Hi Peter, absolutely agreed.. reputation matters. Nevertheless, I ask myself if the modern web people really want to understand what they are doing when micro-blogging on Twitter and Identi.ca: following and accepting followers. Sometimes it looks a bit like getting the right information and news first to blog them away as a trendsetter or professional media person. It becomes impossible to follow more than 100 (or os this number not already to high...) people if we are honest, right? Generally speaking, a lot of everybody's contacts are in some way contact hunter-gatherer in social networks and communities. Some still don't see the value of one good contact instead of just showing off with thousands of worthless people. And have they done business with them? Quite unlikely... Anyone disagreeing? I am sure most of the people have not even talked to each other - no more words than in the lines of 'Let's get connected, we have a lot in common'.
So, my question: isn't this just a new form of business card collecting?Some stay in the box forever and some don't...?
PS: A blog can also be media hubs in a publishers mindset. Companies might be advertising on it as they think the right target group might read this hub. So, where is the clear cut between a mag-blog (magazine blog) and an online magazine? Does this not create positive reputation if companies sponsor personal blogs? Isn't this what many bloggers are looking for?