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Is Slashdot Part of the Weblog Culture?

Dave Aiello wrote, "One of the questions I've been thinking about recently is whether Slashdot is a full participant in the weblog culture? Of course, Slashdot is referenced on weblog service sites like Weblogs.com. But, at times Slashdot is oddly out of sync with the buzz in the weblog community as a whole."

"A recent example of this is the Slashdot article about the Raging Cow beverage and the plan Dr. Pepper has to use weblogs to promote it. Although the story points to a Newsweek article, in the recent past many people who live on the web would have learned about its existence from Slashdot. But now that stories are moving through The Weblog Community at lightning speed, Slashdot is sort of late to get to the story."

"Take a look at the Technorati Link Cosmos for the Newsweek story. Note that weblogs who pointed to the Newsweek story earliest were fully two days ahead of the first Slashdot article."

"Admittedly, this is an anecdotal analysis. Slashdot ran 18 stories on March 4, and most of the current event stories probably got up there more quickly than this one. But, this situation suggests that Slashdot's readers don't watch other weblogs very closely and suggest stories based on what they read. Either that or Slashdot editors are making assumptions about the timeliness of the stories in their submission queue that may be worth questioning."

"I'll have to pay closer attention to this for the next couple of weeks, and see if it's a trend."

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