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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…

Remixing and Speculation on The Future of RSS

Remixing and Speculation on The Future of RSS

Amazon DevCon is happening right now and happily the Amazon Web Services Blog is blogging it in
“near-real-time” (hat-tip to Greg
Linden for linking to it). I haven’t browsed through all the notes from day 1 yet,
but I feel compelled to post about Rael Dornfest’s speech on the subject of “remix:
beyond rip, mix, burn”. Some real gems in…

John Doerr at Web 2.0 Conference

John Doerr at Web 2.0 Conference

Here are some notes taken from John Doerr’s talk at the Web
2.0 Conference, held October 2004 in San Francisco. Thanks to IT Conversations for
recording it!

John Doerr is a
well-known venture capitalist, who apparently had the foresight to back Google in 1999
when few others did. His Web 2.0 speech had a lot of insightful nuggets and…

Lawyer asks Bloglines to remove his feed

Lawyer asks Bloglines to remove his feed

Looks like the first salvo has been fired in what is sure to be an ongoing controversy
over contextual advertising using RSS. Martin Schwimmer, a trademark lawyer, has
asked Bloglines to remove
his RSS feed from their service – and Bloglines has complied. Schwimmer publishes his
website using a Creative Commons non-commercial attribution licence…

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

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

Time for a look back at the week that was in Web 2.0. In no particular order…

1. Gizmodo’s 4-part interview with Bill
Gates ended with Bill
insisting that DRM is a good thing because it protects your medical records (or
something like that). In
part one of the interview, Gates mentioned blogging – said it was “super-important”.

Part two was…

More Thoughts on RSS Aggregator Market Share

More Thoughts on RSS Aggregator Market Share

Internertnews.com quoted me in their
article entitled Benchmark For RSS Client
Market Share?, a news story covering Feedburner’s RSS
Aggregator stats. It’s the first time I’ve been used in the media as a source, so I’m
quite chuffed. They didn’t contact me, just quoted from my blog – which is fine by me.
It’s a good write-up and it summarizes…

Feedburner’s RSS Aggregator Market Share stats

Feedburner’s RSS Aggregator Market Share stats

Great news! Prompted by my December post about RSS
Reader Market Share, Feedburner (the
company I selected as the
most promising Web 2.0 company of 2004/5) has just released their
own RSS Aggregator stats. This is exactly what I asked for, because
statistically the Feedburner data is much much bigger – and hence more
statistically significant…

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

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

I thought I’d trial a new feature on Read/Write Web, a weekly summary of news and views relating to Web 2.0 (Web as platform). Most of the links will be sourced from my linkblog, which btw I’m now managing with del.icio.us. So here are some highlights from this week:

1. Weblications is a must-read article by Adam Rifkin, that clearly explains…

Everything has already moved

Everything has already moved

Simon Waldman, Director of Digital Publishing for Guardian Newspapers, writes:

“Gizmodo gets handed an interview with Bill Gates. Good for them, I say – and a smart move by Microsoft. Now here’s a big challenge to traditional media: yes, anyone can run a blog and call themselves a reporter, but ‘access’ is operated almost on a…

Content and Containers

Content and Containers

One of my favourite articles of 2004 was a transcript of a
speech by Tom Curley, CEO of the Associated Press. In it he said that “…content will be more important than its container in this next phase [of the
Web]”. Why? Because “killer apps, such as search, RSS and video-capture software such as Tivo — to name just a few — have…

43 Things Launches

43 Things Launches

Congratulations to The Robot Co-op for releasing their new goal-setting social software app, 43 Things, in time for New Year resolutions. I’ve only added a few things to my account so far. I’m still working out the balance between private and public goals, but once I sort that out I’ll add more things.
Another observation – I originally entered…

Best Web 2.0 Companies of 2004

Best Web 2.0 Companies of 2004

In 2005 I’ll be sharpening my blog’s focus some more, onto the topic of Web 2.0. I’ll explore what Web 2.0 means in detail in later posts, but for now a quick definition of Web 2.0 is: using the Web as a platform.

A good way for me to launch into the new year is to review the Web 2.0 successes of 2004. Here then is an informal ‘best of’ for Web…

MT 3.14 Upgrade

MT 3.14 Upgrade

Technical note: I’ve upgraded to Movable Type 3.14, at the request of my web host. They won’t host old MT blogs anymore, because it “requires too much server (CPU) resources”. The upgrade went smoothly (thanks to my hosts) and the only issue was that MT-Blacklist v1.6x isn’t compatible with MT 3.14, so I had to uninstall that. I plan to install…

Contextual Ads and Creative Commons

Contextual Ads and Creative Commons

Still on the topic of business models for RSS Aggregators, Charles
Coxhead asked a very interesting question in the comments to my post
entitled Contextual
Adverts in Bloglines in 2005. Charles asked:
“Do you think there will be any issues for Bloglines in using others content for the purposes of building context for advertising, ie. is that…

Mark Fletcher: Boing Boing, Bloglines and Google

Mark Fletcher: Boing Boing, Bloglines and Google

Mark Fletcher, CEO of Bloglines, wrote up a detailed response to my two
recent posts: RSS Reader Market
Share and Contextual
Adverts in Bloglines in 2005. In his post, Mark analyses Boing Boing’s web stats and draws some interesting comparisons
between Google and Bloglines in regards to Boing
Boing’s traffic:

“Nutshell: Bloglines is the 3rd…

Contextual Adverts in Bloglines in 2005

Contextual Adverts in Bloglines in 2005

Fascinating post by Jupiter Research analyst Eric Peterson, which outlines the Bloglines business model for 2005 – courtesy of a chat Eric had with Bloglines Chief Mark Fletcher. Eric wrote:
“The essence of his answer is “AdWords on Steroids” (my translation, appropriate given their proximity to the BALCO scandal in Northern California). The idea…

RSS Reader Market Share

RSS Reader Market Share

There’s always a lot of talk about market share for web
browsers, which is picking up again now that Firefox is starting to eat
into Internet Explorer’s huge lead. But there’s been little talk of who is winning
the battle for the eyeballs of RSS consumers. Mainly that’s because reading RSS feeds is
still a niche activity, but who’s to say that 2005…

Bob Dylan Chronicles and Blogging for the thing’s sake

Bob Dylan Chronicles and Blogging for the thing’s sake

It’s probably pushing
it to equate Bob Dylan’s career as an incredibly successful musician, with my nascent
career as a Blogger. But there were a couple of extracts in the first volume of
Bob Dylan’s autobiography that I, as a Blogger, identify strongly with.

The first quote comes from page 18, where Bob was outlining his early days as a…

2005 Predictions (and some personal news)

2005 Predictions (and some personal news)

Jupiter Research analyst Michael Gartenberg has some
predictions for 2005. The first 4 are of great interest to me, so I thought I’d list
them here along with some brief comments from moi. Plus at the end of this post, a hint
of what I’ll be up to in 2005.

1. Longhorn is no longer the answer (or even the question). There was too much
Longhorn…