The blogosphere isn't to be trifled with. Some companies have learned this lesson the hard way, and politicians have, too. Serving notice that they'll be a force in coming elections, bloggers led a charge last week that brought the outing of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R.-Alaska, as the "secret senator" who placed an anonymous hold on a bill requiring the government to create an online, public database of federal spending.
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There's a point in time when a technology becomes mainstream. For blogs and the blogosphere, the tipping point has arrived when a social phenomenon morphs into a tool of Beltway operatives.