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Aggregator Ambience: The cure for Information Overload?

Aggregator Ambience: The cure for Information Overload?

I was intrigued by this extract from the Headshift weblog:

“The new Web 2.0 tools and services help create an ecosystem of connected people and information – as David Weinberger put it this week: The cure to information overload is more information, only it should become more ambient.

We need to let people organise their inputs by exposing all…

Web 2.0 and RSS services for hire

Web 2.0 and RSS services for hire

I’m on the look-out for more part-time writing, analysis or consulting work. I can’t say too much about it here, but if you have any work opportunities for me – I’m available and I’d love to hear from you.

My skillset covers:
– Web and technical writing (including software specs)
– Social media analysis and research
– Web 2.0 consulting: including…

Web Apps are the new black

Web Apps are the new black

Rands in Repose has written the
best post about web apps I’ve read this year. I’ll pick out the highlights here and finish with some thoughts on re-inventing the page metaphor. Also
you may want to check out the Web Apps Compendium v1.0, a
great attempt at listing out all the main web apps on the Web today. 

What is a web app? Simply defined…

Bringing Web 2.0 to The People

Bringing Web 2.0 to The People

Jim Cuene gave an excellent presentation to the Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association last week, on the subject of Web 2.0. The accompanying powerpoint presentation (3.2MB) is a nice overview of current Web 2.0 trends, delivered in a down-to-earth and businesslike way. I particularly liked Slide 3, a comparison between Web 1.0 and 2.0…

On Interfaces: Rojo, Bloglines, My Yahoogle

On Interfaces: Rojo, Bloglines, My Yahoogle

Bloglines creator Mark
Fletcher opines: “I have over 200 subscriptions in my Bloglines account […] There’s
no way I could follow that many sites in My Yahoogle. Sometimes I’m asked if I consider
My Yahoogle competition. There’s no way that they can compete without completely changing
their interface.”

The Big 3 and Bloglines

He’s talking…

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

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

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This week: Summary of Google Factory Tour, Recruitment 2.0, Rollups, Techie
post of the week, Web 1.0 Summit.

Google Factory Tour

The Factory Tour and
accompanying webcast received tons of coverage this week, so I won’t re-hash all the
details. I’ll simply summarise the new things and add my comments. New? Google Personalized…

Testing Google AdSense for feeds

Testing Google AdSense for feeds

I’ve been approved as one of the beta testers for Google’s new AdSense for RSS feeds. So I’m going to be running Google ads in my feed for a few weeks at least – purely for research purposes of course 😉

Now before you get all righteous on me, remember this is a test. If the ads aren’t contextual enough, or they detract from my writing, or…

Google and MSN’s Web 2.0 Homepages

Google and MSN’s Web 2.0 Homepages

Google has just announced a new My Yahoo-like
portal page, which they are calling a Personalized Google Homepage. It
will be one place for users to access their Google search, news, Gmail, weather, stocks,
driving directions, movies – and more. In
the Google ‘Factory Tour’
webcast, Product Manager Marissa Mayer said they’ll offer “Universal…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 9-15 May 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 9-15 May 2005

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This week: Greasemonkey mayhem, Ajax fever, Web Design Minimalism mojo, Blogpoly Fun!, Yahoo
Music Engine rave.

Greasemonkey gives power to power users

What is Greasemonkey? According to the
homepage, it’s “a Firefox extension which lets you to add bits of DHTML (“user
scripts”) to any web page to change its behavior.” In laymans…

Competition for Bloglines?

Competition for Bloglines?

We’re nearly halfway through 2005 and there’s still no heavyweight competition for Bloglines in the Web-based RSS Aggregator stakes. And
I’m not talking about an Aggregation service like MyYahoo and Firefox Live Bookmarks,
which aggregate feeds either on a webpage (MyYahoo) or in the browser bar (Firefox Live
Bookmarks). Although they are hefty…

Aunty Remix

Aunty Remix

The BBC has launched a
new beta site called BBC Backstage, which
is their new developer network. They’ve put the call out for people to remix their
content, using their APIs and content RSS feeds. Although over the years the BBC has been
understandably “cautious” about “letting go of control of so much of our content”, it’s a
good sign they’ve…

MBA and Web 2.0 Symbiosis

MBA and Web 2.0 Symbiosis

MBAs got top billing in my latest Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-Up – and
there have been some interesting follow-ups. In the comments to yesterday’s post, Bud Gibson pointed to “The High Octane Blogging
Bootcamp” that his company is doing for MBA students at the University of Michigan, starting this Saturday. More
details here. Interestingly, they’re using…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 2-8 May 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 2-8 May 2005

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This week: business folk getting interested in Web 2.0, Adam Curry podcasting
from 2.0 perspective, cool Web 2.0 ‘mini-apps’, wrap-up of the adverts in RSS debate,
Bosworth’s Web of Data.

From MBA to Master of Web 2.0?

I get accused of being too geeky sometimes on Read/Write Web (no argument there!). So
I’m on the hunt for…

New: ionRSS.com and Digital Web Article

New: ionRSS.com and Digital Web Article

You know how Jude Law seemed to be in just about every movie released in Hollywood last
year? Well on a smaller scale, my writing is being published on various sites
across the Web currently. And no I’m not talking about those people who copy and paste my
posts into their blogs!

ionRSS.com

My new Silicon Valley Watcher blog, called ionRSS (eye on…

Healthcare in Web 2.0

Healthcare in Web 2.0

Web 2.0 is coming soon to consumer medical information services, says Gordon Gould. He
reckons the most interesting apps won’t come from established Web medical players, like
WebMD, but rather from startups. Gordon thinks the
established companies are too Web 1.0 – “monolithic, closed, and mostly just about
info-retrieval”. 

WebMD’s
mission…

post.icio.us update

post.icio.us update

Based on the great comments I received to post.icio.us a week ago, I’ve been doing some experimenting on R/WW. First I tried out the ‘5 links to a post’ style (again). I don’t think it worked, for me or for you. So now what I’m going to do is the “mini-analysis” style that Andrew Chen suggested. I did one earlier today, called Pulling the pieces…

Microsoft’s PC Hybrid and Media Vision

Microsoft’s PC Hybrid and Media Vision

Microsoft’s new version of Xbox, code-named Xenon, will be more of a “PC
hybrid”
according to Bill Gates. They’re aiming to be a media hub for the living room,
utilising the Web as a channel for media content and to enable collaboration. As Tom
Foremski notes, this will give Microsoft “a ready platform for its DRM technology and
for its MSN online…

Pulling the pieces together

Pulling the pieces together

Jeremy Keith has
developed a web app called Adactio
Elsewhere, which uses APIs to collect scattered pieces of Web content into one place.
It’s a nice idea and one that Erik Benson was
exploring not so long ago. Erik ended up piping all his content pieces through to his
weblog via the Bloglines API.

Jeremy built his app using Ajax (what else) and…

2.0 News

2.0 News

I’m trying again with a branded daily update of Web 2.0 news and
views. Not content with cornering the “Web 2.0” niche in blogs, I’m now making a play
for the term “2.0” 😉 Let me know what you think of the new format.

Backpack:
Web 2.0 Email?

Popular Web Design firm 37signals has announced a new email-to-web product. They’re
promoting it as a…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 25 Apr – 1 May 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 25 Apr – 1 May 2005

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This week: Google turns up the heat, Yahoo burns to be a media bigco,
Microsoft’s 64-bit light at the end of the tunnel, blogging media empires warm their
hands by the advertising fire, Craigslist – GoogleMaps make a combustible combo.

Google’s Preemptive Strike

In the Mojo Cold War, Yahoo took the initiative from Google at the…