[Tech] Are blog the ultimate social software?

I really think blogs are cool social software, I already expressed this feeling here. There is now a debate about this.

Peter Caputa, guest-blogging at socialsoftware.weblogsinc.com says “Blogging is the Ultimate Social Software.” So far so good, but he makes that statement based on this assertion — “I think it is safe to say that sharing information is at the center of social networking.”

This I disagree with. Peter is right about blogs as a social networking tool (Dina Mehta and Lilia Efimova make the same argument) but the thing that makes it work isn’t information sharing. The thing that is at the center of social networking is social networking.(...) the post only makes sense in a social context, and the effect of reading it can’t be reduced to an analysis of its content.