Lecture 9 - Blogs.docx

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Western University
Computer Science
Computer Science 1033A/B
Vivi Tryphonopoulos

Blogs 4/25/2013 2:02:00 PM Lecture 9 Blogging  A discussion or informational published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries (“posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first)  History o 1994 – Came to public attention  Justin Hall – student at Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania)  Known as “founding father of personal blogging”  Said there was nothing too personal to write and nothing off limits  He then withdrew and began questioning its intimacy  Posted for Wired Magazine o 1994 – Dave Winer  Started Davenet  Not strictly a blog – it was the start of opinion based content, content collated  1997 – launched Scripting News, still going strong today o 1995 – Coined the term “weblog”  Jorn Barger – editor of Robot Wisdom (influential early weblog)  Weblog – describes the process of “logging the web” while surfing o 1999 – Coined the short form “blog”  Peter Merholz transformed weblog to we blog to blog  Still around today o 2000 – Blog explosion begins  Technorati keeps track of all blogs populating the net  Soon BoingBoing, Gizmodo and Huffington Post were created o 2003  Iranian vice president launched a personal blog  44% of adult Internet users had used the Internet to publish their thoughts, respond to others, post pictures, share files and contribute content o 2004  The first video blog was created (YouTube came out in 2005)  First year the web played an important role in US politics as bloggers weighed in on campaigns online  The rumour that blogs were dead halted any major activity for about 7 years o 2005 – Tim Berners Lee  Had a great vision for the internet when he began to develop the WWW  “The Original thing I wanted to do was make a collaborative medium, a place where we could all meet and read and write” o 2008 - Technorati.com (blog tracking service)  110 million blogs in 2008  120,000 new blogs/day  1.5 million weblog posts/day o 2009 – Scott Rosenburg (online media mogul)  Twitter and Facebook will not bury blogging o 2009 – New York Times article by Elisa Page (cofounder of BlogHer)  Twitter and Facebook are platforms for small talk  Blogs allow for “meatier discussions”  Still not as popular with younger generation, main market between the ages of 34 – 73  Blogging sites come and go quickly Website Vs. Weblog  Website o Structured presentation of web pages o Carefully written information o Each page is linked to the menu bar o Visitors are not permitted to post comments on pages o Suitable for businesses and information sites where information is not time sensitive and doesn’t go out of date  Weblog o A collection of posts, casual pieces of writing and news o Posts have no fixed location  Added to top of the main page (chronologically reversed, newer posts are higher)  Organized by topic and/or date o Visitors are permitted to post comments on webpage o The post’s author may partake in discussion o Allowing comments is optional o Suitable for any group or activity that’s casual or where information is time sensitive Parts of a Blog  Header – contains the banner, name and logo of the blog  Blog post – the individual article, always has a date associated  Comments – most important part o Readers can write feedback/reactions to each post  Permalink – when someone finishes reading a post, the URL points to the blog entry stored in the archives o Its permanent since the current blog will always change with new postings  Archives – where all posts in a blog are contained o Each time a post is written its automatically stored in the archive section o Gives easy access to blogs on a day-month-year basis in chronological order  Sidebar can include: o List of topics or topics easy for readers to find o Option to subscribe to a blog o Most popular blog posts o Recent blog posts o Social Media options for connecting o Search box o Way to connect to the website o Polls Use of Weblogs  Personal blog o A diary of personal thoughts  Group blogs (also known as buzz logs) o A group of people who have an organized idea create a blog where each day somebody is putting up a blog related to that interest o The articles come from different people o More group oriented – used by many organizations and political groups  Business Blogs o A way for business to better promote their products o Contains news related to the products o Weekly posts about products o Putting the product into commercial space where many potential customers can see it Blogging Platforms  Blogging platforms – free blogging/hosting service o Blogs stay on the server o Find out what services associated with blogging on their site  WordPress.com – difficult to work with, but many more features  Blogger.com (Google’s blogging platform) – fewer templates but a lot of customization  Posterous.com – for beginner bloggers  Tumblr.com – for beginners, simple but lack of fine controls Blogging Success  Before getting blogging account: o Know what you want to do with a blog  Personal, group, business, or a combination of all
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