The future of Moveable Type, Vox, TypePad, and Live Journal

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I spent a great hour with blogging and social networking pioneers Six Apart. We talk about the future of Moveable Type, Vox, Live Journal, and Type Pad.

With who? Six Apart’s CEO, Chris Alden, and VP of Products, Michael Sippey, and Engineer David Recordon.

If you can’t handle the hour of all this social media goodness, well, Rocky went and did an Editor’s Choice which is only six minutes long. Yeah for editing! Someday I’ll tell you the short videos only increase my traffic 30%, but every percent counts, doesn’t it? 🙂

Don’t know who Six Apart is? They are one of the oldest blog companies. Started by Ben and Mena Trott, who just had a new kid themselves (congrats). They make Moveable Type, Vox, TypePad, LiveJournal, and a few other things. Inventors of trackbacks, among other things too. So, it’s worth hearing what they are up to and spending an hour with them.

Pop!Tech next week: don't miss it

I’m talking with Andrew Zolli. He is the currator of the highly-regarded Pop!Tech conference, coming up next week.

Some things they are just announcing:

1. Pop!Casts. Really cool little video snippets. Includes “embedded ability to create open source subtitles in 100 languages.” You can subtitle as much as you like of a particular video. There are already eight videos translated to eight languages. “The data behind it is even more interesting than this.” I’m playing with this right now and it’s f***ing awesome. You can switch back and forth between english and a bunch of other languages. It compiles a new video when you add a new language. Unbelieveable. Done by, which has other videos. Why YouTube doesn’t do this? Here’s the English versions of the eight videos (play them and in the player you can switch back and forth between the other languages). Zolli says this
2. Pop!Tech carbon offset initiative. Last year they invested an amount to offset the amount of carbon dioxide generated by the attendees in attending PopTech — that turned into a project with (solar electric light fund where they are replacing diesel generators with solar generators. This year with eBay they are coming up with a new Web site (exclusively announced here) where they picked three projects that are doing social development work in several communities in the 2/3rds world (Brazil, Nicaragua, and Africa). They used to call that the “developing world” but now we call that the majority world or the 2/3rds world.
3. National Geographic Photo Camp: they are outfitting several kids from poor countries with cameras and they’ll capture the event and share their photos (they also are paying for National Geographic photographers to teach several of these kids how to be professional photographers in their communities).
4. Mobile empowerment is a big theme. Nokia will show off Mosh. Peer-to-peer sharing platform. Subscribe to packages of content that are peer produced on your device. Pop!Tech is doing a bunch of talks and the participants will interview each other using mobile devices, etc.
5. All on stage content will be shared live at and will start at 9 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday. Unlike other events of this caliber (TED and Davos) they broadcast all their content live to the world, which really is great.

Thanks to Seagate for giving all speakers a free hard drive. The speakers at this event aren’t paid, so that really is great. Thanks to Buzz Bruggeman who arranged this interview. I’ll do a separate interview with Andrew after the conference is over.

I wish I were going.

Blog business opportunity: overseas blog networks

One reason I read so many blog feeds is so I can see trends and business opportunities before anyone else does. One thing I’ve been seeing is the very rapid rise of Blognation. It already is my eighth most favorite blog (according to Google Reader’s trends) and it just started a few months ago. Yesterday Daniel Graf,’s CEO, told me that on a recent trip to Europe that’s all he heard from geeks over there. Blognation has bloggers in dozens of countries with more coming soon.

It was started by Sam Sethi in London after getting fired by Mike Arrington, founder of TechCrunch who still owns the #1 spot on both my list of reading behaviors as well as TechMeme’s leaderboard. Yesterday Sam told me he’ll soon add video, too. I’ll find out more about his plans there soon.

Interesting behavior is that TechMeme doesn’t use much Blognation stuff while I’ve been putting their stuff on my link blog all over the place. This is an example of where TechMeme’s algorithms are slow to recognize newer news sources and changing authority and credibility behaviors. I bet that over the next three months that Blognation will start showing up more on TechMeme’s leaderboard.

But Blognation isn’t the only one. Loic Lemeur’s Seesmic is both going to be a video distribution service (I call it Video Twitter, although it really is more than that) as well as he’s building a network of video bloggers around the world and I know of at least one other blog network being built in Eastern Europe.

Now that’s only in the tech blogging space. If you get outside of the geek world then you’ve got to pay attention to Global Voices Online. My favorite blog to find out what’s going on around the world.

What does this all mean for PodTech? Well, obviously we’re watching this too and we’ll be reacting to these changes in the conversation space with our own strategies. More coming soon.