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Poll: Do You Ever Fake Your Online Identity?

Poll: Do You Ever Fake Your Online Identity?

In this week’s R/WW poll, we’re asking whether you ever fake your Web identity – or even just part of it. Note that this doesn’t count times when you are anonymous on the Web (such as almost all snarky blog comments). We’re specifically asking about the times when you use an identity – e.g. online dating, peer-to-peer transactions sites such as…

The Top 100 Alternative Search Engines

The Top 100 Alternative Search Engines

Written by Charles S. Knight,
SEO, and edited by Richard MacManus. The Top 100 is listed at the end of the
analysis.
Ask anyone which search engine they use to find information on the Internet
and they will almost certainly reply: “Google.” Look a little further,
and market research shows that people actually use four main search…

The Granular Web

The Granular Web

Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus

OpenID, RapLeaf, Amazon S3, Amazon
EC2, Undisposable. All of these services have
one thing in common – they make web development more granular. By granular, we mean they
are making web development componentized and outsourceable. So as a web developer, you
can outsource things like…

Vodafone To Launch Mobile Web Portal, Betavine

Vodafone To Launch Mobile Web Portal, Betavine

The Mobile Web isn’t just
about the Googles and Yahoos of this world muscling in to the lucrative mobile content
market. The existing mobile network operators and handset manufacturers are also busy
adjusting to the Internet, to defend their turf and just maybe get a jump on their
competitors. On 31 January Vodafone will launch a
new open source…

Amazon Quietly Launches Amapedia, a Wikipedia For Products

Amazon Quietly Launches Amapedia, a Wikipedia For Products

Amazon
has just released a new Wikipedia clone, called Amapedia.
It’s described as “a community for sharing information about the products
you like the most.” So far Amapedia has had no promotion from Amazon, but
it was discovered today by
Rogers Cadenhead. Anyone with an Amazon.Com account can edit the site. Regarding the name…

The Decline of Desktop RSS Readers

The Decline of Desktop RSS Readers

The latest Read/WriteWeb
poll has highlighted some interesting trends. We asked what type of RSS
Reader do you use the most? Here are the results so far, from nearly 900
respondents:
1. Web-based (e.g. Bloglines, Google Reader, Rojo) 55% (495 votes)
2. Desktop (e.g. FeedDemon, NetNewsWire) 18% (160 votes)
3. Start page (e.g. Netvibes, Pageflakes…

MySpace, Yahoo Top US Charts for Time Spent Online

MySpace, Yahoo Top US Charts for Time Spent Online

Compete (a R/WW sponsor) has released
data that shows MySpace and Yahoo are the top websites in terms of average time spent
on them by users. The data is for US users only. Here are the figures from Compete,
expressed as % of total time spent online in the US in Dec 06:

Source: Compete

The good old long tail is in the house here, with 20 domains…

Attn Steve Jobs: Red Swoosh P2P Service Wants To Save You $15 Million

Attn Steve Jobs: Red Swoosh P2P Service Wants To Save You $15 Million

Red Swoosh is a P2P desktop client which appears to
compete against the BitTorrent client. It’s a very promising technology in
a Web world increasingly filled with video and other large multimedia files. Red Swoosh
is a desktop client (Windows only) that enables users to download and stream files from
each other, rather than from webservers. It…

The New Face of Amazon – Tags, Ajax, Plogs & Wikis

The New Face of Amazon – Tags, Ajax, Plogs & Wikis

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus

Lately Amazon has been
introducing a raft of ‘web 2.0’ features to its e-commerce website. In this post we
explore how Amazon has implemented tagging, Ajax, blogs and wikis – and ask whether it’s
made much difference to the user experience, and to the bottom line. In previous posts,
we’ve…

Zoho and Omnidrive Working On Web App Data Standards

Zoho and Omnidrive Working On Web App Data Standards

Disclosure: Zoho is a sponsor of R/WW.

Late last week, Web Office
provider Zoho and online storage company Omnidrive announced a partnership,
allowing users to edit a Zoho office document and save directly into Omnidrive. Also,
both Omnidrive and Zoho released APIs. The news
has already been covered in-depth elsewhere – e.g.
TechCrunch and Zoli’s…

IBM Many Eyes: Rich Visualization on the Web

IBM Many Eyes: Rich Visualization on the Web

IBM has just released a new
product called Many Eyes, a
“shared visualization and discovery” service. We talked about the usefulness or otherwise
of 3D graphics on the Web earlier this week (and most people agree that 3D is becoming
increasingly relevant), so this is I suppose another rich way to present data and
content on the Web. The aim of Many…

Mojiti – China’s YouTube 2.0 Adds Annotation To Mix

Mojiti – China’s YouTube 2.0 Adds Annotation To Mix

Written by Gang Lu and edited by
Richard MacManus
There
are many so-called Chinese YouTubes fighting it out on the Chinese web2.0
battleground, but one that caught our attention is Mojiti.com,
launched in November 2006. What makes Mojiti special in this market is that it
offers users a fresh experience: videos are…

Hacking Mobile: Roam4Free and AllFreeCalls

Hacking Mobile: Roam4Free and AllFreeCalls

Nevermind Mobile Web 2.0, you’ve got to admire Irishman Pat Phelan’s 2 recent mobile services: AllFreeCalls.net and now Roam4Free. The former is a complicated workaround
that makes it possible for USA residents to call an Iowa-based phone number and from
there make free international calls. Unfortunately I can’t take advantage of this, as I’m
not…

Inside Look At Collarity’s Personalized Search

Inside Look At Collarity’s Personalized Search

Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus

When we did a poll
asking what search approach stands the best chance of beating Google, personalized search
came out tops with 22%. Collarity was the company we used as an example of such a service,
so we wanted to find out more about it. Last week, I had the chance to meet…

Proto – India’s Version of DEMO

Proto – India’s Version of DEMO

In Chennai, India, a DEMO-like event called Proto.in was held this week to showcase 30 new technology
companies. As of now there is no information on the official blog
about the presenting companies, but organizer Vijay Anand sent me a list of the companies along with descriptions. The event wasn’t just for web 2.0 type companies – as with…

Throwaway Identities

Throwaway Identities

Written by Jitendra Gupta of KarmaWeb and edited
by Richard MacManus

Social Media researcher
danah boyd recently
wrote in her blog about throwaway identities in MySpace:

“Sara created a MySpace using an email address that she made specifically for that
purpose. After vacation, she couldn’t remember her MySpace password (or her email
password…

3D Interfaces on the Web – Useful or Novelty?

3D Interfaces on the Web – Useful or Novelty?

3D interfaces have been around since the Web began – and more than one dot com fell by
the wayside partly because of an over-reaching 3D interface (cough, boo.com). Indeed as
we noted in
December, virtual shopping malls are still alive and kicking. But is 3D of any use on
the Web, or is it just another cool novelty feature?

3D does have some…

Metacritic –  The Grand Daddy of Mashups

Metacritic – The Grand Daddy of Mashups

Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus

Metacritic, now a property of CNET, has been around
since before the last bubble burst. The site has a unique system for aggregating and
combining the reviews of movies, books, music and video games. This site is very
different from today’s popular review sites, which thrive on communities…

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