Envisioning a usable future for RSS

RSS feed overload is apparently a real problem for many people already and a variety of ways to deal with it are emerging through feed readers’ every day practices. Short of thought or time intensive and awkward hacks (or Steve Ruebel’s “nuclear option” of deleting all his feeds entirely if he misses a day of feed reading), what sorts of things should feed reading people be asking for Feed Reader vendors to consider including in […]

Performancing, Alien Brains And Other News

Performancing is the coolest Firefox extension, evar. So I am truly psyched about the advent of Performancing, a Firefox extension that integrates a full-featured blog editor right into the browser. Just hit F8 to call up the editing window, whip up a post, and shoot it right off to your WordPress, Movable Type (which includes Typepad and LiveJournal) or Blogger blog. I don’t have any blogs running on MT anymore but I set up several […]

Social software and social change

I had a chance to sit (virtually) down with Marshall Kirkpatrick and have a thoroughly enjoyable discussion about the state of social software and Web 2.0 and its relevance to social change organizations — please feel free to check out the results on Netsquared (which you should also check out!). Thanks to Marshall for the thought-provoking questions (and for the really cool tag cloud Table of Contents). Top ten blogger lies Tap, tap… this thing […]

Gift Ideas For Geeks And Other News

Yahoo Answers One of the big ticket items of the day was the launch of Yahoo Answers, which aims to be every bit the community-powered knowledge base that Google Answers isn’t. Both allow you to ask questions, but the latter’s queries are answered by pre-screened experts while Yahoo is taking a long-tail, wisdom of crowds approach — any Yahoo member can answer a question, and user ratings determine the “best” of the crop. A reputation […]

News about Online Communities and eCommerce

Online Communities and eCommerce Reports are surfacing that solidify a connection between social networks and e-commerce. Not surprisingly, people who hang out together online sometimes talk about shopping, and discuss products, and share recommendations. Some branding efforts are starting to incorporate the building of online community into what previously were static sites. But the door is wide open for the development of dedicated online shopping communities that are explicitly about consuming stuff–but still encourage photo […]

Thoughts on Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere

Technorati’s CEO David Sifry posted another of his excellent “State of the Blogosphere” reports today. Despite my concerns about Technorati’s disproportionate mindshare in the blog search space (I think other options deserve more use than they get) this kind of communication is just one of many ways Technorati continues to provide great value to users. A few thoughts that came to my mind as I read the report: Spam blogs: It’s a cold-war type conflict […]

Yahoo! Partners And Other News

The family that WoWs together Because there has been a real danger of having this blog mistaken for the Unofficial Yahoo Weblog of late, I’ve got to change the subject. That subject, and my new obsession in my thin margin of “spare” time (when does time become “spare”? It’s like an “extra” cigarette… do they really exist?), is World of Warcraft. Yes, I went in with the noblest of intentions — research, pure, research — […]

Tim Berners-Lee on the Social Web And Other News

Tim Berners-Lee on the Social Web Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the WWW, started a blog! That alone would be the news. His first and only (so far, one presumes) entry was posted a week ago, and has attracted 431 worshipful comments. In it, Tim asserts that the first Web browser was a wiki-like client whose purpose was not only to read online pages, but to edit and repost them. The WWW, in other words, was […]