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Blogging = attention deficit?

Posted by iljitsch on October 22, 2007

One of the things that I find remarkable about blogging in general and our little experiment in particular, is how easy it is for everyone to talk about their own stuff, rather than to really interact with others. I don’t think this is an automatic result from being online, because in discussion forums and on old school systems like Usenet, you see real discussions rather than the more or less random thoughts that pop up a lot on blogs. Would it be fair to say that successful bloggers manage to stick to a subject, even if it’s set by someone else, while people who dabble in it don’t seem to be looking much further than their own thoughts and keyboard, and are usually not very successful at blogging? 


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Web Mining

Posted by palolo on October 21, 2007

Reading again about Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 on the Internet, I stepped into this interestig concept: Web Mining. A general definition of the term would sound like this: the discovery and analysis of useful information from the World Wide Web. Why would we need this for? Well, since the number of information source is highly increasing it is necessary to have some intelligent systems to find the desired information resources but also to track their usage pattern.

Web mining has been classified according to the information provided by these patterns into three categories: Web Content Mining, Web Usage Mining and Web Structure Mining. Web Content Mining aims do discover useful information in the content of a web page that is afterwards mapped into some data model which could be used by a machine that cannot ‘understand’ the semantic of the document.

Web Structure mining focuses on determining the importance of a web page using the graph theory. The popularity of the page could be measured using the links pointing to that particular document, while the number of links that point to other page from the document could evaluate the variety of topics covered by that page.

Perhaps the most popular type of web mining is the web usage mining since it is also interesting from the comercial point of view. There are applications that track the user’s behaviour while browsing the web. This may help for example sales companies build profiles of their customers, evaluate their effectiveness and change the marketing startegy.

Such web mining applications exist for quite a while and probably many of you were traynig to buy a book a CD or a film and the web service was already addvertising you products that people who bought the same item were also interested in. Another proof that your activity is tracked while you access information.

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Web without web?

Posted by iljitsch on October 17, 2007

Is the answer to web 2.0 really web 3.0? I’m starting to think that less web might be a better next step. For instance, when I read RSS feeds I see the posts formatted in a standard way by the RSS reader, rather than having to deal with a completely different layout for every site. And a program like iTunes gets different types of content from web servers, but it presents its own interface optimized for use as a media player rather than acting like a web browser. Then again, I’m of course extremely old fashioned when it comes to this stuff… 

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An alternate search engine

Posted by palolo on October 17, 2007

Since we focus on the evolution of the Web perhaps some of you are wondering if search engines are evolving. Of course, most of the people will think about improving algorithms for finding the desired search, avoiding fake page rankings or offering new search criteria. Well, an australian company named Heap Media thought of taking advantage of the popular Google and create a search interface that will save energy. The ideea behind the concept is not new, as we all know that computer monitors require more power when displaying light colors than dark ones. Consequently, they have created Blackle, a search engine powered by Google Custom Search who according to ones could save around would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year if it were used instead of the classical version. By the time of my post it has already saved 256,105.223 Watt hours so why not trying it yourself!

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Web 3.0

Posted by Rafa on October 17, 2007

I just found this page which provides a definition of Web3.0, which is considered as something around skillful individuals providing great content to the web, and using Web2.0 platform.

While web 2.0 stills needs to be developped and be spreaded through as many people as possible, next generation web definition starts to appear. I would have expected the definition above to be included as part of web 2.0, and consider web 3.0 as something really innovative, I do not know, maybe about providing intelligence to the web (this is called semantic web, isn’t it?).

And another topic to consider is timeframe. I think we are very far from web 3.0, or not ??

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Web 2.0 businesses

Posted by Rafa on October 11, 2007

Web 2.0 concept is related with the change on how end users use the web. Well, a more formal definition from wikipedia is: “Web 2.0 refers to a perceived second generation of web-based communities and hosted services — such as social-networking sites, wikis and folksonomies — which aim to facilitate collaboration and sharing between users”

So, Web 2.0 is about about end user experience, but what about business experience ?
This link shows a list of the 31 most important start-ups outside the United States: companies created just few years ago using the Web 2.0 concept. You can see how different their activities are, about web applications, software, social activities, ….

The company in the photo is Maxthon, that has created a browser that avoids traffic control of the Chinese government.

The only Spanish company is Tractis (it is #9 of 31). It is a company headquartered in Barcelona, that administrates, manages and signs business contracts online.

Probably some of these companies will dissapear in three years from now, but some others will make money and create jobs using the web 2.0 concept.

Maybe one of this is the next Google !!

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Web 2.0: Reality or just an artificial concept

Posted by palolo on October 10, 2007

To be honest, I was quite skeptical about this Web 2.0 thing after the open discussion I attended this Monday related to wikis and blogs. I mean the web is the web, it has been there for a while and it will definitely exist further on, so what would be the point of categorising it since, like many other things, it obviously evolves. Well after doing some research it turned out that things are not standing exactly that way. We are not facing just an evolution of the web but a metamorphosis. The Web is not what it used to be a couple of years ago.

Since I was not fully agreeing with the Web 2.0 concept I started with reading the opinion of a guy who as well when he first discovered the idea considered it meaningless or at least thought that the people who came up with it did not know exactly what they ment. I am talking here about Paul Graham Lisp programmer, founder of Viaweb – the first application service provider (later sold to Yahoo! for $49.6 million and changed to Yahoo! Store), technical essayist and painter. Well, Paul (not me) posts a quite interesting discussion on his web page about the Web 2.0 and despite the fact that he does not really agrees with the idea, presents a few points which actually prove that Web 2.0 is for real. I would like to quote a single phrase here: “When people say `Web 2.0` now, I have some idea what they mean. And the fact that I both despise the phrase and understand it is the surest proof that it has started to mean something.” For his full opinion I suggest visiting http://www.paulgraham.com/web20.html.

Anyway, what I really think is important to have in mind about the Web 2.0 is that what it essentaly brings new is improved web user experience, larger user freedom, not only in the sense of being allowed to actively contribute to web content but also considering the small amount of knowledge one needs to posses in order to be able to use the web and finally that people do not necessary need to pay in order to obtain a web service or content but they can get sufficient information for free. On the other hand it is possible to start a Web business without forcing your users to obey your rules or harass them with advertisment and useless information. One can be successful by simply moving along with the cutomer’s preferences.

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