anyway, for the last several weeks I've been going to the top forum and blogging sites (myspace excluded) mostly to find out what's going on in the internets.
I've had some interesting results!
So as I was saying: there's everything from these blog sites where they do featured content http://www.blogger.com/ start to advanced features and headlines and things!
http://www.topix.net/ is a site with the latet news- great way to get a fix in a few mins
http://fark.com/is a good way to be entertained by stupid local news from all over, great for bad moods, diversion etc
her's some example headlines "
|Putting ants on your child is an unacceptable form of punishment |
|Photoshop this abandoned TV || |
| || ||News: Teen crashes car in suicide attempt, kills woman. Fark: Teen was trying to kill herself because another girl wouldn't have sex with her|
http://boingboing.net/ http://wired.com/ http://www.techreview.com/
all sites that offer technology news - pretty standard fare that deals with bio-tech nano-tech, robots, stuff that makes most people throw up, but I still like it,- complete with geekspeak
http://techdirt.com/stands in its own category in that they talk about big brother and technology, rigging elections and such (I love it!)
http://www.metroblogging.com/ is very cool! it is useful in that they have it for 50 cities, and its city specific info, done by city folk! I luved the one about Dubai , (United Arab emarates) - its a rich country, where they sound quite civil and RICH! yow, and beautiful beaches, - here's some pics very neat site
look, and amazing subdivision in the friggin ocean!
http://slashdot.org/ is a beloved site, where the guy started posting what he thought was relevant in (geekland once again) to his friends and the site took off! They are now huge huge huge, and have corporate sponsorship and has become the most (or one of) the biggest for getting IT news as its released!
it is super accessible and stands as one of the greatest rags to riches stories in internet history- and it's only a few paragraphs a day.
There's many more news sites, but it just goes to show how easy it is to have a mass circulation in the Blog/news realm just with flashy simple content.
during my research I also found out that Wil Wheaton, (Wesley Crusher on the Star Trek Next Generation) has one of the hugest readerships of blogs on the internet! Wow, way to survive chonic unemployment right?!!
http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/after reading a few posts I can see why! He blogs about all things TV related and Video games, he has some grace and humor and maybe even a little hipness?
I've been reading a lot about copywrite too, and the laws seem to favor blogs and social networking sites as well.
I've found out that Myspace actually has a older demographic than I thought -mm maybe (average age 35 and male) and sites like http://www.xanga.com actually have a younger group, (apparent after visiting) around 15-20 years of age.
I've posted some examples of they're stupidity below
If you n e where from savanhaket, den u should be up n here n shiet.... I know where my ass is from... do you?
This is a blogring for all asians. If you are not asian, then get the heck out of here. Asisans are from china or have their genes. So join!!!!! Asians are smart and cute. Not to mention sassy and fun. ;)
Ok ok so I checked out xanga, and it is fun, and bad and good! Iget the appeal there too, and I believe there's just a little sarchasm about the web here, taunting if you will about the "seriousness" of the web. A lot of internet trolls as well - which is only slightly amusing .
I have found some good forums - the black sheep forums which is in the TOP FORUMS as well as somethingawful which is really cool but yeah a paysite-!! Not nearly as cool as here, but wow! here's a fav I've found - MS Paint art , below is an example
lots of activity. For forums there's quite a few on Chinese pets and Cars, seriously!!!!! tons of stuff though. Christian forums are pretty big too.
All said and done I can see the attraction to people writing about celebrities and reviewing the hottest media, sports whatever. I think soon and eventually blogging and mini blurbs will probably replace traditional media like magazines. Who needs TV guide and the Enquirer when you have the web right?
Note: here's a great article as well/ http://hmtk.com/blog/index.php?/archives/50-The-Digg-Effect-Part-4-Netscape-vs.-Digg-vs.-Stumbleupon.html