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Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 28 Feb – 6 Mar 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 28 Feb – 6 Mar 2005

Time for your weekly dose of Web 2.0. This week: Yahoo yahoo yahoo (is there an echo in here?), Wikipedia, Web 2.0 start-ups, AutoLink (I know, but bear with me…), Ruby on Rails. btw what’s the best time of the week to publish this regular feature of R/WW? OK let’s try Monday afternoon NZ time, which’ll be Sunday evening Silicon Valley time and…

Long Tail And Blog Subscription Growth

Long Tail And Blog Subscription Growth

Update 2: After email discussions with Jon, I’ve discovered my figures were a bit out and so I’ve fixed that up now. In my updated figures, I now see evidence of what Jon pointed out in his post – i.e. a general tapering-off in new public subs added in December and February (albeit not so pronounced in my stats). Plus, if anything, the updated…

It’s Official: Wikipedia Entry For Web 2.0

It’s Official: Wikipedia Entry For Web 2.0

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

“Web 2.0 defines a newer incarnation of the World Wide Web typified by the transition from the typical website hosting HTML/XHTML pages, to a platform that provides a point of presence (sometimes known as a Web portal), from which any of the following interactions may occur:

1. Syndication of content using…

How Yahoo’s Web Services Support Their Media Strategy

How Yahoo’s Web Services Support Their Media Strategy

Tomorrow, 2 March 2005, marks the 10-year anniversary of Yahoo. According to a recent
AP article:

“Yahoo already has amassed an audience of 345 million, including 165 million
registered users who rely on the company’s Web sites for e-mail, e-commerce, news,
entertainment, driving directions, matchmaking, weather forecasts, job leads and…

Beyond Text

Beyond Text

Bob Wyman of PubSub has just written a killer post on the future of blogging (or one of them…). An excerpt:

“What Kedrosky is speaking of is what we at PubSub have been referring to as “Structured Blogging” and may be what Mark Fletcher of Bloglines/AskJeeves has listed as “Functional Blogging” in presentations he’s recently given. The basic…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 21-27 Feb 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 21-27 Feb 2005

This week: AP’s RSS feeds, Enterprise RSS developments
(Newsgator, Nooked), professional bloggers (Kottke, Darren Rowse), Odeo (podcasting),
Ajax. p.s. headers in honour of the Oscars.
 

Best Use of RSS Feeds by a News Collective

And the winner is: Associated
Press! …um, or Reuters. Because
they both have RSS feeds. Hmm, seems the…

Serious

Serious

‘Journey to the (Revolutionary, Evil-Hating, Cash-Crazy, and Possibly
Self-Destructive) Center of Google’. That must go down as the silliest title for a tech
article this year, nevertheless GQ’s profile of Google
was an interesting read. After that I happened to browse around the GQ website and saw an interview with Russell
Crowe. He was named by…

Blog Branding: About.com and Kottke

Blog Branding: About.com and Kottke

First, some context…

Jay Rosen, in the “after matter” of his article on the New York Times purchase of
About.com, posts an email response from Jakob
Nielsen. Nielsen said:

“The real secret of About.com is that they have figured out a way to get 500 domain
experts to work for peanuts, in return for the exalted status as “guides.” But…

Call For Non-Techie Web 2.0 Stories

Call For Non-Techie Web 2.0 Stories

One of my readers Taewoo Danny Kim recently
compared Web 2.0 to the Semantic Web and I think he hit on an important point. He wrote
in an email that Web 2.0 and the Semantic Web are…

“…basically moving towards the same thing (web as platform) from two different
directions: web 2.0 more from the business side and the Semantic Web more from…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 14-20 Feb 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 14-20 Feb 2005

A look back at the week that was in the world of Web 2.0. This week: Google’s AutoLinks feature, IE7, NY Times buys About.com, more Big Media blogging coverage, Bloglines hacks.

AutoLinks and Annotation

Ever since Google made it big, many people have been looking for a chance to pin the
‘evil’ label on them – especially as one of their company…

5 Book Reviews

5 Book Reviews

It’s been a while since I’ve published a book review on R/WW, so I’m going to briefly
review 5 books that I’ve read during the past few months. Four of them are Web
Technology-related and the other was an eBook that I bought.

The Nudist on the Late Shift : And Other True Tales of Silicon Valley by Po Bronson
is a book I’ve been meaning to read…

What Is The Data Matrix? Machines and Humans Coexist

What Is The Data Matrix? Machines and Humans Coexist

Andrew
Nachison from The Media Centre raises some interesting issues regarding RSS content
aggregation. He boils it down to these 3 questions:

1. Machines vs. humans? [in regards to aggregation]

I agree with Andrew’s conclusion: “This isn’t an “either/or” theory but a
“both/and” reality.” P.S. also check out The Media…

Weblog Authoring Tools Market Share

Weblog Authoring Tools Market Share

Elise Bauer has posted a comprehensive analysis of Weblog
Authoring Tools market share. As with RSS Aggregator market share
stats, there are a lot of caveats. But much can be gleaned from Elise’s post, which is a
continuation of an analysis she did in August
2004. The data is gathered from what Elise calls “Google Share”, which is a formula
based…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 7-13 Feb 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 7-13 Feb 2005

What’s been happening in the world of “Web two dot oh” (as Jeff Bezos pronounces
it) this week? Let’s find out.

Bloglines Sale (my last comment on it, I promise)

The Bloglines sale to Ask Jeeves continued to generate chatter in the blogosphere,
including from yours truly.
To sum up: Bloglines got a big payout and the public discovered that Ask…

Aggregation Advertising Aggravation

Aggregation Advertising Aggravation

Try saying that three times fast! Jupiter Research analyst Eric Peterson recently
had another chat with Bloglines CEO Mark Fletcher. The resulting
post from Eric pretty much confirms my theory that Bloglines was
scared off its contextual advertising strategy by vocal publishers (big and small).
Here’s what Eric wrote:

“[…] It turns out that…

Oliver Stone Turning My Blog Into A Movie?

Oliver Stone Turning My Blog Into A Movie?

Andrew Watson suggests
that my post about
Bloglines being scared off its advertising strategy would make a great Oliver Stone movie
🙂 Heh, I won’t sell my screenplay to Stone for less than a cool million! 😉 Seriously
though, it’s possible my post did sound like a Conspiracy Theory, but I suspect what I wrote is spot-on and Jason
Calacanis…

Blogging 2.0

Blogging 2.0

You may be getting sick of ‘2.0’ being stuck onto the end of everything, but I can’t
resist pointing to this
excellent post by VC Fred Wilson. He characterises the mid-to-late 90’s era of Web
content creation companies like About.com (ex-The Mining Company), Geocities and Tripod
as “blogging 1.0”. The likes of Denton’s Gawker, Calacanis’ Weblogs…

Bloglines Was Scared Off Advertising Strategy

Bloglines Was Scared Off Advertising Strategy

Provocative post by
Jason Calacanis on the Bloglines sale. He says it’s “a horrible business and it will
never make money.” The reason? He reckons “95-99% of the RSS reader market” will belong
to the Big 3 of Yahoo, Microsoft and Google within 2 years. That’s the ‘bigco will crush
littleco’ theory, which is an easy one to throw about (I’ve done…

How To Subscribe To Topic Or Tag RSS feeds

How To Subscribe To Topic Or Tag RSS feeds

Last week I wrote about
topic/tag/remix feeds. I think these may in future become more popular than people
feeds. So to follow that up, here are some practical tips on how to get started with
topic and tag feeds (I’ll address remix feeds in a separate post).

The first thing I need to point out is that topic and tag feeds are essentially…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 30 Jan-6 Feb 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 30 Jan-6 Feb 2005

Here’s my summary of what went on in the Web 2.0 world this past week. Headlines
inspired by tabloid newspapers.

Bloglines Shocker! Butler Buys Master of the Blog Universe!

The big news of the week was Mary Hodder’s scoop
that Bloglines has (probably) been bought by Ask Jeeves, the genial but non-trendy search
engine company. After a day or so…