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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.

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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

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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.

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3 Responses to “Links, blogrolls and patterns”

  1. zephoria Says:

    It’s not for a lack of understanding that i don’t address things like XFN. It’s for a lack of use and the fact that there’s a long way before those make any sense to mainstream bloggers.

  2. Suw Says:

    danah, I think your post would have benefited from mentioning at least that there are some solutions available, even if they’re not widely adopted yet. Just discussing existing technologies which address the problem of qualifying relationship types opens up the conversation and allows people to investigate further. Maybe I’m just being completist about it, but ignoring a facet of the discussion because you don’t think it’s worth bothering with does make the post rather one-sided.

  3. zephoria Says:

    There’s no argument that the post is incomplete. It’s not about pointing out solutions - it’s about analyzing the current state of affairs. The current state of affairs does not include XFN. There are a lot of reasons why i think XFN is flawed but there’s no way to analyze it’s effect given that it currently has none.