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Credit for Help on Blog Posts »

Copyright xkcd CC BY-NC Back when I first started blogging, the standard post took about 5 min and was usually written in a hurry after I thought of something to say in the shower. If it had mistakes, I'd add/edit/reblog any fixes. As my post have gotten longer and the institutions affected by my posts have gotten bigger, fussier and more necessary to protect - I've started becoming a bit more careful about what I say and how I say it. Instead of blog first, think later - agile blogging - I now have a process that feel a...

Refreshed blog design and the history of this website »

Our website circa 1996 Thanks to Boris Anthony and Daiji Hirata for helping to upgrade and clean up my blog. We upgraded the platform to Movable Type Pro 6.2.4. (Yes, I still use Movable Type!) Daiji and Boris got Facebook Instant Articles working inspired by Dave Winer and with the help from folks over at Facebook. (Thanks!) Boris cleaned up the design of the blog and also made it responsive - much more mobile friendly. What's amazing to me is how well the design has held up over the years. We (the founding team of Eccosys) set up our web...

Testing Facebook Instant Articles »

Sitting at home and looking out the window was a bit other-worldly. A snowy day in April is rare even in Boston. I seem to have gotten myself sick again. (After being mostly immune to everything for years, I've had a series of colds and flues this year. More on my theories about this in another post.) For the last few days, Boris, Daiji and I have been following in the footsteps of Dave Winer and have been trying to get my RSS feed from my Movable Type Blog to become compatible with Facebook Instant Articles so that it...

Posting to Medium from my blog »

It looks like I can post to Medium from my blog using RSS by using IFTTT. I'm going to give this a try. I like having my blog as the primary source and archive and am excited by different ways that we can then distribute/syndicate the content out....

A challenge to reboot the Open Web from Dave Winer »

Dave Winer just posted about his trip to the Media Lab. He ends with: Where to go? In one of the follow-up emails I listed three things we could do to help the open web reboot. I had written about all these ideas before, in some cases, a number of times. Every university should host at least one open source project. Every news org should build a community of bloggers, starting with a river of sources. Every student journalist should learn how to set up and run a server. These ideas came out of my work in booting up blogging...

Time to channel my inner Dave Winer »

Caroline Sinders and Dave Winer at the Media Lab Center for Civic Media on February 11, 2016 After the first Internet bubble burst around 2001 and the Nasdaq came crashing down to pre-Internet size, most of the world wrote off the Internet as having been a failure or a fad. Douglas Rushkoff said at the time, that it was just the Internet fending off an attack. I was lucky enough to still be investing at the time and was very excited by blogging which emerged from the ashes of the crashed dot-com space. As I become familiar with the characters...

Blogging »

I just arrived at FORTUNE Brainstorm: TECH and noticed that they linked to my blog on the site. (Thanks!) However, I'm having some difficulty trying to figure out what to write about or what "voice" to use. Compared to when I blogged this event back in 2002, there are a lot of bloggers here now. Personally, I blog a lot less. Blogging had become "work" and my blog had begun to attract such a broad audience that I had to write in an increasingly self-controlled and measured voice, which was boring. Also, the tools have changed. I get more comments...

A day in my life in Beijing »

JUMP系列 Photographer:老0 I landed in Beijing yesterday at 5AM from Los Angeles and am leaving today at 1PM for New York. From a logistical and environmental perspective, I think this was one of my stupider trips. However, from a content perspective, this was one of my best trips ever. I really met more interesting people, saw more interesting things and had more interesting conversations in a single day than I've had in a long time. I started out the morning yesterday by giving at talk at cnbloggercon organized by Isaac Mao. I gave a talk about the sharing economy...

Radar expands sharing »

Radar, which focuses and helping groups of close friends share photos mostly on phones has added a new sharing feature. While Radar's focus is still allowing small groups to share their private moments, Radar now allows you to share those photos that you don't mind everyone seeing. They've got the necessary widgets and stuff to make this easy too. I invested in Radar because I think that the small group co-presence sharing is different from "publishing" like this blog and that this market is still underserved. However, I do think that there are some moments we all want to...

Taiichi translating blog posts »

Taiichi Fox, who let me ride his Segway back in 2003, has started translating my English language blog posts into Japanese. It is somewhat embarrassing that I can't write well in Japanese, and I am EXTREMELY grateful for Taiichi's support. Thanks!...

State of the Blogosphere, October, 2006 »

David has posted the State of the Blogosphere, October, 2006....

Meeting Ivailo Kalfin »

Photo by Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign AffairsYesterday, Veni Markovski took Paul Twomey and me to go see Ivailo Kalfin, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria. Paul is the President/CEO of ICANN (I am on the board). First of all, The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry has now licensed all of its content under a Creative Commons 2.5 Attribution License . YAY! The Minister also just started a blog at http://www.kalfin.eu. It was clear from the conversation that Veni was a well known (and mostly liked) maverick who had blazed the way for open Internet in Bulgaria with...

Vox »

As many of you already know, Six Apart, which I my company Neoteny is an investor in has been working for awhile to develop Vox. (I'm the Chairman of Six Apart Japan as well.) Vox is still in preview mode, but we're welcoming and asking friends to sign up and give it a try. It's free. I'm actually enjoying it a great deal and have been posting most of my stuff on my Vox site these days. It feels more personal and is a bit more group oriented than this blog. Anyway, let me know if you have any questions...

CGM Marketing Launch »

Last night was the launch party of CGM Marketing. It is a joint venture between Digital Garage, Asatsu DK, Dentsu and Cyber Communications (CCI). (Press release) I co-founded Digital Garage in 1994. My little web/IT company called Eccosys made a joint venture with and later merged with the Garage group headed by Kaoru Hayashi. The Garage group was involved in advertising, marketing and content. We were their little Internet engine that could. In the early days of Eccosys, I had been talking to Yahoo about doing Yahoo Japan. After Softbank invested, it was clear that I wasn't going to get...

Other bloggers at Brainstorm 2006 »

Some other bloggers at Brainstorm: Ross Mayfield, Dan Gillmor, Rebecca MacKinnon, Gary Bolles UPDATE: Diego Rodriguez is also blogging the event....

Comment spam poetry »

I've been deleting a ton of comment spam from this spammer recently. I took a moment to read it and realized that it is, in a nutshell, a kind of weirdly poetic rendering of the state of the Internet today.cleavage He stared at the clock in the dashboard instead <a href="http://www.backgamm0n.com">backgammon</a> [url=http://www.backgamm0n.com]backgammon[/url] Hi Marty!.Maybe I'm just punch from too many long meetings......

Adult Baby fetish guy working at SmartFilter? »

Sean Bonner has just posted an almost "too weird to be true" story about a guy who works at SmartFilter, a web filtering company that "protects children" from dirty content. They have been the target of a lot of blogging recently after Boing Boing ended up on their filter list and have been trying to be removed. It looks like the guy that they have been interacting with at the filter company is an Adult Baby or AB. (ABs like to dress up and act like babies.) Sean cites Violet Blue, a noted sex educator who thinks it is probably...

Endo »

Adriaan, who works for me at Kula and is the author of the blog editing tool Ecto and 1001, just released Endo his new aggregator/feed reader. Check it out when you have a chance. Make sure you try smart groups and don't expect it to behave like a normal 3-pane application. ;-) More about it on his blog....

Sifry's State of the Blogosphere Part 2: Beyond Search »

Sifry's State of the Blogosphere Part 2: Beyond Search is up....

Podcasting: The end of amateur hour? »

By Thomas Crampton Wired magazine writes about the so-called phenomenon of podfading: When someone stops doing a podcast. Reasons cited for stopping podcasts: - Boredom - No success - Overwhelming success - No money Meanwhile, the US-based National Public Radio this week reached the milestone of 13 million podcasts downloaded just six months after it started podcasting. At the pace mainstream media is entering the new media space, will today's star bloggers and podcasters be tomorrow's roadkill? Note: I may cross-post comments on the IHT blog and they may be reproduced in the paper for publication....

Dave Sifry's State of the Blogosphere - Part 1: On Blogosphere Growth »

Dave has posted Part 1 of another round of his now regular State of the Blogosphere reports. Part 1 is about Blogosphere Growth. Here is the Summary: * Technorati now tracks over 27.2 Million blogs * The blogosphere is doubling in size every 5 and a half months * It is now over 60 times bigger than it was 3 years ago * On average, a new weblog is created every second of every day * 13.7 million bloggers are still posting 3 months after their blogs are created * Spings (Spam Pings) can sometimes account for as much as...

Next Gen Publishing »

By Thomas Crampton As a journalist, I admit to having more than a passing interest in the future of media/publishing. For "next generation" publishing, I currently see two main technical developments... -wireless connections for ubiquitous Internet, and -smaller and easier-to-read screens, ...that are bringing two main social changes... -increased trust/reliance on peer-to-peer communication, and -a more conversational style of journalism that contrasts with the previous model (that more resembled lecturing). You can see the changes already having a concrete effect, with U.S. news magazines responding to the Internet -- in part by cutting back their foreign staff and editions. What...

IHT Blog Launched! »

By Thomas Crampton It is now official! The IHT blog has been launched. Check it out. Comments on the IHT Blog may be used in a column that will run in the International Herald Tribune's technology pages - print and Internet - if we get enough good comments....

Emergence of Digital Socialization »

By Thomas Crampton Currently in rural southern Ireland and unable to connect to my Gmail account. Problem could be Gmail server overload with so many people on holiday or it could be the slow dial-up connection. It has been interesting, however, to see how I quickly turned to my blog as a form of communication to reach the outside world. As someone who is a relatively recent convert to blogging, it reminds me of the adage that once you go digital, you never return to analog. Having been a sceptic about blogs, I am now a convert. This is a...

If news is not in English, did it happen? »

By Thomas Crampton English was already the lingua franca of science, business and academia. Now English appears to be fast emerging as the media language of choice. Al Jazeera is preparing to debut a 24-hour news channel in English. A TV station in Russia also started English broadcasting this month (but got hacked down). Recently, an ex-FIFA sports official praised the French newspaper, L'Equipe, for some of it's hard-hitting doping coverage, including revelations about Lance Armstrong. But, he added, they just don't get the same notice because their reporting is in French. His implication: If news is not in English,...

Will more moblog help? »

I'm sitting in a car on the way home from the airport after arriving in Japan from New York. I had a 14 hour plane trip where I caught up on email and wrote some reports. As it has been noted, the frequency of my posts (as well as the number of blogs I read) has decreased significantly since I started playing World of Warcraft. Originally I was attributing this entirely to the addictive nature of WoW, but I'm wonder if I'm also slightly bored. I'm an early adopter type and I'm not asserting here that I represent any normal...

Blogging: Outdated, outmoded and ugly. »

By Thomas Crampton Recent thread on the types of blogs highlighted something that bothers me: The term Blogging has hit the use-by date. Face it, the word "blog" does not have a beautiful sound. More to the point, however, there are so many types of blog-like interactions that it is way too generic. In the thread we arrived at three styles of blogging (they can be mixed in a single blog, of course): 1- Talk - distributed conversation that reaps ideas 2- Inform - links to interesting things 3- Opine - Puts forward viewpoints Sam Tresler highlighted many uses for...

On CNN Situation Room again »

Calling Abbi in the studio to coordinate...Abbi from the Situation Room emailed me just as I was about to leave Croatia asking me to join Rebecca MacKinnon on a segment for the Situation Room today. (This is the second time. The first time was in August.) We just finished recording. It will air on CNN Domestic 7 PM Eastern Time on Saturday and 1 PM Eastern Time on Sunday. Rebecca talked about global voices and I talked about blogs being conversations. Nothing new to readers here, but felt good having a chance to say it on CNN. I also quoted...

Deconstructing Bloggers »

By Thomas Crampton In studying blogs I have come to notice there are relatively few styles of postings. In descending order of difficulty, they are: Conversational: Asks for a response, implicitly or explicity. Often gets no responses but occasionally it hits a home run with a great discussion. Informational: A "neat-o" style of posting that tells information but does not really encourage discussion. These tend to get links without comment. BoingBoing, Engadget, etc are very successful blogs of this sort. Polemical: A posting that takes a strong opinion. These tend to get both responses and links. The responses, however, tend...

Discontinuous Changes to Media »

By Thomas Crampton Interesting post on the blog of PR man Richard Edelman about the future of media. Extracted highlights: * The largest 50 Web companies are attracting 96% of the ad spending on line. * 9.5 million homes in the US now have TiVo or another digital video recorder. 64% of DVR users skip all ads and an additional 26% skip through most ads. The number of homes with DVRs is expected to triple in the next five years. * Every dollar coming out of print advertising revenue for newspapers is replaced by only 33 cents online. Changes to...

IHT Journalist Trespassing in Blogosphere »

By Thomas Crampton Dear All, As happened in previous posting, I am happy to revisit the issue of my guest blogging on Joi's site. Why blog with Joi? As Joi mentioned, I am trying to fast-forward into new media. Whether covering war, disease outbreaks or eathquakes, I always head for the frontlines. The frontlines in blogging include the readers of Joi's blog. Great ideas have emerged in discussions here on how to combine blogging with more traditional media. If you want to shape traditional media's interaction with bloggers, please join the discussion. If not, excuse us and rest assured that...

Blog Etiquette for Newspapers »

By Thomas Crampton What options to refer to bloggers quoted in the International Herald Tribune blog-based technology page column? - Shorter references make it easier on the reader - Longer references make it easier for readers to track the person making comments and encourage the conversational-style that will hopefully develop BUT Hyperlinks are not yet possible in the printed edition (sadly). So options include: - Use only the first name of the blogger (as many comments appear) - Use the Blog/web address - Include first name and blog address - First name, blog address and a qualifying reference (author of...

Business Idea: Dial-in podcast editor »

By Thomas Crampton Been asking around the newsroom of the International Herald Tribune as to why we don't have a podcast of our best story of the day. Problem: We don't have the in-house expertise right now to do podcast editing, but we came up with the concept of dial-in podcasting. Business idea: Our far-flung reporters - and others eager for high quality podcasts - would call in their stories from the field (like we used to do to the recording room) to a high quality editing service that would splice together the best version and put a standard intro...

Hacking Boing Boing »

By Thomas Crampton Looking for a model to follow in the IHT blog project and want to figure out what works. The Guardian newspaper has a tech blog (check out their pipe-smoking tech editor). But Technorati ranks Boing Boing the most popular blog by far. (Kudos, guys!) Why do you read Boing Boing? a - The frequent postings (up to 33 in one day, by my count) b - The focus of stories? c - Boing Boing should improve by . . . d - Blog X is better than Boing Boing because . . ....

Clash over reader letters: "A lot!" or "very few"? »

By Thomas Crampton Funny clash of perspectives in the International Herald Tribune newsroom! In planning for my blog-based column, I chased down the actual number of letters to the editor we receive each day. We receive at the IHT roughly 30 letters per day, of which 10-15 are usable, the letters editor said. We end up publishing roughly six. Historical footnote: We formerly only accepted letters via post, then we accepted fax letters (by early 1990s) and now we almost exclusively receive letters via email. For a daily newspaper printed in 31 print sites around the world and distributed in...

Success on IHT Column pitch! (and next issues) »

By Thomas Crampton Pitch to the editors of the International Herald Tribune about launching the paper's first blog-based column went well!! (Incorporating many of the ideas from this blog.) Sounds like I might be the first-ever official blogger of the IHT. Still wrestling with a variety of details - technical and editorial - for version 1.0. It will be rudimentary to begin with (and quite labor intensive for me). Thanks for further ideas and I will be counting on readers here participating through this blog (or directly on the IHT site.) How would you prefer to give submissions: a- I...

I made the 10 Most Powerful Women in Blogging list... »

jackofallblogs10 Most Powerful Women in Blogging [...] 8. Joi Ito of Technorati (http://joi.ito.com ) has her hands in a lot of Web 2.0 companies, some you might not even know about yet. This makes her damn powerful. Often times the one you don’t know that well is the most powerful. My personal favorite because she seems to help people get shit done. [...]Sorry about having a ambiguous name, but I'm not a woman. I've been mistaken for a women by various bloggers, but this is the first time I've made it on a 10 most XYZ Women in ABC list....

Collaborative Newspaper Column, Part 2 (The Pitch) »

By Thomas Crampton On Monday the Tech editor and I will pitch the blog column idea to the top editor of the International Herald Tribune. Great suggestions when we discussed it here earlier. Current thinking: The Column: Of about 700 words will appear occasionally (until we can be sure quality is high enough) in the tech pages of the newspaper. The Title: Lessons Learned; Digital Conversation; Any other ideas? (Actually, any other ideas might be a good name!) The Form: Could be broken into three sections of roughly 200 words or one long column if interesting enough. The Content: Would...

Bloggers Investigated for Inciting Paris Riots »

By Thomas Crampton In France bloggers have been investigated by police for inciting the riots. Also, my audiocast on the riots for the New York Times website. (My first podcast-style effort) Blogs and sms messages were apparently used to coordinate violent action on a large scale. What should authorities do? Is there an alternative to censorship?...

Falling below the fold »

My Technorati ranking has become #104 and I've officially fallen off the Technorati top 100. Powerlaw, schmowerlaw. If you don't blog often or maintain a stream of interesting content your ranking will quickly drop. Even at a lower level of output, my ranking has gone from my previous 40's and 50's to below 100. Obviously blogs that continue to be interesting like Boing Boing keep the #1 position, but the amount of churn at the lower levels is encouraging. Although I didn't conduct this experiment on purpose, it's interesting data. On the other hand, it would be interesting to see...

20 million served »

Kevin Marks20 million served Technorati passed 20 million blogs today. The 20 millionth was Les CE2/CM2 Anquetil, a blog from an elementary school in Reims, France, in the heart of Champagne country. They started the blog to celebrate running 2 miles in a Relay Marathon.That's a lot of blogs. I wouldn't say "20 million can't be wrong" (because history tells us otherwise) but blogging is clearly more of a trend now than a "fad"....

Collaborative Newspaper Column - Wiki-style? »

Posted by Thomas Crampton Tech editor of the International Herald Tribune seems open to publishing a column of blog-generated ideas. I need topics of interest our newspaper's readers (wealthy global audience of frequent travelers with diverse interests in politics, economic and culture). Conversations on this blog that might work have included my postings on Global Sociology of Online Shopping or Joi's post on ideas for new inflight software. Input welcome on: Layout - should it be in blog-style or reworked into a newspaper format. I tend to prefer reworking it, but my editor liked the idea of experimenting with a...

Mainstream Media Journos Tackle Blogging »

Posted by Thomas Crampton Interesting venture launching in a few weeks by a group of Mainstream Media journalists in a blog. It is called Pajama's Media and has contributors from a number of mainstream outlets. I think a cooperative blog is a good model - www.boingboing.net style - and would like to explore those possibilities myself. Seems to me the key is finding the right mix of people and then letting them loose. My company - the International Herald Tribune and The New York Times - is not moving into the blog sphere as quickly as I would advocate. That...

Dave Sifry's updated blog stats »

Dave has new numbers about the state of blogs based on Technorati data. He has his presentation from Web 2.0 online as well as a lengthy blog post. Interesting stuff. Take a look....

Used tape »

I remember someone telling me a story about the delivery of the first copy of MS DOS to Japan. (I don't know if this story is true, but it's a good story.) The shipment contained a copy of DOS on paper tape and a blank roll of tape. They taxed just the blank one because the one with DOS on it was "used". So... Does this make Amazon.com a "used comment salesman" and Six Apart a seller of "new comment space"? I'm of course mostly joking, but I think this represents two completely different views on the "media" business. You...

Narrowcasting Magazines to Hidden Markets (Divorcees and Gay Parents) »

Posted by Thomas Crampton Inevitable with the narrow-casting of magazines that Germany now has a magazine about divorce. Reminds me of the launch of a magazine in the US for gay parents. (Apologies for this being a Times Select link.) These magazines, Rosenkrieg along with And Baby magazine, show how publishers often miss obvious socioeconomic groups due to prejudices or oversight. Both gay parents and divorcing couples are willing to pay large sums of money for information relating to their situation and there are many advertisers keen to hit those demographics. For years, however, no magazines addressed those issues. Be...

Influence of Blogs on the Marketplace of Ideas »

Posted By Thomas Crampton Blogs have lowered the barriers to entry into the marketplace for ideas: With what implications? It formerly took powerful ideas (Marxism, Buddhism, Democracy) or those backed by capital (ie: printed in publications) to galvanize large audiences. Now anyone, of any age, anywhere with Internet access and time can put their ideas into the marketplace. The result is that not only do Blogs/Internet open the way to easily transmit mediocre ideas (such as this posting!), but they also open the way for a new style of collaborative thinking. (Will we start seeing idea mergers and hostile idea...

Blogging style »

Apologies again for my semi-hiatus from blogging. I've reached level 40 (I now have a robo-chicken mount) on World of Warcraft and have completed (ahem) 80% of my research. One of the things I've been thinking about while not blogging is... blogging. A number of people have asked me to help new bloggers by giving them advice. In retrospect, I was giving people very specific advice based on my personal style. I thought I'd share some of the tips. 1 - You're probably stupid - Well, maybe not stupid, but at least ignorant. Often you are the last one to...

Web x.0 »

As the Web 2.0 bandwagon gets bigger and faster, more and more people seem to be blogging about it. I am increasingly confronted by people who ask me what it is. Just like I don't like "blogging" and "blogosphere", I don't like the word. However, I think it's going to end up sticking. I don't like it because it coincides with another bubbly swell in consumer Internet (the "web") and it sounds like "buzz 2.0". I think all of the cool things that are going on right now shouldn't be swept into some name that sounds like a new software...

Blogging vs Journalism »

Posting by Thomas Crampton Time for some reflection after more than a month of blogging here courtesy of Joi. For my part, I have found Blogs are different from journalism because: Involvement: In blogging you engage and try to spark conversations, not lecture. You succeed by getting feedback, not by writing something conclusive. A successful posting is a work in progress. Timing: Not so important as I thought it would be. When I blog about a news article that I wrote three days earlier, the conversation takes off as if it were new. In that way, Blogs are more like...

Dan Gillmor's blogger meetup in Tokyo September 26 »

Dan Gillmor's in town and having a bloggers meetup at the Apple Store in Ginza from 20:00-21:00 on the 26th of September. I'm going to be out of town, but if you're around, it should be a lot of fun. More info here....

The Japanese blog "boom" »

I find Japan to be extremely "faddy" and the media and consumers tend to jump onto new toys very quickly. Trends tend to die very quickly as well. Things that you are excited about only temporarily are often referred to as "my boom". For example, you might say, "blogging is 'my boom' right now." There are now television ads about blogs. The other day I heard a radio commercial where they read out the URL, but added that you could post comments and send trackbacks. Yes. Trackbacks. I have yet to hear a radio commercial in the US on a...

Upgraded to MT 3.2 »

Boris just upgraded this blog to Movable Type 3.2 which just came out. It has a bunch of new features and is very stable. One important new feature is advanced community management that deals with comment spam. Anyway, for people who have been waiting to upgrade, I think it's time. The upgrade is pretty easy and free for current licensees of 3.x. The new license also allows an unlimited number of blogs. If you need help, Boris is helping people out (for a fee). Disclosure: I'm an investor in Six Apart and Chairman of Six Apart Japan....

Susan Crawford blogging FOO »

Susan Crawford is doing a great job blogging FOO camp. Better than any notes that I'm taking......

Hilary Rosen guest blogging at Lessig's »

Hilary Rosen [WP], the former president and CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is guest blogging over at Lawrence Lessig's blog. She follows Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, on the slate of excellent guest bloggers during Larry's summer vacation....

A blog per second »

A blog is created every second, according to the BBC which cites Dave Sifry / Technorati....

My dear trolls »

I have tried very hard not to delete comments, even if they are abusive. I believe in free speech and don't like the idea of censorship. However, I've recently received numerous requests from readers of my blog to address the issue of abusive and hateful comments. Here is the rule. If you have something to say, say it without racial slurs. Otherwise, I will consider deleting it. If you post a comment which does not contribute to the conversation or is completely off-topic, I will delete it. And a special rule for Mr. ICANN Troll. Please limit your criticisms of...

Do US visa requirements for journalists cover bloggers? »

Dennis Howlett brings up a good point. Do US visa requirements for journalists cover bloggers? Foreign journalists visiting the US, even from friendly countries, have to obtain a special "I visa". This is a rule from 1952 (according to Slate) which hadn't been enforced until the Department of Homeland Security took over INS in March 2003. According to the same Slate article, "at least 15 journalists from friendly countries have been forcibly detained, interrogated, fingerprinted, and held in cells overnight—with most denied access to phones, pens, lawyers, or their consular officials." This is something to consider before declaring ourselves journalists...

HonorTags »

Dan Gillmor and crew have announced HonorTags. This builds on his citizen journalists pledge, but is basically a way to tag posts to describe context and role of the author. Currently they have: HonorTagJournalism, HonorTagProfessional, HonorTagAdvocate, HonorTagPersonal, HonorTagFiction, HonorTagUnTag. They are soliciting feedback. Maybe I should suggest HonorTagJoker....

More Cowbell »

Chris Anderson has an interesting article about the massive parallel culture on the Internet in the context of the Long Tail. He posted the picture Anil wearing the Goatse t-shirt in the New York Times interview as an example. I was looking at the list and one that I had somehow missed was "More Cowbell". (It's sort of the opposite of stealth disco.) Thanks to Google, I was able to find a video of the original skit. (The link to the mp3 on The Cowbell Project page was broken.) The Contagious Media Showdown targets this genre, but I wonder what...

Some Japan Internet stats »

At the Internet Association Japan meeting yesterday, the folks from Impress gave a summary of their 10th annual Internet survey. Impress 2005 Internet White PaperThere are 32,244,000 broadband households which is 36.2%. There are 70,072,000 Internet users. 72.5% of people have heard of blogs, up from 39% last year. 25% of women in their teens and 20's have blogs. 9.5% of Internet users use RSS Readers. 46.5% of Internet users have decreased spending in physical shops because of online shopping. 29.6% of offices have wifi up from 10.7% last year. 2.8% of companies have corporate blogs and over 50% express...

Dan's minutes »

Dan Gillmor has started posting 1 minute sound clips. It's an interesting form. One "Minute with Dan" is less than 1MB and short enough to listen to while browsing through your daily feeds. It's not "save it for my train ride" size. Also, probably for people who don't know Dan's voice, it will create a voice behind the words he writes. I also noticed that VoIP in various forms on my Mac have caused me to be in an environment where I can listen to audio as my default. One year ago, I had sound turned off 90% of the...

Hoder's going back to Iran »

Hoder, our favorite Iranian blogger is going back to Iran. He needs our help to get there as well as possibly keep him out or get him out of jail. See his blog for details....

Korean Bloggers »

Thanks to Jin Ho, Heewon, Goo Dong-Eon, Xenix, Qho, Young Wook, and BK for a very interesting dinner discussion and explaining the Korean blogging scene to me. Korea is reported by the OECD to have the highest high-speed Internet penetration of any nation. Korea has an extremely vibrant gaming, blogging, mobile phone and youth culture scene and I was eager to find out more about what was going on. I scribbled a bunch of notes over coffee during the day and over dinner. Please excuse any errors since I have not been able to fact check everything. If you could...

Inside Google News »

I just heard an excellent presentation by Krishna Bharat of Google News. He explained how Google News works. It basically crawls news sites, finds "story clusters", ranks the sources, figures out how prominently each source is running the story, figures out whether its a big story or a little story, figures out geographic references, and builds the pages for the various geographic and language editions. He was talking to an audience of editors so there were many questions about how the "editing" process worked and many people couldn't seem to believe it was algorithmic. Some people seemed afraid that Google...

Autoblogger »

You thought I had blog-block? Actually, my autoblogger was just broken....

Becoming boring »

I just read through my daily dose of blogs in my aggregator and scanned the email from people asking / telling me to blog stuff. I realized that there are a great number of things that I would have posted to my blog a year ago, but I won't now. I have argued a number of times that this is my blog and if you don't like it don't read it. However, as I read criticisms in the comments and on other blogs about what I write, I have become increasingly sensitive about what I say here. The criticism is...

Bayosphere »

Dan Gillmor has just launched his grassroots journalism site. "Bayosphere ...of, by and for the Bay Area." Congratulations Dan!...

Global Voices Online Daily World Blog Updates »

Rebecca MacKinnon has started doing daily summaries of Global Voices oriented stuff on blogs all over the world. They're really great. They're on the Global Voices blog and are also a separate category if you just want to see the Daily World Blog Updates....

Gillian Caldwell's new blog »

Gillian Caldwell, the executive director of WITNESS just left for Sierra Leone with Angelina Jolie to deliver recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) to the government. WITNESS is an important effort using video for human rights advocacy. (I blogged about it in more detail in Sept 2003.) In Davos in 2004, Ethan and I cornered Gillian and tried to get her into blogging. At the same time Ethan and Gillian tried to get me interested in Africa. (Since then I've been to Africa once and have two more trips planned this year. Note that Ethan is the key...

Visiting the IHT »

I just visited my friend Tom Crampton, a reporter for the International Herald Tribute, who just moved to Paris. Today was his first day in the Paris office. He showed me the computer system that gave him access to all of the stories and pictures filed by reporters and photographers all over the world. The computer system also had all kinds of databases including the news wires. The stories had "slugs" which were the shorthand names of the stories named after the actual lead slugs they used to use. Some had notes that said, "DO NOT SPIKE" which comes from...

sms.ac C&D letter posted on Chilling Effects »

Chilling Effects has posted the Cease and Desist letter that I received from sms.ac. I know a number of other bloggers have received this letter. Take a look at their analysis if you've received this letter. Chiling effects has done a great job explaining it. Since I received the letter, some email has been exchanged with the lawyer and I extended on olive branch on a forum to a sms.ac employee, but I'm still not sure exactly where their threats stand at this point....

Off to Japan »

Had a wonderful time yesterday at Les Blogs in Paris and enjoyed meeting all of the new people as well as old friends. I haven't been to many blogger conferences for awhile so I found the presentations and discussions a good way to catch up on what people were doing and thinking. Thanks for organizing this Loic. Take a look at the lesblogs tags on Technorati and Flickr for pictures and posts from the conference. I'm off to Tokyo today for some meetings and eventually a few days off next week....

Vive les Blogs! »

Tomorrow I will be going to Paris to attend Les Blogs the day after tomorrow organized by Loic. Many friends will be there. I'm looking forward to it after going mainly to conferences outside of the blogging community these days. Wired News has a nice article on it....

CIS Amicus Brief Asks for Legal Rights for Internet Journalists »

The Stanford Center for Internet and Society filed an amicus brief today which I signed together with a number of others. Go CIS!Amicus Brief Asks for Legal Rights for Internet Journalists CIS filed an amicus brief today on behalf of The First Amendment Project, Internet journalists and bloggers and others asking the court in the Apple v. Does case to treat online publishers the same rights as their colleagues who publish in more traditional formats. Download file...

Hoder ponders Ziba Zahra Kazemi »

MetaFilterTruth? Rape, Torture, and Lies An ongoing Canadian saga has a sad new twist today: photojournalist Ziba Zahra Kazemi was likely brutally tortured and raped before her death in Iran in 2003. Arrested after a demonstration, the official Iranian line has been that her death was an accident due to injuries from a fall. The ER doctor who treated her has now spoken out, after being granted refugee status in Canada. Wikipedia has an excellent outline of the entire story.Hoder ponders what he should do to prevent similar treatment when he returns to Iran. What sort of pressure can help...

Blogads blog reader survey v2 »

Blogads has done another survey of blog readers. This year the sample size is 30,079. via Loic...

Sifry's blog stats »

Dave Sifry has a three part series of posts about blog statistics. (Part 1 - Growth of Blogs, Part 2 - Posting Volume, Part 3 - The A-List and the Long Tail). I've posted some of the charts below. More information and charts on his blog....

Revamping the moblog resource page »

Thanks to some help from Boris, I have moved the moblog resource page to the wiki. Apologies to everyone who had sent me changes and additions. I had been unable to edit my old resource page because I had accidentally deleted the source files. Now you can register on my wiki and add and make changes yourself. I would make the changes myself, but I think I've lost the email that I receive in the entropy of my inbox. The page is quite dated, but it is referenced in various places so I decided that I should keep it alive....

North Korea denies Boing Boing »

Xeni at Boing Boing linked to a flash movie on a North Korean site promoting vacations to North Korea. The North Korean Friendship Association was not pleased. Read the funny updates....

Civiblog launches »

I recently agreed to be an advisor to Civiblog, a project to give free blogs to people working on global civil society. This ties in well with Global Voices. The project is run by Citizen Lab (home of the infamous Catspaw) and is sponsored by Tucows and the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation.Welcome to Civiblog, a one-stop-site for global civil society. Canadian to the core — ever-devoted to peacekeeping and “globalist” foreign policies — it is our aim to showcase all communiqué in the sector, at home and abroad, onsite and by way of links and RSS syndication to partner...

Clueless paper in Tulsa threatens blogger for linking and quoting »

Ed ConeTulsa paper threatens to sue blogger over posting excerpts of its stories and links to its site. Tulsa paper needs to get a clue. Blogger Michael Bates: "I believe I have respected the World's copyrights within the fair-use exemption. Let the World name the specific articles in which it alleges that I have exceeded fair use. I have violated no law by directing readers to the Tulsa World's own website to read the Tulsa World's own content as the World itself presents it." Hmm. Is this a job for the Media Bloggers Association? via Rebecca Reminds me a bit...

Wikinews meets the bloggers »

We just had an IRC chat organized by Wikinews to talk about how bloggers and Wikinews could work together. If you don't know about Wikinews, it is an effort by the people behind Wikipedia to use many of the same principles behind Wikipedia to run a news site. They've had an early success with their scoop of the unrest in Belize. Anyway, it was a very productive discussion. You can see the logs online. There is a page about Wikinews and Blog collaboration, but it's still pretty skimpy. A few ideas that came out: Exchange IM addresses between active members...

Is Ogilvy & Mather testing Bullshit Marketing for American Express? »

I've gotten weird email asking me to pimp stuff for them on my blog in the past, but here's someone being asked to pimp American Express by someone saying they are a student studying advertising. He did a traceroute that showed that it might have come from Ogilvy & Mather. Ha! It's like whispering a secret to someone in a stadium wearing a hot microphone. If it is O&M, it sounds like Bullshit Marketing. Be careful!vm-peopleThe term Bullshit Marketing summarizes methods where customers are not treated as empowered, smart and connected individuals, but as a dumb mass of idiots. Via...

CNN's Jordan accused of blaming US military of murder in Iraq »

Rony Abovitz blogged that Eason Jordan of CNN accused the U.S. military of murdering journalists in Iraq during a panel at Davos. The official summary does not reflect these comments. Rebecca MacKinnon, former CNN journalist who worked for Jordon corroborates the assertion by Abovitz. Little Green Football is tracking this in detail. UPDATE: A MUST READ update from Rony Abovitz....

Halley interviews Dan Gillmor on Memory Lane »

Halley interviews Dan Gillmor on Memory Lane. Two of my favorite people. Dan, as usual, presents a balanced view on blogging and journalism....

Support for nofollow »

Six LogSupport for nofollow Recently, we’ve reached out to other blog tool vendors to try to coordinate information about comment spam techniques and behaviors. As part of these efforts, we’ve also begun to talk to search companies about enriching linking semantics to better indicate visitor-submitted content (like comments or TrackBacks). The search team at Google approached us with the idea of flagging hyperlinks with a rel="nofollow" link attribute in order to alert their search spider that a particular link shouldn’t be factored into their PageRank calculations. The Yahoo and MSN search teams have also indicated they’d support this new spec,...

Blogs help reform in Iran »

Hoder @ MetaFilterBlogs help reform in Iran Blogs contribute to political reform in Iran (New York Times): Former vice-president of Iran, Mohammad Ali Abtahi, said that he learned through the Internet about the huge gap between government officials and the younger generation. "We do not understand each other and cannot have a dialogue," he said. "As government officials, we receive a lot of confidential reports about what goes on in society. But I have felt that I learned a lot more about people and the younger generation by reading their Web logs and receiving about 40 to 50 e-mails every...

Jay Rosen's letter to Dan Rather »

Jay Rosen questions whether Dan Rather has ACTUALLY learned his lesson.A Short Letter to Dan Rather "So I kind of resent your attitude toward your numerous critics who operate their own self-published sites on the Web. They were being more accurate than you were, much of the time. I don't speak for them, but I know my own archive." Plus: Lose the spokesperson, Dan. Hire your own blogger. Dear Dan Rather: "Lest anyone have any doubt," you said in your statement yesterday, "I have read the report, I take it seriously, and I shall keep its lessons well in mind."...

Arrogance at Apple »

Dan Gillmor on Grassroots JournalismArrogance at Apple CNet: Apple suit foreshadows coming products. Apple on Tuesday sued the publisher of Mac enthusiast site Think Secret and other unnamed individuals, alleging that recent postings on the site contain Apple trade secrets, according to court documents seen by CNET News.com. The suit, filed Tuesday in the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, Calif., aims to identify who is leaking the information and to get an injunction preventing further release of trade secrets. However, in filing the suit, Apple identifies specific articles that contain trade secrets, indicating that at least parts of those...

FastLane Blog »

antoin@eire.comGM: a big company blogging GM's vice chairman now has a blog. According to Neville Hobson, this is the first Fortune 100 company to do this. The interesting thing is not how revolutionary this blog is, but how ordinary it feels. It's just a website where a guy who makes cars talks to people who buy 'em. They talk about the things car buyers might be interested in - interior trim, cup holders, SUV, insurance costs, the Saturn range, and so on.It sounds "ordinary" and I think it's great. It really sounds like a voice. I've been trying to get...

The Future of the New York Times »

Good article in BusinessWeek about the future of the New York Times. (Requires registration.) The Times is facing a crisis....NYT Co.'s stock is trading at about 40, down 25% from its high of 53.80 in mid-2002 and has trailed the shares of many other newspaper companies for a good year and a half. "Their numbers in this recovery are bordering on the abysmal," says Douglas Arthur, Morgan Stanley's (MWD ) senior publishing analyst. [...] There are those who contend that the paper has been permanently diminished, along with the rest of what now is dismissively known in some circles as...

LiveJournal and Six Apart »

Sorry I couldn't say anything before, but the rumors are true. Six Apart has acquired Danga, the company that runs LiveJournal. See the press release, the FAQ, Mena's Corner and Brad's post for more info. So I guess I better clean learn bml and make my LJ look a bit better....

New York Times people and their perception of blogs... »

Ernie the AttorneyBlogs are 'unsourced rantings' says former NY Times editor From the 'Department of Supreme Irony' comes a statement by Howell Raines (the former Executive Editor of the New York Times) that blogging is 'unsourced ranting' (the link is to a News.com article that links to an Atlantic Monthly article that you have to subscribe to in order to view). First of all, Raines' statement is so completely ludicrous as to be laughable. Weblogs have a lot of shortcomings, but lack of sourcing isn't one of them. In fact, if you want to criticize weblogs you would do better...

Richard Gere and Chief Islamic Justice in Palestinian Pro-Vote PSA »

One Voice is a project lead by my friend Daniel Lubetzky. He is doing a lot of cutting edge work bringing peace to the Middle East particularly by trying to amplify the moderate voices of the people in Palestine and Israel. We have been bugging him to start a blog and he did. He's given us a scoop on his new blog.One VoiceThe first-ever Get-Out-The-Vote Campaign in the Palestinian Authority, conducted by OneVoice-Palestine, is about to release a Public Service Announcement that will turn heads: it juxtaposes Sheikh Taysir al Tamimi, the Chief Palestinian Islamic Justice, and Father Attallah Hanna,...

Dan Gillmor's new blog »

Dan Gillmor who recently left the Merc has a new blog called Dan Gillmor on Grassroots Journalism. Go Dan!...

Bloggers tortured in Iran, says ex-VP »

Bloggers tortured in Iran, says ex-VP via Jeff Jarvis...

Bloggers without borders launched »

Bloggers without borders has just launch. Here's the first post from Jonas.Tsunami Outreach Submitted by Jonas M Luster on Thu, 2004-12-30 05:23. We have found our compassion in this one. Yet, one thing remains and is badly needed, says a friend of mine who just arrived in Sri Lanka and will be contributing what he learned in eight years in Uniform. People. Not the odd-job bystander, not the “activist”, and certainly not the journalist. What is needed most, today, are qualified specialists. Demolitions experts to safely destroy dangerous structures, Doctors, guys and gals who know how to handle a syringe...

Fortune Magazine's blog article »

Fortune Magazine's David Kirkpatrick and Daniel Roth have just posted an excellent article about blogging. There are interviews with the usual suspects. A lot of the stories will be familiar to heavy blog readers but it's a great summary of what's going on and a "must send" link to people you know who still don't understand blogs. Extra credit for making the article accessible with a permalink and no registration. Minus points for not linking to the bloggers they interview. Apparently the print version has lots of cool charts so I'm going to pick up the newsstand version too....

Gokurousama blog »

iMorpheus has a great blog called the Gokurousama blog.GokurousamaGokurousama means "Thank you for your troubles" in Japanese and it is also the name of this blog. Gokurousama celebrates and recognizes the hard work of others.I say gokurousama when I get out of taxis, when someone as completed a chore or when I pass a gardner. It's similar to, but slightly different from another great Japanese word, otsukaresama. Otsukaresama is less about thanks but still acknowledging someone for some hard work. This is often said when toasting after a hard day of work or after working together on a hard project....

Happy Trolls »

Hugh has a great post about "The Happy Troll". I've been thinking about this recently as well and I think he hits the nail on the head. This blog is my living room and if you can't behave, I'll ban you. It's not about censorship. I just don't have time to deal with all of the "Happy Trolls". Maybe I should put together a new comment policy that deals with the notion of "The Happy Troll."...

Blogroll »

Does anyone use my blogroll? People seem to like the random faces, but I have a feeling people don't look at the blogroll. I admit it's rather hidden, but it's become unwieldy....

Blog defined »

David Pescovitz @ Boing BoingBlog defined Meriam-Webster declared yesterday that based on lookups in their online dictionary, the "#1 Word of the Year for 2004" is (drumroll and eyeroll)... "blog."Blog noun [short for Weblog] (1999) : a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer.Also-rans include "incumbent,""insurgent,""hurricane," and "peloton," defined as the "main body of riders in a bicycle race."LinkNow stop complaining about how stupid "blog" sounds....

C'est moi qui l'ai fait ! »

Pascale Weeks joined us for dinner last night. She has a French language blog called "C'est moi qui l'ai fait !". She blogs about her cooking with wonderful pictures, recipes and a very down-to-earth style. It's great seeing people like Pascale who are extremely passionate about blogging who also possess the ability to create a lot of great original content. I only wish someone would translate her blog to English... or maybe I should just learn French. One thing for sure though... if you like talking about food, clearly you must learn French. The food was amazing and the discussions...

Ukrainian revolution blog »

Nice on-the-ground reporting from a blog from Ukraine - The ukraine_revolution blog. via Loic...

David Weinberger at Library of Congress »

I just watched this the video that Jon Husband points to in comments on this blog of David Weinberger at the Library of Congress.Jon HusbandFor an interesting take on this subject, involving a sizeable audience of (I'm assuming) senior librarian types at the USA Library of Congress, watch David Weinberger trace knowledge from Plato and Aristotle through Descartes to the clash between official objectivity and personal subjectivity, moving deftly to the power and believability of human voice on ... of all things ... blogs (especially those with comments capability, which I think must be well in the majority ;-)More formats...

Poor librarian immerses self in irony »

Funny anti-blog anti-Wikipedia article by a librarian Greg Hill who manages to mangle the spelling of Dan Gillmor and Dave Barry's name while trying to argue that "librarians abhor using reference sources that don't have established credibility editorial rigor..." ;-) I don't usually like to link to stupid articles, but this one's too ironic to just ignore. via Dan Gillmor Dan GillmorUPDATE: Trudy Schuett posted an extraordinary exchange of e-mails with the Alaska librarian, who has the nerve to say he knows of "no typos or mis-statements in that column, unless they are those of the sources I cite, and...

Looking for a blog post... »

I remember someone posting a graphic of how an idea spreads across blogs. the image had a "gray area" of instant messenger and email that couldn't be tracked as easily. I've asked a few people who remember seeing the post, but now no one can find it. Does anyone remember it and have the URL? It's amazing that we remember it, but can't find it or remember who posted it... UPDATE: Found! Thanks tarek! Amazing. That was less than one hour after I posted this question. I had been googling for it for a day or so....

Croatian diplomat fired over blog comments »

DMeurope.comCroatian diplomat fired over blog comments 17/11/2004 by John Tilak The Croatian government has recalled an official from its Washington embassy after he apparently wrote on his blog that the diplomatic meetings were boring and that there was no difference between President Bush and the Democratic candidate John Kerry, according to a report from Reuters. Third secretary at the Croatian embassy in Washington DC, Vibor Kalogjera, 25, had been narrating his experiences under the pseudonym "Vibbi". He is said to have violated state laws on foreign affairs and civil servants.I guess this makes sense. It's interesting to think about the...

The Blogger Corps »

Rebecca suggests starting the Blogger Corps.Rebecca MacKinnonBloger Corps? ... For early blog-adopters, blogging was an end in itself. For the activist community, blogging has to be an effective means to a concrete end. In the final wrap-up session of Bloggercon III, I suggested that socially conscious members of the blogging community (of all political persuasions) might want to organize a "Blogger Corps." Through it, bloggers could donate their time to help poorly funded activists or non-profit groups to figure out what blogging tools are right for them, set up blogs, and develop effective blogging strategies. Count me in Rebecca. I've...

Hoder, the Iranian blogger is getting death threats »

Hoder, the Iranian blogger is getting death threats.Editor: MyselfNow they've moved to BlogSpot and have made another blog with the same name with a more precise content to backup their claims. They now have picked particular posts from my Persian blog, in which they think I've insulted the God, and other sacred concepts of Islam and therefore, quoting from a Quranic verse, I deserve to be killed.I will be meeting Hoder for the first time at the upcoming Berkman Center's "Internet & Society 2004: Votes, Bits & Bytes" on December 10. This will be Hoder's first trip to the US....

Lifeblog now blog enabled »

Lifeblog 1.5 has just been announced and it will support blogging directly to TypePad from Nokia phones with Lifeblog. Yay! Good work gang. via Christian Lindholm...

Hello Kitty Blog »

Moblog picture by Hello KittyCopyright Sanrio Co., Ltd.Hello Kitty has a blog. It looks like she's been blogging since July. Unfortunately, it's in Japanese. The press release says that it is a joint project between Sanrio and NTT Data, but according to the blog, Hello Kitty is writing it herself. She asserts that this moblog picture was taken herself. Maybe that's why she's a bit out of focus. She should have had someone take the picture for her. Anyway, welcome to Blogging Kitty-chan. via Andrew and Springveggie...

OK, She was "suspended without pay" »

Jonas and Shelly have taken exception to the somewhat inflammatory headline "fired for blogging" in a previous post. To be honest, I stole the headline from Loic without thinking and I probably should have said "blogger suspended without pay" or something like that. I've scattered comments around about my response to their responses, but I'll consolidate some of points here: Accusation - Bloggers are attributing everything to blogging and being typically self-important. It wasn't about blogging, she broke company rules by posting the photos. Response - The company rule was about using uniforms in photos. She says in the BBC...

Delta Airlines flight attendant fired for blogging »

LoicThe BBC talks about Ellen, a flight attendant fired for blogging by Delta Airlines Ellen Simonetti, who writes the Diary of Flight Attendant, has been fired (BBC article) by Delta Airlines because she posted pictures of herself in uniform. Maybe a blog to protect the rights of fired bloggers should be launched ? BBCThe images were removed as soon as she learned she had been suspended. As far as Ms Simonetti knows, there is no company anti-blogging policy. There is guidance which suggests the company uniform cannot be used without approval from management, but use in personal pictures on...

Blog outage »

The day before yesterday, I received a notice from my hosting service that I was 80% through my bandwidth limit. I replied and asked for m.m.m.more bandwidth please. Then suddenly, I was at 100% and some trigger kicked in and shut down my site. It appears to have been a flood of requests from a singe IP address. (Who would want to DoS my blog...?) Bloghosts has been generous on their pricing and Jace who runs it has generally been fairly responsive. For some reason, I haven't been able to get any response from anyone from Bloghosts. It is very...

Get down and get taggy »

I'm going to quote David's whole post because it has a bunch of good links.David WeinbergerMetadata without tears Peter Merholz, AKA peterme, has an excellent article at Adaptive Path called Metadata for the Masses: But what if we could somehow peek inside our users’ thought processes to figure out how they view the world? One way to do that is through ethnoclassification [1] — how people classify and categorize the world around them. He takes del.icio.us and Flickr as examples of "ethnoclassification" (a phrase he tracks back to Susan Leigh Star),. (I am enamored of the branch of ethnoclassification on...

Accidental comment deletion »

I was de-spamming my comments and I think I accidentally erased a few legitimate comments. I'm really sorry. It was truly a technical error and not an attempt to censor anything. I think I deleted one or two comments, but didn't catch the details since it was a quick click and an oops....

Small but growing number of corporate bloggers »

David Sifry has posted another cool graph of showing the number of corporate bloggers. See his blog for the details....

Technorati charts »

Dave's posted some great charts. Chart of the number of Technorati inbound link sources plotting Big Media vs. Blogs. More info this chart on Dave Sifry's blog. Chart of the growth in number of blogs tracked by Technorati which reflects total number of "public" blogs. Chart of number of new blogs per day showing acceleration. More info on last two charts also on Dave Sifry's blog. Chart of number of new posts per day. More info on this chart also on Dave Sifry's blog....

Welcome back Bill »

William Gibson is blogging again. Yay! Welcome back. via Boing Boing...

The gender profile of Wikipedia »

I've been hanging out a bit with part of the Wikipedia community since meeting Jimmy Wales in Linz. One thing that has struck me is that many, if not most, of the people I've met from the community who are involved in managing Wikipedia seem to be women. I haven't conducted any scientific analysis or anything, but Wikipedia seems much more gender balanced than the blogging community. I know many people point out that ratio of men at conferences on blogging and ratio of men who have loud blog voices seems to be quite high. I wonder what causes this...

Wikipedia founder Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales blogs »

Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales, the REAL founder of Wikipeida, has started a blog. Yay! The domain is in the process of switching from the beta site to the real site....

Ev leaves Blogger/Google »

Ev leaves blogger/Google. via danah...

Lessig question in Jeopardy Blogs category »

Screenshots of Jeopardy from Thousand RobotsLarry says this isn't true. UPDATE: Lessig blog started August 2002, Microsoft stuff was was 1998...

Crumudgens and striking nerves »

Jay Rosen blogs about Nick Coleman's "classic" anti-blog piece Blogged down in Web fantasy. Both are worth reading, Coleman's piece just for yuks.Jay RosenFor me the funniest part of Coleman's column was the way he wrote it knowing he was to get ripped by the bloggers he was ridiculing. It's the Struck a Nerve Fantasy in opinion writing. I'm sure some of you recognize it. X publishes something graceless and unconvincing, but extremely polemical. Everyone hates it because it's bad writing. Friends of the argument are not friends of the piece. So X has almost no defenders. The reactions come...

Suw Charman »

Suw Charman writes about Egogooglebombing. I sometimes accidentally do this to people with my moblog....

Iran cracks down on reformist web sites »

Hoder reports government crackdowns on reformist websites and bloggers....

Metroblogging Tokyo launched »

Metroblogging Tokyo just launched. I'm a contributor, but I haven't written anything yet....

Nokia Lifeblog to use TypePad »

From Christian Lindholm who is in charge of Lifeblog at Nokia:ChristianLindholm.comLifeblog will blog to TypePad - some reflections Our team today announced that we are partnering with Six Apart to make TypePad the preferred destination when you blog from Lifeblog.Yay!...

The Chinese Firewall »

I was wondering why so many of my favorite feeds weren't coming into my news reader and I realized (duh!) that I'm in China and Blogger and TypePad are blocked. It's one thing blogging about it from Japan, it's another thing actually being blocked and realizing how much of my world just sort of disappears. There are proxy servers, but I hear that even then, if you use one for too long, they get tracked down and blocked literally while you're surfing......

audiomashupblogging »

Inspired by Maciej's anti-audioblogging manifesto, I started working on an audioblogger mashup. I'm not very good at this yet, but here's what I've got so far. (1.8 MB mp3). I'm going to keep working on this, but if anyone wants to pitch in and give me a hand... hint hint... UPDATE: I'm taking this down because Maciej says it's freaking him out. ;-)...

Audioblogging Manifesto »

Maciej has posted an audioblogging manifesto about why he thinks audioblogging is a stupid idea. Very funny. He makes good points, but I'm not convinced that audioblogging doesn't have a future. Listening to his audioblog makes me want to make a mashup of all of the audiobloggers he mentions. ;-) (4.1MB mp3 / text version)...

Movable Type 3.1 released »

We (Six Apart) released Movable Type 3.1 today. Some important new features including a dynamic pages and sub-categories. It comes with a plugin pack which includes MTBlackList 2.0. MTBlackList 2.0 is my favorite comment spam zapper. (More on Mena's Corner.)...

Technorati will be at the RNC »

CNN has invited Technorati back to provide real time analysis of bloggers blogging about the Republican National Convention. Thanks CNN! More on Sifry's Alerts....

Sell side advertising »

As someone who was heavily involved in introducing the theory of CPM (Cost Per Thousand Impressions) to Japanese ad agencies, I've been spending a lot of time recently thinking about what comes next after Google AdSense. Ross tried CPI (Cost Per Influence), trying to come up with an index that included the influence of the blogger or site where the ad was placed. This reminded me of the "branding value" or cluster value argument. Also, the idea would be that an influential blog would trigger a word of mouth diffusion. Anyway, inspired by Ross, John Batelle came up with a...

ecto goes wysiawyg »

ecto, the blogging client developed by Adriaan at my company Kula has just released the beta of the next version which has "What You See Is Almost What You Get" (wysiawyg). This means that you can now do things like drag, drop, resize images into posts. You can also create links, change font information and lots of other stuff without looking at or dealing with html. (More info on the ecto blog.) ecto 2.0 has a bunch of other cool features. Adriaan says it should be ready for general release of the OS X version in about two weeks....

Identifying authors in feeds »

I have been doing my blog reading and writing primarily with Net News Wire for my reading and Ecto for my writing. A simply copy paste will paste html which is a very good start for a blog post. The biggest problem is the multi-author blogs. I bugged Boing Boing about it, and they put the name of the author in the text, even though it was already in their creator tag. This makes it much easier for me because the name of the author is in the html when I copy from Net News Wire. So Brent, and other...

Looking for Adam Curry's Rocket Car of Death »

Adam Curry samples a portion of Halley's interview with me on Memory Lane on his Daily Source Code Aug 17 2004 - (1.2MB mp3 of relevant section). I'm talking about how I showed the chairman of NHK (Japan's public broadcast network) a video that I downloaded from Adam Curry's MTV.COM. I think this was around 1994 or 1995... It was one of the few video files on the net at the time. I used to show this video all the time and I told this to Adam when I met him at Bloggercon. He said he wanted a copy of...

Jonah Peretti and Jane's Blog »

Warning: rambling diary style entry to follow Jonah, a friend of Neeru and Joshua emailed me that he was going to be in Japan and wanted to talk about Eyebeam, a very cool art R&D project he is working on. He was leaving the day after I came back to Japan so we decided to meet for lunch at the airport. I printed out Andrea and Jonah's picture from Andrea's photo blog, taped it into my moleskine notebook and headed for the airport. I've been mastering the shortcuts from my house to the airport since I make the trip so...

Olympic athletes banned from blogging »

The AP reports that the IOC bars athletes, coaches from writing first-hand accounts This reminds me of the (now defunct) rule that companies couldn't report earnings and other reports on the Internet until after newspapers had time to print. This was supposed prevent an "unfair advantage" for people who use the Internet. Protecting traditional journalists by muzzling first-hand reports from athletes and coaches is so wrong and stupid. via Smartmobs...

The first ChangeThis manifestos »

The first ChangeThis manifestos are up. They're definitely worth reading and commenting on. I have the honor of being one of the advisors who gets to read them and make comments before they come out.

Writing about your friends »

Over the years I've become quite friendly with many professional journalists. It's interesting that two of my best friends are journalists and they both have told me, "the only bad thing about becoming your friend is that I can't write about you any more." As a blogger, I don't think I have any trouble writing about my friends if I explain my relationship. The issue of professionalism aside, I think the first person tone of blogging makes it easier to write about your friends in the context of providing information. It's probably much harder or impossible to write about your...

NPR summer reading series interview »

I did an interview for NPR's summer reading series where we are supposed to talk about books to read over the summer. I ended up talking mostly about blogs. ;-) It's about a month old. What do YOU recommend we read this summer? UPDATE: Here are my notes on Orientalism by Edward Said, thoughts after reading Science In Action by Bruno Latour, and my short review of We the Media by Dan Gillmor....

IM from Markoff re We The Media review »

"The New York Times is my blog" Markoff just IMed me with this funny comment from Slashdot about Dan Gillmor's We the Media. I would have gotten more defensive if it weren't so funny. Anyway, keep laughing Markoff. Just you wait and see. ;-) Yes... I did photoshop out the end of his AIM nickname....

Does Fark.com sell their editorial? »

Jason Calacanis claims to have discovered that for $300 to $400, you can buy an editorial on Fark.com, one of the most popular blogs. In an email exchange with Jason, a sales person Gogi (who Drew, who runs Fark explains is a 3rd party ad sales rep) writes:GogiHowever, if you look at any news source, they are influenced by PR agencies, wine & dine’s and similar events. Take a look at the Graydon Carter as example #1. I challenge you to find a pure editorial voice in news today. Also, its not news, its Fark.com. ;-) We run stories that...

We the Media hits the shelves »

Dan Gillmor's We the Media has hit the selves. O'Reilly, the publisher, has created a blog for it. I just posted my review on Amazon.com......

David Weinberger video blogs response to Cooper »

David Weinberger video blogs a reply to Charles Cooper's article at CNET. Charles Cooper criticizes the credentialed DNC bloggers as bad journalists and David responds. If the text of his response had been in his post, I might not have watched the video, but after watching the video, I realized that it was worth it. I keep forgetting how funny David is in full motion. ;-) I made a BitTorrent torrent of the 11MB Quicktime version of the post. The torrent is here. I'm still trying to debug my tracker so I'd appreciate comments about any success or failure you...

The new blogocracy »

danah boyd has a good op ed on blogging and bloggers at the DNC on Salon. (Salon forces you to watch an ad to read it.)...

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Douglas Krone of Dynamism »

Yesterday, I met Douglas Krone the CEO of Dynamism. (I forgot my phone at home so couldn't take his picture.) Dynamism is an awesome company that takes all of the coolest gadgets from around the world, localizes them into English and sells them on the Internet. They provide support for these devices. Most high-end gadget geeks that I know have at one time or another purchased stuff from Dynamism. Anyway, we talked a lot about gadgets, blogs and Creative Commons. I got him to agree that it would make sense to put a Creative Commons license on his site so...

CNN/Technorati Daily blog roundup »

Here is the first CNN/Technorati daily blog roundup for the DNC by our very own Dave Sifry....

Loic learns from mistakes... »

Loic blogs about his experience with his customers and the French blogging community. This reminds me of when I got my bumps from the Japanese diary community about two years ago for trying to push blogging in Japan. We now have a very good relationship with the Japanese Net community, but it took a lot of work on the part of my team and the delivery on a lot of promises....

Bloggers versus journalists »

I think the DNC could turn into a key moment in the discussion about bloggers versus journalists. I've generally been rather low-key on this issue, taking a position that bloggers and mass media should work together and that bloggers and professional journalists had different strengths and weaknesses. I am getting a sense that an increasing number of professional journalists are beginning to feel threatened or at least seem to be trying to belittle bloggers as a source of news. Jeff Jarvis addresses this question today by quoting Tom Rosenstiel on the question, what is a journalist?Tom Rosenstiel - Boston Globe...

Bloggers at the DNC »

So they're off. With credentials to get them past some sketchy security, bloggers are at the Demoractic National Convention. danah boyd has a critique of a New York Times article the bloggers at the convention. David Weinberger has a fun post about the blogger breakfast. Technorati has a page showing what convention bloggers, liberal bloggers and conservative bloggers are saying right now and Dave Winer has set up a Convention Bloggers aggregator....

Seth Godin : Are blogs backward? »

Seth GodinAre blogs backward? This leads me to two thoughts: a. a lot more blogs should be posted in chronological order, like books. If you're trying to chronicle something, it makes a lot of sense to start at the beginning, as long as you provide regular readers an easy way to just read the current stuff (That's what RSS is for, right?). No, this isn't right for gizmodo. But it makes a lot of sense for someone, say, chronicling her experience in a 12 step program. b. we need Movable Type or someone to create a simple way to create...

TypePad Germany »

Welcome aboard TypePad Germany. Congratulations to the Six Apart team in Europe and special thanks to Heiko....

Technorati and CNN »

Sifry's AlertsTechnorati and CNN A few minutes ago CNN announced that Technorati will be providing real-time analysis of the political blogosphere at next week's Democratic National Convention. I will be on-site in CNN's convention broadcast center, along with Mary Hodder, and I'll be providing regular on-air commentary on what bloggers are saying about politics and the convention. And on Sunday, July 25, we'll launch a new section of our site for political coverage: politics.technorati.com. This site will make it easy for bloggers, journalists, and anyone interested in politics to see the postings of the most linked-to political bloggers, to track...

Seth Godin's ChangeThis »

Seth Godin's new project, ChangeThis is a project to have interesting people write short "manifestos". Seth's working on creating a new form of literature. It's looks like something between a paper, a blog post and a marketing presentation with a message. It will be interesting to see how this takes off. It looks interesting to me. They have a blog, "Read and Pass". Halley writes about it over on Worthwhile....

We the Media blog »

Noticed a beta version of a blog for Dan Gillmor's new book We the Media in my Technorati cosmos. ;-) I am expecting this blog to be required reading in the same way Smart Mobs has become for me. I think this idea of having blogs to keep the ball rolling after publishing a book is a great idea....

Interesting survey of blog readers by Blogads »

eMarketerAre Blogs Ready for Prime-Time? June 16, 2004 ...A partial profile of blog readers reveals: * 54% of their news consumption is online * 21% are bloggers themselves * 46% describe themselves as opinion makers ...As Henry Copeland, author of the report and CEO of Blogads, summed up: "86% say that blogs are either useful or extremely useful as sources of news or opinion. 80% say they read blogs for news they can't find elsewhere. 78% read because the perspective is better. 66% value the faster news. 61% say that blogs are more honest. Divided on so much else,...

New home for Joi Ito's Web »

Thanks to Adriaan, Jace, Boris and Kuri for updating Joi Ito's Web to Movable Type 3 and moving it to Bloghosts, the new home for Joi Ito's Web. The load time seems about the same, but the rebuild time on the new servers seems much faster so I think trackbacks and comments should not be a problem anymore. Let me know what you think. Also, I don't have the birthday script and other things running yet, but hope to get it going soon. We switched to Adriaan's Technorati MT plugin and are making some other changes. Boris is doing some...

Jet lagged, but Flashed Forward »

I arrived last night, made the mistake of eating a cheeseburger before bed and didn't sleep much and felt REALLY BAD this morning. I crawled onto stage at Flash Forward this morning feeling very scattered and weak, but thanks to a strong topic and lots of funny movies to keep people awake, I was able to struggle through my talk. I talked about Creative Commons, Intellectual Property and the future of marketing. I channeled lots of Lessig and Godin. We did a Q&A session afterwards and I really enjoyed talking to the Flash community. Flash and Creative Commons makes SO...

If you're reading this, according to NPR you are "no one" »

Scripting News"No one was listening," said the NPR... "No one was listening," said the NPR announcer, as she introduced the guy who posted the note on Tuesday morning about the new Edwards decals on the Kerry campaign plane. No one was listening, except for the people who were. Clearly no one reads blogs... I'm going to be doing a Summer Reading Series interview for NPR this week. I should list all of the blogs people should read this summer. ;-)...

Technorati tracks 3M blogs! »

OK. I promise not to boast about every 1M blogs Technorati adds, but it's an opportunity to quote some interesting facts. Sifry's AlertsTechnorati tracks 3 million blogs On an average weekday, we're seeing over 15,000 new weblogs created per day. That means that a new weblog is created somewhere in the world every 5.8 seconds. Of course, not all weblogs that are created are actively updated. Even though abandonment rates are high - our analyses show that about 45% of the weblogs we track have not had a post in over 3 months we are still tracking a significant population...

Credit for links »

Dave. Thanks for giving me credit for the Edwards as VP rumor link. You could have linked directly, credited only Metafilter or anything really. Actually, this is something that I struggle with every morning when I open Net News Wire and go through my news feeds. Some people take the position that it's not important where you get the link. I don't think this is true. The dilemma happens when you find links to the same interesting article on several blogs. Do you credit the first link you see? Do you credit the first person who posted it? Do you...

Countdown to TypePad Japan launch »

3.5 hours until TypePad Japan is launchesd. Yay!...

Why free for commercial use? »

When writing my last entry, I remembered a question that some people ask me. Why choose the Creative Commons license that allows people to use content free for commercial use? I think people have some sort of instinctive reaction toward the notion that someone could "exploit" their work to make money. One question to ask is, will you make less money because of it or more? They have to give you attribution so more people will know about you and your work. I would rather have people copy and quote my blog without worrying about asking for permission. I would...

Accuracy of my posts »

Some people have been critical about the lack of fact checking and vetting I do before I post an article or a link. I've argued that my posts are really the beginning of a discussion and not a definitive assertion or the final word. I really think about my blog as a group effort with the people who comment here. I was reading Yochai Benkler's paper, "Coase's Penguin, or Linux and the Nature of the Firm", (which I highly recommend) and saw a reference to this from Slashdot's FAQ which I think sums up my feelings as well. Slashdot FAQQ:...

Images of genocide »

On the plane returning from Helsinki to Tokyo, I read an op-ed in the International Herald Tribune, Dare We Call It Genocide? Please click the link and read it. It's short, but an important perspective. People gloss over statistics and even vivid first-hand accounts like this in text often fail to get our attention. In fact, I remember thinking about blogging this article, but it slipped my mind after I returned to Japan. This morning I saw Tears of the Sun starring Bruce Willis. This movie is about a heroic extraction mission in Nigeria with ethnic cleansing as a backdrop....

Photoshop as communication »

I had fun with some photoshopping last night, but this morning someone showed me a site of a photoshop-a-rama on the new MEP from Finland, Alexander Stubb. Too bad most blogs don't allow images in comments anymore. It's such a ... "creative" form of communication. ;-)...

New Movable Type pricing and licensing up »

New Movable Type pricing and licensing up on the Six Apart site. Thanks to everyone for the support and feedback....

Eva Biaudet's blog »

I'm at Eva Baudet's office right now helping her get her blog started. (She's writing her first post now.) She's a member of the Finnish Parliament and a member of the Swedish People's Party. She's a fellow GLT and I met her first in Davos. I've been coming to Finland almost every month these days and Eva's been educating me about Finnish and European politics. Finally I get to teach HER something. ;-) Good luck on your blog Eva, and I hope you can keep it going! Thanks to Boris for the design....

Goodbye Napoli »

I'm about to leave Naples. I had a wonderful time. The total chaos of the city, the extremely warm and interesting people, the great food and the wonderful weather was just delightful. I'm sure I only scratched the surface, but I really enjoyed the Napolitan style. I only wish I could speak Italian. I was also excited to meet all of the interesting people and the level of civil activism that could easily be sparked into an even more vibrant blogging community. One thing that was confusing to me was that everyone says "Naples" when they're speaking in English. Why...

NoteTaker, Ecto and TypePad taste good together »

A post about using NoteTaker, Ecto and TypePad together. Can't wait to try it....

The missing links »

Thanks to all of the newspapers that picked up the somewhat embarrassingly nice article by Yuri Kageyama of AP. AP syndication is really amazing. One thing. The article doesn't contain links to Six Apart, Movable Type and TypePad mentioned in the article....

Weblogs and Authority »

OverstatedWeblogs and Authority This week I'll be presenting a paper at the International Communication Association Conference in New Orleans titled Audience, Structure and Authority in the Weblog Community. The paper is an analysis of two different metrics for measuring authority within weblogs: * Blogroll: A link from one weblog to the top-level of another, (e.g., links to http://overstated.net, http://www.overstated.net or http://overstated.net/index.asp). I assume this is a proxy to popularity. * Permalink: Any link from one weblog to deep content on another (e.g. a link to http://overstated.net/04/05/24-weblogs-and-authority.asp). I assume this is a proxy to influence. The following table shows the top...

Bill Gates talks about blogging »

ReutersMicrosoft's Gates Touts Blogging as Business Tool Gates described to his audience, which included Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, Michael Dell, Carly Fiorina, Barry Diller and other top business executives, how blogs worked and suggested that they could be used as a tool for businesses to communicate with customers. [...] Microsoft, which has already amassed more than 700 employee bloggers talking up its products and software in development, is embracing blogs and RSS technology because they are yet another potential threat and opportunity, said Joe Wilcox, analyst at Jupiter Research. [...] Instead of RSS, however, Google is also promoting a rival...

Anil takes responsibility for MT 3 mess and moves to SF »

Anil DashTo use the requisite automotive analogy, if Six Apart were a shiny new car, I feel like I was the person who put the first dent in it, and then a couple thousand people stood around pointing and saying "It's totalled!"It's been a hard week for everyone at Six Apart with the difficulty with the launch of the Movable Type 3 and the licensing and communications about this. Anil seems to feel quite responsible. It sounds a bit like Rummy getting set up to be the fall guy, but fine. It was Anil's fault. ;-) Having said that, I...

Technorati Meetup in Tokyo May 27 »

Dave Sifry, the CEO of Technorati is coming to Tokyo next week. We're having a meeting for users and developers. Dave and I will speak and Dave will give some cool demos etc. If you are a Technorati fan, want to know more about Technorati or just want to hang out with Dave, please sign up and come. We will be charging 2000 per person for simple drinks and snacks. There will be wifi. The details are below: 5/27 Thursday, 18:00-21:00 18:00-19:00 Demo, Talk & Discussion 19:00-21:00 Reception with drinks & light snacks Place, Tokyo 21c Club, 7th Fl of...

Speaking at Weblog Conference in Naples June 4 »

I will be speaking at a Conference in Naples on June 4. The conference is called: Culture Digitali: I WEBLOG E LA NUOVA SFERA PUBBLICA, or Weblogs and New Public Opinion. The Conference has a blog and here is the entry with the program. The conference registration is not yet open, but I will blog about it when it opens. Some of us are thinking about getting together for lunch on June 5. If you want to hang out with us, please fill out this form. Look forward to meeting everyone....

We, the Media by Dan Gillmor »

Just finished reading the Galley Proof of We, the Media: Grassroots Journalism by the People, for the People by Dan Gillmor. O'Reilly is the publisher and it should be coming out mid-July. The book will be published under a Creative Commons license and you will be able to download it free for non-commercial use. Dan is one of the few professional journalists that really understands the impact of blogs and other new technologies on journalism. It's amazing how many professional journalists I know pooh pooh blogs and keep on chugging like nothing is changing. We, the Media is a excellent...

Mena answers some questions about MT 3.0 »

Most people are aware that Six Apart got a lot of feedback on the release of Movable Type 3.0 and there was a bit of confusion as well. Mena has a good post that addresses many of the issues people have been asking about....

Halliburton Pulling the Plug on GI Communications »

Kathryn CramerHalliburton Pulling the Plug on GI Communications A week after a scandal broke involving photos of American troops torturing Iraqi prisoners, Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown, & Root is pulling the plug on private electronic communications with the folks back home, apparently at the request of the Department of Defense.via Jim Oh right! If it weren't for that pesky Internet... I haven't seen this in mainstream media so I may be jumping the gun. Anyone who finds any other information about this, please let me know so I can update....

TypePad Spain online »

Welcome on board TypePad Spain!...

"Kicking butt is mandatory. Taking names is optional." »

John Perry Barlow"Kicking butt is mandatory. Taking names is optional." So runs the headline on a current U.S. Navy recruiting ad. This may sum up current U.S. military philosophy pretty neatly, whatever the branch of service. No one from the Pentagon knows, or seems particularly interested in finding out, how many civilians we have killed in Iraq so far. I would guess it exceeds many times over the number who died here on September 11. One of the liabilities of conducting a military operation that is so heavily based on "death from above" is that, even with our surgical new...

Dogs online »

Emily @ Smart MobsDog Blog Red Ferret's dog blog. (Thanks Anil). Peter Steiner's original "dog on the Internet" cartoon can be viewed in the Cartoonbank of the New Yorker. My puppies are more into moblogging, and of course Bo and Pookie have recently joined Dogster....

World Economic Forum weblog »

The World Economic Forum has a weblog now. via Loic...

TypePad France »

Welcome online TypePad France!...

Partisan blogging »

When I have posted particularly anti-Bush or partisan views, many people have complained in the comments or by email. Some of the most intelligent comments on my blog have come from conservatives and some of the most stupid from liberals. In order to keep some of the more intelligent conservatives involved in the dialog, I've tried to generally steer clear taking strong stands on the war in Iraq and on the presidential election. I thought about it and I've decided that this is stupid. I don't want Bush to be re-elected and I think going into Iraq was wrong. I...

Technorati support »

You can now track who is linking to particular posts on my blog by clicking the Technorati link next to link next to trackbacks at the bottom of the post. The result is similar to trackbacks, but these links are links that have been discovered by Technorati, whereas trackbacks are links that are sent to me directly by other bloggers. Boing Boing recently started Technorati support and Dave Sifry explains how to add this to your blog. Since I don't get as many links as Boing Boing, clicking the Technorati link will often yield no results. I think we need...

ecto for Windows »

Alex Hung has joined forces with us to make a Windows version of Adriaan's OS X blogging client ecto based on his original client, TypeWriter. Check out the ecto for Windows page for details on the beta test....

Mena's Corner »

Mena starts corporate blogging at Six Apart on Mena's Corner....

Wearing black in protest »

GlutterCHINA HAS FURTHER CURBED FREE SPEECH AMONG ITS CITIZENS THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT HAS BANNED ALL TYPEPAD SITES WITHIN CHINA. ANOTHER BLOW TO FREESPEECH AND FREEDOM OF INFORMATION WITHIN THE COUNTRY. THIS IS A SAD DAY. GLUTTER TURNS BLACK AS A MEANS TO PROTEST AND BRING ATTENTION TO THIS ISSUE If I could so much ask, I would like to suggest others who own typepad sites and other blogs to put a note on theirs as a means to spread the word.So until TypePad blogs are unblocked, you will all have to bear with this ugly black border around my blog....

Is TypePad blocked in China? »

I just got email saying that TypePad is being blocked in China. Can anyone else confirm this?...

Photoshopped by Betsy »

Umm... thanks Betsy. But I would rather have been superman. But I guess it's better than this. My photoshopping has definitely gotten better since I've started blogging. Lucky for MT users that images in comments are turned off by default now....

New Technorati beta launches »

New Technorati beta launches. New looks, new features. Go to www.technorati.com to give it a whirl....

Too Many Daves »

The blogs have created another Dave. Now don't get me wrong. Some of my best friends are Daves, but we definitely have too many Daves.Dr. SeussDid I ever tell you that Mrs. McCave Had twenty-three sons, and she named them all Dave? Well, she did. And that wasn't a smart thing to do. You see, when she wants one, and calls out "Yoo-Hoo! Come into the house, Dave!" she doesn't get one. All twenty-three Daves of hers come on the run! This makes things quite difficult at the McCaves' As you can imagine, with so many Daves. And often she...

Six Apart and Ublog SA sign an exclusive representation agreement in Europe »

Six Apart and Ublog SA sign an exclusive representation agreement in Europe. Welcome onboard Loïc!...

Six Apart announced TypeKey »

Six Apart announced TypeKey. It's a user login system that can among other things, help prevent comment spam. It will work with Movable Type 3.0 and TypePad....

Racial stereotypes in Korean newspaper »

copyright hani.co.kr Speaking of racial stereotypes... Here's a cartoon of bloggers writing about the the impeachment in Korea from a Korean newspaper. On the other hand, at least they're reading the blogs. via dda on IRC...

Ecto now supports del.icio.us »

Ecto now supports del.icio.us. It allows me now to take any URL using in a blog post and submit it to del.icio.us (the URL bookmark exchange) with one click from inside of Ecto (my blogging client). You can see all of these URLs under the delicious tab in my sidebar. You can also subscribe to the URLs in my delicious feed as an RSS feed....

China shutting down blogs »

Isaac MaoThe biggest ever block on blog in China Blogbus.com, one of the biggest blogging service in China, has been ordered to shut down it's service from noon today....

Nathan and Michael of the American Cancer Society »

Today I met with Nathan Grey and Michael Mitchell of the American Cancer Society. Nathan is working on building their International network and Michael is in charge of the Futuring and Innovation Center. Randall Moss, who I met at ETech pointed them my way. My mother had cancer for decades before she passed away and my sister and I struggled much of our lives her cancer in the family and dealing with a variety of issues: financial, social, medical and psychological. I remember using the American Cancer Society web page when I was looking for help online. The idea...

Dan Gillmor Tokyo blogger gathering »

Dan Gillmor's organizing a Tokyo bloggers meeting. Unfortunately, I will be in Austria, but Tokyo bloggers, please sign up and show him a good time.Dan GillmorTokyo Blogger Gathering? Arrived in Tokyo last night for a few days. Considering a blogger gathering on Tuesday evening, probably in Akasaka. Shoot me an e-mail, or post a comment below, if you think you can make it....

Loic in Germany »

Loic's going to Germany and is trying to hook up with bloggers there. brought to you by #joiito meetupster...

Echoing some echo chamber thoughts »

At risk of being labeled an echochamberist, I'm going to agree that danah has a good point in her post about echo chambers. (See David Weinberger's article for more background.) I think it is natural to communicate most with people whom you share context and I believe that if you separate strong ties and weak ties a la Granovetter's Strength of Weak Ties, there is definitely a lot of "strong tie" hang-out-with-your-friends action that goes on on blogs. I think that's natural. Most blogs are conversations between a small group of friends. It's clear that it's fun and easy to...

We are not an echo chamber! »

NO NO NO No No no no! We're not an echo chamber!...

Jimmy Carter blogs Africa »

Jimmy Carter blogs Africa via Ross Mayfield...

Caring about the rest of the world »

As a child I travelled a lot, but mostly between US and Japan. I dealt with a lot of bicultural issues, but the rest of the world seemed far away. In the 90's I started going to Europe and Asia more, but it was always to "civilized" places. Several years ago, I became actively involved in trying to reform Japan and I was allowed to be quite vocal about this. Last year, I gave a rant at Davos about how broken Japanese democracy was. Afterwards, Ms. Ogata, the former UN High Commissioner for Refugees told me that I should stop...

NKzone needs citizen-reporters in Tokyo and Seoul »

NKzone, the North Korean blog needs citizen bloggers to cover the Life Funds for North Korean Refugees (LFNKR) in Tokyo on Feb 22 and two human rights events in Seoul on Feb 23. If you're available, please help us out....

Bloggers will be reporters tomorrow in Iran »

hoderBloggers will be reporters tomorrow in Iran I'm trying to encourage Iranian blogger to go out tomorrow, the election day, and report what they see and hear in their city and blog it. I also plan to gather all posts related to it in one place either in my own Persian blog or in Sobhaneh, the collective news blog. I also consider a place in iranFilter for those Iranian who know English to provide translations the reports that are gathered in Persian. This can be the 9/11 for Persian blogosphere. It's the first event that potentially engages every body in...

Welcome to my blog NYU Digital Journalism course »

Welcome to my blog NYU Digital Journalism course, Spring '04. ;-) via Radio Free Blogistan...

Six Apart makes Fast Company 50 »

Six Apart makes Fast Company 50. Yay and congrats! My company Neoteny is an investor in Six Apart....

Communities and echo chambers »

Shelly asks the question "What part of you, the writer, is part of a community? Where, within yourself, does community leave off and you begin?" and says, "But I guess we're accountable to each other, and that's the most dangerous censorship of all -- it's the censorship of the commons." This is an interesting question that Shelley has pointed out to me and I have been thinking about. In the comments on Shelley's blog, Doc ties it to the notion of the "echo chamber," the effect where we're all just talking to each other oblivious to the outside world. Many...

Photo blogging ETech »

I knew I would not be able to compete with the other bloggers in covering the content of ETech so I focused on photos. I've finally uploaded most of the decent photos here. I took the photos with my Canon 300D. I used a 55-200mm telephoto zoom lens which helped me be more invasive and catch people off-guard. It looks more like a collection of snapshots of my friends than anything resembling photojournalism. For some real photojournalism, take a look at the World Press Photo awards....

The power to offend »

This is not interesting unless you're tuned into the blogsphere sit-com so I'm posting my thoughts on my Live Journal....

Pecking at ETech? »

Jeremy ZawodnyRussell says: RussellInteresting conference - too bad I wasn't there to get a longer impression, but boy it seemed like there were some serious pecking orders there. And someone else I know there said this via IM last night: You are missing some good conferences this week here, although I have come to the conclusion that a lot of the bloggers are pretty pompous.I'm not sure what to make of that. Pecking orders? Pompous? It bothers me, I guess.That's odd. I haven't noticed pecking or being pecked. Pompous? Nothing more or less than I would expect. I wonder if...

Emergent blogging from Iran »

Yesterday, Jeff Jarvis introduced us to the Iranian blogger, Pedram Moallemian. Pedram blogs at the eyeranian. He is one of the outspoken Iranians who blogs in English and help us understand what's going on on the incredible number of Persian blogs. He explain that the Persian blogs can be traced to the short explanation written by Hoder at Hoder.com explaining how to use Blogger in Persian. There are now over 100,000 Persian blogs. Most of the blogs are about politics and sex as well as other things like poetry. The suppression of free speech in Iran is one of the...

What is a blog? »

Is this an interesting question? What's the difference between a journal, a diary and a blog?...

Technorati talk »

Sifry, "Blog this link." Cool Amazon hack. Dave whipped it together at 2am last night after a chat with John Battelle. The cosmos that shows the people who have just blogged the link is here. "Do you know about power laws? Well fuck it, I've got the data." An interesting point David made was that there are a huge number of blogs with 4 links....

Rebecca launches a blog about North Korea »

Rebecca, from CNN, who is now at Harvard on sabattical, has just launched a new blog about North Korea. It's an cool experiment in blogging/journalism by someone who has a lot of on-the-ground experience covering difficult topics like this.This is an experiment in interactive, participatory journalism. And in the new age of internet web-blogging, we are ALL journalists. NKzone is NOT a conventional news or information website. Our members will build NKzone collectively with unique, personal, and (whenever possible) first-hand insights about the world's most mysterious country. Please approach this site not as a "viewer" or "reader", but as a "participant"...

Rational ignorance »

LagoRational Ignorance Academic life is ruining the internet for me. An example: Today I read Joi Ito’s wandering entry on money, economics, and physics, and the first thing I thought of doing was to post a bibliography of all of the reading that should have been done before that post was made. And then I realized that posting such a bibliography is the equivalent of shouting at the television. It doesn’t matter what I say about it. The TV (and the internet) can’t really hear me.Lago reacts to an interesting point that I in fact pondered yesterday before posting my...

Ethan Zuckerman begins Emergent Democracy Worldwide discussion »

Ethan and I will be leading a discussion called Emergent Democracy Worldwide at the Digital Democracy Teach-In in San Diego on February 9. Ethan has posted a critique of Jim Moore's Second Superpower and my Emergent Democracy paper. He asks some important questions. One of the questions, which gets developed more in the comments is what made Salam Pax successful? One of the most difficult things that the we face is getting people to care about people in developing nations. Somehow, Salam Pax was able to get Americans to read his blog and get them to care in a way...

Identity and justice »

As a former student, I sure wish I had had RateMyTeachers.com (via Seb) when I was in school. I would have had a lot to say and I would have felt justified. Maybe I wouldn't have had to start our underground newspaper. On the other hand, I can see how this might be abused. There are some thoughtful comments from many people about the "Adopt A Reporter" idea over on PressThink. This is not a new issue, but an old issue that continues to accelerate. As Loic points out, blogging helps you manage your own identity instead of leaving it...

ecto 1.0 released »

Version 1.0 of ecto, the blogging client for Mac OS X has just been released. It was written by Adriaan Tijsseling who works for me. What "version 1.0" means is that you can now pay real money for it. PS In case you were wondering, this is a shameless plug....

Loic has posted videos of the Davos blogging panel »

Loic has posted videos of the Davos blogging panel. Thanks Loic and Geraldine!...

With bloggers inside, Davos secrets are out - IHT article »

Three chief executive officer participants at the World Economic Forum prepare public Internet blogs about their experiences in the ultra-exclusive retreat of the world's wealthy and powerful. Seated from left to right Loic Le Meur, CEO of Ublog, a Paris-based blog company; Yat Siu, CEO of Outblaze, a Hong Kong-based email service company and Joichi Ito, CEO of Neoteny Company Limited, a Japan-based venture capital firm. PHOTO AND CAPTION BY THOMAS CRAMPTONNo... I'm not about to punch Loic. My fist is an expression of our solidarity. -- JoiThomas Crampton's article in the International Herald Tribune about us blogging Davos just...

Transcripts of the Davos blogging panel »

The World Economic Forum has posted a pdf summary of the blogging panel. As usual, the tone isn't the same as what I experienced and they got most of what I said, but I think my emphasis was a bit different. I hope Loic gets his video transcript up so you can decide interpret it yourself....

Another blogger in Davos - billmon »

billmon at Whiskey Bar is blogging from Davos. I wonder who he/she is. I looked up "Bill Mon" and last name "Billmon" in the directory and I couldn't find a listing. I couldn't find his/her real name on the blog either. Is Whiskey Bar a pseudonymous blog by a professional journalist? Thanks for the link Abe. I think billmon is presenting an interesting view. I'm focused primarily on hanging out with people I like and going to sessions that I'm interested in so billmon's view is probably a good way to see another side of Davos....

Social Computing Symposium at Microsoft March 29-30 »

I've been invited to be say something at the Social Computing Symposium at Microsoft. I'm looking forward to hanging out with some of my favorite people. (Maybe the first opportunity for me to speak at the same conference as my sister too...) I'm REALLY interested in what Microsoft is thinking about this space, and it appears that they are doing a lot of thinking....

Studying journalism - stalking Thomas Crampton »

Introduced Thomas to Sergey. Joi helping his fellow "journalist"...Thomas Crampton is a fellow GLT and journalist for the International Herald Tribune. I've been hanging out with his a lot this trip, trying to learn more about how journalists work and think. For instance, I asked him about how he deals with issues such as global warming where it is so difficult to understand the first sources and we have to rely so heavily on experts and reports which often conflict. I've also been watching how he interviews people and teases out quotes and threads and focuses his discussion in a...

The blogging panel at Davos »

Yesterday was the blogging panel at Davos. Jay Rosen was the moderator and the panelists were Orville H. Schell, Loic Le Meur, yours truly and Hubert Burda. You all already know Loic and Jay I'm sure. Orville is the Dean of the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and was at the Media Leaders discussion the day before too. He's got some great perspectives and his positive and insightful view on blogs was encouraging. Hubert Burda is the CEO of Hubert Burda Media, one of the largest media conglomerates in Europe and I was extremely impressed by his positive and open...

I'm a blogger »

Everyone in Davos is a CEO or some other fairly senior title. I've found myself introducing myself at sessions as "a blogger" much/most of the time. It still amazing me how few people know what blogging is. Calling myself a "blogger" seems to be the fastest way for me to get the "what is a blog" discussion going. ;-)...

Ethan and Gillian - Chatting with some REAL activists »

Chatting with Ethan of Geekcorps and Gillian of Witness conspiring to blogifying developing nations and organzations doing human rights work. Ethan and Gillian are educating me on doing human rights and technology work in developing nations and I'm trying to help integrate blogging into their work. The stuff that they're doing is SO important, I think it's a great application for the blog amplifier. Ethan's convinced me to visit Africa. Geekcorps sends geek volunteers into developing nations to work on technology projects. Ethan was an Internet entrepreneur turned social entrepreneur. Gillian has been an activist her whole life, first...

Notes from Media Leaders Community session »

The Media Leaders Community session was a closed session with the CEOs and editors from the top media organizations. The representatives were all people who struggled with the issues of running a media business while trying to maintain editorial integrity. A variety of regions and organizational structures were represented including TV, magazines, newspaper, for profit and non-profit. The session was held in a circle and was broken into two session. I was one of the few "outsiders" who were invited to participate, my chance to open my mouth was the second session. the first session was, "The Double Life and...

Discussion with Media Leaders »

I'm in a meeting with the WEF Media Leaders. Its a few dozen people consisting of the editors-in-chief and CEOs of a variety of major media organizations from around the world. I'm going to talk about the role of blogs and how we might work together. I'm going to talk about how blogs can address the issue of getting people to care about about things by providing a voice to people who don't have a voice and can provide additional resources, which seems to be one of the issues that many of these media companies have. I will also try...

Technorati beta up »

The new Technorati beta site is up. It's really fast. Sorry about the terse post. I'm in Frankfurt airport about to board a flight to Zurich. On PowerBook-bluetooth->Nokia 6600-gprs->T-Mobile....

Comment spam and its social equivalent »

Now that I'm awake from the hotel spam. I guess I should channel my annoyance into at least one more blog entry. Comment spam is becoming more "sophisticated". Originally, my policy was to erase stuff that linked to commercial sites if they didn't add to the dialog in the comments. Now comment spammers are actually trying to contribute to the discussion, but still leaving links to their commercial sites. It is much harder to identify as spam. Only by looking at the site that is linked do you realize that it's probably spam. This is sort of the social equivalent...

Writing style and blogging »

Poor writing style, like bad manners, makes someone appear less intelligent than they are. Writing style, like manners, can be learned in many ways. Reading and writing a lot is the first step. Having people critique your writing is probably the next best thing. There are many basic writing mistakes that people make, which can easily be avoided by being aware of them. I have never been a great writer and I am self-concious about my writing style. If you are serious about your blogging, I think that time spent polishing your writing style is well worth the investment. My...

Welcome to blogging Rebecca »

Rebecca MacKinnon, the Tokyo bureau chief of CNN and fellow GLT is taking leave-of-absence to be a media fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard. We've talked a lot in the past about blogging and the future of journalism and I'm happy that she's going to jump out and take a bird's eye view of all this at what I think is the perfect time to be taking a bird's eye view of journalism. Rebecca has started a blog. Good luck and welcome to our world. ;-) I wrote a bit about her before when I visited CNN in Tokyo....

Three Mistakes in the Moral Mathematics of Blogging – Marko's Reply to Clay »

Marko points out three mistakes in the moral mathematics of blogging that Clay has been writing about and articulates very clearly some key weaknesses in the arguments....

Inequality and the role of "fitness" in power laws »

I've been trying to push against Clay's assertion that blogs exhibit a power law and that power laws cause inequality. You can't "fix" the system without breaking it. We've gone back and forth in different places and I THINK I've boiled it down to a few key points for me....

Fernanda's blog survey »

Fernanda in the Sociable Media Group at MIT Media Lab is doing a blog survey. If you're a blogger and have time, please fill it out....

Digital Democracy Tech-In »

It's $100 to register and you can register even if you're not attending ETech. I'll be doing a session with Ethan Zuckerman on International stuff. Emergent Democracy Worldwide Joichi Ito, Founder and CEO, Neoteny Ethan Zuckerman, Founder, Geekcorps Time: 3:30pm - 4:15pm Location: California Ballroom C While we're building great new tools to build communities, we've done very little to ensure that people around the world have access to them. And even when we've made it possible for people in developing nations to speak, we've done little to ensure that anyone listens. How do we ensure that the "Second Superpower" Jim...

Ecto beta is out »

Ecto, the OS X blogging client by Adriaan (disclosure: Adriaan works for me) is out for beta testing. Check it out....

What can we do to help blogs promote justice? »

My last blog entry about blogs and justice was a bit theoretical and ended with more questions than answers. Maybe it was confusing. Let me try to be specific. I think blogging will go beyond text and by blogging I mean the whole space that includes all sorts of micro-publishing of micro-content in a highly linked and low-cost way. This includes camera phones, video and audio. There are many things going on right now that will be sand in the vaseline from a technology perspective. Most types of DRM will suck for micro-content distribution. So will things like the broadcast...

Are blogs just? »

Lou Marinoff described one definition of Justice as "doing the right thing at the right time." He continued by explaining that it means you have to define "right thing". There are at least eleven ways of being right. deontology - rules tell us what is right and wrong teleology - The end justifies (or sanctifies) the means virtue ethics - goodness comes from virtues, which are like habits humanistic existentialism - what we choose to do determines what we value nihilistic existentialism - "God is dead." And we killed him. So all moral bets are off analytic ethics - "Goodness"...

Barlow steps out of the echo chamber »

For those of you who continue to argue that most blogs and links between blogs are an echo chamber, go to Barlow's blog and take a look. Barlow has stepped out of his Barlowfriendz mailing list into a community which includes the Barlowenemiez. Barlow eloquently discusses the experience of stepping out of the echo chamber....

Speech tomorrow at Rakuten »

I'm giving a speech about the future of the Internet tomorrow afternoon from 2:30pm-3:30pm JST. The speech will be at the Rakuten New Year party. (Rakuten acquired Infoseek Japan and I am now on the Portal Group advisory committee.) I'll try to stream it, but it will be in Japanese. My slides are in English and I've put my outline on my wiki. Please feel free to add comments or links to examples on the wiki. The outline just lists the topics I will cover, but not what I'm going to say. ;-) I'll be giving live demos of #joiito...

CSS in RSS removed »

I've removed the CSS Stylesheets in my RSS feed until further notice. I'll let the discussions play out and will wait for the tool builders to decide what is best before I start pushing on this. Thanks for all of the interesting feedback everyone....

Fun in Davos »

I'm in Davos right now and here are a list of entries I've posted from here.Notes from Media Leaders Community sessionDiscussion with Media LeadersSpam for dinnerWhere are you my Sun? Breakfast between Global Leaders for Tomorrow, Social Entrepreneurs and Religious Leaders Original post below....

We are not technological determinists »

First of all, I'm glad I'm not an academic. I wouldn't have known what a technological determinist was or how insulted one could be being called such unless danah had explained this to me awhile ago. But... now that I am sensitized, I would have to respond to Lago's claim that we are assuming technological determinism by saying that we clearly are not. Many under-estimate the impact that technical decisions have on society. Lessig's book "Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace" drives this point home. On the other hand, many technologists underestimate the impact that social norms have on technology....

Joi Ito's Stuff »

In order to 1) mess around with TypePad more, 2) allow me to indulge my gadget obsession with complete abandonment and 3) experiment with multiple blogs, I've decided to start a blog about Joi Ito's Stuff. It is "a blog about stuff that I have, why I have it, what I'm doing with it and how I feel about it." I have no idea if this is a good idea or not, but starting blogs on New Year's Day seems like a good idea to me....

We Quit Drinking »

We Quit Drinking: A blog by and about people who have chosen to not drink alcohol. A new blog for a new year....

A blog about addiction »

In my highly enlightened state this morning, I mused about the idea of a multi-author blog about resisting addiction. People could share their experience and we could also discuss the meta-issue of creating a network to support people who are trying to quit. I'm pretty set on getting this started today so I'm soliciting ideas before I kick it off. I need a name and a few key things to focus on. I guess that figuring out the URL is pretty important. Any ideas?...

Some 2003 site stats »

I did a quick review of the 2003 stats for this site. Last time I posted my stats, Jeffrey Zeldman slammed my bad manners, but Cory thought it was fine and pointed out that he posts his stats ever new year. Liz points out in that thread that my site includes comments (and puts them in the same html as my entry for all of Google to index). Of the 8475 posts on my blog, 1247 are entries from me and 7288 are comments from YOU. This blog is more about community than a site with no participation.A quick survey of people on #joiito about whether I should post stats also resulted in mixed reactions.So, thus justified (and confused), I present (some of) my stats (in the continuation in an attempt to be a LITTLE PC).And for the record, I don't feel inferior to sites that have more traffic than me and I don't chuckle at sites that have less.This blog started 2003 with 5,000 page views a day and ended up with 28,000 page views a day. There were approximately 2.7 million sessions with 6.8 million page views for a total of 464 GB of blog viewing.The Browser breakdown looked like this:Internet Explorer21.72%undefined18.75%NetNewsWire11.04%SharpReader6.86%NewsGator6.30%Mozilla Compatible Agent 5.20%Radio UserLand3.38%Mozilla3.06%Safari2.16%85% of you came directly to the site and 3% of you came from www.google.com. 1,210 people ended up here by searching for the term "best headphones" (hope you liked the Shure's!), 1,133 people ended up here by searching for "diet coke" (Sorry!) and 814 people ended up here searching for "stealth disco" (boy that was fun wasn't it?).My RSS 2.0 feed was 24% of my page views, my html top page was 7% and my RSS 1.0 feed was 5.5%.382 of you registered your name and birthday in my birthday database. (Thanks!)37% of you came from .net, 19% from .com, 10% from .jp, 3% from .edu, 1% from .uk. .ca, .de, .au, .ch, and .nl and 21% from unknown (to me) domains.

Cheers Halley »

Halley, thanks for having #joiito over to your party. Thanks also for sharing your interaction with your wine bottles after the party. I'll be doing a lot of the same over the next few days. Ever since I noticed that I am now the top result for a google search on "quit drinking" I have this sense of responsibility to myself as well as others to show my/our resolve and share this. I was talking on the phone today with someone trained as a professional in treating addiction. It's interesting to note that when AA was started in the 60's...

CSS in RSS feed »

Richard showed me how to put my style sheet (Which Boris made) in my feeds (RSS 1.0/RSS 2.0). Take a look at it in your news reader and tell me what you think. Also, if you think this is "funky" please let me know why. It is sort of a weird thing, but at least in NetNewsWire, it looks pretty good. Richard describes how to do it on his blog....

Announcing ecto »

Adriaan, the developer of the award winning blogging client Kung-Log now works for me and has re-written it from scratch and renamed it ecto....

"I'm talking ABOUT you, not TO you"... »

How many people who blog know that many blogs automatically send trackbacks or send pings to pingers sites like weblogs.com? How many bloggers know that these pings trigger services like Technorati to include their posts in an index and that any mention of my blog in their private diary cause a link to their diary to show up in my sidebar within minutes? One of the things that some of us forget is that it's not all about attention. Most people want a little more attention than they get, but they usually want it from the right people and only...

Yo Marc! »

Actually, I guess the technical term is, "yo duuuude."Marc CanterWell maybe those days are over, but there's one thing for sure - Joi will have a drink - again.  Maybe on New Year's Eve - maybe 20 years from now - but once an addict, always an addict.  I mean that in a nice way. We can try and intellectualize our way out of our problems, manipulating our actions and behavior to suit our health - mental, physcial or economic - but you'll always go back to being - just you. I would beg to differ on this point Marc. Since...

Blogger's block, collapsing facets and the number 150 »

I've had blogger's block lately. As more people read my blog, I realize that I am writing for larger and larger audience. Just about every time I post something, I get thoughtful comments and email from a variety of perspectives. I realize that post early/post often is probably the best policy for blogging, but the rigor in which entries are discussed and the increasing percentage of people who I meet who have read my blog cause me to try to blog about things which are interesting yet not likely to cause me to spend a lot of time defending myself. The fact is, I'm becoming more and more conservative about what I blog.danah boyd often talks about the collapsing of the facets of our identity. (As I continue to collapse her context by linking to her constantly.) She quotes an article about "Mom Finds Out About Blog". This relates to Erving Goffman's "The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life" where he talks about how we perform differently to different audiences presenting different facets of our identity. The problem with many blogs is that the audience includes so many different communities of people that it collapses the facets of one's identity and requires you to choose a rather shallow facet which becomes your public identity. For instance, I know that people in the US State Department, friends from my Chicago DJ days, my employees, my family, thoughtful conservatives from Texas, cypherpunk friends, foreign intelligence officers, Japanese business associates and close friends all read my blog occasionally. In real life, I present a very different facet of my identity to these different communities, but on my blog I have to imagine how all of them will react as a craft these entries. None of them get the depth that I am able to present when I am performing for them directly. So, although I am exposing many personal thoughts such as my decision to quit drinking, the depth of my identity is becoming shallow because the context is collapsed. Most of the truly thoughtful comments I have received about my drinking have been in email and IM and I am sure my blog will not help me discover my inner goofball.Halley writes about intimacy. What does it mean? I think intimacy relates to the Robin Dunbar's magic number 150. At this moment there are 87 people hanging out on #joiito and 216 people in my instant messenger buddy list (some are the same people). On the other hand, I have 490 connections in LinkedIn, have 510 phone numbers in my cell phone and get about 1000 new years cards. On my blog, I get about 13,000 unique sessions (30,000 page views) per day. Today, I attended a fund-raising meeting for a non-profit, and a political campaigner said that generally, one was expected to have to shake 50,000 hands to get elected.Ross Mayfield broke the networks down into political, social and creative at 1000's, 150 and 12, but my feeling is that the political layer is 10's of thousands and next layer is business at 500 and social at 150 and creative at 12. This is not scientific, but just my personal observation. If this is true, this blog is approaching the political layer which explains why I feel that I get more business done on LinkedIn, but I feel much more candid and happy on IRC and Chat and why I still really love dinner conversations most of all. I think that if you can manage the audience size and composition on your blog, you can tune it to any of these layers. Mena often talks about how blogs are more about normal people blogging with their friends than about pundits competing against the media. I would agree and think this may be more rewarding at an emotional level than taking your blog to the political level. What you have to be careful of is that you never know when you might suddenly become popular or when your mom might drop into your blog and your context will collapse around you. Managing your audience and the facets of your identity is a very difficult thing and navigating this has and always will be one of our biggest challenges both in the real world and online.Blogging about not being able to blog...

Barlow blog »

John Perry Barlow has started a blog!

rebecca blood and her 10 tips »

Anil introduced me to rebecca blood of rebecca's pocket last night at the CC party. I remember reading rebecca's ten tips for a better weblog when I was starting my blog. They were my guiding principles. If you're starting a blog and are trying to figure out how and what you should write about, I'd start there.Tip #3Know your intended audience. You conduct yourself differently with your friends than you do with professional associates, strangers, customers, or your grandmother. Knowing for whom you are writing will allow you to adopt an appropriate tone.This is the difficult question that many of us deal with because sometimes we end up with unintended audiences or our contexts collapse. danah and I have been discussing this issue a lot in the context of Goffman and managing the facets of your identity.rebecca's ten tips are a good place to start because you'll never be able to manage developing a facet of your identity unless you have enough passion about what you are writing to do it frequently and rigorously enough to make your blog interesting. If you focus on your passion, it's likely you will attract the audience you are looking for. Having said that, sometimes contexts do collapse and you get unintended audiences. This can tend to cause a chilling effect and make it difficult to write freely. If your blog becomes popular, this is inevitable. Having said that, it often adds more rigor and forces you to research more thoroughly before posting, which is a good thing.

Thanks Sachi and Nonaka-san for a fun time at J-Wave »

The J-Wave interview was a blast. We must have said "blog" 50 times in 30 minutes. It was especially fun because everyone there were recent blog addicts. We tried very hard to explain it to people who had never blogged before, but I think a few times we probably got a bit hardcore. Anyway, I think if nothing else, we were able to convey our excitement and people will at least try to learn more about blogs. J-Wave is the 3rd largest radio station in Japan and has a lot of reach so I hope we have some impact. We got a lot of email from people during the show.Anyway, thanks Sachi and Nonaka-san!Here's the 32 meg mp3 of the show. (It's in Japanese.)

Google washing ettiquette »

I've just decided on a new policy for myself...Everyone knows that you can google bomb or google wash terms by writing your post in a way that emphases certain keywords people will probably search for. I've been writing about Goffman, gender, and lots of other things I really don't know anything about. I'd hate for some of the entries I'm writing to end up with too much google ranking.I'm going to make a point to have cryptic titles for entries where I'm talking to my regulars and not to Google.

J-Wave interview tonight »

I'm going to be on the Japanese FM radio station J-Wave tonight talking about blogging. I just got a technorati inbound instant message from my technorati script telling me that I just received a link from Sachiko who will be interviewing me tonight. She blogged about meeting me today. She blogs! How cool is that. Look forward to meeting you!It's from 21:15 on J-Wave if anyone is interested, but if you're reading this, you probably don't need to listen. ;-)

Bloggers google bomb George Bush »

If you go to google and search for "miserable failure" you get bio of George W Bush. This is a bloggers' google bomb.Newsday article on the topicThanks Kev for the clarification

Welcome to blogging Jean-François »

I met Jean-François Maïon in Helsinki last week. We were talking about blogs. I think I helped get him over the hump to start a blog. Nice photos.

Blog panel at Davos »

Loic and I will be on the blog panel at Davos this year. Loic blogs about it and asserts that "Blogging will have the same effect to journalism as Napster & P2P to the music industry". Interesting. Doc follows up with a rant about how Napster was just "market correction for the failure of mainstream radio".

PC Magazine Editors' Awards »

I feel like a proud dad. Six Apart's Movable Type got 5 stars, TypePad got 4 stars and an Editors' Choice and Socialtext Workspace got an 4 stars and an Editors' Choice in the recent PC Magazine's Editors' Choice Awards.Good work folks!

Blogshares shuts down »

Seyed Razavi has announced that he has shut down Blogshares. As Jeff Jarvis says, "It was fun while it lasted."Look forward to seeing what Seyed is cooking up next that's kept him too busy to run Blogshares...Thanks for the heads up Jason

Cocolog launches and Nifty CEO Mr. Furukawa starts a blog »

The TypePad powered Cocolog offered by Nifty just launched and the CEO, Mr. Furukawa has started his own blog. Blog on Furukawa-san! (Sorry, it's in Japanese.)

MobileWhack »

Rael Dornfest just launched MobileWhack.MobileWhack is all about that mobile handset, palmtop, hiptop, ipod, or laptop in your pocket, purse, briefcase, or dangling from your utility belt. It's about squeezing every last ounce of mobility out of your mobile device.Looks cool!

Dan's got RSS on his Treo 600 »

OK I've got gadget envy. Dan blogs about his RSS feed on his Treo 600 and says he wants a client that lets him blog easily from it too. Anyone know of anything good? Ado, want to port Kung-Log to PalmOS?

Larry Page and Sergey Brin parody blog »

Larry Page and Sergey Brin Parody BlogI've wanted to do a blog for ages but Sergey couldn't manage to set up MovableType. Apparently it's "Just too difficult".Anyway, the other day he suggested that it would be a thousand times easier to just buy Blogger.com.So we did.Via Aaron Swartz on the Google Weblog

John Patrick on blogging »

Interview in eWeek with John Patrick on blogging. John Patrick, the former vice president of Internet technology at IBM, is an old friend and an advisory board member of Neoteny. He helped IBM embrace the Internet. He's a great voice in this discussion because he's very familiar with corporate CIO behavior.Via Gen Kanai

I hope my cosplay didn't start all of this... »

Andy Baio pointed out that maybe my costume party influenced the cover of the bloggers book. Hmm... What a scary thought. At least that would make Kuri-chan the guy with the poo-poo on his head...

What's At Stake? »

Interesting multi-author pseudonymous political/US-election-related blog called "What's At Stake?". Reminds me of Locke and Demosthenes from Ender's Game.

Dvorak on blogs »

Oh cool! Dvorak is bashing blogs again. It must be that time of year again. He probably needs more traffic.Oops. I broke my promise not to make fun of journalists who don't blog... But I'll make an exception for journalists who like to tease me too.UPDATE: Steve Gillmor takes the bait and responds to Dvorak.

Six Apart Announces First License of its TypePad Personal Weblogging Service to NIFTY, one of Japan's Leading ISP's »

The Trotts shaking hands with the CEO of Nifty, Mr. FurukawaSix Apart Announces First License of its TypePad Personal Weblogging Service to NIFTY, one of Japan's Leading ISP's. Good job!

Six Apart Gathering tomorrow in Tokyo »

Six Apart gathering tomorrow at 3pm. See you there! (Sign up on the Six Apart page.)

Technorati growing pains »

David Sifry writes about growing pains at Technorati. He apologizes for the slow response, but assures us he's on the case.

Becoming a cranky old man »

Many of the old men I know are cranky. They are often cranky because they've been fighting long battles. Battles about technology, battles about politics, battles about education, all kind of battles. Most old men have their hot buttons that trigger a rush of memories of these battles. When most old men talk to each other, they sense these hot buttons and generally avoid each other's hot buttons. The rule about avoiding religion and politics as dinner topics comes from the fact that there are many hot buttons in these areas.Last night I was one of these cranky old men. We were talking about terrorism and profiling. I am a veteran of many battles on privacy and security. I didn't realize how much of a cranky old man I'd become until a friend of mine last night kept pushing that hot button with the opinion that profiling was a good thing and that a few false positives were worth the cost to protect America. I got completely emotional and ruined the tone of the friendly dinner conversation. The problem with a dinner conversation is usually there is some alcohol involved which clouds memory (access to facts stored in cranky old brain) and logical thinking, and you can't page slap people with your previous arguments. As a cranky old man last night I realized how difficult it was for me to have casual conversation about a hot button topic and how difficult it was to have a rigorous discussion about complicated topics when I didn't have access to a method of providing context. I felt like I was just beating my chest to show I felt strongly about the issue...I think this issue of having difficulty engaging in a discussion with someone on a topic you understand well where you have a strong opinion is an issue that many academics face. This forces them to climb their ivory towers and engage in esoteric debates in an esoteric language with their peers and not reach down to the average person. This is also why many academics avoid publishing in popular media.I wonder if there is a solution to this problem. I think layers of blogs is one thing that helps. I consult with a number of academic sources to come up with my somewhat simplistic assertions about certain issues. Others write about it even more casually on their blogs. If things are attributed correctly, one can usually drill down to the source (although many academics sources are still not online). Sometimes it works the other way around. I write about something casually and accidentally trigger a bunch of hot buttons which ends up providing more context and rigor.The scary thing is, I can see myself starting to want to only have discussions with people where we read each other's blogs, a sort of blogademic.

Fast Company article by Seth Godin on "the posse" »

Seth Godin did an article for Fast Company about how I use my blog and IRC and am adapting my work-style to the social software. His perspective is interesting. I hadn't thought of it as a "virtual organization". I'm also glad he got this part right:Seth GodinIt's important, though, to not think of this as Joi's powerful new network or Joi's group. "Joi Ito is no longer a name, it's a place," he says. He coordinates a collective, one in which he's a member, not the chief.Thanks Seth!

New design »

Boris just finished the redesign of this site. What you you think? Thanks Boris!

John Edwards to guest blog at Larry's place »

Senator John Edwards, a presidential candidate will start guest blogging on Lessig's blog Monday. The announcement is here. Very cool.

Where Boing Boing is »

Cory DoctorowBoing Boing has been down for a couple of days. We're having server problems and working on them -- I hope to be up in a day or so again, but it's exacerbated by my crazy travel schedule.Please direct your friends to this note, and ask for their forebearance in sending email asking what's up with Boing Boing. I'm getting several hundred of these a day, and it's gotten so that answering those messages is actively interfering with my efforts to reestablish service.In the meantime, we're still blogging, and the mailblog still works:http://groups.yahoo.com/group/boingboing-mailblog/ThanksCory

Let's stop picking on journalists who don't blog »

Although Joseph Urbaszewski's blog shows a blogger beating the mass media, I think we should stop picking on professional traditional journalists. I think that if journalists need help from their editors to write, (in the case of Japan) want life-time employment, need someone to protect them in court, need paper boys to reach their readers and need a brand to provide legitimacy, I think they should be allowed to do this. I think it's mean to pick on them too much...

Joseph Urbaszewski's blog coverage Lake Arrowhead fire »

Joseph Urbaszewski, a teacher who lives near the fire is blogging about the fire and has become a clearinghouse of information. It appears to be more up-to-date than the mass media.There is also a live scanner feed where you can listen to the overworked, heroic firemen fighting the fire.Kevin Barronheard on the scanner -- "some people are refusing to leavetheir homes despite mandatory evacuation"response from the base station? "get their name, date ofbirth, and the phone number of their dentist"!!Thanks for the info and links Kevin, and hope you are safe.

The dialog about Beate's treatment in Atlanta continues »

My original blog entry about Trevor's fiance Beate's treatment when trying to enter the US is starting to sink into my archives, but the dialog continues. Both Beate and Tervor have commented. Trevor's brother Dan has a blog. Dan Gillmor's blog and the British Expats blog also have extensive comments.Both in my blog and Dan Gillmor's blog, people have made sort of insensitive comments about the couple before the couple commented. Important lesson: People you think about in third person can read blogs and have a voice. "They" are real people. I think it's great that we're able to have such an open dialog about stuff like this with the people who were actually involved. I know many people at the embassies read blogs. What do you folks think? You should chime in. ;-)

Mapping the space »

I was noodling around trying to organize "the space" in my head and put this picture together. The x axis is the "context". IE low context is stuff like CD's and books which don't change, are worth approximately the same amount to most people and don't have much timing or personal context. The far right is very personal, very timing sensitive, high context information such as information about your current "state". Then there is everything in between. The top layer is the type of content sorted by how much context they involve. The next layer is how they are aggregated and syndicated. Below that are substrates that are currently segmented vertically, but could be unified horizontally with open standards. Anyway, just a first path. Thoughts and feedback appreciated.UPDATE: Changed color to red and edited the examples to be brand agnostic.

Policy on comment spam »

Everyone has been very supportive in helping me deal with the comment spam issue. Thanks everyone.We've installed MT-Blacklist plug in for now. I'm generally against blacklist type filters, but it looks like the best solution for now. I will wait for MT Pro to deal with it in a more elegant way.I thought my troubles were over when I got two comments just now with "interesting..." and "page-rank?" on my last two post. The links were to a casino site. These comments were probably not machine scripted like the other comment spam, but they added no value to the comments and the casino site URL made me feel that they had posted the comments for the purpose of trying to steal page rank on Google. I have a feeling some bloggers also post comments on my blog just to get links to their sites.My current policy on this issue is, if you post something on my blog that clearly adds no value to the conversation and if your URL is a gambling site, a porn site, a pharmaceutical site or some other obviously spam friendly commerce site, I will delete the post and add you to the blacklist. I will discourage bloggers to post opinion-less or off-topic posts just to get links. I continue to encourage people to post their opinions whether they are supportive or critical and of course I will not delete critical comments.My policy may change, but this is it for now.

IP Banning comment spammers »

I'm a mercilessly ip banning comment spammers until I figure out a better solution. If you try to post and I've banned a dialup IP address that you get stuck with, send me email and let me know.

Orlowski the pooner »

Jim Moore deconstructs what Orlowski's trying to do and sheds some light on what his point is.

Notes from Bloggercon »

I think Heath Row has the best notes from Bloggercon.On another note, I have the IRC logs of #joiito during my session. Would anyone be against me posting them on my blog?

Technorati ranking neighbors »

To make my point here, I have first admit that I often go to the Technorati top 100 page to see where my blog is ranked. I admit that it goes against my negative feelings about the power law, etc. and is a bit self-absorbed.Anyway, when Technorati added Live Journal and surged in indexed blogs, my ranking dropped enormously and I was barely still on the list. Lately, I've slowly crawled back up. Recently I've been neck to neck with a blog called ":: i don't give a shit what you think :: ". It felt weird seeing, "I don't give a shit what you think Joi Ito's Web." ;-) I just noticed that I finally passed it. The funny thing about this list is that I seem to have (in my mind) a relationship to blogs close to me in ranking. I tend to read them to see who they are. I see some blogs slip down the list, and some others shoot up. I try to find what causes their rise and fall by looking at their Technorati cosmos.Am I weird?

Meet on IRC at 1:30pm Eastern Time for session on community »

I will be facilitating a session today on community at Bloggercon at 1:30pm. I'll be on IRC so drop by if you're free. Some talking notes here.UPDATE: Thanks for everyone that dropped in. It was a lot of fun. Special thanks to Kevin Marks for the tech and other support. Picture on Bloggercon page.

Lauren Weinstein's blogging »

Lauren Weinstein, Co-Founder of People For Internet Responsibility (PFIR) and the moderator of PRIVACY Forum just started a blog. He's not sure whether blogs are a good thing yet, but lets hope he keeps it up. He's one of the important mailing list guys that I've been try to convert to blogging. Dave Farber and Declan are two others. ;-)

The meta discussion about metadata »

Tim Oren rants about how metadata is NOT the next big thing. He quotes Cory's 2001 often cited Metacrap rant. Both good rants. But I disagree. I think that blogging tools allows the producer of the content to enter metadata about the micro-content much more easily than ever before. If you're writing about a book, you'll enter the ISBN number because you want to get the cover art and the affiliate link to Amazon. You'll insert the GIS info into a picture you take on your camera phone because it's just one button away. You'll create your FOAF file so you can search for friends of friends near you. I agree that the discussion about the name spaces and the semantics is messy, but I think it's silly to write off metadata as a pipe dream. Have been to All Consuming lately? How do you think that works? MusicBrainz and Creative Commons are also non-metacrap metadata projects.

RSS 2.0 Enclosures »

RSS 2.0 has an interesting feature called enclosures. It basically lets you have a link in your RSS feed that points to a media file or something so that you can download it in advance so it plays without having to wait for it when you get to it. It's moving blogging to be more "push" than "pull", but that's a good thing for big files. It certainly fits my blogging/browsing style and makes a lot of sense in the context of RSS.See Chris Lydon's special RSS feed for a very good example. Currently, PopHeadlines (.Net), Radio (Windows, Mac) and VOX Lite (Windows) support enclosures.UPDATE: ChrisDodo on #joiito just mentioned a point that I'd missed. The bandwidth issues. I guess the aggregators are going to have to be smart and allow you to filter stuff so you don't end up with tons and tons of media files hogging your bandwidth.

The Big Sync »

As I was taking a shower this morning I did a self-analysis of my morning process which seems to be standardizing for the moment.I become aware around 2am and start getting the feeling that something important might be going on that I'm missing. I crawl out of bed between 3am-4am, turn on my computer, go make coffee, and sit down, still a bit groggy. I startup email and NewNewsWire. I scan my inbox quickly for any urgent business email and take care of that while NetNewsWire is getting my RSS feeds. Then I go to the folder containing email from MT and read my trackbacks and comments on my blog. I respond to anything urgent there. Then flip over to NetNewsWire and scan the Technorati feed of new inbounds to my blog and read most of them. I comment on people's blogs where I can. Then I startup iChat and MSN Messenger to see if anyone needs me urgently. Then I chat and go through as many of the 150 RSS feeds as I can. I have the feeds ordered in different folders based on the order I want to read them. I open anything I might want to blog about into browser windows as I go through the feeds. Then I open IRC and see if anything important is going on in that community. Then I multi-task email, blogging, chat and RSS feeds until it's time to take a shower and go to work. Inevitably I think of something to blog while I'm taking a shower and end up here... a bit late for work, but trying to get the blog entry out. (And this inevitably ends up in a poorly written entry.)I used to use the post to blog feature on NetNewsWire, but I've switched entirely to Kung-Log and copy paste from browsers because this seems to give me more control and context.It feels like a big sync every morning. Then throughout the day, emails to my cell phone, quick hits of IRC, iChat, email and RSS keep me syched. If the morning sync fails, I find myself unable to keep up during the day...I'd be interested to hear the way other people manage their blogging. I've watched over Cory's shoulder once and THAT was amazing...

Getting fired for blogging »

Dan Gillmor blogs about another person losing their job for blogging. Every HR person should read Halley's A Blogger In Their Midst and every PR person should read the cluetrain manifesto and every editor should read Dan's book when it comes out. There is definitely a rift between the "gets" and the "get nots". Having said that, "getting it" is non-trivial and I think we're inventing it as we go along. A lot of people will probably lose their jobs and many others will find new ones as we push the envelope.I just hope my employees don't sue me for being stealth disco'ed.

Oh! THAT Josh! »

When I was in New York, I met Britt Blaser and Josh Koenig. They came to the Six Apart meeting. They are both working on the Dean campaign and it was great talking to them. I had seen both of their names online and I tried to store their faces in the approximate location in my brain of where I thought I had remembered seeing them online. Then when I was reading an entry on Britt's blog about how much fun they were all having working on the campaign, I clicked thru to Josh and remembered Josh was Outlandish Josh. I was on the phone with David Kirkpatrick of Fortune yesterday so Fortune magazine was fresh in my mind. I remembered that I met someone at the Fortune conference in Aspen who was a "friend of Josh, Outlandish Josh." A few more synapses fired and now Josh has unique spot in my brain. The problem is, I remember people mostly by their first name and there are also Josh and Josh. There are way too many Daves and surely a lot of Ross's. Lots of neuronal name space collisions. On IRC people naturally pick nicknames so there are no name collisions and I find it convenient to remember and refer to people by their IRC nicknames. (Although it's a pain when they contain non alpha-numeric characters.)I wonder if there is any way for social software to help me remember people and keep them sorted and in context in my brain... Maybe photo albums, my own blog and links to other blogs is maybe the best way. I wonder if I should make a search engine for my own blog instead of using Google so I can sort comments by person and display inbound and outbound links, link to Technorati ID's and other cool things. Maybe I can get Jibot to help...

Technorati getinfo »

Sifry has just added a new API call to Technorati called getinfo. It lets you get information that a blogger has made available about themselves on their blog like a link to their FOAF file, LOAF file or their GeoURL. The great thing about this is if you've claimed your blog, this is a verifiable way to link your Technorati ID with your blog. LOTS of amazing things this could enable... (There will be a quiz at the end.)So... who's going to program jibot to retrieve people's Technorati info?Here is how to get my getinfo http://api.technorati.com/getinfo?username=joichi

WITNESS - Human Rights Advocacy with Video and IT »

At the joint Social Entrepreneurs and Global Leaders for Tomorrow meeting in Geneva, I met Gillian Caldwell. She is a film maker and an attorney and the Executive Director of WITNESS.Witness Mission StatementWITNESS advances human rights advocacy through the use of video and communications technology. In partnership with more than 150 non-governmental organizations and human rights defenders in 50 countries, WITNESS strengthens grassroots movements for change by providing video technology and assisting its partners to use video as evidence before courts and the United Nations, as a tool for public education, and as a deterrent to further abuse. WITNESS also gives local groups a global voice by distributing their video to the media and on the Internet, and by helping to educate and activate an international audience around their causes.This is incredibly important work. They are causing a great deal of impact already, but I think blogs could help increase their ability to reach a broader audience. This is such a great reason to figure out video blogging.

David Isenberg starts a blog »

David Isenberg, the author of the famous paper, The Rise of the Stupid Network has started a blog. This is excellent news.

Martin Nisenholtz and Catherine Levene of NYTd »

Martin Nisenholtz, CEO - New York Times DigitalMet Martin Nisenholtz and Catherine Levene of New York Times Digital yesterday. Martin is the CEO of NYTd and Catherine is the VP of Strategy & Business Development. Martin and Catherine are the two behind the NYT RSS feed for Userland. I was expecting to have to go through my usual song and dance about blogging, but I realized quickly that I was preaching to the choir and that they already "got it". We quickly switched gears to talking about what happens next. We talked about the impact of blogging on democracy and journalism as well as the technology of blogging. It was really a treat to talk to professional journalists who were thinking seriously about blogging. The New York Times is lucky to have these two and I hope they are successful in truly digitalizing the New York Times.Won't it be great when media like the New York Times can work with bloggers and allow things that percolate up through the blogs make it into the New York Times? I think that a combination of real sources in some of the hard to reach areas of the world together with NGO bloggers and other caring enthusiasts could really help media like the New York Times reach out further and get around the resource constraint issues that Richard Smith of Newsweek talked about in Geneva. In addition, finding and pointing to voices like Salam Pax in other parts of the world can help people in attaching a personal perspective and maybe get people to care more about far away cultures.Thanks for the intro Markoff!

AKMA's Cyber Crypt »

David Weinberger blogs about AKMA's Cyber Crypt service.

Proximity blogging »

I was sitting next to Cory yesterday. Today I'm sitting next to David Weinberger. When I sit next to someone, I sit around and read their blog, inevitably leading to finding something interesting on the blog that I need to blog about. Obvious, but interesting on this warm, balmy day.

Crashed the Bloggercon meeting at the Berkman Center »

After drinks with Tom and Halley, I crashed the Bloggercon meeting that Halley was going to at the Berkman Center. Dave and his team were putting the final touches onto the program which looked pretty cool. I agreed to participate in a session about managing a community on Day 2 which is free. I don't see it on the page yet, so maybe it's not decided.I had imagined the Berkman Center as a big huge building, but it was actually a small nifty house. Dave Winer, Jim Moore and Christopher Lydon were there with a bunch of other cool people. It was nice seeing Dave and Jim again and It was cool meeting Chris for the first time. I'd heard about Chris from Dave and we decided to do an interview the next day.Andrew McLaughlin a fellow GLT was also there who had just been talking to Ethan, who I had just met in Geneva and had just blogged about. Small world... Anyway. You had to be there....

Hanging out with a Blogger in Their Midst »

Had lunch with Halley Suitt of Halley's Comment and drinks later with Halley and Thomas A. Stewart, the editor of the Harvard Business Review. Halley had recently written a piece for the HBR called "A Blogger in Their Midst" as a fictional case study. The story features "Glove Girl" (who reminds me a lot of Gnome Girl) who is a blogger in a big medical supplies company. Glove Girl is blogging without permission of the company and her voice becomes very influential. The management of the company is posed with both the benefit of an increase in sales and visibility through Glove Girl and the risk of her honest and sometimes critical voice.David Weinberger, Pamela Samuelson, Ray Ozzie and Erin Motameni comment.It's a great article and summarized what will probably happen in almost any company where the CEO is to busy to "get it" while the employees begin to discover blogging. At Groove, Ray Ozzie does and amazing job of allowing people to blog, but defining a policy for it. I think management in any company should be trying to "figure this out" as soon as possible and this article is a good place to start.Unfortunately the HBR is not online. I heard there was a unauthorized copy of the article online, but I don't have link. Halley found out about it, but didn't link to it. It is obviously a moral dilemma. My feeling would be to let the digital version out. The cartoons/illustrations are with $16.95 so you should buy the paper copy anyway. It's "a bad thing" that we can link to it and talk about it online.

Ethan Zuckerman, Africa and blogging »

Ethan Zuckerman is the founder of geekcorps.A US-based, non-profit organization, we place international technical volunteers in developing nations. We contribute to local IT projects while transferring the technical skills needed to keep projects moving after our volunteers have returned home. Ethan's a GLT and one of the few blog savvy GLT's here. We've both evangelizing weblogs like crazy this trip. Ethan works a lot in developing nations and we talked about how to get technology to developing nations and how blogs could help get more coverage for issues in developing nations since the mass media tends to underreport them. One important part is to make them feel more culturally "close" in the way Salam Pax created a voice for Baghdad in the blogging community. We need more African bloggers. The other thing is to for other bloggers to understand and blog more about things going on in other parts of the world.Ethan pointed me to a great resource for news about Africa, allAfrica.com. I think I'll start here...

Be there or be square, blogmob in Madison Square Park »

MenaGathering at Madison Square Park As part of our first trip to New York City, we are inviting everyone to join us in Madison Square Park, right near the Flatiron Building in Manhattan, on Saturday September 13th from 2pm to 4pm. Of course, it being New York City, Anil will be there, and our good friend and partner Joi Ito has promised to show up as well.

Referral logs and google rankings »

Malach on #joiito was talking about surfing referral logs. I took a look at mine. It's pretty cool that I'm #1 when you google for "best headphones", but it's probably not such a good thing that I'm the 4th site when you google for "glock 23"...

Baghdad Burning »

Doc links to a "Girl Blog from Iraq", Baghdad Burning by Salam's friend Riverbend.

AOL blocking Live Journal referrals? »

Slashdot reports that AOL is blocking referrals from Live Journal. I agree with Mena on this. It's probably a mistake. Lets not get all excited until we know more...

Jobs and the strength of weak ties »

M. S. Granovetter .The strength of weak ties : A network theory revisited. In Sociological Theory (1), 1983. is an important paper for understanding social software. Unfortunately, it's an academic paper and therefore NOT ONLINE. (I'll rant about that later). In the paper, Granovetter describes strong ties and weak ties. Strong ties are your family, friends and other people you have strong bonds to. Weak ties are relationships that transcend local relationship boundaries both socially and geographically. He writes about the importance of weak ties in the flow of information and does a study of job hunting and shows that jobs are more often found through weak ties than through strong ties. This obviously overlaps with the whole 6 degrees thing. I do believe there are some "nodes" but think that it is much more complex than a simple power law with a few number of local maximums.After reading Shannon "Pet Rock Star" Campbell's piece on her quest for a job at a temp agency and the "Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America" page, I decided to look at all of "this stuff" from the perspective of jobs.I was recently at an advisory board meeting for a trade school. We had just done a survey of employers asking for what they their primary criteria for choosing new employees was and it was overwhelmingly about execution and character and very little about skills. Skills, they said, could be taught later. I believe that "character" in the context of a job is your self-esteem and your passion for what you are doing.What I would like to assert is that social software can help people with their self-esteem and can also help you find others who can find your assets and interests more valuable and place people in jobs where one can have "character". I wrote about this self-esteem thing earlier and in a trackback on that item, you can find a link to "Exhibit A". Boris writes first hand about the development of his self-esteem through blogs and IRC.Shannon is a really interesting "case" for me. She is witty, has great character, is a brilliant musician, is a poster-child for the Creative Commons (I first heard of her when Larry Lessig was raving on about her over lunch), and she's worried about her interview at a temp agency in South Carolina. Something's wrong here. I know several other people on my IRC channel who are looking for jobs where they are surrounded geographically by people who don't understand or are unable to "leverage" the assets of that individual.What I can see emerging is a way to amplify the strength of weak ties. (I knew this before, but it's becoming more crisp to me now.) IRC allows me to see the style and personality of many of the people online. Blogs help me see what their interests are and focus is. LinkedIn provides a professional context for referrals. I think that supporting the process of developing your assets and character and finding a job that best suits you will be one of the single most important benefits of social software. I know I've been ranting about Emergent Democracy and about level 2 and 3 in Maslow's hierarchy of Needs, but I just realized that social software may be most important in addressing level 1, finding the job that brings home the bacon. I know this is stupid of me and everyone is saying "doh" right now, but this, to me, is a big "ah ha".I recently hired two people who were IRC regulars. I felt very comfortable after "getting to know them" over the last few months on IRC. Of course face to face meetings and interviews were essential, but the time spent with them on IRC really added to my ability to judge their character. I realize now that I am actively recruiting from my network of weak ties on the Net and also using the Net to meet interesting people to connect with others who might be good collaborators for those interesting people. The Net has always been a big part of my arsenal of networking tools, but I think it's reaching a whole new level.

Article in The Economist about commercialization of weblogs »

The EconomistBlogging, to the horror of some, is trying to go commercialUr-bloggers, of course, are outraged by all this. “Tony doesn't understand what a blog is; he's the opposite of a blogger,” says David Winer, a fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Centre, founder of UserLand and one of the first and longest running bloggers around (his site is www.scripting.com ). The key attribute that makes a blog a blog and not some ordinary piece of web publishing is amateurism, says Mr Winer: if it is in any way edited, it is not a blog. From this, incidentally, Mr Winer extrapolates that blogging has “the potential for revolution,” democratising and liberating the world. Mr Perkins in turn feels, wearily, that he has heard such “religiously libertarian anarchists with ponytails screaming and yelling” before, in the early days of the internet. Like many in Silicon Valley nowadays, he is more interested in profits than revolutions—though that change, in its own way, is revolutionary.The article is a bit simplistic, but does start the discussion about commercialization of weblogs. I personally think that Amazon.com and the referral thing is where the action is. Amazon will potentially benefit more than anyone from all of this since they are the closest to the point of sale and reviews are a great way to get people to buy. Reviews are much more integrated into blog content than adwords.

Larry's blog is accelerating »

When people talked about how you had to blog often to be popular, others would always talk about Larry Lessig who only updated his blog once a week or so. Recently, Larry's been writing almost every day. There goes THAT anomaly. ;-)

DECONversation August 14 »

Thursday.8pm. August 14.2003DECONversation / Maurice Benayoun and Steve Mann, moderated by Derrick de KerckhoveLooks interesting. Someone go so we can heckle. ;-)

Blogs and small green pieces of paper »

I've been thinking a lot about my addiction to social software, business models and what this is all about. Frank has a great quote from Douglas Adams about small, green pieces of paper which is a really good place to start.

Going P-time »

Ever since I started IRC, I've noticed that I'm reading much less email, getting a lot less structured work done, but having a much better sense of what's going on in our "space" and able to tie a bunch of pieces together that weren't tied together before. I think some people mistake this type of contextual multi-tasking as some form of ADD. I think I'm switching from M-time to P-time. Edward Hall in Beyond Culture describes the difference between P-time and M-time.

Matt from Shure starts blogging »

I first heard about the Shure earphones from Barak and bought the e2c's. I blogged about it. With the help of Google, people interested in e2c's including Matt, who was the product manager for the e2c's found my blog entry. When the e5c's came out, I blogged about them too. Hundreds of comments later, both of these entries have become discussions including testimonials and lots and lots of answers from Matt replying to questions about the products and distribution. This human voice dialog is why I think blogging is so great for companies with great products.Last week, I talked to Matt and Susan from Shure on the phone about experimenting with blogs. Matt's started a blog. Hopefully we can set up some combination of a wiki and a blog to help Shure reach out to us and for us to give them feedback.

Radio now supports trackback »

Dave reports that Radio now supports trackback and has turned it on on his Radio Weblog.

Shelley shows MT users how to get the TypePad photo album look »

TypePad has a very cool photo album style. Shelly explains how MT users can create similar photo albums.

Type Preview Release Launch »

Type Preview Release LaunchTypePad registration will open on Monday, August 4 at 11:59 pm (Pacific) as a Preview Release. Features will continue to be added and the system will still be considered to be under development, but the service will be open for any user to sign up.TypePad Feature Chart

Mark Glaser's Guide to the Blogosphere »

According to Mark, this place is an opinionated individual weblog which is blogging oriented and liberal, but not as blogging oriented or liberal as Joho the Blog. ;-)Thanks for the link Rebecca!

Perspective »

A very obvious thing that I keep forgetting. Blogging standards are not nearly as important as AIDS, global warming, peace in the Middle East and poverty. Having said that understanding blogging does have a lot to do with my perspective on the commons, democracy and the future of media. Debates on the web about details and going to conferences with lots of bloggers can lead to a narrowing of perspective. Conferences like Brainstorm where 9 out of 10 people ask me, "what's blogging?" is essential for me to keep my perspective. ;-)

nice URL Liz »

Liz Lawley's recently moved her blog from: www.it.rit.edu/~ell/mamamusings/ to mamamusings.net. Much nicer. She's still going through many of the problems with moving a blog. You have to make sure your permlinks don't break. Static files and images need to move over. People's blogrolls need to be updated. It's lots of work. That reminds me again why I picked the URL joi.ito.com. It is a bit egocentric, but I've gone through this URL changing process enough times now that I decided I'd pick one that I'd most likely stick with. Also, more generic names such as my "Netsurf Japan" mailing list turned into public spaces where I was no longer the owner, but more like a custodian. I decided to make the assertion this time that this blog was clearly closer to my living room than a public park. Ito.com has its problems. A lot of spam is sent with ito.com as the return address for some reason. It's also a 3 letter URL so I constantly get queries whether I'm using it. Doh.Anyway, for all of you who are thinking of starting a blog. Think carefully about your URL. It's easy to think, "hey, I'll just give it a whirl first and see if I like it." But if you do end up liking it, you're going to be stuck with that URL. Also, be careful about where you upload images and other things. Try to keep your directory structure tidy so you can move these files easily.

A new look for joi.ito.com »

Boris aka Bopuc has been working on fixing the look and making the page more valid based on lots of feedback I've received. It's still a first pass and we are going to work on the navigation and other things, but let us know what you think.Please post feeback on wiki page if possible.

Thoughts on micro-content, metadata and trends »

My investors, my readers and a variety of other people keep trying to get me to explain what I'm interested and why I'm interested in it. Here's a first shot at this. Thanks to Steph, Kevin Marks and others on #joiito for a first pass edit. I've put it on the wiki as well so we can continue to work on this.

Technorati talks FOAF »

Technorati reads the FOAF file from your blog and creates a profile. Your picture from your FOAF file and a link to your profile shows up when you appear in people's cosmos listings. A good reason to get a FOAF file. TypePad has FOAF built in. If you want to build a FOAF file, you can go to this foaf-a-matic site (thanks for the link Sifry) and make a FOAF file. Put the FOAF file on a server and point to in from your blog with a link tag like this:<link rel="meta" type="application/rdf+xml" title="FOAF" href="http://joi.ito.com/foaf.rdf" />FOAF stands for "Friend of a Friend" and it is a project to create a machine readable format for putting information about yourself and your friends on web pages.Here's Marc Canter's profileUpdate: As Dave Sifry says in the comments section, you must get an account on Technorati and "claim your blog" before it will make a profile from your FOAF. You can do that here.Technorati reads the FOAF file from your blog and creates a profile. Your picture from your FOAF file and a link to your profile shows up when you appear in people's cosmos listings. A good reason to get a FOAF file. TypePad has FOAF built in. If you want to build a FOAF file, you can go to this foaf-a-matic site (thanks for the link Sifry) and make a FOAF file. Put the FOAF file on a server and point to in from your blog with a link tag like this:<link rel="meta" type="application/rdf+xml" title="FOAF" href="http://joi.ito.com/foaf.rdf" />FOAF stands for "Friend of a Friend" and it is a project to create a machine readable format for putting information about yourself and your friends on web pages.Here's Marc Canter's profileUpdate: As Dave Sifry says in the comments section, you must get an account on Technorati and "claim your blog" before it will make a profile from your FOAF. You can do that here.

RSS 2.0 Specification moves to Berkman »

Dave Winer moved the RSS 2.0 spec from Userland to the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. It is now licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike license. There is now an advisory board.The initial members of the board are Dave Winer, Berkman fellow and author of the RSS 2.0 spec; Jon Udell, lead analyst for InfoWorld and columnist for the O'Reilly Network; and Brent Simmons of Ranchero Software, author of NetNewsWire, a leading RSS-based application. When the board makes a decision it will be by majority vote.I think this is a great step toward a peace process in the "great RSS debate". Dan Gillmor writes about this in more detail on his blog.I think we should call a cease-fire at this point...

What to take over to TypePad »

I've been thinking about how I am going to use TypePad. Boris mentioned the permalink issue of switching, but I think we could probably solve that. However, I am leaning toward keeping my main blog on Movable Type so I can hack it directly and run bots and stuff. I think this site just needs a serious overhaul. There are a lot of cool features on TypePad that deal with non-text content and metadata so I'm thinking of moving my audblog, moblog, photos and my "reviews" over to my TypePad site. Anyway, I'll be messing around for awhile.I am going to stop cross posting between this blog and TypePad because it is confusing. I was with Mena last week and she helped me answer "gee, I wonder what my site would look like on TypePad?" I couldn't resist the opportunity to have template-master-Mena design my site. ;-)Anyway, feedback is appreciated as I try to figure out how to make all this work together. Also, please remember that TypePad is still in beta. Lots of features and documentation still to come so please be patient.

Howard Dean is Larry's guest blogger »

Howard Dean is going to guest blog for Lawrence Lessig while he is away on vacation. It is VERY cool that a presidential candidate is blogging. It's also cool that Six Apart can now say that a presidential candidate uses Movable Type. And how cool is it to be able to say, "Howard Dean's taking care of my blog while I'm away." Nice one Larry!Let's all welcome Howard Dean to the blog world!

TypePad is a go »

My TypePad weblog is live and thanks to design help from Mena, it "feels" like this blog, but is light and clean. Let me know what you think. I'm considering making TypePad my main blog.I'll cross post for awhile, but lets keep the comments on this blog so I can keep them in one place until I do the final export.

Sony Image Station with MetaWeblog API »

Hirata just demo'ed an experiment we did with Sony. It's a moblog gateway. It receives email from a cell phone with a photo attached. The Sony team made an XML RPC metaWeblog API interface to Sony Image Station. We take the picture, talk to Sony Image Station using metaWeblog API and post the picture in a photo album. Then the gateway talks to Movable Type using the metaWeblog API to create an entry with the thumbnail from Image Station that clicks thru to the full picture on the Image Station site. The text and the title get entered into Movable Type and the category is pre-set. We are using the metaWeblog.newMediaObject (which Movable Type current supports) to send the images. Please support this standard so photo sites can use the API.We'll continue doing tests with the research group and hope to do some syndication stuff soon. ;-) This is not a product and is really just an experiment. I'm hoping more and more groups in Sony start looking at the open standards and that the open standards people start thinking photos, video and audio as micro-content. Totsuka-san from Sony CSL Content and Applications Lab (sorry about the mistake Totsuka-san!) had an interesting comment today. He said that pictures are attached to email as second class citizens and the text is still the core of the data. I think the idea is to try to get multi-media micro-content to be more important. ;-)PS I don't have a URL for this since we have only received an OK to demo it at the conference. Stay tuned.

AOL blogs revealed »

Hot off IRC. Jeff Jarvis on AOL's blog tools. You will be able to blog from IM. Hey, but we can blog from IRC. ;-)Thanks for the link Sifry

#joiito bot blog »

rvr just modified jibot, the resident bot on the #joiito irc channel to allow you to post to #joiito bot blog from IRC. (It's using the Blogger API). #joiito bot blog is running on Bloxus, a blog package developed by rvr.rvr - alchemist 1st class

Should I move my sidebar to the right? »

Should I move my sidebar to the right so that the content of the blog loads first?

Rediscovering IRC and the alchemy of social software »

I apologize for the light blogging the last several weeks. All of my spare time has been consumed by IRC. acrobat on #joiito compared it to a well placed water cooler. I drop in in the morning with my coffee, between meetings, from cab rides and after dinner before I go to bed. Some people who work in front of computers for a living "park" themselves in the channel. There are about 40 people on the channel now, only a half dozen or so are actually focused on the conversation. We've got a pretty interesting distribution of people. Most major time zones are represented and there are quite a variety of personality types and professions. It's also interesting to note that there is probably an equal distribution of people who are using IRC for the first time, rediscovering IRC and are IRC regulars. The conversation is much more random than my blog, ranging from total silliness to heated debates about RSS. I do think most of us agree that IRC today (or at least my #joiito channel) is much different from the IRC we used to use. I think the blogs help people identify each other and the wiki creates a bit more context and memory for the channel. IRC has definitely reduced my blog output, but in exchange, it has helped me make a much stronger emotional link to many of the people I blog/email with. I think it is the sense of spending time with people that creates this new sense of connection. It's almost like Sims Online. You see people drop off to take care of kids, cook, shower, go to work, come home, etc. Some of the more persistent personalities update people on what's happened during the "day" when you check back in after a being away. It's like being flat-mates with 50 people from around the world. "Hey, if you see so-and-so, tell them I'm looking for them and if so-and-so drops by while I'm out, be nice to them and introduce them to everyone..."

GaiaX trademarks "Blog" in Japan »

GaiaX, a company that sells community Net services to ISP's and portals filed for a trademark for "Blog" on March 6 of this year. They issued a press release on June 28 saying that they would reserve the right use the word blog in products and services, but would allow people to use it freely in writing. I think some people have doubts as to whether they will be granted the trademark, but stranger things have happened in Japan. In the past, I think someone trademarked "groupware". I think GaiaX also has a trademarks in some categories on "Avatar."Anyway, I'm glad SixApart and MovableType don't include the word "blog" in the tradename. ;-P

NewsMonster OS X version ETA tomorrow »

I heard that the OS X version of NewsMonster, the RSS aggregator/reader was finished so I went to the site and paid for it. Kevin A. Burton, the author was on the #joiito IRC channel so I told him. He told me that there was another bug left in the OS X version that he needed to fix. He offered to give me my money back. I told him just to hurry up with the OS X version. He promised he would do it tomorrow. ;-) Very excited about trying NewsMonster...[16:15] burtonator | I will fix sifry's bug tonight... then OSX tomorrow

Dave Winer is tentatively supporting Echo »

Dave has written that he is tentatively supporting Echo. Echo is the name of the initiative to try to put disagreements about blogging standards aside and try to move forward. This is great news.Kudos, Dave!

According to Sifry, the RSS controversy is over the name »

Dave Sifry, whose opinion I greatly respect, has been trying to get to the bottom of this RSS controversy. He has talked to Dave Winer on the phone in length and it appears that the issue is really the use of the name, "RSS". Please read the very interesting post (for those of you who care about RSS. ;-) ) by Sifry.

Aaron says "Time for Forward Motion" »

Aaron says "Time for Forward Motion" on weblog protocols. I agree.The RoadMap is on Sam's site.

Technorati hits 400K blogs, starts wiki »

Technorati just hit 400K blogs and Sifry's created a wiki for his developers.

Anatomy of a Well Formed Log Entry »

There is an interesting discussion going on over at Sam Ruby's wiki about the Anatomy of a Well Formed Log Entry. He blogged about the idea. This is an important discussion for setting standards.

Blogstreet Blog Post Analysis »

Blog meta search has to figure out how to identify blog posts vs. web pages. Here's a beta service from Blogstreet. Blogs are different. They are made of blog-posts and not web-pages. So they have to be treated differently. The correct units when dealing with blogs are the blog-posts and their permalinks. Blog Post Analysis (BPA) is an attempt in building a platform for blog analytics by identifying and presenting the fundamental units of blogs, the blog-post.Maybe Veer can sell it to Google so they can filter blog posts. ;-)

posting IRC logs and testing emergent democracy »

While I was asleep, a debate raged on the IRC channel about whether IRC logs should be automatically turned into blog entries. kensanata pointed out that VotingIsEvil so I proposed a sort of deliberative democracy approach. Lets all have a discussion on wiki page and post our positions on the issue. The point would be to change your mind freely and try to sway the opinions of others and recruit them. Like neuronal recruitment. I don't feel strongly about this issue and it appeared quite controversial. I thought it would be a good experiment in emergent democracy on wikis. That and the emergent democracy of picking a party date. ;-)Boris writes about it here.

To Google, what is a blog? »

I haven't really commented on the "should blogs be in Google search results" debate, but one random question. What is a blog? What's the technical difference (from the perspective of a search engine) between my blog and The Register? I don't see how you can "filter" blogs. You can obviously change the page ranking mechanism to give certain types of sites an advantage or disadvantage, but I don't see how you can filter blogs. My blog is just a bunch of html created by a content management system.

Attention Concentration and becoming a place »

Had an interesting chat with Alex Schroeder on the #wiki IRC channel. We were talking about whether my #joiito channel was increasing concentration of attention, etc. Alex has written some interesting stuff on his wiki about Attention Concentration.

Technobot gets smarter and the plot thickens »

I've just upgraded my Technobot. It is run every 10 minutes on my server and goes to technorati, gets my cosomos, and does the following:Makes my technorati sidebar for my blogIf there are new inbound links, it sends the link info to to the following places:My computer via emailMy cellphone via i-mode email (just normal email)To me via JabberTo the #joiito channel on freenodeThis is yet another step in the rather blasphemous experiment to connect all of the social software I can find together into one big blob. It's rather interesting watching people discover or rediscover new communication modes and the new meta-modes that the connections enable. For instance, I think that wikis and IRC seem to work well together since wikis are an easy way to log some of the interesting things in the rather transient conversations on IRC. Blogs are cool in IRC because it's a nice way to find out more about each other or to link to things one has said without quoting it in IRC.Now I'm beginning to have the too-many-windows-to-focus-on-syndrome. Maybe I need another screen. ;-)Thanks to rvr for helping me with the irc stuff...

Testing TypePad Button Renderer »

Just testing the new TypePad Button Renderer... ;-)

Karlin Lillington blogs about my presentation at St. Gallen »

Karlin Lillington was at my small session at the ISC conference in St. Gallen where I talked about Emergent Democracy. I think she was the only blogger at session and she's written a very nice piece about the session for The Irish Times. Thanks Karlin!

Salam Pax employed by the Guardian »

I first heard about Salam Pax on March 11 from John Monasch who sent me an email about him. Since then, he has gathered a great deal of attention from bloggers everywhere as the war approached. He was silent for quite awhile since the bombings. He finally came back, and now he's writing for the Guardian! Wow!Guardian UnlimitedSalam's StoryThe most gripping account of the Iraq conflict came from a web diarist known as the Baghdad Blogger. But no one knew his identity - or even if he existed. Rory McCarthy finally tracked him down, and found a quietly spoken, 29-year-old architect. From next week he will write fortnightly in G2.

Technobot, a python script to manage your Technorati Cosmos »

I wrote a script that gets your technorati cosmos and creates a sidebar file of inbound blogs like the one on my blog and sends you email and jabber chats when there are new inbound links. It's written in python. It's ugly and totally amateur, but Dave Sifry said that making it available now was more "in the spirit of things" than trying to clean it up before I made it available. It's a bit embarrasing, but like with my Emergent Democracy Paper, I hope the releasing it early and getting feedback will be a good learning experience. Anyway, feedback is greatly appreciated and I hope to continue working on it. It is available on the TechnoBot Wiki Page. Please feel free to add feature requests or make comments about the way I am doing this.GPL license of course.

Hooked up with Jim Moore at FiRe »

Hooked up with Jim Moore at FiRe. He shares an office at Harvard with Dave Winer. The last time I saw Jim was at the Fortune conference in Aspen last year and it was nice to see him again and catch up. We talked aboout the debate about googlewashing that his Second Superpower paper triggered.Jim, Dave Winer, Doc Searls blog about the current discussion which includes recent comments by the New York Times.We talked about Emergent Democracy and some of the problems with my current paper. He agreed to try to comment/edit it on my Wiki. People have made a lot of great comments on the Wiki and it's getting really interesting, but as far as I know, no one has edited the actual paper directly yet. It will be interesting to see who does it first. It's currently signed, "Mostly by Joichi Ito" but if enough people edit it directly, I will change it to something like "Hosted by Joichi Ito" or something like that.

Thanks for the blogshare gifts »

Thanks to Tristan Louis, WDave, Michelle Legare, Bruce Loebrich, James Cox, charles gagalac, Eric Kiel, Jonathan, Edmundas Miseikis, Elizabeth Lawley and Chalkie for the blogshare gifts!I linked to you where I thought that the gifted blogshare were your own blogs.Note to future gift givers... Linking to people who gift blogshares to me is not an official policy so please do not spam me with gifts just to get links. Writing me a simple note about why you are sending me the gift would be extremely appreciated!

Dinner with Markoff and Dvorak »

Had dinner, talked about blogging and had more dinner tonight with John Dvorak of PC Magazine and John Markoff from the New York Times. Markoff and Dvorak are about as different as they come, but are good friends and make a really funny pair to have dinner with.Dvorak said he wanted to start a blog. Both John & John are anti-bloggers, but I agreed that Dvorak would be much more convincing if he was critical after having blogged. We talked about Andrew Orlowski and the attention he has been giving my blog these days. We discussed the importance of lunches and dinners in the journalistic process and discussed Andrew's journalism. One amazing thing about Dvorak is that he can be talking about the food, wine, the owner of the restaurant, Orlowski's writing style and Apple Computer all at the same time. Sometimes I got confused about whether Dvorak was talking about Orlowski's writing or the food. I think Dvorak would make a good blogger.We talked about googlewashing and I agreed to link to Dvorak's site often to help increase his google page ranking. ;-) We talked a lot about the importance of thick skin and a sense of humor.Update: Andrew Orlowski's current web page. I linked to the old one because that's what came up first on Google. Sorry. Noticed that Dvorak was on Andrew's list of "Stuff I like"

Blogging and investing »

So here's an article in spiked-IT criticizing my blogging about Six Apart/MT before investing. Actually, it is criticizing the fact that people aren't criticizing me. I've been giving this some more thought and I am very open to feedback, but I think the criticism is misguided. I am following a very transparent formula. I blog about what excites me and if it is possible for me to invest in it, I do. It would be stupid, but the other strategy would be to not write about anything I'm thinking of investing in. This might be more journalistically pure, but then my blog would not reflect my actual feelings and actions and would be misleading. I would be leaving the best stuff out. If you want to understand my investment focus, just read my blog! If I sound excited about a new company or technology please ASSUME I'm trying to figure out a way to invest in it.This blog is where I am trying to be as sincere as possible and honest about my feelings. I am not trying to mislead anyone. Trying to cover my ass too much is probably just as dishonest as deliberately misleading people.

Future of journalism »

Finally got a chance to talk to Dan about his new book and the future of journalism over lunch. We talked about what journalism really was. My thought was that journalism is defined in the constitution and is a part of democracy. Dan's notion is that the Net and blogging is changing the nature of journalism which in turn has a huge impact on society and democracy. This huge impact is one of the missing parts of my/our emergent democracy paper. Dan's going to focus on journalism, but obviously recognizes the connection with democracy.We tried to deconstruct what traditional media was. My thought was that the founding father defined "the press" as individuals and small groups with printing presses to represent the voice of the people and that currently, newspapers are just printing machine owners and paper distributors just like telephone companies are a bunch of telephone poles and pipes. Dan asserted that there was more to it. He explained that the protection from lawsuits is an very real risk to journalists and that media companies protect their journalist from such suits. I can see that. Relates to the discussion about the Creative Commons license.We talked about reputation a lot and about technorati. Nob Seki, follows up the discussion on his blog and discusses the notion of Trusted TrackBacks and the relationship between the interviewer and interviewee.

Sidebar update - humble style sheet and pulldown archives »

I added a new style sheet and a new style sheet class. On my sidebar, if you click on humble style, it will set your style sheet to a style sheet based on the polite fonts style sheet (big fonts) where I've added a new class called "boastful". This style sheet will render text that I think might seem boastful in a tiny white font so you don't see them. (I couldn't figure out a way to delete them all together in css.) So if you want to stop seeing my boastful disclaimers and generally cut down on boastful comments altogether, change your stylesheet please.Also, I ripped off an idea I saw on Liz's site and made my archives in my sidebar pulldown forms.

Getting ready for phase two of Technorati hacks »

Good entry in Web Dawn about Technorati as a reputation system. Via Marc Canter. So we need to get Sifry to catch permalinks of what people are linking to better and we need a little more metadata in the XML feeds. The addition metadata which would allow me to implement something like a reputation system would be:

Blogaud - I want to listen to my RSS feed on my iPod »

Dan Gillmor came over to my house yesterday and we were going to talk about the book he was writing, "Making the News". He asked me whether I had read the outline... no... Oops. Sorry! We ended up making another appointment and spent the rest of the time geeking out. Anyway, that's not the point I want to make.I felt really guilty, and came up with a great idea. I opened my mac in my car and got it to start reading the outline to me using text to speech. This is the first time I really tried it and it worked well. (Although the woman's voice reading Dan's words was a bit weird.) So then I thought about this some more. What I really want is a text to speech to mp3 converter that took my RSS feed and dumped it into an mp3 file that I could listen to my iPod on the way to work.The other thing I could do is make my blog available in mp3 format. Has someone already done this? Is there a text to mp3 tool somehwere? Is this a stupid idea?

Adriaan's thoughts on the MetaWeblog API »

Adriaan, who I lunched with awhile ago, is the developer of Kung-Log, which is the client I use to post to MT. He writes about his thoughts on the MetaWeblog API. He is a good example of someone who actually has to use all of the API's to try to allow his users to post to the variety of weblogs. We REALLY should try to keep the API consistant so that people like Adriaan can continue to write tools for blogs. As the blog software folks start their feature race, the trick will be for the API to keep up with everything. I think the API is great because unlike unweildy standards like bluetooth that tries to design in every single possibility from the beginning, the MetaWeblog API has evolved and stayed simple. I guess the question is, can the current process keep up with the increasing diversity and feature race? Any thoughts Dave?Here's Adriaan's suggestion.Adriaan TijsselingWhat is my suggestion? Use the MetaWeblog API, BUT complement it with the MovableType methods, and possibly any new Blogger2 API features.

Boastful disclaimers »

I just got this from a good friend of mine via email.This business with saying that you're a shareholder in a company, or might be in the future, can we give that a rest? or can you put it on a page somewhere on its own.It's just annoying and offputting, and after a while it's going to look arrogant and boastful. that's what i think anyway.So I guess I should make a disclaimer page. Didn't realize that the disclaimers could be construed as boasting, but hindsight seems obvious.I'll work on the disclaimer page this weekend. Any good disclaimer pages people recommend I look at would be greatly appreciated. Also, any thoughts on what should be included and how I should link to it would also be helpful.

Weird comic strip in current issue of Net Runner »

Is this guy supposed to be me?The current issue of Net Runner, a magazine published by ZDNet Japan, has story on weblogs. The first page of the section has a comic strip of some fat guy looking at a site that says "Joji Ito's site on how to lose weight and become popular with girls" (rough translation) who goes on to lose weight with a screen that looks like blog entries of the progress. I don't know if they're making fun of me or acknowledging the fact that blogs actually help you lose weight. I assume both.

Typepad in NYT »

Nice article in the New York Times about TypePad. As usual, you need to log into the NYT site. (At least it's back.) As you know, Neoteny, my company, is an investor in Six Apart which is making TypePad. TypePad is a hosted blogging service which is launching real soon now. ;-)

Salam Pax, our blogger in Baghdad is back! »

Salam Pax from Baghdad is back!via Nick Denton

Blogs increase the surface area of organizations »

I'm often criticized for using biological metaphors for organizations, but I think they're very effective sometimes.Seb's Open ResearchBlogs increase the surface area of organizationsJon Udell has got a keen eye for biological metaphors for information systems, and here comes up with a nice one for how weblogs change the shape of organizations:Think of an organization as a single-celled animal. Blogs increase the surface area of the cell, help nutrients flow across its membrane, and promote multicellular cooperation.

Andrew Orlowski questions my objectivity after our investment in Six Apart »

Andrew Orlowski - The RegisterJapanese VC and tech socialite Joi Ito [ Hates reading books - Lunch - Lunch - Segway - Lunch - Lunch - Fawning Parody - World Blogging Forum!]) has spent months hyping the couple who started the Movable Type weblogging software Ben and Mena [buys banjo]Trott. The cute, but strangely synthetic twosome were showered with advanced publicity in the form of flights and lunches and "party games" (the latter is filed under "Humor / Leadership and Entrepreneurship" ), before Ito's company invested in Movable Type last week. Will we be able to trust Ito's ongoing research analysis about his investment? We shall see.Just to clarify the facts and my position...

One way trackbacking... »

Very interesting thing just happened. (Once again, standard disclaimer... I'm obviously not the first person to have this experience, but it's new to me...)I got a trackback on my iTunes entry (the first trackback there...) from a Japanese MT blog. Anyway, I went over to the site and it was indeed an entry about iTunes, but no mention of me or my blog. Also, no link back.

Does McLuhan explain why some people think Wiki's are beautiful and some people think they're ugly? »

I was talking to someone today about Marc Canter and all of the other people who think Wiki's are ugly. I was talking about how Marc Canter was a "media" guy and how Wiki's are for text people. Then, it hit me. (Apologies to everyone else who already thought of this before...) McLuhan talks a lot about how "looking" at TV is different from "reading" text. When you read a book, your eyes are focused a bit above the text and the text sort of just goes into your head to create symbols. With TV, you actually LOOK. You really care if the font on the TV is ugly, but you rarely remember the font of a good book you just read.

Field testing my Sony DSC-FX77 Camera and other geeknotes... »

So I took my FX77 that I griped about here because my Mac couldn't talk to it. It turns out it's a nice camera. It is fast and take much better photos than any digital camera so far. There are a lot of settings that allowed me to deal with unusual lighting. I tooks lots of pictures of snapping turtles and geisha.

Pierre Omidyar on Blogshares »

Pierre Omidyar, my classmate from Tufts, founder of eBay, an advisor to and investor in Neoteny and a good friend, recently started a blog. (A Movable Type blog. I think he started his blog before he knew we were investing... ;-) )He responds to my entry about blogshares. He seems to be thinking about the money vs. influence / markets vs. democracy issues as well. Being a billionaire philanthropist geek is an interesting position to be in when thinking about whether having more money should mean you have more influence and he's clearly been thinking about this a lot.Welcome to the blogging community Pierre.I'm going to comment on his comments when I have more time. I'm eating turtle stew right now...

Blog shareholders on my page »

Thanks to an MT plugin by David Raynes, I now have my Blogshares shareholders listed on my page. (See bottom of my sidebar). Now all I want is for the people's names to be clickable...

Chat with Seyed, creator of Blogshares »

Had a nice chat on the phone with Seyad, the creator of Blogshares. He says that it's been much more popular than he had originally anticipated and this popularity has both positive and negative repercussions on his life. ;-)

New social software blog »

A new group weblog authored by Elizabeth Lane Lawley, Ross Mayfield, Sébastien Paquet, Jessica Hammer and Clay Shirky to focus on social software was announced at ETCon I hear. Great team and looks interesting. It's also great that Clay is finally blogging after all of that "it's not for me" business. ;-)

audblog audio post »

audblog audio postMy first Audblog post. It finally works with MT! So now I have to figure out the style. Do I post in my main blog? I can't set the categories, add titles or text from the phone so it initially appears in my blog as just an clickable audblog logo with no text, title or category. Hmmm...You know what would be neat? If I could voice annotate the photos in my moblog. So... How to link the photos with the audblog entries... I guess I could write a Python script to search for moblog entries and audblog entries within 10 minutes of each other and cross-link them. ;-)

Ben and Mena are now family... »

Six Apart (Ben and Mena's company, the creator of Movable Type) just announced their hosted service, TypePad. They also announced that Anil has joined the team. Also somewhere in the announcement is a bit about my company, Neoteny investing in Six Apart. I'm very excited both as a Movable Type user/fan and as an investor.This is probably one of the most exciting investments we've made and I particularly like the fact that I started as a user, sponsor, friend and finally an investor. I really like Ben and Mena and wish we could find more deals that were as cool as this.Congratulations and lots of thanks to the whole team who worked to make this deal happen!Cheers!

Feeble attempt to integrate my Wiki with my blog »

In an EXTREMELY feeble attempt to integrate my Wiki with my blog, I have created a little link at the end of each entry that sends you to a page on my Wiki linked to the blog entry. The problem is, I have not figured out what I should call each of the Wiki pages. I thought about category/entry ID or something, but everything I could think of was kind of clunky. I ended up with just JoiBlog/EntryId(Entry#) which is REALLY ugly. Any thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated. These thoughts will then probably force me to learn Python so that I can actually build something useful. The other thing that I will need to do is actually put something useful in the Wiki pages that are created instead of just the current "Would you like to create this page?" thing. BTW, please click on the Wiki links and go ahead and make pages if you feel like it. My guess is that most people won't feel like it. ;-p

Dinner with Brian Behlendorf and Laura »

Had dinner with Brian Behlendorf and his wife Laura La Gassa. I met Laura for the first time last night wondering on the way to dinner what type of person she would be and I found that she was even a bigger geek than Brian and that they both LOVED food. I LOVE to go to dinner with people who appreciate food so we hit it off right away, talking about blogs, food and geekiness the whole evening.

Lunch with Bill Emmott and Brian Barry of The Economist »

Bill Emmott, the editor of The Economist on the left and Brian Barry, the Tokyo bureau chief of The Economist on the rightBill Emmott, the editor of The Economist visited Japan on his tour through Asia. Ever since I met Bill, I've become subscriber of the paper version of and an avid reader of The Economist. Bill is a Japan expert and has written numerous books about Japan. It's great having someone who knows as much as Bill as the editor The Economist since Japan is not getting much coverage these days. We talked about the feedback Bill has been getting on the strong stance The Economist took on the war and how interesting and useful the feedback was. Brian noted that Bill got more feedback because his articles had his name on them. I explained that a lot of bloggers link to articles in The Economist and that if they used Technorati, they could track bloggers writing about the articles and get feedback more quickly and in more detail.We also talked a lot about Japan and many of the problems Japan faces. Bill is very supportive of our efforts and I hope that with Brian's help, we can get The Economist to cover Japan in an objective way. Media coverage will be essential in our efforts to push for more transparency.

Kung-Log 1.4 thumbnails and EVERYTHING! »

Adriaan just finished the new release of Kung-Log, the MT client for OS X. He's implemented the thumbnailing feature I asked for and it is now perfect. I can do ALL of my primary blogging from Kung-Log. One thing that is not documented but very useful is the proportionalization of the thumbnail. Enter either the width or the height and tab or click the other box to have it calculate the proportional size for the other field.It's talking the MetaWeblog API so it works for other CMS/blog systems as well, but well tuned for MT

RSS and RDF fun »

I have to admit that I've been feeling guilty about talking so much about RSS and RDF without REALLY understanding what I was talking about, a state which I think I fixed today.

MS supports RSS - Dave approves »

Just in case you missed this, Microsoft is supporting RSS and is letting the developers lead. Dave Winer approves. If you don't know what RSS is, here is a great article describing RSS and how to make a feed.

More on Andrew Orlowski article about googlewashing »

Kevin Marks has written a nice rebuttal to Andrew Orlowski's article about googlewashing.

Flattering article in The Register about The Second Superpower paper and googlewashing »

Andrew Orlowski has an article in The Register about how Jim Moore's paper about the Second Superpower spread so quickly it now ranks #1 on Google. Talks about how A-List blogs contribute to the ability for a single entry to quickly outrank versions of the word.

Comment from a friend who works at a major US TV Network on Kevin Sites Blog issue »

I blogged earlier that I thought that CNN telling Kevin Sites to stop blogging sucked. I recently talked to a friend of mine who works at a major US TV Network and was presented a more balanced view on the issue. I have received permission to quote the following from an email exchange.

Chatting about Open Standards with President Ando of Sony »

Went to see President Ando of Sony. He is second in command under Chairman Idei and is more and more in charge of representing Sony in the US. He gave the speech at CES this year and some some very interesting things. First he pushed open standards.ZDNetOne of the major obstacles for Sony and others looking to establish networks and make content more widely available has been the relatively slow adoption of broadband access, but Ando noted that broadband is becoming more popular in countries such as Korea and Japan and is beginning to pick up subscribers in the United States. Ando said Sony will also work to use open standards in future products to make it easier for consumers to more widely access content on devices and urged other companies to help to establish these standards to help the industry progress. Then he complained about the difficulty of the current record label business.Steven LevyAfter the keynote, Ando unwound at a dinner for a few journalists, where talk turned to the knotty problem of digital rights. He startled everyone by speculating that in the long term, given the nature of Internet copying, record labels may not have a future. "When you have a problem like this," he says, sighing, "I really wish we were a simple hardware company."My kind of guy. We talked about blogs (of course) open standards and how cool it would be for Sony to really embrace open standards and let the blog tools and services talk to Sony products through open standards that we worked on together.

Ben & Mena - a song by S. Frank »

Steven Frank has composed a song about blogging called Ben and Mena. He blogs about it here, and the 3.8MB mp3 file is here. Probably interesting to hardcore bloggers only, but VERY funny. ;-)Via Chris Pirillo

Blogger Code »

Just like geeks have a geek code, bloggers now have a blogger code. Mine is: B9 d+ t+ k++ s u f++ i++ o+ x-- e+ l c--Here is is a site to generate your code and here is a site to decode it.

Two new Technorati services, Hot Links and Breaking News »

Technorati, my favorite blog oriented engine just announced two new services. Breaking News and Hot Links.

Salam, the blogger in Baghdad, mentioned on CNN »

InstapunditCNN MENTIONED SALAM PAX -- and gave his URL. This isn't cool.More reason to hope the troops get to Baghdad soon, and keep Saddam's goons busy in the meantime.IMHO, I think that Iraqi intelligence probably already reads Salam's blog so the CNN coverage MIGHT increase his risk, but at this point, I think the more people who read Salam's blog, the better.

My faceroll »

How do you like my new faceroll? It's on in my left sidebar. Jason explains how to do it here. You have to be a paying member of Blogrolling.com to use it. I have mine set up to pick 5 people randomly. If you see your picture and you don't want to be in the faceroll or have another picture you'd rather I used, let me know.

Lunch with Adriaan, developer of Kung-Log »

Just had lunch with Adriaan, the developer of Kung-Log, my favorite OS X client for Movable Type.

Tony Laszlo article in ACCJ - "Blogging, klogging and syndication" »

Good entry level article (not just because he quotes me ;-) ). Talks about blogging, klogging, RSS, moblogging as well as blogging in Japan. It's available in pdf in the American Chamber of Commerce Japan Journal on Issho.org

Switching to bloglet »

My email notifications list is a combination of people who had subscribed to my blog, my old mailing list and random friends. I stopped sending blog entries via email when I started increasing my output. Some people have told me that they would rather receive email notifications. I just set up a Bloglet account and now you can get this blog via email. If you are receiving this via email, this will be the last time you get email from me. If you would like to subscribe by email, please go to my site and subscribe. The box to enter...

Technorati Current Events »

Technorati's current events, a new feature on Technorati is a great source for news. Very up-to-date and interesting.

Ivan the meme translated into Chinese »

"Ivan the meme" has been translated in to Chinese by Isaac. Thanks!

Goldblogging »

So here is a great example of why we need to be able to link to stuff and not be endorsing them.

Blogger in Baghdad »

Salam Pax blogs from Baghdad. He seems legit and he is a regular guy with a sense of humor. Definitely worth checking out. His blog is called "Where is Raed?".Thanks for the link John!

Roogle an RSS search engine! »

A RSS search engine, Roogle. What a great idea!

Brought to you by the letter "J" »

At the party, Gnome Girl, Chris and I were talking about how it would be cool to have personal icons in the blogroll. We went over to Jason of Blogrolling.com and begged him to include it. .

Ivan the meme translated into Italian »

Cristiano Siri translated Ivan the meme into Italian. Thanks Cristiano!

Joi Ito's Web site stats »

I have never published my site stats before, but my March 1 analog run just finished, I'm sitting in a hotel room with nothing to blog and nothing to do, so might as well...

alert - shields up - Richard Bennett filter ON »

Mr. Bennett has a very dismissive and insulting way of engaging and is a good example of "noise" when we talk about "signal to noise ratio".

I hope Google adwords on Blogger evolves to sponsor bloggers »

CnetAiming to expand its advertising network, Google is moving beyond selling sponsored links that appear alongside search results to selling similar links on partner sites, including on the pages of newly acquired Blogger. If they do this right, which I assume they will, they will give part of the revenue to the blogger and and create a better revenue model to sponsor blogging.Not to boast here, but I had this idea too. ;-) But as Carlos Ghosn says, execution is 95% of the work. Good job guys!

RSS 1.0 Joi Ito's Web Lite »

As a result of a short, but useful discussion, I've decided to have have created a new RSS feed. Now I have four feeds for this site: RSS 1.0 Full Text Feed, RSS 1.0 Excerpt Feed, RSS 0.91 Full Text Feed, and RSS 1.0 Comments Feed. Now will someone create a way for people to post comments from the RSS clients?

Long RSS items »

Are long RSS items rude? More and more people are reading inside of news readers and not bothering to go to the blogs themselves. (My logs show this.) Should we put full text of the blog entry in the RSS feed, even if it's long? It will surely slow your refresh rate. Has anyone written a style guide for RSS feeds? It's a moving target, but I would be interested to hear about how readers and writers are designing their RSS feeds. Obviously, the people who are reading this in their RSS readers are going to have to get up off their butts and click on my blog to comment... ;-)

Ivan's adventures in weblog space »

A story about how Ivan, a meme, is created by Alice and makes his way through weblog space. I wrote this little story to try to illustrate how microcontent cruises through blogs. I try to include all of the applications and services that I use regularly when I blog. It's probably a good place to start in inspiring me to make my glossary. If anyone notices any technical mistakes or things I should add to make this story more interesting, I would greatly appreciate it.

Blog style - am I alienating non-bloggers on my weblog? »

So, I've been told again that my weblog is really hard to understand. (By a non-blogger). The person said that if I could make it easier to understand, it would have so much more value. On the other hand, my blogging community network seems to be expanding and I generally get positive feedback. So what's one to do?

Blog Awareness Stage 4 - Blog addiction »

Actually, there is at least another stage:4) Oh, no. I'm addicted to blogging...You are addicted to blogging if you answer "yes" to at least 3 of the following questions:

NoteTaker 2003 v1.1 does OPML! »

NoteTaker 2003 is a very groovy outliner that does lots of cool things like publish to the web, voice annotation and all kinds of other things that I haven't figured out yet. They shipped version 1.1 yesterday.

Blogstreet launches visual neighborhood »

Blogstreet just launched a new tool that uses Java to let you view your Blogstreet "neighborhood" and click on your neighbors to expand and see their neighborhoods, etc.

Emergent Democracy Paper 1.0 »

Thank everyone for all of the constructive feedback and support in getting my thoughts to where they are. This was a community effort and a great example of emergent democracy itself. I've posted version 1.0 of the paper.

In other news... »

In other news, Six Apart, LLC acquired a fax machine Saturday.... [Six Log]

Google buys Blogger »

Dan Gillmor Google, which runs the Web's premier search site, has purchased Pyra Labs, a San Francisco company that created some of the earliest technology for writing weblogs, the increasingly popular personal and opinion journals. [...]How Google manages the Blogger software and Pyra's hosting service may present some tricky issues. The search side of Google indexes weblogs from all of the major blogging platforms, including Movable Type and Userland Radio. Any hint of proprietary favoritism would meet harsh criticism.This is going to be tricky. Is this good news for people using other blogging software or bad news? I wonder if the discussion at Supernova had anything to do with increasing Google's interest in blogs.

Leadership in an emergent democracy »

I posted this back in 1998, but I'm going to post it again. Tocqueville was a Frenchman who visited the US and wrote a book called "Democracy in America" in 1835.Alexis de TocquevilleFrom time to time, indeed, enterprising and ambitious men will arise in democratic communities whose unbounded aspirations cannot be contented by following the beaten track. Such men like revolutions and hail their approach; but they have great difficulty in bringing them about unless extraordinary events come to their assistance. No man can struggle with advantage against the spirit of his age and country; and however powerful he may be supposed to be, he will find it difficult to make his contemporaries share in feelings and opinions that are repugnant to all their feelings and desires.It is a mistake to believe that, when once equality of condition has become the old and uncontested state of society and has imparted its characteristics to the manners of a nation, men will easily allow themselves to be thrust into perilous risks by an imprudent leader or bold innovator. Not indeed that they will resist him openly, by well-contrived schemes, or even by a premeditated plan of resistance. They will not struggle energetically against him, sometimes they will even applaud him; but they do not follow him. To his vehemence they secretly oppose their inertia, to his revolutionary tendencies their conservative interests, their homely tastes to his adventurous passions, their good sense to the flights of his genius, to his poetry their prose. With immense exertion he raises them for an instant, but they speedily escape from him and fall back, as it were, by their own weight. He strains himself to rouse the indifferent and distracted multitude and finds at last that he is reduced to impotence, not because he is conquered, but because he is alone.Sounds pretty lonely. Luckily, being a leader today doesn't mean you're along. In fact, you're just one of the catalysts. I felt a bit strange leading the emergent democracy "Happening" when we were trying to find emergence where there was not supposed to be a leader or a pacemaker. Mitch mentioned that management as defined by Dee Hock was about being lead by the group and managing things above you. (versus the tradition notion of management being something that leaders do to followers) You're a leader as long as people look to you to be the catalyst. So, I wonder... Do leaders "emerge"? What does leadership have to do with Clay's power law discussion? My sense that people who are "different" and express their point of view will be discovered when society needs that point of view. It's like some antibody or some catalyst waiting for the right situation to be useful. This is very different from the single source of power/power broker sort of control oriented leadership. The old way to lead was to find the source of power, take it over and then control. Now maybe it is to find some point of view, feel strongly about it and blog blog blog. Be the difference that makes a difference.

Let's call it a "Happening" »

Ming the MechanicJoi called it a 'happening' which is quite appropriate as it happened in several media at the same time.I called the meeting, but actually someone else first called it a "Happening". I think it was Ross. Does anyone remember? Anyway, I think that's the right word for it too.BTW, for all of you who didn't participate in the first two calls, it may be hard to understand why we are all so excited about a simple conference call. I think the multi-modal aspect and the integration of the Wiki is a new and exciting development. Ross does a good job explaining it on his blog.

The Meta Network celebrates 20 years of conversations that matter »

The Meta Network and the Electronic Networking Association were just about where it all started for me. My first real company was MDG Japan, a company that distributed Jcaucus (a Japanese version of the Caucus groupware product that MDG was marketing). The ENA was the first computer networking conference where we really started hashing a lot of the issues involving the scaling of online communities. We're still talking about a lot of the same things though... hmm...Lisa Kimball2003 is our 20th anniversary year for The Meta Network!We are planning many festivities - including a linked-up set of celebrations the weekend of March 22-23.We're also looking for artifacts, copies of conversations from the early years, and reminders of some of the highlights and special events we've shared on MetaNet.If you have something to share or would like to know about special events, join the ANNIVERSARY conference on MetaNet and join the fun!http://www.tmn.com

a "happening" on "emergent democracy" »

We just had a "happening" on "emergent democracy". (A conference call about blogs ;-p ) It was great. On the call were Clay Shirky, Ross Mayfield, Pete Kaminski, Gen Kanai, Liz Lawley, and Sébastien Paquet. One of the great things about blogs is that it accelerated the the conversation on the web and increased the bandwith. Phone calls are even faster. We decided that this format was useful. Happenings should happen when some blog meme starts to pick up speed and reaches escape velocity. We are going to try to develop this form of communication as an extention of blogging but use other tools such as Wiki's, chat and IM. We are going to do another 7am Sat Tokyo time. Click Here to see what time that is in other time zones. We will be continuing our discussion on emergent democracy, but will be testing this "happening" method of communication.Send me email with your IM address and blog URL (if you have one) if you want to join the next one.Sebastien Paquet made a topic exchange feed. You can send trackback to:http://topicexchange.com/t/emergent_democracy/and they show up in this RSS feedhttp://topicexchange.com/t/emergent_democracy/rssPlease trackback your entries about emergent democracy and read the RSS feed to keep track.

Conference call about democracy and the emergent behavior of blogs »

I'm going to miss Live from Blogosphere where Doc says they will talk about all of the stuff rippling out of Clay Shirky's comments about blogs and the power laws. Drat. I'm in Tokyo... AND I need to write a paper this weekend. I want to write about democracy and the emergent behavior of blogs. So, I have a plan which may or may not work. I am going to set up a phone bridge for 7am Tokyo time tomorrow morning. You can see what time that is where you live from this table. If you're interested in joining me in my quest for some answers and some thoughts, send me email including your real name, any IM accounts you use and your phone number and I will send you the bridge number and a passcode. I promise I will upload my notes here.I am particularly interested in emergent behavior of blogs, is there a higher level order developing in blogs because of their 2-way linking nature? How should we measure and visualize this behavior? Are power laws relevant to this line of thinking? Will this change the nature of democracy and media? If so, how?I know this, short notice, self-centered mini-conference is a bit... well, selfish, but this is an experiment in whether I can use real-time voice to make up for my physical distance from y'all.

BBC News Moblog »

Great example of the media harnessing new technology. Now all we need is video. Interesting, this was EXACTLY the example I always used to give when I talked about the future of Internet and IT. This was also the example I gave to Chairman Shima of NHK to get him excited about getting online. It's a great feeling to see your "dreams come true." I also remember the news people who laughed at me. I wonder where they are? They're probably still editing tape in expensive studios instead of using a iLife on the Mac. ;-pBBC NewsBBC News Online wants to report the world from your perspective. And the digital revolution will help us to do that. So, if you have been active with your phone camera, or any other digital camera, send us your pictures. Thanks for the link Matt. Dan Gillmor talks about this too.

Are 2D power law graphs the way to look at weblogs? »

Clay Shirky has a very interesting piece about power laws. He explains that just as with everything else, some blogs get more attention and in fact, the 2nd place blog has 1/2 the value of the 1st place blog, etc. in a 1/n sort of fashion. If you plot this power law distribution, you find that 2/3's of the blogs are "below average" and that this sort of inequal distribution of attention is natural if you think of the way the system works.Dave protests and says that blogs are different.Dave Winer To get an idea of what I'm talking about, skim Clay's article. How many of the weblogs he mentions have you heard of? I found that most of them were strange to me. So if we're hitting a scaling wall, why are these blogs becoming popular, even dominant, without any of us knowing about them? If we were all on a mail list together, believe me, we'd know the names of the people who dominate.So I am reading Steven Johnson's book Emergence - The connected lives of ants, brains, cities, and software trying to prepare for a 8000 word article I have to write for Illume on the future of information. I've been thinking about just this issue for the last month. I think that trying to connect the discussion about emergence with this issue is key to understanding how blogs are different.Steven Johnson - EmergenceThe technologies behind the Internet--everything from micro-processors in each Web server to the open-ended protocols that govern the data itself--have been brilliantly engineered to handle dramatic increases in scale, but they are indifferent, if not down-right hostile, to the task of creating higher-level order. There is, of course a neurological equivalent of the Web's ratio of growth to order, but it's nothing you'd want to emulate. It's called a brain tumor.[...]by definition, no page on the Web knows who's pointing back.[...]Self-organizing systems use feedback to boothstrap themselves into a more orderly structure. And given the Web's feedback-intolerant, one-way linking, there's no way for the network to learn as it grows, which is why it's now so dependent on search engines to reign in its natural chaos.So as the former Chairman of Infoseek Japan, I use to think about this power law and tried to figure out ways to get EVERYONE on the net to hit the Infoseek top page. We were able to route a significant amount of the Net's traffic through portals because the web pages weren't self-organizing into anything intelligent enough to sort itself out.Blogs are different. Although the search engines and metaindexes are useful, they are no longer the first place you go. I read my RSS news feeds before I go searching on a portal for news. As Dave says, don't know most of the blogs on the top 100 list and I don't care. We are organized into more intelligent communities and although there is a power law of sorts with respect to blogs that get a lot of attention, there are many local peaks. I think it looks much more like clusters of blogs with interconnections between communities. A lot like a strength of weak ties sort of map.I'm going to focus on this for my paper. Any references to things I should read or any comments would be very helpful. Sorry to use you all as my editorial support team for my writing all of the time. ;-)

A Cluetrain moment »

We recently had a cluetrain moment on my blog. I wrote an entry about the Shure E2c in-ear headphones. We got a discussion going about great headphones. I don't know if it was because Google indexed this entry on the first page of search results for "Shure E2c", but Matt, the product specialist for the E2c, dropped in and joined the discussion. He wasn't the marketing or sales guy, but the product specialist. This combination of Google and blogs may create an opinion management and cluetrain manifesto sort of human conversation about products in a much less centralized method than some of the earlier models like epinions.One more thing that I've been thinking about more and more these days is what Howard's been saying for awhile now. How do we get comments to become a more important part of blogging. Slashdot and Slashdot-like sites thrive on comments. Many blogs have very active comment areas. Is there a better way we can structure the indexing so that people have more incentive to comment? I have a feeling that either RSS feeds or how blog entries show up in Google results might be able to highlight comments more.I sense a fairly active "comment" community developing on my blog. Maybe I should figure out a way to allow active comment contributors to spawn their own blogs on my site...

My google juice »

From: Bettina AnagnostopoulosDate: Thu Jan 30, 2003 05:01:08 Asia/TokyoTo: "'jito@neoteny.com'" Subject: Dayton Ohio Japanese Business Tutor neededHello,I just saw your web site while searching for Japan + Dayton Ohio on google. I hope you may be able to assist me in networking...would you know of professionals who are interested in teaching Japanese to a U.S. executive moving to Tokyo?Thanks for your help!Bettina AnagnostopoulosSenior Language Training SpecialistOne amazing phenomenon of blogs is that because of all of the linking going on they end up with fairly high google rankings. At Supernova, Cory of Boing Boing talked about how people email him asking about things he blogs because his blog entries show up on the top of Google results. Also at Supernova, Sergey Brin co-founder of Google talked about how important the ranking and results algorithms were for Google. For instance, first result for "suicide" can have a life or death impact on someone depending on whether it is a page to help you decide not to commit suicide or a page about how to commit suicide. I am the second entry for "Japan + Dayton Ohio" and #3 for "Takenaka media" for instance. At Davos, I talked to Larry Page, co-founder of Google about the phenomenon. I explained that I was very excited that my entry about how the media failed to report the public support of Takenaka showed up before the media reports. I mentioned that maybe it was the way blogs created a lot of pages and linked to each other a lot and how this was giving them unfair juice. Larry said he thought that blogs were getting higher rankings because they were becoming a more important part of the Internet and implied that he felt the high rankings were fair. Cool. I was beginning to feel a bit guilty about the high rankings and worried that Google would "figure it out" and start lowering the rankings for blogs. If Larry says they're fair, I'm assuming they're fair and I don't have to worry about a "correction" in my page ranking.So, if anyone knows of a good Japanese teacher in Dayton, please send email to Bettina. She gave me permission to post her email...

Freedom of the press! »

So people are getting fired for blogging.The RegisterMan sacked for bloggingBy Tim RichardsonPosted: 28/01/2003 at 12:11 GMTA Brit living and working in the US has been sacked from his job for running a blog.Many of us are criticized for spending time "saving Japan" or blogging instead of working. "How do you have time to blog so much?" people say. Well, I get up at 4am and blog in the morning. I usually eat lunch at my desk and blog. The most important thing is that I have stopped going out drinking with Japanese businessmen. I do dinner, but I find that there is a point of diminishing return after dinner and that drinking and carrying on and calling it businesses is basically crap. If you need to get inebriated to "bond" you've got a psychological problem. (This is my personal opinion.) So, if you took all of the drunken businessmen in the 75,000 bars and restaurants in Tokyo (I saw this figure many years ago in Time Magazine.) and made them go home and blog, the revolution in Japan might happen much more quickly.If they're not firing you for the time you spend on your blog, then they are firing you for the content of your blog. Remember that "the press" when the US Constitution was written meant individuals with printing presses printing their opinions, not big media companies. Freedom of the press is about the right to blog, not about the rights of some media conglomerate.Thanks for this link Dirk!

Policy about comments »

I have had to remove two sets of comments from my blog since I've started. Both of them slandered the people who I wrote about and both were written from fake email addresses. Here is my policy on comments on my blog. Feel free to criticize governments, products, companies or me. Criticism about other people should be written from a verifiable email address and should contain logical arguments about policy, technical or other arguments and positions taken by the person being criticized. Slanderous comments intended to be hurtful rather than constructive will not be tolerated. If you want to post something that might appear slanderous or blow the whistle on something where you feel the fear of retribution, please email me directly. If you can convince me that it is important to get your message out, I will protect your identity and will post the item.Thank you for your understanding. I was wondering when this was going to start happening...

Economist article on Internet direct democracy »

Interesting article in the Economist entitled: "A pervasive web will increase demands for direct democracy"Good article that points out a variety of ways the Net moves democracy to the next level.first seen on JD's Blog

Review servers »

In Marc's response to my response to Russell Beattie's comments on moblogging he talks about "Shared Reviews servers can house moblogging reports on various resturants, movies, clubs, museums, art galleries and any meatspace location."So there is another very important part of this "location thing." Servers should be distributed too. You should be able to talk to a local server. A server in your restaurant, billboard, vending machine, car. Local servers can be higher bandwith and can have lots of cool local features. You can leverage things like bluetooth and IR on devices that don't talk location very well. This decentralization is important and relates in a weird way to Dave and Evan's discussions about RSS aggregation. So what if you had RSS aggregators where you had to physically be there to see stuff. You had to be able to physically get into a nightclub before you could see the news feed for what the club members were doing... It sounds backwards to what the Net is about, but I think that there are some applications. It definitely helps on the privacy security issue if certain kinds of information are stored only locally in servers that you trust.

responding to Russell's thoughts on moblogging »

Russell BeattieI think unless you're a student who's always out and about or a mover and shaker like Joi there's not a whole hell of a lot to moblogging. It's more of an instant online scrapbook than a real communications medium. With blogging there's that level of interactivity which makes it very interesting. I read blogs, I copy permalinks, I write my posts and post links, and I check my referrers for people who linked to me. With moblogging, I take a picture, send off an email and then I'm done. There's nothing else to do - no interaction. Photos don't link. And browsing the web from a 2" x 3" screen is difficult at best. [..]However there's a kernal of an idea there. I don't think it's the equivalent of weblogging, so maybe moblogging isn't the right name for it. But that power of instant communication from your always-on connected wireless device is incredible. Truly "smart mob" stuff. There's going to be a killer app for these devices soon along these lines, we just need to find what it is. I have my doubts whether moblogging - as a mobile version of weblogging - is it. I guess I would disagree a bit. Moblogging is still in its infancy. (Although Steve Mann has been doing stuff with mobile camera on the web for a long time...)I think the cameras and the other attributes of the device will get better. Imagine the Sidekick with a built in camera and a color screen. The new Sharp phone has a full VGA color screen! Foma mobile video phones do 384K. So, the dinky sreen, gritty image, thing will be fixed soon.Although the conversation style of moblogging will probably be different than weblogging, I think you have other ways to thread things.For example, if you leave messages and images in locations for people. For instance, if you go to a restaurant, you can push a button and it pulls up all of the interesting things people have written while they were there and threads you to other places those people have been. If you're going to a place, you search for people who have moblogged from that location, finding links to their images and maybe their weblogs. In an "augmented reality" (see my brother-in-law Scott Fisher's work on this. He's actually done a system of using mobile phones to annotate space with content.) sort of way, it's like annotating the real world. That's how I look at it. I'm this little thing crawling around the earth, annotating it with images, sounds and text. You leverage being mobile by being able to add location. This database can be viewed by time/location/ID and we can create meta information from that. (Yes, there are security/privacy issues.)

The Politics of Politics - BTW I'm against war »

As the US starts to spin up towards the war, the bloggers are starting to take positions. One of the things that Larry Lessig and I talked about a lot was the feeling that it was OK to talk about politics on blogs. Well, as thoughts turn to feelings and feelings turn to action, I think that we will start testing and stressing the little network of blogs we call a home. When I wrote about the Iranian round-up, I found some of my good friends disagreeing with me and even got email pointing out the irony of discussing US problems on a Japanese blog. Kuro5hin has an article bashing O'Keefe human shield. What's interesting is that just because we all agree on copyright, open standards and MetaWeblog API, it doesn't mean that we all have the same politics. I've generally been avoiding the topic of war and the peace movement and have been feeling VERY guilty that I haven't been writing more about Lisa Rein's activities in protesting the treatment of immigrants. I just sensed that it was a "hot" area and that I needed to prepare before going there…Over the last few months I've heard arguments from some of the most persuasive pro-war advocates. My belief after hearing the arguments is that the war will probability be a long war with lots of stuff to do afterwards. (No clear opposition group in Iraq to rebuild Iraq after they oust Hussein.) If you consider the cost (human and financial) of what happens after the beginning of the war it's just not worth it. It looks to me like a re-election campaign for GW Bush causing America to make a very stupid decision which will cost the world money and grief. This is another Vietnam. I am against the war and anyone who is not should think carefully about the motives of the president of the United States and think step-by-step about what happens to freedom in the US after Total Information Awareness spins up and what happens in Iraq and the rest of the world after you have started the war. THINK ABOUT IT.

Let's try to get Declan and David Farber to blog »

Ever since I started REALLY counting on my RSS feeds for my news, I realized that I read Declan's Politech and David Farber's IP list less. I took matters into my own hands and in the last week talked both David Farber and Declan into at least giving blogging a try. They were the top to on my list of mailing list operators who REALLY need to become bloggers. Please email Declan and Dave with give them your vote of support.It's part of my new Switch campaign. ;-)

My Hiplog »

OK Hiplog going now....

Danger announces its moblog - Hiplog »

Michael from Danger says that they have been moblogging internally since the launch and I think that some of the code from HipTop Nation came from Michael. Michael, is this the same code you are running on Hiplog? Anyway, congratulations. This is great. Bridging the gap between hardware companies and the Net...SmartmobsJanuary 12, 2003Danger, Inc. is finally catching up with its fan base, launching Hiplog for users of the Danger Hiptop to moblog — months after HipTop Nation was launched by Danger HipTop enthusiasts.(Thanks, Fabio!)Got a hiptop? Then spit it out!Hiplog is blogging by hiptop. Send email from your hiptop to hiplog@hiplog.com. The subject of your message becomes the title of your hiplog entry. The text of your message become the text of the entry. Want to make your hiplog a photojournal? Take snapshots with your hiptop and send them to hiplog. It's as easy as sending email.Posted by Howard at 10:54 AM

China starts to ban blogging »

Saw this first on Boing BoingWell, you know you're onto something BIG when China bans what you're doing...OpenflowsBlogistan, 2000[GMT] 10 January, 2003:"Bloggers" from all over China are reporting that they are unable to access their on-line journals or "blogs".Journals hosted at Blogspot.com and other blog providers have joined a growing list of sites blocked by Chinese authorities.

metaWeblog.newMediaObject »

Hey Dave, when do we get to start using newMediaObject?Ben TrottAs a case in point: If hardware devices support the metaWeblog API, they'll need some method of directly uploading image/media files to a weblogging tool. Enter the (proposed) metaWeblog.newMediaObject method. As Joi writes:It would be easier if someone added more image handling in the API.Once Dave lifts the caveat, we'll support metaWeblog.newMediaObject in the next Movable Type release.

The future of moblogging and open standards »

I think we're at a very exciting point in the history of the future. Dave wrote a great essay to kick of the year just as I was trying to collect my thoughts. Let me also be a bit optimistic for a moment and share with you what I WISH will happen. Consumer electronics and mobile devices are where computer networking was before TCP/IP. Nothing talks to anything else and everything is vertically integrated and "intelligently" organized. TCP/IP changed that for telecom/computer networks. We all know the story.Same thing with consumer electronics. It's a very different market with lots of different constraints like power consumption, price, etc. There are a lot of people working on various layers trying to standardize with mixed results. Apple is clearly making the move into consumer electronics. Sony is trying very hard to integrate network services into its hardware. It still doesn't work well. They're too "smart". The Tivo Rendezvous support is an example of a step forward and shows the potential of open standards in this space. Apple's Safari which is based on KHTML, from KDE's Konqueror open source project is also an interesting example as well.So, here's what I think. We all know that the network should be stupid. Network providers will be a basic utility like electricity, but they'll still make money if they stick to the network. Where is the next focus? In the hardware, content and tools. If the hardware companies are smart, they will support open standards and let the users create the content, let the community create the tools and provide API and support for open standards. Yes, they will give up some control and yes they will eventually become more of a commodity like the network, but the scale will increase and they will make money.So here's my offer. I'll focus on trying to pitch the hardware companies in Japan to look at the MetaWeblog API and other standards that we are developing. I will TRY to invest the rest of the $15mm I have into companies that develop things are end-to-end stupid network oriented, open standards compliant, blog community supportive, non-proprietary OS based and generally un-evil. I will also try to get others to invest with us. I'm going to try as hard as I can and still be fiduciarily responsible to my investors. I want everyone else to try very hard too. Let's see if we can make this happen. Think twice before going to work for you-know-who. If you go work for you-know-who, try to get them to support open standards. If you can choose, choose something open. If you can buy/license something from the developer community vs. building it do so. And most importantly, now that we have blogs to talk on, engage us in the dialog and try to break open mobile devices and consumer electronics platforms and get them to take advantage of the most talented group of unemployedself-employed developers since before the bubble. Let's convince the consumer hardware guys to open up and focus on their strengths and benefit from this just like IBM and others were able to benefit from the Internet by supporting and embracing the developer community.I know this is rather obvious and I'm probably preaching to the choir, but I'm serious. ;-)

Answer to Marc's question about how our moblog works »

Marc CanterI'd like to ask Joi to tell us all, how his moblogging implementation works. What is the mechanism of getting that photo from the phone, to the PC and then into a blog. I know you use Moveable Type. Do you send the photo as an email attachment or some other form? Do you completely bipass the 'mobile carriers' or simply pay for he usage/bandwidth time? If your scenario is other than email, then what routing, access or commercial gateways do you have to navigate through - to get data onto the net?We use email. Email is received and...

Selectable style sheet based on font size poll »

The results of the poll asking whether people liked the new big font style were: YES=40 / NO=46 even though most of the comments in the item were supportive of the bigger fonts. I've set up the big font style sheet as the default, but have added the option to select either the polite (big font) style sheet or the cool (small font) style sheet. If you accept cookies, it will remember your preference once you've set it. Also, I stopped the poll because we discovered that the micropoll script was not checking its input which is a security risk....

Start-up marries blogs and camera phones »

Moblogs going commercial. Marc and Dave talk about how moblogging should support the MetaWeblog API. I agree. Having said that, I think many carriers will go try to build the whole shooting match on their own. They don't understand the value of the community or the tools. At least in Japan, carriers are very cocky and relatively well funded so I bet they will go it on their own, generally. (Not that I won't try to get them to use open standards.) I think another more interesting target are people who don't have a network of their own. People like digital camera companies, hiptop device companies (Danger and Good), and cell phone companies like Nokia and Sony Ericsson. Anyway, doing a simple moblog is easy. (Posting pictures from a phone.) Making it REALLY interesting is going to be very exciting involving hardware, firmware, embedded software, DSP's, wireless technology, camera technology, identity, voice, privacy, security, GPS, IM and LOTS of other stuff.The RegisterStart-up marries blogs and camera phones By electricnews.net Posted: 08/01/2003 at 11:03 GMT A Dublin-based start-up is to offer software to mobile operators that will enable mobile phone users to create and maintain Weblogs or "blogs" using only their phones. The article about The NewBay FoneBlog originally appeared in electricnews.net.

RSS feed of entry comments »

I told Howard and I had been talking about giving comments more attention on blogs. I thought that having an RSS feed for comments would be very useful. A few minutes later, he made one for me. Thanks Hirata! So I have an RSS feed for comments to my English blog and my Japanese blog.

Font size poll »

So here goes my first poll... (thanks for the pointer to micropolls Jason!)Do you like the current style with larger default fonts better than the old smaller font style? (of course it doesn't concern you RSS feed people...)

Politicially correct fonts »

In my entry about style, Cory commented on the difficulty of reading tiny grey fonts. I've gotten a lot of this kind of feedback. So... I just changed the style sheet. I made the fonts all default size and black. Tell me what you think. Actually, on most browsers, if you do a command-"-" and reduce the size of the fonts, it looks like it used to. Now it is a bit more flexible on the browsers that don't let you resize fonts defined absolutely in the style sheet. On the other hand, it looks a bit more childish in defalut mode. Your feedback would be greatly appreciated. (I wish there was a polling feature in MT. Does anyone know of a polling feature that I can use on my site in situations like this?)

Blog style review »

I'm one of those people who hates reading books and hates writing stuff. I love talking to people and I do most of my thinking when I'm talking to someone or when I'm preparing to talk to someone. That's why I love blogs so much. I feel like I'm talking, not independantly cogitating.Now my question. In a discussion, you're allow a certain amount of sloppiness and you mold your position and you develop a model together with whoever you talking to. I feel similarly when I blog. Having said that, what you write persists and you can get criticized for what you write. Larry Lessig's blog is "tight". I mean, it's well thought out and non-sloppy. (He IS a law professor. ;-) ) On the other hand, Marc Canter's blog is a bit more sloppy, but quite interesting. Dave Winer seems to have mastered his style, a combination of short references, personal opinions and technical clarity.Doc, Meg, Dan, almost everyone on my blogroll has a pretty cool and unique style that works. One of my problems is that I think and talk differently depending on where I am and who I am with. This is helpful in providing myself with a variety of models that represent mutliple points of view when I think of an in issue. On the other hand, blogged, this turn into a mish mash of styles. Does this work? Can people filter the stuff that doesn't interest them? I assume they can.

In Search of POWER OUTLINING »

After reading Phil Wolff's blog entry about CV's, I decided to immediate convert my CV to OPML and start immersing myself in the microcontent of it all before I even started thinking about how to make it more intelligent. I started using Radio Userland's outliner, but found out that after a bunch of new entries, the top of the list "scrolled" off the top and couldn't be accessed in the window. I saved it and opened it with OmniOutliner. OmniOutliner at least dealt with the content, but I had difficulty editing the text. (Maybe I'm just not skilled yet. I've found both Radio's outliner and OmniOutliner to act funny why are you doing copy/paste) Since OmniOutliner is not native OPML, but exports, it's a bit of a pain. Also, to create links that Radio understands, you have to create extra columns and enter "link" in the "type" column and the URL in the "URL" column. This format can be imported from a Radio created OPML outline. Then, finally, I had to open to file again and set which sections to have expanded and collapsed since OmniOutliner's state didn't seem to save into OPML in a way that ActiveRenderer could understand.

CV format »

Regarding Dave Winer's post about looking for a job in academia (which I think is perfect for Dave), Phil Wolff writes the following. a klog apartp.s. Now is the time for Dave to make weblogs more useful in job search. Start by acknowledging that CVs are made from microcontent. Then...1. Support HR-XML résumé protocol, syndicate CVs via RSS. 2. Create a blogging user and programmatic interface for creating and maintaining a CV. 3. Make it easy to associate posts with specific jobs, projects, and skills. 4. Make job availability clearly visible. A big "ah ha!" I've always had trouble keeping my CV up to date. This would be very cool. In any event, I am going to start by moving my CV over to a Radio Outline RIGHT NOW.

Happy Trackback New Year's »

I was dreaming about trackbacks this morning (really) and I was thinking about how cool the Blog Snowball Fight was. Then I realized that of COURSE you should trackback ping your friend with your greetings.So Happy Blog New Year everyone! Here's to making blogs a bigger and bigger part of the freedom of ideas and creating a global dialog for a blog enabled global community and a more democratic world.

moblogging resources »

I'm starting to get bashed about not crediting for or getting too much credit for moblogging. A lot of stuff is out there and stuff is happening in parallel. I've tried to organize what I know about moblogging into an outline of stuff about moblogging and stuff about how to moblog. This is by no means complete. Can people please take a look and help me complete this resource list? I will keep it up to date. moblog resources...

Interview with Cameron Marlow of Blogdex »

found on megnut.commegnut.com There's an interview with Cameron Marlow, creator of Blogdex and researcher at MIT Media Lab over at kiruba.com. Good stuff. Also, that's where pb was interviewed last month.Blogdex is one of my favorite tools which is now an essential part of my morning RSS fix. This meta-blog space is quite interesting. I have a feeling that blog space is screwing up Googles Page Rankings a bit because there are so many links inside and between blogs. On the other hand, if you think blogs are important, I guess the rankings aren't screwed up. I guess as blogs...

Blogger API v2 »

For you serious bloggers... Blogger announced their new API 2.0 to the developers mailing list. Dave Winer urges Blogger to support the MetaWeblog API. Ben Trott comments as well. Evan explains that it is a preliminary release and they are requesting feedback. On the other hand, Evan explains that the feedback is generally positive. Ben Trott says he have received feedback from Steve Jenson. Ben talks about security a bit. For those of you who don't know, Ben wrote some of the PGP stuff for PERL I think... So, here is an amazing dance. One of the greatest things about...

World Blogging Forum and the Tao of Conferences »

After returning from a week in the US and realizing how important the trip was and how useful Supernova was, I started thinking about next year. I have enough conferences and meetings to fill the whole year with schmoozing. How do I cut this down to a few high quality meetings? If I am in conferences all year, I surely won't get any REAL work done. A healthy balance of networking and real work is essential. When I was at Supernova, Dave and I talked about the World Economic Forum. He wrote a nice essay on an idea to create...

Journey into Radio Userland »

OPML - Outline Processor Markup Language Dave Winer's really into this. So am I. (after I figured out what it was...) I've always wanted to figure this out, but I could never get my head around Radio Userland enough to get it to do what I wanted with my outlines. Marc Canter has also been raving about Outlines. So today, I finally got around to R'ingTFM and found activeRenderer by Marc Barrot which renders your OPML files into cool collapsable outlines in Radio Userland. Actually, OmniOutline (Which Chris Adams turned me on to in my entry about my switch to...

Fotolog »

Found Fotolog while surfing around during the session. I just set up my fotolog. Supernova has a fotolog as well. Fotolog is nice because it does the thumbnailing and lets you have friends like LiveJournal....

Cool aluminum case for Powerbook G4 »

There is a cool site in Japan that sells a great aluminum case for G4 Powerbooks. I just ordered one. Hirata turned me on to these......

Kung-Log an MT client for OS X »

Our guys just upgraded our server to MT 2.5 and I just installed Kung-Log on my Mac. It's nice with all kinds of pull down menus and stuff. It makes up for the fact that one click URL'ing doesn't work in MT on the Mac....

A comic strip about "What is a blog?" »

We've been debating in Japanese about what a blog is and whether it is any different from diary sites or other web pages. I've had quite a difficult time defending the position that blogs are really anything special. Here is a funny comic strip of a discussion between a grumpy girl and a questioning ant on that topic. Seen first on for the sake of clarity....

Hiptop Nation Halloween Scavenger Hunt »

Hiptop Nation is a blog forDanger's Hiptop owners. They recently had a Halloween Scavenger Hunt. Smartmobs blogs about it and one of the members of one of the teams has written a paper about it. Teams, games, wireless devices, photos. Cool stuff for blogs moving forward. Speaking of games, although this is a bit old, I thought Survivor Blog was very cool. We have a lot of different wireless devices in Japan that let you take pictures and email them. We should try to think of some cool games too....

Net Culture.... sigh... »

Since I live in Japan and most people here read mostly Japanese, I've been trying to write in Japanese and read Japanese blogs. (Although I speak Japan fine, my reading and writing has never been that good.) I just spent the last few hours reading a bunch of articles and entries about myself and my friends that were quite negative. I'm pretty good at taking criticism and I actually believe that reading it is important for self-improvement. Having said that, it's quite tiring. Especially in Japanese. One thing I've noticed is that people have more "local conversations" behind your back...

Blog Politics! »

Found this on Dave Winer Scripting News. Tara Gubb has a streaming video message talking about the "webolution". She's running for US Congress from North Carolina and directs you to a blog. ;-) Blog Politics!...

The links go round-and-round... and the procrastination goes on-and-on »

Ruseel Beattie's excited that I blogged his blog. So I blog him again since I'm excited that he blogged me. I found a bad link on John Patrick's Blog so he was nice enough to put a link back to me. (This entry is a perfect excuse to return the favor. ;-) ) And as the links go round-and-round, and our google rankings go up-and-up, it feels great, but are we really getting anywhere? Well, the discussion about the Semantic Web is important and slightly relevant to what I do for a living. Dave Winer quotes Russell in the context...

The Semantic Web »

There is an interesting discussion going on various blogs about "The Semantic Web". Russel Beattie starts a discussion about it. Les Orchard makes a nice attempt at explaining it on his blog. According to Les, Tim Berners-Lee talked about it on NPR Science. I thought about it a lot when I was running Infoseek Japan and I was thinking about how XML would impact search engines. Thinking about how metadata and schema for metadata will evolve is a very interesting topic. It is as much political and social as it is technical. When you run a search engine, there is...

Search Engines and retiring old information »

Wired NewsKristen Philipkoski 02:00 AM Nov. 01, 2002 PST The journal Science retracted eight of Hendrik Schon's discredited research papers on Thursday, but the information still lurks on the Internet. In September, an investigative committee found that 17 papers authored by Schon, considered to be major breakthroughs in physics, were mostly fabrications. But a Web search on Schon's name turns up more pages touting those "accomplishments" than his firing in September by Bell Labs, the result of his fabricating that data. So this is an important issue, but not an impossible one. It relates to the story about "The...

Joi Ito's conversation with the living web »

What do you think of the slogan, "Joi Ito's conversation with the living web"? I got the conversation part from The Cluetrain Manifesto and the living web part from 10 Tips to Writing the Living Web. People kept asking me what the difference was between a blog and a web site. I said it was different because I wasn't publishing, I was having a conversation. I didn't have "readers" I was part of a "living web". I have no idea if that gets the message across, but I sure like the sound of it....

So it'll be microsoft, not aol... »

Nooo! Stop! Pleeeeez.... Not so soon... I feel like a little kid playing with my blocks and hearing my mean big brother come home to dash my little castle to bits... Elizabeth Lane Lawleyso it'll be microsoft, not aol... Looks like the possible "aoling" of blogspace that I discussed earlier might come from Microsoft, not AOL. Anil Dash has an article about Microsoft's easy-to-install-and-use "Sharepoint" software, which is basically a blog tool. But, of course, they don't call it that (shades of the conversation on Joi Ito's blog about whether this will be called "blogging" when it goes mainstream). They...

Judge amends decision after reading correction on blog »

I know some of you are not as excited about this whole "Blog Thing" as some of us, but this is really amazing. This is the kind of thing that I think shows how the speed and the "feed-like" nature of blogs can short circuit mistakes and create new communication channels that traditional web pages just weren't fast enough to do...Boing BoingJudge amends decision after reading correction on blog A former law clerk noted an error in a Fifth Circuit decision on his blog. The judge who wrote the decision turns out to be a regular reader of said blog,...

The AOLing of blogspace »

Elizabeth Lane Lawley writes about her thoughts on the aoling of blogspace. What a scary thought. What a likely scenario.Looks like "reaching critical mass" is becoming synonymous with "succumbing to the great unwashed masses."...

Mastodonte Blog Referrer Spamming Site »

A blog referrer spam site... from Veer And I thought blogs were going to be a solution to spam... http://referrer.mastodonte.com/Welcome to Mastodonte Referrer Advertising You are seeing this page probably because your found us among your weblog's referrers or because a blogger linked to us as a result of our ongoing referrer campain. We are doing referrer marketing: adding your URL as a referrer in the logs of thousands of weblogs. If you are seeing this page, referrer advertising worked with you. You might also see it as a PR tool for bloggers. Q: How many weblogs can you...

Audio Blogging »

Click play... you need flash......

Will it be called blogging »

Barak said, "but let's not call it blogging..." and Frank said, "but they won't call it blogging." What is it about this word? I think we will call it blogging. I often say, "wait, I'm blogging" or "I just blogged that" or "did you see my blog entry about that?" It is an activity that is new and can't be called anything else easily ("wait, I am posting an item to my web page about this...?") and it is taking up a significant share of time and minds of people who are addicted. So, my bet is that we will...

Casio »

I'm at Casio right now trying to get them excited about blogs... Casio makes such great digital cameras and digital cameras are SOOO important for blogs... Pleeeze give me a blog-camera....

RSS Discovery on Blogstreet »

Veer just added a RSS feed discovery feature on blogstreet. You can search for a blog and it gives you the RSS URL and shows the RSS feed. It's very cool. RSS feeds are really significant I think. They tie so many things together... They also make banner adds sort of irrelevant. ;-) Veer BothraRSS Discovery Launched today is a new feature on BlogStreet called RSS Discovery. It finds the RSS feed of a blog if its mentioned in the blog page and then parses the RSS to display it in HTML. This can serve two purposes. Many times for...

More Blog Context Tools »

Veer of Blogstreet just IM'ed me and told me that they had added search to Blogstreet. He's blogged this. Blogstreet continues to enhance the idea of neighbourhoods and the context of how blogs are connected. I've been bugging Veer to work with blogrolling.com and so that your blogrolling.com blog rolls are also included in their database. Currently, your neighbourhood is defined only by crawlable links on your page... User Radioland now has an ExplorerTool that lets you browse other bloggers RSS feed subscriptions. This context is very interesting to me. This community space is what is the difference between blogs...

Trust and the Blogging Ethics Discussion »

I just posted the following in Doc Searls Weblog. I was talking to Veer of Blogstreet the other day in the context of blog rolls. I think it is about developing networks of trust. If disclaimers and disclosures help your readers trust you. Great. Do it. It is all part of building trust. If people understand what type of person you are and what your ehtics are through reading your blog, I think there is great value. If someone is doing it for fun and is VERY personal, I think that disclosures are less important. If you write in a...

Charts »

Now I'm working on charts of things that change. I don't have anything fancy like SOAP or even php running so I have to use web services that take input through the URL and output an image to IMG SRC... but you can still do a lot....

Photo Album »

I'm testing a photo album blog... Thanks for your help Justin and Hirata....

Ray Ozzie on the Strength of Weak Ties, Blogs and Email »

Excellent! Ray Ozzie is talking about one of my favorite papers by a guy named Granovetter's called the "Strength of Weak Ties" which talks about how weak ties between distant nodes are more valuable than the strong ties within tight groups. I can go on for hours about this idea, but Ray also talk about another VERY important thing that I think we're all thinking about. Are blogs an extension of email and can blogs get rid of spam, most email, bulletin boards and all sorts of things in one huge P2P swoop! That WOULD be cool. Ray OzzieJon, your...

The Neoteny Blogging Team »

OK. We're getting serious now... ;-p We've just set up the Official Neoteny Blogging Team (as in the Jamaican Bobsled Team), the first blogging team in Japan that we know of. We're going to get serious about messing around with stuff like using mobile phones, recruiting interesting bloggers, trying to build a photo album/blog, integrating IM and lots of other cool things. If you know of or run a cool service like blogrolling.com that we can integrate, let me know. I'll be integrating stuff into my site as we get it going. Also, if you have have a cool blog...

Self-Censorship »

Jane wrote in the last item about self-censorship. Well, this morning I had a good chance to test it out. I had added a comment to the last entry about a wild night last night. It had some pretty graphic stuff like Takemoto-san giving Jun a big kiss, and was a BIT too much, so I deleted it. Obviously I was more drunk than I thought. It had the tell-tale bad spelling. Some of the worst emails I've ever sent were sent when I had had too much to drink. The REALLY SCARY thing is that you can really think...

Justin Sneaks Past Immigration »

So I've been helping Justin try to get his Journalist Visa for Japan. I wrote a letter and helped him get one which got taken away the when he left Japan last time. Now he is applying for another one and I've written another letter. Justin Hall Update: They asked my sponsor, Joichi Ito, to call (because he is Japanese, he might "understand the nuance" they suggested). He did, from Europe. Nice of him. He reports, "They didn't ask me anything, but told me that the Tokyo office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was reviewing your case and that...

Student busted for blogging »

Found this on David Farber's IP This is crazy, but very typical. Japanese schools have banned home pages of students because of "privacy concerns"... I guess students will be banned from using blogs in order to protect them from themselves... ;-p Leoville Use a blog, go to jail? One of the Leoville Town Square regulars, BEACHTechie, aka Sam, is a high school student in Virginia Beach, VA. He recently got busted by the school administration for blogging, of all things. They seem to think blogging from school is a violation of their acceptable use policies. Perhaps it is. Sammy will...

Smartmobs Weblog Open! »

Howard just opened him weblog about Smartmobs. Cool! Smartmobs A Website and Weblog about Topics and Issues discussed in the book Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution by Howard Rheingold Smart mobs emerge when communication and computing technologies amplify human talents for cooperation. The impacts of smart mob technology already appear to be both beneficial and destructive....

Blog Rolling »

So I'm starting to understand a bit about "blog rolling". I first saw the term in the sidebar of Dan Gillmor's blog. It's the list of blogs that you read often and link to from your page. I found a cool tool called Blogrolling. It does various things all at once. You can create a sidebar in IE (Mac and PC) that lists the blogs in your blog roll. You can create php, javascript or rss code in your web page so that your blog roll shows up on your web page. Because it uses style sheets, it integrates seamlessly...

BlogStreet »

Sighted on WERBLOG BlogStreet is a database of blogs that lets you enter the URL for a blog and it finds other blogs in your "neighborhood". Cool idea, but not completely sure how useful it is. Or maybe it's just useful if your blog is famous and highly linked to and maybe I just don't understand the algorithm. When I entered my blog, mostly I just got a list of blogs that I link to on my top page. It ranked my blog 6479 out of 10259 blogs, which is probably not bad for a 2 month old blog, but...

Science in Action - Bruno Latour »

Finally finished reading this book. Mimi recommended it to me when I was trying to write my paper for Ars Electronica. Now I can't remember the context of her recommendation. Anyway... A dense book, but a great book. It approaches the process of the progress of science and the development of "facts" from the human and social perspective. Latour starts out the book by chronicling the discovery of DNA and the development of the Eclipse MV/8000 computer. He shows how "facts" are black boxes that become fact through a process of competition that involves building networks of references until...

Focused or Unfocused Blogs »

I had dinner tonight with Barak, Michiel (who started today as an intern from Hitotsubashi Biz School) and 4 students from Stanford's ATI program. Michiel said that he thought that I was unfocused. (I've been called this before. Jun called me "scatterbrained" when asked about me after he first met me.) Michiel said he felt my blog was too unfocused. I guess that's true, but I thought it was a feature, not a problem. Michiel admitted that he was often negative. (Jun said the other day that he thought people sounded 30% smarter when they were negative.) Anyway, I had...

Addicted to Blogging »

So I've been blogging for 54 days now and I'm definitely addicted. I know I've said this before, but it is DEFINITELY different than just having a web page. As Frank warned me, all day long I think about things to blog. Everything I read on the web is potential blog material and I find I am reading much more and chasing all kinds of ideas a lot further than I used to. Also, since I have a Japanese section, I find I have started to try to read Japanese much more. (Even though I still suck.) I write...

Ray Ozzie on Blogs - Architecture Matters »

I know blogging about blogs is getting a bit old, but Frank Boosman sent me a this piece by Ray Ozzie on blogs which I find quite good. It is short and interesting, focusing on the architecture of blogs vs. old fashioned database oriented conferencing systems and groupware. Architecture Matters: The Rebirth of Public Discussion...

Blogs help your memory »

I find I have a terrible memory. I often confuse things that happened during my days at Tufts University and University of Chicago. I can't remember people at all. I have horrible problems remembering what I did when. I recently met someone I knew in college and he remembered a karaoke club that I took him to that has completely disappeared from my memory. Anyway... I've found that digging up old web entries from the past has helped me reconstruct my memory. I'm finding, having jumped into blogging rather agressively, that it is beginning to create an interesting trail of...

Frank Boosman's Blog »

Frank, who told me, "Oh No. Now all you'll be thinking about is whether something will be material for your blog," when I told him about my blog, has started his own blog. I met Frank through our mutual friend Hiroshi Lockheimer when they both worked for Be Inc. Frank was in charge of marketing and communications and they asked me to be on Be's advisory board. I was the first and last advisory board member I think. Anyway, since then we've kept in touch and Frank co-founded AirEight with his old pals from Vertus. I'm on the advisory board...

On Blogging »

The first time I really heard someone talk heatedly about blogs was when I had dinner with Dan Gillmor of the San Jose Mercury, John Markoff of the New York Times, Howard Rheingold, Justin Hall and John Vasconcellos. I was probably the only one who hadn't been "turned on" yet. Dan was a strong believer that it would change everything. Markoff still gave a lot of credit to the value of editors and the role of mass media. I still really didn't understand the difference between blogging and having your own web page. I've had a diary online for years...

Site Soft Launch »

So it looks like my web site is finally ready for a soft launch. Now I have to figure out what to do with the Japanese version... Anyway, thanks Justin, for helping me get this far. I think this blog format is much better than my old static page which I had edit html directly. For anyone who isn't using blog software to do their web page, I highly recommend it. If you don't know what a blog is, google for it. ;-) Any comments about the site would be really helpful....
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