Scripting News for 5/15/2006

Share Your OPML now has an RSS aggregator that is automatically subscribed to the feeds in the Top 100. 

I agree that Al Gore would make a great candidate in 2008. 

This is one of my favorite pictures. I love the colors. 

My ears are totally clogged, went swimming last night, and now I can barely hear anything. I can barely hear what anyone is saying. I’m speaking in 40 minutes. Oy. 

Yet another conference where we sit in the audience checking email, listening to a couple of guys on stage. 

Salon epitaph of the West Wing (warning, spoilers here). 

Goodbye West Wing. Did you know what Mallory’s gift was? Seemed kind of obvious. Fitting end. Corny, for sure, but it worked. Almost like the ending of Gone With the Wind.  

Speaking of the obvious, when is Guy Kawasaki going to list the ten biggest lies.. of Guy Kawasaki? :-) 

Is Web 2.0 a bubble? 

That’s really what we’ve been debating the last few days.

Are we onto something here, are the ideas behind Web 2.0 real, powerful, going somewhere, or is this another bubble like the one that grew in the 90s and then popped in Y2K?

I think the answer to both is Yes. But there are a couple of catches. Web 2.0 and Web 1.0 are the same thing. A lot of people seem to think there’s something new, but there isn’t. All the two-way technology of Web 2.0 was invented and pioneered while the 1.0 bubble was building and popping.

So Web 2.0 is every bit as real as the original web was. Ask TBL if there is such a thing as Web 2.0. He should be able to tell you that it was always part of the vision of the web that it be open to everyone to write and publish. If you go back before the web, to word processing and spreadsheets, who could imagine a one-way word processor? A graphics program that could only view but not create graphics? Feh. PCs were very much two-way things too.

Now, will there be a bubble? Yes, of course, read the VC blogs, they’re basically telling you they’re running out of deals they’re willing to fund. And who doesn’t think the growth of Google is going to slow at some point? Don’t we all know that web advertising is a scam? A friend who writes for a very big news site said the other day that he had never clicked on an advertising link. Even people whose salaries are paid by the advertising industry think it’s a scam. And scam is just another word for bubble.

But the two-wayness of the web will continue after the VCs leave us, again, after missing the point, again. The purpose of this place is not to make them money, no matter how much they believe it. The first time around we believed them. This time around, they look like just another self-centered group of bloggers, oblivious to all the other self-centered groups of bloggers in their midst. It’s all those groups that’s the real story of the web, no matter what version number you put after its name.

5 responses to this post.

  1. http://www.google.com/trends?q=web+1.0%2C+web+2.0%2C+web+3.0&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all

    Comparison between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. (Web 3.0 is pretty strong in Argentina. Do they know something we don’t?)

    Lisa

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  2. While the advertisement blocks leave (good riddance!) the advertisers will turn to what they are currently doing now to combat PVR commercial skipping: blurring the line between the content and the advertisement.

    Can bloggers benefit from working directly with advertisers to promote/review products? Sure, I think we’ll see a period where there will be opportunities for bloggers to rake in more by actively talking about products and services they work with. But how many can remain objective? And how many products will be able to stand up to that vicious test? That’s yet another shakedown to come.

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  3. Hey I don’t no where to ask this but why not go to the man himself. Has anyone come up with a way to post OPML directories here on wordpress.com. Say for archives or Categories? Like my opml file http://hosting.opml.org/spacephotos/SpacePhotos.opml
    I would like to add that to a page so people can use it to browse my archive. I know there are ways to do it with Javscripts, but WP.com strips out all Js Scripts. I would like it for a cust to click on a link to an opml file and have it expand on the page without taking them to the straight opml page. If I didn’t explain it well just let me know and I will elaborate further

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  4. If Gore is the best the Dem’s have in ’08 they are in trouble. Gore and Hillary, is that all you’ve got? I don’t like Bush but please give me someone to vote for. And stop telling me Gore won in 2000. Get over it. Dems need to stop being pissed off about the past and start looking forward. What are you going to DO for this country, other than the opposite of whatever Bush is doing. Clinton showed you how to win, it was all right there, but Gore had to grow a brain and do his own wacky thing. Maybe Hillary is the only hope.

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  5. The aggregator has poor usability in Firefox. Because the frame is so narrow and tall scrolling right isn’t intuitively easy. I went to a link on Pirillo’s site which led to another – but couldn’t book mark it because I was really still at http://share.opml.org/aggregator/

    What was wrong with the old format?

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