Web 2.0

  • Gillmor Gang: Action Items

    Gillmor Gang: Action Items

    The Gillmor Gang — Dan Farber, Kevin Marks, Semil Shah, Danny Sullivan, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — played the latest favorite game of the Mobility Addicted. It’s called Lock Screen, and some of us think it’s where the early adopters meet the great unvarnished Silent Majority. Forget clicks or swipes or doing anything; it’s all about glancing. What this means… Read More

  • Why Is It Still Web 2.0?

    Why Is It Still Web 2.0?

    Web 2.0 Summit went down in SF this week and, with the exception of a few speakers who ducked out because of pre-IPO jitters, a good portion of the upper echelon Internet ecosystem was there, including final speaker and Web 3.0 proponent Reid Hoffman. Since Hoffman says we’ve already surpassed an era defined by social sharing straight into an era defined by the implementation of the… Read More

  • Watch The 2011 Web 2.0 Summit Day Two Live

    Watch The 2011 Web 2.0 Summit Day Two Live

    We’re at the Palace Hotel for day two of for the 2011 Web 2.0 Summit, where the lineup for the next three days consists of almost everyone on the entire Internet. The. entire. Internet. In case you didn’t get to be a part of the in-person action, you and your friends at home can follow along from the Livestream above, starting at 1130 a.m. PST. Today’s speaker highlights… Read More

  • Fixing a Hole

    And it really doesn’t matter if I’m wrong I’m right where I belong, sings Paul McCartney on his latest album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Facebook Band, which sits high on the iTunes charts. Boy, is he not kidding. He’s taking the time for a number of things that weren’t important yesterday. So should we. On the surface it seems like business as usual, with the heads… Read More

  • Mary Meeker: Smartphones Will Surpass PC Shipments In Two Years

    Mary Meeker: Smartphones Will Surpass PC Shipments In Two Years

    Every year at the Web 2.0 Summit, Mary Meeker gives a ten-minute slideshow packed with great data showing the monetum and direction of different Internet trends. This year, a big focus of her presentation was on mobile. Specifically, she put up the slide above showing a Morgan Stanley estimate that global smartphone shipments will eclipse PC shipments in 2012, with more than 400 million… Read More

  • Venture Capital Sputters in the Third Quarter; Consumer Down, Business Services and Software Up

    Dow Jones is releasing its third quarter venture capital numbers today, and the amount of money raised was down sharply from last quarter’s heady $7.7 billion distributed across 740 deals. In the third quarter of this year, 662 companies raised just $5.4 billion. It’s not uncommon to see a muted third quarter in the venture business due to summer vacations, but this was the… Read More

  • If Web 1.0’s Kryptonite Was the Bust, Web 2.0 Kryptonite Was the Grind

    There were two surreal moments for me at Disrupt last week. The first was during the SV Angels Party when Hammer was dancing. It wasn’t just because MC-Freaking-Hammer was doing the Hammer dance in a tux and nerd glasses in front of me. It was because the CEO and founder of the media company I work for were on stage looking awkward and white, but dancing none the less. It was… Read More

  • Now That It's The One Millionth Word, "Web 2.0" Can Be Retired To The Dictionary

    What do you do if you are an obscure language group in Austin, Texas looking for attention? You declare “Web 2.0″ the one millionth word in the English language. So says the Global Language Monitor, which looks at usage of words on the Web and adds them to its online dictionaries. “Web 2.0″ has been in common usage for a long time, even though Merriam-Webster does… Read More

  • Our SXSW experience, in comic form

    http://pixton.com/widget/1 Howdy, y’all. John and I are still at SXSW, taking in all the sights and sounds. One of the cooler companies here is Pixton, a site that lets you easily create comic strips. As a budding artist, I appreciate the site quite a bit. This comic, hopefully the first of many, pretty much summarizes our experience thus far. (I’m the funky guy, John is the chef… Read More

  • How much are you worth on Twitter?

    So there’s this site Out There called TwitterValue. It allegedly measures how much your Tweets are worth, based on a super-secret “Ph.D algorithm.” Our guess is that it takes into account the number of followers you have, how frequently you tweet, how many @replies you get, etc. Being the vainglorious nerds that we are here at CG, we decided to see how much our Tweets are worth. Read More

  • Let's get excited, maybe, over a possible Facebook Music service


    How annoying is the “random vowel deletion” phenomenon in Web 2.0? This annoying, as a matter of fact. Facebook is stll arnd fr sme resn, as is MySpace. Gvn tht MySpace lnchd MySpace Music lst mnth—whtevr tht is!—ppl are clamoring for sme srt of Facebook rspns to MySpace’s call. A Facebook Music, if u wll. Is it in the crds? The New York Post seems to thnk so, and… Read More

  • Shock: Facebook application could initiate denial of service attack if it wanted to

    Well, it seems Facebook is wildly insecure and none of those third-party applications should ever be trusted. Who would have guessed it? Specifically, there’s an app out there called Photo of the Day that ostensibly displays photos of the day ::cough:: from National Geographic. It does more than that, though, and sends unwanted traffic to a chosen Web site. Then that chosen Web site… Read More

  • The Register rips on Amazon and Goog's cloud computing


    This is a great editorial. The author takes shots at Amazon’s EC2, Google’s App Engine, and “green” tech in general. I’m not convinced of the utter shamelessness and opportunism he accuses the companies of, but it’s nice to hear a little venom about these bleeding-edge products that claim such high ground. I do like this bit, though: I do have to give… Read More

  • Snow Leopard screens trickle out: Safari has mysterious 'Save as Web Application' menu item!

    The first shots of Snow Leopard, Apple’s new operating system that should be here in about a year, are now starting to appear online. On a German site, of all crazy things! Anyhow, the biggest news from the released screen shots is the existence of a mysterious “Save as Web Application” menu item in Safari. What this does is save the Web site—let’s say Gmail… Read More

  • Creative Commons-licensed shirts with phone-scannable codes


    Seriously, I’m about to move to Japan. I think they should stop calling their phones “phones” (or the Japanese equivalent) and call them “Tricorders” (or the Japanese equivalent). Because where else in the world can you point your phone at someone else’s shirt and have one just like it sent to you? I’d love to use Nota’s intriguing service here… Read More

  • The gathering storm: Time says Facebook faces backlash over inane application requests


    Charming It looks like Time mag didn’t get the memo that says nothing negative is to be written about Facebook. Funny (well) thing is, it’s the same thing I complained about nearly a year ago: too many stupid application requests. Yup, Facebook users, it seems, are fed up with the myriad application requests they get each and every day. A zombie has bitten you, do you want to… Read More

  • Jaxtr: free phone-based VOIP social network 2.0

    Boy, if only these guys had "user-created" somewhere in their mission statement. It’s already a Web 2.0 smorgasbord. If I understand it correctly, the idea is that you and your friends all sign up and register your phones with the site. Then, when you want to call someone in jolly old England or jolly old Moscow, Jaxtr acts as a middle man, calling you both from local numbers… Read More

  • Facebook Chat launches: Built-in IM handy but should be optional

    Did you hear the awesome news? Facebook Chat launched at the weekend for some folks, myself included. Apparently the rollout is on a network-by-network basis, and one of mine, NYU, was a big winner. You can read how great it is on Facebook itself or any one of the fan sites, but I’ll tell you what about it annoyed me. First, the implementation, on a UI level, bothers me. The app… Read More

  • Trendy: Hating online applications because they're not powerful enough


    Not good enough~! How do you feel about online apps aka “cloud computing”? You know, Google Docs, Photoshop Express, Meebo, etc. Love them? Hate them? Couldn’t give a toss? Well one angry journalist, Paul Boutin, hates them… now! See, he used to be all about network-dependent apps, thinking, in his crazy youth spent at an MIT computer lab, that such applications… Read More

  • Flickr users freak out over Microsoft-Yahoo! deal

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    Me either Didn’t people complain when Yahoo! bought Flickr in 2005? These same folks are at it again, claiming the sale of Yahoo! to Microsoft will destroy their favorite photo sharing service. Some users are apparently at odds with Microsoft’s online ethos as it were—trying to come up with a service to mach another, already… Read More