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Open Source Economics Driving Web 2.0 Innovation

Open Source Economics Driving Web 2.0 Innovation

Written by Jitendra Gupta of Karmaweb
In the area of computers and Internet, the open source movement is almost as old as computers themselves. In the beginning there was Multics, Unix, BSD, Minix etc. Than came Richard Stallman’s GPL, GNU and FSF. That was followed by Linux, Apache and many more projects. Over time, the open source movement…

What Happened At Digg?

What Happened At Digg?

The firestorm that erupted at Digg earlier this week over a censored post has led to a lot of discussion about the nature of censorship in a world where everyone is a publisher. Called “The Great Digg Revolt,” by some, the incident illustrated how much power users have over the social sites they contribute to. First, though, here’s a summary…

OpenID at Web 2.0 Expo

OpenID at Web 2.0 Expo

There were two sessions today on User-Centric identity at Web 2.0 Expo. I attended the
first one etitled “Implementing OpenID”, which was conducted by David Recordon of Verisign and Brian Ellin of JanRain. The session was well
attended and it was surprising to see that more than 50% (according to a raised hand vote
by David) of the…

How to Build a Profitable Startup by Knowing Your Users Better

How to Build a Profitable Startup by Knowing Your Users Better

How to build a $50M online company is a topic that Dan
Mitchell at the NYT explored recently, taking his cue from Jeremy Liew of
Lightspeed. A few weeks ago Jeremy wrote
about the scale a business has to achieve to get to $50M in revenue. I have
summarized the scenarios from Jeremy’s post in the table below:

RPM = Revenue per thousand…

Improving Online Communities: MyBlogLog, Explode, OthersOnline

Improving Online Communities: MyBlogLog, Explode, OthersOnline

Online community, or for that matter any community, is built upon the shared
experiences of its participants. In the real world, people in a community typically
interact with each other by gathering at same physical location, at the same time. In
online communities, it is easy for users to interact with each other without any
geographical or…

Why AOL Created 63 Million New OpenIDs

Why AOL Created 63 Million New OpenIDs

Written by Jitendra Gupta of Karmaweb
and edited by Richard MacManus

Late last week AOL announced its
support of the open identity system OpenID, for all 63
million of their AOL/AIM Ids (for those looking for a quick introduction to OpenID, click
here). The details of the announcement, via the dev.aol.com blog, are as
follows:

Every AOL/AIM user…

Five Key Takeaways From Microsoft, OpenID Announcement

Five Key Takeaways From Microsoft, OpenID Announcement

Written by Jitendra Gupta of Karmaweb
and edited by Richard MacManus

Bill Gates of Microsoft just
announced a deal with Jan Rain, VeriSign and Sxip to develop integration between Microsoft CardSpace
and the open source project, OpenID. This is an
interesting deal between the software giant in Redmond and a popular open source project,
which…

Nobody Knows You’re A Dog 2.0

Nobody Knows You’re A Dog 2.0

Written by Jitendra Gupta of KarmaWeb
and edited by Richard MacManus
On the internet it is easy to pretend to be somebody else.
Don’t like your name, adopt a new one. Don’t like the way you look,
Photoshop your picture. Think you are too young or too old, select a new
age. How is anybody going to find out anyway? As the now classic…

Throwaway Identities

Throwaway Identities

Written by Jitendra Gupta of KarmaWeb and edited
by Richard MacManus

Social Media researcher
danah boyd recently
wrote in her blog about throwaway identities in MySpace:

“Sara created a MySpace using an email address that she made specifically for that
purpose. After vacation, she couldn’t remember her MySpace password (or her email
password…

PowerReviews Takes On Amazon.com With Distributed Model

PowerReviews Takes On Amazon.com With Distributed Model

Written by Jitendra Gupta of KarmaWeb
and edited by Richard MacManus
At the NewTechMeetup
on Tuesday, I saw a presentation from Robert Chea, Founder and COO of PowerReviews.
PowerReviews is a new startup that provides free Amazon.com-like
user reviews to web retailers. Amazon.com reviews are one of the main reasons why the giant retailer is…