Archive for April 2008
I tried to attend the Girls in Tech event last night to share with socialTNT, but alas, it’s girls only. To no avail, I even promised to dress like a woman. Good thing Marie took the trusty Flip cam and got a couple of great interviews. Look for them to be posted on STNT soon.
Until then, content yourself with this post from fellow SHIFTer, Jany Xu, discussing the various panel topics.
Photo above, from Jany Xu
Today we posted “Top Tech Bloggers Define Web 2.0” featuring Dan Farber (CNET News.com), Marshall Kirkpatrick (ReadWriteWeb), Mike Butcher (TechCrunch), Dean Takahashi (VentureBeat), Scott Beale (Laughing Squid), Josh Lowensohn (Webware).
We got an email from All Things D‘s Kara Swisher saying no women bloggers were featured in the post. True, but we did try. Sadly, Caroline McCarthy from CNET and former-Valleywag-now-freelancer Meghan McCarthy both were too busy for a short–2 minutes max–interview. We did feature Mashable’s Kristen Nicole and BlogTalkRadio’s Hilary Leewong in our Daily Wrap-ups.
I’m not a big fan of featuring only old white men, and neither is Marie. My mom is a strong defender of civil rights, especially for women. As a lawyer, she fought so that women could run around bare-chested in Texas. I also worked on my Bachelor’s degree studying race and urban spaces, and wrote my senior thesis on how the Texas history museum only tells a male–mostly white–story.
We want to interview women reporters and blogger, so give us a shout.
In his post “Who Needs Another Social Network?” on the New York Times Bits blog, Miguel Helft analyzes Yahoo’s new tactic of turning into a social site, and he gets it wrong. Yahoo has always had the foundations for a social network; most of its properties have very energetic communities. Its problem, however, has been trying to figure out how to link all of these properties to create a complete set of offerings for its users. It’s not too dissimilar to the problems we are facing on the whole for the Internet.
At this point in time, Web 2.0 has created disconnected portals in which we store our content: Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, personal blogs, etc. The next step in the Internet’s development will be aggregating and sorting the content we produce into one centralized location. With that in mind, I feel like Yahoo is making a good first step.
By finally trying to link all of its properties, Yahoo is working towards solving a problem that is becoming increasingly more pervasive: too much content. The next step in the evolution of the web will be aggregating and sorting web content so we can find what we want where we want. This quote sums it up:
“We are not trying to be another social network,” said Yahoo president Susan Decker on Tuesday, during the company’s earnings conference call. “Rather, by linking users’ favorite destinations and content, with their friends’ families and communities, we can deliver better relevance on a scale that no one else has achieved.” Two days later, the company’s new chief technology officer, Ari Balogh, speaking at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, elaborated a bit on the idea. “We don’t think of social as a destination,” Mr. Balogh said. “We think of social as a dimension.”
What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
I had a lot of fun at the Web 2.0 Expo. It was great meeting Twitter friends both new and old. For those who couldn’t make it, I posted some of me geeking out at various locations throughout the week. Enjoy!
“Simeon, Jenn and Chris” by Damien Howley — At the Netvibes party
“Forrester’s Groundswell Party: Geoff Livingston and Chris Lynn” (CC) Brian Solis, www.briansolis.com, bub.blicio.us.
By Kristen Nicole, Mashable — At the Engage.com party
“Web 2.0 Crawl Wired @Nova: Chris Lynn and Lee Odden” (CC) Brian Solis, www.briansolis.com, bub.blicio.us.
“Popular corner at the netvibes party” by Damien Howley — At the Netvibes party
By Majorie Kase, Schwaggin Wagon — at the W for afterhours
by Pete Cashmore, Mashable — At the W for After Hours