August 27, 2002
The BlogMD Initiative - getting blog metadata right

The creators of multiple weblog-metadata websites have joined forces and created the BlogMD Initiative

At present, numerous applications are available in the weblog world which provide interesting and useful methods of tracking weblogs and help users perform that vital sifting function. Some tools track when a weblog was last updated (weblogs.com) ; some track the most popular Internet links currently being pointed at by weblogs (Blogdex) and more recently, the Blogosphere Ecosystem at The Truth Laid Bear has tracked the links passing between weblogs (as does the similar, but more powerful Myelin Ecosystem.)

All of these applications are, at their core, doing the same thing. One way or another, they are gathering information about weblogs --- metadata --- storing it, analyzing it, and presenting their results on a web page.

Seeing how we've been "drowning" with initiatives like blogtree, daypop, blogdex and what-have-you, this seems like a sensible and cooperative approach. Let's see where it's headed, but I totally support the idea!

(Source: HYC: Announcing the BlogMD Initiative --> Rodent Regatta)

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