Web 2.0 This Week (July 31 – Aug. 6)

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Web 2.0 Weekly Wrapup
July 31 – August 6

A lot happened in our web 2.0 world this last week. Lots of new data was published by Dave Sifry and Technorati, additional work was done on the definition of “web 2.0″, as well as lots of other developments (see below for all).

I was forced to cut some things from the wrapup this week because otherwise it would have simply been too long otherwise. For instance, I had the following items in my notes, but they have been scrapped:

Before I get into the main items, I want to point to a new blog I read (I do not know the blogger but I have pointed to it once or twice) that had a post last week entitled “It’s lonely starting a blog“. The post is self explanatory. Since even the Giants of our industry every once in a while reach out to their readers to make sure they are still there, I ask those of you who are so inclined to reach out and leave a comment on this blog. This isn’t pity, or charity. It’s simply helping one blogger get over that initial hurdle.

I also want to thank Jeff Jarvis.

Ok, back to business. This week’s wrapup:

1. TechCrunch Profiles This Week

GmailDrive, BlinkList, IceRocket (name change), TalkDigger, XMHD, Jyve, Browster, MSN Start.com, Collaborative Rank, Indeed, Simply Hired, IceRocket (Link Tracker), Chalk, Yorz, AttentionTrust, Blinksale

2. Technorati update on the “State of the Blogosphere”

Technorati updated their March data last week with new stats, and the blogosphere’s growth certainly doesn’t seem to have peaked yet. We (as in “we the blogosphere”) are averaging about 1,000,000 new posts per day, even on slow news days. Six months ago it was less than 200,000/day. And the total number of blogs continues to double approximately every five months. This information is simply staggering, even as we are becoming somewhat deaf to new staggering information.

3. Take a stroll down memory lane with CNET

CNET names the “Top 10 dot-com flops“. I knew and loved most of these companies, and remember those lovely days when just about any idea could get funded. Yes, we all burned through money on stupid things like television ads (too bad Purple Cow hadn’t been written yet or we’d know better) and million dollar parties, but at least it was a learning experience, right? :-) And dammit, we LOVED Webvan. We really, really loved them.

4. Defining Web 2.0

Doc Searls and Martin at Mediatope added to Richard MacManus’ worthy efforts to define Web 2.0 earlier this year (with further thoughts by Richard as well).

A separate thread, started by Tim Bray and countered by Tim O’Reilly, argues whether or not Web 2.0 is a meme or a faux-meme. I’m not smart enough to comment on this – I had to look up what meme meant on Google just to follow the conversation. :-)

I will say this though. Those of us that spend all day, every day, thinking about Web 2.0 aren’t able to define it in a single sentence. We know its important, and it’s happening right now, but we just aren’t quite able to verbalize it. Yet.

5. Fred Wilson writes a(nother) Masterpiece

When Fred Wilson writes, thousands of people eagerly consume it. He’s smart and he doesn’t go on and on – he gets to his point. His post “Posting, Subscribing, and Tagging” is one of his best essays so far.

I like to keep things simple.

And to me blogging is about three things:

Posting, Subscribing, and Tagging.

These are the three essential and fundamental functions and they are the building blocks for all the different kinds of blogging.

Blogging is not limited to posting a short blast of text into Blogger, Typepad, WordPress, or Live Journal.

Blogging is way bigger than that.

Fred also stresses that we are just getting started, and that the best stuff is yet to come. We agree.

Additional Links: Matt McAlister, Hyku, Gaping Void, Charbuck.com

6. The Dark Side of Tags

The problem with publisher tagging is that it is begging for spam. And it’s starting to appear. See Om Malik and Michael Parekh on this topic.

7. Report on Social Networks

Library Stuff tipped us off to a new report by Wildbit on social networks. It’s worth the read – particuarly if you are going to start a new one.

8. WikiMania!!!

Wikimania was held in Frankfurt on August 4-8, 2005. Lots of bloggers attended and, you guessed it, blogged. I would very much have liked to attend.

Additional Links: Ross Mayfield #1, Ross Mayfield #2, Ross Mayfield #3, Blogging Planet, PR Thoughts, Gabriela Avram, more

9. Blog Software Reviewed

Bill Machrone looks at blogging software, and gives appropriate kudos to Moveable Type. I don’t disagree with the article, but I will say this. Blogging software sucks. And there is huge room for improvement. When my dad can publish a professional looking and customizable blog without knowing a thing about html or CSS or RSS or Atom or categories or tags or anything else, then talk to me about how great blogging software is. Sorry folks, it’s not even close to time to start patting ourselves on the back yet. Somebody needs to do for blogging what Blinksale (profile) did for invoices. Then we’ll be somewhere. Give me a user interface with Ajax!

If you have a newsletter, a club or organization site, or an online publication for a niche audience, though, blog software is just about perfect. That’s what I needed for a site I wanted to build: something with built-in reader commentary, RSS syndication, template-based article entry, and the ability to make style changes without having to find and replace across every HTML page.

(via Anil Dash at six apart)

  • http://www.Paranoidbull.com Dave Levine

    A brave new world for sure, though probably a half-decade out for any mainstream adoption of these services unfortunately. I like the sound of it on this Independence Day, and especially am glad to know our country will be leading the charge.

  • Ralph

    “arbitrate transactions” … “coalescing technologies” … “algorithmically intelligent” … Do you make a bet with your friends to see if you can work certain random phrases into your posts?

  • Steve Gillmor

    No, Ralph just using words to describe stuff.

  • http://www.davidamodt.com david amodt

    like and agree w/ most of the post, but will the corporate clients and businesses go with the 3G w/ the camera? That’s a killer in most businesses.

    Another factor is the blackberry vs iphone crowd. BB users grow addicted to a keyboard and a quick response that the iPhone just can’t offer. A quick email back or a response takes seconds on a BB but the iPhone can’t do. I love my iPhone and BB but 2 different uses for different cultures. IMHO

  • chloe

    Loved the gramatically errors and misspellings, a nice touch.

  • damon

    Can you guys tweak your wordpress template, the bottom half of the big TechCrunchIT logo is not clickable to take you home.

    Raise the z-order of header_logo to be above header_items.

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  • http://www.anilkumarsingh.com Anil Kumar Singh

    We all are waiting for iPhone.

  • Michel

    You mention the ePhone a lot.. Is that something new?

  • http://www.verydesignersblock.com Bud Moore

    The parody is better written, and shows a greater understanding of the subject. Like many articles on Techcrunch this is ruined by verbosity.

  • Richard Emory

    I’m going to stop reading Gillmor’s posts. I never understand what the hell he’s saying.

  • Neptune

    This post is horrendous. He sounds pretentious with his usage of the superfluous words. Not needed to convey the story. Maybe he is compensating for something…

  • http://www.planetsab.de Sebastian

    What’s the matter with you people? Don’t you know how not to read something? How to unsubscribe? Who is holding a gun to your head, forcing to read Steve Gillmor’s articles? And don’t you have better things to do than bitch about orthography and punctuation?
    For what it’s worth Steve, I think your older posts on other blogs were more cryptic, more musical, progressive if you will. I liked that better…

  • BillG

    The ePhone will change how we work and play, and in the process free us from the tyranny of our jobs as consumers

    What’s an ePhone??

  • Dave McSteve

    ePhone = enterprise capable iPhone. For what it’s worth I think that Gillmor’s writing style is a refreshing oasis amidst a swirling, sucking, ever blackening eddy that is the end of the proper written tradition. As I watch the world rely on spellcheck, and get applications to my company where kids say they have “poured” over our website, and that their “gold” in life is to be a graphic designer, blah blah, I realize that not only does Gillmor understand what he’s saying, he knows how to say it well. Write on sir. Any way you choose….

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  • David Andrew

    I wish you would’ve used simpler words, it’s really hard to understand what you’re trying to say.

  • http://www.iwatchseries.com Kleber F.

    No doubt Iphone has it problems… but no one cant say that having such a nice phone is better then have all the others.. i cant wait until they release the 3G version(here in Brazil) with the “new battery” that will hopefuly last longer and lets use use the iphone :P

  • jake

    Let freedom ring!

  • http://thetayloreffect.com Michael C Taylor

    I thought the Enterprise level functionality was from the firmware… not the phone itself.

    Won’t the 2G’s support Exchange as well, once the 2.0 update is release?

  • Globecode

    Didn’t apple show a separate IT admin functionality for using the iPhone in the enterprise. I guess I am confused on your use of enterprise. If you mean anybody buying one personally and using it as a business tool, I agree with all that you said. If you mean your business buying it for you to use for enterprise/business, then I believe you are missing some of the policies (restrictions) apple put into the IT admin of this device. In fact I would say it is more of an ePhone for the personal buy/business use scenario than for the enterprise buy/business use scenario.

    I still want to see how many companies justify having itunes now as an enterprise application to administer the iphone. I hardly find an IT admin that allows itunes on their enterprise machines. I guess I should explain that my expertise is with services companies that are not internet services.

  • Gabe

    Suggest you take a look at George Orwell’s rules for effective writing. Would help here. http://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/george-orwells-5-rules-for-effective-writing/

  • Chris L

    @20: Yes the old iPhones will be upgraded for free.

    I will attempt to summarize Gillmor’s essay: The iPhone is the perfect way for your boss to have your balls in his fist 24 hours a day. Also be prepared for up-to-the-second updates whenever your friends and co-workers sneeze or take a dump. Somehow, there will be a lot of money to be made here.

  • http://www.techcrunch.com/ Mark Hendrickson

    @ damon – thanks for pointing that out; we’ll get it fixed

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