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Web 2.0 is not about version numbers or betas

Web 2.0 is not about version numbers or betas

Summary: Web 2.0 is everyday, non-technical people using the Web to enhance their lives and businesses. The fact that so many people are now creating and building on the Web is what the ‘2.0’ signifies.

Tim Bray dislikes the Web 2.0 meme, but mainly because it isn’t technically version 2.0. With all due respect, this totally misses the point…

Microsoft debuts RSS in IE7 Beta 1

Microsoft debuts RSS in IE7 Beta 1

Jane Kim, program manager for RSS in Internet Explorer, has written a useful post detailing the new RSS features in IE7. A few comments from me…

1) Microsoft has decided to call RSS “web feeds”, at least for now. Jane says they’re “still actively exploring what is the right name to use for RSS feeds”. Although I agree that end users need not…

What about the Alternative Bands?

What about the Alternative Bands?

I love to read Steve Gillmor’s posts – he has a unique way with words and it’s fun (OK sometimes frustrating) to decipher his messages. But I really wish he would look beyond his Silicon Valley-tinted glasses and mention/link to some new blood now and then. Take this extract from his latest post, referencing what he calls the “new content kids on…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 25-31 July 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 25-31 July 2005

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This week: Walled Gardens, Ajax backlash, Widgetmania, Asia update, The Web –
Past, Present and Future.

The Walls Come Tumbling Down

Lately there’s been some progress towards…

Defining Web 2.0: the community way

Defining Web 2.0: the community way

Doc Searls grabs the Web
2.0 meme by the horns and gives it a good shake. He’s posted a thought-provoking piece in which he frames
Web 2.0 in the following way:

“I propose a goal: Make Web 2.0 the best possible commons for supporting free
markets and free culture.”

I’m glad Doc has weighed in on the ongoing debate about what Web 2.0 is. So far…

Exciting Times

Exciting Times

I’ve resigned from my day job, so in 4 weeks time I will be fully self-employed. I’ll be doing freelance analysis and writing work, plus an exciting project which I will advise you of soon. I’ve been extremely busy lately, hence the relative lack of blogging. But soon I’ll be back into it and writing regular thoughtful posts again.

This is a great…

Points of Presence

Points of Presence

– Google does RSS… sort of (you can now add RSS feeds to your Personalized
page by clicking ‘Create a Section’. It’s made with cool Ajax, but this is no RSS
Aggregator folks… come on Google, you can do much better!)- Attention Trust is a project led by Steve
Gillmor and others that is the next evolution of his Attention idea (TechCrunch breaks…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 18-24 July 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 18-24 July 2005

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This week: Thoughts on what News Corp will do with MySpace, New RSS…

Web 2.0 Sampler

Web 2.0 Sampler

– There are 1.12 million feeds in Bloglines that “matter”, says Ask Jeeves Blog (meaning at least 1 person subscribes to it. nb: SEW and Niall
both point out that some blogs have multiple feeds)
– Feedburner begins
to expand into “major media accounts and global relationships” (fulfilling all the
hype I lavished onto them in my Best Web 2.0…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 11-17 July 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 11-17 July 2005

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This week: The future of RSS, Amazon turns 10, Yahoo HotJobs, big bucks for blogging, techie post of the week – RSS systems.

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I’m pleased to announce Onfolio as the new sponsor of the Weekly
Wrap-Up! To celebrate, Onfolio has a special offer for Read/Write Web readers.
The following…

Technorati for President

Technorati for President

You’ve got to hand it to Technorati, they sure know how to get media and blog attention. A recent Wired article makes the extraordinary claim that Technorati is “a public utility on a global scale”. With no mention whatsoever of other blog search engines, Wired compares Technorati to Google – as if Technorati is as omnipresent in the blog search…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 4-10 July 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 4-10 July 2005

A bit of admin before I start. The Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-Up is looking for a new sponsor, now that ThePort Network has completed its sponsorship arrangement with me. Dan Backus from ThePort Network told me they had a lot of positive feedback to the sponsorship and their product offerings – which I was very pleased to hear. I want to thank Dan and…

Good conversation happening in my Bots post

Good conversation happening in my Bots post

I know it’s the weekend and not the ideal time for a blog conversation, but there’s a great one happening in the comments of my recent post On Bots and Content Creation / Aggregation. I’d like to get more points of view on this discussion, which is focused on the moral aspects of automatically-generated websites. I have strong views on it, as…

On Bots and Content Creation / Aggregation

On Bots and Content Creation / Aggregation

Sometimes I get confused by the Remix Culture and its various shades of grey. For example:

A good planet is hard to find

Planet Web 2.0 “aggregates the weblogs of the Web 2.0 community. Web 2.0 is about sharing rich data through open, loosely coupled services, enabling new and exciting applications and modes of collaboration.”

Sounds great – and…

Technorati the No.1 blog search engine according to Alexa

Technorati the No.1 blog search engine according to Alexa

Technorati has gotten a little bit of heat
recently from Marc
Canter and Dave
Winer, which prompted me to take a look at how Technorati stacks up against its
competition in the blog search space. Hat-tip also to Josh Hallett, who pointed me to a relevant post of his the other
day.

Alexa is an excellent
traffic-ranking tool, owned by Amazon. Take a…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 27 June – 3 July 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 27 June – 3 July 2005

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This week: Grokking Yahoo! My Web 2.0, What is Where 2.0, Entrepreneurs start
your engines, RSS VC fund fever, Techie Post of the Week – Attention.

Thoughts on Yahoo! My Web 2.0

Yahoo’s unveiling of a “social search engine” called My Web 2.0 got almost as much tech blogger
coverage as Microsoft’s RSS
announcements last week…

Morning Coffee Notes – Converse with us

Morning Coffee Notes – Converse with us

Good, Dave Winer has returned to text format (at least for today) for his morning coffee notes. That means I can link to it. He wrote this morning:

“Every company, not just tech companies, needs to have a presence in the blogging world, someone whose feet are planted both in the network outside the organization as well as inside. […] Only…

The Read/Write Web for most people is community websites – like eBay

The Read/Write Web for most people is community websites – like eBay

In my podcast with Alex Barnett the other day, I mentioned that the Read/Write Web (the theory, not my site) isn’t just about writing as we usually think of it on the Web – blogs, wikis, etc. It can also be interacting or transacting with websites and apps. Participating in the Web. This was one of the points I made in my very first post on my…

Podcast with Alex Barnett from Microsoft

Podcast with Alex Barnett from Microsoft

I’m doing the rounds on the podcasting circuit. Tonight I did an impromptu podcast with Microsoft International Program Manager Alex Barnett. We were chatting via Skype and it kind of just turned into a podcast. Skype can record calls, which I didn’t know until Alex told me – he has instructions on his blog.

Alex caught me a bit unawares with the…

Dogma Radio interviews me in a podcast

Dogma Radio interviews me in a podcast

I did a podcast with Roland Tanglao early this morning my time. My first real ‘chatty’ podcast, so it was enjoyable.

Roland is more of a natural podcaster than me. I was all “um”s and “yep”s and coughs and halt–ing speech. But that’s what podcasting’s about – it brings the real live person behind the blog out into the open. Writing is always…