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Evgeny Morozov - PICNIC 2007
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Blogs and Trends in the Blogosphere

  1. Recent Trends in the Global Blogosphere By Evgeny Morozov presented at “New Media Essentials” summer course of Transitions Online Prague, July11, 2007
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  5. Blogs and Google Trends
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  8. The Blog Belt
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  13. Some Famous Bloggers <ul><li>Carl Bildt, ex Swedish PM, current FM </li></ul><ul><li>Margo Wallstrom, EU Commissioner </li></ul><ul><li>Gary Becker, Nobel Prize Winner </li></ul><ul><li>Jamie Oliver, chef </li></ul><ul><li>Moby, musician </li></ul><ul><li>Nicholas Kristof, NYT columnist </li></ul>
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  18. Case-studies: bloggers vs MSM <ul><li>Trent Lott (2002)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Rathergate (2004)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Eason Jordan, Chief News Executive, CNN/Davos (“blog-mob”) (2005)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Ben Domenech/WP/plagiarism (2006)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict photographs controversies (2006)‏ </li></ul>
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  27. Тематика блогов
  28. Better than MSM or not?
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  39. BUT the majority of blogs are devoted to other topics!
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  52. Is it only the echo that we hear?
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  54. Case study: the Chinese blogosphere and MSM
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  59. Things to Consider Before Starting <ul><li>Objectives & Intended audience </li></ul><ul><li>Anonymous or not? </li></ul><ul><li>Group or individual? </li></ul><ul><li>Any advanced features planned (podcasting, photo blogging)? </li></ul><ul><li>Budget? </li></ul><ul><li>How techno-savvy are you? </li></ul><ul><li>Ambitious about becoming a thought leader? </li></ul>
  60. Four Options <ul><li>Social-networks with blogging (LiveJournal, MySpace, Yahoo’s 360 Degrees)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted blog-only platforms (i.e. Blogger)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Self-installed blogging (Moveable Type, Wordpress, etc)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Web-hosts with pre-installed blogging (most of the professional blogs)‏ </li></ul>
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  63. Getting noticed <ul><li>Tagging your posts  appearing on Technorati </li></ul><ul><li>Automatically adding your posts to del.icio.us and digg </li></ul><ul><li>Linking to other blogs and articles  Trackbacks </li></ul><ul><li>Writing comments on other people’s blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Write, write, write—most of traffic on all blogs is generated by Google searches! </li></ul><ul><li>Let others take your content—set up a Creative Commons license; specify your terms! </li></ul>
  64. Wider Applications <ul><li>Hard to make money yet; but can be a good complementary tool </li></ul><ul><li>Intended and unintended consequences on your career </li></ul><ul><li>Increased visibility: good for some things, bad for others </li></ul><ul><li>Can easily turn into an important pundit whose opinion is sought </li></ul><ul><li>Can be a very easy break into mainstream media—a great career in journalism </li></ul><ul><li>Can eventually write a book, like most famous bloggers do! </li></ul>
  65. disclaimer: I've done my best to attribute slides, graphs and screenshots used in this presentation. Nobody is perfect, and some of them may have slipped in unclaimed – apologies to the original right holders. Let's hope that my frivolous use of your graphs or tables falls under fair use ;-)

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