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Suw Charman-Anderson

Suw Charman-Anderson

Suw Charman-Anderson is a social software consultant and writer who specialises in the use of blogs and wikis behind the firewall. With a background in journalism, publishing and web design, Suw is now one of the UK’s best known bloggers, frequently speaking at conferences and seminars.

Her personal blog is Chocolate and Vodka, and yes, she’s married to Kevin.

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Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson is a freelance journalist and digital strategist with more than a decade of experience with the BBC and the Guardian. He has been a digital journalist since 1996 with experience in radio, television, print and the web. As a journalist, he uses blogs, social networks, Web 2.0 tools and mobile technology to break news, to engage with audiences and tell the story behind the headlines in multiple media and on multiple platforms.

From 2009-2010, he was the digital research editor at The Guardian where he focused on evaluating and adapting digital innovations to support The Guardian’s world-class journalism. He joined The Guardian in September 2006 as their first blogs editor after 8 years with the BBC working across the web, television and radio. He joined the BBC in 1998 to become their first online journalist outside of the UK, working as the Washington correspondent for

And, yes, he’s married to Suw.

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Dark Blogs Case Study

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Interview series:
at the FASTforward blog. Amongst them: John Hagel, David Weinberger, JP Rangaswami, Don Tapscott, and many more!

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Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

Citizen storytelling

Posted by Suw Charman-Anderson

Neil McIntosh lofts the ball of citizen journalism high into the air and hits it with a heavy bat. Not quite a six, but certainly a respectable four, although some of those runs are in the comments.

Wednesday, August 24th, 2005

Semantic searching without the semantic web?

Posted by Suw Charman-Anderson

Jon Udell writes about how IBM are developing techniques to pour “through unstructured text looking for named entities (people, places, companies, or products, for example) and relationships among them”, thus allowing machine analysis of text without requiring people to tag their work with semantic markup.

Mmm, the semantic web sans metacrap. Delicious. I’ll take two.

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005


Posted by Suw Charman-Anderson

FooCamp vs BarCamp

cat vs dog

Mac vs Windows (hee hee)

Coolest thing since sliced bread, this.

Friday, August 12th, 2005

Technorati to be bought?

Posted by Suw Charman-Anderson

Rumour has it that Technorati’s about to get snapped up by ‘a large search engine company’. Last time I blogged a rumour like this, it turned out to be true, but I can’t winkle even a single bit of data (neither a 0 nor a 1) out of my contacts at Technorati. Pfft. Trust me to hang out with such honourable people.

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005 relaunch site - with tags

Posted by Suw Charman-Anderson

The guys over at have have finally merged the music playlist sharing and internet radio site with their site, which served the plugin that you need to make work (fyi: my page). I spoke to them about that before Christmas, but sadly didn’t get the chance to work with them. What’s really cool about the new redesign is that they’ve added tags to the mix, so you can forget about all that horrible music taxonomy stuff and just tag stuff however you like. Plus there seem to be a lot more in the way of charts now, for the statistically obsessed. Good work, guys.

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

One in six Americans reads blogs

Posted by Suw Charman-Anderson

NYT article about the fact that one in six Americans now reads blogs, based on the Behaviors of the Blogosphere (PDF) report from comScore Networks, which I’ve downloaded but haven’t had a chance to read yet. I’ve a three hours train journey tomorrow, maybe I’ll get a chance then.

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Links, blogrolls and patterns

Posted by Suw Charman-Anderson

danah boyd blogs about the patterns she observes in bloggers’ linking behaviours, some of which are very interesting. A few of her comments, though, leave a little to be desired in terms of comprehension of existing technologies which address some of her problems with links - something Joe Clark ably discusses.

Friday, August 5th, 2005

Blogs take a shine to Moore’s Law

Posted by Suw Charman-Anderson

Michael S Malone writes:

Is there a Moore’s Law of the Blogosphere?

The reason for asking that question is the announcement this week by blog tracker Technorati [...], in its annual State of the Blogosphere report that the number of blogs in the world has jumped from 7.5 million in March to 14.2 million today.

In other words, in appears the blogosphere is doubling in size every five months. Or even more staggering — a new blog is being created out there somewhere every second.

Whenever you hear the word “doubling” related to anything high tech, the first thing that comes to mind is the Law of Laws in the digital world: Moore’s Law of Semiconductors.

If Moore’s Law holds true for blogs, in three years we’ll have 2,000 million blogs. And I bet people will still be talking about ‘bloggers’ as if we are al the same.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2005

Email is for old farts

Posted by Suw Charman-Anderson

Email is for old farts, apparently. How very apposite.