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That’s not a blog, it’s a meme

Dear Readers,

I’ve spent a lot of time the past few weeks reading blogs. Mainly blogs about one or two particular subjects so when I go to parties, I seem like a know a lot about those subjects. If you read a lot of blogs (more than 20 a day) then you’ve probably already discovered this. An awful lot of blogs out there are of the ‘Me Too’ variety. (i.e. today alone I saw more than 10 blogs that were simply notices that Richard MacManus interviewed Digg founder Kevin Rose.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the interview is a thrilling read; real edge-of-your-seat stuff. But 10 people decided to clutter up technorati with posts pointing me to that interview. (In this particular case, I had already come across the interview and dismissed it as “mostly harmless.”)

Folks these aren’t blogs, they are memes. Anytime you did not write a significant portion of the blog entry you are posting, you are just cluttering up the web. Seriously, if I wanted to read the same story 10 times, I’d still be reading slashdot.

There are 3 kinds of bloggers,

  • A: People who create new content. Regardless of how interesting that content is, it’s original.
  • 2: People who comment on other’s content. I lump the current crop of “Web 2.0 Review Sites” into this batch. They aren’t me too sites because most of them add value. (Mainly by showing me new or improved Web 2.0 web sites and giving me a taste of them so I don’t have to visit and register with every site out there.)
  • D: People who think that their google-fu is so much greater than the rest of ours that we can’t find the interview with Kevin so we need to have it pointed out for us. (over and over again) These are people whose entire blog entry consists of 2 words as a link. “Interesting Article”. C’mon guys, at least tell us why you think it’s interesting.

    Until next time,


Web 2.0 – Day 2.

Dear Reader,

Today I write to you from the arctic wasteland that is the Argent Hotel in San Francisco. Overreaction isn’t the correct word for the temperature in the room. There are 500-1,000 people in this room as well as the lighting grid and it’s absolutely freezing in here. It’s gotta be 60 degrees in here and the air is still blowing. I wish I could get this air conditioner for my house!

Now to the content. Yesterday afternoon we say 13 companies give a 6 minute elevator pitch. Some of them were pretty good, others were lame. The 3 that stuck out in my mind were:
This is a cool idea. opened their search API (as well as Google) and some innovative developers have gotten together to developed a front end to allow you to define, in effect, a search engine of your trusted sources. In and of itself, this is a cool idea but stealing their idea, sites that are primarily data-driven where most of the data is stored in a variety of fields in a database, searches have always been a problem. Why not make it so that, yes, I can define my own search but hen I can embed it in a search box on my web site. Yea, I know, I could hammer something out myself, but they’ve already got it. If Yahoo has already spidered the site, why not leverage that? Of course that breaks their business model of advertising supported web site; there’ got to be a way where they can make some money and we can have access to their search builder API.
“social” is the buzzword of the day. Well it was Wed. Wed. was all about was the coolest of the “social*” applications I saw. In effect, it gives developers (specifically, Flash developers) a place to develop social applications, games, IM, photo sharing, let your mind wander. It allows people to setup social networks to leverage the applications that developers are building. Now they are faced with the classic “chicken-n-egg” problem but are overcoming it by enticing some small development companies to build the initial apps (mainly games) for them to seed the network. They announced in their pitch that they had brought the development company Metaliq to build a “Texas Hold’em” game. (Ok, so it’s not that original, Poker is so last week) unlike other game sites though, your game is locked to know your network. So you can log in with your brother in NC and pay poker, IM or share photos. Overall it sounds like a cool idea…but then again, so did Pointcast back in ’97.
This app just rocks. At it’s core, it’s a groupware server; mail, calendars, contacts, etc. The server piece is very good. But then they went and topped it off with a free, web/AJAX based client. The client is just awesome. It’s a very rich experience. In the 6 minutes they gave their demo, they blew us all away. It’s hard to describe with just words. All I can say is that if you are in the market for a good groupware application for your company, you need to loo at

Well, that’s it for yesterday’s wrapup. Let me catch my breath and I’ll start in on today’s update.

Till next time, I’m glad you liked the chocolates.

Live from Web2.0

Dear Reader,

Greetings from beautiful downtown San Francisco! I’m here at the Argent Hotel attending Web 2.0. The morning can be described in one word, “washout”. The one workshop I wanted to attend was the AJAX workshop. However, just as things were kicking in, I had to jump out to handle an emergency for work. The conference is “Sold Out” which is obviously the code word these days for “over booked”. Once you leave a workshop there is no getting back in. Every workshop of even moderate interest is standing room only. The really good ones (AJAX, The video workshop, etc.) have people standing out the doors waiting for someone to leave so they can snag a seat. it’s more than a bit frustrating given the price of the conference.

On the upside, i have met several interesting people. I ate breakfast with Roblimo, stood and talked with (really I listened to) Ward Cunningham and had lunch with Janice Fraser and Lane Becker of Adaptive Path. It’s fun (as in the cases of Roblimo and Ward Cunningham) to place faces with the names I’ve come to know only on the web.

Anyhow, things seem to be settling down now and I’m ready to have my mind expanded. I’ll post more later.

Until then, this would be more fun with you.