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Blogs as tools

One reason that someone might write a blog is because of its usefulness. Blogs can be used to store information, for individuals or organisations, and they can be used to transform that collection of information into useful knowledge. Early categorisations of blogs often distinguished between filter blogs, journal blogs and what they called knowledge blogs (k-logs), which tended to be the smallest group. For example, Herring et al. found that over 70 per cent of blogs in their sample were written by individuals on largely personal themes, with only 12.6 per cent being filter blogs and 3 per cent k-logs (2004b). Others distinguished between interaction through blogging – driven by the need for self-expression, life documenting ...

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