Web 2.0 Mobile

27 04 2007

Widgets everywhere, on your desktop, in your browser, on your blog and now also on your mobile phones.

Widsets – let you put on your mobile mini applications (aka widgtes) to connect to you preferred web service. Want to look at your Flickr photos or see news from your preferred blog? just download your widget for free and it’s done. The list of compatibles mobiles is long. just watch your bill if you don0t have a “flat” access.

Kyte  – Produce your own shows and broadcast them to your personal website, blog, MySpace profile or to any of our supported phones. Stay always live connected with your friends via polls and LiveChat everywhere you are! Or invite them to produce shows and collaborate with you or create their own channels.  WithKyte mobile produce and watch on the go

Mozes  – receive message, text, ringtones , wallpapers from your community


The Long Tail

26 04 2007

The long tail theory is used to describe the market behaviour since the digitalization of sell-buy processes. In few words (you can read the entire book by Chris Anderson “The Long Tail” and take a look to the site ) the theory explain the recent tendency of niche products to emerge and have a larger market share respect to blockbuster. These is true for a lot of categories of products (potentially all) and is related to the fact that with the digitalization of marketplaces the availability and easiness of search and find every sort of product have no physical constraints. The classic example is the library where, due to a limited physical space on the shelves, 80% of them are stocked with bestsellers and no space is reserved for niche editors and books whereas on Amazon virtual shelves you can find everything published (nearly).

It’s also true that many of the products related to web 2.0 communities and user generated contents respect the theory and have a market share, instead of nothing. But is also true that big players have lost market share respect to the niches? Or the expansion of markets make the big even bigger?

Considering the Internet world and big players and using the site “traffic” as a measure, the difference between the top and the tail is so huge that it seems to me that the tail is so thin that it can’t survive for long and is not relevant neither to the tail itself.

On the other hand big players needs the tail. Consider Google, indexing is necessary because of the existence of a huge number of niche web pages. A symbiosis, it seems, as people expect to find “products” customised or customizable to their exact needs. Massification of customizations. But the products range and the players are going to increase? Or the usual big-fish will eat the small becoming bigger and massify the niche? Is the future peer to peer market? Or is it just an illusion? Help needed.

Web 2.0 Expo – Start-up companies

24 04 2007

Last post on Web 2.0 Expo just to talk about some other company and give some other links.

  • Zude – create a personalized webpage from modules that hold your own content or clips grabbed from the web (even embed whole webpages). Each module can be placed anywhere on the canvas, edited, layered, and have it’s transparency adjusted. By their May 1st launch, these personalized pages will be templated into individual, family, group, and business zudes. Nice idea, easy of use maybe too many choices. Business model? Advertising, collaboration tools ? Far to come. Read more on techcrunch.
  • Bungee Labs – new generation application development environment enables the creation, testing, deployment, and management of rich web applications. The company offers a grid infrastructure to run and manage the deployed applications.
  • Yoono – soon to release a new annotation tool for their recommendation-and-bookmarking service. Called Buzz It, the new functionality will be part of Yoono’s installable toolbar for Firefox and Internet Explorer. Buzz It closely rivals the usefulness and functionality of Clipmarks, and Grouptivity–giving users a way to archive and share content they find on the Web.

Nice wrapup on the expo written by Richard MacManus on read/write web.   Also read here

Web 2.0 Expo – Start-up companies

22 04 2007

Web 2.0 start-up companies are raising very quickly and have been, in the last couple of years, the preferred target of Silicon Valley’s veture capitalists investiments, and of big internet companies acquisition strategy. Someone speaks about a new “Bubble” of the internet market but it does not seems so, this time. Well, a lot of companies have good products, brilliant ideas and other just not, but this happen in all market segments, and the web 2.0 “tag” does not mean gold. Most are based on the “traditional” advertisement business model, that works and will work for a lot of time, but the winners will be the ones able to use the partecipation model of web 2.0 to substain and reinforce the actual company business model (amazon is one) and the ones that will find new business models, based on advertisement or whatever else.

User generated contents, feeds, communities, rich web applications, widgets. All these web 2.0 technologies offer undiscovered possibilities of new features and business models and who will manage all data better than others. “Data is intel inside” wrote Tim O’Reilly in his article What Is Web 2.0.

I found an interesting post by Sean Ammirati on SugarCRM participation business model

Web 2.0 expo has offered an occasion to take a look and speak about some new start-up:

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Web 2.0 Expo

19 04 2007

I’m continuing to have a look at what’s happening at the conference and I noted some interesting discussion and a few new start-up to mention.

Eric Schmidt (Google CEO) , during an interview with Jon Battelle (co-chair of the Web 2.0 Expo and CEO of Federated Media Publishing) talked about the planned acquisition of Doubleclick. The future aggregation of advertising platforms under Google’s control has raised concerns about the Google’s capacity for evil, or at least monopolistic dominance of the Internet also referring to recent supposed private data retention in Goggle’s servers. I think that Google’s vision is changed through years and now if focused on advertising management using different tools and channels. I can imagine a not so far future where every object we use and see is connected to the Internet and can be used as media for advertising. Few words on the acquisition are also readable on the google official blog by Susan Wojcicki.

Schmidt also talked about new strategies for Google Docs & Spreadsheets that soon will include a tool to manage presentations, the Youtube suit and, oper your ears, “In order to win in the Internet, you have to have a scaling strategy. … So what I worry about these days is scaling,” he said. Well if Google worries about scaling… we all should too.

You cau read more about Schmidt speaking on Information Week and Wired and find the here interview.

Jeff Bezos (Amazon CEO) speaks about the new web services platform here and with Tim’OReilly.

Jeff Weiner (Yahoo! VP) speaks about competition with Google and recent partnerships.

In the next post my commets about Web 2.0 companies emerged at the conference. (Zude, Netvibes, Vidoop, esnips, Octopuz, Dapper, Coghead, Tellme)

Web 2.0 Expo

16 04 2007

Web 2.0 conference is started since a couple of days and lot of news and interesting articles are coming out. Unfortunately I can’t be there, so i can just read and listen to comments, interviews etc…

Introduction to the conference is well explained in a Wired’s interview to Tim O’Reilly and a nice interview to Brady Forrest (co-Chair for O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 Expo) by Ulrike Reinhard in her blog. But the conference is running.

Great excitement has been for Spock the new people search engine. Well the idea is so simple and brilliant … Why no one did it before? Spock uses different sources to find people and categories of people and people related to poeple: references sites as Wikipedia, social networks as Friendster and LinkedIn. Spock also allows user to add tag and info improving the site with usage.

Read more from Tim O’Reilly and from ZDNet and from CNET


11 04 2007

Connections have always been and are essential. Any form of connection, from biological to roads to connections among people. The Internet is based on connections, starting from the hyperlinks… pages connected to pages to other pages.

What’s happening with Web 2.0 is the humanization of hyperlinks. What was at the beginning the connection between two information is now connection between people. People is not just surfing through information but creating, sharing, and linking pieces of their lives.

While users love to build up their connections and the new possibilities offered by social networking, web2.0 technologies are running to try to organise and build up services to manage these new form of relation. The winning tools so far are related to a simple schema: users get pieces of real life (thoughts, interests, time, places, expressions, etc… ) and share with others.

Some examples: myspace, friendster, flickr, google calendar, google my maps, del.icio.us, digg, my yahoo, live spaces and youtube just to cite the most famous.

I wonder if next step is to have a complete net life. Well we already started with Second Life but probably will be hard to abandon our real, physical life. Surely we will be more and more connected.