Category Archives: web 2.0

The human factor in social media (revisited)

Last year I wrote 3 (rather long) thought experiments I pretentiously called ‘The human factor in Social media’. You can find part 1, part 2, and part 3 here. I was reading them back recently and thought about what came … Continue reading

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I do not recommend that you read this

Recommendations are a powerful feature on the social web. They represent real value, just look at the king of recommendations Amazon.com making huge revenues with it. And while I do look at them at times, I am always a bit … Continue reading

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The difference between a good and a great entrepreneur

Michael Arrington provides good insight into a current dilemma for Twitter. Should Twitter turn revenues on or keep them off? The dilemma being that a revenue-less but growing company will lead to speculative valuation and therefore possibly a high acquisition … Continue reading

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Growth and traffic are no guarantee for a profitable online business

37Signals has a great post up, entitled “The bar for success in our industry is too low”. The author, Jason, takes several examples where respectable media (NY Times, GigaOM) take a story of a web company showing growth, traffic, and … Continue reading

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About leveraging the Facebook platform successfully for your business

Yesterday I read a post by Jesse Stay entitled “Hey businesses, you’re using Facebook wrong”.  Let me start off by saying I have a lot of respect for the author. I think Jesse is right about the power that Facebook … Continue reading

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A personal manifesto for a User-Centric web

There are walls all around us. We live our lives realizing that we have to live with rules and limitations. We have laws to obey,  values to live by, families we are part off, countries we live in, services we … Continue reading

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Everybody loses in the battle over our online identity

Facebook announces user names. It generates a lot of buzz on Techmeme. TechCrunch reports the obvious (vanity), but Chris Messina is the only one that is actually analyzing what Facebook is doing and what impact it can have on our … Continue reading

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Social Media is bound by our human limitations

The definition of Social Media according to Wikipedia is: Social media is content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies. At its most basic sense, social media is a shift in how people discover, read and share … Continue reading

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The potential power of Google Wave is far bigger than its demo

I was just reading this CNET post on wave. Rafe Needleman and Stephen Shankland (both working for CNET) answer questions about Google Wave in an attempt to explain what it is. Sadly, they don’t really get past the Google Wave … Continue reading

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An important revolution in the web can’t be driven by technology

Yesterday I tried logging into a service I hadn’t visited in a while. I couldn’t remember my user name or password. After a few frustrating and unsuccessful attempts I gave up. Recognize this? Happens to me all the time. Currently, … Continue reading

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The Open, Social web needs plumbers

Chris Messina has a long and good post up about the open Social Web. He hits on a topic I have written about many times as well: Moreover, by commoditizing certain fundamental features, service providers will move to compete on … Continue reading

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The fundamental problem of ‘owning’ user data

I do not often agree with Facebook, but I do agree with their decision to make privacy settings of their users more important than opening up the vast amount of data they track to 3rd party developers. Marshall Kirkpatrick writes … Continue reading

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Status update: the future of the web is here!

/rant on I read a number of posts in the last week that seem unrelated but ended up making me think about this social media circus we are in. Unless you are deaf, blind, and have been sitting on a … Continue reading

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The network effect in web 2.0 is also its biggest tragedy

Robert Scoble, nicely served by his friend Loic Le Meur, started a discussion on Friendfeed in which he states that Twitter is broken and that unfollowing everyone might be the only solution. You can find it right here. The story … Continue reading

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Privacy is not dead, it is distributed unevenly

A famous oneliner from the CEO of Sun, Scott McNealy, in 2001 was “Privacy is dead, get over it”. It sounds true. This generation is growing up with Google, social networking, and having all relevant data on the web. We … Continue reading

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Web 2.0 progress is held back by Web 1.0 business models

I’ve often wondered how web 2.0 is really different from web 1.0. Most seem to agree that web 2.0 was an evolution in which we went from portals and destination to data and interactions. Web 2.0 is about interaction, social … Continue reading

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Warning: Life is colored by the information we absorb

A few weeks ago my 6 yr old son was sitting next to me while I was watching the news. I was a bit distracted and didn’t realize he was sitting there, but after a while he said something to … Continue reading

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On diminishing network effects in web 2.0, social media and human limitations

This post is a followup of a series I did last year on ‘The Human factor in social media’. Technology allows us to be “always on”. To be part of a never ending conversation. Simply plug in, anywhere, and you … Continue reading

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Our need for interaction locks us up

MySpace has over 200 Mln registered users. Facebook follows fast with 140Mln registered users, and they are adding an astonishing 600.ooo new users every day. A rough estimate suggests that more than half a Billion people are registered in social … Continue reading

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Google proves that everyone else executes online advertisement strategies poorly

A few posts drew my attention this morning. First, Nick Carr points out that Google is changing the way the web appears, depending on whether or not you are using the Google search engine: First Click Free allows publishers that … Continue reading

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