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International Web 2.0 Events

International Web 2.0 Events

The UK has its own Web 2.0 Conference on 11 November in Brighton, in the form of d.Construct:

“d.Construct 2005 is the UKís first grassroots Web 2.0 conference. It is an affordable, one-day event aimed at those building the latest generation of web-based applications. The event will discuss how new technology is transforming the web from a…

Gen Y are Content Creators

Gen Y are Content Creators

This what it’s all about:

“Fully half of all teens and 57% of teens who use the internet could be considered Content Creators. They have created a blog or webpage, posted original artwork, photography, stories or videos online or remixed online content into their own new creations.”

That finding is from the Pew Internet & American Life…

Attack of the Clones

Attack of the Clones

So the latest ruckus in tech.blogosphere is about Dave Winer’s call to Clone the Google API (note the URL name). Robert Scoble wrote an enthusiastic post entitled Yahoo’s new pretty maps are doomed (and so are Microsoftís), which understandably got up the nostrils of Yahoo!’s Jeremy Zawodny.

Microsoft’s Dare Obasanjo wrote a post that outlined…

Issues Facing Web 2.0 Today

Issues Facing Web 2.0 Today

Dion
Hinchcliffe has an excellent post outlining the top 10 issues for Web 2.0 today (an 11th was added in the comments by Paul
Montgomery). Here’s a summary of Dion’s list with comments from me, but be sure to check his site too because he has useful commentary for each
point.

1. Excessive Hype: “Nothing will hurt Web 2.0 more than people…

Microsoft Livens Up Web 2.0

Microsoft Livens Up Web 2.0

Summary: My Day 1 impressions of Windows/Office Live are positive and I think Microsoft is taking
up the challenge of an increasingly Web-based software world, while at the same time
sticking to their desktop software knitting. I’m particularly intrigued by the Xbox 360
relationship and I think we’ll see a lot more multimedia coming out of…

Live.com is now live

Live.com is now live

As part of the news this morning (my coverage here), Microsoft has released a website called live.com. It appears to be start.com under a new name – i.e. the RSS Reader/portal homepage that was released earlier this year. And it still doesn’t have decent Firefox support! Dave Winer has a screenshot.
Back-story of live.com domain
The actual Live.com…

Microsoft Announces The Live Era

Microsoft Announces The Live Era

Microsoft just announced its new Web-based Windows and ‘software as a service’ strategies. After first announcing the Xbox 360 will be
released on Nov 22 in North America, Gates talked about their new
“Live” brand (thanks Mike
from TechCrunch for the news – he has pictures
too). The “Live” era will encompass the “Software…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 24-30 Oct 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 24-30 Oct 2005

This week: Microsoft’s Web 2.0 strategy, Google Base, Yahoo! travel, Web 2.0
Humour, 2.0 Post of the Week.

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Microsoft’s Web 2.0 Strategy

There’s big news coming this week from Microsoft, on the consumer as well as business
side. It sounds like Microsoft is really ramping up its Web 2.0 strategy. 

Meanwhile, this week I wrote…

InfoWorld story on Microsoft unveiling hosted services next week

InfoWorld story on Microsoft unveiling hosted services next week

I was quoted in an IDG InfoWorld story, entitled Gates, Ozzie seen unveiling hosted services next week:

“Some prominent Microsoft watchers, such as Richard MacManus, also have suggested a hosted version of Microsoft Office may be in the works. In his Web log, Web 2.0 Explorer, freelance Web analyst and writer MacManus on Sept. 28 outlined…

Microsoft building a Web-based Office suite?

Microsoft building a Web-based Office suite?

My latest ZDNet column is a potential doozy:

Microsoft is leaping into hosted applications big time. InformationWeek reports that Microsoft plans to offer hosted implementations of SharePoint, CRM and ERP applications. But the best quote in that article was left till last. A “Microsoft insider” was asked which other products and services…

Branding in the Dot Oh era

Branding in the Dot Oh era

I’m really hoping this ‘Dot Oh’ term takes off – kind of like Dot Com, ay? 🙂 Anyway, Paul Scrivens has written a great post on the value of branding in the Web 2.0 world. Scrivs wrote:

“A major problem with this phase of the web that many people seem to miss isn’t that companies don’t have a business model, it’s that they aren’t doing a great…

Food Fight!

Food Fight!

Lots to eat today in Dot Oh Cafe. Here are some of the tasty tidbits that caught my eye as I perused the tech.memeorandum and Rojo menus:

Google’s smorgasbord classifieds service

Google Base is eating the lunch of many a hungry 2.0 start-up. Here are some of the mouth-watering dishes in Google Buffet (aka Base):

1. Course Schedules
2. Events and…

WebDosBeta: Spain’s Web 2.0 Conference

WebDosBeta: Spain’s Web 2.0 Conference

WebDosBeta is Spain’s equivalent of the Web 2.0
Conference and it was held on 24 October in Madrid. I noticed it the other day in Technorati’s Top 10 searches, but
at the time I couldn’t find any English translations. Thankfully Yannick Laclau has come through for us
English-speakers and posted a fantastic
summary on his blog (hat-tip Rafat for…

You want disruptive? Here’s disruptive…

You want disruptive? Here’s disruptive…

In today’s ZDNet column, I review Internet TV start-up Brightcove:

“Brightcove was presented at the Web 2.0 Conference and is what I would class as a disruptive Web 2.0 start-up – one to keep an eye on. Whether or not they meet their ambitious aim of becoming a Google-scale Internet TV business, will play out over time. One thing’s for sure…

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 17-23 Oct 2005

Web 2.0 Weekly Wrap-up, 17-23 Oct 2005

This week: Anti-Web 2.0, Bubble Meme Map, Flock, Web Libraries, Techie Post of the Week – Ben Barren on Architecture Astronauts

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Anti-Web 2.0

This was the week when the Web 2.0 Naysayers reached a crescendo of cynicism
and even bile. Some of the criticism about Web 2.0 is right on the mark, don’t get me
wrong. For example there are…

Mainstreaming of Web 2.0

Mainstreaming of Web 2.0

While doing some research for a work project I’m doing currently, I came across
this illuminating PEW report from January 2005, called Internet Evolution: A
decade of adoption: How the internet has woven itself into American life. The
following extract is from the introduction, entitled ‘Internet: The Mainstreaming of
Online Life’. Here it is, with…

Web 2.0 Naysaying reaches an all-time high (or is it low)

Web 2.0 Naysaying reaches an all-time high (or is it low)

Looks like the Web 2.0 Naysayers are starting to drown out those of us who’ve been preaching the 2.0 Gospel.

Joel on Software, who has a lot of influence in the programming world, comes down hard with his post entitled Architecture Astronauts Are Back:

“The term Web 2.0 particularly bugs me. It’s not a real concept. It has no meaning. It’s a big…

Rethinking Email

Rethinking Email

Gmail Engineer Paul Buchheit has a lovely post in which he explains why he created Gmail for Google. He begins by noting that email has just turned 34 – only one or two months younger than me as it happens. He goes on to say that Gmail gave him “the opportunity to change email”. This description is fantastic:

“We didn’t want to simply bolt new…

How Memeorandum tracks the mood of news

How Memeorandum tracks the mood of news

Gabe Rivera’s memeorandum got a great write-up in Wired News today. Also TechCrunch reported that memeorandum has a new feature, a news widget that bloggers can include on their site. As I was looking at tech.memeorandum again this morning (as I do multiple times a day), it struck me that the Flock coverage is a perfect example of how memeorandum…

Will mainstream people flock to Flock?

Will mainstream people flock to Flock?

By now most of you know that Flock, a trendy new Mozilla-based “social web browser”, has gone live. Because it’s said to be a quintessential Web 2.0 application, I feel duty-bound to try it out. So I’ve downloaded it and will give it a go as my main browser for a while. I won’t however jump to conclusions and give you a half-baked review right now…