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Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 5-11 Sep 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 5-11 Sep 2005

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This week: Microsoft’s Web 2.0 platform, Rich Clients, Acquisitions, Web 2.0 in
The Real World, Techie Post of the week – Web Development Trends for 2006.

Microsoft’s Web 2.0 platform

News this week that Microsoft is releasing a set of developer APIs for
four MSN properties: MSN Virtual Earth, MSN Messenger, Start.com and MSN…

Grokking BBC Online and Web 2.0 media business models

Grokking BBC Online and Web 2.0 media business models

James MacAonghus from Aqute is writing a series of posts analysing BBC Online, which I highly recommend you check out. In Part 1 James wrote that BBC’s online reach has been steadily growing. In Part 2 he drills down into the details. Although BBC has more than one online strategy, “a pattern is emerging” according to James. He wrote:

“The BBC…

Microsoft’s Web platform and why Windows devices remain key

Microsoft’s Web platform and why Windows devices remain key

That’s the title of my latest post on ZDNet. I’m pointing to it here because Bloglines is for some reason not fetching the Web 2.0 Explorer feed, so the 56 people who’ve subscribed already in Bloglines (in just a couple of days – wow!) have not yet been notified of the new post.

In it I discuss the news of Microsoft’s Web 2.0 platform strategy…

Web 2.0 Stereotypes

Web 2.0 Stereotypes

Deja vu, is there a glitch in the Web 2.0 Matrix? Phil Pearson has noticed
it:

“OK guys, this is going too far. Not ALL of the following are required for a web 2.0-style application/site:

– Name that consists of a number and a word. (37signals did it for their company, and 43places did it for their site. That’s enough.)

– Blatant rip off of…

Book deal and new ZDNet blog

Book deal and new ZDNet blog

A couple of weeks ago I began my new life as a full-time freelance Web Analyst and Writer.

One of the things I’ll be doing is co-writing a book for O’Reilly Media on the topic of Web 2.0. I started writing it this week.

I’ve also just started a ZDNet blog, called Web 2.0 Explorer. There are two posts up there already, including one I wrote…

The RSS Space defined

The RSS Space defined

I recently finished a report on ‘The RSS Space’ for a client. In it I mapped out the
current RSS vendor landscape, building on a blog post that
Brad Feld wrote well over a year ago.

I’ve decided to publish the vendor map onto a JotSpot Wiki as a kind of ‘Open
Source’ gesture. Currently the data is representative, because it only has about…

ProgrammableWeb – Web 2.0 resource for developers

ProgrammableWeb – Web 2.0 resource for developers

John Musser has started a promising new Web 2.0 resources website, focused on technical Web platform development. It features a list of Web 2.0 APIs, 54 of them already!

The point of the site, John explains in the ProgrammableWeb blog, is to “create a home page for Web 2.0 developers.” That’s a very worthy aim and I’ll be checking the site out…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 29 Aug – 4 Sep 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 29 Aug – 4 Sep 2005

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This week: Social tools in disasters, VC trends, Custom Web 2.0 Business Plans, Web-based Office, Techie post of the week – APIs and control.

Social tools help in Katrina Hurricane

First things first. We’ve all been shocked by the Hurricane Katrina devastation. Dina Mehta has a couple of great posts that show the way for people…

RSS on mobile phones

RSS on mobile phones

Barb Dybwad
posed an interesting question this week: “how many of you read some or all of your RSS
feeds on your cellphone? If you do – which application or service do you find the
best/easiest to use/most comprehensive and why?”

Personally I don’t read feeds in my mobile phone, although I would like to. I do
download content from the Web onto…

Web 2.0 Office

Web 2.0 Office

This week I’ve been noticing a lot of Web 2.0-style Office apps coming out. Here’s a selection of some of them:

AjaxOffice – “A complete office suite usable via your browser. Your documents are safely stored on a server…”

Writely – “The Web Word Processor” (unfortunately the beta is full already). TechCrunch reviewed it and said: “Writely is…

Question about Wikis

Question about Wikis

I have an Excel spreadsheet of data about RSS vendors that I want to share with the world. I recently did a report for a client, in which I defined and analysed ‘The RSS Space’. As part of that report, I created a spreadsheet that mapped RSS vendors to categories – with a lot of help from some brilliant minds in the VC and RSS worlds. So what I…

Subscriber Stats and Web-based Feed Readers

Subscriber Stats and Web-based Feed Readers

Last night while looking at the new Feedburner design (well done guys!), I noticed that my subscriber stats figure has suddenly jumped. My current count of RSS subscribers in Feedburner is 3744. The main reason is that Rojo has just been added to Feedburner’s numbers – previously it was missing. What surprised me is the extent of Rojo’s impact on…

On Being a Media Hub

On Being a Media Hub

Interesting podcast conversation today between Steve Gillmor and Rafat Ali (of paidcontent.org). Steve labelled paidcontent.org “an emerging force in the new media” and this theme was explored during the podcast. My ears pricked up when Steve talked about blogs like Om Malik’s, John Battelle’s and Engadget becoming media properties in their own…

Thin Client Blockbuster

Thin Client Blockbuster

I can imagine the movie trailer voiceover: “In a world where Thin Clients rule, one man (and a very large software company) is fighting back…”

This is a movie starring Robert Scoble, Microsoft’s most famous blogger. It’s about the war against Web-based apps and the script is being written by Robert himself. First he said:

“…Olivier has the…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 22-28 August 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 22-28 August 2005

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This week: Google vs Skype, BBC puts TV on the Web, New Apps on the Block…

9rules Network

9rules Network

I’ve joined the 9rules Network, a community of high quality weblogs and websites. Here’s the announcement from Paul Scrivens, 9rules’ inspirational CEO. The 9rules Network is very similar to what I described as my ideal blog network a few weeks ago: “a group of niche bloggers, each with their own unique look n’ feel but collectively part of a…

A New Beginning

A New Beginning

Today is my first day as a full-time freelancer, doing Web analysis and writing. It’s
also my birthday, so double reason to celebrate 🙂 

I finished up at my day job yesterday, so as of today I’m working 100% virtually –
with people and companies from Silicon Valley, Britain, perhaps even Australia. I do have
a little bit of work here in New…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 15-21 August 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 15-21 August 2005

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Onfolio is offering R/WW readers a coupon code entitling the bearer to $30 off a
purchase of Onfolio Professional
before August 31st (a 30% saving off the normal $99.95 price). To use the coupon, enter
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This week: New apps on the block, Schools and the Web, Kids and Web 2.0, API…

Ads, Spam, Commercial use of RSS feeds

Ads, Spam, Commercial use of RSS feeds

A bit of admin – just so you know, I’m testing out a new type of RSS advertising with Feedburner. I’m testing it because it’s pretty close to the type of RSS advertising I described in this post back in May.

Speaking of advertising, Phil Ringnalda has noticed the O’Reilly Network is using a subtle form of advertising/search engine…

RSS 3.0?

RSS 3.0?

This is news to me. Apparently there’s a version 3 of RSS, which purports to be “a derivative work which is meant to replace the 2.0 version.” That’ll please Dave Winer, I’m sure. A guy called Jonathan Avidan is behind RSS 3.0 and he seems to be the only one contributing to the RSS 3 MessageBoards at this time.

Mr Avidan also posted an article at…