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WSJ on the day of the blogs

The WSJ's Portals column has a piece on tech blogs today.

Tech Blogs Produce New Elite to Help Track The Industry's Issues [WSJ, 12.07.2005]
While there are now as many tech blogs as stars in the sky, only a tiny fraction of them matter. And those that do have become the tech world's new elite.

The money quote:
The reality is that while there are now as many tech blogs as stars in the sky, only a tiny fraction of them matter. And those that do aren't part of some proletarian information revolution, but instead have become the tech world's new elite. Reporters for the big mainstream newspapers and magazines, long accustomed to fawning treatment at corporate events, now show up and find that the best seats often go to the A-list bloggers. And living at the front of the velvet rope line means the big bloggers are frequently pitched and wooed. In fact, with the influence peddling universe in this state of flux, it's not uncommon for mainstream reporters, including the occasional technology columnist, to lobby bloggers to include links to their print articles.

It is interesting because the WSJ actually contacted us about linking to their stories. The WSJ.com is a paid site, so it means they get fewer links from the blogging world. I tend to put them in there anyway if the story is interesting, but I can only imagine how furstrating it must be if you want to read the story and cannot access the site. Anyway, the WSJ sends us an e-mail with stories that they make available for free to bloggers.

The WSJ this morning doesn't exactly recommend tech blogs exactly. It most talks about the influence of blogs, but it is somewhat interesting.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Dec 07, 2005 at 12:15 PM


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