A brief update

01 Nov
01/11/2009

ralf-rottmann-rounded-borderMy loyal readers have noticed that my updates here at 24100.net slowed down a bit over the last couple of months. My last post is well over a month old. Here’s why:

1. Twitter kills the blogger star

There’s no doubt that we are headed to the real-time web. More capable  mobile devices, a general trend towards mobility and the rise of social networks are rapidly adding new ways to communicate and stay connected to our lives. As in my professional life I’m dealing with communication technologies since more than a decade, it’s quite natural for me to try out all the latest and greatest.

I’m broadcasting brief updates via Twitter and no longer expand them into full blog posts. Twitter is a great tool to find topics of interest and to keep a loyal audience updated. My Twitter stream tends to focus on smartphone related stuff (think “Apple”), Google Wave hints, social media and mobile strategy related content and occasional personal updates.

I highly encourage you to sign up for a Twitter account should you not have one, yet. In case for some weird reason you don’t want to “join the hype” (it’s not a hype anyway, it’s technology evolution), my Twitter updates get replicated to 24100.net and following my timeline can be done without being signed up, as all updates are public.

Without your own Twitter account there is, however, no backchannel, and I like to hear from my readers.

2. The Next Web

The second reason for less update on 24100.net is my increasing editorial work for The Next Web.

The Next Web (TNW) is a leading technology blog driven predominantly out of Europe. We recently grew TNW into a global network, covering local content in many countries, but its roots are in Europe.

Initially I cross-posted many articles but quickly noticed, that 99% of my readers here at 24100.net are also subscribed to The Next Web anyway. In an attempt to not spam their RSS readers, I decided to stop cross-posting. Not only is The Next Web a fantastic opportunity to share my opinion and get in touch with many think-alikes, it’s also a great team and a major source for inspiration.

Here’s what some of the industries most acclaimed internet influentials say about our blog:

Werner Vogels (CTO Amazon):
“What sets the TheNextWeb apart is a focus on the internet as a key driver for a global market. Their international view is unique, making their blogs a must read and their conferences a must attend for professionals like me who do business around the globe”
Robert Scoble (tech evangelist):
“I read thousands of news sources for tech industry information and the Next Web is on my short list of “must read”

Werner Vogels (CTO Amazon): 
“What sets the TheNextWeb apart is a focus on the internet as a key driver for a global market. Their international view is unique, making their blogs a must read and their conferences a must attend for professionals like me who do business around the globe.”

Robert Scoble (tech evangelist):
“I read thousands of news sources for tech industry information and the Next Web is on my short list of ‘must read’.”

Howard Rheingold (Writer):
“The Next Web is one of the online sources I check daily — a great blend of foresight, trend-spotting, analysis, and humor”
The enormous reach of TNW along with the outstanding team I met there forced me to shift most of my blogging activities.

What’s next?

I’m not planning to take the 24100.net blog down but instead contemplate various ideas towards giving 24100.net a new content focus. I’ve not yet come to a final conclusion and am currently discussing my early ideas with some close friends. If everything works out fine, I’m going to announce the changes in January 2010.

Stay tuned and let me hear back what you think. Use the real-time web as blog comments are so not Web 2.0 anymore. :-)


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