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Co-Founder Sees Slashdot As The Original Blog

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Jeff Bates co-founded Slashdot.org with Rob Malda in 1997. He's now the VP of editorial operations and executive editor of the site. He spoke recently with InformationWeek's Thomas Claburn about online publishing.

InformationWeek: What has Slashdot's impact been on traditional media outlets?

Bates: I think that the most interesting thing about Slashdot in terms of its effect on the traditional media is that it really is, and was, a harbinger of things to come. When the site was started, now we're talking almost six years ago at this point ... the blog simply didn't exist. Slashdot is kind of the grandfather of blogs in many ways. It's different in that there isn't just one voice. There's kind of the voice of the site, but it's not just one person posting on there. But I think that at first, traditional media was unaware of the fact that it existed. And what has most interested them, in talking to people at lots of different media organizations ... is how involved the community of people are on the site. Do you know Dan Gillmor at all?

InformationWeek: Yes, not personally, but I know his blog and that he used to write for the San Jose Mercury News.

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