What Blogs Need – Werbach

Kevin Werbach makes another interesting comment on blogs (he is, of course, the originator of the meme of the New WWW, comprising Weblogs, WiFi and Web Services):

Weblogs are inching forward towards their manifest destiny as a new form of decentralized media. They are synergistic with WiFi wireless connections — one makes it easy to connect from almost anywhere, the other makes it easy to put content online from anywhere you’re connected.

The key missing pieces for blogging to get serious mainstream traction are better aggregation/syndication/search mechanisms, and a blogging tool that sells in large numbers. By analogy to the early days of the Web, the first is Yahoo! and the second is Frontpage.

This is part of what we want to enable with our Information Refinery ideas.

Website Change Notification

Kevin Werbach has an interesting requirement” “What I want is something that goes out automatically and checks for changes on sites I care about, and lists changed sites on a central Web page.”

Udell recommends iMorph’s InfoMinder service. [Udell’s White Paper for iMorph]

For weblogs, there is Userland’s weblogs.com. It would be nice if sites could do a “ping” to a central service like how blogs do to weblogs.com.