It’s hard to remember a world without blogs. Originally a sort of online journal full of mundane personal updates, web logs have morphed into an extremely powerful form of communication.
They were once shunned by the mainstream — now they are the mainstream.
Whether it’s breaking tech news, an insider’s point of view, or irreverent humor you’re seeking, there are an infinite number of blogs on any subject whose authors will be happy to oblige.
It shouldn’t be any surprise that the tech world embraced the blogosphere far before every newspaper in the country started making their writers blog alongside their standard news stories. As a result, there are blogs that are so great, so informative, so current — you’d be lost in your tech career without them. Here’s some we monitor daily. Add them to your bookmarks!
If you haven’t heard of “The Social Media Guide,” you just might be living under an old Commodore 64. Updated constantly, and nearly always entertaining, Mashable takes the worlds of Twitter, Facebook, entertainment, news, and everything else techies are talking about and, well, mashes it up into the kind of blog casserole we just can’t get enough of.
Pretty much known as the TMZ of tech after they paid for a “lost” next-gen Apple iPhone — the fallout became front-page news across the world. Scandals aside, Gizmodo’s been a must-follow site for a long time, with tons of relevant posts, a youthful vibe, and some of the funnier commenters on the Internet.
If you’re looking for what’s next, look no further. Om Malik’s creation has grown into one of the largest blogs worldwide, and it’s all due to focusing on what’s new. News and analysis on Web 2.0, technologies and startups, social media, gaming — you name it, GigaOM has it covered. That’s what happens when you have a team of 12 technology-obsessed writers (six of which have authored over 100 posts each).
In online terms, 10 years is a lifetime and 20 is an eternity. How long ZDNet has been in existence makes this go-to tech website (formerly “ZiffNet”) an anomaly among blogs. Founded in 1991, formerly on CompuServe and Prodigy, ZDNet was purchased in 2000 by CNET (CBS Interactive), and reports on a variety of tech news. While they focus heavily on the usual suspects (Apple, Microsoft, Google), ZDNet also features product reviews, software downloads and tons of news and analysis on tech businesses and issues.
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Younger than ZDNet but no less influential in the world of Web 2.0 and tech startup news, TechCrunch is big. How big? Try No. 2 on Technorati. And TechCrunch isn’t just the second-biggest tech blog, it’s the No. 2 blog overall behind The Huffington Post (Mashable is currently No. 3). And why is TechCrunch so big? They have a huge team, their own “network” of sites (including MobileCrunch, TalkCrunch and CrunchGear). Mix in a clean-looking site and just the right amount of techy gossip and you have what should be an industry leader for the foreseeable future.
More and more of the best “blogs” are actually websites that compile several different bloggers, and Computerworld’s blog is no exception. Remember those mainstream media sources that realized they needed to add blogs to remain viable? Computerworld — one of the oldest and most respected IT magazines — is a great example. CW has plenty of great blogs to choose from, but our favorite is the aptly named “Apple Holic” by Jonny Evans.
Sure, this blog’s name isn’t exactly the catchiest in the blogosphere, but who cares? Nobody who works in IT (actually, nobody who lives and works in 2010) can go very long without interacting with something related to Google. This is the place to find out everything about the search giant, the apps they’ve created, and information about the company.
What’s a list of blogs without one of the many different sites devoted to Apple gossip? After all, Apple might have surpassed Microsoft as the world’s most valuable tech company while you’re reading this article. So after checking out the Official Google Enterprise Blog, be sure to check out The Unofficial Apple Weblog to make sure you stay up-to-date on both of the most glamorous tech companies out there. Of all the blogs devoted to following Steve Jobs and his company’s creations, TUAW perhaps does the best job at balancing good writing with nice graphics and pictures.
Even the best IT “geeks” can’t possibly know how to do everything. That’s why we love this site, where you can find out how to remove hyperlinks from Microsoft Word Docs, review products, and play a ton of free games, all on the same site. Geeks unite!
Even if ITBusinessEdge.com weren’t an Inside Tech partner, we’d still give them a shout-out. An all-encompassing site that happens to have some of the better tech blogs out there, ITBE is essential for those in the tech industry. After all, one of the toughest (and most exciting) parts about working in tech is that it’s ever changing. Snooze for a couple days and you’ll miss the news that what you’re working on is obsolete and the company you thought was king was just bought by someone else. If you want to stay on top of tech issues and trends affecting your company and the tech industry as a whole, you better pay close attention to ITBusinessEdge.com.
And there you have it. 10 great blogs, running the gamut from gadget gossip to how-to tips. Since you’re already reading Inside Tech you probably know that while the world of online media is ever-changing, blogs are here to stay. Follow these blogs like we do, and you’ll always be in the know when it comes to the tech stories that affect all our lives.