I noticed something. When I read my feeds on Google Reader, I get smarter. When I read Twitter I learn how boring our lives usually are. When I read FriendFeed I find out how smart you are. All three have their place. :-)
If the purpose of blogging is to start a communication, it looks like TinyScreenfuls and Intel Perspective are doing a better job (certainly a better job than blogan.net). Why, you ask? Look at the number of comments, especially this one where Josh invites questions about Intel.
I’m excited to see what will happen to Josh. According to his “Caveat Lector” he is doing this without official blessing.
The content of this blog is my personal opinion only and although I am an employee of Intel, the statements I make here in no way represent Intel’s position on any issue, nor am I authorized to speak on behalf of Intel on any matter.
Will Josh be able to walk the fine line of keeping an interesting discussion going without running afoul of the powers that be? Will he become Intel’s Robert Scoble? Or will he become Intel’s Heather Armstrong?
Because Robert Scoble is my hero ;-), I now start my day the same way he does: watching Rocketboom. You should, too.
Rocketboom is a quirky vlog by Amanda Congdon. As Scoble says:
If I had real talent (and looks) I’d be Amanda Congdon. Just be happy I’m only doing text here.
Somewhat related… A month ago, I blogged why I disliked podcasting and why vlogging would never catch on. (That’s the joy of blogging — my stupidity is exposed and preserved for all to read.) Anyway…I questioned where a podcast would put web links.
[T]here’s no easy way to provide web links in a podcast. The transcript for this podcast has a link to Douglas Adams at douglasadams.com. That link is easy to say. What if the URL was 83 characters long and included strange characters? (You can find the tilde above the backtick character to the left of the number one key near the top left of your keyboard, unless you’re in Europe and then it’s…) No thanks.
Rocketboom simply puts the links below the video — problem solved!
More recently, I blogged why podcasting would catch on. (At least I’m teachable…) Not one to leave well enough alone, I finished by complaining about the potential cost of vlogging.
There was one disadvantage of podcasting I didn’t address before: podcasting is more expensive than blogging; at least it is if anyone’s listening. You have to pay for the bandwidth.
If paying for your bandwidth is a problem, consider it solved. Ourmedia.org now offers “free storage and free bandwidth for your videos, audio files, photos, text or software. Forever. No catches.” Assuming they can stay in business giving their service away for free, that’s an awesome offer.
I think I owe Scoble a hat tip for Ourmedia.org, too. Why are you still reading my blog? Go watch Rocketboom and read Robert Scoble!