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Blogging as Marketplace and Ecology

Blogging as Marketplace and Ecology

Jason Kottke wrote today
that the blogging revolution will be commercialized. He said that “out of Technorati’s
top 100 most-linked weblogs, only 16 don’t feature advertising or are otherwise
noncommercial.” NB: he had some provisos on who in the top 100 really qualifies as a
blog.

There are a lot of issues to consider in Jason’s post and the only…

Feedburner and Blog-Centered Stats

Feedburner and Blog-Centered Stats

As a follow-up to my previous post, I decided to take the plunge and sign up with Feedburner (hat tip to Cristian!). Feedburner is a third-party service
that generates an enhanced RSS feed for you. What’s enhanced about it? For starters it
enables you to track RSS statistics for all RSS Aggregators (not just Bloglines).
Feedburner does much more…

Bloglines Subscriber Stats Redux

Bloglines Subscriber Stats Redux

Remember my post 3 months ago that analysed Bloglines subscriber stats? Well I thought I’d review the numbers. You can blame Seb Paquet for this 😉 Why? Because he’s just posted something on his weblog for the first time in over 3 months, which got me thinking about how his time away from blogging affected his stats. It turns out his Bloglines…

The Role of Storywriters in Organisations

The Role of Storywriters in Organisations

After my Dave Snowden grokking last week, I’ve been reading up on storytelling in KM. Bill Ives has some fantastic reading on this subject and I intend to read Steve Denning too. I was thinking this morning about how people have different niches and specialist talents. For example, I’m a better writer than I am a programmer or designer. And there…

C For Content

C For Content

Last night I proclaimed we’re in a Content Renaissance and this morning, what do I stumble across but a bunch of articles saying the very same thing! It’s either a case of ‘great minds think alike’, or there really is a content renaissance happening. 🙂 For example, Robert Scoble wrote a rah-rah article about “the content-creation trend that’s…

Content Renaissance On The Web

Content Renaissance On The Web

Is it just me, or is CONTENT making a comeback on the Web? I’ve been reading a lot of
the Web 2.0 blogging and I sense,
even from across the other side of the world, that the Web is entering another bubble of
optimism. Frankly, I wish I was over in America soaking it up. I’ve been thinking of a
plan to bring that to fruition… I want to write a…

Third Generation Knowledge Management

Third Generation Knowledge Management

This post could be sub-titled “Grokking Dave Snowden”, because that’s how I felt after
reading this PDF file from AOK
(Association of Knowledgework). The PDF features extracts from a proposed AOK book entitled Stars Of The
New Order: What They’re Telling Business Leaders. The chapter that got my attention
was chapter 13: Third Generation…

Shhh, Don’t Tell The Users!

Shhh, Don’t Tell The Users!

I love this extract from a Web 2.0 workshop about Enterprise social software, as blogged by Denise Howell:

Ross Mayfield (SocialText) and Michael Pusateri (Disney) are discussing using SocialText (and blogs and wikis in general) in business. Michael works for the television/ABC arm of Disney, and they’re using SocialText. He has a great point: how…

Content Platforms

Content Platforms

People have been talking recently about all the different buckets they drop
their content into. Especially in this world of decentralized web services we
live in today (Internet as
Platform and all that…). We have a wide variety of specialist content
services to choose from – e.g. Flickr and del.icio.us.
It’s all microcontent and so long as we…

Why Yahoo! + RSS = Good Thing

Why Yahoo! + RSS = Good Thing

I’ve been reading up on Yahoo!’s decision to add RSS feeds to the mix of content they provide on the My Yahoo! portal. The decision for them is all about enhancing their strategy for users to put all their Web content “in one place” – their place. It’s the same old Portal strategy that was so popular on the Web in the mid-90’s, but which very few…

Semantic Web is a Program

Semantic Web is a Program

Slashdot pointed to a new Tim Berners-Lee interview about the Semantic Web. While on face value it’s YASWI by Sir Tim (Yet Another Semantic Web Interview), there are some great quotes in this one. e.g.

When asked if the Semantic Web is just a way to automate things that a human would do, Sir Tim replied:

“This is more like giving you a program…

Douglas Coupland – Hey Nostradamus!

Douglas Coupland – Hey Nostradamus!

Douglas Coupland returns to form big-time with
this sensitive and soulful book, Hey
Nostradamus!. Before I get to the review, I’ll go over my
background as a long-time Coupland fan – because it’s especially relevant to my
thoughts on Hey Nostradamus!. I discovered him during the 90’s and he was one of
the quintessential writers of that milieu…

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…