Day 1 at the World Blogging Forum

This is a post to be built all day…

WBF in Twitter.

Erkan decides to be think more about microblogging. This conference turns out to have main focus on microblogging.

Ramon Stoppelenburg narrates his story. He says any innovative move in internet will win… Boy, it is such a story. Who is this crazy dutch guy? Check out the links below:


The Dutch Ramon Stoppelenburg (1976) started blogging from his student loft somewhere in 1998. But he became world famous for being the first ever person to travel the world for free, totally relying on the hospitality of strangers from all over the world, who invited him over through his website Over 3,577 people from 72 countries invited him over and from 2001 to 2003 he travelled through 18 countries in total, varying from Norway to South Africa and from Australia to Canada. In return for the offered hospitality he received, he wrote extensive daily reports about his whereabouts, his hosts, their life and the culture of the country he was visiting. His website had once processed over 1,2 million visits in one month. The British Sunday Times even called him the Internet Personality of the Year 2001.


Michael Reuter from Germany speaks. Money and political content are not necessarily mutually exclusive… There might be platforms in internet free countries to host/aggregate political content from the web censorship countries…


Michael Reuter, entrepreneur,

Michael is the co-founder and CEO of YiGG, a leading German social news community based in Munich. has about 800.000 unique visitors a month reading, discussing and publishing 500+ news per day. Prior to YiGG, Michael started two other businesses such as ferium, travelgate and

Web presence:

Jeff Jedras speaks. Blogs are in fact read by journalists to see what goes on, more than mere users…Twitter is more informational… We passed blogging behind…


Jeff Jedras | As both a journalist and a blogger, Jeff Jedras has his feet in the worlds of both old and new media……When he?s not working, for four years Jeff writes a well-known political blog called A BCer in Toronto, focusing primarily on federal politics and his support for Canada?s Liberal Party. His blogging has included interviews and videos with political leaders and coverage of events across the country, and has also led to media interviews on political and blogging topics. He is also a contributor to the blog section of the National Post, a national Canadian newspaper.


Wael Abbass from Egypt speaks. Fluent English. His laptop was confiscated before so he did not bring his laptop this time. Bloggers are treated like drug smugglers but they smuggle data in their case. Mainstream media is under real pressure in Egypt. This means blogs can easily become news resources… Bloggers are taken seriously by the authority, which means they feel the same pressure mainstream journalists have including arrests and harassment…  The power of bloggers comes from their independence. They use free tools that can be found in the internet. But of course free tools can be limited like having Youtube account disabled. Bloggers use social media not for organizing but for networking. Because emergency rule does not allow assemblies. Egypt state is still interested in saving face. If Mr. Abbass is imprisoned in future, this will not be because of blogging  itself but another fabricated pretext such as drug dealing…


Wael Abbas is an internationally renowned Egyptian journalist, blogger and human rights activist who blogs at Misr Digital (Egyptian Awareness). He reported an incident of mob harassment of women, and broadcast several videos of police brutality. His actions lead to the conviction of police for torture, but he has been harassed by the Egyptian government, and his accounts with YouTube Yahoo were closed. YouTube has since restored his account and most of his videos. Facebook has deleted Wael?s account………..

CNN named him Middle East Person of the Year 2007 and he was considered one of the Most Influential People in the year 2006 by BBC.


Looks like Chinese web users are relying on RSS feed subscription to bypass Great Firewall of China. Zhou Shuguang from China states…One commentator who was in China a month ago stated many users use microblogging, like twitter. another way to bypass for the moment?


Zhou Shuguang, a.k.a. Zola, is a self-taught internet technologist and former network administrator who received his certification as a network engineer in 2004. Since May 2004, Zola has maintained a blog at where he shares often useful and interesting information, occasionally focused on social issues.

My stomach is better. Damn it, I puked in the break. Self-restrain in drinking is needed.

Someone asked me in the break: Why PM Erdoğan reacted like that to the swine flu vaccination? What should I say? I said he is crazy, doesn’t mind PR at all… Oh I have just seen a good article by Aslı Tunç on drug industry and Turkish journalists…


Loïc Le Meur speaks about old vs. new media. I shook hands with him last night whom I would call the king of bloggers though he does not blog much any more:)

he says everyone should at least microblog!


Loïc Le Meur
serial entrepreneur & blogger

Loic is the founder and CEO of Seesmic, a software company that makes one of the most popular Twitter and Facebook social software clients. Seesmic got more than two million downloads and its website,, has about a million unique visitors a month even though it was just launched……….


Recently, Business Week Magazine named Loic one of The 25 Most Influential People on the Web. Loic was also named ?Young Global Leader? by the World Economic Forum. He advises the World Economic Forum as well as covers the Annual Summit every year in Davos. Originally from the South of France, Loic lives in San Francisco, California and has three boys.

Loïc Le Meur on WikipediaTop 10 French blogs– Technorati ? Edelman Europe blog survey in 2006

Web presence
What is Loïc doing ? – Twitter
Loïc Le Meur blog – english
Loïc Le Meur blog ? french
Flickr photos loiclemeur videos
LeWeb3 conference, photos


Traian Basescu, President of Romania, welcomes us....

The President of Romania, Traian Basescu, welcomes us! We are in the Human Rights Hall of the Palace of the Parliament, which is the biggest buildings of its kind in Europe. Mr. Basescu speaks now.

Palace of the Parliament, Bucharest
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  • 2 thoughts on “Day 1 at the World Blogging Forum

    1. I’m so envious, it reads like a fantastic line-up of interesting people. Thanks for writing it up for those of us elsewhere.

    2. Fascinating world, Erkan. So glad you finally got there. Can hardly wait for your own presentation. All the best!

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