Here's the Top Ten Web 2.0 memes, issues or news stories of the past week, as judged by me.
1. Lightnet: open up your media, the Lightnet revolution is here. Lucas Gonze is leading the charge of the lightnet brigade: "The strength of lightnet is that everybody who's not a media incumbent wants it, and that's more than enough creative energy to do the job."
2. Jeremy Wright: Web 2.0 Companies NEED To Scale... posted just before he reported his own company B5 Media was having "uptime issues". Which proves that Web 2.0 people do have a sense of irony after all. Also check out the comments thread in Om Malik's post on the subject of scalability, together with my post on ZDNet.
4. The Yahoo product blitz continues, with Messenger with Voice and Answers. See also Om Malik's excellent post Tripping the Yahoo Fantastic. Very poetic: "At the end of the day, as I waited for my cab, the crowds still bustled around me. Around somewhere in my tired brain, a though rattled, just like me, Yahoo was waiting. I just can’t say for what or for whom…."
5. Mike Arrington continues his journey to find the flickr of videos, by reviewing Grouper. Just as Daisy was Gatsby's elusive dream, the flickr of videos is Mike's. In 20 years time it'll be seen as a classic Web 2.0 story...
6. PCWorld.com - The 100 Best Products of 2005. If you manage to see past the pop-up adverts, you'll note that Firefox was number 1 and Gmail runner-up. Apple Tiger OS was third.
7. VentureBlog: Social Networks 3.0. Quote: "...entrepreneurs have come to realize that social networks are enablers of other compelling consumer experiences." Or put another way, the best way to run an SNS these days is to offer users utility. I recommend reading Jeff Clavier's wonderful post a month or so ago, about Facebook, for an illustration of this.
8. Bubblegeneration: Media 1.0 and Coordination Arbitrage. The economics in Umair's posts often goes over my head, but I loved this line: "My kid sister is young enough to think that MySpace is corporate and lame. How do you think her generation is going to express and define itself?"
9. RSS Fund Makes 1st Investment. Private equity fund RSS Investors made a $9-million investment round in Attensa, an RSS Reader for MS Outlook. Also read Randy Charles Morin's interview with Jim Moore, an RSS Investor partner: "Within the next 18 months more than 110 million desktops will be fully RSS-oriented, simply through the distribution of Microsoft Vista."
10. Six Apart chief's 'nice' speech ends in name-calling. Folks, this is a 'story' that should've been a Register exclusive (and ignored by all sensible people). Sigh, I despair sometimes for the blogosphere... more fodder for Nicholas Carr.
That's a wrap for another week!