Tagged: Web2.0

BuddyPress

There's real information on the BuddyPress site today. I am so excited. This is one of the first steps towards easy to create, distributed social networks. Hopefully it is as easy to extend as WordPress.

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BuddyPress

There's real information on the BuddyPress site today. I am so excited. This is one of the first steps towards easy to create, distributed social networks. Hopefully it is as easy to extend as WordPress.

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Journal Writing Sucks, Blogging is Cool

The LDS cultural has encouraged personal history and journal writing since its inception. Ever since then the vast majority of the members have ignored this council and the overall level of guilt among the LDS faithful has continued to rise as each successive generation followed the example of the previous. Technology now provides some relief from the burden. Journal writing, a boring effort prompting statements like, "I really should write in my journal but I need to clean the drains," has been replaced by the uber hip practice of blogging, Facebook profiles and lifestreams. If Brigham had only spun journal writing a little differently the church could have been oh so cool. An early prophesy encouraging rich Myspace profile development could have shaken the very foundations of cool society. As our real lives become more and more intertwined with our virtual lives the amount of data being stored about our daily lives is beginning to fill millions of Gigabytes in the 'clou...

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A Killer iPhone App

I am not great at meeting people especially at conferences. However, the biggest reason to attend a conference is to meet people. (If you think you are paying $1500 to learn about how Rails routes work then its time to rethink your life.) iPhones may not be ubiquitous yet, but they are popular enough that some social networks have started targeting them specifically. When bluetooth was born free thinkers imagined a meetup system that everyone on the network would use. Just set your phone to 'meet me' and you would find yourself swamped with babes in no time. 8 years later the network never emerged. The prospect of opening yourself up to anyone on the street was a little much to bear even by the dandiest socialite. Like so many other things in life - generic development platforms, my education, etc - the idea lacked context. Context sells.

Back to the iPhone. The phone has wifi. There is a sweet SDL available. Here goes. Build a rich 'intro to the virtual me' application...

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Niche Communities

Over the past few months I have talked quite a bit with Joel about online communities and about what philosophically makes a community. I think it is a group of individuals who collectively are interesting in something and need tools to facilitate communication and production of some artifact(s). The way the community interacts to make this happen differs greatly and so thinking that one tool set will cover all needs is short sighted.

Now I go back to being a WordPress fan boy. I think one of the big reasons WordPress is so successful is that not only is it open source but it is open source that is easy to skin, hack and extend. It is a platform that provides some really great functionality, but the real power is that it empowers experienced and inexperienced hackers alike and gives them a powerful place to begin building something that fits their needs.

WordPress is hackable. Communities have specific needs. Build the basics that are required to fit those needs and then let each com...

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Niche Communities

Over the past few months I have talked quite a bit with Joel about online communities and about what philosophically makes a community. I think it is a group of individuals who collectively are interesting in something and need tools to facilitate communication and production of some artifact(s). The way the community interacts to make this happen differs greatly and so thinking that one tool set will cover all needs is short sighted.

Now I go back to being a WordPress fan boy. I think one of the big reasons WordPress is so successful is that not only is it open source but it is open source that is easy to skin, hack and extend. It is a platform that provides some really great functionality, but the real power is that it empowers experienced and inexperienced hackers alike and gives them a powerful place to begin building something that fits their needs.

WordPress is hackable. Communities have specific needs. Build the basics that are required to fit those needs and then let each com...

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Disposable Communities

I had a great chat with Brian Lamb yesterday. He and his team are working to use WordPress to support learning communities at UBC. In case anyone else is sick of WebCT, Blackboard or the boring Moodle interface this could provide an interesting replacement.

Anyway, as we were talking it made me realize that it would be helpful if we could connect everyone working in this space so that we can share ideas and collaborate. My first thought was to use Prologue a Twitter like WordPress Template. I think the template provides an interesting way to keep track of what people are up to. However, in thinking more about this I really don't want yet another site to go to.

How do we fulfill both goals? How do I share ideas, but escape creating another website that I will forget to go to? Bits are cheap and don't fill up landfills. How about a disposable community? What if I could go online to say WordPress.com and click a few buttons to create a new community? Then I send out an email invit...

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Disposable Communities

I had a great chat with Brian Lamb yesterday. He and his team are working to use WordPress to support learning communities at UBC. In case anyone else is sick of WebCT, Blackboard or the boring Moodle interface this could provide an interesting replacement.

Anyway, as we were talking it made me realize that it would be helpful if we could connect everyone working in this space so that we can share ideas and collaborate. My first thought was to use Prologue a Twitter like WordPress Template. I think the template provides an interesting way to keep track of what people are up to. However, in thinking more about this I really don't want yet another site to go to.

How do we fulfill both goals? How do I share ideas, but escape creating another website that I will forget to go to? Bits are cheap and don't fill up landfills. How about a disposable community? What if I could go online to say WordPress.com and click a few buttons to create a new community? Then I send out an email invit...

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Connected Communities

When Digg was new I spent plenty of time following the latest news 'dugg' up by the community. Now I rarely go back. Somewhere along the line Digg became an online Frat house and I am no longer interested in the 10 ten latest shocking things or in hearing about Scientology or in seeing pictures of puppies (Marion pointed out to me that if you do some research and you will find how many pictures of puppies get thousands of Diggs. Top 10 hot chicks, interesting ways to use vulgarities and puppies, what a bizarre community).

However, I like the idea behind Digg. It is the same idea that made Slashdot successful. (I am a Slashdot refugee as well). Get lots of people together and let the share what they think is interesting.

What is interesting and exciting to me as we look at building on open source community solution is the opportunity to let users break out of a community when the larger group moves in a direction that no longer interests a minority. Say community one is built on...

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Content Connected to Geography

Marion has been working on this idea of connecting information to a location for quite some idea now. WhereIGo has made some of the technology that is needed to make it happen available.

If you haven't read about where the future of information is headed check it out.

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Note to Facebook, Myspace and Other Social Silos: DIE

I wrote three Facebook apps and I have ideas for several more. The most successful was the House Plans application I did for ThePlanCollection.com, but in the Facebook world you can't count a couple thousand users as especially successful.

When Open Social started up I felt like I needed to go sign up for a MySpace account so that I would be ready for when the next big thing showed up. So far Open Social feels like that high school party the nerdy guy threw and two or three other nerdy guys showed up but come Monday morning it will be the joke of the high school. I turned off email alerts for MySpace because I grew tired of the offensive bot spam. I tried playing with Orkut because that was the first platform that supported Open Social. Orkut feels like the Twilight Zone. I tried Twitter for a while. It is a cool service, but I forget its there unless I am bored and the only thing handy is my phone and I want to post about my boredom. How's that for boring.

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Note to Facebook, Myspace and Other Social Silos: DIE

I wrote three Facebook apps and I have ideas for several more. The most successful was the House Plans application I did for ThePlanCollection.com, but in the Facebook world you can't count a couple thousand users as especially successful.

When Open Social started up I felt like I needed to go sign up for a MySpace account so that I would be ready for when the next big thing showed up. So far Open Social feels like that high school party the nerdy guy threw and two or three other nerdy guys showed up but come Monday morning it will be the joke of the high school. I turned off email alerts for MySpace because I grew tired of the offensive bot spam. I tried playing with Orkut because that was the first platform that supported Open Social. Orkut feels like the Twilight Zone. I tried Twitter for a while. It is a cool service, but I forget its there unless I am bored and the only thing handy is my phone and I want to post about my boredom. How's that for boring.

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Utah WordPress Meetup

I spent this afternoon with some really cool and interesting individuals from around utah. Matt Mullenweg, the original developer of WordPress was in town and was willing to come and hang out, each lunch and chat for a couple of hours about anything. Matt is a very cool guy not only because he created the best blogging platform of all time, but also because he is just a plain nice guy.

It is to bad that Salt Lake is as far away as it is. These kinds of events are a great chance to meet other people with similar interests and to generate ideas. It is also important to break out of your own personal sphere every now and then so that you can see what the outside world looks like.

A couple of highlights:

  1. Matt said that he prefers a business model that works off the ubiquity of the software rather than a model that limits your ability when using the open source version so that it can charge for more functionality/license (think Mysql)
  2. Holding a Word Camp here in Utah wouldn't be diffic...

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Government 2.0

I really and truly heard the term Government 2.0 on the radio this morning. I shuddered and it wasn't from the cold. However, I listened to the broadcast anyway despite my disgust at hearing that our government was now being tagged with version labels. (Shouldn't we be on something more like government 232.0 or something anyway?)

Yes there is a point.

Utah in spite of being non-progressive in politics is very progressive in using technology to help facilitate the political process. They have computers and email. (One senator from Cache Valley is quoted as saying he would use his as a step ladder to help him get up on his horse - true story.)

Luckily they have moved a step further. The Senate has a webcam and a Senate blog. It is my understanding however that only the majority posts to it so that excludes a democrat that somehow got elected - I am sure they will do away with that guy somehow.

You can listen to Senate radio. (Who needs to still music anymore when you have the Se...

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Configure your Free Facebook Joyent Accelerator for Capistrano

Right now Joyent is giving away free Accelerator accounts to Facebook developers. I love free stuff so this is so cool I could just cry. Free hosting with one of the premier Ruby on Rails hosts. I normally have to eat bags of M&Ms to be this happy.

Not all is roses. There is a dark side to this free hosting. Setting it up will make you want to cry. I am a developer, not a Solaris system administrator and so getting my application deployed was like having a vasectomy and being totally conscious the entire time. In hopes of saving time in the future for myself and others here is how to configure your Facebook Rails application for deployment via Capistrano on a Joyent Accelerator. The ideas aren't mine. I stole everything from all over the place. I added links at the bottom where I found some of the information. The rest of it I will just feel guilty about.

  1. Setup your shell for capistrano. Follow the link for the how and why. Note my $HOME/.ssh/environment file c...
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    Facebook as an Authentication System

    I have been playing with OpenID for about a year now. It is a very cool, distributed authentication system. The concept is great and I love that I don't have to create accounts everywhere. Instead, I just log in with OpenID and away I go. The biggest shortcoming for OpenID from a user perspective however is the fact that you have to remember a url. People aren't very good at that. I have my OpenID mapped through justinball.com which is easy to remember, but most people don't have that luxury and if your name is Bill Smith or Sam Jones you are not likely to own the corresponding domain.

    Over the past week I have had some time to play with the Facebook APIs. Before I became a Facebook fan I could not figure out why anyone would use the stupid thing. Quite frankly before my friends started showing up in the system there wasn't a good reason. Facebook really depends on the network to be meaningful to an individual, but I digress.

    So I am playing with Facebook in a number of...

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    Facebook as an Authentication System

    I have been playing with OpenID for about a year now. It is a very cool, distributed authentication system. The concept is great and I love that I don't have to create accounts everywhere. Instead, I just log in with OpenID and away I go. The biggest shortcoming for OpenID from a user perspective however is the fact that you have to remember a url. People aren't very good at that. I have my OpenID mapped through justinball.com which is easy to remember, but most people don't have that luxury and if your name is Bill Smith or Sam Jones you are not likely to own the corresponding domain.

    Over the past week I have had some time to play with the Facebook APIs. Before I became a Facebook fan I could not figure out why anyone would use the stupid thing. Quite frankly before my friends started showing up in the system there wasn't a good reason. Facebook really depends on the network to be meaningful to an individual, but I digress.

    So I am playing with Facebook in a number of...

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    Have 51weeks feedback?

    This morning at the Open Education 2007 conference David Wiley announced our new conference application 51weeks. I wrote the code so if you have any feedback or run into problems feel free to post comments here and we'll get right on it.

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    Flickr as Web 2.0, bla, The Soviets were like Nuke 2.0 way back in the 70s

    I watched Dr Strangelove late at night a couple of weeks ago. It is dark humor and a movie in classical Kubrick style. The irony in the movie has so much to teach modern society. In a sick twist of fiction meeting fact we have to learn to love the bomb all over again. There is a good chance Soviets really did build a dooms day device back in the 70s, turned it on in 1985 and it is still running.

    More links: Dr Strangelove and the real Doomsday machine The Return of the Doomsday Machine?

    Nuclear weapons are never funny. OK maybe sometimes they are. Web 2.0 has brought us new and interesting names - names like flickr. I bet they though they were being new and crazy. Guess what. The Soviets have been dropping e's way before the Silicon Valley crowd.

    Notice the code name of the device "Perimetr".

    At least if it goes off humanity won't have died from those old 1.0 weapons. No way baby this is Nuke 2.0.

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    igag.us updated

    Just updated igag.us so that it supports aggregation via tag. Go to 'manage aggregations' then select 'Add' after that select 'Tag'. Enter a tag that you want to track and viola you get data from technorati, flickr, delicious etc that match your tag.

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    igag.us updated

    Just updated igag.us so that it supports aggregation via tag. Go to 'manage aggregations' then select 'Add' after that select 'Tag'. Enter a tag that you want to track and viola you get data from technorati, flickr, delicious etc that match your tag.

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    iPhone App

    I have an iPhone. It is an awesome little toy. I couldn't just own one. I need a reason to play with it so I wrote an application.

    igag.us

    It lets you gather your favorite news sources - rss/atom under one aggregation. Thus it is easy for me to gather up a number of cycling blogs and collect them under the aggregation 'Tour De France'

    My favorite feature, one that is not quite done, but is coming in the next few days, is the ability to specify a tag which the system will then search for over the 'Internet World'. For example, say I am at the Ruby on Rails conference. Most conferences ask that you use a specific tag. At the rails conference it was 'RailsConf07'. Enter that tag into the tag box and igag.us will go search technorati, flickr, delicious, google blog search, etc and find entries that match the tag. This makes it very easy to keep track of the goings on at a conference via your iPhone (or computer it works there as well)

    It is still early in develo...

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    iPhone App

    I have an iPhone. It is an awesome little toy. I couldn't just own one. I need a reason to play with it so I wrote an application.

    igag.us

    It lets you gather your favorite news sources - rss/atom under one aggregation. Thus it is easy for me to gather up a number of cycling blogs and collect them under the aggregation 'Tour De France'

    My favorite feature, one that is not quite done, but is coming in the next few days, is the ability to specify a tag which the system will then search for over the 'Internet World'. For example, say I am at the Ruby on Rails conference. Most conferences ask that you use a specific tag. At the rails conference it was 'RailsConf07'. Enter that tag into the tag box and igag.us will go search technorati, flickr, delicious, google blog search, etc and find entries that match the tag. This makes it very easy to keep track of the goings on at a conference via your iPhone (or computer it works there as well)

    It is still early in develo...

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    Social Software is for the Young

    An interesting study by business week shows who is doing what on line. The visualization helps to show what is in many ways obvious - young people are more likely to do social things online.

    I don't think this is bad.

    I think it means that over the next decade social software is going to become more pervasive. There are a lot of successes in the Web 2.0 space right now, but I think they are only the beginning. Future tools will help us communicate and collaborate in a global way.

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    Social Software is for the Young

    An interesting study by business week shows who is doing what on line. The visualization helps to show what is in many ways obvious - young people are more likely to do social things online.

    I don't think this is bad.

    I think it means that over the next decade social software is going to become more pervasive. There are a lot of successes in the Web 2.0 space right now, but I think they are only the beginning. Future tools will help us communicate and collaborate in a global way.

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    New Website for Academic Types

    We have started a new site for those who are academic in nature. As part of what we do at COSL we have Brian Lamb helping us out with research. As we searched for good research questions our we had to ask ourselves if the questions had already been asked which means that we started down a literature review process. In order to help facilitate (now that sounds academic) this process we built a new website called gistr. It is still spartan, but the idea is that as you find interesting papers you share the "gist" of the paper with the rest of the world. One paper can have as many "gists" as the reader thinks is reasonable and of course you can tag the gist.

    The plan is to add features that allow users to save off gists and maybe even generate a bibliography from that group. This process should make it easier to create the lit review part of any paper.

    Also, it should help researchers who use similar tags find one another and share findings (gists). It isn't much to...

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    New Website for Academic Types

    We have started a new site for those who are academic in nature. As part of what we do at COSL we have Brian Lamb helping us out with research. As we searched for good research questions our we had to ask ourselves if the questions had already been asked which means that we started down a literature review process. In order to help facilitate (now that sounds academic) this process we built a new website called gistr. It is still spartan, but the idea is that as you find interesting papers you share the "gist" of the paper with the rest of the world. One paper can have as many "gists" as the reader thinks is reasonable and of course you can tag the gist.

    The plan is to add features that allow users to save off gists and maybe even generate a bibliography from that group. This process should make it easier to create the lit review part of any paper.

    Also, it should help researchers who use similar tags find one another and share findings (gists). It isn't much to...

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    ozmozr is out there

    We (COSL) just spent the last three months putting together a piece of software called Ozmozr. I figured that since know one knows us and since we don't market it would be a while before anyone found us.

    I was wrong.

    We have people signing up every hour or so now. That is nothing for a major web 2.0 site, but for a couple of farm boys from Idaho (now residing in Logan, UT) this is something.

    The big question is what is Ozmozr? The answer is - hopefully - something new and not like software that is already available. If it was available already why build it.

    Ozmozr attempts to complete the internet discover and share loop. How often do you find yourself telling friends/family about some new website that is just so funny/cool/outrageous etc. With Ozmozr you Ozmoze It (we have a bookmarklet you can get from the help page and there is a share button under most stories on the site) and in one step it is sent to groups or friends to be viewed at their leisure.

    The interface is "very...

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    Something Scrumdidilyumptious

    Just short of a year ago I hacked together a project that we loving called scrumdidilyumptio.us. I and Wiley managed to finish it at about 2 in the morning in a hotel in NY during the Mellon meeting. (I actually worked on it during the meeting which resulted in terrible embarsement when my system speaker went off for a few minutes during a talk from MIT because of a misstep in setting up my database.) At any rate Wiley finally decided to say something about it which is important because people actually read his blog. He has a sweet idea that integrates with 43things. I hope to spend some time working on scrumdidilyumptious when I get back from the Identity Conference. We should be able to get a new release out in a few weeks.

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    Web 2.0 Conference After Thoughts

    The conference was a lot of fun and it was interesting to meet people from all over who have a hand in or want to get their hands into the Web 2.0 craze. The speakers were basically an overwhelming mix of CEOs and whos who from every major Internet player. It was exciting to hear them all and to sit next to all kinds of really "important" people.

    A guy from Intel who was there looking for new hot companies and new trends asked me what I thought was missing. I have thought about that as it is probably the one meaningful question I was asked the entire conference. (Most people just ask conversational questions. Probably because they don't really care what I think.) The question he asked was what I thought was missing. Frankly, the thing missing from the conference was the next big thing. There were lots of small venture funded and self funded companies, but I wonder if the next really big, important company can, at this point, pay $3400 to smooze with the big boys. I wonder...

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    Yahoo! Technology Preview – Brad Garlinghouse , Ethan Diamond

    250 million people access yahoo mail every day. They are building web 2.0 experiences to Yahoo mail.

    Features: When email it will show you if the other user is online. If you click that the email window turns into a chat window and let’s you chat with the other person.

    If the other person goes offline their name turns into a link that lets you send an email. The body of that email automatically contains the content of the chat.

    They are adding social features to email. Kind of cool and applicable to everyday users.

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    Sun’s Cool Toy

    Sun labs is showing a project called sunspot. It is awesome. It is a tiny platform that lets you use Java to control a microcontroller that has all kinds of built in sensors. It is like a lego mindstorm for geekier people.

    Go to to get one: sunspotworld.com

    A sunspot will cost $500. This is the most awesome toy you can buy a geek this Christmas.

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    Stuff from Microsoft labs

    Here are a couple of interesting things coming out of MS:

    Photosynthe - pretty cool. Creates a point cloud in 3D of a group of photos. No human intervention required. It looks at your photos and puts them together - in panormas. It figures out details. Lets you zoom in. It is pretty cool. All this is done in a web browser. Offline the server analyzes photos, matches them up, lets you zoom in, move around. It figures out camera angles and puts in triangles that show where the photographer was standing when they took the picture. The image processing is amazing.

    Virtual Earth 3D - 3d version of maps like google earth.

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    Mårten Mickos CEO of MySQL

    MySQL has been about giving structured data to structured systems. So now “their” idea is to do what Google has done and get people to open source their data, share that data, then allow the world to access it like a database. “The biggest database in the world is already out there.” Build a “skype for databases.” You can go to Google to search, but the data is not all in the same format.

    Here are his considerations Latency is decreasing. We may need a DNS of SQL Servers Routing may be an issue How do you make data definitions available and understandable to others? Payments needed? Use RSS, Atom, HTML, HTTP etc as transport mechanisms.

    I don’t believe that this is their idea I am pretty sure that it came from the talk that Adam Bosworth gave at the MySQL conference last year. I agree that the web should be our next database - the wealth of data available could provide humanity with insane access to knowledge.

    One of the VCs on the first day talked about one of the problems their funde...

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    Marissa Mayer – What google has learned

    Company email list called Googlers. Sometimes it is about Tivo series 3. Sometimes it is about changes in snacks in the breakroom. A year or so ago the googler list was filled with comments on design of the Google home page. Mayer’s boss came to her and said this is ridiculous fix it and just find what works. So she figured out tests. The results of her tests were “mortifying.” The users thought they wanted 30 results on a page. They tried it and found that people found what they wanted 20% less of the time. Paradox of choice, by giving users more information they were driven away. You have to look at what people really want/need not just what they say they need. The big difference was time. The 10 results took .4 seconds. The 30 results took .9 seconds. The difference was why users were not happy with the 30 results. They wanted more results but they wanted it in the same amount of time.

    Users respond to speed. Google uses AJAX because of speed. Mayer opposed the idea of using Javascr...

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    Kevin Rose – Digg

    What we’ve learned. 600k registered people who find stuff and then digg it to the homepage. Rumsfield’s resignation set an all time record for Digg. It took 4 minutes for it to hit the home page. It took 25 minutes to make the Google home page.

    Showing Digg swarm right now. The Rumsfield bubble grew huge within just a minute. Several thousand people use Swarm to watch Digg at any given time.

    Digg is launching a Flash toolkit that will let users build their own tools for Digg.

    How do they deal with users who are trying to game the system? They have one administrator responsible for everything. It took them a while to figure out all the different ways users were trying to game the system. They look at Digg patterns in the site. They watch stories as they are being dugg, and get a picture of what makes a healthy digg over time. This includes all the different places where diggs are coming from. The number of buries needed to remove a story depends on how robust the total diggs. They know ...

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    Disruption Opportunity: Venture Capital – Roger McNamee , Ram Shriram

    Shriram - Starting an Internet business has never been cheaper. Looks for teams that don’t have business guys early on. The business can develop as time goes on. Why take 5 million when you only need 1 million to start a business. He would rather see a business start lean and work lean with laser like focus. There is a problem of to much money. Right now if you have an idea you won’t have any problem with raising money.

    McNamee – Some of the most attractive ideas need less than a million dollars. Those guys don’t need venture capitalists they need smaller angel investors. Venture capitalists look at companies that need 5 million to start and plan to invest 25 million over the life of the company. You don’t want to be doing the same things as 25 other people. This is the same for entrepreneurs and for investors. Investors have to find something new as well. A couple of compelling things going on right now – “Users generated content. It’s an alternative to passive entertainment.” Things ...

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    Disruption: Harnessing the Collective Intelligence

    Jim Buckmaster (CEO Craigslist) We manage with only 20 peope by relying on our users to manage what goes on on the site. The users keep us out of trouble. The site is the result of millions of user’s suggestions. They use feedback forums where users talk and they watch the conversation. They put up with the things that are embarrassing and take that feedback and implement it. We have been told that we can run text ads and make a bunch of money, but our users haven’t asked for it so we haven’t done it. Craig did this as a hobby. Friends told friends. It was just an email list that evolved into a website and into what it is now. Even now Craig isn’t interested in it as a business.

    Richard Rosenblatt (Myspace, CEO of Demand Media) You can build an entire media company at low cost through user-generated content. There is growth the in the 35 plus demographic because the entire world wants to be creative. They are focused on specific vertical markets – trails.com. Demand Media is a bottom u...

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    Alumni from last years Launch Pad

    Zimbra Ajax enabled software. The cool thing about Zimbra is that they have a way to run offline. They are showing an email client right now that let’s you read and send emails while offline. Then when you reconnect they sync with the server. Pretty cool. They white label to hosting providers. They showing a Zimbra client skinned like gmail – for demo purposes only of course. Finding developers meaning knowing people and getting the people you worked with before. Mistake: integrated all the parts. They are working on splitting out the components so users can use just the wiki or just the email.

    Veoh Internet television peer casting network. Share high quality video via peer to peer networks – like a Tivo for the Internet. To appeal to large markets you need to have a large war chest. Finding developers is one of the biggest problems there is. Raised 34 million dollars for previous peer to peer security company. Biggest mistake – focused on how to move large amounts of data first instea...

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    Yahoo opens browser authentication

    You can use Yahoo to authenticate your users if you want. http://developer.yahoo.com/auth/ This might be worth looking at. 500 million people have accounts at Yahoo. Numbers tend to overwhelm standards so this might be something to look at alongside OpenID, Sxip, Shibboleth etc

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    Vinton G. Cerf and Robert Pepper net neutrality debate

    Robert Pepper – Net neutrality is a dichotomous false choice - tyranny vs chaos. It is not necessary to create a regulation regime, but we need a to deal with violations on a case by case basis. For example, a small phone company was blocking the ports needed by Vonage. FCC told them to stop.

    Vinton G. Cerf – Not discriminatory access. Everyone can access whatever they like without constraint. This was a part of the fundamental architecture of the internet – you don’t have to negotiate with each provider individually. Problem is that consumers don’t have a choice when it comes to broadband and switching is difficult. The current duopoly and monopolies tend to be anticompetitive. How do regulate that? One side says legislate it. The other side says that is dangers because getting the law right is difficult. It is not appropriate for the broadband provide to take control of the lower layers to control at what happens at the higher layers. Consumer’s right to common and undistorted access...

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    Skype ecommerce

    Dinner last night included a chat with Niklas Zennstrom who stated that the eBay aquisition was a perfect fit. This is inspite of everyone in the world saying huh? Jack Ma's China eBay has social features built in that let users chat. I wonder if this addition to Skype is eBays response.

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    Ray Ozzie

    John Battelle “How has the world changed and how is it going a year after the memo from Bill Gates?”

    Ray – It is going very well. Some people get it some don’t. Vista and Office are done – released to manufacturing. Should be out to business by the end of November. Vista should be more secure, prevent trojans, phishing etc.

    There is still a need for desktop software. The web isn’t always there. Sometimes the pipe isn’t big enough.

    I have heard about Ray Ozzie. He is supposed to be a big deal, but I didn't get much out of what he had to say and in fact it felt to me like he had turned into a Microsoft Apologist. I guess that makes sense since he is chief software architect at Microsoft. He is an admirable man with many accomplishments so perhaps he will be the one to lead Microsoft to its next version.

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    Meet Ning — Marc Andreessen , Gina Bianchini

    Empower people to create their own social sites. I played with the beta a while back and it seemed to be decent. I believe you can download your source code from their hosted service and deploy it elsewhere. They are showing that it lets you store your own pictures, video, do your own blog, etc.

    Ning has full RSS and a REST api. You can reprogram it or add features to it. You can hit the view source button at anytime and then customize the code.

    They seem to be betting that the ability to customize the social network will appeal to users.

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    Jonathan Miller

    I didn't get much out of this chat from AOL other than a new acronym - UGC - user generated content. The big buzz at this conference seems to be around that very thing - finding ways to get your users to generate content. Build the right tools and they will come and do stuff.

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    Jeff Jonas Cops and Robbers Las Vegas Style

    Helped track down the MIT teams in Las Vegas. Corporate amnesia. Ie marketing sends credit card offer to a guy in jail who just defrauded the company. Companies have multiple database systems that need to coordinate.

    Data and queries are the same thing. Queries persist and you ask every smart question (query) all the time.

    Civil liberties and privacy become a big deal. What is appropriate to ask? What if the librarian – app putting stuff in or out is corrupt?

    You can anonomize – if I take a grinder and a pig you get sausage but if I give you sausage and a grinder you don’t get back a pig.

    Sequence neutrality. No matter what order your data arrives in your result is the same.

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    Jeff Bezos

    This morning I ate breakfast with Shawna O’Reilly from Mayo Clinic Ventures and the product manager of Web Sphere. This conference is a lot of fun.

    Jeff Bezos is up now. Here are some Amazon stats: 61 million accounts, 10 billion in sales, seven countries, 1.1 million active seller accounts, 10 million square feet in fulfillment space.

    Here are the more interesting stats: 200,000 register developers. 10 different web offerings. S3 let’s you store your crap very cheaply and easily. EC2 is a new offering - computers in the cloud. Costs about 70 bucks a month for the equivalent of your own server. This is an interesting offering that the CEO from smugmug.com and the creator of tickle.com raved about last night at dinner. This is a utility that lets small companies get access to powerful computing clusters that scale quickly. It also means that developers no longer have to worry about any of the IT issues that you typically deal with. Bezos calls it “muck.” It is all the crap you have to d...

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    Enterprise 2.0 Mashups Marc Benioff

    Long term survivors move from being a killer app to a killer platform.

    Integrate external applications and service into you business application. For example, use iRows spreadsheet to show spreadsheets. No need to write your own. Integrate Google maps to show locations of products or services. Integrate skype into your address book to show who is online right now so you can chat with them.

    Lease cubes for 20k per year. Give you infrastructure so you can start your own company.

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    Dr Hyun-Oh Yoo Cyworld

    Korean social site. Combination of popular internet activities – blogs, photo, video sharing. Here are some statistics: 20 million subscribers 40% of population 96% of 20-29 year olds use regularly 20 billion page views per month

    They are coming to the Unites States. It will be interesting to see if Cyworld is successful. Their design and timing fit well with the Korean market, but many of the components already have successful counterparts in the US – flickr, youtube, myspace etc. In addition, the design is very Asian which may or may not resonate in the American market. Culture is important to web design and simply translating content is proving to be insufficient for success. I imagine that is why Jack Ma is successful in China where US companies have failed. It also makes me wonder if there is application for open content.

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    Don Tapscott – wikinomics

    Wikinomics – new book. How mass collaboration changes everything. “After the dot com boom many traditional companies breathed a sign of relief. Big mistake.” After the bubble comes the long term deployment and the long term change. Web 1.0 was about html. Web 2.0 is about integration and the web is a computational platform. Web is for programmability. Every picture you upload every blog post is programming the giant web computer. Ambient intelligence – the physical world becomes smart. Why does the firm exist – transaction cost (collaboration cost, the cost to find and coordinate all the right people). Networks make the boundaries of the corporation more porous and now companies outsource things that are not part of their core values. Self-organization happens quickly now because of the interconnection of network.

    Goldcorp challenge – 5k for anyone who could find gold on any of the companies properties. They released their most secure geological data and asked the community to solve th...

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    Bruce Chizen

    “We don’t view ajax or html documents as competition.” Adobe has been open from day one. PostScript and PDF were open from day one, but we have to make sure to not be so open that we don’t have a viable business model.

    Worked with Mozilla to open source the actionscript virtual machine. They want that virtual machine to find its way into all the browsers.

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    Bob Parsons – Godaddy

    Failed high school got a diploma because the army wanted him to go to Vietnam. Be careful who you listen to. They started their filing to go public then pulled it a week later. It costs 3 million dollars. Parsons called this the “Tuition for the education of Bob.”

    People love the convenience and speed that comes with interacting with each other over the Internet. When it comes to resolving problems people prefer to deal with other people.

    Of their 1300 employees 920 of them are in customer support. They focus on customer support. The suits wanted him to find a way to dump and cut parts of customer support. Godaddy has no debt and has never had any debt except for the mortgage on one data center. They are self-funded.

    Focus on advertising that is edgy and different if not offensive. Their super bowl ad was rejected but then viewed on the Internet by far more people than the one on TV. He bought two ads. The first one showed and offended someone. The second ad was pulled. The controversy...

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    An interesting company

    Yesterday Vox.com announced they are open for busines. This is an interesting company to me because it is similar to ozmorz. If you listen to thier story and then to ours they sound like the same thing. A closer examination makes me think that we are still different. However, the fact that John Battelle called Six Apart and asked them to release their new software at this event tells me that simple applications that aggrate data and do something interesting are valid and in fact sexy to the web 2.0 world.

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    Afternoon keynotes

    Here are some highlights from the keynotes during the afternoon sessions.

    Eric Schmit (CEO Google) John Battelle “Why did you buy youtube?” Schmit’s response video is a big deal and we want some of it. Google figured out how to make money from search results and now they believe they have the algorithms needed to make money from video. I am not sure what that means. They did aquire a company not long ago that recognizes people in pictures. Perhaps they plan on applying that to video? Google has the servers to process that kind of data.

    Schmit stated that Google tries to respect end users first rather than fall prey to business models that might hurt their users. He felt that that was they way to keep your users from hating you in the way that some people have grown to loathe Microsoft. He was applauded for Google’s refusal to turn over data to the defense department, however he also stated that Google is subject to the laws of the United States and that they would comply current laws a...

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    A Conversation with Ross Levinsohn

    Arranged the deal and bought Myspace. Youtube is their biggest strategic partner. On the Internet may of your biggest competitors are also your partners. Google will power search on the news corp sites. They get to sell advertising, and news corp gets 900 million. Myspace cost 580 million. Not a bad deal. However, he also said about Myspace, “I don’t sleep, it’s why I put on 30 pounds over the last year.” These businesses take work. Spent the last nine months building out software and hardware. After we bought the site we spent a lot of time on safety.

    What do you look for in a company when you do an acquisition? It is easy to start a business today. It starts with the enthusiasm of the entrepreneur.

    Why doesn’t Myspace open their APIs? They are thinking of it. Talk to Tom. Lot’s of people bring this up. Dan Gould (My Space employee) likes the idea.

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    The Evenings Entertainment

    I hear that at past Web 2.0 conferences dinner on the second night was left to the attendees. This year AOL provided dinner and entertainment in the form of Lou Reed. I like music but I must admit that I had no idea who this guy was until I looked him up and found that site. I guess old rock and roll superstar and new web companies are meant to go together - somehow.

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    web 2.0 conference – internet

    The free internet is sponsered by AOL - the hotel charges money. Problem is that it sucks. I just lost my last post because WordPress died while trying to connect. For those putting on conferences, please include enough access points.

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    Whose Data is It?

    Marc Hedlund, Chief Product Officer, Wesabe mentioned a couple of sites with openness in mind. He talked about the fact that many of the map companies purchase that data from other companies. Thus, the need for open data repositories. Here are a few that he talked about: Openmapconent.org wikipedia www.wesabe.com openip.info

    Stewart Butterfield, General Manager, Flickr, Yahoo! Inc. – A competitor requested a key from flickr. Initial response from flickr was “screw you.” After speaking with their team they changed their mind and decided to be open because the value is in what flickr provides and the users should be able to chose what they do with their data.

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    Launch Pad

    The launch is going on right now. Every seat is full, and the unlucky late comers are all standing. I guess everyone is interested in the next big thing. Some interesting companies are coming up. Here is the list with addresses:

    Inthechair.com – let’s learners interact with musicians online when the practice. Users can contribute content. Works with affiliates.

    http://www.inthechair.com/beta2.php

    www.Instructables.com - user contributed instruction on about 2000 topics. Users can interact to build modules.

    www.klostu.com boardscape – world of message board. Powers myspace forum search. Klostu is a tool to connect disparate forums. Identity is preserved across boards – you don’t have to sign up again and again. Your friends can locate you at any time.

    Sharpcast – bridge content across platforms and devices. Work offline as easily as online. Get file access to your files from any device. http://sharpcast.com/

    Stikkit - http://www.stikkit.com/ sticky notes that automatically find their wa...

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    BlogHer Presents…World Domination via Collaboration

    Jory Des Jardins, Co-founder, BlogHer LLC Caterina Fake, Co-founder, Flickr Jessica Hardwick, Founder and CEO, SwapThing.com - people exchange whatever. Uses social collateral. Lisa Stone, Co-founder, BlogHer Jenna Woodul, Executive Vice President and Chief Community Officer, LiveWorld

    Importance of community. Is community a business model or does it need to be bought to have value.

    Caterina Fake - Flickr was about break even when it was acquired. Big competitor was Photolog. Was started as a site for friends to share sites. They did not start as a business so it was hard for them to become a business. Flickr started as a business and as such they took care to design it as a business. Communities that are organic are owned by the community. Value is in the peripheral services.

    Lisa – The community is worth money.

    Jenna – Research of community vs single user. Studies showed ability to recal brands was much greater when engaged in a venue where users where interacting with each other – 4...

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    web 2.0 conference day one

    I am attending the Web 2.0 conference this week. There is an interesting combination of people here and I must admit that I feel like a foreigner as I am part of an academic group. The current session I am in is titled “The Next Internet Infrastructure.” I expected something about servers and bandwidth which would have been interesting, but I am getting something much better. Marc Canter, CEO, Broadband Mechanics (peopleaggregator.com), Jeff Barr, Senior Evangelist, Amazon, Chad Dickerson, Yahoo!, and Jonathan Hare, Co-founder and CEO, Resilient are talking about identity and open APIs. It is good to know that big companies are interested in the cross domain authentication and authorization problem. Here are some of the things said that I found interesting. I provide names because the context is important.

    Chad Dickerson - future isn't in mashups but in building compelling user applications

    Jeff Barr - Future is in the legacy - take your old app, your old main frame, your faxes, an...

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