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FOAF - the next big weblog thing

The panel on “Beyond the Blog” was a big one today. The meeting room 18ab that has been used for all the keynotes was almost to capacity as the Trotts, Justin Hall, Anil Dash, and Paul Brausch talked about the future of personal web publishing.

FOAF, or Friend of a Friend seemed to be the panels consensus on what the next big thing would be in the blog world.

I saw FOAF on diveintomark.org more than a few months ago, and thought it was a pretty cool idea, but unlike so many other people at this conference, I don’t really have any “online friends”. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m a lurker. I “read” all these sites and I’m posting to my personal site, but I can’t seem to engage into discussions on other online forums and create friendships with the people that I might normally connect with.

Even at this conference I’ve only talked to three people other than Paul.

I haven’t really had a conversation with a stranger online since I was a regular in the Globe chatrooms back in late ‘95. I’ve since then receeded into the background on the web.

More on these thoughts later. For now, I’m going to see what this Richard Florida has to say. I’ll probably post one more time today before we start the long drive back to Cincinnati.

Originally published on Tuesday March 11, 2003 at 3:00 pm

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