BloggerView #12 Stowe Boyd

I have the pleasure to start the BloggerView series of this year (yes, it’s true I’m going to continue this initiative this year) with the BloggerView of Stowe Boyd, a well know blogger, author of /Message. Stowe can be introduced as an opinion leader focused on social software. He was present at SHiFT, in Lisbon, last September, (he is a huge fan of Portugal) where he did an excellent presentation, called “ We make our tools and they shape us“. I hope you enjoy their answers. Thanks Stowe.

1. When did you start blogging? What were the main reasons that take you start blogging?
Stowe Boyd (S.B.): 1999, and I was trying to create an ‘e-zine’ to get my thoughts online and join the online conversation.

2. What were your reasons to christen your blog as you did?
S.B.: My first blog was ‘Message from Edge City’ — my hosting company went out of business, so I lost all the content. Then I started ‘Timing’ on Typepad, moved to ‘Get Real’ at Corante using Movable Type. I launched ‘/Message’ in January, after leaving Corante, sort of returning to the theme of my initial blog.

3. Do you have any specific goals or objectives you want to achieve with your blog? What are they?
S.B.: I am trying to change the world. If the web doesn’t save us, we are sunk.

4. In your opinion, what role could blogs play in the future, for instance at companies or at schools?
S.B.: Everything will be socialized in the future.

5. What do you think will be the future of blogs over the next couple of years?
(S.B.): They will percolate into everything, changing everything they touch.

6. How many feeds do you have on your news aggregator? What news aggregator do you use? Why?
S.B.: I hate RSS readers but I am using Feed Crier, a ‘bot that runs inside IM. I am tracking like 150 blogs.

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?
S.B.: RSS alone isn’t enough. See various posts on Nerdvana for a better explanation.

8. What do you think is the most important thing happening in the Web, now? Why?
S.B.: Social appplications. Most fun, best reason to go online: meet interesting people.

9. Beside blogs, do use other social software, like Flickr, Del.icio.us, Digg, LinkedIn, Jaiku or any other?
S.B.: Yes. flickr, del.icio.us, plazes, twitter, Jaiku. Not LinkedIn, Not Digg.

10. What are your big expectations for 2007, for the web?? What do you think we could expect from 2007?
S.B.: Battle for the living room will be definitively won by Apple with some new gizmo. Someone will build and release a Nerdvana application, and social traffic will become the MySpace/social networking killer. Personal memetracking will become commonplace.

Previous BloggerViews:
BloggerView #1: Rui Carmo
BloggerView #2: Nuno Leitão
BloggerView #3: Pedro Custódio
BloggerView #4: Carlos Jorge Andrade
BloggerView #5: Pedro Melo
BloggerView #6: Mónica André
BloggerView #7: André Ribeirinho
BloggerView #8: Beverly Trayner
BloggerView #9: Jose Luis Orihuela
BloggerView #10: Laurent Haug
BloggerView #11: Martin Röll

Happy New Year

On the last couple of weeks I made a few changes on this blog. Some of my portuguese friends had being complaining about my english posts. I understand their sorrow, they just don’t want to read in english. However, I want to keep writting in english about some topics and speccially I want to keep on with the BloggerViews. So, I’ve decided to transform this blog into bilingue (portuguese and english).

From this moment on, if you use a modern browser, like Firefox or Safari, when you enter this blog you will be redirected to your language blog. For instance, if use a english version of Firefox, you will be redirected to the english blog. However you can visit the portuguese version by clicking on the portuguese flag.

At the same time, you have at your disposal 3 different RSS Feeds:

  • Portuguese version Portuguese version RSS Feed
  • English version English version RSS Feed
  • Full version RSS Feed

By the way, André has a great a post about blogging in english versus blogging in portuguese.

Last but not least, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year with all the best.

Feliz Ano 2007

Nas 2 semanas em que não escrevi neste espaço, aproveitei para fazer umas pequenas alterações no // lisbonlab. Alguns amigos, queixavam-se que não tinham paciência para ler os meus posts em inglês. Eu compreendo-os bem. Porém, apesar de o meu inglês não ser mais do que razoável, apetece-me continuar a escrever em inglês sobre alguns temas e, sobretudo, dar continuidade às BloggerViews. Assim, resolvi tornar este blog bilingue, ou melhor dizendo, resolvi transformar este espaço em 2, um português e outro inglês, através da criação de 2 macro-categorias pt e en, da implementação do plugin YammYamm e da disponibilização de 2 feeds rss, cada um com os posts da sua macro-categoria. Tal como tudo o resto neste espaço, é mais uma experiência, que no futuro, a seu tempo, irei avaliar e, quem sabe, re-equacionar. Neste sentido, a partir de agora, os (poucos) que me lêem via RSS, têm 3 hipóteses à vossa escolha:

  • Versão portuguesa Versão portuguesa RSS Feed
  • Versão inglesa Versão inglesa RSS Feed
  • Versão integral RSS Feed

Através do plugin YammYamm, ao entrarem neste blog são reencaminhados para a língua do vosso browser (Update: Caso usem um browser moderno, como o Firefox ou o Safari). Se forem como eu e utilizarem a versão inglesa do browser Firedox, podem clicar na bandeira portugal, na descrição do blog, para terem acesso à versão portuguesa.

Entretanto, passou-se mais um Natal. Não fui um dos muitos milhares que recebeu um iPod (afinal tb não preciso de 2), nem um dos milhares que recebeu uma Wii (por enquanto contento-me com a PS2), nem ainda sou um “Mac switcher“. Porém, entre outras prendas, consegui trocar a minha velhinha Addison por uma Samsonite. Uma verdadeira evolução, sobretudo em conforto lombar.

Por último, e mais importante, resta-me desejar a todos, um excelente 2007, com muitos sucessos, profissionais e sobretudo pessoais.