Web 2.0 Articles

Why Most Web2.0 Companies Fail
If you improve the value of another service based largely on their infrastructure or data, it usually doesn’t take much for them to roll your offering into their well known brand, and kill your market position.

Alexaholic was praised by Alexa for being innovative, right up until they sued when the creator failed to sell them the domain name. It took a year for Alexa to clone Alexaholic.

What is Web 2.0 Anyway?

Later this week I’ll be on a panel at the CRV Leadership Summit in Phoenix. The session title is "Web 2.0: The Opportunities and Challenges of the Next Generation Internet" and will be moderated by John Palfrey.

Web 2.0 Expo: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Keynote
Bezos takes the stage. Intro remarks: all about Amazon Web Services, which is exhibiting here. The roster includes SQS, Mechanical Turk, S3, EC2.
SEM Settled? Good, Now On To Real Marketing
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The e-business world is moving on from SEO and SEM. That doesn’t mean they aren’t important. It means that everybody seems to get it now (perhaps) and it’s sort of a standard practice, like tacking fliers to light posts. The next frontier has two branches: branding and making connections.

Where it’s not going: direct marketing (been there, done that for a decade now); single-channel.

CallWave Teams Up With Google Desktop

Google and CallWave have partnered to provide a text-messaging gadget for Google Desktop users. With the utility, users will be able to send text messages to any cell phone, while choosing to receive them either as an e-mail message or have them sent directly to their handset.

The service is currently still in beta, and allows subscribers to send unlimited text messages throughout the United States and Canada.

SEM – The World’s Largest Popularity Contest

Currently, search engine marketing is best described by the phrase “popular.” This may change in the future, but right now, to rank in a competitive search term, you have to be popular; you know, like way back in high school where there was a division between the “cool kids” and everyone else.

Web 2.0 Expo Preview

The expo is at the Moscone West in San Francisco from April 15 – 18. Whatever your definition of Web 2.0 is, looking at some of the high profile exhibitors from Adobe and AOL to Zoho and everyone else in between, It is worth taking note of. The expo is co-sponsored by O’Reilly Media and CMP Technololgy.

Major Media Explores Web 2.0

In the past week, USA Today has jumped into the water of Web 2.0 by adopting a social media platform to allow readers and editors to begin having a conversation. This is yet another significant benchmark in adoption of social media. USA Today is a well known media outlet that services a nationwide audience:

Per the USA Today media kit

My Yahoo Looks Like Your Yahoo
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The Yahoo of yesterday afternoon resembles the My Yahoo people should start seeing more of this afternoon. Today’s My Yahoo may be Yahoo tomorrow. Challenging, isn’t it?

USPTO Wiki-fies Patents, Pooh-poohs P2P
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The US Patent and Trademark Office is swamped, so they’re going the Digg.com route. Embarking on a patent review pilot project that will allow the online public to comment on patent applications, the USPTO is hoping the experts of the world will share the load.

The USPTO is not, however, that keen on P2P.

Taking Advantage Of Web 2.0 Marketing
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This is such an exciting time on the web for people creating magnetic sites filled with content their niche is after.

Blogging, Politics, and Modern Media

Robert Scoble revealed in his blog that he had been invited by the John Edwards campaign to cover the Senator’s announcement regarding his intention to pursue the U.S. Presidency.

Giving Web 2.0 A Dash of Personality

When it comes to researching topics and reporting breaking news in the Web 2.0 world, one has to be careful to avoid falling into the trap of monotony. Sometimes, the news isn’t all that exciting, but it’s often the people associated with the story that makes all the difference.

Wilson: Web 2.0 Easier to Fund

Thanks to John/Rick for drawing my attention to this great post from Fred Wilson.

Web 2.0: What It Means for Politics

The Democrats gained control of congress in this past November’s midterm elections. Analysts believe that, at least in part, the failure of the Republican Party to retain congressional power is due to its hesitation to adopt modern media strategies to work in tandem with traditional campaign techniques.

What Is A Portal?

Among other things, a post today by my friend Scott Karp over at Publishing 2.0 has helped crystallized for me just how inadequate a lot of the terminology is that we’re using for Web services and communities – and not just the obvious kind of cringe-inducing terms like “user-generated content.”

Web 2point2 Interviews

Recently, we attended Web 2point2, an ‘unconference’ driven by participants and based on conversations, not powerpoints.

What Will Pop The Google Bubble?

Dave Winer says we’ll know Web 2.0’s bubble is popped when Google’s stock crashes.

Ready for Web 3.0?

Living in Silicon Valley has been an intoxicating and suffocating experience all wrapped up into a lavish party with gourmet food and cocktails poured through a block of chiseled ice. Everyday I live, breath, sleep everything two dot oh, and what started as a way of making the web more dynamic and interactive, is now one big pool of punch where programmers, marketers, and startup founders are the new rock stars and everyone wants to jump in to take a dip and take a sip.

Success of Fast Loading Websites

I covered Marissa Mayer’s talk at the Web 2.0 Summit that focused on how Google has really learned the value of speed in their web applications. It seems as if there was much more said about this topic years back when everyone was on dialup modems.

Thumbs Down on Web 2.0 Conference

GigaOm weighs in with a mostly-thumbs-down on the Web 2.0 conference; seems the cause for complaint was a lot of excessive caution and cynicism, fueled by money.

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