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Personal Blogging = Geocities 2004?

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Remember Geocities? It was one of our very successful investments (thanks Jerry Colonna and Fred Wilson). Geocities is alive (and well?) at Yahoo!. Generally speaking, pretty scary looking stuff. But – the idea is the same as personal blogging – just v1.x (where blogging is probably up to 3.x).

Interestingly, Yahoo! doesn’t appear to have anything set up on the blog front yet. There have been multiple rumors floating around since last fall including a Yahoo! Korea Blog section (since I don’t know Korean, this isn’t much help to me but the dog pictures that show up when I hit the site sure are weird). Yahoo! does have an Beta RSS feed up – you can subscribe to my feed through My Yahoo
and I’ll be up top next to your Reuters and AP news (lucky you). It’s definitely beta still (it doesn’t refresh all that well) – but it shows an example of how everyone gets their own printing press.

I’ve been searching for good client side offline editing software for my posts. I’m trying w.bloggar today – it’s a nice improvement over the lousy Moveable Type online post window. So far, I like it. We’ll (you’ll) see what happens when I hit post in a minute.

  • http://worcester.typepad.com Peter Caputa

    I’d imagine they’ll be buying into the space, don’t you think? SixApart would be the best target. It’d be a nice premium service for yahoo.

  • http://madeleines.typepad.com Jerry

    Yep. It’s 1997 all over again. Personal blogging is very much like the early days at Geocities. That said, I think there’s a structure that exists around blogging that is, in many ways, better. It’s designed to elicit conversation and dialogue. And that’s just right for the world today.

    Moreover, as traditional media begins to look even more the same, blogging becomes a more effective tool in staying informed. But, if you’re reading this, you already know that.

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