BloggerView #9: Jose Luis Orihuela

Nothing better to start the week than a bloggerview. This week bloggerview is with Jose Luis Orihuela author of the blog eCuaderno.com and of the book “La revolucion de los blogs” (La Esfera de los Libros, Madrid, 2006). Jose Luis Orihuela, PhD is professor at the School of Public Communication, University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) and is also a Jury Member of the Best of the Blogs Deutsche Welle International Awards. Last but not least, he is one of the speakers of the “3º Encontro Nacional e 1º Encontro Luso-Galaicos sobre Weblogs”, where he will speak about “Porque é que os weblogs (não) vão acabar em 2006?” and will give a workshop called “Workshop 1: Introducción a la Web 2.0”. Enjoy his anwers.

1.When did you start blogging? What were the main reasons that take you start blogging?
Jose Luis Orihuela (JLO): I started my blog eCuaderno on August 8, 2002. The 3 reason why I remain blogging after this years are: to share content and research in a easy and fast way, to have a test bed to prove and understand the new developments of the net, and as an educational tool for teaching. Blogging, after all, becomes part of your life and it is also an incredible way to meet very interesting people.

2.Why did you choose to give your name to the blog’s name?
JLO: eCuaderno stands for an electronic notebook, a sort of a virtual online Moleskine to take and share notes of my virtual and real life.

3.Do you have any specific goals or objectives you want to achieve with your blog? What are they?
JLO: Blogging is for me a way to be in touch with colleagues, former and actual students and family. My blog is both, a learning and a teaching tool. An online board to post useful tips, news and resources. My blog is an extension of my voice and memory.

4.In your opinion, what role could blogs play in the future, for instance at companies or at schools?
JLO: Blogs are NOW a very important marketing and communication tool for companies and institutions, and a widely used tool for education and research.

5.What do you think will be the future of blogs over the next couple of years?
JLO: Eve when it is possible that new concepts or tools come to replace the media and the practices of blogging as we know them today, what will pervive is the strong trend of communications technologies giving voice to ordinary people all over the world bypassing the editorial controls of mainstream media.

6. How many feeds do you have on your news aggregator? What news aggregator do you use? Why?
JLO: I have 524 feeds on my Bloglines, the feed reader I like the most.

7. What do you think about RSS? What role do you think RSS can play in future, for instance in the relation between government and citizens?
JLO: RSS is a poor name for a strong content distribution technology that modifies the relations between content producers and content consumers, giving consumers the power to decide what and when to access the information they want (text, audio or video), and giving also the producers to power to reuse material in many diferent ways. RSS y also an incredible tool for information tracking (brands, names, key words, URLs, serach results, etc.).

8. What do you think is the most important thing happening in the Web, now? Why?
JLO: Multimedia (convergence with TV), Multiplatform (convergence with portable devices) and Multicultural (convergence of the Planet) are the outstanding notes of the Web by now.

9. Beside blogs, do use other social software, like Flickr, Del.icio.us, Diigo, LinkedIn, or any other?
JLO: Almost every day I use: Gmail, Bloglines, Flickr, Technorati, Google Blog Search, Yahoo! Messenger and Mail.

10. What do you think are the big differences between the Spanish and the Portuguese blogospheres?
JLO: I think that both are very similar: an extraordinary amount of talent all over the place, but looking all the time outdoors to find it.

Atribution: Jose Luis Orihuela, PhD is professor at the School of Public Communication, University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain), author of the blog eCuaderno.com and of the book “La revolucion de los blogs” (La Esfera de los Libros, Madrid, 2006). Jury Member of the Best of the Blogs Deutsche Welle International Awards.