Now that there are thousands of blogs and feed readers and portal pages, web 2.0 has been trying to make all of that better. There is a huge push towards a single source for all of internet needs. In this article, I am going to ignore the simple tools like email and RSS readers because… Read More Personalization, Aggregation or Socialization – the pending content war
Over the past few days there have been some articles that piqued my interest. Both are regarding the “wisdom of crowds“, but are looking at different angles. First, there is Greg Linden (who has been on a roll lately) who talks about the madness of a growing crowd. In his post, he references a few… Read More Wisdom or Madness in the Crowd?
The other day, I was reading a very good article from ReadWriteWeb regarding where all of the semantic web authoring tools are. The author, Nitin Karandikar, had some very good points about the importance of tools. On the one hand, most authors are comfortable with, and proficient in, desktop authoring tools such as Microsoft Word,… Read More Is the Semantic Web Dead On Arrival?
Two things are prompting me to write this post. First, I was recently going through the interview process and have already started a new job. During the interviews, I learned a lot about what people expect of a “senior-level” software developer’s resume. Last week, Read Write Web posted a story about web-enabled resumes and job… Read More 7 Resume Tips For a Software Developer
Before I get to the tips, let me give you a little background on why this post is written. A few days ago, Greg Linden posted about research regarding Google PageRank. The actual research paper can also be found as a pdf here. While the heart of the paper is a bit heavy on the… Read More 7 Sources Where Your Users Will Come From
Social media acquisitions have been a hot topic lately. I recently commented on the ridiculous $200 million price for Plaxo. Yesterday, various rumors circulated regarding the $1 billion acquisition of Bebo. So, in order to remain fair, I decided to do a value comparison again, this time including Bebo. First, let’s review the prices we… Read More Is Bebo Worth $1 Billion? (and a Plaxo Correction)
Contrary to recent opinion, social networking is still growing by leaps and bounds. However, the news that people are focusing on is the “high profile” exodus of Bill Gates from Facebook, or the lack of monetization for the sites. The Bill Gates profile can be ignored as it is not a sign of things to… Read More Rumors of Social Networking’s Death are Highly Exaggerated
The news yesterday evening had a merger/acquisition rumor of Google paying $200 million for Plaxo. Plaxo has been in the news a lot with possible acquisitions or even people just commenting that they hired an investment firm to manage a possible purchase. The issue that I see in the Tech Crunch article is that Plaxo’s… Read More Plaxo price of $200 million is absurd!
So I saw announcements for the release of the Social Graph API from Google and figured this was one of the first Open Social releases. Well, I was wrong about the Open Social part. The API uses the XFN and FOAF specifications to determine your social graph. Your social graph for a particular site (maybe… Read More Why the Social Graph API is not ready for prime time