The Newspaper Association of America launches an ad campaign which aims to present the medium as relevant to today’s world. Judge for yourself if they have succeeded – or just scored an own-goal.
Interesting post about the wrist-worn PC or “WWPC” being touted by Eurotech. The phrase I like most in the short piece (which has a picture) is: “the device is not yet available in product form”. 🙂
Good BBC article on Web 2.0 here.
Jeff Jarvis produces his take on the role of journalists in a world of citizen journalism.
What are personomies?: “personal information environment” – the information environment I have built over time, independently of any platform or system. Personomies include contacts, purchases, health records, search history, emails, rss feeds, IMs, voip calls, comments on blogs…etc…any tiny bit of data that is logged and can be tracked back to me belong in my personomy. Personomies are any digital manifestations of me.
I have been asked to put together a short (15 minutes) presentation next week on Web 2.0 for an offsite meeting. Borrowing liberally from Tim O’Reilly’s excellent primer and with some images from Dion Hinchcliffe’s Flickr slide show on the subject, I put together the following:-
First off, Tim’s list (apparently brainstormed with John Batelle) comparing the two webs:
Web 1.0 –> Web 2.0
DoubleClick –> Google AdSense
Ofoto –> Flickr
Akamai –> BitTorrent
mp3.com –> Napster
Britannica Online –> Wikipedia
personal websites –> blogging
evite –> upcoming.org and EVDB
domain name speculation –> search engine optimization
page views –> cost per click
screen scraping –> web services
publishing –> participation
content management systems –> wikis
directories (taxonomy) –> tagging (“folksonomy”)
stickiness –> syndication
Then his six principles:-
2.Harnessing Collective Intelligence
[Britannica vs. Wikipedia] [Amazon vs. Barnes and Noble]
“Network effects from user contributions are the key to market dominance in the Web 2.0 era.”
The Long Tail
3.Data is the Next Intel Inside
The race is on to own certain classes of core data: location, identity, calendaring of public events, product identifiers and namespaces. In many cases, where there is significant cost to create the data, there may be an opportunity for an Intel Inside style play, with a single source for the data. In others, the winner will be the company that first reaches critical mass via user aggregation
4. End of the Software Release Cycle
–Operations must become a core competency
–Users must be treated as co-developers (Carl Henderson, the lead developer of Flickr, recently revealed that they deploy new builds up to every half hour)
5. Lightweight Programming Models
– Support lightweight programming models that allow for loosely coupled systems
– Think syndication, not coordination
– Design for “hackability” and remixability
Innovation in Assembly – mash-ups
6. Software Above the Level of a Single Device
– i-Tunes, TiVo, Google search
7. Rich User Experiences (AJAX)
–standards-based presentation using XHTML and CSS;
–dynamic display and interaction using the Document Object Model;
–data interchange and manipulation using XML and XSLT;
–asynchronous data retrieval using XMLHttpRequest;
(quoted from Jesse James Garrett, Adaptive Path, the man credited with inventing the term “AJAX” )
List of interesting Web 2.0 sites:-
Writely online word processor and collaboration site (just bought by Google)
Google Local – mainly for the AJAX drag and drop maps
Flickr – world’s biggest photo site – just passed 100 million images, now owned by Yahoo!
Wikipedia – world’s largest online encyclopedia – entirely written by volunteers
Digg – fairly new collaborative news sites; users votes determine what makes it to the top of the page
More on Web 2.0, this time from Ted Leonsis, Vice Chairman of AOL. He argues it’s all about empowerment of the user this time round.
Newspapers need 100 online readers to make up for every lost hard copy reader says Rafat on paidcontent.org.
A great list of links in this Web 2.0 Directory with over 900 sites identified in 50 categories.