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Did blogging influence the election? Not directly but …

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Huge influence? No. A small bit? Yes.

Where did blogs have most influence though? The media.

Blogging influenced those covering the election and I think that has impact but it might not have been as direct. Amazing to see the amount of content attributed and unattributed in the media running up to this election. I think that’s where the blogging breakthough was in this election. It was nice reading my opinion in a Sunday paper, even if someone else signed their name to it. It was nice to read the opinions of so many in the blogging world put into the mainstream. It certainly had more impact than letters to the editor. While a YouTube video taking the piss out of Mary Harney might only get 5000 views, it also got mentioned on RTE TV news, and as a result a few 100k people saw some of the video. While 1000 people might have read my blog post on something, 100k might have read my quote taking a dig at Enda Kenny and Fine Gael in the Irish Independent. (Kudos to the Indo though in this aspect as their guy covering political blogs always attributed.)

While the photoshopped photos and the satirical videos made up most of the media coverage, some of the insightful commentary also made it in there as well as some news that was at first overlooked by the media. Those that report are now reading blogs. We are now another associated press in a way but more than that, the media are coming into our insular, incestuous world and influencing us too and pushing our boundaries by joining in and leaving comments and starting their own blogs.

I think blogs can be quite complimentary to existing media and existing media joining the blogging world can also be of immense benefit. I think Kevin Rafter, Harry Magee and Mark Hennessy are making the political blogging community better and forcing the existing blogging superstars to improve their game. (BTW, I’m still in shock at the arrogance of a blogger telling Mark how to write his blog the way “we” write blogs.) When Tiger Woods became a pro he forced the golfing world to improve its game even more. As was pointed out recently, Tiger is playing the best golf of his career right now but most don’t realise it because everyone else has improved so much too. Kevin, Harry and Mark are the Tigers of political blogs. It’s not just political blogging that’s being improved but blogging in general when those trained in communicating with large audiences show us how they do things. Jim, Shane, John, Kathy and many more are good for us. [After re-reading that whole section, it sounds awfully lickarse 🙂 ]

So here’s hoping more political commentators blog and join the party and as a result listen to what we are saying and take it on board. As they do that, I’m sure it’ll also expand the reading lists of other political hacks and handlers though I must say, some politicians are already reading our blogs on a daily basis. Lads and ladies, you should leave comments too.

On a slight tangent, the blogging politicians didn’t fare too well in this election. Dominic Hannigan and the wonderfully genuine Eric Byrne just missed out and probably have some of the best politician blogs about. Thank God Ciaran Cuffe got back in. Congrats to Thomas Byrne too who did very well. Minister Dempsey of course romped home and it’d be great that the first Irish Minister to start a blog, keeps it going. This will lead me on to my next blog post on how we can encourage politicians to keep blogging and YouTubing, this includes sitting TDs and the unsuccessful candidates too. It might need communicating that puppies are not just for Christmas and blogs are not just for upcoming elections.

Fluffy Links – May 28th 2007

Monday, May 28th, 2007

934 that’s how many first preferences John Bracken got. I knew you wanted to know.

Now that’s a waif thin beauty if ever there was one.

Burst culture.

I get links from the oddest places. The net being a great place for niches. The Dirk Benedict discussion forum is nothing new.

For my secretary friends. Thanks Gary.

Google on YouTube talking search. Warning, this is an hour long:

So do something

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Lots of whining and soul-searching because Bertie the Cunning was once again a winner. Twenty thinks that the 41% that voted him back in have no right to complain for the next 5 years but that still leaves a massive number who’ll still whine and do absolutely nothing but blame everything on those that did vote for Bertie while sitting on their asses pontificating and not actually doing anything tangible or constructive.

There’s more to do now than ever before and 5 years of Fianna Fail means even more to do. How many of those that whine and moan will actually do anything apart from hope that someone else will do something on their behalf in 5 years time? Self-serving people may have voted Bertie in, but a whole load of self-serving people wanted Pat and Enda and Trevor to get in too.

Reboot’s gonna rock

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Tom will be rubbing shoulders with an amazing array of geniuses and web legends at Reboot where he’ll be giving a talk. I’ll be there, as will Bernie and many more. I’m staying in the Hotel Fox, an art hotel. Oooer.

52 talks at this event so far and most of them seem to be really high class. Love the mixture of social and technology. Reboot is now sold out.

Can you DIGG this for me?

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Howdy everyone, if you have a DIGG account, can you DIGG this for me? Ta.

I’m over at for the next 24/48 hours

Friday, May 25th, 2007 just got a new tech upgrade in the past few hours. I’ll be part of the blogger warroom in Dublin in the morning. Thanks BT! People can phone in voicemails which are instantly playable on the website. Thanks! People can also text in their news and gossip a special text line. Text WEB + Your message to 57188 There’s also email and all that lo-tech stuff. Details of how to interact are here. Why not direct your blog readers to the site?

Wisdom of Crowds: Network storage suggestions

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Anyone suggest some network storage for a home network? I have a few IDE drives that I want the other computers to connect to. They contain a lot of music but I’d sick of moving them in and out of machines or having to leave one machine on so another can access them. I’m not really interested either in building my own or using some linux fileserver. I don’t want new storage, more a box to stick them in to.

From doing a quick search I’ve come across these:

This Netgear Storage Central for 2x 3.5″ IDE HDD looks good at €97. There’s also the Netgear Storage Central Turbo for SATA drives which costs €219.

This D-link Network Storage Enclosure +USB Print Server, for 2x SATA 3,5″ at €249 isn’t bad. Anyone else got opinions?

Matt suggests getting an Airport extreme + Lacie 500GB HDD.

Fluffy Links – May 24th 2007

Thursday, May 24th, 2007 are still looking for voluntary reporters for count day tomorrow. Sign up if you’ll be around a count centre.

They’ll also be offering free text updates during the day for those people who won’t be near a TV or Radio.

Additionally they have a nice little widget which displays text messages that you send into them tomorrow.

Now to get fluffy.

Bloggorah loves scraps but they didn’t even start this one. The only people that seem to love Rock the vote are themselves. Long time. And that tripe “only” cost 30k. Wow, to get 75k hits on YouTube, it cost them 30k? Here lads and lassies, I can get a video 100k views without any cost. 30k to tell you how. Don’t forget Jim’s great blog piece on this.

Best of luck to Robert Burke who’s leaving Microsoft Ireland. This is his new personal blog. Will you be leaving in the chip in your neck or take it out after you leave Microsoft?

Al Gore’s messy office with a triple giant computer display. Ka riest. I don’t trust neat desks.

The Cork Midsummer Festival really looks good.

Remember C&C Music Factory?

Gonna make you sweat:

Dedicated to Bertie and his finances. Things that make you go hmmm

Not the Fluffy Links – May 24th

Thursday, May 24th, 2007

Your fluffy fix will be a bit late today but it will arrive. Stayed tuned!

G’wan the Grey Tigers

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

The very end is the best bit.