Reputations researcher Derek Lackaff has just joined the blogosphere (Yes folks, today is reputations day round here) I like his intro post:
Welcome, dear reader, to yet another blog. As everyone else on the
planet, and their pets, caught blogging fever over the past few years,
I reveled in my bloglessness. Maybe blogging, I reasoned, would be
proven another silly fad. Something I could chuckle about down the line
– “How lame. Good thing I wasn’t a part of THAT – one less permanent
blotch on my Google and Wayback Machine record”. Although I (used to)
read Wired, knew all the net culture buzzwords, and could even kick out
a script or two, I totally missed out on the mad blog rush.
I’ve slowly realized that personal publishing is probably here to stay
(at least in some form or another). Years later, the cool people are
still maintaining their blogs. And it seems that I keep finding ever
more fascinating, weird, personal, hopeful, and intelligent bloggers as
time goes by. Maybe, just maybe, it’s not a simple fad. Maybe blogging
is something more than a massively linked (ego)stroke (as the pundits
keep claiming). In any case, I know I have to get involved – I’m
researching online communication.
Yes, there you have it. I
am yet another beginning postgrad student who is fascinated by social
technology, and will try and ride the wave towards a degree or two. In
particular, I am interested in the mechanics of online collaboration –
content filtering, collaborative learning, reputation management, trust
matrices, open publishing, etc. My current research involves discussion
moderation regimes (such as Slashdot’s moderation system) and their
impact on the discourse they control.
Or maybe I just never really conquered my original Slashdot addiction.
It's never too late to start a blog.
(via Bruno Boutot)
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