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hackajar wrote in to mention a development on BusinessWeek. Their weeklong discussion about blogs and blogging in business has culminated in a new website: From the site: "Before anyone asks, we didn't pick the name because we have an urge to speak in Scottish brogue or fall headlong into the seamy side of questionable drug usage. It seemed to fit what we intend to do with this blog--track the phenomenon of how media, business, and blogs meet head on." They appear to be using Movable Type.
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  • Ah! (Score:5, Funny)

    by ShaniaTwain ( 197446 ) on Friday April 22, 2005 @05:58PM (#12318190) Homepage
    Due to the shortage of blogs about blogs and blog related information! good idea!

    • Yeah, and now, at /., we have a blog about a blog about blogs...

      Just wait untill we talk about it acknowleding us... I gues there are not so many blogs about blogs about blogs about blogs out there.

  • by composer777 ( 175489 ) * on Friday April 22, 2005 @05:59PM (#12318193)
    we're the scum of the fucking earth. The British.., well, they're just wankers. We, on the other hand, have been colonized by wankers.
  • They'll direct traffic to /., right?

    oh, gods, it's suits reading our blogs! they'll know what we're thinking! well, at least they still won't know what the hell we're talking about..

  • True Democracy (Score:4, Insightful)

    by superpulpsicle ( 533373 ) on Friday April 22, 2005 @05:59PM (#12318196)
    If you want a true democracy, it has to begin with people's rights to say whatever they want. While US has the "freedom of speech", let's face it... the poor, minority and steretyped always struggle with this freedom.

    Where Blogs come in HUGE is... you don't really know if the person doing the speaking is rich or poor. The status can be a complete mystery. That's true democracy.

    • Where Blogs come in HUGE is... you don't really know if the person doing the speaking is rich or poor. The status can be a complete mystery. That's true democracy.

      Stock tip: Buy Blog stocks. There'll be a boom any day now. Remember to dump the stock just as the market hits saturation.

      it's like shooting fish [] in a barrel

    • Uh... That's not just blogs, that's the entire internet. And no, blogs/the internet is not just about USA.
    • In America, if you are on the Internet often enough to keep a blog, and you are technologically savvy enough to know what a blog is, you are probably not economically poor. You MIGHT be, but it is FAR MORE LIKELY that you are middle-class or rich.

      Globally, if you have a blog, you are almost certainly in the top ONE PERCENT on any realistic economic scale -- probably in the top one-half-of-one-percent, or even one-quarter. It means you can read and write, you have a computer and know how to use it, you hav

  • by Anonymous Coward

    except the webpages look marginally better, the content is still the same except now its called a "blog" and not a "home website"

  • This must be one of those press hits [].
  • by E IS mC(Square) ( 721736 ) on Friday April 22, 2005 @06:02PM (#12318212) Journal
    Well, Dont know the future of blogging, but the nature of it surely resembles something like what Rent-boy Renton describes : "I don't feel the sickness yet, but it's in the post. That's for sure. I'm in the junkie limbo at the moment. Too ill to sleep. Too tired to stay awake, but the sickness is on its way. Sweat, chills, nausea. Pain and craving. A need like nothing else I've ever known will soon take hold of me. It's on its way. " and KABOOM! You start blogging!
  • by MobyTurbo ( 537363 ) on Friday April 22, 2005 @06:07PM (#12318271)
    It's somewhat ironic that BusinessWeek is rolling out a blogging service after Paul Graham's [] new article originally claimed that BusinessWeek ran an article on [] due to PR money gotten from a VC. Therefore Bloggers for that, among other reasons, are superior to traditional media, according to Paul Graham.

    (Of course, Paul Graham retracted this claim when BusinessWeek informed him today the article was sponteneous, uninfluenced by a PR firm; but I'm sure BusinessWeek had his article foremost in their thoughts when they announced their new blogging site.)

  • Happy Birthday Sarey (Score:1, Interesting)

    by FlaminX ( 784101 )
    Happy Birthday Sarey. Woo. go Sarey.
  • Choose no life. Choose blogging. Choose no career. Choose no family. Choose getting reamed out by your bandwidth provider after the Slashdot effect hits you. Choose to fuck up Google by linking to your friends' blogs. Choose something that makes a wiki look organized. Choose no friends. Choose to tell us all about how your girlfriend was a lousy lay. Choose to tell us how surprised you were when she dumped you the next day. Choose to continue to shovel pretentious crap that nobody but you gives
  • This sounds like a blatant ripoff of, which is owned by Blogger. Trying to benefit from the name maybe?
  • Its amazing how much content in the blogosphere has to do with...the blogosphere.
  • why every one is using Movable Type. I know it is best know out there but is not the only one even after bait and switch tactic [] See Netcraft []

    Other are very good tested e.g. Drupal [] at Spread Firefox [] [] []
  • Blog is Beautiful (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Sundroid ( 777083 ) on Friday April 22, 2005 @07:06PM (#12318775) Homepage
    Slashdotters who frown upon the blogging phenomenon should realize that Slashdot is considered a blog and tracked by websites like Daypop (at []), so if you're merrily whipping these comments out, you are considered a blogger as well, only you're doing it on a community blog.

    Blogspotting sounds hip, but it's a shock (yeah, falling-off-the-chair shock) to see the photos of these two Businessweek bloggers who look like they were sent straight from Hollywood Central Casting for "corporate cubicle type"; I mean, put on some Goth makeup or something.
    • A "community blog" you say? Who came up with this term? Sounds like something the mass media latched onto to ensure ratings continuity with the already hyped up topic of blogging.

      A blog is a personal public journal.

      Slashcode sites facilitate public discourse, among many members, on an ongoing stream of stories and topics.

      Forums facilitate public discourse, among many members, on a mostly static set of major topics.

      So where is the relation between the later and the former two? Should all sites that let i
  • when a major business magazine writes an article on how it's such an important trend.

    Happened with Sigma-5 (or whatever the lame GE methodology was), happened with dot coms, now it's blogging.

    Well, it was fun while it lasted.

  • by WillAffleckUW ( 858324 ) on Friday April 22, 2005 @07:32PM (#12318981) Homepage Journal
    Soon you'll be able to use your PC to control the lives of your very own artificial humans as they Blog away in their very own Blogs.

    Watch them type on the keyboard when you click on them to Blog. See them take bathroom breaks when they've been blogging too long. Make sure their motives are kept high by ignoring the doorbell as Real Life tries to intrude on them.

    Upgrade their blogging skills, learning new Social Interactions like Flamewar (hostile), Befriend A Blogger (friendly), Icon (greeting), and Blog Link (allows you to track their friends Blogs).

    Have them access Facebook from their college or university to find out what parties are going on - and have them show up at Blogparties!

    Coming soon to a gaming store near you!

    [darn, where's the irony button when you need one ...]

  • is the word trainspotting SOLELY associated with the movie in the states now? i wonder how many people actually realize that trainspotting is a past time where people actually spot trains. damn...
  • Before anyone asks, we didn't pick the name because we have an urge to speak in Scottish brogue or fall headlong into the seamy side of questionable drug usage

    they're in denial.

  • Im starting [URL:] a anonymous blogger directory site. I promise to not check the log files to see where you are coming from :)
  • What IS acceptable? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Lord_Dweomer ( 648696 ) on Friday April 22, 2005 @11:39PM (#12320371) Homepage
    So I'm curious, blogs have been hitting the news all over the place now, and there has been a lot of attention focused on "astroturfing" (a fake grass roots movement where PR people pretend to be regular people promoting a product or service or putting down a competitor).

    What do Slashdotters find acceptable in terms of blogs that accept payment for publishing content?

    How much disclosure is required before you say "ok, they weren't trying to slip this one by me, I accept it, I'll still read"?

    What should a company do if they've accepted money for a a paid blog entry, not disclosed it, and got caught?

    Blogging is going to become a larger and larger part of the business world, and especially advertising and PR, whether we like it or not. I'm just curious on what Slashdotters thoughts on acceptable practices for this behavior are. And please don't say "don't do it" or other unconstructive things, I'm asking some honest "best practice" questions.

  • by Kadence ( 878326 )
    Do most of the corp blogs use MT?

"Yeah, but you're taking the universe out of context."