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Contextual Adverts in Bloglines in 2005

Contextual Adverts in Bloglines in 2005

Fascinating post by Jupiter Research analyst Eric Peterson, which outlines the Bloglines business model for 2005 – courtesy of a chat Eric had with Bloglines Chief Mark Fletcher. Eric wrote:
“The essence of his answer is “AdWords on Steroids” (my translation, appropriate given their proximity to the BALCO scandal in Northern California). The idea…

RSS Reader Market Share

RSS Reader Market Share

There’s always a lot of talk about market share for web
browsers, which is picking up again now that Firefox is starting to eat
into Internet Explorer’s huge lead. But there’s been little talk of who is winning
the battle for the eyeballs of RSS consumers. Mainly that’s because reading RSS feeds is
still a niche activity, but who’s to say that 2005…

Bob Dylan Chronicles and Blogging for the thing’s sake

Bob Dylan Chronicles and Blogging for the thing’s sake

It’s probably pushing
it to equate Bob Dylan’s career as an incredibly successful musician, with my nascent
career as a Blogger. But there were a couple of extracts in the first volume of
Bob Dylan’s autobiography that I, as a Blogger, identify strongly with.

The first quote comes from page 18, where Bob was outlining his early days as a…

2005 Predictions (and some personal news)

2005 Predictions (and some personal news)

Jupiter Research analyst Michael Gartenberg has some
predictions for 2005. The first 4 are of great interest to me, so I thought I’d list
them here along with some brief comments from moi. Plus at the end of this post, a hint
of what I’ll be up to in 2005.

1. Longhorn is no longer the answer (or even the question). There was too much
Longhorn…

Technorati Issue Solved

Technorati Issue Solved

Thanks to a link from Robert Scoble (who is always looking out for his readers, bless him), my issue with Technorati not indexing my blog came to the notice of Technorati Chief Dave Sifry. To his credit, Dave immediately jumped onto the case and Kevin Marks solved it today. I noticed others have been having similar issues with Technorati, so I’ll…

What’s wrong with Technorati?

What’s wrong with Technorati?

What, my links not good enough for you Technorati? 😉 I say that with a wink, but to be honest I’m pissed off with Technorati. My main weblog, Read/Write Web, is not being indexed there and so none of my outbound links show up in Technorati. Therefore nobody would know I’m linking to them, if they’re only using Technorati to track blogs. And let’s…

eBooks on Mobile Phones

eBooks on Mobile Phones

Russell Beattie’s just released a service called Mobdex, which serves up eBooks onto mobile phones. I had the pleasure of getting a sneak preview of Mobdex near the end of September, after Russ spotted a post about the Mobile Web on my blog and emailed me. So I’ve been waiting for him to release it to the public, so I can talk about it 😉 Mobdex…

Weblog Reading And Writing: Always Unfinished?

Weblog Reading And Writing: Always Unfinished?

Jason Kottke on web magazines:
“Before weblogs ruled the realm, a typical way to publish content online was in a Web magazine format. Suck, Feed, Netly News, Smug, Stating the Obvious, etc.”
Jason followed up in a later comment with this:
“Suck articles were finished and “professional”, which is what’s missing (I think) from my online reading these…

Cut-ups of my Top 10 posts of 2004

Cut-ups of my Top 10 posts of 2004

Back in the early 90’s I used to read William S. Burroughs books
and for a while I was quite taken with his “cut-up” method of writing. The
cut-up technique is a specialised literary form in which a text is cut up at random and
rearranged to create a new text (ref: Wikipedia). I think this was during my Surrealism
phase. Oh, it was nothing…

Top 24 of 2004

Top 24 of 2004

There’s a nice meme just started, asking people to list their Top 24 posts of 2004 (via). I
decided to check out my web stats and dig out the most-visited posts of 2004 for
Read/Write Web. They may not necessarily be “the best” posts in terms of quality, but the
people have spoken and the following posts were the most popular. Actually a lot of…

PubSub LinkRank

PubSub LinkRank

I came across PubSub’s LinkRank
feature for the first time today. It’s an interesting new measurement… Here is the
official blurb, comparing it to Google PageRank:

“Unlike Google’s PageRank system, LinkRanks are not iterative. Rather, we base
LinkRanks on a simple formula that only looks at local links – links which are within one
or two…

Schwartz on Network Services

Schwartz on Network Services

Listened to the latest
Gillmor Gang Show, with Jonathan Schwartz as guest. Sun’s Schwartz is one very smart
cookie and a very effective speaker. The following quote in particular stood out for
me:

“We [Sun] want a world where there are tons and tons of interesting, interactive iPod
equivalents – where people are doing interesting things with…

First eBook Purchase

First eBook Purchase

A couple of weeks ago I was bitching
that none of my favourite authors had their most recent books available in eBook format.
Well as luck would have it, Tom Wolfe just released his new novel
I am Charlotte Simmons and it is available as an eBook!

I went to 3 sources to check out the prices: Fictionwise had
it for US$15 (but with a 50% rebate…

Combined Subscriber Stats for Aliased RSS Feeds

Combined Subscriber Stats for Aliased RSS Feeds

This is a copy of a suggestion I’ve just sent to Bloglines Support. It was inspired by
a Feedburner Forums thread
I started a few days ago, regarding whether Feedburner was counting all of my RSS feeds in
their statistics. Turned out they weren’t and there was indeed an issue “with online
aggregators when you have multiple aliases to a single…

Branding Microcontent

Branding Microcontent

Well here I am blogging in my pyjamas. Not literally, but metaphorically. Chillin’.
Taking stock. Thinking about goals for next year. I’ve also been thinking about my Design for Data theory and
while I’ve been doing that, a few posts elsewhere have attracted my attention…

First a “in a nutshell” re-cap of what Design for Data means to
me…

Blog Aid Successful

Blog Aid Successful

To wrap up what has been a busy week, yesterday I finally got some momentum
going in the blogosphere with the O’Reilly interview. Thanks to Jason Kottke, Robert Scoble, Phil Pearson (btw welcome
back Phil!), Lucas Gonze and all
the others who kindly linked to it.

What happened was, I published Part 1 of the interview first thing Monday morning…

Summary of Bill Ives’ KM Storytelling Posts

Summary of Bill Ives’ KM Storytelling Posts

I recently did a dump of content from my PDA to my
linkblog – things I’d been reading offline and not yet recorded in my ‘Ideas
Database’ (aka my linkblog). One batch of links is from a single person, Bill Ives. So I
thought I’d dump them into one R/WW post – more for my benefit than anything else.

All these links are from his Trends:
KM/Portals…

Tim O’Reilly Interview, Part 2: Business Models & RSS

Tim O’Reilly Interview, Part 2: Business Models & RSS

This is the second in a 3-part interview with O’Reilly Media CEO, Tim O’Reilly. In part 2, we discuss business models for Web 2.0 and the future of RSS.

Business Models for Web Content

Richard: There’s been a bit of discussion amongst bloggers recently about
monetizing weblogs – making money off one’s Web content. This of course has long been…

Tim O’Reilly Interview, Part 3: eBooks & Remix Culture

Tim O’Reilly Interview, Part 3: eBooks & Remix Culture

In this final instalment of my interview with Tim O’Reilly (see also: Part 1 & Part 2), we discuss eBooks,
social networking, collaboration and Remix culture. This is probably my favourite segment
of the interview, because we explored some interesting new ideas here about Web
publishing.

Books and Social Networking

Richard: eBooks are a…

Don’t all link to me at once…

Don’t all link to me at once…

In a recent post I floated the theory that Content Creators need Media Companies to help them attract mass eyeballs to read their carefully-crafted content. It would be a symbiotic relationship – the Media Co’s get compelling content and the Content Creator gets mass readership. It’s win-win and I think this is one way round the A-List or Power Law…

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