Tons of new companies launched this week. My guess is they were aiming for the Web 2.0 Conference last week but had to delay. This may have worked out for the best as the covereage they received was probably much better after the press chaos last week.
Most bloggers have probably noticed that Dave Winer is back in the bay area. It’s good to have his brain around here again. I’ve been invited to a couple of his weekly breakfasts with Steve Gillmor. I try to keep my mouth shut and keep my listen to talk ratio as high as possible. These guys aren’t always right, but they’ve seen and done enough that even when they’re wrong, you can learn a lot by being around them.
We said goodby to Richard MacManus, who stayed with us for during his trip to silicon valley. Based on how warmly he was received, my expectation is that Richard will be back soon. His eloquent goodbye post was excellent.
We launched something called the Web2.0WorkGroup last week. It’s an experimental sandbox that a bunch of bloggers focused on writing about the new web are working on. Right now its a directory of participating blogs. Soon it will be much more.
Here’s this week’s wrapup:
Kahuna (update), Gada.be, Google Reader (update), Yahoo Blog Search, Google Bookmarks, Wink, MeasureMap (update), Memeorandum (update), Yelp, Qumana (update), RememberTheMilk, Sphere (update), PreviewSeek, Reading Lists, Inform
It’s a cross between a rant and a classic essay, and it’s important. He’s continuing his theme of comparing search results on the existing blog search engines.
letâ€™s talk about what the state of time-based search is.
In a phrase: it sucks.
No one is doing it well.
I can just hear everyone saying â€œhuh? I thought Feedster, Technorati, IceRocket, Bloglines, and Pubsub, among others, are doing time-based search?â€
Yes, but they all are unsatisfactory. Why? Well, for one, theyâ€™ll never have the traffic of MSN Search, Yahoo, or Google. Most of the â€œnormalâ€ people around me never will use a search engine other than these three. Heck, most of the people in the world have never even clicked on â€œadvanced searchâ€ and youâ€™re gonna try to get them to visit something like http://blogsearch.google.com ? Yeah, right.
Everyone said search was “good enough” before Google. Blog search isn’t even “good enough”.
Massimo Curatella takes the time to list large-file sharing apps. Bookmark it.
Oodle got it right when they went for the decentralized content approach. Craigslist felt threatened and turned them off. Oodle responds diplomatically.
This is not great for Oodle, but I also think it’s not great for Craigslist. Data must be open. Sites that try to horde it will lose in the end.
A post by Chris Pirillo launched a huge blog discusson on splogging and the fact that BlogSpot seems to be the main source of it. Google owns BlogSpot and has a clear incentive to allow this to happen – they serve ads on every one of these splogs. This is not a new problem. Google needs to take action.