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Online communities

Elizabeth Spiers has a nicely written commentary on weblogs as a successful form of community, an indirect product of the NY blogging meetup this past weekend. She touches on a few general truisms of internet communities ("I guess it means the blogosphere is maturing when people that do it start getting cynical about it.") and at least one of my major low-level thoughts about the blogs I've been reading lately. ("Two of the biggest complaints I hear about the blogging community are the incestuous cross-linking (guilty) and incessant navel-gazing (guilty.) ") But now is not, perhaps, the time to get into the more extended version of my thought on the first half of that subject. Later, maybe. When I'm not pretending to still be working.