Kottke on The Platform Web

Nice post about how the various strands we've created in our digital life might be rewoven into a personal web space. To put this another way, a distributed data storage system would take the place of a local storage system. And not just data storage, but data processing/filtering/formatting. Taking the…

Nice post about how the various strands we’ve created in our digital life might be rewoven into a personal web space.

To put this another way, a distributed data storage system would take the place of a local storage system. And not just data storage, but data processing/filtering/formatting. Taking the weblog example to the extreme, you could use TypePad to write a weblog entry; Flickr to store your photos; store some mp3s (for an mp3 blog) on your ISP-hosted shell account; your events calendar on Upcoming; use iCal to update your personal calendar (which is then stored on your .Mac account); use GMail for email; use TypeKey or Flickr’s authentication system to handle identity; outsource your storage/backups to Google or Akamai; you let Feedburner “listen” for new content from all those sources, transform/aggregate/filter it all, and publish it to your Web space; and you manage all this on the Web at each individual Web site or with a Watson-ish desktop client.

Think of it like Unix…small pieces loosely joined. Each specific service handles what it’s good at.

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Claria Latest To Pull…

Claria has pulled its IPO. I'm just waiting for the Lindows announcement (they already lowered the price range). This is pretty obvious now, but Google seems intent on going out in pretty much the worst IPO environment since early 2002….

concernedtraderClaria has pulled its IPO. I’m just waiting for the Lindows announcement (they already lowered the price range). This is pretty obvious now, but Google seems intent on going out in pretty much the worst IPO environment since early 2002.

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Yet Another GOOG S1-A

What's new? Beats me, I don't have time to read it right now. It should be law that all changes from the previous document are highlighted. Sheesh….

What’s new? Beats me, I don’t have time to read it right now. It should be law that all changes from the previous document are highlighted. Sheesh.

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But Will They Be Indexed on the Web?

PC World: National Archives Will Go Digital. Update: Gary points out this project has been in the works for some time and is really focused on electronic records……

PC World: National Archives Will Go Digital.

Update: Gary points out this project has been in the works for some time and is really focused on electronic records…

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Kozoru

Remember when I predicted that there would be a company claiming to be the new Google every month or so this year? I was wrong. It's more like every two weeks, and it's either the new Google, or the "Google of" (insert vertical here – travel, shopping, etc.). Latest to…

KozurujpgRemember when I predicted that there would be a company claiming to be the new Google every month or so this year? I was wrong. It’s more like every two weeks, and it’s either the new Google, or the “Google of” (insert vertical here – travel, shopping, etc.).

Latest to get the spin is Kozuru, which just got three million dollars and is based in Kansas. They plan to take the natural language approach to search and are basing their stuff on structured taxonomies in the English language – in other words, the dictionary and the encyclopedia. I dunno…

When I saw Jeff Weiner yesterday, he mentioned that he thought we’d see a lot more small companies getting snatched up by larger ones, once the small ones proved their merit (as Fare Chase has, by the way). I’m not going to get the quotes right, but he said something to the effect that “If you’re a great chef, you need a great kitchen to cook in.” Three million dollars ain’t gonna buy a lot of Viking stoves, but it’s a start.

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G-Metrics

I've always thought it'd be great, and ultimately very important, to have some kind of time axis in search – to be able to search not only the web as it is now, but as it was at some point in the past. The Internet Archive is a start toward…

g-metricsI’ve always thought it’d be great, and ultimately very important, to have some kind of time axis in search – to be able to search not only the web as it is now, but as it was at some point in the past. The Internet Archive is a start toward that goal. Today I learned about “G-Metrics” – a Google hack which allows you to track the results for queries over time. Another small step…

(thanks, ResearchBuzz)

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A Lunch At Yahoo

Today I took a break from writing and drove down US 101 60 or so miles to Yahoo, a trip I've made at least a dozen times in the past few years. The ostensible reason for the visit was a casual, no agenda lunch with Yahoo communications chief Chris Castro…

yahoo.gifToday I took a break from writing and drove down US 101 60 or so miles to Yahoo, a trip I’ve made at least a dozen times in the past few years. The ostensible reason for the visit was a casual, no agenda lunch with Yahoo communications chief Chris Castro and Yahoo search chief Jeff Weiner. But it quickly turned into that wonderful digressive riffing which continues to make braving Bay area freeways a worthy endeavor.

I’ve found the folks at Yahoo to have an increasing appetite for new ideas, quite a switch from a few years ago when the company was hunkered down in protect mode, like much of the Valley. They want to grok RSS, blogs, mobile, desktop search – and beyond. Jeff is on fire about where his unit is going, and I have to admit the things he spoke of and showed me, much of which unfortunately I can’t report on yet, were pretty damn cool. Suffice to say Yahoo is continuing and strengthening its approach of driving search results based on intent of the user, and in particular discerning what the “task” is the user is attempting to do, then helping complete that task. Such a focused goal has pretty significant implications for where the company is going next, and how it will handle platforms in general (beyond the web) and commerce in particular. Its integrated approach requires a lot of threading of disparate data feeds into one grand unified experience, and I think after so many years of banging on this problem, Yahoo’s experience is starting to bear some fruit. One example is their recently debuted local search – which incorporates a platform approach that allows users to create reviews and such, another is their product search (which has cool narrowing features – doing that is not as easy as it looks), not to mention their shortcuts.

More to come when I can say more…

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Bidding Process Nears End Point

Google announced on its site that requests for a bidding ID will close Thursday, Aug 12. The auction will start "soon thereafter." (Thanks, Gary)…

Google announced on its site that requests for a bidding ID will close Thursday, Aug 12. The auction will start “soon thereafter.”

(Thanks, Gary)

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RSS and Business Models: Everyone Is Talking…

A lot of talk lately about how to make money off RSS. And well there should be, it's more than half of most popular blogs' traffic, and so far it's avoided any pat approach to monetization. Scoble discusses the topic again over at his site, and points to a meme…

moneyA lot of talk lately about how to make money off RSS. And well there should be, it’s more than half of most popular blogs’ traffic, and so far it’s avoided any pat approach to monetization. Scoble discusses the topic again over at his site, and points to a meme that I’ve been kicking around with a few folks, including Andrew over at Six Apart and some others. Scoble:

So, there’s the condundrum. How do we serve the “users” and the “branders” at the same time?

Simple: we need a new advertising model. Content providers should have a way to get paid for linking to things. Actually, Amazon.com is showing the way here. Its associates program is paying webloggers back for linking to Amazon. That’s an effective way to make money (note: I do not use affiliate programs on my blog — if I link to something I am not getting paid for doing so).

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