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The Ants and the Bees

The Ants and the Bees

I’m not usually one to quote long passages of other people’s writing, but I can’t resist quoting Scoble’s post today about ants. In Robert’s vision, the ants represent Microsoft employees and the bees are third-party developers like Marc Canter. I love it when people use literary devices, such as metaphor, in a technical or…

Reputation systems

Reputation systems

The subject of topics for weblogs is getting some traction in the blogosphere. There are some promising apps for topics, including k-collector and Topic Exchange. Recently I wrote a post, in response to one by Clay Shirky, to say that weblog posts should be organized by topics in the blogosphere rather than organized by…

Daydreaming of browser/editors

Daydreaming of browser/editors

Don Park reckons that weblogs and websites will converge within the next 2 years time: “People [will] take it for granted that webpages can be edited using their browser. People will also take it for granted that any webpages can be subscribed to with a single-click. Web browsers will be changed to support all this and more like highlighting of…

Smart Clients vs Browsers

Smart Clients vs Browsers

Robert Scoble: “…at Microsoft we call Internet apps that aren’t in the browser ‘Smart Clients'”. The web browser is at a crossroads. Microsoft announced in 2003 that it would not release any further “standalone” versions of Internet Explorer – instead it will be embedded in the Operating System (codenamed Longhorn). But along…

John Robb leaves Userland

John Robb leaves Userland

News today that Userland CEO John Robb has left the company. Dave Winer says about Userland’s future direction: “We’re going to try to do something fun, unique, and powerful with UserLand’s position in the weblog and content tools market, and we’re going to try to include the community in the business, i.e. people will make money…

More on weblog topics

More on weblog topics

Couple of interesting comments to my last post. Harvey Kirkpatrick from itopik wrote: “I would argue that all the efforts are complementary and can be automated by some and humanified by others. We are choosing to humanify a bit the process hoping to be a bit more intelligent in our organization as Yahoo was in the beginning. Seeing linkages…

Organizing weblogs by topic

Organizing weblogs by topic

My post in response to Clay Shirky’s article on Corante generated some interesting discussion. The time is ripe to discuss weblog topics, thanks to innovative new tools such as k-collector, Phillip Pearson’s Topic Exchange, and itopik. I want to address a few points about organizing weblog posts by topic. 1) I still believe…

Weblogs should be topic-first, not author-first

Weblogs should be topic-first, not author-first

Clay Shirky (via Ross Mayfield): “The weblog world has taken the 4 elements of organization from mailing lists and usenet — overall topic, time of post, post title, author — and rearranged them in order of importance as author, time, and title, dispensing with topics altogether.” This is something that makes me a little queezy about weblogs. If…

CM for the masses

CM for the masses

Some quotes on the theme of content management (CM)… Gerry McGovern: “The Web may have been the almost exclusive domain of techies. Today, it is increasingly the domain of communicators.” Bill Gates: “Whether it’s handling a classified ad or handling editorials, the authoring tools for these things no longer require an IT department to be…

Supporting the two-way web (and Dave too)

Supporting the two-way web (and Dave too)

I’ve been following all the hullaballoo about the Echo Project. Unfortunately there’s been more flaming than at a dragons convention. But one of the few calm voices amongst all the hot air is Jon Udell, who today wrote a brilliant essay that got right to the heart of what RSS means.  Jon reminded us that technologies…

Blogroll funk

Blogroll funk

One thing that is definitely “funky” is the blogroll in Radio Userland. I updated my blogroll.opml file last night but – no matter what trickery I do – the changes won’t publish. That is why my external links look a bit odd right now. John Robb recently announced that Radio will soon release a new version, which is exciting news…

RSS and Echo

RSS and Echo

Jon Udell on RSS: “It’s about a new way of communicating, one that’s defined by personal publishing and subscribing, and that empowers writers and readers as never before.” Amen to that, brother. People are trying to change RSS into something called Echo. If you want to know why, then I recommend you check out Jon Udell’s…

C List blogger checks his stats

C List blogger checks his stats

I admit it. I regularly check my stats at Technorati and Blogshares, plus I do some search engine checks now and then. Everyone does it. I have to say I’m not exactly setting the world on fire in terms of popularity. I’m probably a ‘C List’ blogger at most 🙂 But I am noticing my Google popularity is increasing for the phrase “Read/Write Web…

Internet Explorer.NET

Internet Explorer.NET

In my recent articles I’ve explored the concept of the Universal Canvas, a term made popular by Microsoft when it launched .NET in 2000. But things just got interesting, with the news that Microsoft will phase out its Internet Explorer browser as a standalone product. Internet Explorer will be integrated it…

Learn by writing

Learn by writing

Mark Pilgrim: “I take in a lot of raw data, synthesize it, and spit it back out in ways that many people can understand.” Mark Pilgrim and Neil Deakin are two very smart web developers, but more importantly they both have the ability to document complex web technology in laymans language – so that wannabes can learn it…

Save the Web

Save the Web

Dave Winer posts a link to a DaveNet from 2 years ago: “If it were not possible to read my words without annotation, we’d have to invent a medium that allowed that. But in 2001 we already have such a medium, it’s called the Web. We have tools and servers and all kinds of runtimes on all kinds of operating systems. We don’t need or want…

Apple and the Universal Canvas

Apple and the Universal Canvas

Micah Alpern asked via my Comments form: “Wasn’t this term [universal canvas] first popularized by Apple with their failed OpenDoc program?” Only one way to find out and that’s pay a visit to Google. I found a definition of OpenDoc, but I didn’t see anything that had OpenDoc and Universal Canvas in the same sentence. Anyone know of a…

The Universal Canvas System

The Universal Canvas System

Last night I wrote about the Universal Canvas. Today in my RSS newsreader, what should appear but a great post from Steve Gillmor on the same topic. Of course being a pro, Steve made his point way better than me. Microsoft has all the pieces, says Steve, to “create a browser-hosted read-write tool for sharing and routing information.” But the…

Universal Canvas – In the Beginning…

Universal Canvas – In the Beginning…

I’ve become very interested in the “Universal Canvas”, a term popularized by Microsoft and subsequently analyzed by Jon Udell. First of all, here are two definitions of the Universal Canvas: a) From a Microsoft White Paper dated June 2000, entitled Microsoft .NET: Realizing the Next Generation Internet: “The universal canvas builds upon XML…