Should Web 2.0 Embrace Localization?

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After reading Bernard Sunn’s blog post, “Re-Localization Opportunities – Local 2.0”  I thought how can Web 2.0 developers incorporate local business owners into their 2.0 business models?  Believe it or not, a world still exists outside of the blogosphere or Twittersphere.  The Internet is mainstream, but there is still a market of millions of people and who prefer to shop local and fellowship in person rather than in cyberspace.

So the question is – How can web 2.0 developers reach those consumers?  By somehow targeting local business owners who cater to this market, developers have access to consumers who would normally be off the radar.

I commented on Bernard’s though-provoking post:

What a great post. I too found it thought provoking. I predict that we will see more and more Web 2.0 applications incorporate GPS (annotated tagging) in a way that will pull consumers out to local stores, shops, etc. For example, how can BrightKite take its annotated, geo-tagging application and localize it? How can they partner with local business owners, and bring value to them via their application and local BrightKite users? It will be interesting to watch this trend develop.

Should web application developers incorporate locailization into their business models?  Or should they continue to focus on the cyberspace for revenue generation?

Re-Localization Opportunities – Local 2.0 – ReadWriteWeb.

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Cloud Agents Bring Personalization for the User

ReadWriteWeb’s Sarah Perez blogged about a new Twitter app called Twitchboard in her blog post, The Rise of Cloud Agents.   The uniqueness of Twitchboard stems from its ability to tie together different services on the social web and automates their interactions.

What’s so fascinating to me is not the application Twitchboard, as I haven’t even tried it, but the concept ad ideal of the cloud agent.  Which is term that is ahybrid of two terms – cloud computing and intelligent agent.

After reading Tom Carroll’s comment on the post:

This is just another step toward the cognative economy. The services we see to day are providing the foundation of integrated behaviors. Eventually these cloud agents will mature from simple integration services to complex filters and autonomous extensions of our public persona.

I began to see Twitchboard for more than what is was and more for what it represeneted.  Here is my comment:

I haven’t tried Twitchboard. But, I wanted to comment because I don’t believe the hype is actually for the application (Twitchboard), than it is for the concept of the application – and what the future holds for social network’s connectivity and relevancy. I believe that Twitchboard and similar applications are headed in the direction of personalized service for the user. Service that is centered around context and the user and not the application or the social network. Only time will tell….

What do you think?  I think cloud agents will be a part of web 3.0 in a big way.  Not to say cloud agents Are web 3.0, but only that they will play a part in its functionality and relevance to the user.

What are your thoughts?

The Rise of Cloud Agents – ReadWriteWeb.

2 Tools to Analyze You Blogging Style

Have you read Adam Cohen’s post, What Does Your Blog Say About You? If not, it’s a must read.  In his post Adam ponders over the somewhat interesting analysis he received from Gender Analyzer and Typealyzer. Gender Analyzer uses artificial intelligence to determine whether a blog is authored by a man or a woman.  After submitting my blog, the results concluded that there was a 77% chance it was written by a man.  Seriously – take a look at the screen shot.  To be fair, Gender Analyzer does have a disclaimer:

We created Gender Analyzer out of curiosity and fun. It uses Artificial Intelligence to determine if a homepage is written by a man or woman.GenderAnalyzer REsults

Phew..so Gender Analyzer was developed for entertainment purposes only?  I hope so, because the algorithm seems to have a few bugs in it.   Or it could mean that 77% of the time I write like a man – it’s possible.  I do have a tendency to blog about technology  more than any other topic, and historically technology and science have been dominated by men.  What do you think?

The next tool is Typealyzer, which analyzes your writing style based on your blog posts.  Typealyzer analyzes you blog to determine the type of writer that you are -somewhat of a Myers-Briggs test for bloggers.  Typealyzer’s blog states:

For a long period of time, we have been training our system to recognize texts that characterize the different types. The system, Typealyzer, can now by itself find features that distinguishes one type from another. When all features, words and sentences, are statistically analyzed, Typealyzer is able to guess which personality type the text represents.

Typealyzer concluded that I fit into the category: INTJ – The Scientists.  The people that fit into this type are individualistic, long-range thinkers.   They are intellectually curious and daring, but might be physically hesitant to try new things.  Frankly I am very, very curious about the world around me.  I consider myself a students of life, but contrary to what Typealyzer says, I’m not afraid to physically try anything new – not at all.   Ok, except for swimming with sharks – never.  Take a look at the screen shots.

I'm a Scientist

My question is, how would you use these tools to improve your blogs, writing style, or find out what makes you tick?  I’d love to hear you thoughts.

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Web 3.0 Roundtable With Sramana Mitra

I’m a big fan of Sramana Mitra, who is considered by many to be an expert on  Web 3.0.  On Oct 21st I had the pleasure of attending the Web 3.0 Roundtable given by Sramana.  The hour-long webinar was an online product strategy roundtable featuring Sramana Mitra and using Dimdim‘s open source web conferencing platform. During the session, entrepreneurs pitched Sramana their product ideas in a 3-minute presentation. She reviewed the material in real-time and provided 3-minutes of feedback on each plan.

Here is some background on Sramana.

As an entrepreneur CEO, Sramana founded three companies: Dais (Off-shore Software Services), Intarka (Sales Lead Generation and Qualification Software; VC: NEA) and Uuma (Online Personalized Store for selling clothes using Expert Systems software; VC: Redwood). As strategy consultant, Sramana has consulted with over 75 companies, spanning from large public companies and private startups. Her current focus, is primarily in the realms of Web 3.0 and Enterprise 3.0, and related infrastructure.

Sramana is also the author of Entrepreneur Journeys, Volume One (2008). This book presents an intimate glimpse into the world of technology start-ups through candid conversations with a dozen of the most innovative practitioners of our time. Offering readers an inside view of how to navigate an entrepreneurial path, Sramana synthesizes candid conversations with her own incisive analysis, to create a unique set of case studies.

Sramana displayed her vast knowledge of entrepreneurship and business during the roundtable.  She advised each participant with great feedback – sometimes good and sometimes bad.  Her two primary criticisms were:

  • to think about the customer/client and remember the product or service should focus on value-adding
  • what differntiates your product from other existing products/services

Here is a link to the video: http://tinyurl.com/5gasms

My students (in the business management course that I teach) and I attended the roundtable; and they throughly enjoyed it. I used the roundtable as a learning experince for myself, and for my students by  having each student pitch me their ideas for their final project, which is a business plan.


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Introduction to Web 3.0 a Free Course: Day Four

Today we are going to explore varying perceptions of web 3.0.  Below is a collection several interesting articles and videos from experts: Tim O’Rielly, Nicholas Carr and Kevin Kelly on the subject of web 3.0.  It’s interesting to see the Web 3.0 from three different perspectives.

Tim ORielly

Tim O'Reilly

Today’s 3.0 Nonsense Blogstorm, by Tim O’Rielly

I find myself particularly irritated by definitions of “Web 3.0” that are basically descriptions of Web 2.0 (i.e. new forms of collective intelligence applications) that justify themselves as breakthroughs only by pretending that Web 2.0 is somehow about ajax, mashups, and other client side technologies.

Read the full article here.

Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr

What is Web 3.0?, by Nicholas Carr

Here we are, halfway through 2007, and we still don’t have a decent commonly-held definition of Web 2.0 and already we have competing definitions of the Web’s next generation. Or do we? I think that the apparent conflict between the two definitions may in fact be superficial, arising from the different viewpoints taken by Schmidt (an applications viewpoint) and the Semanticists (a communications viewpoint).

Read Nicholas’ article here.

Kevin Kelly helped launch Wired magazine in 1993, in this video he discusses how web 2.0 is only 5,000 days old, and what will the next 5,000 day of the web will look like.

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What do you think the web will look like in the next 5,000 days?  I welcome your comments.

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Is Mashlogic a Glimpse of Web 3.0?

Today TechCrunch posted a feature of Mashlogic which is launching today in private beta mode by Bessemer Venture Partners.  Mashlogic promises to help users, “take back the web,” from its present state of commercialized content.  Mashlogic is an extension of Firefox that works, “under the hood” of the browser.  The application aims to deliver individualized information based on the user’s selection or deselection of mashes.

Mashlogic Configuration

Mashlogic Configuration

I used the preview of Mashlogic to view the Huffington Post.  I selected two mashes: Ad Blocker to – removed advertisements, and English Vocabulary to – show definitions of uncommon English words.  Here is a screenshot of the preview.

Mashlogic Preview

Mashlogic Preview

Previewing Mashlogic has me wondering, is this a preview of Web 3.0?  What do you think? In a sense Mashlogic is interpreting the user’s requests and delivering data that is perceptive to the user.  Am I reaching to far with this one?  What are your views.  Try the Mashlogic demo, or better yet request an invitation and try the beta.  Let me know your thoughts.

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Introduction to Web 3.0: A Free Course (Day 3)

Image provided by Ian Routsala on Flickr

Image provided by Ian Routsala on Flickr

It’s day three of class!  Let’s begin with an article published in Technology Review. The article focuses on Eric Miller, an MIT-affiliated computer scientist.  Miller was the leading scientist over a group of researchers who worked together on a project in 2002 on the semantic Web.  Here is a quote from the article:

“For the Semantic Web, it was no longer a matter of if but of when,” Miller says. “I felt I could be more useful by helping people get on with it.”  Now, six months after the launch of his own Zepheira, a consulting company that helps businesses link fragmented data sources into easily searched wholes, Miller’s beachside decision seems increasingly prescient. The Semantic Web community’s grandest visions, of data-surfing computer servants that automatically reason their way through problems, have yet to be fulfilled. But the basic technologies that Miller shepherded through research labs and standards committees are joining the everyday Web. They can be found everywhere-on entertainment and travel sites, in business and scientific databases-and are forming the core of what some promoters call a nascent “Web 3.0.”

Here is the link to complete article uploaded to Scribd: A Smarter Web

Part Two

Today’s class continues with a link to Harold Carr’s blog.  Harold Carr is the engineering lead for enterprise web services interoperability at Sun Microsystems – enabling atomic transactions, reliable messaging and security between Java and Windows Communications Foundation.  Harold attended the Semantic Technology Conference which was held on May 18-22 in San Jose.  Harold Posted his notes from the conference.  Harold states,

I took lots of notes which I had hoped to post day-by-day or at least cleanup and post. It’s clear to me now that I’ll never find the time for those activities, so here they are: unedited, unspellchecked and unformatted. I hope you find them useful.

As you can see Eric Miller, the author of the article The Smarter Web, which is posted in part one of today’s class, was the speaker on the second day of the conference.

Part Three

Part three focuses on The 2008 Semantic Technology Conference website.  The reason we are looking at a site from a past conference that has passed is because the site incorporates several interesting semantic tools, such as the faceted search tool. Play around with the site, there is tons of useful information from podcasts, webcasts, and presentation audio and slides to a free Semantic Wave 2008 Report.

Mark your calendars – the 2009 conference is scheduled for June 14-18.

Part Four

Class will conclude with a short 6 minute video, Intro to the Semantic Web.  The video was posted to by: Msporny on YouTube.

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