Dream: How The Guardian’s API Could Let a Thousand Stories Bloom

Newspapers are reacting in different ways to the shrinking revenue pie, some have launched blogs, many have twitter accounts, and some newspapers like the NYT keeps content behind a registration page. Today, the Guardian has launched Open Platform, a feature that will allow content be repurposed in a variety of ways. Those who participate in this affiliate content network will be an ad partner, extending the Guardian’s monetization model to these third party sites. Their API will allow third party developers to create new ways to tap into their story stream, and extend it beyond the walls of the Guardian website. I can think of half a dozen applications (as I was thinking aloud in Twitter and kicked off a … Continue readingDream: How The Guardian’s API Could Let a Thousand Stories Bloom

Love the Weekly Social Networking Digest? Here’s the Feed

The raves are coming in, the community likes the weekly social networking digest I put out every Wednesday. What is it? A fast summary of what you need to know about the space. Here’s all the recent ones. Organized, prioritized and succinct it delivers the details of this industry that you may need to know about…and what I’m covering as an analyst. If you’re working at a company in this space, this is a good way to get into my head and poke around. If you’re a mediasnacker, and just want this weekly digest without the rest of my blog, (although I wish you’d subscribe to the whole thing, I realize it’s a lot to consume for the busy person) … Continue readingLove the Weekly Social Networking Digest? Here’s the Feed

Get connected with Web Strategy: How to find more online

Ted Tom Conrad of Pandora (a website I’m a big fan of and needs our support right now) told me today at the CommunityNext conference here in Sunnyvale that I’m one of the people he feels he knows really well because of how much I share on Twitter. I could be considered a spammer, but he can unsubscribe anytime he wants, so I’m not worried about it. Lane Becker (who’s launching Get Satisfaction) told me that he’s subscribed to my shared feed but not my blog feed, I suggested the content may be better than my blog feed. Here’s a few ways you can subscribe to Web Strategy: My blog feed My Shared Feed XML or Shared Feed HTML (I’ll … Continue readingGet connected with Web Strategy: How to find more online

Lee Lefever on the Common Craft Show

This is one of my all time favorite video blogs, at first, I was worried this would be just a series of one-offs, but Lee has created a handful of “web in plain English” videos called the Common Craft Show. There’s something to say about an expert who can communicate to anyone. Update: Lee has thanked his fan base, and I’m at the top of the list. Really easy to understand, very succinct, and very helpful. If only consultants and lawyers could speak so clearly. Below: Three videos, if you’re reading from a feedreader or email and don’t see them, view this post in a browser. Social media in plain English, great starter video. Update: now the videos can be … Continue readingLee Lefever on the Common Craft Show

Info glut with little time? Subscribe to Scoble’s link blog

If you get caught up in a feedreader for hours a day, and are getting distracted a work, I recommend that you subscribe to my colleague Robert Scoble’s link blog. He subscribes to hundreds of feeds and filters through all the junk every day and then shares them using Google Reader which he calls his link blog —you should subscribe. In fact the google reader team confirmed he consumes the most feeds on the entire planet of google reader users. Why? You can subscribe to this shared link blog, and save yourself time. A lot of these pieces are the highlights of the day, and the fact that he is sharing these are ‘gestures’ that carry nearly as much weight … Continue readingInfo glut with little time? Subscribe to Scoble’s link blog

What’s the difference between a Portal and an Aggreagtor? not much really

Portals are Dead. Portals are Dead. = the mantra of Web 2.0, content is distributed, open, and amorphous. The Web Portal, which gained fame in the late 1990s was a web application that was intended to keep eyeballs on one page by providing all the information in a dashboard type style at once. From 2000-2003 I was the UI designer on the MyExodus customer portal, it was a lot of fun. An Aggregator, like a feedreader, techmeme, page flakes, netvibes, and myyahoo (and now facebook) is designed to collect all the information you want on to one page. If you think about it for a moment, Google search results is actually an aggregator too. So what’s the difference between a … Continue readingWhat’s the difference between a Portal and an Aggreagtor? not much really

The Feed Filter wars begin: Adobe, Yahoo, Google Reader, Bloglines. (and what I want as a user)

I’m pleased to see that Adobe has moved closer to creating internet applications in addition to their amazing web suites. myFeedz was launched and is a filter. Yahoo launched their filter called Pipes a few weeks ago, (as I remember the antiquated myYahoo) which I’m starting to see a few examples emerge here and there, such as this interesting feed of Upcoming events of a trusted network

Web Strategy: Understanding Syndicated Feeds for your Corporate Website

If your website at your company doesn’t have Syndicated feeds on your website, please send this to your web team, I’m here to help. What you should know about Syndicated Feeds for your Corporate Website Yesterday, a respected PR professional asked me some excellent questions on Syndication deployment, usage, and tactics. Given her background is not web, this is an excellent question, and I’m glad she asked. This post is intended as a basic primer, and I’m going to avoid any technical discussions. As you hopefully know, I use this blog to answer questions that I get from prospects, customers, friends, and family about the web. Syndicated feeds such as RSS, and Atom and other feeds are becoming increasingly popular … Continue readingWeb Strategy: Understanding Syndicated Feeds for your Corporate Website

Six RSS Resources for the Internet Professional or Web Strategist

I noticed a trend in several RSS articles and posts being published, I’ve collected a few of the more helpful ones, including the primer from Wikipedia up front. Feel free to leave comments with additional resources. Primer: Wikipedia on RSS Don’t know what RSS is? As a Marketer, Web Professional, or communicator, being knowledgeable about RSS is important in this current web era. RSS for the People Although I’ve always thought the BBC version of explaining RSS was classic, this version explained by Paul Kim leverages what the LA Fire department has figured out. It’s truly a pro-consumer point of view. Who’s using what for RSS Analysis of which feedreaders are being used and usage of RSS. It doesn’t answer … Continue readingSix RSS Resources for the Internet Professional or Web Strategist

IE7 is coming! What would you ask the Product Team?

Martin and I are invited to the IE7 release event next week in San Francisco. Like last time at the beta release event, we interviewed and did a podcast with the product team. I’ve already asked several web experts to give me their questions they would want me to ask the team, (could range from IT deployment, security, user experience, standards, css, features, feeds, market share, whatever) if you’ve any specific questions, please leave a comment. I wonder if IE7s use of feeds could replace feedreaders for common users. The tabbed feature should improve productivity. If the browser has a fully functioning ‘tagging’ feature this could be helpful within the enterprise or personal bookmarking. More news about the release from … Continue readingIE7 is coming! What would you ask the Product Team?