Ireland becomes a blognation


14 Aug 2007

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Yesterday Ireland joined the ranks of blognation, an online environment designed to encourage Web 2.0 and mobile start ups and entrepreneurs, or webtrepreneurs, which first launched in the UK on July 1st.

Created by technologist and entrepreneur Sam Sethi, the aim of blognation is to cultivate a vibrant support network around the world, encompassing the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, Japan, Australia, and South America among others.

Blognation Ireland is edited by Conor O’Neill, who is founder of blogger review site http://www.loudervoice.com, and one of the organizers of Silicon Valley tech tour Paddy’s Valley.

This site will be reporting on all the latest Web 2.0 and mobile developments and developers, encouraging entrepreneurs at all stages to share their ideas and applications.

O’Neill says on the blognation site that Ireland is in the unusual position of having almost no indigenous social networking sites on which locals can congregate, with the exception of the long established discussion board http://www.boards.ie.

“The challenges faced by startups here actually mean that Web2.0 has a strong fit to Ireland; low-cost and free tools and technologies which can be used by tiny teams scattered around the country to create compelling web applications,” O’Neill observed on the site.

He went on to say that the market for mobile application development is also ripe here in Ireland with our large consumer appetite for talking and texting.

By Marie Boran