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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…

My Goals for eBook Culture

My Goals for eBook Culture

One of my stated niches is ‘web strategy’ and I’ve written a couple of posts on
this subject. However strategy is one of those things that is better practiced rather
than preached. I could write a whole bunch of articles on strategy, but the only way for
someone to be credible on this topic is to execute a strategy – and preferably be
successful at…

Context on the Web

Context on the Web

Summary: Microcontent in the form of sound bites, links and text extracts
are the lingua franca of the Web. But the flipside is that context morphs very easily, so
what are the moral and ethical implications of that?

Following on from my post the other day about Systems Builders, in which I
touched on these themes: synthesis, analysis, visonaries…

Systems Builder

Systems Builder

I came across an article
in Computerworld that has some good advice on designing and building IT systems. The
article is by Michael Hugos and he starts out by defining “Systems Builder”:

“This person can speak both the language of technology and the language
of business. This person understands the specific business issues that a new system…

Open Media

Open Media

Open-Media.org is an Open Source Media Project launched today by Marc Canter and J.D. Lasica. It’s going to be like the Internet Archive, only for multimedia files. In fact Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive (home of the The Wayback Machine) is providing free storage and free bandwidth for Open Media. Here is J.D.’s…

Electracy Comes From Other Planets

Electracy Comes From Other Planets

I recently wrote about a new
kind of literacy, one in which Generation Y is more fluent than the rest of us. It is
transforming the act of reading and it’s also re-defining Knowledge Management, I
believe. In my travels (on the Web) I came across a new term that may help us grasp this
new 21st century literacy: Electracy. It’s a neologism, a new…

Multimedia Blogging

Multimedia Blogging

Jon Udell has kicked off a series of articles at O’Reilly Network on what he calls “hypermedia
blogging”:

“The two-way Web unleashed by the blogging revolution is, and will
remain, largely a textual medium. And yet we’re clearly at an inflection point. It’s
increasingly feasible to create and share media content. If you needed special AV…

Introducing eBookCulture.com

Introducing eBookCulture.com

I’ve started a new topic-focused weblog: eBookCulture.com. It’s going to be exclusively on the topic of eBooks and the read/write culture that I think will develop around eBooks over the next few years. eBooks have so far not broken through into the mainstream, due to a number of factors – e.g. technical limitations of devices to read eBooks on…

Morning Coffee Note: Heavy Themes

Morning Coffee Note: Heavy Themes

As a follow-up to my Reliance post yesterday, which was on the subject of my dependence on web servers, I read something by Mitch Kapor this morning that resonates (even though his post was from a different context):

“I think I’ve unfairly maligned servers in the past. It’s not the server I dislike, it’s the idea that as an end user I am…

Audio Blogging Experiment Results

Audio Blogging Experiment Results

Audio and video blogging seem to be hot topics currently. I myself have done two,
pretty low-tech, audio blog posts. Both were readings of textual posts, one of a
Read/Write Web classic from January 2004 – The Fractal Blogosphere. And
the second audio post was something I wrote just last week – A New Kind of Literacy. The
results of my…

Reliance

Reliance

The thing about web technology – and computing in general – that continues to
frustrate me, is that it forces me to rely on hardware and software that is often outside
of my direct control. It’s all very well embracing the server side and using
browser-based products like Movable Type and Bloglines, as I do. But it does mean I rely
on the people…

A New Kind of Literacy

A New Kind of Literacy

Note: This post is also available in audio format (.wav file, 2.9MB).
“Literary Reading in Dramatic Decline” announced the headline at
the National Endowment for the Arts website on 8 July 2004. On that day the NEA published
a report entitled “Reading at
Risk” (PDF), which outlined the findings of a 2002 survey of the reading habits of
17,000…

Notes on Tim O’Reilly’s Oscon 2004 speech

Notes on Tim O’Reilly’s Oscon 2004 speech

One good thing about audio on the Web is that I can listen to things while I’m
working. Which is precisely what I did this morning with Tim O’Reilly’s
keynote speech at the Open
Source Convention currently being held in the US. The audio was done by IT Conversations,
rapidly becoming one of my favourite websites. O’Reilly’s speech…

Read/Write/Think/Dream

Read/Write/Think/Dream

As I was browsing the Web, looking for inspiration, I discovered a work by John Baldessari – a conceptual artist from America. He transformed the library space at UCSD (University of California, San Diego) into a beautiful work of art… the photos online are enough to make me want to go to UCSD and soak it up in real life. I wonder if it’s…