Everyone loves top-10 lists, of course, but we also need a little variety now and then. So today we offer a shorter compilation, the "Top 5 business maxims that need to go"--which includes such heretical entries as "failure is not an option" and "the customer is always right." We'll take quality over quantity anytime.
On paper, it sounds like a match made in Hollywood heaven: Reality TV and Web 2.0. That, at least, seems to be the thinking behind the first live interactive game show on TBS.
The good news is that the eight-week experiment is an indication that the television industry is taking some tangible steps toward developing its own interactive entertainment, aside from just doing deals with the likes of YouTube and even peer-to-peer rebel BitTorrent. Yet, at the risk of sounding cynical, we feel compelled to ask the question about the TBS venture: Is this the answer?
The show, which … Read more
Did you know that actor Jim Carrey was once homeless? Or that Papaphobia is the fear of popes? Maybe this isn't stuff you'll ever need to know, but these tidbits of information work great for impressing (or scaring) strangers at parties. Anyway, if you feel like learning random facts about random topics, Blufr.com, complete with its Web 2.0 name, is a great Web site.
The concept is simple, so it's surprising there aren't many more sites like this one. Upon entering, you are presented with a random fact about virtually anything ("penguins can … Read more
The people who make the cool Web-based meta-IM service Meebo (it's like Trillian, but runs in a browser), has released MeeboMe, a chat widget you can embed on your Web site. [See News.com story.] It allows visitors to see your online state (if you're using Meebo) and chat with you in realtime. Here's a live demo:
You can also use it to monitor visitors to your page -- everybody who's got the widget showing will appear on your Meebo buddy list as a guest to your site.
MeeboMe wins the award for making the easiest … Read more
While you wait for Microsoft to release its gabillion-dollar 3D photo research project, PhotoSynth, you might want to check out the one-person project, PictureCloud. PhotoSynth will attempt to place all photos into a global context so you can fly through them. PictureCloud just takes pictures you've taken while walking around an object, and mashes them together into kind of a poor man's QuickTime spinning view of an object.
It's a cool service for showing off things you're trying to sell, like cars or clothes. PictureCloud images look very easy to create -- you just drag your … Read more
Right after I posted my last entry, about the Web annotation service Diigo, I got a demo of Posticky, another online post-it service. This site isn't what I expected, though. It doesn't let you attach post-its to Web pages. Instead, it's more like a bulletin board. You can create post-its on your personal Posticky page on the site. You can also share the notes with others, and view them on a mobile phone using a special mobile version of the site.
Posticky would be more useful if your notes were available in places other than the Posticky … Read more
There's yet another new bookmarking utility live now: Diigo. This one is different. In addition to letting you bookmark pages and share those bookmarks with others, it also lets you highlight parts of pages (text or images), and store those highlight not just in your Diigo account but on the Web pages themselves (if you have the plug-in). You can also attach post-it-like notes to your highlights on Web pages, and they can be private or shared.
Old-timers may recollect one of the first Web annotation services, ThirdVoice. That tool also let you mark up any Web page you … Read more
You can't do business without a Web site these days. But how much business is your Web site actually doing? There are several Web analytics products that will try to tell you just what's up with your site, including a cool one I just scoped out, VisiStat.
VisiStat seems to provide just the right level of data on a site's traffic. Its main reports are graphical and easy to read. You get good information on traffic and where it comes from (both geographically and from which referral sites), and also excellent data on which search terms are … Read more
The concern is nothing new, but it has generated more talk on various forums since MySpace suffered some high-profile outages, which in turn gave rise to rumors that profiles had been deleted. MySpace denied that any accounts were lost in the blackouts, but that hasn't stopped posts from people who claim otherwise--some of which involve speculation involving copyrights.
More than a few have voiced suspicion that profiles may have been taken … Read more
Mitch Kapor, of Lotus and Electronic Frontier Foundation fame, on Monday said he has created a proof-of-concept for his latest start-up called Foxmarks, which he said "at the intersection of search and social production."
The company is making a Firefox browser add-on which lets people synchronize bookmarks across several computers. People can log on from any computer and get their bookmarks as if they are working from their own.
In his blog on Monday, Kapor said to "think of new services which are a cross between Google and the Wikipedia."
The company, which now is just … Read more