2007: The Year Of The DeadPool?

“But even in this new reality, we’re seeing what looks like way too much money chasing too few good ideas. And when someone does have a good idea, all of the principles of Web 2.0 work to destroy competitive barriers companies try to put in place to protect their business.”

– Mike Arrington (link)

Looking at the TechCrunch dead pool, the number of companies landing on the scrap heap seems to be accelerating. If this trend continues 2007 should make for an entertaining year.

What the Hell’s a Stickis?

If I see one more big and ugly web form like this –

..on some stupidly named web 2.0 startup site, i’m going to throw up. Is this what the web has come too? Didn’t we learn anything from pets.com? Stickis? WTF is a stickis?

Stickis brings into your browser what you care about, wherever you are on the web, letting you create commentary, conversation and community everywhere you browse.

I read my friends blogs, I add comments to thier posts, they do the same here. That works. This doesn’t.

I’m just going to go ahead and say it, and never comment on this stuff again. I hate web 2.0. It’s just, well, so.. very.. pointless.

Stupid Human Tricks

San Francisco based social network Bebo, which recently raised $15 million from Benchmark Capital, rejected a £300 million ($552 million) acquisition offer from British Telecom Group “a few weeks ago”, according to an insider on the transaction. Bebo’s asking price? North of $1 billion.


I know of a few companies back in the Bubble V1.0 that got greedy. Not that I’m saying Bebo won’t get their asking price, but if the bottom falls out before they take an offer, they are going to regret it. The founders will also continually loose share as the venture piles up. Is this Bubble 2.0? Oh yeah.

Link Farm Media

I recently formulated an interesting idea for startup. This morning I hit on a really great name for the company. Unfortunately every domain variant related to the word I wanted to use had been purchased and whored out by pay-per-click link farm media companies. These lame link farms are ruining the internets.

I wonder if pay-per-click link farm sites will effect the way people navigate the web in time? Typing a domain you think will get you to the right place is going to loose popularity. Do companies like Google, Yahoo, Overture, and MSN care about this? Probably not. Destroying direct navigation via domains promotes the search engine to a more predominate form of web navigation.

1.0 + 1.0 = 0.5

Tagging – tagging is to web 2.0 what HTML meta tags were to web 1.0 – a user driven categorization system aimed at organizing information on the web that simply doesn’t work.

RESTful APIs – overly simplistic web based API’s that fail to accommodate the basic needs of developers looking for robust web services for use in storing complex structured data.

Can we fast forward to web 3.0 please?

Too Early

I got up too early today hoping for a nice picturable sunrise over the beach, but it’s gray and overcast like last night’s sunset. Too bad I drank those two cups of coffee or I’d crash for an additional hour or two. At least I got to try out Dave Winer’s new OPML thing. So far about the only interesting thing with this was that it gave me a chance to see how my reading list compares to the alpha geek crowd, the only people using “Share Your OPML” at this point. Read Steve Rubel for an interesting take, he’s hitting the Dave Winer Kool-Aid early this morning.

I did find one cool blog through it –

Make Magazine

Finding a long list of interesting new blogs through the top 100 probably isn’t going to possible. As more users get on board the top 100 will quickly become yet another (and rather old and tired) A-List of blogging. I’ve yet to find a web site that gives good visibility into what is arguably the more interesting side of the blogsphere, the “long tail”. Dave is trying to offer this throuugh SYOPML’s “feeds like mine” feature, but I found very little in there of value.

Ajax Applications and Security

I was reading a little bit about ALE, which is a fledgling technology that mimics COM object re-use in ajax applications. It has a long way to go but I found the development of it signifigant. This got me thinking about security in ajax. Wouldn’t it be possible to infect an ajax application with spyware? Say for example, I buy an ad through an ad network which has JavaScript embedded in it which reaches out to whatever JavaScript application might be running in the page and grab the personal information from it. (Wouldn’t it be neat if I could get a hold of your gmail address book or the figures stored in your online spreadsheet?) I did a search on cross-domain scripting, which was in the security lime-light a while back to see what the status was. Turns out Ajaxers have been working on all kinds of work a rounds to get around scripting security, some have even suggested removing the restrictions. Apparently mash-up authors want to be able to mix content and code from various sources and the cross-domain scripting restrictions are getting in the way. Some ajaxers claim there are no security issues whatsoever, and some disagree. I imagine we have only seen the beginning of security issues surrounding the wild wild west that is the Ajax Frontier.

Desktop.com == You.os ? true : true

Well, except that desktop.com actually looked nice. For a romp down the Web 1.0 bubble trail, check out Desktop.com Secures 29 Million, and Start-up Eyes Microsoft Crown. If you visit Desktop.com today you find the dregs of what’s left, a search toolbar from IdeaLab. Too funny.

Now check out this post by Frank Gruber on You.os, desktop.com 2.0 and enjoy a good laugh.

Amazon CTO

I like this guy. I like Scoble too but this whole corporate blogging thing seems to me to be somewhat of a fad.

I wanted them abandon their fuzzy group hug approach, and counter me with hard arguments why they were right and I was wrong. Instead they appeared shell-shocked that anyone actually had the guts to challenge the golden wonder boys of blogging and not accept their religion instantly.

He also has some interesting thoughts on systems scalability that ring true.

Is achieving good scalability possible? Absolutely, but only if we architect and engineer our systems to take scalability into account. For the systems we build we must carefully inspect along which axis we expect the system to grow, where redundancy is required, and how one should handle heterogeneity in this system, and make sure that architects are aware of which tools they can use for under which conditions, and what the common pitfalls are.

In essence, think ahead, the design of software shouldn’t be shortsighted. Throwing together prototypes that ultimately become production systems can easily lead to failure. I’ve never sat in the camp of developers who think it’s better to throw something together just to get it working now, without thinking about what your going to want to build into a system later. Good design that takes both short and long term goals into account and is willing to sacrifice some short term agility for long term stability usually results in far fewer headaches down the road and a better user experience overall.

Oh, and, to show I do listen sometimes, Dru you told me this a long long time ago and I’ve never forgotten it. 🙂 And you know what? You were right.


Actually it’s ma.gnolia.com, yet another social bookmarking site. I kinda dig it simply because I can spell the domain without having to think, unlike del.ici.ous, er, d.lic.ious? delicio.us? Who the hell knows. Your non-geek friends will no doubt find this easier to remember.

Unlike delicious, the site is actually appealing to look at, and is designed for people, not geeks. Note their excellent FAQ that introduces users to social bookmarking.

Magnolia also has a cool widget for OSX that displays screen grabs from random sites that have been bookmarked. I also kinda like the flower theme. 🙂

Magnolia’s based, naturally, in San Francisco. It was founded in 2005 by Larry Halff.