Are global communities more local than we might expect?

Reading a post by D’Arcy Norman expounding (a bit) on the global community of edubloggers that Josie Fraser is illustrating through her rather nifty use of the mapping tool Frappr got me thinking about how perhaps the massive globalisation of our communities through blogs might in fact be creating far more local communities than we already have.

Put it this way, existing pre-web and to a large degree pre-blog our communities were generally made up of people geographically close to us. Yes, there have always been conferences and yes there have, in an academic sense at least, always been journals …

  • Posted on: October 27th, 2005
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Giving Blogs with WPMU

This is part of a larger, ongoing series which examines how – in 2005 / 2006 – you can give people blogs. Visit the contents page to see the lot (or suggest more content!) or grab the feed to keep up with new stuff!

Alright, hands up first off because while WPMU is the last multi-blogging tool I’m reviewing, it was also the first one on the list as it’s the tool that I use for projects such as edublogs and prblogs. Still, this doesn’t make it necessarily the *best* multi blogging solution out there… just the one that happened …

  • Posted on: October 24th, 2005
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Giving blogs with Manila

This is part of a larger, ongoing series which examines how – in 2005 / 2006 – you can give people blogs. Visit the contents page to see the lot (or suggest more content!) or grab the feed to keep up with new stuff!

Manila and Userland software, driven by Dave Winer, were the pioneers of blogging, RSS and social software back in the day… my first blog was powered by Radio Userland and, in some significant ways, the design functionality and application of these tools is amazingly insightful.

A simple feature list of the software is enough to blow …

  • Posted on: September 13th, 2005
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Free email for life… come on, let’s think about that…

The Antipodean points to an article in the Age in which:

“Federal Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull has called for the Government to give every Australian their own email address for life.”

Sometimes being an Aussie can be a tad frustrating…

I mean, I think it was a year and a half ago that the NSW govt splashed out $84 million on providing every frickin school with email.

This really has to stop.

For the same amount of money the government could provide every single Australian with their own fully featured Content Management System / Blog.

We have the tools and …

  • Posted on: September 12th, 2005
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Giving blogs with Elgg

This is part of a larger, ongoing series which examines how – in 2005 / 2006 – you can give people blogs. Visit the contents page to see the lot (or suggest more content!) or grab the feed to keep up with new stuff!

 

Elgg is a powerful open source social networking application which uses blogs as the foundation of the the system and does it in a very interesting way.

What makes Elgg stand out from pretty much all the other implementations in this series is that it, by default, relys strongly on FOAF and the contextual positioning of …

  • Posted on: September 10th, 2005
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  • Category: Just Blogging