Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Do you need a blog ??
Blogs provide web templates that enable people to post information on the Internet without knowing any html code for web page design. In addition, the templates are set up so that anybody else can very easily post a comment or reply to any of the information posted on a blog.
- By reducing the knowledge required to participate this makes the Internet a more open and democratic place. Everybody can contribute their knowledge and opinions.
- The Internet also becomes more of an interactive community when groups of people are reading each other's blogs and posting replies to carry on the discussion.
Blogs are being used for a wide variety of purposes.
- Individuals use their blogs as online diaries to discuss whatever interests them.
- High quality, specialized blogs that become authorities on their field of specialization can attract a large audience of readers and then can generate income by posting ads targeted to those readers.
- Business blogs help companies to reach out and communicate directly with their customers. Customers can provide valuable feedback to the company via posting to the company blog.
- Online maps can be used to describe various destinations.
Blog accounts are available from a variety of sources.
- Blogger (Google) http://www.blogger.com/start
- Pitas http://www.pitas.com/
- Diaryland http://www.diaryland.com/
- LiveJournal http://www.livejournal.com/
Some search engines are specializing at indexing of the "blogosphere"
- Technorati http://www.technorati.com/
- A9 http://a9.com/-/home.jsp?nc=1
- Google Blog http://blogsearch.google.com/
- Blogwise http://www.blogwise.com/
Now that almost anybody can easily post their thoughts on the Internet it is even more important to critically evaluate what you find on the Internet before deciding what to believe.
- Who is responsible for the content of a blog or website?
- What are this person's qualifications?
- Is this person representing an organization vs. giving a personal opinion?
- Does the site give references to their sources of information?
- Do other sites agree or disagree with the information presented?