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Time Zones Don't Matter in the BlogSphere

Posted by pelegri on February 19, 2006 at 11:18 PM PST

The World is smaller and it only takes a few minutes to get an email
message across almost any two points.
Geographic distance does not matter,
but in one of my earliest blogs I argued that
Time Zones Still Matter in the Internet.
But that statement was based on email interactions
and for the last few months I've had quite a bit of experience in
the use of blogs over distant Time Zones.
Based on this new experience, I now believe that
Time Zones Don't matter in the BlogSphere.

The contributors to the
GlassFish
Community are from many locations across the globe.
Over the last few months these engineers have started blogging
with increased frequency,
and since late November, several of us have been using these blogs as
sources to
create a news blog (The Aquarium).
Most of the blogs are very informative and, somewhat to my surprise, the geographic origin of the blog - and its Time Zone of origin -
is totally irrelevant to its relevance and impact.

I think that what happens is that the communication style encouraged by
blogs encourages a careful writeup that is self-contained,
which is exactly what is recommended for communication across
distant Time Zones.
Also, the comments of a thread create a stream of communication that
is directly tied to that content,
and in most cases, it is quite acceptable to the author of a comment if the response happens many hours after the posting.
All of this means that the author of a blog can be many TZs apart from the
reader, with no substantial impact on the quality of their interaction.
As a typical example,
Sahoo is located in
Bangalore,
and I am located in
SantaClara, California
but, as an editor and a reader at TheAquarium, he is just one of the
good contributors at TA.

There are many types of blogs, and I don't want to make a universal statement,
but our technical blogs have proven to be quite immune to the Time-Zone problems
that are very evident in email.
In the new world of global communities, blogs are proving to be a very useful tool.

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