Web 2.0

A 84-post collection

Gmail And The Challenge Of Web Services Scaling

Google has more engineers and infrastructure than God, but that hasn’t prevented me from being frozen out of my Gmail account for the last hour with this error message: “don’t worry, your account data and messages are safe” OK, well that makes me feel MUCH better. Now can »

Do MySpace Users Care That It's Not Really THEIR Space?

Last spring I wrote a post “Has The MySpace Downturn Begun?” Dan Mitchell at NYT picked it up in a piece “MySpace No Longer Their Space?” My post was purely speculative and, not surprisingly, completely wrong. But the fact remains that MySpace belongs to News Corp, not MySpace users, which »

Google Loses Some Of Its Strategic Opacity

Web 2.0 is all about openness, right? At least that’s the ideology. But as to the BUSINESS of Web 2.0, the most successful money-making machine of the Web 2.0 era, Google AdWords, derives huge strategic advantage from opacity. Today, Google lost some of that advantage when »

Brands As Media

Here’s a statistic to put a chill the heart of any online content or web app business looking to ride the wave of consumer advertising shifting online (via AdAge): Corporate and brand websites — once derided as “brochureware” in a digital marketing world that quickly moved to sexier applications — are »

Just Say No To Web 3.0

It’s easy to embrace the New York Times hype about Web 3.0 — Web 2.0 hasn’t built that many successful businesses yet, so why not drop it already and mover on to the next big thing so that we can keep pumping up start-up valuations for bigger »

Web 2.0 Enters the Post Paradigm Shift Phase

The signature experience of the Web 2.0 Summit was hearing the roar of the schmoozing, networking crowd out in the hall every time the door to main conference session room was opened — there was the distinct sense that there was more excitement outside the conference than inside the conference. »

The Absent Network

In a moment of deep irony at Web 2.0, I’m listening to the Corporate VP of Global Foundation Services at Microsoft preach that it’s all about the infrastructure, and at the same time struggling with the sponsored WiFi network, which has been crapping out all morning. I’ »

Publishing 2.0 at Web 2.0

Publishing 2.0 will be covering the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco this week — drop me a line if you want to meet up. Look for live blogging dispatches across the week. »

If The Users Are In Control Then Let Them Define Web 2.0

The Web 2.0 ideology wars are back, with Lawrence Lessig arguing that YouTube is a “fake sharing” site because you can’t download the videos and Nick Carr telling him he’s full of ideological crap (always entertaining). As tempting as it is to dive head first into the »