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What Is The Data Matrix? Machines and Humans Coexist

What Is The Data Matrix? Machines and Humans Coexist

Andrew
Nachison from The Media Centre raises some interesting issues regarding RSS content
aggregation. He boils it down to these 3 questions:

1. Machines vs. humans? [in regards to aggregation]

I agree with Andrew’s conclusion: “This isn’t an “either/or” theory but a
“both/and” reality.” P.S. also check out The Media…

Weblog Authoring Tools Market Share

Weblog Authoring Tools Market Share

Elise Bauer has posted a comprehensive analysis of Weblog
Authoring Tools market share. As with RSS Aggregator market share
stats, there are a lot of caveats. But much can be gleaned from Elise’s post, which is a
continuation of an analysis she did in August
2004. The data is gathered from what Elise calls “Google Share”, which is a formula
based…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 7-13 Feb 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 7-13 Feb 2005

What’s been happening in the world of “Web two dot oh” (as Jeff Bezos pronounces
it) this week? Let’s find out.

Bloglines Sale (my last comment on it, I promise)

The Bloglines sale to Ask Jeeves continued to generate chatter in the blogosphere,
including from yours truly.
To sum up: Bloglines got a big payout and the public discovered that Ask…

Aggregation Advertising Aggravation

Aggregation Advertising Aggravation

Try saying that three times fast! Jupiter Research analyst Eric Peterson recently
had another chat with Bloglines CEO Mark Fletcher. The resulting
post from Eric pretty much confirms my theory that Bloglines was
scared off its contextual advertising strategy by vocal publishers (big and small).
Here’s what Eric wrote:

“[…] It turns out that…

Oliver Stone Turning My Blog Into A Movie?

Oliver Stone Turning My Blog Into A Movie?

Andrew Watson suggests
that my post about
Bloglines being scared off its advertising strategy would make a great Oliver Stone movie
🙂 Heh, I won’t sell my screenplay to Stone for less than a cool million! 😉 Seriously
though, it’s possible my post did sound like a Conspiracy Theory, but I suspect what I wrote is spot-on and Jason
Calacanis…

Blogging 2.0

Blogging 2.0

You may be getting sick of ‘2.0’ being stuck onto the end of everything, but I can’t
resist pointing to this
excellent post by VC Fred Wilson. He characterises the mid-to-late 90’s era of Web
content creation companies like About.com (ex-The Mining Company), Geocities and Tripod
as “blogging 1.0”. The likes of Denton’s Gawker, Calacanis’ Weblogs…

Bloglines Was Scared Off Advertising Strategy

Bloglines Was Scared Off Advertising Strategy

Provocative post by
Jason Calacanis on the Bloglines sale. He says it’s “a horrible business and it will
never make money.” The reason? He reckons “95-99% of the RSS reader market” will belong
to the Big 3 of Yahoo, Microsoft and Google within 2 years. That’s the ‘bigco will crush
littleco’ theory, which is an easy one to throw about (I’ve done…

How To Subscribe To Topic Or Tag RSS feeds

How To Subscribe To Topic Or Tag RSS feeds

Last week I wrote about
topic/tag/remix feeds. I think these may in future become more popular than people
feeds. So to follow that up, here are some practical tips on how to get started with
topic and tag feeds (I’ll address remix feeds in a separate post).

The first thing I need to point out is that topic and tag feeds are essentially…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 30 Jan-6 Feb 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 30 Jan-6 Feb 2005

Here’s my summary of what went on in the Web 2.0 world this past week. Headlines
inspired by tabloid newspapers.

Bloglines Shocker! Butler Buys Master of the Blog Universe!

The big news of the week was Mary Hodder’s scoop
that Bloglines has (probably) been bought by Ask Jeeves, the genial but non-trendy search
engine company. After a day or so…

Bloglines acquired by Ask Jeeves?

Bloglines acquired by Ask Jeeves?

Mary Hodder has the scoop, which if true is huge news in the Web 2.0 world. Also quite eerie given what I wrote yesterday! Here’s what Mary blogged:
“Ask Jeeves Buys Bloglines

(Updated 12:30pm. This was apparently going to be announced Tuesday, not Monday.)

That’s the scoop. Ask Jeeves is integrating Bloglines into their search system (it’s not…

Flickr CEO talks about Google threat

Flickr CEO talks about Google threat

Richard Koman over at SiliconValleyWatcher gets
the scoop from Flickr CEO Stewart Butterfield, on whether Google will
replicate Flickr’s photo-sharing service (as suggested by Om Malik). Stewart is quoted
as saying:

“Given our growth, the technologies cooking in the lab, and that we’re still
completing the feature set and infrastructure build out…

PaperBlogs

PaperBlogs

Anybody with an interest in the publishing industry will be familiar with the dream of Print On Demand, whereby you order a book from a kiosk or similar service and a paper book is custom printed before your eyes. Former publishing honcho Jason Epstein is the person most commonly associated with this vision – he wrote a book about it (which I…

Finding Gatherers (human tag feeds?)

Finding Gatherers (human tag feeds?)

Alf Eaton has come up with a neat little de.icio.us hack. It
lists out the “speediest gatherers” for your del.icio.us page (last 100 items), based on the posting date of
items. I think this means it lists out the people who linked to the same thing as you,
but got there before you did. So the idea is that this list may help you find
people who…

Web 2.0 Definition and Tagging

Web 2.0 Definition and Tagging

I’m trying to figure out what ‘Web 2.0’ means to people. These are the reasons why I’m
trying to figure this out:

* I want to define it so that my tagline makes sense to people 🙂

* Web 2.0 is my niche topic. It’s my little piece of The Long Tail and I want to
attract more readers and subscribers to it. Ideally I’d like my blog to appeal not…

Cut-up Poetry: Ode to Google

Cut-up Poetry: Ode to Google

In lieu of a weekly Web 2.0 wrap-up (because nothing much happened this week), I did a
cut-up of a recent blog post by ex-Microsoft employee and now Google employee Mark Jen. This is the guy who recently started a
job at Google and is blogging about his experiences there. He pulled his blog off-air this
week, after it got discovered and dissected…

The Art and Science of Creative Aggregation

The Art and Science of Creative Aggregation

Jay Fienberg wrote a
very interesting post regarding the future of RSS aggregators and blogs:

“Now (today), it’s so easy to publish blogs that there are tons of them, and the
effort to aggregate them is beginning to again attract editor-like and writer-like
functions, i.e., merely mechanical aggregation of sites is seeming too…

Gillmor Gang Explores RSS and Content Business

Gillmor Gang Explores RSS and Content Business

Interesting edition of the Gillmor Gang this
week, focusing on RSS and Web content models. The guests were Stephen O’Grady from analyst firm Redmonk and
Rafat Ali from the excellent
PaidContent.org.

Event-driven

Jon Udell launched into an
interesting spiel around the 18 minute mark. He talked about some of the usage scenarios
for RSS in the…

Making it come alive

Making it come alive

This year I’ve been focusing on Web 2.0 themes in my posts, but yesterday I received
two emails from people responding to a couple of older Read/Write Web posts. Those emails
reminded me of the personal nature of blogging and that it’s about keeping it real.

The first email was from Debi Smith, in response to my review of Bob…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 16-22 January 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 16-22 January 2005

Some of the Web 2.0 trends and talk I tracked this week… accompanied by some dodgy
Austin Powers subheaders.

Tagalicious, baby, yeah!

Flickr and del.icio.us made tagging cool, now every social software app is doing it.
Technorati, The Robot Co-op and Metafilter were among the companies
braggin’ about taggin’ this week. There was also a fair…

Why Topic/Tag/Remix Feeds Are The Future of RSS

Why Topic/Tag/Remix Feeds Are The Future of RSS

To follow-up on my rather
bold prediction for RSS in my previous post: “in the not too distant future, more
people will subscribe to topic/tag/remix feeds than feeds of actual people.” 

One of the reasons I think this may eventuate is that blogging is and always will be a
minority sport (as I’ve
referred to it in the past). The killer app for…