Coudal Partners’ Layer Tennis: Week 3

If you’ve been around the internet and blogs for a while, you may remember a wonderful old event called Photoshop Tennis. Well, it has been reborn as Layer Tennis and Week 3 is underway with Steven Harrington v Chuck Anderson featuring commentary by Jason Kottke. Check it out.

Jason Kottke looks at

gender diversity at web conferences. Interesting, though I’m not entirely sure what conclusions I would draw from these figures. It should also be noted that where many people would jump straight to the discussion on an issue like this, Kottke has gone out and gathered the evidence.

Kottke on comments

and busy or high-profile websites: High volume flow. This is a problem with weblogs in general. Everyone has been touting them as the next generation in online community, which is true, but not because of the comments sections, though ironically this is the feature that most resembles traditional online communities such as the Well or Cafe Utne. The weblog world is community-like because of the give-and-take between and among “peer” weblogs via links-and-commentary posts, and it is in that respect that the weblog world is and encourages online community. The existence or not of the ability to comment has little to do, in my opinion, with the community-ness of weblogs.

The solution to the problem is simple and has existed for much longer than weblogs have existed: old-school online communities such as those mentioned above, with mandatory registration, active, consistent moderation, and persistent membership over time such that individuals have a social motivation to behave.

Kottke has posted

a piece about an author who wishes that her publisher would allow Google to index her work and wishes that the publisher wasn’t party to the suit that has been launched against the technology company: Book author to her publishing company – your lawsuit is not helping me or my book. Be sure to check out the comments – they’re very good (if I do say so myself, as one of the commenters).

Kottke is reporting

that he’s heard from multiple sources that has been sold to Verisign. Stranger things have happened I suppose.

Since it was published,

a few people have noted misgivings about the article by Janice Fraser that I linked to last week; notably Andre Torrez, maker of a great number of really cool things on the net. See also Kottke’s A whole new internet?. I still like Fraser’s piece, but it doesn’t capture the whole story – the story you already know if you’re a maker of things on the internet. But for a non-maker audience – reader, community participant, casual browser – I think the piece does have merit and is still worth a read.

Kottke has written more

on a continuing theme of his (and others as well) for the past little while: The Google Browser. Worth a read, definitely.

Tasty webapp goodness:

Andre Torrez and Jason Kottke have unveiled DropCash, a neat little web application that uses Six Apart’s TypeKey and PayPal’s API to implement a donation system suitable for small fundraisers and such. If you haven’t been paying attention, this sort of thing is the next-gen web.

Kottke has published a short post

on the relationship between links and infuence – Repeat after me: inbound links do not indicate either readership or influence. I think Technorati and the rest have to discriminate between contextual or editorial links and sidebar/linkbar links. Different animals altogether.


Everything is broken.