Home 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 do the job.”

2. Jeremy Wright: Web 2.0
Companies NEED To Scale
… posted just before he reported his own company B5 Media
was having “uptime issues”. Which
proves that Web 2.0 people do have a sense of irony after
all. Also check out the comments thread in Om Malik’s post
on the subject of scalability, together with my post on ZDNet.

3. Adam Curry impeached (or
something apparently as serious): Ben
had the best post I read on the Curry Wikipedia scandel. Admittedly I only
read one post about it.

4. The Yahoo product blitz continues, with Messenger with
and Answers. See also
Om Malik’s excellent post Tripping the Yahoo
. Very poetic: “At the end of the day, as I waited for my cab, the crowds
still bustled around me. Around somewhere in my tired brain, a though rattled, just like
me, Yahoo was waiting. I just can’t say for what or for whom….”

5. Mike Arrington continues his journey to find the flickr of videos,
by reviewing
. Just as Daisy was Gatsby’s elusive
dream, the flickr of videos is Mike’s. In 20 years time it’ll be seen as a classic Web
2.0 story…

6. PCWorld.com – The 100 Best
Products of 2005
. If you manage to see past the pop-up adverts, you’ll note that
Firefox was number 1 and Gmail runner-up. Apple Tiger OS was third.

7. VentureBlog: Social Networks
. Quote: “…entrepreneurs have come to realize that social networks are enablers
of other compelling consumer experiences.” Or put another way, the best way to run an SNS
these days is to offer users utility. I recommend reading Jeff Clavier’s wonderful
a month or so ago, about Facebook, for an illustration of this.

8. Bubblegeneration: Media 1.0 and Coordination
. The economics in Umair’s posts often goes over my head, but I loved this
line: “My kid sister is young enough to think that MySpace is corporate and lame. How do
you think her generation is going to express and define itself?”

RSS Fund Makes 1st Investment
. Private equity fund RSS Investors made a $9-million
investment round in Attensa, an RSS Reader for MS
Outlook. Also read Randy Charles
Morin’s interview
with Jim Moore, an RSS Investor partner: “Within the next 18 months
more than 110 million desktops will be fully RSS-oriented, simply through the
distribution of Microsoft Vista.” 

10. Six Apart
chief’s ‘nice’ speech ends in name-calling
. Folks, this is a ‘story’ that should’ve
been a Register exclusive (and ignored by all sensible people). Sigh, I despair sometimes
for the blogosphere… more fodder for
Nicholas Carr.

That’s a wrap for another week!

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