Posts tagged "web-20"

From Blogs to Micro Blogs to Inviso Blogs

Back in 2006, I wrote that new media was becoming old media all over again through the lens of blogs. Nearing the end of 2008, new media is still becoming old media but there are just different players in the game.

Look no further than the social media darling Twitter. Once out of graces with technocrats of the Web but now popular enough to require tactics and strategies to succeed with it.

No, it’s not popular simply to use Twitter as one desires. It’s critical to follow etiquette. It’s key to have a massive following. For example, follow those who follow you. If not, you will often shortly be unfollowed once your follower recognizes your unwillingness to follow.

Oh, and make sure that you include links to interesting news items in your tweets. After all, you are using Twitter to break news. At the very least, retweet someone else’s tweet but just change the words around. Be creative.

Blogs are soooo early 2000. Thankfully, we no longer have to write blogs about blogs. But we do have to write tweets about Twitter. At least through the rest of 2008.

I don’t know about you but I’m planning on giving up Twitter and all micro blogs as part of my 2009 resolutions. Everyone knows that 2009 will be the year of the inviso blog. It’s so mobile and transparent that it’s always there yet you might not even be able to read it. iPhone app to launch shortly.

Google Adds Trends to Google Reader

Personalization is going to be key to overcoming information overload. Yes, RSS makes things easier and at the same time, can flood your life with too much content.

Google just rolled out what I imagine would be a first step towards implementing personalization into Google Reader – trends.

The interesting thing about my Reading Trends (shown above), is that they are somewhat skewed by posting frequency. For example, I read TechCrunch, Mashable! and Micro Persuasion everyday but because they post more often than most other sites, it actually appears that I read them less than some of my other subscriptions.

Trillian Astra – One IM Client to Rule Them All

Trillian is the geeks choice for IM. It allows you to use a single IM client across various platforms (AIM, Hotmail MSN, Yahoo!, and GTalk – the latter if you have the Pro edition) and have multiple identities for each. It’s an essential tool for keeping the different parts of your digital world distinct from each other.

The folks at Cerulean Studios (the creators of Trillian) are busy at work with a new supped up version of their program, code name Astra. Besides the advancements in interoperability (they’re adding MySpaceIM and a plugin for Google Talk versus the Jabber protocol they’ve used to this point), they are pushing the limits in what an IM client is all about by adding Social Widgets (e.g., weather for friends’ locations), chat via the Web (somewhat similar to Meebo), and RSS updates within message windows.

I don’t have too much more info to share because the project is currently in Alpha testing. If they were smart though, they’d let me into their testing program so I can tell them what they are doing wrong ;-).

Stay tuned for the release of Trillian Astra.

Web 2.0 Makes You More Productive

Many people get caught up in defining Web 2.0. I had breakfast with a friend yesterday and told him about TNNI conference. He said, “What’s Web 2.0? Is it software or is it an idea?” I said, “It’s an idea.”

I shared a thought on TNNI’s social network last week that highlights this philosophy:

When speaking with those who don’t “get it” [Web 2.0], it’s more important to articulate the ideas of what it is doing rather than to point to technology or even tools. Instead of stating Web 2.0 is AJAX, RSS, blogging, or even social networks, communicate that it makes the web faster (AJAX), more accessible (RSS), easier to publish to (blogging), and a better tool to connect with friends and colleagues (social networks).

The bottom line: Web 2.0 can help make you more productive doing the things you normally do online.

A Giant Web 2.0 Headache

As the long weekend comes upon us, I can’t help but admit that I have a giant Web 2.0 headache. What once was fun and interesting – reading about the new happenings of the web – now has become so overwhelming that it’s nearly impossible to distinguish the signal from the noise even on the sites you expect to find good information.

With upwards of six to seven posts a day from mega-popular tech blogs, in order to keep up with that sort content output you literally need to read blogs full-time.

The bottom line is where I use to value the voices of these blogs, I’m now to the point where I no longer feel any connection to them. Their content is just as good as another site. And often, I read the same perspectives and stories on each of them – so why bother reading each of them?

In addition, while blogs offer an easy medium for these publishers to get their content out, what they don’t do is provide a nice way for readers to keep up with their massive amounts of content. If the big blogging sites want visitors coming to their site instead of consuming content via RSS (so that they can keep those advertising dollars rolling in), then they need to find a better way to present content to us.

Enjoy the holiday!