I went to
a get together here at TechEd last night of bloggers and “aggregators”
(sounds much better than “lurker”) who are here at the show,
organized by Drew Robbins who runs TechEdBloggers.net. It was really
interesting to put some faces with the names. There were also some interesting
discussions on blogs and blogging. Many seemed comfortable with the notion I
put down a while ago (http://erablog.net/filters/12142.post)
of communal validation. Someone dubbed it a “web of trust” which I
think is pretty appropriate. The question also some up, “So who plays
the role of VeriSign” in this web of trust. I think the interesting part
about blogging, at least in the technical community, is that that trust seems
to be based on personal relationships rather than out outside “authority”.
Unlike in the UseNet world where it’s easy to forgo personal
relationships in favor of the collective, blogging seems to foster personal
relationships. That’s a big change from the general anonymity of the
Web. I’ll be interested to see where it goes from here.