Posts Tagged 'blogs'

Olympic committe says yes to bloggers!?! No!

The IOC Blogging Guidelines just fell into my mailbox. It was clear to me the the Olympic committee must adjust it’s rules to the emerging world of social media, blogging, photo sharing and video sharing and to use it as an advantage. In the first part of the doc, the Olympic committee opened it’s door to the world of bloggers by stating:

“The IOC does not consider that blogs by Accredited Persons, in accordance with these Guidelines, will compromise Paragraph 3 of Bye-law to Rule 49 of the Olympic Charter which states that “Only those persons accredited as media may act as journalists, reporters or in any other media capacity”

Here it is:


The second part of the doc proved that they just don’t get it. The door was locked and locked again..and again by stating:

“No Sound or Moving Images of the Games | No Still Pictures”


There is no doubt that they just cannot stop it. Millions of Chinese with camera phones will make this year Olympic games the biggest UGC covered sport event ever. Thinking that these user generated videos, pictures and sounds will hurt the traditional media is childish. The right way was to use those uber connected Olympic visitors in an exciting and engaging ways to become citizen reporters.

Any thoughts?

Here is the original Doc:



Where is the conversation? blogDay Survey

2007 was a very busy social media year. Bunch of our social real world needs had converged into one  spartan facebook UI. Others had to split into twitter and other services that we didn’t realized we even need or want.  As the initiator of blogDay and the creator of blogTV I also noticed that something is happening to blogs and blogging. 2007 was the year that bloggers had more options. More tools. More ways to spread their content and be a part of the conversations. I created this survey for bloggers and content creators and I invited all of you to take it and discover what will be the future of blogs and what is hot or not is the blogosphere…The results will be published soon!

Welcome to the tribal era

I find my self talking about blogTV and Social media a lot.  Here is a glimpse of my point of view of this amazing phenomenon.

As I see it, individuals in the western world are experiencing a major crisis in their ability to socially define themselves. In our era, people all around the world are losing their political, national and cultural identity for a global one, and now, they are in a search for uniqueness and belonging. This takes us backwards to the phase where it all begins. The tribal era.  We humans need our tribe around us. Tribes that will help us define ourselves and make us feel that we belong.

The current technology enables us that! With the internet we can be a part of unlimited tribes. Our tribe can be everywhere and we can access it anytime.

Add to this the current situation of the traditional media. Broadcast TV, Radio and newspapers that are controlled by elite of editors just cannot communicate and represent so many tribes/ niche audience. This has created a situation where we do not have any other option but to create our own content and tell our stories around the tribe fire that we light.

About Me

nirotest2 I'm Nir Ofir. Social Media and the way it transforms our culture excites me and keeps me busy. I'm in the process of launching my new startup company - Open newsroom, powered by you. In the past I co founded , and created blogDay. I'm always involved in other exciting UGC & web communities projects. This is my blog.


Blog Day 2008

Flickr Photos

RSS FriendFeed

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.