Friday, September 30, 2005
Draugiem.lv offers blogs
Draugiem.lv, the friendster-like Latvian online social networking service with more than 400 000 users, has started offering blogging. So far, the service looks rudimentary, merely text entry, but I haven't explored it in full. The blog platform works with Latvian (a language with diacritics, like ā č ļ ž ģ) and I suppose it would work with simpler alphabets, like English. It will be interesting to see how this develops. In any case, draugiem founder Lauris Liberts is making good on a promise to offer true blogging. Before that, draugiem.lv offered a kind of public opinion platform where people could add lots of comment. The original opinions were selected, I believe, by some kind of editorial process (not any idiot could get published). Interesting to see how this will develop. Blogging in Latvia has been a kind of widespread underground process, with some blogs gathered around the rather difficult sviesta.ciba.lv which may have changed its name to something else. Most Latvian blogs appear to be rather narrow focus and personal, as do, for that matter, most blogs anywhere (just cruise on blogger.com, my plaform, on the random click thing). Now that this is done, why not open some real opportunities with audio blogging/podcasting and maybe some videoblogs (vlogs)?