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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…

The Great Arrington

The Great Arrington

The Wall St Journal has a great write-up of Gabe Rivera’s tech.memeorandum, although tragically the WSJ misspelled the link! I also enjoyed the comparison made between Mike Arrington of TechCrunch and The Great Gatsby:

“Consider a blog like TechCrunch, which chronicles the new breed of Internet start-ups known as Web 2.0 companies. The blogger…

Defining Web as Platform

Defining Web as Platform

Fred Wilson has been thinking about the Web as a Platform concept. Like me,
Fred sees this phrase as central to understanding the current era of the Web –
known as Web 2.0. I liked how he put it:
“I believe the web is a platform. And that everything we need for an open ad market, or an open data
architecture, or frankly most anything…

What is lightnet?

What is lightnet?

Lucas Gonze has been evangelizing a concept called lightnet. He coined the term, based on a recent Alex Barnett post entitled Hypertext and the next 15 years. Check out Lucas’ del.icio.us page full of lightnet links. So what is lightnet? It took me a bit of clicking around to grok it, but basically it’s the Two-Way Web for rich media.

As Jon…

Page Views per user: RSS blows HTML away

Page Views per user: RSS blows HTML away

Summary: For my blog, RSS is a much more important content format than
HTML these days. In one of my posts, five and a half times more important!
Darren
Rowse writes that Page Views per user for blogs is on average relatively low
– less than 2 pages per visit. After a bit of research Darren came up with the
figure of 1.7 Page Views per visitor…

Intersection of Mobile and Web 2.0

Intersection of Mobile and Web 2.0

A couple of weeks ago Charlie
Schick posted about the lack of mobile-focused bloggers in the Web 2.0
Workgroup. Charlie wrote:
“…from the list, I, of course, did not see a person focusing on mobility. I’m not surprised. Mobile might not need a special focus, but it sure should be part of the discussion.”
I replied in the comments that…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 26 Nov – 2 Dec 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 26 Nov – 2 Dec 2005

Note: The Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-Up is back with a new publishing day (Fri) and a new
format, a countdown of the Top Ten Web 2.0 issues or news stories of the past week. Also I’m
on the lookout for a new sponsor for the Weekly Wrap-Up. It’s had 3 extremely satisfied
sponsors over the past 30 weeks, so if you’re interested send me an email. Here we…

Yahoo flying under the radar

Yahoo flying under the radar

Great
article from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, covering Yahoo’s
strategy. Interesting comparisions to Microsoft and Google, plus lots of stats to pore
over for the number crunchers amongst us. But what I enjoyed most was how Wharton wrapped
up so many of the themes I and others have been blogging about for the past…

RSS Everywhere II – but where is Google?

RSS Everywhere II – but where is Google?

Last night Yahoo! announced they are integrating RSS into their web mail and
alerts products. As Scott Gatz explained in an interview
with PodTech: Yahoo’s plan, which started in January 2004 when they launched RSS
in the My Yahoo portal, is to “bring RSS to the masses”. I liked how
Ben Barren described this as Yahoo’s ‘RSS Everywhere…