There will be a 'Sunday Salon' web conversation this evening (6 June) at 8pm, looking at the development of media and political blogs - linking, promotion, how people read them and the interaction of blogs and Twitter.
The chat will be hosted at Wardman Wire (http://www.mattwardman.com/blog/ ) using CoverItLive. The host, our friend Matt Wardman, will put out a few key points to Twitter using the hashtag #onlinepolitics, but the main debate will be on the blog.
As a discussion starter, there is a podcast interview (http://media.blubrry.com/politalks/politalks.co.uk/pod/politalks11-20100... ), 35 minutes long, recorded by Matt earlier this week with Dan Levy, who manages the UK website of Wikio.
They covered everything from the history of Wikio to how the rankings are compiled, how the Wikio service is used, and what developments will be happening in the future.
Wikio (http://www.wikio.com/ ) is a European search engine for news and blogs. It was created in 2006 by Pierre Chappaz, the engineer who created Kelkoo, which was sold, shortly afterwards, to Yahoo!. Its motto is "You are the media".
Since its launch, Wikio has opened local websites in French, Italian, Spanish, German and English.
Ekklesia has an evident interest in such developments. Our specifically thinktank activities (research, publishing, cooperation with academic and investigative bodies, policy formulation and commentary) are supplemented by a daily, 24-hour news service - and the use of a group blog, social media and allied tools to enlarge our community of interest, as well as affiliations and sponsorships with a range of reform groups.