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January 27th, 2003

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09:08 pm - Blogistan and the changing Web
Man, I remember when I first compiled and fired up lynx around 1993. The web was a sparse, interesting place then (though gopher still dominated).

I just subscribed to salon. I've held off -- the ridicule was interesting, and I didn't read it frequently. Today, when I went to get my premium day pass for the third or so straight day... I realized it was time. I guess it is something like the teasers, and the lj syndicated feed. I dunno. I gave a heck of a lot more to the local npr for similar reasons.

The whole blogging thing is interesting. I don't tell stories, not yet, and that seems the real gold. The opportunity for Ranting (lj user="ommkarja"> read this) seems to be the draw for many. Some, it is the need to be closer to meme propagation (like this). Or maybe it gives one a more bidirectional feel -- I can read what's new with williamgibson (William Gibson) or officialgaiman (Neil Gaiman) -- and they could read me. It started as a communications tool, for me. It is that, but more now. Personally selected Central clearinghouses for the decentral. Eventually, it (or something like it) will be most things for me, and the web will have contracted like Jupiter Research used to predict -- contract because of the content explosion. And I won't be better for it.

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Date:January 28th, 2003 07:48 am (UTC)
I believe their intent is to go all premium, with teasers of everything on the free side. They justify this in terms of acknowledging that isolating content does not make the web (or the site) a happier place, but now that there is a simple advertising mechanism for getting day-long access, they can imagine making payroll. Of course, if you come out here you could just use my account, if the $18.50 bothers you.
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Date:January 28th, 2003 07:14 am (UTC)
Just wondering if you've tried links. It beats the hell out of lynx.

On a completely different note, I think that the whole blogging thing [read, communication] could be Transient's next area of focus.

This is a start.
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Date:January 28th, 2003 07:55 am (UTC)
Thanks, Greg. I've also heard there are these "graphical" browsers -- but I don't believe the hype. Seriously, I mentioned lynx only because, at the time, there were probably less than a half-dozen webbrowsers in 1993. Mostly, Mosaic and Lynx, and given that I had a shell-only account, that left lynx. If you think lynx is inferior to links now... that was primitive by comparison.

Woah. How the fuck have I been on the net for just about 10 years?! Transient is nearly SEVEN years old?!

And yes, I agree with that possible direction. We're certainly putting more of a focus on it for the new radio show. Speaking of which, if you can imagine a segment you'd like to do on a regular basis, we'd love to have you. We already have one guy set for a call-in with "weird random shit found on the internet", and Tom of memestreams is doing a "Live from Blogistan" commentary...
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Date:January 28th, 2003 08:27 am (UTC)
Just wondering if you've ever heard of Mozilla^H^H^H^H^H^H^H... Heh.

Seriously, though, Tom's MemeStreams talk was one of the better things to come out of my weekend at Phreaknic.
Are you using MemeStreams? Does it work properly with Mozilla? I was having issues with it a while back...

Cool about the radio show. I hope you guys don't get preempted this time.
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Date:January 31st, 2003 10:27 am (UTC)
Yes, I'm using memestreams with mozilla and it works fine.

And we were preempted. Blah.

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