Tech Bloggers According to a Tech Columnist
By MortazaviBlog on Dec 08, 2005
In his most recent piece, Wall Street Journal columnist, Lee Gomes, who has not always been kind to Sun (or any other corporation for that matter), points to the rise of the tech bloggers.
[While] there are now as many tech blogs as stars in the sky, only a tiny fraction of them matter.
"How true," you might react—but then you might ask "what does make a tech blogger matter"? The puzzle presents very little complexity: Apparently, some influential tech bloggers get better seats at company conferences and meetings than others, and that seating privilege acts as the measuring rod of "mattering" in the tech blogsphere. What else is there?
In fact, with the influence peddling universe in this state of flux, it's not uncommon for mainstream reporters, including the occasional technology columnist, to lobby [these influential] bloggers to include links to their print articles.
Gomes then introduces a number of tech blogs:
tech.memeorandum.com — While I like Gomes' columns for their wit and sarcasm, it gets to be a bit too much when one sees imitations of his style on the web. So, I'm a bit surprised for Gomes recommending this one. How much rumor and dirt can people take? In fact, if technology people get too busy with this sort of thing, they'll never get the more important work done: getting good products out.
blogniscient.com — On this one, I have the same comment as above.
www.techcrunch.com — This one focuses on Web 2.0. According to Gomes, the author's house is the place to show your goods if you want Web 2.0 money to flow your way.
In presenting all this, Gomes preserves his sense of humor:
This is frothy stuff, but it's not as though bloggers don't have a sense of humor about things. Another blogger, Andrew Woolridge, created a parody of the current land rush for Web 2.0 companies by creating a Web site that generates new companies from a list of buzz words now making the rounds in the blogs. Search for "Web Two Point Oh" to see it for yourself.
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The difference between the old media elite and the new blogging elite is that the latter gets redefined much more frequently. All it takes is attracting links from other bloggers.
If you're clever enough, you can make a career out of complaining about never being mentioned by the blog-aggregation sites. Get enough people to read you, and you'll soon be on tech.memeorandum's front page. That's how software-mediated democracy works. It's not always pretty, but is there any better system?
So, we're left with the puzzle. What form does the better alternative have?