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Future of blogging

Robert Scoble is giving his vision of blogging's future as requested by Dave Winer.

I though I could give it a try too. Of course my ideas overlap with the ones already given. Here is how I see blogging in the future, well some visions at least:

  • Blogging is transparent, you can blog from anywhere, using a smart client and working in disconnected mode.
  • Reading and writing happens in the same place. Remember the two-way web back in 1997?
  • An e-mail or a usenet news post or a forum post or an IM entry can easily become a weblog post.
  • A weblog post can easily become an e-mail or a usenet new post or a forum post.
  • Weblog post forwarding is just a click away.
  • Flagging and archiving others' posts for further reading allows you not to miss some content.
  • Weblog feeds can be filtered easily in many ways.
  • Notifications for everything you wish (new comment, new trackback, new friend post...), the way you wish (e-mail, alert, IM, etc.). Following and being part of discussions is natural.
  • Weblogs evolve from a simple time orientation to a richer one where older items retain value.
  • Your traditional RSS aggregator becomes your Media Center, not only where you read weblog entries, but also where you consume news, e-mails, notifications... This is not only about text, it could also be sound or video. This app is what you launch first when your computer starts, your personal window to the web and the world. Web browsing is integrated within this tool.
  • Everyone has a weblog (or multiple), the way you have an e-mail address and an instant messaging ID.
  • Weblogs have channels allowing content you put there to be selectively available to some persons or the whole wide web. Your weblog is the place where you publish information, business or personal, public or private. This is the place where your friends go to learn about you or to get in touch with you.
  • The visible part of my weblog is only 1/9 of the whole content.
  • Your grand-mother uses her weblog to stay in touch with her grand-children.
  • Weblogs can be aggregated, to create communities or enterprise project billboards.
  • Backup and cross-post.
  • Content management and weblogs getting closer. This means you can feed your CMS with your blogging tool and your weblog content is versioned and staged and validated.
  • Wikis and weblogs getting closer.
  • and a lot more...

Of course some of this already exists in different solutions and tools, but none offers an integrated experience yet. Weblogs and blogging tools should be personal and collaborative at the same time.

BTW, if you are working on such a solution, I'd enjoy being involved ;-)

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