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Friday, February 01, 2008

This Just In: Broadband Good

Wow, I just received email from a PR person acting on behalf of some broadband Internet buying guide website, that referenced "The On Ramps to Info Superhighway" [sic].

It's a series of tubes, people, and there are some real smart folks out there who just invented slipperier ones. Get to it!

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

This Echo Chamber Goes to 12 (Because 11's So Over With)

Infinite Internet Regression Awards: 2007 (aka The Reggies III)

By John Molson

Ah yes, 2003. When we were apologizing here for skipping 2002 in the Annual Internet Infinite Regression Awards. We then proceeded to skip 2004 and 2005, pausing briefly in 2006 to tip our cap to the concept following the mesh conference.

Some version of the Fibonacci Sequence now compels me to write again.

I now present the third ever Internet Infinite Regression ... hmm, nah, that's not going to fly, because the regularity of the dates got messed up completely.

Well, how about the First Annual Internet Infinite Regression Warning. Yes, I like the sounds of that. Perhaps we can even set up our own Situation Room.

To sum up before starting, it's clearly a plus ša change... situation here in the world of self-referentiality. There's a whole new whack of quite prominent self-referrers here in the link-baitosphere, yet amazingly they're mostly seen as elder statesmen! And why not. This is America, metaphorically speaking.

To head off potential resentment of this post, let me say that I love and revere some of the folks listed below, and hate or am indifferent to others. Calling you names has very little to do with my regard for you, or lack of it. If I've erred, I'm sure I'll be owing you a fine meal somewhere hip.

So, since 2003 we've seen the rise of:

Steve Rubel of Micro Persuasion. Home of today's most prominent "blogging about blogging".

Wikipedia, Wikipedia. The ultimate Wikipedia-Squared entry.

Googling Google. Did you know that Google shows up 941,000,000 times in a Google search? Note to radio newsreaders: this isn't called "941 million hits on Google."

Wikipedia-Watch.org. Note the charming look and feel.

Daniel-Brandt-Watch.org. I'd sooner watch Baywatch.

Lunch 2.0. To me, not disruptive or creative enough. I'm lobbying for Bathrobe 2.0; prerequisites being a bunch of self-appointed 2.0 Geeks, a nice hotel, a fire in the nice hotel, and a great conversation on the sidewalk outside. If the hotel is nice enough, everyone will be wearing the same bathrobe, and all the bathrobes will fit. Sweet.

The Echo Chamber: Sometimes expressed as a "worry" that something like this "might" happen, quaintly expressed by people who caused it to happen at least one bubble ago, and are still going strong.

Podcasting About Podcasting: Apparently this is already passe. Or is it? Don't look up. Seriously: what is truly happening in the podcasting-about-podcasting vertical is a shakeout. Before, you had to be goodlooking to get away with podcasting about podcasting. Soon, you'll need to be very goodlooking.

Linkbaiting About Linkbaiting: Well, what do you think this is? People, Matt Cutts actually endorses linkbaiting! He calls it white hat SEO! Link, Digg, do whatever you need to do to express your (and my) infinite regressyness. Please. Run, do not walk, to your blog client or other social media app. Tell them about this puzzling post. Create an endless loop of monetization for this website. I dare you.

Social bookmark about social bookmarking. Hey! Now you're getting the hang of it!

A Message from Chad and Steve
. Hi, we're billionaires, and we're going to post this video now. On the site that made us that billion! Yeah, baby!

All sounds a bit daft, doesn't it?

Don't knock it until you try it. Got any more to suggest? Post your own! On your blog, or podcast, not here. You don't have the password! This ain't a wiki, pal!

Plus c'est la meme chose. Really, I meant meme. "Meme" chose, get it?

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John Molson, humorist, has been writing covertly for Traffick.com for several years, concurrent with overtly not existing. This bio, written by Andrew Goodman, is fake. The Blogger author field should take care of any remaining subterfuge. He spent half the day instant-messaging a friend about his instant-messaging habits. He lives in Toronto.

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Friday, February 09, 2007

Google Didn't Really Say That Thing About TV. Or: Yes They Did.

Richard Bennett's opinion.

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Pipes & Tubes

Google's confirming publicly that they believe the current Internet may become choked by online video. This is related to a barrier to Google's growth -- one of the only serious ones -- that has been nagging at me for some time: globally, they don't own the pipes. Big utility monopolies still hold a lot of cards around the world. The smart money would likely partner with them. (We've noted in the past that this has been one of Microsoft's strategies globally -- taking stakes in utility companies.)

G's massive investment in infrastructure in the US is no doubt partly going to address this. It'll be fascinating to see how it unfolds. Net neutrality is at least a debate in the U.S. today. In some nations and economic zones, there are very different terms for the debate.

Meanwhile, Yahoo has released a mashup service extraordinaire, called Pipes. It's going to be worth a lot more study, but basically it provides an easy way for the layperson to pull disparate data sources into a web page -- like a smarter more agile feed reader? Kinda makes my head hurt: does it compete with Google Reader or supersede it? Some commenters are saying it's really nothing too new, and other products like RSS Bus would be better for those who are technically inclined. Stay tuned. (If you really know what you're doing: Jeremy Zawodny points to something called GData.)

And meanwhile meanwhile, over at Techcrunch, Arrington does something we apparently no longer make time to do: reviews and compares new Hotmail, new Yahoo Mail, and Gmail. All of these web 2.0 apps get the thumbs-up, but Google comes in at #1. That's about what I'd say. I actually use both old Yahoo Mail and Gmail, and don't particularly enjoy new Yahoo Mail. I'll likely consolidate everything in GMail, a decision I think you eventually have to make (one way or another, with Y or G) so you're using the same calendar and IM app and not confusing the hell out of yourself.

Mail, at least, we already use. Both Google's Co-Op and Yahoo's Pipes probably deserve weeks of our time, and here we are blogging about engagement rings and Ted Stevens. Time to tackle the to-do list. Also, posting will be light for the next week due to SES London.

Other random thoughts to wind up the week:

And Technorati's edgecraft: is it just me, or is calling a "buzz description" a "WTF" (as in "write a WTF for this query") pretty edgy? Edgy, I think. As I've told a few of you, my office building is owned by a commercial real estate company called WTF Group. Seeing that logo on the wall has gotten me through many a day.

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