Dowbrigade slug hasn’t posted in over two weeks!
He oughta shit it down!

In the listed links, of course, they reference many postings
from within the past two weeks. What’s up whit this.  We are not
enough of a gearhead to understand how Technorati works, but we do ping
them from time to time. Is this due to the growth of the Blogosphere
that they can only get around to checking each blog every three weeks?

our Technorati results