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e-learning 2.0 – how Web technologies are shaping education

e-learning 2.0 – how Web technologies are shaping education

Written by Steve O’Hear and edited by Richard
MacManus. This is a two-part series in which Steve will explore how Web technologies are
being used in education. In Part 2 he will profile Elgg, social network software for education, and interview
its founders.

Much has
been written on Read/WriteWeb (and elsewhere) about
the effect that web…

Web 2.0: The Documentary

Web 2.0: The Documentary

While
I’ve been busy profiling
international “web 2.0” startups and products, Techcrunch has put together a video
documentary that explores web 2.0 in Silicon Valley. This seems to be aimed at
mainstream business people, telling them what this web 2.0 thing is all about – and
positioning the Techcrunch brand at the center of it. Definitely a good…

Search 2.0 vs Google’s Goliath

Search 2.0 vs Google’s Goliath

The Animas Weblog has written a couple of
interesting posts in response to Ebrahim Ezzy’s
Search 2.0 posts, featured on Read/WriteWeb recently (part 1 and part 2). In the first
post, Animas frames his argument as a David vs Goliath struggle (the search 2.0
startups being, of course, David).

Original
image

However in the Gospel according to…

Apple enhances widgets – Dashcode and Web Clip

Apple enhances widgets – Dashcode and Web Clip

Engadget is providing superb
coverage of the Apple World Wide Developer Conference, currently in progress in San
Francisco. I’ll zero in on the bit that interested me the most – one of my hobby horses,
widgets (mini web apps).

At the conference Apple said there are currently 2500 widgets in Dashboard. They announced two
enhancements to that…

English language only 39% of all blogs

English language only 39% of all blogs

The latest Technorati State
of the Blogosphere report shows that 39% of all blog postings are in english.
Japanese is the second-most popular language, at 31% and China third with 12%. Here’s
Technorati’s pie graph for June ’06:  

Dave Sifry notes that there are some significant underreporting
issues, especially in Korean and in…

Skyrider and The Future Of P2P

Skyrider and The Future Of P2P

In my search
for innovative web and Internet applications, I noted the buzz around new P2P company Skyrider at the end of last week. While it’s hard to
say whether Skyrider is truly innovative, seeing as they don’t actually have a product on
the market yet (it’s due “in the fall”), they are making interesting noises about
commercializing…

Happy Birthday World Wide Web!

Happy Birthday World Wide Web!

15
years ago today, Tim
Berners-Lee publicly released his WWW project onto the Internet. According to Wikipedia:

“On August 6, 1991, he [TBL] posted a short summary of the World Wide Web project on
the alt.hypertext newsgroup. This date also marked the debut of the Web as a publicly
available service on the Internet.”

As the Wikipedia states…

Top UK Web 2.0 Apps

Top UK Web 2.0 Apps

Continuing
my series on international Web apps, today I’ll be covering the top products in the
United Kingdom market. In case you missed it, over the past week or so I’ve reviewed Germany, Holland, Poland and Korea. This week
I’ve got more great non-Silicon Valley startups for you!

The information for today’s post about the UK market is courtesy…

Gadgets being promoted on Windows Live Spaces

Gadgets being promoted on Windows Live Spaces

With the
launch of Microsoft’s blogging and social networking platform, Windows Live Spaces (formally MSN Spaces), there has
been an increase in interest around gadgets – i.e. mini web apps. People can add gadgets
into their Spaces site and Microsoft is starting to promote this feature heavily. Jay
Fluegel of Microsoft has written
a post to…

Mitch Kapor’s new startup – Foxmarks, a Search 2.0 product

Mitch Kapor’s new startup – Foxmarks, a Search 2.0 product

Mitch
Kapor, famous for co-founding Lotus
1-2-3 in the 80’s and more recently the ambitious Personal Info Manager product Chandler (which is taking an awful long time to
build – it’s still in alpha after 3-4 years) has a new startup project. That’s Mitch
Kapor in the center of the photo btw, next to Bill Gates. From his post:

“I’m incubating…

Status And The Social Bookmarker

Status And The Social Bookmarker

Tom Wolfe could write a novel about this…or at least a short story.

Cartoon by Oliver Widder, via Nick Carr’s comments.
Jason Calacanis also notes: “I think we have three of the top 20 DIGG users (and two from the top 10!). We also hired from Newsvine, delicious, and Reddit top users.”
Finally here’s a more serious graphic, that shows just how…

World of Widgets: Google

World of Widgets: Google

Widgets (aka gadgets, modules) are mini web apps that you can plug in to a
webpage or site such as MySpace, or a personalized start page like Netvibes or live.com.
Widgets are becoming more and more important on the Web, so I thought I’d spend a few
posts looking more closely at them.

Let’s start with Google widgets,
which they used to call…

Digg stats after Jason Calacanis offer

Digg stats after Jason Calacanis offer

The Diggtrends website has just done some stats relating to the Netscape owner’s offer to buy out digg’s top users. They found that the top 10 users contributed 1792 of the frontpage stories – i.e. 29.8%. The top 100 contributed 3324 stories, i.e. 55.28%. Nearly 30% of frontpage stories contributed by just 10 people is a pretty amazing stat…

Top Korean Web 2.0 Apps

Top Korean Web 2.0 Apps

Next in my series on international web apps is Korea. I have Chang W. Kim, who runs a
blog called Web 2.0 Asia, to thank for providing
me with all the info. 

Korea is in many ways ahead of the curve in terms of the Internet. It has the highest
household penetration of broadband internet in the world and some highly innovative Web
applications…

Top Polish Web 2.0 Apps (including Coke’s 43Things!)

Top Polish Web 2.0 Apps (including Coke’s 43Things!)

This has turned into a very enjoyable series, profiling web products being built all
over the world! The latest list is for Poland, courtesy of Sebastian Kwiecien – who runs
a blog at web20.pl. Sebastian sent me a very detailed
list of Polish web apps, including information about an intriguing social network integrated
into Coca-Cola’s Polish…

Startup Review says craigslist is worth $2.4B

Startup Review says craigslist is worth $2.4B

Nisan Gabbay of Silicon Valley VC firm Sierra Ventures has started up an interesting
new blog called Startup Review, which aims
to profile Web startups from a business angle. Here’s how he put it in an email to
me:

“Startup Review will feature weekly, in-depth case studies on successful Internet
start-ups. The companies profiled will have…

Web Apps Around The World

Web Apps Around The World

Business 2.0’s latest print issue has a nice feature on Web 2.0 apps around the world. From
Nooked in Ireland to Zoho Writer in India to
Gnoos in Australia – it’s an excellent overview of some of the web action happening outside of Silicon Valley. The Business 2.0 article isn’t online yet, but you can view it
via Olive ActiveMagazine (pg…

Top Dutch Web 2.0 Apps

Top Dutch Web 2.0 Apps

Following on from my post
at the end of last week listing the top German web apps,
R/WW reader Mark Schoondorp sent me a list of Dutch web apps. Mark himself is the
designer of Wat vinden wij over (meaning ‘What
do we think of” / ‘What is your opinion on’ / ‘what do we find’). It’s a social
bookmarking site, which Mark says focuses on the user…

Visokio – Data Manipulation On The Web

Visokio – Data Manipulation On The Web

So I promised to start
profiling more innovative, boundary-pushing Web tools on R/WW. The problem with this
strategy is that a lot of innovative tools are hard to grok – which means more work for
me. What have I gotten myself into? 🙂 Recently Thomas Bate of British data
visualisation company Visokio contacted me, to tell
me about his company’s…

RealNetworks lays down gauntlet to Microsoft’s Zune

RealNetworks lays down gauntlet to Microsoft’s Zune

RealNetworks had
their Q2 2006 Earnings Conference Call on Thursday evening (PST) and the transcript from
SeekingAlpha makes for interesting reading. The two main points that came out of it, from
a product and market perspective, is that 1) RealNetworks is exhibiting very strong
growth in the gaming market; and 2) they see Microsoft’s Zune…