The Future of Blogs: Tagging

Olga Kharif

Blogs are about to grow up. As newborns, blogs were simply diary-like entries on which readers could comment. Then, blogs added Rich Site Summary (RSS) feeds, notifying readers when a new entry was posted. Still, as Richi Jennings, of Ferris Reseach, writes in his blog, discussions on blogs can hardly be called conversations, like the ones we can have over e-mail or Instant Messenger (IM). "Comments are too prone to comment spam, most people find it hard to understand the concept of trackbacks, and the whole thing is just too difficult," he says. Basically, today, blogs are more akin to cave men’s disjointed mumblings than the Gettysburg Address.

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