How the Semantic Web Will & Won’t Work

People, places, events; our browsers (and other machines) should be able to recognize these things as easily as you and I can. That’s the promise of the semantic web. But users are not the ones who will make the semantic web work. Microformats extend existing XHTML tags to put human-readable information into machine-parsable form (@Argent Hotel, San Francisco, CA@). But as simple of a solution as that is, it will never have mainstream appeal.

Unlike text-formatting XHTML tags & classes like <strong> or <blockquote>, data-formatting XHTML tags have no immediate visible effect on their contents. Can you tell … [Read the rest »]

Social Strategist News & Boston Events

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I’d love for you to be in an exotic location. Some place like Tahiti, Morocco, Zanzibar. Just in case you’re here in Boston (where the weather hasn’t been too shabby lately) with me, I wanted to let you know about a couple of events coming up, and a little about what’s going on with myself.

Boston Tech Events

First, POPSignal is a party “aimed at bringing together the local tech community in a fun and informal environment. There is no format, presentations, or speeches. However, there is always a *free open bar, free food, music, fun activities from sponsors, and … [Read the rest »]

Your Users are Boring. Help Them Stand Out!

Your users are boring. They have no substance, no identity. Not on your site, at least. All they have are usernames. Or maybe a favicon-sized avatar, or a little profile picture. But guess what? If you have a lot of users (and you want to, right?), that’s not enough for most people to tell most people apart.

I’ve been thinking about online identity since discovering an excellent new (really new, not just new to me) blog on the subject, Own Your Identity by Josh Porter, of Bokardo, and some others who seem to be equally excellent writers/thinkers. While they’re talking … [Read the rest »]

Aggregation and Monetization – Profit From Making Markets More Efficient

My two startup co-founders and I recently launched a small side-project as a way of testing several tools and processes we plan on using in our actual venture. The project is meant to be a PopURLs of t-shirts, an aggregator of the newest cool shirts from popular t-shirt sites around the web. The theory is simple: there are many great t-shirts out there, from many great sites. But the consumer doesn’t want a great t-shirt site, they want a great shirt. And frequently, they don’t know what a great shirt is. Is it funny? Is it vintage? Is it geeky? … [Read the rest »]

Platform Predictions Coming True – Virtual World Access by Mobile Phones

Now you can be in two places at once. One of those places will have to be inside a virtual world, it’s true, but as connections between the virtual and the physical become more numerous, how long until that’s not such a big difference?

When I wrote about the Platforms of the Web, some of the potential connections I explored were between one platform, the mobile web, and another, virtual worlds. The first steps toward exploring those connections have now been taken, as efforts begun earlier than last year are being launched as consumer products.

Vollee Announces App for [Read the rest »]

True Social Software – SNSs of 2010 – Part II

The Amish are kicking our ass. They’re building large, complex, multi-use platforms using a process that requires a high level of expertise and many different skill sets, and they launch these platforms in a day. That’s something the we (technologists, tech users, and tech businessmen) still can’t do, in most cases. Why not? Because we are isolated, separated, spread out. Our communication tools have become more advanced, but they’re disconnected from the work processes we use them to discuss. We are delayed by the many small waiting periods that total together, because people aren’t working together, they’re combining the [Read the rest »]

Occasional Links: Android Demos, Future of Firefox, and Yahoo!-AOL

If you want to get the very first look at how Google plans to change the mobile web, pay attention to this week’s Mobile World Congress event, where according to Australian IT, several companies will be demoing the Android mobile operating system.

If you can’t wait for the next conference’s news, check out the big news from a conference that’s already happened: Mozilla evangelist Chris Blizzard presented at SCALE, and Ars Technica has great coverage of his talk on Mozilla’s goals and Firefox 3’s development.

Last, but not least, if you’re not sick of hearing speculation on Yahoo’s … [Read the rest »]

Yahoo!’s 8.3 Million Opportunity, That You Haven’t Heard About

While Arrington arrogantly declares that all the options are understood (even as Microsoft’s shareholders appear to be backing out), there’s an angle to the Microsoft/Yahoo! acquisition bid that I think no one’s considered. I think there’s more to Yahoo!‘s value than you may realize…

A Lesson from the Gaming Industry

If you don’t know anything about gaming, this anecdote will (hopefully) be very instructive. And even if you do, it’s a good reminder. Bear with me.

Pre-2006, the console gaming industry was in a slump. The consoles in existence (Microsoft’s Xbox, Sony’s Playstation 2, and Nintendo’s Gamecube) weren’t significant … [Read the rest »]

Social Networking Services of 2010 – Part I

The pace of technological innovation is continually increasing. The internet of today bears only a superficial resemblance to the internet of 5 years ago. And it’s very likely that the services still evolving today, now mainstream trends, will look very different even only two years from now. GigaOm took a brief, general look at the 20 years of evolution to today’s social networking services. While the past is a valuable guide, the ability to combine new technologies (mashups, the mobile web, peer-to-peer) with current ones will send them down paths impossible for the past to predict.… [Read the rest »]

7 (Practical) Technologies That Could Make Enterprise Software More Exciting

Illustration of differences between adding and enhancing enterprise technology with social media.Lots of people seem to be complaining, but Umair at BubbleGeneration points out no one’s really suggesting any improvements. There are plenty of sexy technologies we could try to throw into enterprise, but it would be a bit like adding a bikini to a business suit. But there are improvements that could be made to enterprise software that will help it do what it’s supposed to do–not be sexy, as Michael Krigsman points out, but to enable core business processes: gaining higher efficiency and reducing costs. In other words, making more money.

#1 – Optical Character Recognition

It’s almost … [Read the rest »]

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