that “Web 2.0” isn’t just about company or product information and things like that: Gimme my data! It’s not surprising and probably shouldn’t annoy me that the company in question – Polar – doesn’t seem to have much of a clue. At the same time, this is a company with huge annual revenues based on global sales and product leadership – is it too much to expect they’d take that seriously?
Jeff Veen wrote about an interactive design contest he’s judging: State-of-the-art interactivity? More good reading from Veen.
Will you be my friend? Trying to tease something out of the void that the social networking sites have become. So far it seems that the folks at Flickr are the only ones who have a clue. The rest of them – Tribe, LinkedIn, Friendster, Orkut – seem to have a classic case of high-ego startup syndrome, suggesting that they actually believe they’re smarter than everyone else and can actually do it all themselves with limited if any interoperability. I hope to be proven wrong.
the business value of web standards. Some day, maybe soon, you’re going to need this article.
I’ve never written a book, but I have had the experience of holding a book I helped produce (I co-designed, layed out, and helped edit) in my hot little hands when it first arrived from the publisher. I have had very few more satisfying feelings than that one – so I can just imagine how great Derek feels holding his book having written the thing!
All of which prompted an expensive day at Amazon yesterday. I bought DfC, Jeff Veen’s book, and the new-ish edition of Rheingold’s classic The Virtual Community, in which I believe my name is mentioned (among many others, a testament more to Howard’s supreme graciousness than to any contribution I may have made) in the Forward.