Web 2.0 This Week (August 14-20)

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Web 2.0 This Week
August 14 – 20

It’s late on Sunday night and I have so much to write about – this last week was absolutely amazing. I met so many interesting people at Bar Camp and added their blogs to my Pluck reader. I am now reading over 320 blogs and loving the Internet more than ever. I’m tired, but full of energy!

This week’s summary is below. As I’ve mentioned before, Richard MacManus writes a weekly wrapup as well that takes a different angle than us. I highly recommend subscribing to his blog.

I also want to point quickly to Weblogswork, the creators of ElfURL. Nice blog! There’s some good stuff going on over there.

If you are serious about Web 2.0, you’ll also want to subscribe to Clarence Wooten‘s site. He doesn’t write often, but when he does it’s required reading.

1. TechCrunch Profiles This Week

Delicious (Update), Vemail, Kahuna, BittyBrowser, VitalSource, Goowy, Technorati (Update), Blogtronix, Protopage, Rojo (Update), Bar Camp, Skylook, Pandora

2. Nielsen Releases New Blog Study

Last Monday Nielsen released a new blog study called “Understanding the Blogosphere”. Key stats from the study:

  • The top 50 blogging and blog-related sites grew 31 percent to 29.3 million
    unique visitors during July
  • 11 percent of blog readers use RSS
  • 50% of respondents have at least heard of RSS

For another study published this week (on tagging), see Smart Mobs post here and Libary Stuff’s post here. PDF here.

Additional Reading: TechWeb, Weblogswork, Jeff Nolan, Editor&Publisher, Burnham’s Beat, Jeff Clavier, RexBlog

3. Hunter S. Thompson’s Funderal

I really loved his books (my favorite was The Rum Diary). I like to think that Mr. Thompson would be very much a blogger if he was still writing today (that’s my web 2.0 angle for this).

He requested, and received, a spectacular funeral that involved mixing his cremated remains with fireworks and firing them off. I wish I could have been there.

4. Is Plaxo Evil? Is it a Web 2.0 Company?

Robert Scoble met with Plaxo last week and wrote a post about it. I was in a cranky mood that day and got into it with Plaxo employees in the comments section. I regret writing those comments, and I plan on profiling the positive aspects of the service sometime this week.

By the way, shortly after this post (although I forgot to ask Robert what the actual catalyst was), Robert changed the name of his comments area to the “mudpit”.

Since I’ve segued into talking about Robert Scoble, see his brilliant posts here and here as well. :-)

5. Ice Rocket puts Blogger on Ice

Mark Cuban announces that Google’s Blogger is creating huge blog spam problems for his IceRocket search engine and the blogosphere in general:

What makes the problem particularly frustrating is that it doesnt cost anything to setup a blog on what is probably the most common blog host, blogger.com from Google. Its fast, its easy, its free and it can be automated. So blogs are coming at us left and right. We are killing off thousands a day, but they keep on coming. Like Zombies. Its straight from Night of the Living Dead. Brain dead splogs. Coming at us by the thousands.

Blogger is by far the worst offender. Google seems to be working hard to adjust their relevancy indexes to exclude splog from having influence on search rankings, but they dont seem to be doing anything more than removing reported splogs. Kind of like going after the zombies one at a time with a shovel. Can we get some help on this Google ? (you can check out weblogs.com to get a feel for just how much splog we are talking about )

Additional Reading: Shel Holtz (great guy, I met him yesterday at Dave Winer’s OPML Editor Road Show), More
(I love IceRocket’s new Link Tracker Tool)

6. Feedster 500

Scott Rafer at Feedster announced the Feedster 500 on August 15 (wiki here). What makes the list so great isn’t the list itself, but rather the fact that he is so open to discussing it’s flaws and taking feedback. Nice one, Scott (and Feedster). See Scott’s blog for additional posts.

Additional Reading: Jason Calcanis, Richard MacManus, Ross Mayfield, JKontheRun, More

7. Brian Benzinger’s Social Bookmarking List

Brian Benzinger, who has a terrific up and coming blog called Solution Watch, goes the trouble of writing a great list of current social bookmarking services.

Congratulations on the Blog Herald post Brian!

8. Naked Conversations is Available for Purchase

Robert Scoble and Shel Israel’s new book is available for pre-ordering. Buy it (this link also gives affiliate credit to Robert and Shel).

9. Fedex got Dell’d

If you haven’t read all about the fedex furniture guy yet, read here and here (multiple posts in second link) to get started. Bad Fedex. Good Stanford Law School (who is defending him).

10. Major Congratulations are in Order

Dave Winer and Adam Curry have been podcasting for a year. Happy Anniversary!

  • NT

    We are Rackspace customers and whilst we don’t experience network downtime, we regularly have downtime due to their inefficiencies. Whatever you do don’t rely on their backups, they either can’t restore your data or take a day to do so. Fanatical?

    Can anyone recommend a decent ISP, is there such a thing?!?!?

  • NT friend

    NT, try gogrid.com

  • adf

    Fabio Torlini isn’t CEO of Rackspace. He’s marketing director/ business manager for Europe. Graham Weston is the CEO.

  • Jen

    Check out INetU – http://www.inetu.net.

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  • http://www.hostdisciple.com Ross


    Actually Grahm Weston is the Chairman, Lanham Napier is the CEO.


    Have you tried looking at nother managed providers such as datapipe or logicworks? You may also want to check out ThePlanet as they just launched their managed hosting line.

  • Jennifer

    we use liquid web and have been very pleased – as opposed to fanatical support- their support is ‘heroic’ and I would much rather have a hero than a fanatic on my side any day of the week.

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  • Nag

    If you are big(multi million dollar ), then go with some big standard guys,


    Cheers, Nag

  • http://galaxyspectrum.com/ PR NY

    Downtime is the one factor that will prevent SAAS from reaching its full potential to be used by Mid sized businesses..

    Microsoft’s model is to use a hybrid model which will synch once online.

    That may work for Small businesses – but a medium sized firm would find the business productivity loss to be staggering if they were dependent on the SAAS model.

  • http://www.myreplicaz.com peter

    Nothing in the world is 100%, and this incident just confirms that even further. I have used rackspace at times for my customers where reliability and uptime was a major factor, but now reading this post, might as well use my regular provider ;)

  • http://datacenterjunkie.com/ Michael T. Halligan

    I’d have to double and triple @Jen’s recommendation for Inetu. I worked with their owner, Dev a decade ago at his previous company, and he runs one hell of a tight ship. Inetu is one of the best ISPs out there, with many postings in NetCraft to prove it : http://news.netcraft.com/archives/2008/06/12/inetu_is_the_most_reliable_hosting_company_site_in_may_2008.html

    They might not have the size that Rackspace has, but they also don’t have the Hubris.

  • Steve

    You might want to take a look at ViaWest. I’ve had a great experience with them so far.

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