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Congrats to Tris Hussey on the launch of "blognation Canada"!

image Congrats to Tris Hussey on the launch of "blognation Canada"!  As he said in his welcome post:

You think Canada is all just hockey, beer, and maple syrup?  Yeah, not so much.  Let’s talk about things like Alexander Graham Bell and the telephone, Northern Telecom (now Nortel) inventing voicemail and many other phone features, Corel, RIM … how about PHP?

We also are the birthplace of Flickr, StumbleUpon, Club Penguin, Webkinz, b5media, and the man who invented Java…and far many more.

What’s going to be going on here?  Well the standard news with a Canadian twist (no that doesn’t mean I’ll end each sentence with “eh”), profiles of Canadian start ups, and probably a podcast or radio show.

So if you are interested in tech news north of the Canadian border, consider adding blognation Canada to your feeds.  (Note that also this week "blognation USA" launched.)

If you aren't familiar with blognation, it is a network of country-specific blogs focused on "the latest Web 2.0 technology, mobile and enterprise startups from around the world, but only written in English."  Sam Sethi created the network and it is backed by venture capital and advertising.  More details are in the FAQ.

One of the interesting elements to me about this is the fact that before a few months ago, I didn't know who Tris Hussey was, but yet now he's become someone with whom I regularly correspond.  How?  Primarily through Robert Sanzalone's geeky pacificIT Skype group chat, but also through Twitter and Facebook and all the status messages they can generate.  In a very short time there's become enough familiarity that I would write this post primarily as a way to congratulate Tris on his new venture!  It is indeed interesting and intriguing how these "social media" can generate this kind of familiarity... but that's a subject for another post on another day...