First of all, what do I as a normal webizen end up reading?
#1) Yahoo News. Why? Because headlines show up on my mail. Personally I have Entertainment headlines selected because I'm such a shallow and apathetic individual.
#2) Links that I receive via Twitter.
These include, not in any particular order.
#a) Robert Scoble's Scobelizer: Today he reported on his own reading habits (wow!) he reads (judges) 772 feeds through his google reader, which represents thousands of bloggers because some feeds have multiple bloggers. He posted a list of his top 35.
#c) New York Times
#4) Chris Brogan: A Conversation with a Community Regarding Digital Relationships
2 B continued.....
Usually my original reason is to accomplish something productive. Write in my blog for instance. Not that anyone is going to read it or that I have anything particularly important to say but because it is required that I actually write something down, complete a thought, voice an opinion, or simply point someone to a cool site, to justify my hours of random wandering. Currently I'm primarily on Twitter and Facebook and I have memberships on Ning, Bebo, Pownce, and about a dozen other social applications.
I have 2 myspace pages which originally were supposed to be for 2 different purposes, one more professional and one more social/artsy. I still like myspace a lot but not that many people do so it's kind of pointless for me to spend much time there. I started having "blogs" back in the late '90's when blogger first came along but I would get distracted and use them for real journaling that i'm not that interested in sharing or fiction. When a person has a difficult time with focusing they tend to try to do too much and give up and move on because since you have 12 little projects going on you don't really make a significant investment in just one idea.
In 2000, I was Director of Business Development for Upside.com and I made about 50 deals with different web applications which i just mention because there were so many ideas floating around and since i'm not an engineer or an designer that knows flash they all were somewhat abstract. Upside went in a different direction and tried to make a radio play and we parted company.
Blah, blah, blah...
I seem to start blog after blog and they end up going nowhere because I turn them into a list of other people's stories that I want to read and save.
Currently I'm keeping on top of my membership on Twitter and Facebook which seems to be a full time busy making avocation without much accumulation of content / knowledge.
Right now I'm monitoring Stephanie Booth's real time blogs about Word Camp. Conferences in the Web 2.0 milieu all seem to be called "camps" which makes them seem than they're a lot more fun than they actually are.
Another development is applying the word "porn" to describe non traditional porn type items. Such as Stephanie does about stickers and chips they're offering abundantly at "camp" as seen in these pictures she uploaded to Flickr.
Social Networking Leaves Confines of the Computer (key quotes)
- Daniel Graf, a founder of Kyte, the mobile social networking service, sees cellphones as personal TV studios.
- The social networking phenomenon is leaving the confines of the personal computer.
New online services, with names like Twitter, Radar and Jaiku, hope people will use their ever-present gadget to share (or, inevitably, to overshare) the details of their lives in the same way they have become accustomed to doing on Web sites like MySpace.
Mr. Graf said he was considering several approaches to making money from the service. They include charging companies that want to contribute promotional programming, or advertisements in or alongside the most popular channels. He said he would share that revenue with the channels’ creators.
Another company proving the potency of the sharing impulse is Twitter (www.twitter.com), which is also based in San Francisco and has lately captured the enthusiasm of bloggers and tech insiders.