What are the 10 technology deals that define the decade between 2000 and 2010. Going in reverse counting order, here are number 10 through 6.
The New York Times has a story in today’s business section about Gawker, which is trying to set up a model of advertising-supported weblogs. The article talks about a story, published on IwantMedia, which gave a little more of a view into Gawker’s financial model. Bloggers are paid $2500 a month plus bonuses, based on the site’s performance. Expectation seems to be that each site will make around $75,000 a year (that would come out to $6250 per month). With those bits of information, I decided to investigate how blogging compares to journalism as a career. My methodology was relatively simple. I would take a sample of sites and figure out the word count for each entry, get an average word count for that day and then build several models. For each day, I would pick up the first entry posted on that day (in other words, the last one in the list of entries for that day), copy all the words for that entry in Word and use the Word Count feature in Word (which can be found under Tools) to get a word count on that entry. I would do the same for the first 12 entries, since…Read More
Still processing a lot of the discussion. There were a lot of interesting comments from people that are far smarter than me. Got to meet a number of interesting bloggers and get involved in some fascinating discussions. However, I have to think a lot about what was said: was it all rehash of what’s been said in the past or was there anything new that came out of it? I’m still not sure but I know that I had a great time either way. Thanks to all the people I’ve met and chatted with. I’m still not convinced that blogs are that different from the web revolution that started in the early 90s. The discussion at BloggerCon was centering around a number of subjects that were discussed at the beginning of the commercialization of the Internet: how do we keep this honest? how do we make money at this? how do we get traditional institutions to recognize this as legitimate? To me, the only things blog add, compared to the rest of the web, is an ability to publish without knowing HTML. Update: Seth Finkelstein has posted an interesting entry highlighting how clubby the A-list is. It’s an interesting thought…Read More
Tomorrow’s agenda for BloggerCon calls for a discussion of blog and journalism. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been reading what other people had to say, synthesizing it in my own head and trying to figure out what it all meant. From there, I came to a couple of conclusions: Blogs are not journalism Journalism happens on blogs Blogs are the single biggest threat to the online publishing industry and the print publishing industry. Blogs are the single largest opportunity to the online publishing industry and could represent a big opportunity for the print industry. I know it sounds like 2 sets of contradictory statements but I’m really not hedging my bets here. What is happening is that blogs are representing such a radical shift in online publishing that what the response is from journalists and other content publishers will either increase or decrease the impact of the blogging phenomenon. What is happening is not so much a revolution as a continuing evolution of the trends started with the rise of the commercial Internet. Looking back, looking forward Let’s first take a step back in order to better understand the blogging phenomenon. They year is 1994. At that point, the…Read More
Like many in the blogosphere, I’m heading to Boston this weekend for BloggerCon. My posts on the site have been light because I’ve been spending more time reading and thinking about how I would contribute. While I do plan to take advantage of a 3 hour trip on the Acela to work on a longer entry, I have a few thoughts that I wanted to outline now. The conference program is fascinating and has forced me to think about which session I wanted to attend. It’s a hard choice when all of them seem so interesting. For example, how do you decide between going to the “Vision from Users” and the “What is Journalism?” session. And that’s just for the first hour. I’ve decided that the longer entry I do tonight will somewhat dictate which sessions I’ll attend based on what came out. The rough outline of my entry will focus on blogs and/as business. Jeff Jarvis has created an interesting wiki on the very subject. It sparked a lot of thought that I now need to commit to a long entry. For example, what are the difference between blogging and other types of content publishing? Is there an impact…Read More
2004 is obviously the year of RSS, with article popping up left and right in mainstream publications. However, RSS can also be a source of much stress, if you subscribe to too much. A few weeks ago, my list of subscribed feeds went over 300. That was the beginning of a sobering experiment. While it is technically possible to follow 300 sites via RSS, it’s not for the faint-hearted. I’ve since been pruning the list a little as it became more and more time consuming to go through all the entries. While I felt like I must be failing somehow, Sebastien Paquet pointed out that the median number of subscriptions people have is under 100. I suspect this is where the power laws actually become useful. Because some blogs are disproportionally read, they can be seen as flag-bearers in the blogosphere. Because they are so powerful, they can easily shape opinions in the blog world. And because they do so, one can limit the number of blogs they read in order to get an idea as to consensus among blogsters. This is great in that those powerful bloggers become editors of sorts. There is, however, a problem with that. As…Read More
There’s a lot of developments going on in the online space but most of them, while potentially changing the state of online business for years to come, have been flying under the radar for most people. It is interesting to see that what some of us are witnessing is really the beginning of a silent revolution, currently underway but far from the glare of most journalists and of the general population. An example of this is the weblog. While the more web-savvy participants amongst us are very familiar with the concept, there seems to be a lack of understanding of what blogs are about. Most dismiss them as diaries (which some blogs, like those hosted by LiveJournal, truly are) but fail to realize that there is a lot more going on in the space. I recently had a chance to discuss emerging trends in technology with a number of Internet executives for large companies and was very surprised to see how quickly the weblog phenomenon is being dismissed. What I suspect is that this is largely the result of the complexity of weblogland, an area that is hard to really classify neatly in a few buzzwords. A world where Glenn…Read More