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Has Bloglines dropped the ball?

Has Bloglines dropped the ball?

I’ve written a few times now about being disappointed with Bloglines
this year – and their lack of progress since they got bought by Ask Jeeves. Now Russell Beattie has come
out and said it too – and he got a response from
Bloglines chief Mark Fletcher in the comments. Mark said (excerpted):

“You’re right in that we haven’t been…

In San Francisco

In San Francisco

I arrived in San Francisco yesterday, in preparation for the Web 2.0 Conference next
week. I’m spending two weeks in Silicon Valley, kindly hosted by TechCrunch’s Mike Arrington, Keith Teare and Frederico Oliveira. They’re having a great time with
my accent (“yeeeeeaa”). I’m having a great time in general and looking forward to…

Web 2.0 Elevator Pitch

Web 2.0 Elevator Pitch

The ‘What is Web 2.0?’ meme is everywhere and everyone seems to have a different
interpretation. Here are some of the latest:

Om Malik: “a
“collection of technologies – be it VoIP, Digital Media, XML, RSS, Google
Maps… whatever …. that leverage the power of always on, high speed
connections and treat broadband as a platform…

Sponsor Opportunity: Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up

Sponsor Opportunity: Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up

Next week is the last week of my sponsorship arrangement with Onfolio, so I’m putting feelers out for another Web 2.0-savvy company to sponsor my popular Weekly Wrap-up. I’ve been writing this weekly column since the beginning of January this year – never missed a week. It’s become the premium offering of my weblog and the two sponsors I’ve had…

The Services Ecosystem

The Services Ecosystem

Phil Wainewright wrote an excellent post recently entitled The great Web 2.0 application
(s)mash-up. He starts by quoting Mohan Sawhney,
professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management: 

“Five years from now, the concept of an application will be obsolete,” Sawhney
said. “They will all be services, combined, mixed, matched and reused…

Really Simple Web 2.0

Really Simple Web 2.0

Mike
Arrington thinks Tim O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 meme map should be simpler and Dave Winer responds,
saying it’s a complicated self-serving meme and pointing out that the map doesn’t include
RSS. I’ve been looking at the meme map closely, while working on the latest chapter of Josh’s and my O’Reilly book on Web 2.0 (so yes, I’m
somewhat biased in…

Web Services Publishing

Web Services Publishing

Fascinating
post by John Blossom on the evolution of content in the Web world. It’s similar in
theme to AP chief Tom Curley’s famous Content and Containers speech
last year – and my own extensive thoughts
on the matter. Riffing on GoogleNet, Blossom wrote:

“As content and software services merge into common XML-based objects, the lines
between…

Acquisition Rumors – Newsgator and Moreover

Acquisition Rumors – Newsgator and Moreover

NewsGator Technologies will be announcing “a MAJOR acquisition” at the Web 2.0 Conference on October 5-7. Hmmm, I wonder who it is. Looking at my RSS Space spreadsheet, Newsgator is one of the leading vendors in the Reader Services category. They also have a presence in the Search space.

I wouldn’t be surprised if they acquire a lesser but…

Re-design

Re-design

Just to let you know I’ve been re-arranging the furniture on Read/WriteWeb over the past couple of days. I went from a 3-column design to a 2-column one and tidied up the CSS. As well as keeping my web design chops up-to-date, I think the layout is a lot cleaner now. I feel like I can stretch my legs out more in this design. Anywho… time to write…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 19-25 Sep 2005

This week: Microsoft vs Google, Web 2.0 coverage galore, Web 2.0 Conference,
The Real World: yoga blogging, Techie post of the week: Mini-Microsoft.

The Wrap-up is proudly sponsored by:

Microsoft vs Google

Over the last week the number of stories about Microsoft vs Google has reached a
crescendo. The best one was a story by CNET entitled…

MSN vs WebMachine

MSN vs WebMachine

CNET takes an interesting look at Microsoft’s history in the Web era and suggests
that MSN may now be a key part of Microsoft’s Web 2.0 strategy. They write that MSN is
already being used as a platform for Windows software releases:

“The search service in Windows Vista, for example, shipped earlier as MSN Desktop
Search. In addition, Internet…

6-Figure Blogging

6-Figure Blogging

Darren Rowse (who earns nearly US$200k a year from blogging) has published an interview with fellow “six figure blogger” The Manolo. Here’s how The Manolo, who blogs about shoes, makes his/her money:

“In the order of importance, the affiliate sales of the shoes and the fashion, the contextual ads like the google and the chitka, the blogads, then…

Gmail/Google backlash

Gmail/Google backlash

Yahoo Mail, the beta Web-based email program, is better than Gmail – so says the WSJ’s Walt Mossberg. He notes:

“The new Yahoo Mail is far superior to Gmail. Yahoo more closely matches the desktop experience most serious email users have come to expect. Gmail, by contrast, is quirky and limited.”

He goes on to say:

“On several key issues…

FeedDigest on the way up

FeedDigest on the way up

Bud Gibson has a nice profile of
FeedDigest, an RSS remix service created by Peter Cooper that I’ve had my
eye on for a while. FeedDigest lets
users “mix, filter and republish or syndicate feeds to HTML, JavaScript, WAP or PHP, or to a new feed.”
Personally all I’ve used it for so far is to publish
my linkblog feed to Read/WriteWeb. I…

Web 2.0 Meme Map

Web 2.0 Meme Map

Tim O’Reilly has posted a meme map of Web 2.0, from the “What is Web 2.0?” brainstorming session at FOO Camp 2005. Hat-tip Josh for the link. It’s kind of a business model map:

Click here for full image

The orange box in the middle and brown ovals at the bottom cover some the themes I’ll be writing about in the next chapter of Josh’s and my book…

Feedburner’s Network Effects

Feedburner’s Network Effects

Feedburner’s
released more stats to celebrate reaching 100,000 managed feeds. They highlight some
impressive growth in the number of subscribers to Feedburner feeds – over 4.2 million
subscribers per day by end of August. Paul Kedrosky noted that the
number of subscribers has doubled every 2 months during 2005. Dick Costolo also pointed
out the…

The Future of Web Apps and Services, circa 2001

The Future of Web Apps and Services, circa 2001

I love reading old books about the Web and Internet. I’m in the middle of Stewart Brand’s classic book from the 80’s, The Media Lab, right now. Anyway I came across this 2001 web article from devx called The Future of Web Apps and Services, on the subject of Futurist Paul Saffo’s predictions for the Web. There’s no exact date on it, but I believe…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 12-18 Sep 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 12-18 Sep 2005

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This week: eBay-Skype: Web 2.0 Ramifications, The Real World – Katrina
response, Microsoft PDC – Start.com extended, Yahoo Shopping API and Shopify, New apps on
the block.

eBay-Skype: Web 2.0 Ramifications

Early this week eBay confirmed
its acquisition of Skype for between $2.6 – 4.1 billion. On my ZDNet blog I looked at…

WeboMania 2006: Macho Man Microsoft vs Google the Giant

WeboMania 2006: Macho Man Microsoft vs Google the Giant

Summary: 2006 may well be Microsoft’s year, with upgrades to its flagship Vista OS and Office 12 products. But only if Google lets it be their rival’s year. We don’t yet know what Google has up its sleeve – when will they release their own browser, or their web-based Office suite? We’ll find out perhaps in 2006.
Brad Feld thinks 2006 will be “The…

The danger of running a remix service

The danger of running a remix service

Populicio.us was a service that used data from social bookmarking site del.icio.us, to create a site with enhanced statistics and a better variety of ‘popular’ links. However the Populicio.us service has just been taken off air, because its developer can no longer get the required information from del.icio.us. The developer of Populicio.us…