Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Let's poke it with a stick

Scoble, Longhorn EvangelistImage via WikipediaMichael Arrington is definitely laying claim to being one of the most influential/reaction provoking people on the Internet at the moment. I wrote about his comments about embargoes and what happened at LeWeb over the weekend and now Robert Scoble has become his latest topic to generate debate. Arrington notes in his blog post that he spoke to Robert Scoble briefly at LeWeb -
I spoke to Robert for a few minutes at the Le Web conference a couple of weeks ago. I said “You sure do like Twitter and Friendfeed.” His response - “Yeah, but I wonder if that was such a smart investment of my time.”
Robert has been prolific this year with his activity on Twitter and Friendfeed, his contribution adds up to more than a full time job (2,000 hours/year). From my interaction with the early adopter crowd his activity has stood out immensely, even with the amount of followers he takes the time to respond and involve himself within the community. Robert is a news junkie, the amount of information he digests is amazing, his blog may have suffered as a result but I feel that Robert has asserted himself into a strong position.

Many posts I have seen this year have talked about the demise of blogging, most notably Jason Calacanis who retired from blogging this year. The direction of blogging and interaction has changed, social networks playing a major role in shaping how we communicate with each other. I am really looking forward to 2009 and following people like Robert Scoble, Michael Arrington, Jason Calacanis and Louis Gray I know that whatever trend becomes popular they are the sources that will break the news.

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