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What Brings Users to Blogs? 143

Billosaur writes "The Center for Citizen Media Blog has an interesting overview of the Collaborative News Survey 'Hype versus Reality', detailing the results of a study done by Hsing Wei from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government on why users are attracted to collaborative news, commenting and blogging sites. Among the conclusions of the study are that people who use these sites are 'mostly young and male, especially those who visit technology-related sites, looking for 'a fix of unique, informative fun,' and 'filling in the blanks' left by traditional news sources. Or is it just because it beats working?"
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What Brings Users to Blogs?

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  • by PrescriptionWarning ( 932687 ) on Tuesday July 18, 2006 @04:29PM (#15739372)
    You know, the kind of person that keeps on talking without really even thinking about what they are actually saying. It is my belief that the same kind of logic can apply to a digital format. Friends do not let friends blog.
  • by c0d3h4x0r ( 604141 ) on Tuesday July 18, 2006 @04:34PM (#15739415) Homepage Journal
    My suspicion is that most users of sites like Slashdot are attracted to the site not because of original news content but because it offers a competitive forum and an opportunity for basking in the public spotlight. Young males eat that shit up. Give them a chance to post comments to hopefully accumulate good reviews and karma, thus establishing on online reputation, and they'll go for it. Not really that different than MMORPGs, if you think about it.

  • by rAiNsT0rm ( 877553 ) on Tuesday July 18, 2006 @04:57PM (#15739567) Homepage
    I think it is the adding your own thoughts and having (semi)intelligent discussions on the news at hand. It is to the point now that I get a little angry when I read an inflamatory news article on CNN or the likes and can't add my two cents. I like the interactivity to sites like Slashdot, Digg, etc. Even though 99% of the time it ends in a flame fest or some lame latin ipso facto logic argument crap with some pseudo-intellectual in his mom's basement.
  • beats working (Score:3, Interesting)

    by militaunt ( 988730 ) on Tuesday July 18, 2006 @05:02PM (#15739595)
    i'm 'systems support engineer' for a huge call center at one of the largest online travel booking companies... and i swear, i spend 6 out of 9 hours every day refreshing slashdot and drudge report. oh and irc'ing. sure beats working, not that i have any work to do in the first place. not til they send me for training for the phone switches and all that jazz.

    speaking of beating working... it's time to go home. an hour early, since there's nothing to do and i'm hungry. i love taking a 90 hour paycheck for 10-15 hours of work.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 18, 2006 @05:12PM (#15739636)
    Wow, you're so keen to rag on bloggers that you didn't even notice that the article is about what makes people read them, not write them. You've got a real chip on your shoulder.
  • by geekoid ( 135745 ) <> on Tuesday July 18, 2006 @05:29PM (#15739735) Homepage Journal
    NAZI's were a community, skin head are a community.
    Communities are just a thing that can be manipulated by people with an agenda.
  • by BWJones ( 18351 ) * on Tuesday July 18, 2006 @05:40PM (#15739797) Homepage Journal
    Say what you want about blogging, but I've found it very useful to keep friends and family in touch with what I am doing. The fact that some people have found my blog content applicable to their interests says that others may find the content to be interesting. It has resulted invitations for me to speak at seminars, or ask me to consult or even to purchase pictures presented on my blog. Most times I've turned these offers down because of time constraints, but on some occasions I have accepted or granted permissions to reproduce articles/images.

    All in all I would say that the benefits of keeping a blog have exceeded the costs and if you maintain that friends do not let friends blog, then perhaps you are hanging out with the wrong crowd. I for one would not want to keep company with folks that prevent one from succeeding, but would rather have friends that encourage success.

  • Re:Simple (Score:3, Interesting)

    by killjoe ( 766577 ) on Tuesday July 18, 2006 @05:50PM (#15739850)
    But maybe that's a good thing. One thing I appreaciated during the current hostilities in the middle east is hearing the arab perpective. If it wasn't for blogs I would not have any chance at all to hear those voices. Same with the iraqi bloggers. I for one really appreciate that ordinary people can report to us what is happening around them. We all know by now not to rely on any government or large news organization to deliver the truth or the whole story. That's not to say the bloggers don't have their spin either but it's refreshing to hear that spin rather then the spin of the rich and powerful.

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