Posted by Patrice Neff Fri, 05 May 2006

The results are coming just about now. I won't blog them as they'll certainly be made available on the official site by other people.

I guess I'm finishing my reporting now as my battery won't stand much more time with me today. I liked the event because I was able to talk to some people I have long known online before (Chregu for example). Now I also know them personally. And I was able to meet some old contacts.

It's started

Posted by Patrice Neff Fri, 05 May 2006

The votations at the Swiss Blog Awards are now going to be held. Two Virus moderators are moderating.

bloggrrr was introduced and is disappointing. Or Leu has to explain it better to me. It's really not more than evaluating which weblog is the most popular one.

Mass media and media for the masses

Posted by Patrice Neff Fri, 05 May 2006

The second and last panel discussion is currently taking place. Bruno Giussani, Jean-Christophe Liechti, Julika Hartmann and Martin Haslebacher talk about blogs as a media and media with blogs.

Martin Haslebacher considers blogs as an important part in today's life. He talked about how they can also serve as sources but they will want a second source to confirm the weblog. I assume that's the standard approach with any source in journalism. Also they want to use (existing) blogs in their area to enrich the escpace platform as an additional value for their readers.

Bruno Giussani asked if the person was a blogger who filmed the waves of the Tsunami in Asia arriving at the coast and sent that movie to the media. Julika Hartmann countered that she might define him as a blogger if he'd do that regularly.

Nick L├╝thi, the moderator of the discussion, asked Martin Haslebacher what their business model was about adding blogging to their services. They currently don't have a business model but their existing business model is under pressure by new media. An example he used was craigslist.

Martin Haslebacher said, that they'd have to develop some model to pay bloggers for their contributions. They don't seem to have anything finished yet, but they are aware of the issue.

I tried very hard to understand the French contributions by Bruno Giussani and Jean-Christophe Liechti. To same extent I succeeded but it was hard and I definitely have to learn French again. I lost it by learning Spanish in Peru.

Lots of photographers. And the room is really too dark.

1st Swiss Blog Awards 2006

Posted by Patrice Neff Fri, 05 May 2006

So I did make it after all to the blog awards. When I saw what time I'll get back and how much a ticket costs (I'll only have my GA starting Monday) I thought twice about it. But in the end, I made it here.

Currently Roger Fischer, Christian Stocker and Hannes Gassert are talking about earning money with blogs. For Bitflux it's not a priority to earn money with but it's more thought of as a promotional tool. For Mediagonal it's something that they do for customers if necessary or possible. Kaywa is the only of the companies here, that really wants to earn money from weblogs. That's also why they focus on media companies somewhat.

If you want to meet me here, I'm that guy.