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October 28, 2003

Technologists vs. Users at PDC Weblog BOF

Hold a Birds of a Feather session on Weblogs after you feed developers Gordon Biersch brew for 3 hours and you are guaranteed to see some real chaotic/organic conversations going. The audience was half existing bloggers and half people that wanted to figure out what the hype was about, how they could get involved in a community or how to use it within their corporate setting.

As usual the discussion was heated, ranging from the Atom/RSS debate, the Weblog API, to some A-List bashing. What is important to realize is that this public infighting leaves a lot of people confused form the users perspective. Do I really need to have an opinion on XML-RPC vs SOAP before I start blogging? I don't think many people got answers to their questions, but they did get a view of  how open the future of weblogging is. That there is a lot of room for new software and service development in this space. And they certainly get a view of how grumpy and rowdy webloggers are.

The major question that lingered afterwards was about what the future of aggregators is and how they can help to manage the information overload people are experiencing in general. The questions and discussions were similar to aggregators session run by John Udell at BloggerCon.

It was fun to finally meet Clemens and to see Scoble and Marc in action.

Posted by Werner Vogels at October 28, 2003 02:09 PM