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Web 2.0 companies eclipsing 1.0 companies

Web 2.0 companies eclipsing 1.0 companies

Microsoft Emerging Business Team member Don Dodge has another thought-provoking post on Internet business. Don notes how so many innovative companies who were market leaders in the 90’s have been overtaken by the new era of “fast followers”. Here’s his list of examples:

* AltaVista -> Google
* Napster -> iTunes
* VisiCalc -> Lotus 123 -> Excel…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 10-16 Oct 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 10-16 Oct 2005

This week: Geeks being creative, Yahoo! RSS research, Reading Lists, Making
money with Mash-Ups, Techie Post of the Week – Dave Winer on Nerd TV

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Geeks being creative

I’m now back in my home of New Zealand, after spending two fantastic weeks in Silicon
Valley. As I look back on my time there, and look forward to going back, I’m…

See you soon Silicon Valley!

See you soon Silicon Valley!

This’ll be my last post from Silicon Valley for a while. I’ve been here for two full
weeks and I’ve had a fantastic time! I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mike Arrington for letting me stay at his house and
making me feel so welcome – thanks Mike! It’s been a hub of Web 2.0
activity in the house over the past two weeks. Fred
Oliveira’s been here…

More Web 2.0 Workgroup members

More Web 2.0 Workgroup members

As TechCrunch reported, two more resources have been added to our nascent Web 2.0 Workgroup. Mike wrote:
“Podtech.net is a very popular podcast site hosted by John Furrier that is redefining corporate press practices. Recently, for instance, Yahoo gave Podtech an exclusive pre-announcement right to discuss their podcasting service last…

craigslists gets heavy with Oodle

craigslists gets heavy with Oodle

Uber classifieds site craiglist has requested that Oodle, a classifieds ‘meta’ search engine, refrain from scraping its content. This has the potential to be the first high-profile case of a mash-up site being slapped for taking another site’s content.

In a recent ZDNet post, I wrote that the business models for Web 2.0 mash-ups are beginning…

Web 2.0 Cultural Homogeneity and Class Systems

Web 2.0 Cultural Homogeneity and Class Systems

Whether you love or hate the Web 2.0 meme, you have to admit it’s gained a lot of traction in both tech and business circles. Now we’re beginning to see cultural and sociological posts about Web 2.0, although Danah Boyd and Barb Dybwad have both written great posts on similar themes in the past.

Anil Dash wrote that the Web 2.0 conference last…

Read/WriteWeb mashed up

Read/WriteWeb mashed up

This is the best thing I’ve written in ages… thanks to Saurier Duval for doing a mash-up of my blog.

Some choice extracts:

“The stats they released today indicate theyíre well on their way to explain them in the Web as a serviceí concept (which is by no means a new regular feature of Web services ìpayloadsî ñ digital objects that are a…

Microserfs

Microserfs

For the record, I have actually read Microserfs, by Douglas Coupland. Indeed just over a year ago I wrote on my blog that Microserfs is my favourite Douglas Coupland book.
I wasn’t in the room when Dave Winer talked to the others about it, leading him to write this:”I’m over at the Web 2.0 Workgroup at Mike Arrington’s, and if you can believe this…

Re-organizing the news

Re-organizing the news

Mike Arrington has another Ode to Memeorandum on Techcrunch. I’m a big fan of tech.memeorandum too and it’s changing the way I read blogs and catch up with the latest tech news. My first rave review of memeorandum was a month ago when it went live and since then I’ve met Gabe in person – and seen how dedicated he is to developing it.

Some people…

Web 2.0: Land of Opportunity, or Land of Absurdity?

Web 2.0: Land of Opportunity, or Land of Absurdity?

I’m sensing a backlash about the rising VC interest in Web 2.0. Mike Rundle takes aim at Flock in his post subtitled “The Leaning Tower of Buzz”. He thinks Flock is only useful to the blog crowd and doesn’t have a viable business model. Bart from Flock disagrees, saying in the comments that they do have a plan to make money and the market will…

Acquisitions 101

Acquisitions 101

To all those Web 2.0 companies looking to get acquired by Microsoft, Google, Yahoo! or eBay, Don Dodge has handily compiled a list of tips. Don works on the Microsoft Emerging Business Team.

In his latest post he starts by noting Microsoft’s “rich tradition of acquisitions”. He points to a list of Microsoft investments and acquisitions over the…

Mash-ups Best Practice and Business Models

Mash-ups Best Practice and Business Models

The necessary components of a mash-up according to the panelists are AJAX or a similar client-side technology, APIs in the backend (or RSS and/or scraping if need be – although some people argue scraping isn’t truly Web 2.0), and a lot of work on the UI and data sets by the developer(s). Paul Rademacher mentioned there is still a lot of work to…

Yahoo! starts rolling out user-generated content to the masses

Yahoo! starts rolling out user-generated content to the masses

Yahoo! announced two major products this week: a podcasting service and then blog search integrated with Yahoo! News Search. Both of these products are outputs of Yahoo!’s strategy to introduce more user-generated content to their media offerings, as outlined by their CEO Terry Semel at the Web 2.0 Conference.

Some people have criticised the…

Web 2.0 Workgroup

Web 2.0 Workgroup

During my time in Silicon Valley I’ve been staying in the TechCrunch house with Michael Arrington and Frederico Oliveira (Gabe Rivera of memeorandum fame is also here currently). Mike, Fred and I all blog on the topic of Web 2.0 – so we thought why not create a Web 2.0 network. As you do. It’s called Web 2.0 Workgroup.

Our blogs are all…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 3-9 October 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 3-9 October 2005

This week: Web 2.0 Conference Special

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The past week has been an amazing one for me. My first trip to America and I’ve met so
many people that I’d previously only known via the Web (blogs, email, etc). The Web 2.0 Conference was held in San Francisco from
Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th October. It was a hive of energy and…

My Million Dollar Blog

My Million Dollar Blog

Tristan Louis did the numbers on the AOL-WeblogsInc deal. My blog Read/WriteWeb has 1,938 inbound links on Technorati as of today, so according to Tristan’s calculations Read/WriteWeb is worth over $1 million.

OK, so there were other factors that contributed to the weblogsinc deal – the value of network effects etc. But I certainly believe…

Andreessen confirms Ning business model

Andreessen confirms Ning business model

Marc Andreessen popped into Alex Barnett’s comments to confirm the business goals of Ning. In response to Alex’s well-written analysis of what Ning is trying to accomplish, Marc commented:

“Alex — your description of what we are trying to do is very well said. It’s an experiment, but those are the goals.

We are going to see if we can generate…

Web 2.0 Conference Post Round-up

Web 2.0 Conference Post Round-up

The conference is over now and so here’s a summary of my blog output from it. I was pumping out the real-time notes over the last 3 days! I didn’t have much time for analysis – my brain was full to the brim just absorbing everything. I intend to dive into the details over the next week or two. Here are the posts I wrote during the…

Cautious Optimism and Cynical Buzz

Cautious Optimism and Cynical Buzz

For me the Web 2.0 conference has been really exciting and the air has been full of energy. But I’m new in the Silicon Valley, so I’ve been curious to listen to what other conference attendees have been saying. A lot of them share my enthusiasm, but there’s also a fair amount of what could be termed ‘cynical buzz’. People who perhaps lived…