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Hailed as the word of the year by Merriam Webster, 'blog' took the world by
storm in 2004. Its usage has been multiplying rapidly in everyday parlance,
as bloggers have come to acqui
re cult status.

The Fortune magazine recently named blogs, the abbreviated term for weblogs,
the top technology trend in 2005. According to blog search engine and
measurement firm Technorati, there are 23,000 new weblogs created each day.

Clearly, blogs are no fad and are here to stay. But the next wave on the
cards is the emergence of video logs or 'vlogs', a combination of blogs and
online videos. Instead of using text and graphic images to express opinions
and share information, bloggers are now using videos as the medium of

A recent BusinessWeek article profiles a number of functioning vlogs, such
as one run by a video producer, another belonging to a film editor and yet
another by an amateur web journalist, who shoots and uploads video news

Video on the Internet has been around for a while, but the proliferation of
high-speed broadband and the blog phenomenon has brought it in the
limelight, making it easier to find and share. Also, cheaper digital video
equipment and enforcement of universal copyright laws are convincing people
to put their work online.

Blogs work on a software known as really simple syndication, or RSS, a web
syndication protocol that lets people customise content. An RSS aggregator
checks for RSS-enabled webpages on behalf of a user and displays any updated
article that it finds. Thus it saves the user from repeatedly visiting
individual websites to check for updated content.


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