Barcamp Hamburg: Future of Blogging


I’ll be at Barcamp Hamburg 2 all day today, and try to liveblog one session or the other. Enjoy!

  • 1:15 PM thanks @jan tißler, great session. see you soon.
  • 1:15 PM time’s up!
  • 1:15 PM the room agrees: just pulling out isn’t exactly an option. then again, that’s hardly surprising at a barcamp, eh?
  • 1:13 PM story shared: person tried to get a new job, but doesn’t have a cell phone and no online profiles. led to A LOT of problems in her company.
  • 1:12 PM so is this a personal, informed decision or a lack of information paired with anxiety?
  • 1:12 PM ?
  • 1:12 PM is this the same thinking like the folks who refuse to read books/drive train/etc
  • 1:11 PM some folks, it’s said, simply refuse blogs and all. simply because they don’t want to live a more transparent life.
  • 1:10 PM are blogs like books in that they’re a new medium that was never planned? (think the first printed distibution of the bible, translated into all kinds of languages
  • 1:09 PM there’s blogs, social media, wikis etc. about every topic. the question is: do i wanna share openly (on the web) or in a more closed fashion (a book)?
  • 1:09 PM one blog taken by itself is of course a niche; the whole blogosphere taken together is quite a large and complex construct
  • 1:08 PM blogs that are TV driven seem to have mainstream appeal; niche blogs (about barcamps for example) will stay niche. (personally, that’s what i’m much more into.)
  • 1:07 PM A lot of folks even actively blog without referring to that term. think knitting blogs.
  • 1:07 PM most readers, so the idea at the table, don’t care (don’t know?) if they read blogs or not. It’s just stuff they like to read, no matter where the info comes from.
  • 1:06 PM Ah, here we go. Jump to claims 4&5: Blogs will stay in their niches and aren’t for the mainstream.
  • 1:05 PM we’re getting side-tracked in detailed discussion about feed reader features. search etc. not going to share that in detail ;)
  • 1:04 PM good discussion: is there a best way to read your tweets? how can you follow all you want and still get some food in your fridge?
  • 1:03 PM twitter can take some strain of this load by providing social collaborative filtering: you get a pre-filtered high-quality news feed; or you can even ask your peers
  • 1:02 PM (wish i knew more faces here so i could provide new names. mostly i’ll have to make to with “a guy” or “this lady” ;)
  • 1:01 PM paulinepauline has a few hundred feeds in her reader but just skims very, very roughly. (same with me, by the way. no way of reading all i’d love to read.)
  • 1:01 PM he says he sets himself a limit of 30mins every morning to read his stuff. (hardcore…)
  • 1:00 PM some feel there’s a lot of pressure in following everybody in detail. one might opt for “valuable” feeds, that are both relevant and give him a lot of value personally.
  • 12:58 PM how scalable is your social network?
  • 12:58 PM is there a limit as to how many folks you could follow?
  • 12:58 PM “twitter killed the blogstar”, but does it matter which channel they use?
  • 12:57 PM ambient social noise is a good factor, it’s why some people follow other blogs, tweets, friendfeeds.
  • 12:57 PM gotta say: it’s good to see a room full of twitterati ;)
  • 12:54 PM are blogs evolving like newspapers in the very early days, pre-corporate? one person decides to write up a journal, then takes it from there until it grows really big?
  • 12:53 PM seems like a twitter session is in order ;)
  • 12:53 PM @paulinepauline knows a friend who stopped posting to facbeook and switched to twitter instead, but doesn’t follow anyone back. she uses it push only.
  • 12:52 PM good point: one person shares a story where his “offline” friends don’t understand that he tweets from his cell phone while they’re totally familiar with posting status updates on facebook.
  • 12:51 PM she predicts twitter will lead to another wave of bloggers
  • 12:51 PM one lady twittered first, then started to blog. cool.
  • 12:50 PM Info overkill still is a problem: one person said for every person he follows he unfollows another. (hardcore, eh?) how many folks do you follow? does that work for you?
  • 12:46 PM making fun of yourself is great, makes others laugh. (“dropped a pack of spaghetti. picking them up is like mikado.”)
  • 12:44 PM moving on to the motivations behind microblogging: what keeps folks going on twitter? want to know your friends to know this stuff, is it a profiling thing, want to get feedback? why do you twitter: “it’s snowing outside”? socializing vs info sharing
  • 12:43 PM is twitter just background noise (weather! color of my socks!) or actually useful info? what’s the best mix?
  • 12:42 PM
  • 12:42 PM Rednix posted first photos of the session:
  • 12:40 PM audience member: this is actually good for the quality of blogs.
  • 12:40 PM deep discussions take place in blogs; twitter & co are for a different purpose, that is: dialogue, quick, higher frequency.
  • 12:39 PM the session room is _bursting_. folks keep sticking their heads into the door.
  • 12:38 PM memetracker rivva, that is:
  • 12:38 PM Frank of meme tracker agrees to point 1). A lot of things that used to happen in blogs moved over to microblogging services.
  • 12:37 PM 5) Blogs aren’t for the mainstream
  • 12:35 PM 4) Blogs will stay in their niche
  • 12:35 PM interesting point: would you still count TechCrunch as a blog, or a news site?
  • 12:34 PM 3) Blogs biggest problem is their professionalization
  • 12:33 PM 2) Video beats text
  • 12:32 PM 1 Twitter and Friendfeed make blogs obsolete
  • 12:32 PM 5 claims:
  • 12:31 PM Room Sm@tch is packed. Jan Tißler is giving his introduction.
  • 12:23 PM That said: Enjoy! The atmosphere here is great, the location neat, too. Also, thanks to the sponsors of Barcamp.
  • 12:21 PM I’m at Barcamp Hamburg right now, and will be liveblogging from some sessions. Don’t want to make any promises, though: Conference language is German, so liveblogging in English may turn out a bit awkward. If so, I’ll stop ;)

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