Alex Barnett's blog

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October, 2005

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    You know it is Bubble 2.0 when...

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    You know it is Bubble 2.0 when the internet is growing faster than ever : "The Netcraft "October 2005 Survey" found 74,409,971 sites, an increase of 2.68 million sites from its September survey. The gain makes 2005 the strongest year ever for...
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    My attention via RSS

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    Now I can track where my attention has been (see my last 18 hours below) thanks to a new version of the RSS feed reader I use - FeedDemon (1.6 RC1 ), by Nick Bradbury . I like this. A lot. Lots potential uses I can think of here. Would be nice to...
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    Linksys Skype phone review

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    I'm reading this: Linksys CIT200 Skype phone review . Looks tasty. (via Gizmodo ) Harald has hacked together his own Skype / Bluetooth headset / IM / webcam solution.
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    More RSS-enabled start-ups

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    Several RSS-enabled search and attention services have been cropping up over the last few days. I've not had the time to pour through them all, but will mention a couple (three in fact) probably worth trying our and keeping an eye on. The first is...
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    How much is my blog worth .com

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    The 'how much is my blog worth' meme is doing the rounds . According to some calculations, the value of a blog is roughly on $564 per inbound link. Most are using the Technorati Rank, so based on my Technorati profile , my blog on msdn is worth...
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    Next Generation UI: WYGIWYS

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    In Jakob Nielsen's latest article, RIP: WYSIWYG , the usability guru claims a new paradigm is required for UI design: "Macintosh-style interaction design has reached its limits. A new paradigm, called results-oriented UI, might well be the way...
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    Ning, money and the writable web

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    John Montgomery asked earlier this week about Ning : "Not to complain or anything, but I don't get Ning . For the past fifteen minutes, I've been clickning through hotornot-like scenarios. Some of them are hysterical (try "Which driver has the...
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    RSS icon for IE7, which one?

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    RSS is fast becoming part of the fabric on the web . When IE7 goes beyond beta, RSS popularity will only increase. The IE and RSS teams are now looking for feedback about which icon to use to represent feed-related stuff withinin IE7 : "There are...
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    RSS users worldwide at 275 million? Ubiquitous RSS is almost upon us

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    If you're only going to read one sentence of this post and have the remotest interest in RSS, then take this away with you: the number of RSS users in the UK and US is now at a staggering 72.8 million...worldwide this is 275 million (s ee estimate details...
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    Cybertooth

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    Holloween is just around the corner, so I'm trying out a few possbile outfits. What do you think? I'm calling it Cybertooth. Before my mum sees and lets me know she thinks I've gone too far this time, I should inform that I took this with my camphone...
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    altering the world one pixel at a time

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    John Nack : "what if you could alter only one pixel per day? Cameron Adams has developed Pixelfest , a collaborative effort to create "art/design/garbage" through numerous people making tiny contributions. Give it a whirl, or check out a time lapse...
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    Simple things, fractal scenarios

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    Jan Miksovky as written a wonderful little post on the challenges of the user experience (UX) design world and how apparently simple things can turn complex and hellish very quickly. He describes this creeping, but rapid complexity as 'fractal'. A...
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    Am I Web 2.0 or Not?

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    Excellent Friday fun, found by Dave Peck (via interal mail). Am I Web 2.0 or Not ? Maybe. But will it be televised ?
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    beta Google RSS feed reader ?

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    Just seen this referrer from what looks like a beta Google RSS feed reader ...! Not seen or heard of it before...the url is: http://www.google.com/reader/lens/ Update: here's a pic in case it magically dissapears: Steve Butler saw the referrer...
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    On emergent tags and memetic connectivity

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    (Warning, this is a highly unstructured, a random-thoughts-externalized-type-post. I've been meaning to put down on blogware something I've been thinking about for a while now, something I call 'memetic connectivity', see below. I might develop this...
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    Bubble 2.0 confirmed

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    You know it is Bubble 2.0 when Henry Blodget turns up at the party ;-) Update, Kevin Cheung has that deja vu feeling ...( thanks to Philip for the pointer )
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    re: RSS - probably the worst advice I've heard so far

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    I'm sorry, but I'm going to have a good old rant here... PR Week quotes Dr George Kolb, VP of PR agency Text 100 giving probably the worst 'professional' advice I've heard on the subject of RSS . It is verging on the astonishing. "Agency Text...
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    7 reasons Starbucks gets it right every time

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    On my other blog: 7 reasons Starbucks gets it right every time .
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    My first meet up

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    Tommy writes up a quick post on last night's Seattle (Eastside) Weblogger Meetup , my first, organized by Anita Rowland (thanks Anita!) It was fun - I met some brand new and interesting people. Also manged to fit in some good Chinese, never hard for...
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    What is Microsoft buying?

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    What is Microsoft buying? Not a company, not today anyway . Steve Rubel points out an Amazon zeitgeist, listing the products employees are buying by company (uses aggregated anonymous data ). The list of products Microsoft employees buy include...
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    Marketers on RSS

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    Rok Hastrik Hrastnik has publishing the first in a series of posts called 'Marketers on RSS, the Best of'. The posts are based interviews published in his excellent report on RSS marketing, " Unleash the Marketing & Publishing Power of RSS ". It is...
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    X buys Y

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    Lots of acquisitions this week: My cynical side says Bubble 2 . Charlie Wood just can't wait for another bubble ). Here is this week's Bubble-pop fuel (so far) : Yahoo and the upcoming bubble (sorry, couldn't resist ;-) ...
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    the lexicon of web 2.0

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    Skype, Flickr, Odeo and others. Spot the pattern? The Troy Young at Three Minds @ Organic has... "Sneak in an extra vowel, drop in a consonant - welcome to the lexicon of web 2.0." So, me in Web 2.0: Aleex.com Allex.com Alexr...
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    a design for RSS integration in search engines

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    Dave Winer provides a rough design for RSS integration in search engines. Here's search I ran on his demo RSS search engine for his Scripting News site. It works!
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    Xbox mashware

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    John Musser points to Xbox Radar , mash up (mashup, mash-up, which is it???) of Amazon, Backpack, del.icio.us, FeedBurner, Technorati, and Google AdWords. All it needs is a Virtual Earth hack added. Todd, what can we do to help?
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