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Explore the fringes of weblogs

by Giles Turnbull -- 2003/01/20

Meg Hourihan will be conducting a session at the Emerging Technology Conference on The Margins of the Writable Web.

To find out what margins she intends to explore, we asked her: is the weblog community too introverted? Is that why you're having to stretch minds to get people thinking about the fringes?

Meg replied: "Oh goodness, no. First of all, I'm not sure there is a weblog community anymore, if there ever was one to begin with. There are far too many people writing these days to be just one group. People identify with smaller subsets of the community (e.g. NYC bloggers, warbloggers, etc.)

"I'm looking at the fringe in an attempt to find really interesting, less well-known sites and behaviors, and I'm hoping to extract from that a direction where we're headed.

"I didn't want to do just another talk on "here's the popular bloggers you've already heard of. Here's what I think will happen next..." That's dull, and it's been done. I'm hoping to find some new stuff -- and not just traditional blogs either, but wireless stuff, wikis, etc. -- to explore and point to, and see what it portends for where the writable web may be moving as a whole. At least, that's the plan. We'll see how it turns out."