About “Blogging”

Blogs are great way of sharing information but have we got the right tool?

(Is "time" the right navigation system through information?)

Blogging is one of the major event that happened in human hystory: people wherever they live are now able to express their thoughts to the rest of the world. Information democracy! That's great!

Now, the thing I find the most surprinsing is the fact we use tools that are not fit for the purpose! They are not fit because they are meant to be used by journalists, by people telling the world about daily events etc. It is organised by "time" and not by "subject" (ok we can categorise article, but that is atill a weak categorisation of information..).

What we really need is a way of publishing information in an organised way: by subject zones, with categories etc. Just like on a standard website. Because for the information we post, time is rarely the most important factor. Subject and categories are. And when time is important, it is merely because the article previosuly written are out of date when new stuff or thoughts arise..

INFORMATION = AUTHOR + SUBJECT + CATEGORY + CONTENT + RELATED STUFF + TIME

The order we want this to appear in news is:

SUBJECT + TIME + AUTHOR + CONTENT + related stuff

and this is where blogs are useful.

But the order we need when talking about business and technology is often:

AUTHOR + CATEGORY + SUBJECT + TIME+ CONTENT + RELATED STUFF

And we all know that the category dimension on the web translated to a good navigation and search systems. Navigation systems in blogs are really poor and mostly focused on timelines and that's whay they are not fit for the purpose of information sharing. So why are they so popular? The reason is that they are EASY to use and FREE, and their popularity is translated into search engine ranks. And until an alternative shows up with the same level of simplicity, we are stuck with these systems.. But having said that, they are great tools for publishing stuff. But we cant expect to get a final result that look like a well categorised set of information we can read like a book…

Are there alternatives? Well the world today is focusing on collaboration. Blogs are only the tip of the iceberg showing this strong need for collaboration. Collaboration in every aspect of our lives reach us through the web now… While I was writing this article, my 8 years old god daughter wanted to tell me that a little boy has given her a kick and she wanted to tell that to her god father. And She lives south of france, 1000 km form here in london. Isn't it a form collaboration…? Ok, that's a bit offtrck but the new world is showing up and we need the right types of showels to dig it, isnt't it?

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