• Rob Hyndman talks with Nora Young, Mark Schneider and Mark Federman at Mesh07. I often find myself flipping back and forth between my real work and a bunch of webpages to get my information hit, and realize that I seem to have a shorter attention span these days. When I mention this to others I get a lot of comments that blame the internet. "Of course it’s the internet." But really, have we lost the ability to go deep in conversations because of our constant need for information bites? Has the internet in particular hastened the decline of our ability to think about complex issues? With the advent of television, early commentaries bemoaned even back then, there was a tendency

  • Techcrunch was started in 2005 because Arrington was interested in the internet and particularly start-ups. At the time, there were a few sites like technorati and bloglines but not many others. It was started because there was no single blog that covered new start-ups. At the beginning it wasn’t thought of as a business, but just something to do for fun. He realized the site was taking off about the time he was getting more reads to stories than 4-500 per day he was reading using Bloglines. It was a full 6 months after that before ads ran on the site. From an overseas perspective, TechCrunch France is largest blog in France and TechCrunch Japan is a sizable blog in

  • This was based on a talk by Dion Hinchcliffe at the Web2.0 Expo, Tuesday April 17, 2007 Important trends- Web sites with portable content and functionality Putting modular web parts on the blogs and profiles to host the pieces of the web that they want to share Realization the there is limited value being on one site Atomization of content – smaller pieces are easier to reuse Microformats are the smallest pieces Do it yourself trend is combining with the rise of web portable content and functionality- people help themselves Web as a parts “Superstore” Little question that the web is turning into a sort of online Home Depot with its shelves line with thousand of useful off the shelf

  • This is a brilliant video, under 5 minutes, on how blogs, wikis, web feeds, social networking sites, and folksonomies are revolutionizing our culture . Both for the technical person who understands it and also for the digital neophyte / newbie who needs to get a taste for how the web is transforming itself and impacting the way we click to learn and share knowledge. Fast paced, great soundtrack and super thoughts!