Another paper to highlight from MW2007: Spadaccini, J. & C. Sebastian (2007). "Radical Trust: The State of the Museum Blogosphere." In J. Trant & D. Bearman (eds.), "Museums and the Web 2007: Proceedings." Toronto: Archives & Museum Informatics, published March 31, 2007.
"The first informal survey of museum blogs in March of 2006 ... revealed around 30 museum blogs at a time when there were around 30 million blogs. It was noted then that museum blogs were 'literally one in a million.' Today museum blogs are effectively 1 in 500,000, still a rarity in the larger blogosphere.
Blogging is the easiest of the group of social software (blogs, wikis, on-line forums, social networking services, etc) to set up. It is cheap and technically simple, and it could be argued that it has the lowest level of 'threat' to existing workflows and work practices. ... The success of blogging in the commercial world has not led to museums' embracing this technology in their own. Indeed, many museums have been reluctant to experiment with blogging. Most conversations about museums on blogs take place in the larger blogosphere as visitors, teenagers, and tourists discuss their visitor experiences. The museums themselves remain on the sidelines..."
In "Top fifteen museum blogs by Google linkbacks," Yesterday.sg is listed! ALso makes the list for number of user comments in past 30 days. Comments were used as one measure of blog engagement with target audience.
Lots of interesting museum blogs listed there, the sort of sites I encounter though museumblogs.org.
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