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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…

Talking Blog

Talking Blog

I’ve recently added a neat new feature onto my blog – a “Listen to audio version of this post” link at the end of each post (only on my website). It’s powered by a really cool new app called Talkr.com. Every time I write a post on Read/Write Web, Talkr converts it into an MP3 file. It’s quite a thrill listening to a computer-generated voice, female…

Yahoo My Web 2.0

Yahoo My Web 2.0

Yahoo has a beta “Social Search Engine” called (woo!) My Web 2.0. According to the Yahoo Search Blog, it “enables people to search the expertise of their friends and community”. It hooks into Yahoo 360 (which opened up to the general public last week), and it’s got “personalized search”, sharing controls, tagging and APIs. All beautiful Web 2.0…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 20-26 June 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 20-26 June 2005

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This week: Wrap of Microsoft RSS news, reblog/reblg, Attention, Yahoo 360
go-live, Late Show style Top Ten for Web 2.0.

Microsoft RSS Wrap

The biggest story of the week, probably even the year, was Microsoft’s bearhug
embrace of RSS. They got Dave Winer’s blessing and they made all the right sounds in
their announcement at the…

Microsoft Embraces and Extends RSS

Microsoft Embraces and Extends RSS

There has been a lot of coverage already about Microsoft’s RSS in Longhorn announcements, so my aim here is to distil it and get to the essence of it. I’m doing this for my own benefit really, but hopefully my notes help others grok it too.

The obvious place to start is Robert Scoble’s blog
(Microsoft’s most famous blogger). But I also recommend…

Top Ten Signs You Spend Too Much Time Thinking About Web 2.0

Top Ten Signs You Spend Too Much Time Thinking About Web 2.0

In the tradition of David Letterman, I’ve come up with my own topic-focused Top Ten list.

Top ten signs you spend too much time thinking about Web 2.0:

10. When arranging to meet with your friends in town, you suggest a “point of presence” instead of a meeting place.

9. Your child asks you for a raise in pocket money and you tell him to…

MSN: Bloggers Wanted

MSN: Bloggers Wanted

MediaPost reports that Microsoft’s MSN portal is advertising for bloggers. At first glance, this is right up my street. I’ve been trying to get an ongoing and secure 20 hour/week writing gig for months, with no success – i.e. I’m still at my day job! So my first thought was: is this potentially my breakthrough gig that will enable me to go…

Microsoft about to make a move in RSS-land

Microsoft about to make a move in RSS-land

I have a feeling this is going to be hugely significant. Dave Winer wrote today:

“On Friday you’ll see how deeply integrated RSS is in the architecture of the browser. But that’s just the tip of what may turn out to be a very big iceberg. The people at Microsoft noticed something that I had seen, only peripherally — that there were applications…

More on AOL portal – promising talk of RSS and topic-focused content

More on AOL portal – promising talk of RSS and topic-focused content

More news is filtering through about AOL’s re-design. AOL is probably second behind Yahoo in terms of the number of users it has, although it’s far behind Yahoo in terms of marketing itself as a media company. If you look at AOL.com’s homepage right now, for example, you’ll see it still largely promotes itself as an ISP (Internet Service Provider…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 13-19 June 2005 – International Special

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 13-19 June 2005 – International Special

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This week: An International Web 2.0 Special!

In this week’s Wrap-Up, I’m going to focus on international (read: non-US) Web 2.0
activities. The US and San Francisco in particular will always be the center of Web
Technology business, but it’s good to take notice of the rest of the world every now and
then too.

Korea…

Good on ya Cambo!

Good on ya Cambo!

Congrats to fellow Wellington boy Michael Campbell for winning the U.S. Open in golf today! A huuuge achievement! And I love this quote from him afterwards:

“I thought before the round started, nobody’s really taking any special notice of me. Just a quiet kiwi hanging around, there and thereabouts. If I play well, I could win this thing. Here’s…

Good Blogs

Good Blogs

For some reason, three of my favourite blogs posted self-referential reflection posts at pretty much the same time. An excuse for me to pay homage to them (and some other blogs I enjoy). In no particular order:

a) PaidContent.org is the most professional blog that I know of and I’ve been an admirer for a while now. Rafat and Staci have a knack…

AOL the sleeping giant of RSS?

AOL the sleeping giant of RSS?

Jupitermedia analyst David Card thinks AOL is preparing for a big fattie splash into the RSS pool. He says:

1. The new version of MyAOL is “essentially an RSS reader”, albeit not as slick as how Apple does RSS in its Safari browser.

2. “AOL has a deal with Feedster to provide 7 million user-selectable feeds.” (what a coup for Feedster!)

3…

Google website ranking patent – but does it account for RSS and APIs?

Google website ranking patent – but does it account for RSS and APIs?

On 31 March 2005 a Google US patent was made public that reveals interesting data on how they rank your website. Patent number 20050071741 was actually filed on 30 September 2003, but it was only made public at the end of March. Darren Yates did some analysis on it – some of his observations (mixed with my own):

– How long the domain name has been…

Yes, I will go to the Web 2.0 Conference

Yes, I will go to the Web 2.0 Conference

Ok, this morning’s post was silly. Now here’s a serious one. I will go to San Francisco this October, for two reasons. Firstly to attend the Web 2.0 Conference (why should I miss out on all the fun!). Secondly to get a job in America, so my family and I can live there.

I’d made up my mind before I read Steve Jobs’ Commencement address to Stanford…