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Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Day 2.0, Web 2.0

My only recently de-melted TiBook has been wheezing and coughing all day, so between that and frequent visits with Master Tyler (we're working on getting him a tiny lanyard and badge) my ability to blog today in any detail went out the window — and hopefully smited several of the incredibly loud, obnoxious, and decidedly baby nap-hating hotel strikers below. No worries, Jason Calcanis and Sean Bonner are doing a super job over at the Weblogs, Inc. Web 2.0 Blog, complete with a flurry of MP3s from the sessions. Podcasting is getting a lot of buzz here. (Recursion excursion: when enough people link a word to its Google results, does Google eventually list its own search in the results? Just wonderin'.) Scott Rosenberg has good coverage and commentary from yesterday, including this on making sure your slides are stripped of confidentiality labels before flashing them at a conference (!). And Jeff is just a machine, Buzz or otherwise.

From my analog notepad:

  • Dave Sifry mentioned the following direct correlation: the more people that link to a site, the more likely the site is to have a syndication feed.
  • DJ Danger Mouse (The Grey Album) stole the show on the music panel. Cory and JD asked good questions about whether today's musicians will be dissuaded by the copyright structure from sampling. Short answer: man, no way. (Looks like things are going to be more than a little busy in all jurisdictions that decide to follow the Sixth Circuit.)
  • The search panel covered tons of ground, but talked a good deal about doing creative things with the UI. Udi Manber had this great spiel that sounded like it had tripped off his tongue one or two times before, concerning Google's insistence on the clean and simple: "Google succeeded in reducing the cacophony to a single clear note. It might now be time for chamber music, and eventually perhaps a symphony."
  • John Battelle, in his conversation with Mark Benioff, copped to The Industry Standard spending some $6 million on enterprise software back in the day. But he went on to note it was far from a lightweight business model. Now he's involved with BoingBoing, which has twice the readership The Standard had — and four people. "Now that's a lightweight business model."

[P.S.] On reflection, it's probably misleading to characterize BoingBoing as having only a four person "staff." As the direct result of how much people love and trust the site, some of the work is distributed to the hundreds (or more?) who submit links they deem Boing-worthy.

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