It looks like Apple is about to refresh most of its iOS line.
I’m a big fan of TechMeme, a web aggregation service that provides, at a glance, a few of what’s being discussed in the technology-focused part of the blogosphere. It has allowed me to unsubscribe from a large number of RSS feeds that were providing me with redundant information and I’ve long hoped for a version of TechMeme that would provide me with a customized view that providing a similar user interface for my own personal feeds. Recently, though, TechMeme has gotten me thinking about the tech blogosphere conversations as a whole and their longer term relevance. To the small “web 2.0” community, TechMeme serves as a bit of a paper of record; The subhead even claims that it represents the “Tech Web, page A1”, claiming to bring us the important stories. But how do those stories fare over time? Is today’s hot topic a step in understanding a longer term trend or is it just a temporary distraction that will be forgotten a month/3 months/6 months/a year from now. Fortunately, Gabe Rivera, the founder of TechMeme must have anticipated such a question and provided a way to look at TechMeme as it was a particular point in its short history.…Read More
There’s been discussion lately about Second Life and how its reported numbers seem to be off. Clay Shirky, on Valleywag, has been deconstructing the numbers claiming that the emperor wore no clothes. The funny thing is that this was coinciding with some research I’ve been doing to better understand whether SecondLife is a flash in the pan of whether it holds real meat. Since October, I’ve been tabulating the numbers listed on their front page, once a week, on Mondays. From there, I ended up with the following spreadsheet: Date Total Residents Logged in last 60 days US$ spent in last 24 hours Lindex Activity last 24 hours 11-Aug-06 493,563 225,028 Â Â 22-Oct-06 1,082,664 446,153 $460,979.00 Â 24-Oct-06 1,110,224 459,062 $519,914.00 Â 31-Oct-06 1,203,213 499,223 $531,768.00 Â 6-Nov-06 1,269,019 515,907 $613,793.00 Â 14-Nov-06 1,391,715 533,825 $548,912.00 $86,659.00 20-Nov-06 1,517,480 611,793 $656,020.00 $91,508.00 27-Nov-06 1,653,272 667,645 $624,537.00 $99,675.00 4-Dec-06 1,791,247 700,303 $654,750.00 $116,785.00 11-Dec-06 1,932,418 701,287 $626,187.00 $132,005.00 18-Dec-06 2,002,617 720,010 $696,210.00 $120,198.00 25-Dec-06 2,107,321 831,653 $721,341.00 $124,723.00 1-Jan-07 2,287,108 844,317 $803,790.00 $116,425.00 But the data itself wasn’t that interesting when it came to raw form. So I started thinking about some of the things I could do with it.…Read More
There has been much discussion lately, most of it negativeÂ (you can read more comments on Technorati), about the comeback of boo.com and once again, I find myself on the opposite side of the shared wisdom. Before I go into reasons as to why I think a comeback by Boo.com (a boo.comeback?) makes sense, let me first go into my unique qualifications to make such an assessment: I happen to have worked at Boo.com in the past and I was the insider who exposed some of the challenges the company had faced. I spent a fair amount of my time, in 2000 and 2001, talking at conferences about the lessons learned from this failure and I think that some of those are now fixed. Looking Back In the ensuing 6 years, I’ve been going over and over what went wrong and discovered more lessons along the way: the market conditions were wrong, we were young and arrogant, and, for the most part, we didn’t really understand the magnitude of what we were trying to accomplish: to remind people, our goal was to launch a website in 16 countries (15 EU countries + the US) on day one, localizing our site for…Read More