Sunday, November 07, 2004

Weblogs are here to stay...

It really is no surprise that the ways in which organizations communicate are once again evolving into something different. Only a decade ago did email become the "it" way to correspond not only in the personal lives of each other, but also in daily business transactions. Everyone was eager to set up their own address to become part of the tech savvy crowd and ultimately ended up in fighting with AOL to get that perfect screenname. Somehow the cool name you wanted ended up having an array of random numbers attached to the end of it no matter how many times you changed it. But alas that email address has become more of a pain in the ass than cool tool you had anticipated.

Now our days are filled with sifting through an endless amount of emails that you really don't want to read. No you don't want that penis enlargement that always seems to be present in your inbox. Nor do you really feel like reading yet another one of your bored friend's surveys that seem to ask the same redundant questions. Unfortunately this sad realization of emailing has conditioned us to quickly push our delete key without much thought even when dealing within a work environment. That is to say to that the email from a boss (which in many cases can be more than one in day) can be quickly overlooked just as the email from Publishers House Clearing (still waiting on my million dollars by the way).

So how do we fix the problems that emails bring upon us? Well (drumroll please)...weblogs and aggregators. Stephanie S has been using them for a long time, while it is completely new to me (Blogger has been an adventure). Weblogs provide a much better source of communication between a group of people, no matter what the size. Instead of an endless amount emails to people, a person can simply make a post to a single blog and deliver the message to everyone at one time. This way, no one has to sort through their email in an attempt to locate a single message and also goes onto to alleviate the quick pushing of the delete button. Elizabeth and Stephanie C gave a good analogy when they say it in someways like a diary of information.

News aggregators take weblogs even further in their convience levels. These aggregators function by keeping alerting you of all new post that are posted to the weblog that you are linked too. This may not seem like a big deal, but it truly can help keep a person organized and on top of things.

The organization doesn't stop here when looking at weblogs. The ability to keep bookmarks or make lists is a great advantage. Lists are so easy to keep track of and allow other people who are viewing your blog to easily find what they are looking for. We're all busy and nobody feels like having to read through a bunch of post in order to find one thing (well maybe if you have a lot a free time you do, but you obviously don't live in NYC).

Needless to say, weblogs are not going away. They will only continue to be a part of communicaiton in business and life.


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