In what appears to be a spin-off from the “5 things you didn’t know about me” meme that has been floating around the blog-o-sphere (and which I so far have managed to avoid), Andrew Wee has made some predictions on blogging for this new year, and invited others to participate. Here is my take:
Blogging will begin to play a much larger role in this year’s hyper-social internet communities. Digg, del.icio.us, YouTube, and especially discussions taking place in blog’s comments – the social drive encourages to build up an online profile, representation of self, for others. In part this is why MySpace took off into the popularity that it got to enjoy, though I can only hope that people will realize that flashy glitter profiles are not the best for being taken seriously.
This idea was originally sparked by Keith Ferrazzi and his book – “Never Eat Alone”:
“In the future … blogs will become as ubiquitous as resumes.”
I think that 2007 will be that future. Blogs will make their way into the corporate environment. There are some companies with services for corporate blogging, and I already print this blog’s URL on my resume, right under the contact information. And yes, I have been asked about it in a couple of interviews.
This is why I also hope for a distinction between blogs that are treated as personal journals for friends, family and self, from blogs that are a publishing platform between the author and the world. It is time to move away from Technorati’s tagline of “55 million blogs… some of them have to be good.” to 9rules‘ “Explore the best content on the web.” I want to see that difference.
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In the suggested manner of tagging the next 5 bloggers, I’d love to hear an update from Keith Ferrazzi himself, as well as some predictions from Keith Casey, Ilya Grigorik, Jonathan Snook and Aidan Henry.
Update: Keith Casey’s trackbackless response has been posted. It’s quite insightful.
“Blogs offer both a look at the person generally and the topic specifically. Any employer not dropping a candidate’s name into Google at this point is missing one of the biggest and best tools for research.”