4chan’s Chris Poole: Facebook & Google Are Doing It Wrong

4chan’s Chris Poole: Facebook & Google Are Doing It Wrong

Chris Poole delivered the most powerful 10 minutes of Web philosophy of the afternoon at Web 2.0. The man formerly known as moot – founder of anonymous image sharing den 4chan and its new, better-lit cousin, Canvas, gave us a rousing and principled picture of what the big players get wrong about online identity.

“Google and Facebook would have you…

Is SoundCloud The Next YouTube? [Interview]

Is SoundCloud The Next YouTube? [Interview]

One of the talking points of Mary Meeker’s presentation at Web 2.0 Summit
yesterday was the future of sound. Meeker claimed that sound would soon be bigger than video on the Web. Specifically, she name-checked Spotify, Siri and SoundCloud. Siri is already a part of Apple, but the other two startups are independent. One of them could well be the…

Five Innovations That Will Change Cities In The Next Five Years

Five Innovations That Will Change Cities In The Next Five Years

This morning at Web 2.0, David Barnes, program director of emerging technologies of IBM, spoke about the company’s vision of smarter cities and a smarter planet. It’s a more literal notion of “big data,” one that involves sensors everywhere to measure the living, breathing planet. Most Web 2.0 presenters have talked about user data from Web…

Federated Media Offers Ad Rights for WordPress Bloggers

Federated Media Offers Ad Rights for WordPress Bloggers

At the Web 2.0 Summit today, Federated Media Publishing and Automattic, parent company of WordPress, announced an agreement to provide advertising rights for U.S. WordPress.com bloggers. Over 24 million sites are hosted on WordPress.com, and users will now be able to opt into a topically targeted advertising program.

Federated Media positions…

Google Announces Flow Visualization for Analytics

Google Announces Flow Visualization for Analytics

Today at the Web 2.0 Summit, Google’s SVP of advertising, Susan Wojcicki, announced a new feature for Google Analytics called Flow Visualization. It allows sorting by categories like Web browser or country, and it shows the flow of those various categories from left to right, moving around the site.

It’s like a tree of information, with the…

Day 3 of Web 2.0: Facebook, Google Plus, MC Hammer & More

Day 3 of Web 2.0: Facebook, Google Plus, MC Hammer & More

It’s the last day of the Web 2.0 Summit, and it’s been a great ride. Today’s guests are some of the best of the bunch. Mike McCue of Flipboard, Susan Wojcicki at Google and Hilary Mason from bit.ly are here this morning. Then we’ll have MC Hammer (yes), Mitchell Baker from Mozilla, and Kevin Rose, founder of Digg and his current venture, Milk.

The…

Visa & AmEx on The Holy Grail of Digital Commerce

Visa & AmEx on The Holy Grail of Digital Commerce

This afternoon at Web 2.0, host John Battelle sat down with John Partridge from Visa and Dan Schulman at American Express, to talk about the future of payments. “It’s a little bit like having Coke and Pepsi up here,” Battelle said.

The unlikely duo discussed how the Web has transformed the industry. Value is shifting constantly, and new…

Mary Meeker’s 2011 Web 2.0 Summit Presentation

Mary Meeker’s 2011 Web 2.0 Summit Presentation

Every time I come to a Web 2.0 conference, Mary Meeker’s presentation is what I most look forward to! She’s been doing them for eight years now and they’re always big on data, long on vision. You can view the presentation below, along with real-time notes taken while Meeker spoke.

Mobile has been a big theme of her presentations over the past…

Moneyball For The Consumer Web

Moneyball For The Consumer Web

One of the more interesting presentations this morning at Web 2.0 Summit
was Moneyball for the Consumer Web, from Aileen Lee of the VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Lee used the Michael Lewis book, Moneyball, as inspiration for how to improve a consumer Web startup. Moneyball is the real-life story of Billy Beane, current Oakland A’s…

Thanks to iOS 5, Twitter Has Tripled Its Daily Sign-Ups

Thanks to iOS 5, Twitter Has Tripled Its Daily Sign-Ups

For Twitter, it appears that the microblogging service’s new relationship with Apple is paying off.

The company saw a huge boost in user sign-ups on the first day of iOS 5 being live, thanks to an especially tight integration between the service and Apple’s ever-popular mobile operating system. Last Wednesday, when iOS 5 was officially…

Sean Parker on Music Industry 2.0 & What’s Wrong With Facebook

Sean Parker on Music Industry 2.0 & What’s Wrong With Facebook

The first guest at the Web 2.0 Summit was young billionaire Sean Parker of Founders Fund. He also works for an Internet website called Facebook, as well as other quintessential Web 2.0 services.

Host John Battelle spoke with Parker about Napster, Spotify and the future of the music industry, what’s wrong with Facebook, and they tiptoed around…