There's something for everyone in the blogosphere, and VoIP buyers and users are no exception. The past year has seen improvements in accessibility of VoIP blogs with RSS and Twitter feeds, videos and other Web 2.0 innovations. Here is our list of top picks, including some from last year in addition to many new ones.
1. Jon Arnold & Associates + Robins Consulting Group's IP Communications Insights
"Unique, unbiased and objective analysis of the latest IP communications technologies and trends from trusted authorities … an independent platform for industry thought-leaders and market intelligence, our goal is to offer valuable coverage and information not readily available elsewhere."
2. The Jeff Pulver Blog
Jeff was the first VoIP evangelist to emerge back in the early 1990s. His fervent voice and tireless energy created conferences, online forums and analyst communities surrounding the nascent art of VoIP. Today, much of the VoIP world revolves around Jeff and his many blogs.
3. Brough Turner's Communications Blog
"Writings on the technology, economic and social issues of communications at the intersection of telecom, mobility and the Internet." Turner is a co-founder and the Chief Technology Officer of NMS Communications, a manufacturer of communications platforms recently acquired by Dialogic Corp.
4. Andy Abramson's VoIPWatch
"All about Voice over IP and Internet Based Telephony." Andy is CEO of Comunicano, Inc., an advertising, marketing and public relations agency, based in Del Mar, Calif. He co-hosts the "World Technology RoundUp" on a daily basis, and the weekly audio magazine "Speculations" with Ken Rutkowski on KenRadio.
5. Aswath Rao's Aswath Weblog
"Musing on telecommunications industry and other sundries." Aswath Rao has 20 years of experience in the telecommunications field with leading R&D firms. For the past five years, he has been working on VoIP-related issues. His proposal for Inter Connect Function has been incorporated in the TIPHON architecture and currently it is known as Session Border Controller.
6. Irwin Lazar's "Real-Time" Blog
"Blogging on VoIP, unified communications, presence and collaboration." Lazar is VP of Communications Research at Nemertes Research in the Washington, D.C., area. He covers telecommunication services, collaboration, VoIP/IP telephony, video, social networking/Web 2.0 and unified communications. He is also the conference chair for the Futurenet conference and exposition.
7. Rich Tehrani's Communications and Technology Blog
"… the latest news in the IP communications, telecom, VoIP, call center and CRM space, with plenty of opinion & analysis..." Tehrani founded the first magazine devoted to VoIP in 1998. Now, as president of the Technology Marketing Corp. (TMCnet.com), he blogs about government and technology events that affect the IP communications industry.
8. Alec Saunders' Personal Soapbox
An "explosive mix of VoIP technology and the Web." Saunders is CEO of iotum, Inc., in Ottawa, Ontario, and a brisk, cogent commenter upon all matters VoIP. His blog is updated frequently with industry news and intriguing asides, like the social networking rapper video.
9. Luca Filigheddu's Blog
"VoIP, Web 2.0 and a lot of tech news." Luca Filigheddu is the CEO of Abbeynet, an Italian IP telecommunications services company. His blog presentation is concise and Twitter-like, with articles such as "How To Call a Skype User From Any Standard VoIP Device" and "LCR for Mobile Phones." A good, brisk daily read with a convenient RSS feed.
10. Stuart Henshall's Blog
One category in a wide-ranging technology and social networking blog, Henshall's VoIP posts include the best he's found of other people's blogs, too. The founder of Skype Journal, Henshall is a consultant to companies that want to tap new communications media.
11. VoIP Central
Run by multiple bloggers, this very active blog covers the VoIP industry in depth with case studies, news, product and service announcements, and so forth. Users contribute quite a bit of interesting content in the comments areas and guest posts.
This blog is all about "the latest news in VoIP, Mobile 2.0, Voice 2.0, SMS 2.0, LBS." An RSS feed provides daily updates.
"The single destination Blog for VoIP, The VoIP Blog, IP Telephony, IPPBX, Open Source VoIP, VoIP news, Skype, Asterisk, SIP, VoIP News, VoIP Solutions, Free VoIP Solutions, Free IP Telephony Solutions, and VoIP info based on Voice over IP technology. The VoIP Blog. VOIPr"
14. VoIP Monitor
VoIP news, providers, books, software, jobs, events, FAQs, product reviews … it's all here, courtesy of writer Judson Skoog-Smith; advertising/marketing maven Birgit Schelzel; and founder/guiding light Curtis Sund. This one's been around since 2005.
15. Voice over IP weblog
The name is not very original, but this workmanlike blog reliably cranks out product news, industry trends and insightful articles. The RSS feed is convenient. It includes videos. This is one of many industry-specific blogs maintained by Creative Weblogging, Inc.
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