A 35-post collection

Simplicity Drives Technology Adoption

I was talking to a newsroom last week about adopting Publish2 as an editorial platform for creating news aggregation features for their website — there was a lot of excitement about sketching a big vision, thinking about all of the possibilities. But in a follow-up email, we held hands around a »

A Historical Perspective On New Technology Adoption

One of the push backs I often hear about news organizations transitioning their business center of gravity to digital is that journalists don’t want to adopt new online and digital technologies. Well, these cycles have happened before. In 1982, Jim Fallows wrote an article for The Atlantic about his »

Data And The Future Of The Web

After I asserted several times that data is the key to the future of the web, Umair Haque gave my head a good spin by asserting that data is in fact a commodity. Umair is half right — we are increasingly overrun by data, and SOME of it is a commodity. »

Facebook's Crisis Demonstrates That People Matter More Than Technology

As with Facebook Beacon’s implosion, the PR tailspin of Facebook itself is more interesting for what we can learn from it than why it is happening. What’s most interesting about Facebook’s downturn, as Josh Quittner observes, is that there’s nothing wrong with the technology: The really »

Technology Innovation Is Driven By Deep Dissatisfaction

A couple months ago I wrote that the mobile web sucks, based on my own user experience that didn’t seem to match the hype. Some people agreed, but a lot of people defended, passionately, the mobile web. Today the New York Times published some interesting data: But at a »

Beware Hostility Towards Users

The most striking aspect of the reactions to my “Mobile Web Sucks” post — which was much more about my own frustrations as a USER than any kind of industry analysis — was the overt hostility that many respondents displayed towards me as a user of the mobile web, and to the »

Bad Web Hosting Services And The Web Infrastructure Problem

If you tried to visit Publishing 2.0 yesterday afternoon, you may have noticed it was down. And still down. And STILL down. For an hour and a half. If you tried to visit Publishing today, you may have noticed it was down AGAIN — for at least an hour. This »

Software Is Media And Microsoft Is Now A Media Company

Google may be forever denying that it is a media company (and an ad agency), but Microsoft is embracing the transformation of software into media and the overall convergence of media and technology. Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s senior vice president and chief advertising strategist, said in reference to denying rumors »

The Great Media Industry Schism

The once monolithic media industry is undergoing a radical schism, dividing itself into content creation, on the one hand, and content aggregation and distribution on the other. The nature of this transformation suddenly crystallized for me when I read Tom Foremski’s piece on the new West Coast/East Coast »

Will Widgets Hit A Mainstream Wall Just Like RSS?

There are many interesting similarities between widgets and RSS: Fantastically flexible distributed technology A boon for information junkies and power users Difficult to explain to a non-geek Name is complete opaque to average, mainstream users Difficult for average, mainstream users to understand why it’s so cool Huge technical savviness »