Technorati chairman Peter Hirshberg gave a fab opening keynote at last week’s conference on corporate communication and technology held by The Conference Board in New York.

Apologies for taking so long to get this post up. I’ve been going non-stop. I was on the blogging panel for The Conference Board, did blog training with a corporate client and then was on another panel for the Annual ASJA meeting. Fun week in nyc.

Here are a few highlights of his presentation:

Why Japanese is the leading language of the blogosphere

Texting! In Japan, blogging often means texting a one-liner which automatically posts to your blog. (Read more about Japanese bloggers and their mobile Internet use.)

Want to ignite CGM (consumer generated media or content)? Your brand has to match the passions of your customers

He gave as an example use of the word “Jello” on Elise Bauer‘s popular Simply Recipes blog. She wrote a post titled Why I Love Jello…  on November 29, 2006, noting also that she had a case of “wicked bad flu.” The entry received 97 comments from readers.

By mentioning Jello, Elise was tapping into her readers’ passion. They in turn linked to her post on their own blogs. Mention of the brand spiked in the blogosphere (also because of the holidays).

Her blog gets one million visits a month, according to Peter.

What the shoe shine guy knows about digital media strategy… A lot

Peter_hirshberg_video_shoeshine Peter has made a series of very funny man-on-the-street videos over the past few years, asking New Yorkers what the word blog means, asking directions “to the blogosphere,” etc.

(You can see some of his videos here.)

He showed us one of his classics, a video interview with the shoe shine guy at Grand Central Station in July 2004.

While he’s shining Peter’s shoes, the man opines about whether blogging will take off. And if it does, what it will mean.

“I really don’t think this blogging thing will take off… But if it does take hold and become infectious I would imagine it’s going to take several years.”

Peter interrupts to ask: “Who’s it gonna hurt and who’s it gonna benefit?”

The shoe shine guy replies: “It’s gonna benefit whoever owns it… and it’s gonna hurt the publishing companies.”

Remind me again why we need all those MBAs to explain business strategy to us?