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eBooks on Mobile Phones

eBooks on Mobile Phones

Russell Beattie’s just released a service called Mobdex, which serves up eBooks onto mobile phones. I had the pleasure of getting a sneak preview of Mobdex near the end of September, after Russ spotted a post about the Mobile Web on my blog and emailed me. So I’ve been waiting for him to release it to the public, so I can talk about it 😉 Mobdex…

Weblog Reading And Writing: Always Unfinished?

Weblog Reading And Writing: Always Unfinished?

Jason Kottke on web magazines:
“Before weblogs ruled the realm, a typical way to publish content online was in a Web magazine format. Suck, Feed, Netly News, Smug, Stating the Obvious, etc.”
Jason followed up in a later comment with this:
“Suck articles were finished and “professional”, which is what’s missing (I think) from my online reading these…

Cut-ups of my Top 10 posts of 2004

Cut-ups of my Top 10 posts of 2004

Back in the early 90’s I used to read William S. Burroughs books
and for a while I was quite taken with his “cut-up” method of writing. The
cut-up technique is a specialised literary form in which a text is cut up at random and
rearranged to create a new text (ref: Wikipedia). I think this was during my Surrealism
phase. Oh, it was nothing…

Top 24 of 2004

Top 24 of 2004

There’s a nice meme just started, asking people to list their Top 24 posts of 2004 (via). I
decided to check out my web stats and dig out the most-visited posts of 2004 for
Read/Write Web. They may not necessarily be “the best” posts in terms of quality, but the
people have spoken and the following posts were the most popular. Actually a lot of…

PubSub LinkRank

PubSub LinkRank

I came across PubSub’s LinkRank
feature for the first time today. It’s an interesting new measurement… Here is the
official blurb, comparing it to Google PageRank:

“Unlike Google’s PageRank system, LinkRanks are not iterative. Rather, we base
LinkRanks on a simple formula that only looks at local links – links which are within one
or two…

Schwartz on Network Services

Schwartz on Network Services

Listened to the latest
Gillmor Gang Show, with Jonathan Schwartz as guest. Sun’s Schwartz is one very smart
cookie and a very effective speaker. The following quote in particular stood out for
me:

“We [Sun] want a world where there are tons and tons of interesting, interactive iPod
equivalents – where people are doing interesting things with…

First eBook Purchase

First eBook Purchase

A couple of weeks ago I was bitching
that none of my favourite authors had their most recent books available in eBook format.
Well as luck would have it, Tom Wolfe just released his new novel
I am Charlotte Simmons and it is available as an eBook!

I went to 3 sources to check out the prices: Fictionwise had
it for US$15 (but with a 50% rebate…

Combined Subscriber Stats for Aliased RSS Feeds

Combined Subscriber Stats for Aliased RSS Feeds

This is a copy of a suggestion I’ve just sent to Bloglines Support. It was inspired by
a Feedburner Forums thread
I started a few days ago, regarding whether Feedburner was counting all of my RSS feeds in
their statistics. Turned out they weren’t and there was indeed an issue “with online
aggregators when you have multiple aliases to a single…

Branding Microcontent

Branding Microcontent

Well here I am blogging in my pyjamas. Not literally, but metaphorically. Chillin’.
Taking stock. Thinking about goals for next year. I’ve also been thinking about my Design for Data theory and
while I’ve been doing that, a few posts elsewhere have attracted my attention…

First a “in a nutshell” re-cap of what Design for Data means to
me…

Blog Aid Successful

Blog Aid Successful

To wrap up what has been a busy week, yesterday I finally got some momentum
going in the blogosphere with the O’Reilly interview. Thanks to Jason Kottke, Robert Scoble, Phil Pearson (btw welcome
back Phil!), Lucas Gonze and all
the others who kindly linked to it.

What happened was, I published Part 1 of the interview first thing Monday morning…

Summary of Bill Ives’ KM Storytelling Posts

Summary of Bill Ives’ KM Storytelling Posts

I recently did a dump of content from my PDA to my
linkblog – things I’d been reading offline and not yet recorded in my ‘Ideas
Database’ (aka my linkblog). One batch of links is from a single person, Bill Ives. So I
thought I’d dump them into one R/WW post – more for my benefit than anything else.

All these links are from his Trends:
KM/Portals…

Tim O’Reilly Interview, Part 2: Business Models & RSS

Tim O’Reilly Interview, Part 2: Business Models & RSS

This is the second in a 3-part interview with O’Reilly Media CEO, Tim O’Reilly. In part 2, we discuss business models for Web 2.0 and the future of RSS.

Business Models for Web Content

Richard: There’s been a bit of discussion amongst bloggers recently about
monetizing weblogs – making money off one’s Web content. This of course has long been…

Tim O’Reilly Interview, Part 3: eBooks & Remix Culture

Tim O’Reilly Interview, Part 3: eBooks & Remix Culture

In this final instalment of my interview with Tim O’Reilly (see also: Part 1 & Part 2), we discuss eBooks,
social networking, collaboration and Remix culture. This is probably my favourite segment
of the interview, because we explored some interesting new ideas here about Web
publishing.

Books and Social Networking

Richard: eBooks are a…

Don’t all link to me at once…

Don’t all link to me at once…

In a recent post I floated the theory that Content Creators need Media Companies to help them attract mass eyeballs to read their carefully-crafted content. It would be a symbiotic relationship – the Media Co’s get compelling content and the Content Creator gets mass readership. It’s win-win and I think this is one way round the A-List or Power Law…

Tim O’Reilly Interview, Part 1: Web 2.0

Tim O’Reilly Interview, Part 1: Web 2.0

Welcome to the second in my series of Web 2.0 interviews, in which I interview
people in the Web community who are building or shaping Web 2.0 – i.e. the Web as Platform. And
who better to talk to than the person who organized the hugely successful Web 2.0 conference held in San Francisco in October
2004, Tim O’Reilly.

Tim O’Reilly is the…

On Influence – Media Interest in Blogs

On Influence – Media Interest in Blogs

Summary: Let bloggers focus on getting the content right. Delivering that
content to a large readership is another business altogether and one which media
companies are best suited to provide.

My previous post was a
rumination on whether the future for Web content creators is getting brighter, with the
increased interest in bloggers by media…

Gettin’ Paid: A Future for Content Creators?

Gettin’ Paid: A Future for Content Creators?

UPDATE 12/11/04: An interesting conversation has developed in the comments to this post, spurred on by Phil Jones who disagreed with my position. Joshua, Liam and Matt Scofield also contributed thoughtful comments that are well worth reading. I’d like to get other opinions too… do you think there is a future – finally – for writers on the Web? Or…

Living Data & The Momentum of Webfeeds

Living Data & The Momentum of Webfeeds

I’m exploring the Design for Data thread and later in this post I’m going to get arty
on ya’ll. I think tomorrow I’ll begin to investigate Atomflow, but for now
let me give you an informal overview of my thoughts so far: 

– it’s about movement of data/content (in time); not places where
data/content resides. A word that I’ve been noticing…

Design for Data III

Design for Data III

Oh boy, this gets better… check out this extract from the latest issue of Fortune magazine (hat-tip Susan Mernit):

“The latest version of MyYahoo! allows its users to create custom home pages that automatically bring up headlines from any blogs you select, using a technology called RSS (Really Simple Syndication). The software can also draw in…

Design for Data II

Design for Data II

Quick follow-up on my post from last night. Over the past week James Enck has been writing a series of posts about ‘analyst blogging’. Ross Mayfield called it a “blog-based research model” and I wrote about it too. Now to be honest I’m not too sure what a “sell-side analyst” is in the investment industry, but what James is writing about is relevant…