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Here’s Steve Rubel’s post on the future of Twitter <link>. I’m a Twitter fan and, while my initial ardour may have cooled, I think it has a future. But the words that stood out for me in this post were these…

“The truth is that standing out in the blogosphere has never been harder for those who don’t blog for a living. This is simply because it requires original thought – something people don’t have the time or patience to do.”

True. So true. 

While I’m happy in my own little corner of the Internet and my trickle of readers, I just don’t have the time in my life to have, research and then write, a truely original thought. It’s not to say my musings aren’t interesting (I think they are) or that I haven’t found my own voice; it’s just that my thoughts are mostly comments on other people’s thoughts, actions or activities. Have I initiated a thought stream of my own that others have picked up on? I’m afraid not. 

Depressingly even the name of this blog isn’t original. A quick search shows that there is more than one displaced Kiwi.

As Steve says I don’t do it for a living. On balance this is probably a good thing. 

Well I can’t be sure he’s read my blog, but I’ve certainly written about him (here <link> and here <link>) and now he, Sarkozy, has appointed someone to monitor the blogosphere, Nicolas Princen.

“The French blogosphere is abuzz with outrage and derision over a 24-year-old appointed by Nicolas Sarkozy to keep an eye on what is being said about the president on the World Wide Web.” 

Here’s the full story <link>. Maybe I should just be flattered. In reality the article gives me little hope that my post even features in his reading list. “Every day about 10,000 postings are made about the president”. Popular bloke! Let’s hope he uses the information for good not evil.

It constantly amazes me that my musings on things that I find interesting/ironic get a small but regular stream of visitors. Kimchi, elephant shrews, singlespeed bikes, brain patterns and various obituaries are hardly the stuff to stop the presses or burst the wordpress servers.

But this is brilliant and somewhat inspiring. “How my blog started the avalanche that buried presidential aide Tim Goeglein” <link>.  A quick investigation into a piece of plagarism and a blog post resulted in presidential aide resigning 24 hours later. As the writer says…

“Reporting in one minute, writing in one hour, a whole career undone in one day.”

Well done, Nancy. Citizen journalism rules KO! Maybe one day…

The last para also contains a lesson for us all. Focus on the details. Spell check and make sure you get the names of people correct.

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