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The Telegraph's readers blogs seem to have been a success so far - just eight weeks after the launch of MyTelegraph, over 4,500 have started up their own blogs on the site.

MyTelegraph

MyTelegraph offers users the chance to create and personlise their own blogs, and so far bloggers on the site have written thousands of posts, with a total of 50,000 comments left on the site.

Shane Richmond, the Telegraph's Communities Editor, believes that, though sign ups have slowed since the first few days, he expects that changes to the registration process will make it easier for people to sign for blogs and leave comments.

In addition to the personalised blogs, the Telegraph also recently launched MyNews, an RSS reader. 

Graham Charlton

Published 6 July, 2007 by Graham Charlton

Graham Charlton is the former Editor-in-Chief at Econsultancy. Follow him on Twitter or connect via Linkedin or Google+

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Chris Paul

I have been researching online local community news and portal in the past 18 months and working on a development project that has proven to me that though news is one of the most important reasons people go online still I believe a more important reason is interaction with communities related to local or news media. People in this generation want to be heard and seen and promote themselves. The articles said that "While other newspapers have blogs, or allow users to comment, MyTelegraph allows users to create their own blogs" and I think that will be the key to success with online news and community portals. People dont want to read the news passively they want to interact with the news...Digg.com proved that ....more importantly I think we will see they want to be the news.

And the everyday unskilled (I have 14 years in Internet Marketing and Advertising and still consider myself to be learning every day)
person will have public relations systems far beyond what we even imagined
10 years ago to promote themselves in these social environments.

over 9 years ago

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Nate

Now imagine if the Daily Mail did the same thing? The number of anti-asylum seekers blogs would be enormous!

over 9 years ago

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antipolitician

This has turned into an awful blog site. There is a severe lack of proper moderation. The site is full of multiple ID's and there is often some serious abuse. Many people have left the site, but because the cannot delete their profile this works to the advantage of the Telegraph as it looks like they have more members than they really have.

The site has been redesigned and rewritten but still has some serious problems, recently most avatars have disappeared to be replaced with default avatars. The people who actively blog on the My Telegraph site are a very small minority of the actual membership that Shane Richmond likes to keep flaunting.

I know of 5 alternative blog sites set up by disillusioned ex-My Telegraph bloggers, some return, but only for brief periods before the abuse and back biting once again makes them realise why they originally left.

A once good idea has actually degenerated into a farce because no one will take responsibility and properly moderate the site which in reality needs 24/7/365 moderation with clear guidelines and rules and the moderators need to be on the ball to stop some of the blatant advertising that slips on usually when the advertiser knows there is no one to moderate effectively e.g. early morning and weekends.

Members should be able to delete their accounts and the speed of the site loading is another area which needs to be investigated as some days it can be extremely slow. Multiple ID's should be deleted as should those people who abuse the site and others who use the site. It is not a real blog site more of a social gathering place, but without the additional facilities of something like facebook

almost 8 years ago

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