The Evolution of Blogging by Om Malik.
Of course, this is a spot-on extension of what Dave Winer has been talking about, and something that I’ve been thinking about for a while now.
The more I use sites like Flickr and Facebook, the more I’m aware that I’m critically not in control of my own data. Flickr could disappear into the aether and take all my photos with it. The only things I know I have control over are the blogs I’ve set up myself and all the content with them.
As a result, I’ve been moving more and more to posting things only to those spaces.
The thing that gives me pause are the connections generated by these locked-in systems. Flickr is great because there are like-minded users there, and friends and family I can permit in/out, as well as the promise of random discovery.
The challenge for blogging (and how I interpret “social collaboration”) is how to link content from one person to another—to connect people so they can keep up with one another easily and have that sense of discovering like-minded individuals.
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