After a small break, this week BloggerView is with Ricardo Bernardo, the author of “zone41” and “NaWeb2: um olhar português“. I had the pleasure to meet Ricardo at Covilhã, at the “2.º Encontro de weblogs“. I think he is one of the more interesting Portuguese bloggers. Please enjoy his answers.
1. When did you start blogging? What were the main reasons that take you start blogging?
Ricardo Bernado (R.B.): I started blogging on the January 2004. The mains reasons were to keep myself updated on technology. Then I started to blog about events or just facts or even personal opinions.
2. What were your reasons to christen your blogs as you did?
R.B.: First I needed to create a domain for several things and as I have a special feeling for the number 41, the blog got christened also as zone41. Since the beginning the only thing that changed together with the templates was the blog description. Currently is titled memory extension, because for many things it really is my memory extension.
3. Do you have any specific goals or objectives you want to achieve with your blog? What are they?
R.B.: No, just continue to express my opinions, talk about some issues important to me.
4. In your opinion, what role could blogs play in the future, for instance at companies or at schools?
R.B.: For the companies a blog could be a way of communication with the costumers. Actually some companies are already using this tool, achieving new markets and pleasing costumers. Anyway there is a long way to get there, for example, the last episodes with DELL. They decide to use ubuntu distro on their new machines by suggestion of their own costumers, who vote that decision on a DELL’s social software website.
5. What do you think will be the future of blogs over the next couple of years?
R.B.: The blogs will continue to be more and more the people voice on the web.
6. How many feeds do you have on your news aggregator? What news aggregator do you use? Why?
R.B.: I have more than 1000 feeds subscribed in different categories. I use google reader or liferea according to the situation. I use the Greader because it is web based and I have there the most important feeds. The liferea I use it just in my notebook and there I have all the feeds.
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?
R.B.: The RSS is a great tool to notify people in an easy way.
8. What do you think is the most important thing happening in the Web, now? Why?
R.B.: Somehow power to the people. The companies can not have the control on what is written about them, and the same for the governments, as it was in the past.
9. Beside blogs, do use other social software, like Flickr, Del.icio.us, Digg, LinkedIn, Twitter or any other?
R.B.: I use all those services, and I give a special attention to the Twitter as it is the most recent.
10. Do you think, in the future, we could have pro-bloggers in Portugal?
R.B.: Yes, we already have a few examples. The question is that they are not getting the digits as some pro-bloggers outside Portugal. In the end of last year i was invited for be part of a Portuguese blogs network, TubaraoEsquilo.pt, maybe its a beginning.
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