Weblogs And Communities

from the small-world dept

Last week at the O’Reilly Emerging Tech Conference I saw Clay Shirky’s presentation on “weblog communities” focusing on the research he had recently started doing on LiveJournal. MSNBC is now running an article cover much of the same ground about what sort of communities are created by the weblogging phenomenon. While it doesn’t surprise me about the amount of attention that the whole weblogging “community” is suddenly getting – I am a little surprised about all this research. I guess it’s just the next stage. For years there was all this research going on about online communities – most of which had trouble sticking around. Then, in the background, this whole weblogging thing took off without the researchers even catching on. So, now the researchers are trying to catch up and repurpose their old “online community” research into “weblogging community” research.

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