My next bloggerview is with Laurent Haug, one of the bloggers of Ballpark’s blog –
Interactive thinking, a consultant and entrepreneur, co-creator of coComment, and most important, founder of the LIFT conference, that will take place in Geneva, 8-9 February 2007. Please enjoy Laurent answers.
1.When did you start blogging? What were the main reasons that take you start blogging?
Laurent Haug: January 9, 2001. A post about many things, amihotornot.com among others… http://bohellz.blogspot.com/2001_01_01_bohellz_archive.html#1902679
2. What were your reasons to christen your blog as you did?
LH: Interactive thinking, I think it’s pretty much what I want to do: brainstorm with the readers, and start a two way conversation
3.Do you have any specific goals or objectives you want to achieve with your blog? What are they?
LH: I actually do blog to:
– keep a record of what I find interesting
– work on communicating and organizing my thoughts (big challenge for me)
– keep in touch with my friends, coworkers, and clients so that they know what I am thinking about, reading, doing, etc…
4.In your opinion, what role could blogs play in the future, for instance at companies or at schools?
LH: I think blogs will be a good starting point for people to turn to content creation. It’s an important tool because it forces you to not only be passive (= reading) on the web, but to contribute and become active.
5.What do you think will be the future of blogs over the next couple of years?
LH: I think blogs won’t be here in the future. I think what makes blogs different now (two ways communication, micro-publication) will be deeply embedded in any website. So the impact of blogs will be that they helped launch and popularize discussion on websites.
6. How many feeds do you have on your news aggregator? What news aggregator do you use? Why?
LH: I read around 100+ feeds on bloglines. Why bloglines? Because it’s online and I change computers a lot.
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?
LH: RSS is nice. Now I don’t expect anything big from RSS. Information is big, containers are not very important. And for RSS to play a role it has to get a better name and become much easier to use. My grandma is still very much puzzled by bloglines and its underlying principles.
8. What do you think is the most important thing happening in the Web, now? Why?
LH: I think the most important trend is the arrival of the corporate world in web 2.0. A system that was based on honesty and openness is about to get redefined, and I’m a bit worried about what might happen, and how the assets (wikipedia for ex) could be protected.
9. Beside blogs, do use other social software, like Flickr, Del.icio.us, Diigo, LinkedIn, or any other?
LH: I use them a little, mainly for self organization (my bookmarks, my pictures)
10. What can you expect of LiFT07, next February?
LH: I expect a lot of new ideas and to meet tons of new people. And LIFT will be a lot of fun this year, but I can’t really tell you why at this point :-).