Latest Articles

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 22-28 August 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 22-28 August 2005

sponsored by:

Onfolio is offering R/WW readers a coupon code entitling the bearer to $30 off a
purchase of Onfolio Professional
before August 31st (a 30% saving off the normal $99.95 price). To use the coupon, enter
it at the time of purchase. Coupon Code: RM857202

This week: Google vs Skype, BBC puts TV on the Web, New Apps on the Block…

9rules Network

9rules Network

I’ve joined the 9rules Network, a community of high quality weblogs and websites. Here’s the announcement from Paul Scrivens, 9rules’ inspirational CEO. The 9rules Network is very similar to what I described as my ideal blog network a few weeks ago: “a group of niche bloggers, each with their own unique look n’ feel but collectively part of a…

A New Beginning

A New Beginning

Today is my first day as a full-time freelancer, doing Web analysis and writing. It’s
also my birthday, so double reason to celebrate 🙂 

I finished up at my day job yesterday, so as of today I’m working 100% virtually –
with people and companies from Silicon Valley, Britain, perhaps even Australia. I do have
a little bit of work here in New…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 15-21 August 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 15-21 August 2005

sponsored by:

Onfolio is offering R/WW readers a coupon code entitling the bearer to $30 off a
purchase of Onfolio Professional
before August 31st (a 30% saving off the normal $99.95 price). To use the coupon, enter
it at the time of purchase. Coupon Code: RM857202

This week: New apps on the block, Schools and the Web, Kids and Web 2.0, API…

Ads, Spam, Commercial use of RSS feeds

Ads, Spam, Commercial use of RSS feeds

A bit of admin – just so you know, I’m testing out a new type of RSS advertising with Feedburner. I’m testing it because it’s pretty close to the type of RSS advertising I described in this post back in May.

Speaking of advertising, Phil Ringnalda has noticed the O’Reilly Network is using a subtle form of advertising/search engine…

RSS 3.0?

RSS 3.0?

This is news to me. Apparently there’s a version 3 of RSS, which purports to be “a derivative work which is meant to replace the 2.0 version.” That’ll please Dave Winer, I’m sure. A guy called Jonathan Avidan is behind RSS 3.0 and he seems to be the only one contributing to the RSS 3 MessageBoards at this time.

Mr Avidan also posted an article at…

Web as Platform Mash-Ups

Web as Platform Mash-Ups

There have been a lot of excellent posts and articles this week about APIs, the Web as
Platform, web sites as software companies, and so forth. Here’s my own mash-up of some of
the highlights:

The Philosophy of Web 2.0

To set the scene, let’s consider what the essence of Web 2.0 is. Peter Merholz has been thinking
about this: “The point isn’t the…

Number 215 with a bullet

Number 215 with a bullet

Feedster have come up with a Top 500 blogs list, in response to Jason Calacanis’ challenge. I make the charts at number 215. Even though charts are elitist and all that, it’s cool to see my blog up there. Maybe charts are only elitist when I’m not on them? But reality check: as number 220 (hee hee) SiliconBeat wrote: “Actually, we knew if someone…

Going back in time

Going back in time

I got quoted in an IDG article, currently on Macworld, about the RSS naming debate. I’m pleased to get my name in mainstream media, however they got the dates out of context. Here’s the extract where I’m mentioned:

“The debate raged on after Torres’ response to Winer. In an Aug. 10 entry on his Web log Read/Write Web, freelance analyst and Web…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 8-14 August 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 8-14 August 2005

sponsored by:

Onfolio is offering R/WW readers a coupon code entitling the bearer to $30 off a
purchase of Onfolio Professional
before August 31st (a 30% saving off the normal $99.95 price). To use the coupon, enter
it at the time of purchase. Coupon Code: RM857202

This week: RSS branding, More Web 2.0 definitions, Spam and fake blogs, MBAs…

Feeds is the new RSS

Feeds is the new RSS

This week I kicked off a discussion about what the
brand name of RSS should be, going forward. It’s
generated a lot of great discussion, including some excellent comments
on my blog. And
funnily enough, I’m now convinced that in fact RSS is not the right term to
market to the masses. ‘Web feeds’ is the term I like the most, although the
abbreviated…

Blog Networks are the new black

Blog Networks are the new black

This from Sir Robert Scoble:

“Watch for more business deals and from places you wouldn’t expect them. I’m hearing from several of my friends, for instance, that AOL is looking for media properties blogging networks.”

Interesting… I wonder if AOL read my Network of Niches post – I know some MSN folks did 😉 That post, and the one before it…

IBM develops computer ‘soul’

IBM develops computer ‘soul’

IBM’s new ‘SoulPad’ is a virtual computer on a small portable storage device, like a USB key or an MP3 Player. According to IBM, SoulPad “enables a paradigm of mobile computing where a user can suspend his computing environment on one PC and resume it on another PC that he may have never seen before.”

New Scientist takes the slightly creepy soul…

What’s in a name – RSS or Feeds?

What’s in a name – RSS or Feeds?

Google News now has RSS feeds (finally!). It’s great that all the big Internet companies now offer RSS feeds, but Google’s move unfortunately signals a split in RSS branding amongst the big media and technology companies. Like Microsoft, Google isn’t embracing the term ‘RSS’. Microsoft wants to call RSS “web feeds”, while Google is simply calling…

Tone down the cheerleading

Tone down the cheerleading

The Not Web 2.0 discussion has legs. Dave Winer pointed to Dare Obasanjo’s post, specifically this bit:

“The problem with ‘Web 2.0’ and other over hyped buzzwords is that 90% of the stuff you hear or read about it is crap.”

I agree, provided my blog is in the top 10% of Web 2.0 content ;-). But to be fair to Dare, he also states this:

“On the…

Big Blog Networks: my vision for Networks of Niches

Big Blog Networks: my vision for Networks of Niches

A Network of Niches is a group of niche bloggers, each with their own unique look n’ feel but collectively part of a branded network of like minds. This could be the way forward for a big company like Yahoo or AOL to roll out their blog networks, at the same time giving hope to niche bloggers who write original and compelling content.

Following on…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 1-7 August 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 1-7 August 2005

sponsored by:

Onfolio is offering R/WW readers a coupon code entitling the bearer to $30 off a
purchase of Onfolio Professional
before August 31st (a 30% saving off the normal $99.95 price). To use the coupon, enter
it at the time of purchase. Coupon Code: RM857202

This week: Hype 2.0, Education 2.0, Battlestar Galactica 2.0, Recruiting 2.0…

Gettin’ Paid: A Future for Content Creators? Redux

Gettin’ Paid: A Future for Content Creators? Redux

Remember my post last year entitled Gettin’ Paid: A Future for Content Creators?. In it I passionately made the case that there is a future for niche writers to make a living on the Web. Well there are signs that it may yet happen…

Microsoft has just started a network of blogs called Filter. The blogs in Filter are fairly bland and the writers…

Web 2.0 is not about version numbers or betas

Web 2.0 is not about version numbers or betas

Summary: Web 2.0 is everyday, non-technical people using the Web to enhance their lives and businesses. The fact that so many people are now creating and building on the Web is what the ‘2.0’ signifies.

Tim Bray dislikes the Web 2.0 meme, but mainly because it isn’t technically version 2.0. With all due respect, this totally misses the point…

Microsoft debuts RSS in IE7 Beta 1

Microsoft debuts RSS in IE7 Beta 1

Jane Kim, program manager for RSS in Internet Explorer, has written a useful post detailing the new RSS features in IE7. A few comments from me…

1) Microsoft has decided to call RSS “web feeds”, at least for now. Jane says they’re “still actively exploring what is the right name to use for RSS feeds”. Although I agree that end users need not…