Steve Berman | Inside Tech
It’s hard to remember a world without blogs. Originally a sort of online journal full of mundane personal updates, web logs have morphed into an extremely powerful form of communication.
They were once shunned by the mainstream — now they are the mainstream.
Whether it’s breaking tech news, an insider’s point of view, or irreverent humor you’re seeking, there are an infinite number of blogs on any subject whose authors will be happy to oblige.
It shouldn’t be any surprise that the tech world embraced the blogosphere far before every newspaper in the country started making their writers blog alongside their standard news stories. As a result, there are blogs that are so great, so informative, so current — you’d be lost in your tech career without them. Here’s some we monitor daily. Add them to your bookmarks!
If you haven’t heard of “The Social Media Guide,” you just might be living under an old Commodore 64. Updated constantly, and nearly always entertaining, Mashable takes the worlds of Twitter, Facebook, entertainment, news, and everything else techies are talking about and, well, mashes it up into the kind of blog casserole we just can’t get enough of.
Pretty much known as the TMZ of tech after they paid for a “lost” next-gen Apple iPhone — the fallout became front-page news across the world. Scandals aside, Gizmodo’s been a must-follow site for a long time, with tons of relevant posts, a youthful vibe, and some of the funnier commenters on the Internet.
If you’re looking for what’s next, look no further. Om Malik’s creation has grown into one of the largest blogs worldwide, and it’s all due to focusing on what’s new. News and analysis on Web 2.0, technologies and startups, social media, gaming — you name it, GigaOM has it covered. That’s what happens when you have a team of 12 technology-obsessed writers (six of which have authored over 100 posts each).
In online terms, 10 years is a lifetime and 20 is an eternity. How long ZDNet has been in existence makes this go-to tech website (formerly “ZiffNet”) an anomaly among blogs. Founded in 1991, formerly on CompuServe and Prodigy, ZDNet was purchased in 2000 by CNET (CBS Interactive), and reports on a variety of tech news. While they focus heavily on the usual suspects (Apple, Microsoft, Google), ZDNet also features product reviews, software downloads and tons of news and analysis on tech businesses and issues.