Saturday, November 12, 2005

Jokes of Future?

More on new user experiences: Seems like has some competition - and some stiff one. Faisal pointed me towards
Remember The Milk: "Achieve Domestic Bliss.
Never forget the milk (or anything else) again."
I wonder why would I want to share my chores (and other TO Do stuff) with the rest of the world via the ATOM feed feature available with the site. Another destined-to-be-a-joke-later-on hysteria of the Web 2.0 wave?


Om Malik again has a fresh idea. No-GYM. A time when bloggers decided together not to talk about the big threes (Google, Yahoo and MS). I am not sure if this 'campaign' would do any harm to GYM but certainly new stuff will get some attention that is badly needed for any new idea.
From: Om Malik's Broadband Blog: Can You Stay GYM Free?: "Today at SearchSIG, Google was mentioned once every five minutes! Wow?. lets admit it, whether we hate them, or we love them, we do love to talk about them. Them being Google, Yahoo and Microsoft aka GYM. What would happen if the blogsphere decided that we would not talk about the Big Three for a whole week? Instead we shifted our focus on the little guys, interesting technologies, and some other important stuff. Can the blogs exist without talking about the GYM? I don?t know?maybe be a week. I am going to try, and see how long this detox can last. If you are feeling adventurous, then spread the No-GYM meme!"
I posted the following as my comments there:

This is a classic catch22. Spreading the no-GYM meme only increases our ‘precious attention’ towards GYM.

To get to a real no-GYM point (which would be increddibly nice), we need nothing short of personal campaign conducted by op leaders around the world with clear dates to start the no-GYM period!

Unrelated: Attention Files!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Calling Web 2.0 Local BoFs!

Ever since Tim O'Reilly & Media Live hosted the influential Web 2.0 Conference 2005 (see full coverage here) there is too much noice around the web for Web 2.0. Amid all the confusion that is always good for getting popular, the majority is celebrating the birth of this animal. And still, there are some that have started seeing the faults and problems with the newborn.

So what exactly is Web 2.0? Why all this excitement? For those who have been around for enough time, its like having the mid 1990's again - when it was fun discussing with friends what is FTP and what does CGI stand for! In short, it is a transition that the web (as we know it or as it is now being referred to as Web 1.0) has seen from being an (almost) one-way media to a n-way communication platform which suits computers as much as it suits human users - or more tersly Web 2.0.

While the definitions vary from blog to blog and even from time to time, when somebody asks me what is Web 2.0, I'd take a crude (but pragmatic) approach and would just pass them the following paragraph as the intoduction to the Web 2.0: What follows isn't any detailed description of what Web 2.0 is, but just the names of the companies and entitities that are part of the new web wave. If you understand (or get to understand) what these companies are and what they do, you have almost got to the point of understanding what is Web 2.0.
Newsgator, Outcast, Feedster, Social Text, Jot Spot, Six Apart, World Press, Delicious, Technorati, Flock, Flickr, Tagalag, Google & Yahoo Maps, Microsoft Live, Amazon's Mechanical Turk, Laszlo, Ajax, Morfik ....(yes, I know I've missed a cool dozen or more enteries that could rightfully be here)
We might not be any match to China but there is no harm if we start tracking Web 2.0 in Pakistan just like they're are doing in China at China Web 2.0 Review.

Are you interested in forming a BoF (Birds of a Feather) alliance for tracking Web 2.0 in the local context of Pakistan/Urdu etc? Let me know via your comments.