Yes, I’m still on a sabbatical, but wanted a quick mention of Google Wave, which I finally got round to signing up after having the invite sit in my inbox for a week.
First impressions… yes, well.
On one hand, I like it. There’s a lot of potential there. In term of work collaboration it could be very useful indeed – kind of inbetween a wiki and email. Certainly for small group based projects with plenty of distance between them there’s a lot a potential. I think Chris and I can both see it working with the twofootedtackle podcast as well.
Mark Twain once said it’s far better to keep your mouth shut and let people assume you’re an idiot than to open it and confirm their assumptions. God alone knows what Twain would have made of blogging, but it’s a sentiment I can appreciate and, for the foreseeable future on here you’re all going to have to assume I’m an idiot.
Or, to put it less obliquely, I’m halting blogging. Indefinitely. I may resume a few months down the line. It may even be a few weeks. Or it may not. But, frankly, it’s probably better to write this than do a series of half-arsed posts, all of which that start with “apologies for the lack of updates…”, an opening that rapidly gets tedious by the fifth letter of the first word.
In newspapers, Rupert Murdoch still very much matters. In the internet, his influence may not be as keenly felt, but when he speaks, people still listen, especially when what he says hints at blocking search engines from his news sites.
How likely is this to happen, and is this a Murdoch misstep or will he surprise us yet again?
It’s worth just quickly starting with paid:content’s report. Murdoch didn’t exactly say that his publications would block search engines, as he seems to be unsure of how his own publication, the Wall Street Journal, currently handles search.
Ok, this one’s for the football bloggers amongst you.
A couple of months ago a group of us held the first ever (probably) football bloggers meetup: Socrates.
Basically, it was a chance for football writers to get together, watch a match, have some nibbles and generally mingle. And what a brilliant night it was.
Now the second Socrates is arriving faster than Dennis Rommedahl down a blind alley.
This Socrates will be on Wednesday 9th December at Mint’s ‘Open Sauce’ in-house bar in Vauxhall. Beer, food, footy and great company. What more could you want?
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Funny, really, how many individuals’ blogs in my RSS reader are having more posts saying: “Sorry, been a bit busy, here’s what I’ve been up to.”
Funnily enough I was thinking of posting something similar myself. But it also got me thinking.
Part of this also stemmed from a colleague asking for a list of bloggers for area x earlier today. My list was a bit small. “That’s great,” came the response, “but, er, is that it.”
I checked. Yes, that was indeed it. And, what’s more, it was probably a bit smaller than the last area x blogger list I sent over.
And I have been for a bit, just busy. And about to enter what I’m terming The Epic Month of Business.
So, in case I disappear for days on end, here’s a couple of things you may have missed while I was away.
1. A small piece from me at Reputation Online about the general nature of my work and why it’s important to change things.
2. A truly bizarre story of two American girls who decided to hop across the Atlantic to watch Oldham Athletic. Away. At Millwall. I had a chat with them. Hopefully, they’ll be on the podcast next month, which should be entertaining!