Last week I attended an internal Microsoft seminar on the impact of Blogging, called "The Changing Media Landscape Blogs and the New Cognoscenti" (Larry Cohen- Microsoft PR guy).   Really interesting session.   If you're reading this post, you're probably already familiar with all the stats of the thousands of new blogs that are added every week.   I just wanted to point out some cool blogs and sites on blogging from the seminar that I thought you might be interested in. 

  • Blogma: Blogma is a special portal designed to highlight the most popular technology topics discussed throughout the expanding universe of Web logs.
  • Memeorandum:  The Web is humming with reports and opinions on technology.  tech.memeorandum is page A1 for these discussions.  Auto-updated every 5 minutes, it uncovers the most relevant items from thousands of news sites and weblogs.  There's also a page on Politics here. 
  • Corporate Blogs.  GM has their FastLane blog, claiming it's the source for the latest, greatest musings of GM leaders, like Bob Lutz, on the topics relevant to the company, the auto industry and the global economy.  I wonder when Microsoft will start it's own corporate blog? 
  • Windows Live blog feeds.   With Windows Live, you'll be able to integrate blog feeds into your customized site.  Pretty cool.  If you hadn't heard, here's the pitch on Windows Live: Your online world gets better when everything works simply and effortlessly together. That's the basic idea behind Windows Live. So the things you care about - your friends, the latest information, your e-mails, powerful search, your PC files, everything – comes together in one place. This is a brand new Internet experience designed to put you in control. And this is just the beginning – you'll see many more new services in the coming months.
  • Microsoft Digital Media blog.  If you dig digital media, check out Sean Alexander's blog.  Sean's a Microsoftie, and digital media fanatic.  His blog is fairly popular. 
  • Microsoft Security Response Blog.   For those of you whose job it is to make your company secure, check out Microsoft's Security Response Blog.  The Microsoft Security Response Center works every day to help protect customers from vulnerabilities in software.   Stay up on the latest here.
  • RSS reader.  There's many out there, but NewsGator was mentioned, and you can pull blogs and feeds into your Microsoft Outlook. 

Lastly, here's an artist's representation of "Blogging" I found- this wasn't from the presentation.... 

Dean Andrews
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