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Kathleen Gilroy: weblogs vs. email discussion

Kathleen Gilroy: weblogs vs. email discussion

Kathleen cites an interesting post about how a weblog in a course at the University of Maryland was getting much more commentary than email discussion boards. She asked the professor who replied, "one, like all the rest of us, my students now get a lot more email than they used to. Course-related mail gets mixed in with the usual jumble of spam and whatever else. All too easy just to hit the delete key. Two, the blog allows them to see their ideas instantly published on the Web. Email is a closed world, a self-contained loop between the instructor and the other students. With the blog, the fourth wall is always open."

David Weinberger: When blogs get really popular

David Weinberger: When blogs get really popular

"While there are a hell of a lot of blogs and blog readers, blogs aren't even close to being a mainstream phenomenon the way email is. It'll happen. And here are some guesses (note: guesses) about what they'll look like when they do..."

Wired: Toward a Weblogging Empire

Wired: Toward a Weblogging Empire

"The former editor of the Silicon Alley Reporter, the once high-flying chronicle of Manhattan's high-tech mania, plans this week to launch a new venture, Weblogsinc, that intends to make a go of publishing business-to-business blogs...He expects the topics to fall under four main categories: media, finance, technology and life sciences."

StudioID: Blogging in Corporate America

StudioID: Blogging in Corporate America

"This is a presentation I gave to the Usability Professionals Association on 16 September 2003. The full title was "Making sense of weblogs in the intranet: What they are, why people are using them, making them useful for knowledge management". I talked about weblogs inside my company, their use in knowledge management, and how my organization is hoping to make them usable for enterprise knowledge work if the number of blogs in the company increases significantly."
[thanks headshift]

Common Craft: How I Would Implement Weblogs in Business

Common Craft: How I Would Implement Weblogs in Business

"In retrospect- a Weblog could have been extremely valuable to me and the company. Using a Weblog, I could chronicle the daily activities, learnings, experiences and developments of the community. As the community grew and interest spread, the Weblog could have become the best single resource for understanding the internal workings of the community, why it works, what we'd learned, what the manager does, what the members think, etc. I could have reserved 30 minutes a day to post what I'm thinking, doing, learning."

Internet Retailer: Community is out, blogs are in

Internet Retailer: Community is out, blogs are in

"Marketers are just now exploring the use of weblogs in customer-facing applications

Washington Post: AOL To Launch Blogging Service

Washington Post: AOL To Launch Blogging Service
AOL this month began showing demos of its tools for creating Web logs, or blogs, to veteran bloggers. AOL has dubbed its service "AOL Journals" because its surveys showed that members found the word "blogs" confusing...

Oliver Wrede: Weblogs and Discourse

Oliver Wrede: Weblogs and Discourse
This paper discusses different questions of weblogs in context of higher education. It is focussing on three loosely coupled questions:
1. How can the weblog format improve discourse?
2. How it can weblogs support teaching at universities?
3. What are the insitutional benefits of weblogs in universities?

KM World: The truth of weblogs

KM World: The truth of weblogs
"Weblogging as a persistent conversation provides a balance of views with the same self-correction mechanism that's built into conversation itself. There is still a risk that wrong information can be put forward, but objectivity never escapes that risk entirely either. And the intersubjectivity of weblogging has some benefits that have to be weighed against the risk: It encourages innovative thinking, it shoots down bad ideas quickly, and it allows natural talents to surface and flourish."

INC.: Blogging for Dollars

INC.: Blogging for Dollars
"blogging is perfect for small businesses -- a cheap and easy way to communicate directly with customers, partners, and clients, craft a strong, outspoken online personality, and escape the doldrums of static homepages."

Dan Gillmor: Google Buys Pyra: Blogging Goes Big-Time

Dan Gillmor: Google Buys Pyra: Blogging Goes Big-Time
"The buyout is a huge boost to an enormously diverse genre of online publishing that has begun to change the equations of online news and information."

CNet: Blogs open doors for developers

CNet: Blogs open doors for developers
"But a growing array of big-name software developers are finding they can make better software if they leave the doors open, by sharing information with potential customers from the start and incorporating their feedback into development decisions. While developers of games software have used this method for years, business software makers are now also catching on."

Infoworld: Blogs refine enterprise focus

Infoworld: Blogs refine enterprise focus
"Building on the success of Weblogs for personal Web publishing, enterprises are starting to tap into blogs to streamline specific business processes such as intelligence gathering or to augment traditional content-and knowledge-management technologies."

Conference Blogging: Online Learning 2002

Conference Blogging: Online Learning 2002
Online Learning 2002 kicked off at Anaheim yesterday, and thanks to these amazing bloggers, we can virtually be a part of it.
- Stephen Downes's photo gallery
- Jay Cross's presentation followup

Business 2.0: Blogging for Dollars

Business 2.0: Blogging for Dollars
Business blogs are more likely to be focused on projects or teams than on their individual creators. For instance, a marketing team at Verizon (VZ) uses Traction software to track market conditions and competitive intelligence. Members of a product development team might use a private weblog to which they contribute notes and ideas regarding the development process. Customer service reps could contribute problem fixes and customer notes to a collaborative weblog and refer to it later -- kind of like a continuously evolving user manual.

Blogroots: Using Blogs in Business

Blogroots: Using Blogs in Business
This chapter explores another powerful way in which blogs can be used: in a business environment. There is great potential for business weblog use, from project-based team weblogs to the constant churn of content through a weblog on a corporate site. This chapter shows you different ways you can use weblogs in your business, and also examines the benefits of doing so. At the end of this chapter, a tutorial steps you through the process of creating a topic-specific business weblog.

LearnScope Community: Discussion on blogs in education

LearnScope: Discussion on using blogs for learning
Marie Jasinski of LearnScope interviewed me on using blogs for learning. Really interesting viewpoints are being raised in the ensuing discussions.

Meta blog on learning and education: Seblogging

Meta blog on learning and education: Seblogging
Weblogs, CMS, and dynamic Webpublishing for learning and education

Information Week: Are You Blogging Yet?

Information Week: Are You Blogging Yet?
What's more, and this is key, there's built-in motivation for people to participate in blogging: They get credit for their ideas. A blog is essentially a repository of a person's intellectual capital--a record of their thoughts, observations, contributions. People may switch employers, but they'll take with them electronic journals of their best ideas. Blogging is a way to protect the most important brand of all: yourself.

WIRED: Blogging Goes Legit, Sort Of

WIRED: Blogging Goes Legit, Sort Of
Teachers at every level from elementary school to MBA are trying to bring blogs into their classrooms. They're finding the most success when they use the blog as a "classroom management tool" --- a way to broadcast homework assignments, keep parents informed, and provide links to research materials...

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