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the Big Blog Company | Back from a trip abroad
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July 13 2005
Back from a trip abroad
Perry de Havilland • Blogs & Blogging • Blogs in the media 
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Did you miss us?  The folks at tBBC have been away, scattered to the four corners of the earth on.... shock horror… holiday!  Still, with the terrible events of a few days ago here in London, methinks we picked a good time to be out of town.

But upon return it was interesting to see a lot of blog related news in the media.  Obviously the UK political and commentary blogosphere went crazy in the aftermath of the terrorist atrocity but this item also caught my eye on Market Watch called Newspapers urged to be blog-friendly:

“Up until 2000, newspapers regarded Internet media as a ‘pet,’ and would not mind much even if they share some news articles with portals,” said the Korean Press Foundation. “Today, the pet has grown up to be a tiger that eats up much of newspapers’ power in both revenues and impact,” the researchers said, according to the Taipei Times.

Indeed, but in truth there are a few newspapers out there who are treating this as an opportunity as well as a threat.  It may not appeal to me politically but the Guardian has been quite enlightened regarding blogs and new media generally and as a result has positioned itself very well as one of a small number of global rather than just national ‘papers of record’.  Now if only they would start adopting blog style best practices regarding external linking…

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