We Want More! Development of New Technologies What is Rathergate?
Blog Swarms & Opinion Storms “Don’t burry the lead! Lead with the lead!” What is a swarm? Swarming is carefully structured Strom Thurmond and Lott
Strom Thurmond & Trent Lott “When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we would not have had all these problems over all these years, either.”
Bloggers Call For a Change Daniel Drezner- University of Chicago Law Professor and “uberblogger” called for Lott’s resignation two days later Other bloggers jumped on the bandwagon shortly afterwards Republican’s started to call for the resignation of their majority party leader.
How Did Blogs Start? The Evolution of “Text” Robert Vahn ARPANET- U.S. Advanced Research Projects Agency
Types of Bloggers Uber-blogger Faith blogger Political Blogger (Polibloggers) Brand Bloggers Publicity Bloggers
Why Do Bloggers Blog? To Persuade* To leave a record of having been there* Satisfaction of having a limitless audience To inform
Credibility? How credible are these random people? Are they random? IT DEPENDS!!
High Traffic, High Trust National Review, The Corner, KerrySpot and David Frum’s Diary - among the notable blogs with an enormous number of visitors and extremely high trust value. Ed Morrissey’s Captain Quarters and Polipundit were very famous in 2004
The Power of the Tail David Sifry - Founder of Technorati Tail- 95 to 99 percent of blogs that are not traffic getters Low or medium traffic generators “The Virtual Symposium” – Hugh Hewitt
Your Organization & Blogs If a blog swarm begins and your organization is unprepared… Establish a defense Get your employees and communication managers involved Establish your team Research your organization online
Defense Strategy Chain of Command Organization Policy on Blogs by Employees Transparency
Getting in Touch With Your Inner Blog Leadership Blogging -Eisner – Disney Management Blogging - You have goals to meet and outputs to measure Employee Blogging - Gather useful information
You, Your Product and Your Organization Demonstrate skill and thought Establish and defend a brand Market through blog ads Market through both paid media and earned media Network Find the blog that fits you, your product & organization
If It’s Appealing To You… Post often Link freely Be generous in praise and attribution Don’t be long winded or too short Profanity loses audiences Avoid feud’s and flames Keep the title short typepad.com, blogger.com and blogspot.com are your friends
How can organizations utilize blogs without participating in the swarms and opinion storms?
How can an organization successfully control the flow of information? How does your organization handle this?
Should the mainstream media be threatened by bloggers? How can they maintain a relationship if bloggers are now the editors?