Monthly Archives: November 2006

Count Down – New Content Entry System

We are in the midst of the migration to the new content entry system. Unfortunately, we are still working with a buggy system due to a lack of proper testing on the part of the consulting company. Several show-stopping errors have surfaced and they have been unable to repeat them, dismissing them as mac problems. However, many of the errors happen on the pcs as well, so they finally came over to our office today to get a first hand look at the problems.

The migration scripts have been running since last Wednesday evening and look like they are going to continue working through most of this week. We have quite a bit of content to migrate out of the Vignette system. Of course everyone forgets that we did the same migration into the Vignette v7 system over the course of several months (we ran the migration on the weekends only – one site at a time). Now we are running all the sites at once, inserting types of content in a more efficient manner.

As with most projects, the fun part is the due date: Dec 1. Keep your fingers crossed.

Fullbright Memorial Fund Delegates in Japan

My dad, who is a computer science teacher at a private high school here in Michigan, is traveling in Japan for three weeks as a member of the Fullbright Memorial Fund Delegation. He is visiting many schools in Japan to see how their education system is different from ours at all levels (and how they are the same). He is blogging about the experience at www.barrywebster.com. Many of the experiences are quite fascinating and if you have a few minutes it is a good read.

Launchpad 2006

InTheChair – Allows non-musicians to make and learn music, has abilities to collaborate and share. Users can buy tickets to play with professional musicians. Beta link: inthechair.com/2beta password: web2.0

instructables.com – Collaborative learning site.

Klostu – Allows users to have one identity on multiple message boards. Also has a mashup of functions so that users can see content on multiple boards and interact with it from one place. password: web2con

Sharpcast Project Hummingbird – Allows you to have access to your files on any machine, online and on your mobile device. Has integration with zoho for online word processing.

Stikkit – A web application using stickies which intelligently knows what type of information is on the sticky in order to ‘file’ it into the proper place. (Very interesting – would love to see integration with other web services)

Turn.com – First automatic ad targeting network. Turn.com analyzes publisher sites and selects ads based on content without keywords, etc.

Sphere – Blogosphere search engine. Has a widget for publishers that can put on their sites to show related articles and blogs.

Omnidrive – Another app that allows you to share files on multiple pcs, on the web, etc. password: web2con

Adify – Allows the long tail to form a network to entice advertisers to their niche audience.

3b.net – 3D browsing of the web with a social twist.

Odesk.com – An employer to contractor networking site which allows you to see the reputation, comments, past history, etc. of a potential contractor and then hire them through the site. Also takes periodic pictures of the employee’s desktop to ensure they are working and for time tracking.

Venyo – Reputation tracking for the long tail.

TimeBridge – A new way to manage your time and schedule meetings without having to go back and forth many times.

Yahoo!’s Web 2.0 Strategy

Yahoo!’s Web 2.0 Strategy: Users, Publishers & Advertisers (Sponsored by Yahoo!)

Web 2.0 is about the culture of participation, user generated content and the wisdom of crowds. Yahoo!’s four-part strategy is to tie-in to the culture at various levels by enabling the end-user to partcipate in the culture.

The first part of the strategy is obvious – user generated content. By enabling small-time publishers to get their content, be it words, audio, vidieo, etc. out to the world, Yahoo! is providing the platform for ‘my media.’ To allow users to organize this content (and media content) is the second part. Organization comes through tagging, descriptions, blogging, linking, etc. Then, user generated and publisher generated content is distributed via 3rd party blogs, aggregators, publishers, rss, etc. Finally, is to provide an API so that users can generate their own functionality to interact with the organized and distributed content.

How does a publisher engage with this strategy and the culture of web 2.0? First by being a participant, an authority who builds relationships within a community by providing content that users can interact with (comments, forums, tagging, etc.). Secondly, as a micro-community, by using a participation platform to create pupose for a community. Thirdly, as a developer, using a participation platform to create a mashup / new application for the community to use.

Yahoo hopes to engage in all aspects of the web 2.0 culture through content publishing, publisher networks, developer networks and acquisitions.