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Thanks Feedster

Thanks Feedster

Feedster has named Read/WriteWeb one of their Feeds of the Year. Their summary of my blog is pretty funny, given the controversy over the past few days. Russell Shaw, whose post was the final straw which led me to declaring myself fed up with all the Web 2.0 hype and debate, was one of the judges!

Talk about coincidence. A couple of days ago on my…

Cat eats pigeons: why Web 2.0 has jumped the shark

Cat eats pigeons: why Web 2.0 has jumped the shark

Well my declaration that Web 2.0 is dead set
the cat amongst the pigeons. Let me give a bit of background…

I’ve been thinking for a while now about re-focusing Read/WriteWeb onto more
media-related Web technologies. Many of the things I’m interested in are being done by
Yahoo!, which by now is generally recognized as a media company. Web-based…

Ben’s Top Ten 2006 Features to Flip

Ben’s Top Ten 2006 Features to Flip

Ben Barren’s written an excellent series of posts about his favorite features to flip. Here’s his top ten:

#1 – Podcasting Ratings
#2 – Better Blogging Tools
#3 – MySpace meets Linkedin
#4 – Non-Text RSS Reader
#5 – RSS Search/Reader Attention Glue
#6 – Images for Adsense
#7 – Podcasting Creation Tool
#8 – Enterprise Vanity Search
#9 – Blog/RSS…

Sir Tim Berners-Lee blogs

Sir Tim Berners-Lee blogs

The inventor of the World Wide Web is now blogging:

“In 1989 one of the main objectives of the WWW was to be a space for sharing information. It seemed evident that it should be a space in which anyone could be creative, to which anyone could contribute. The first browser was actually a browser/editor, which allowed one to edit any page, and…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 10 – 16 Dec 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 10 – 16 Dec 2005

Here’s the Top Ten web technology and new media memes, issues or news stories of the
past week.

1. Yahoo buys
del.icio.us. Yahoo! continues its buying spree of cool Web app companies, after also buying Flickr and konfabulator
this year. Bubblegeneration had a nice
summary: “Yahoo, I think, is rolling up social plays so it can basically do what…

Web 2.0 is dead. R.I.P.

Web 2.0 is dead. R.I.P.

I’ve had enough of the hype. I’ve had enough of cynicism. I’ve had enough of hate blogs. The nail in the coffin was this post on ZDNet, by Russell Shaw. The thing is, I agree with Russell. The term ‘Web 2.0’ is distracting from the real value going on in the Web right now.

Read/WriteWeb will be focusing on more media-related web technology in…

Yahoo opens Javascript Developer Center

Yahoo opens Javascript Developer Center

Toni Schneider, who runs the Yahoo Developer Network, just announced the addition of JSON support for various Yahoo APIs and a new Javascript Developer Center. This is designed for people who “eat, sleep and breathe JavaScript” :-0.

JSON stands for JavaScript Object Notation. According to the Wikipedia entry, JSON’s simplicity has “resulted in…

ZDNet: Top Ten Web 2.0 Moments of 2005

ZDNet: Top Ten Web 2.0 Moments of 2005

I’ve just published a list of the top ten defining moments of Web 2.0 this year. Here’s a taster, but please click through to ZDNet to read the whole post.

It’s been a huge year for the Web! A time of renewed optimism in Silicon Valley and an incredible number of new web applications. In a sense it all started with Google’s IPO in August 2004, the…

Media plan of the future

Media plan of the future

Liked this
quote from the recent Reuters Media and Advertising Summit in New York:
“The media plan of the future will look like the tiles of your bathroom floor … a number of component pieces fitted together very precisely, but lots of pieces,” said David Verklin, chief executive of media buyer Carat Americas.
Digging a bit more into that… in…

Structured blogging is here

Structured blogging is here

Phil Pearson, Marc Canter and others have been burning the midnight candle getting Structured Blogging up and running. It’s live now and Phil has a round-up of all the action. Structured blogging basically means publishing different kinds of information – like events, reviews and classified ads – in a ‘structured’ format, so that aggregators can…

Alexa turned into web service – Amazon back to its innovative best

Alexa turned into web service – Amazon back to its innovative best

John Battelle just
posted that Amazon is opening up its Alexa search data and tools to the world! According to John, Alexa has about 5 billion documents in its index,
which is about 100 terabytes of data. With this move anyone will be able to use Alexa’s
index to develop their own services. As John wrote:
“Anyone can also use Alexa’s servers…

Web 2.0 definitions / Wikipedia idiots

Web 2.0 definitions / Wikipedia idiots

Joshua Porter has written a nice balanced introduction to Web 2.0 on Squidoo.

Meanwhile I’m having a running battle with some idiots on the Wikipedia Web 2.0 page. One or more of these clowns keeps deleting any and all references to my websites and articles. Now I know what Dave Winer feels like when he criticizes Wikipedia. It’s a great resource…

FeedBurner makes RSS interactive, with FeedFlare

FeedBurner makes RSS interactive, with FeedFlare

Feedburner has integrated Web services with
feeds, in a new product released just now called FeedFlare. I got a sneak preview of FeedFlare and it’s
currently activated in my RSS feed. You may have noticed some new active and contextual
links at the bottom of each of my posts, in your RSS Aggregator. Things like ‘Email
this’, ‘Email the author…

Gettin’ techie wit it

Gettin’ techie wit it

I’ve noticed some excellent techie posts lately, so I feel duty-bound to point them out.

Phil Pearson, XML expert Kimbro Staken and Movable Type consultant Chad Everett have been working on a Structured Blogging plugin for Wordpress and MT. This is to enable ordinary folks (like me) to publish “new microcontent types, support microformats and…

Tis the season for Best Of and Top Ten lists

Tis the season for Best Of and Top Ten lists

It’s that time of year when everyone brings out their Best Of 2005 and Top Ten lists. I wrote a post this time last year entitled Best Web 2.0 Companies of 2004. It didn’t get much of a response, because it was well before the Web 2.0 hype kicked in. Over the past couple of weeks Mike Arrington from TechCrunch and I have been compiling a…

Is Yahoo using Australia and NZ as a testing ground for rich media?

Is Yahoo using Australia and NZ as a testing ground for rich media?

Yahoo! has joined forces with the Seven Network, one of Australia’s leading television and media companies. A new 50-50 holding company will be formed that will own Yahoo Australia & NZ and operate under a new name, to be announced in January. A PDF presentation about the deal is here, which states (among other things) that Seven and Yahoo! “will…

Yahoo buys del.icio.us – keep it free!

Yahoo buys del.icio.us – keep it free!

As TechCrunch reported, Joshua Schachter has announced the sale of Del.icio.us to (who else) Yahoo. Personally I’m thrilled Yahoo got del.icio.us, but I’m hoping they don’t make it into a walled garden like they did with the My Web 2.0 product. Currently a user can export their data from del.icio.us, but they can’t do that from My Web 2.0. I’ve…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 3 – 9 Dec 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 3 – 9 Dec 2005

Here’s the Top Ten Web 2.0 memes, issues or news stories of the past week, as judged
by me.

1. Lightnet:
open up your media, the Lightnet revolution is here. Lucas Gonze is leading the charge of the
lightnet brigade: “The strength of lightnet is that everybody who’s not a media incumbent
wants it, and that’s more than enough creative energy to…