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  • Blog Post: Moving my blog

    OK, so I moved my new Alex Barnett blog to here for a number of reasons, explained here at my, er, new blog .
  • Blog Post: Sir Tim: Calm Down 2.0

    This is what The Register said Sir TBL said about Web 2.0: "You should thank Tim Berners-Lee. Not just for giving us the web, but for articulating what's gone wrong in the lexicon and thinking of Silicon Valley. Hopefully, his standing in the web community will serve as a rallying cry for right...
  • Blog Post: Well, here goes for the second time around

    Bubble 2.0 - the signs are there if you look for them. Remember First Tuesday ? I never attended, but heard all the legendary stories of latecomers to the web party pitching the loons with the cash. Well, here goes for the second time around : "London was one of the major creative hubs in...
  • Blog Post: Detracting from the hype and buzz

    From the boys at Supr.c.ilio.us , an open letter to Michael Arrington of TechCrunch : "Subject: This is no way to build a bubble. Mr. Arrington, Concise, sensible and well researched articles about possible acquisitions are no way to build a bubble. Blog posts not based on unfounded rumor...
  • Blog Post: Loser Generated Warning Label

    Loser generated using the Warning Label Generator , via Assaf and Richard .
  • Blog Post: APIs yesterday, APIs tomorrow

    Tom Evslin provides a historical perspective on the renewed interest in APIs and looks forward to how they are driving the next generation internet: "Becoming a platform will be the road to fame and glory - not to mention riches - for many Web 2.0 services. Success will be determined by the usefulness...
  • Blog Post: 'Microsoft Needs to Say No to Web 2.0'

    I simply have to have a quick rant regarding Mary Jo Foley's best anti-Web 2.0 shot : "Redmond is looking to extend its applications with Web-based services. But that's as much Web 2.0-ness as Microsoft needs. Microsoft wants, in the worst way, to be cool. Apple and Sony and Google kind of cool...
  • Blog Post: Digg (the 'Slashdot killer') receives $2.8m

    John Tintle : Today it is being reported that Internet start-up company, Digg ( digg.com ) has received 2.8 million dollars in venture capital from some big-name investors, including Omidyar Network, the outfit led by eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar, Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, and Greylock...
  • Blog Post: Search Engine for sale on eBay ++ Update - sold for $101,000

    Remember this ? The search engine was was finally sold for $101,000 yesterday on eBay. Via Loren Baker .
  • Blog Post: Into the bubble 2.0: Proceed with caution

    Henry Blodget (who was at the heart of the last dotcom bubble ) advises we all proceed with caution in a Guardian article today : "So why can't we all load the boat with net stocks, make back the money we lost five years ago, and retire rich? Why can't today's industry executives dismiss the...
  • Blog Post: I remix, therefore I am

    Charlene Li has posted a link to a series of videos of presentations given at the Consumer Forum event in NYC about how companies can tap into social computing . This is my pick: " Charlene Li: "Social Computing -- Bubble or Big Deal?" (29 min. 38 sec.) Find out how companies can tap into new...
  • Blog Post: Innovation is happening again

    Don Dodge (from Microsoft's Emerging Business Team): "The last 4 years have been brutal, but innovation is happening again. Lots of new companies are emerging and you can feel the excitement again. VCs are investing again. Life is good.The innovations are happening in all areas but a few clusters...
  • Blog Post: It is possible to be a Web 2.0 enthusiast and be cynical of the dotcom Bubble mentality?

    Richard , I ask: It is possible to be a Web 2.0 enthusiast and be cynical of the dotcom Bubble mentality? I'd say yes. And that's where I'm coming from. I read what you wrote: " The serious and worrying thing for me is that I'm writing a book about Web 2.0. But then I believe...
  • Blog Post: Friday Web 2.0 tickles

    Bubble 2.0 blog has rendered a new version of the Web 2.0 Meme Map . It tickled me. Via Pete Cashmore . In the meantime we have Dan Grossman, confirms a bubble is forming: "While most of us fully understand both the theory underlying investment bubbles and the potential for wealth-destruction...
  • Blog Post: WTF is Web 2.0? Web 2.0 = Bubble

    Robert Margel emailed me earlier this week. He asked me a question, something along the lines of "so WTF is web 2.0. I keep seeing you mention it in your blog but WTF is it???" . Rob, good question. I'm going to answer by way of a series of posts, because there is no single and definitive answer. The...
  • Blog Post: Mini-AOL: 'now just do it'

    Mini-AOL : "Since AOL bought Weblogs Inc. they now have made a large enough "wave" to get noticed. This ontop of the Dating Game that everyone seems to be playing with AOL seems to be getting AOL quite a bit of attention lately. However now AOL has seemed to strike a deal with Intelliseek to...
  • Blog Post: Two good, short, sensible essays on the topic of Web 2.0 businesses

    Umair Haque has posted a couple of good, short, sensible essays (hard to find these days ;-) on the topic of Web 2.0. The Problems With Web 2.0, pt 1: Geeks vs Droids "I think what smart players will do is look to drive growth through alliances which demonstrate viscerally to the mass market...
  • Blog Post: Search Engine for sale on eBay, starting price is 1 cent.

    Search Engine for sale on eBay, starting price is 1 cent . I've just looked and the current bid is $511 . I'm not saying there's a bubble or anything ....
  • Blog Post: Goldman Sachs: Internet IPO Market Is Back

    Techdirt : " The signs of the new bubble are coming fast and furious these days. Startups are getting money they don't want or need , buyouts are starting to happen, and now Wall Street has woken up. Goldman Sachs has declared from atop the mountain that the time for internet companies to go public...
  • Blog Post: 10 Steps to a Hugely Successful Web 2. Company

    James points to " 10 Steps to a Hugely Successful Web 2. Company ". As soon as I find "10 Ways to Blow Up an Hugely Enormous Bubble " I'll post it here ;-)
  • Blog Post: You know it is Bubble 2.0 when...

    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 Internet growth, with the Web adding 17.5 million...
  • Blog Post: How much is my blog worth .com

    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 $266,772. ($564 * 473 inbound links) as of today....
  • Blog Post: Ning, money and the writable web

    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 smaller penis?") and some are mundane (Which is...
  • Blog Post: Am I Web 2.0 or Not?

    Excellent Friday fun, found by Dave Peck (via interal mail). Am I Web 2.0 or Not ? Maybe. But will it be televised ?
  • Blog Post: Bubble 2.0 confirmed

    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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