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Mobile Web – Watch This Space!

Mobile Web – Watch This Space!

I’ve mentioned that September is Month of Mobility at Read/Write Web, but I haven’t posted about it as much as I wanted to. Why? It’s because the mobile world is mostly new to me, which means I’ve had to batch process a whole bunch of information about it over the past few weeks.

Frankly I’ve been so absorbed in the PC Web over the years, that…

Bit of a Re-design

Bit of a Re-design

I’ve been mucking around with my CSS over the past few days. Gone are the vertical grey lines and greeny colour scheme. I’ve kept the pacific green colour in the site title though, as a keepsake of the old style. Plus that colour is sort of identified with me now and my favicon uses it.

It’s all about the whitespace and I’ve tried to make that…

On Collaboration

On Collaboration

Today I had a meeting with a large multinational content and document management vendor (who shall remain nameless). I was struck by how many times they used the word “collaboration” to describe their current software. Collaboration is also a trendy word in the world of social software. But the difference is that social software folks use…

Baby names for bloggers – comments

Baby names for bloggers – comments

Excellent response to my light-hearted Friday post Suggested baby names for bloggers. The comments are still open if you want to add your suggestions. As for me, I have the following names lined up should I need them:

Foaf Http 201 Alist MacManus (if it’s a boy)

Note: I think ‘Foaf’ could be the new ‘Frank’… and his school mates could…

Suggested baby names for bloggers

Suggested baby names for bloggers

Warning: This post is frivolous and NOT topic-focused! May the blogosphere have mercy on me. So here are those baby names…

Girls:
Bloggia
Blerta
Post
Ping (could work as a boys name too)
Dot
Blogatha
Rebecca
Aggie

Boys:
Blogbert
Atom
Alist
Zeldman
Pilgrim
Blog-Blog (i.e. like Jon-Jon)
Permalink
Dave

Any other suggestions?

Pens, Weblogs & Knowledge Management

Pens, Weblogs & Knowledge Management

There’s an interesting meme doing the rounds about using pens as a metaphor for
weblogs. Of course I can’t resist adding my 2 cents when it comes to that topic
🙂 Lilia began with a
post that explored the ‘weblog as a pen’ metaphor in relation to how weblogs serve
many purposes – like pens do. This was as a reaction to the ‘weblog as genre…

Portable Internet

Portable Internet

The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) has just released a report entitled The Portable Internet. From the press release:

“A new set of advanced wireless technologies now promises to bring affordable, high-speed Internet connectivity to the masses. This set of technologies, and the market opportunity they create, has been termed the…

Digital Lifestyle Mobile Jigsaw

Digital Lifestyle Mobile Jigsaw

In my post about internet-based mobility earlier this week, I mentioned that the hype around mobile devices we endured during the 90’s and early 21st century is finally being realized in 2004. Mobile phone market penetration is running at 70% where I live, up from 10% in the mid-90’s. Other devices such as PDA’s, the iPod and the Tablet are also…

eBook Culture Strategy, Part 1

eBook Culture Strategy, Part 1

It’s about time I published my strategy for my new topic-focused blog, eBook Culture. Although upon reading Erik
Benson’s post tonight about getting on and building something rather than “talking
about it but never building it”, I now feel a bit guilty about writing yet another grand
plan instead of getting my hands dirty with implementation…

Mobility

Mobility

September is the Month of Mobility at Read/Write Web, I’ve decided. This month
I’m going to explore the intersection between the Web and mobile devices. Principally
mobile phones and PDA’s, although there’s also a trend of convergence of those two
devices into “smart phones”. And let’s not forget new ground-breaking devices such as the
iPod, the…

Case Study of a Non-Geek Topic-Focused Blog: Fast Machines

Case Study of a Non-Geek Topic-Focused Blog: Fast Machines

Last week I wrote about some examples of topic-focused
blogs, all of which had technology-focused content. Josh Katinger left a comment pointing
to his blog about motor racing, called Fast
Machines. It didn’t look like spam, so I clicked through and discovered that Josh
runs a very good topic-focused blog. And guess what – it isn’t a techy one…

New Strategy for Read/Write Web

New Strategy for Read/Write Web

Before I blog the eBook Culture strategy I’ve been promising, I really need to get the strategy of Read/Write Web confirmed. Long-suffering readers will know that I periodically go through a hand-wringing phase where I question the meaning of my blog. I’m sure this is testing the patience of my readers, who probably want to slap me in the face…

What are your Google Number 1’s?

What are your Google Number 1’s?

Andrew left a great comment on my previous post about blog branding. I’d mentioned I was number 1 for the Google phrase “two way web blog”. Andrew also informed me I’m the number 1 search result in Google for these phrases:

“microcontent wiki”
“fractal blogosphere”
“picked a fight with clay shirky”

I love that last one! Andrew’s number 1 Google…

What’s Your Brand?

What’s Your Brand?

Keith Robinson is going through a re-branding exercise for his weblog. Even though I’m not focused on web design, I identify strongly with what Keith is trying to do – because I’ve been doing much the same thing over here. A few weeks ago I updated my About Me to reflect my new more narrowly focused goals for Read/Write Web. This followed on from…

Elvis and Me

Elvis and Me

Elvis Costello and I share a birthday today. He’s the big 5-0, while I’m the next generation down (I’d tell you my age, but I’m not ready for Google to know). Elvis and I also share the same name. He was born Declan MacManus and I was born – and still am, unless you count Read/Write Web as my stage name – Richard MacManus. So, same birthday and…

RVW Reviews on Read/Write Web

RVW Reviews on Read/Write Web

I’ve been meaning to add the RVW module
for reviews for a wee while now and tonight I did it. RVW is an RSS module created by
Alf Eaton. It’s basically some extra metadata
you add to your RSS feed that describes reviews – of books, music, anything you like
really. Reviews is one part of Marc Canter’s crusade for open
microcontent formats.

Alf…

The Coma – Alex Garland

The Coma – Alex Garland

First impressions. Short book, more of a novella than a novel. I finished it in one day (a day off work). Alex Garland, if you don’t know his work, wrote a famous novel called The Beach in the 90’s. The book was much better than the Leonardo Di Caprio movie of the same name. Garland’s second novel was called The Tesseract and was set in the…

Topic-focused Blogs: Examples

Topic-focused Blogs: Examples

So I’ve started a topic-focused blog, eBook Culture. Yesterday I outlined my personal goals for the site. Today I’m going to review examples of successful topic-focused blogs, from two people who are leading the way in this type of blog.

PVRblog: product-centered content

Probably the most well known example of a topic-focused blog is PVRblog…

Mobile Media

Mobile Media

Lucas Gonze comments on my post from yesterday:

“Richard MacManus is throwing himself into eBooks. A synchronicity is that I ran across an excellent bit of non-fiction by Phillip K. Dick which is available freely on the net and couldn’t figure out what to do with it. It’s not desk reading — it’s too long, and it needs to be read with patience…