Nobody wanted to carry 1,000 songs in their pocket…until they did. 

Nobody wanted a camera in a phone…until they did. 

Nobody wanted to chronicle their status in 140 characters…until they did.

Nobody wants to understand an article or topic from every possible angle…but they will, if we show them how.

Our task at e-Me is not just to have a vision for a Semantic Content Utility, but to show how a Semantic Content Utility makes content pop. Sure, we get excited about the deep technology breakthroughs happening in semantics. Just as much as the fine people who engineer tiny hard drives for music, squeeze optics into a Nokia, and fight Fail Whales daily. But the excitement spreads once people figure out they can have Radiohead’s entire catalog with them at all times, take spontaneous pics of friends acting silly, and update the world on their latest quip about Indecision ’08. 

Here’s what is going to make content pop for me:

 

  • Reading an article and then getting an instant summary timeline of all related things that happened before and after it.
  • Quickly checking what all of my trusted sources (friends, columnists, politicians, humorists) have to say about a topic that I just found at my fav news source.
  • Getting a quick summary from the 358 (time-cosuming to read) comments Maureen Dowd got today. 
  • Finding, mashing up, and sharing what I believe to be the most salient points on a topic into “Nicky P’s Truncated Almanac on the Issues that Matter when You Pull that Lever. Wanna Fight About It?” (because users get to put quirky titles on their stuff while publishers don’t).
  • Seeing my comments, mash-ups, and insights make it back into the journalistic cycle. 
We’ll work on the back-end, but don’t be shy about getting excited about the front-end. I swear, you’ll want it once you see it.
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This is not another wediaup post about Zemanta, but the concept they are pushing.  I posted earlier today at tomaltman.com about how Zemanta is cool because of the way they operate. They updated their software today and released the news via twitter.  Which is very cool, plus the fact it took me 0 (zero) seconds to install.  Why?  It’s Saas – software as a  service.

This is a great model – because even if I was not on Twitter (but I am “vwtom” and so is this blog “wediaup“) as soon as i fired up my blog application it would have loaded the new version of the software.

That is why we are so pumped about Zemanta, Saas and the semantic web at wediaup.  It’s just giving you what you need, when you need it.  Now, let’s imagine we could do the same with content.  We don;t need to go looking for content – content will find us.  We just do what we do and content seeps in like a green ooze.

Pretty cool if you ask me.

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I picked up on a post from the BBC, they interviewed Tim Berners-Lee talking about the internet and how immature it still is.

The future web will put “all the data in the world” at the fingertips of every user, Sir Tim said.

“The web has been a tremendous tool for people to do a lot of good even though you can find bad stuff out there.”

Making the web free to use had a vital role in spreading its use worldwide.

Because the web was designed and became open, wild and free – it allowed for the global view to plug-in. This lead to the rapid uptake of the idea and ultimately brought us to where we are today…a ecosystem which supports conversation, social systems and information.

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A topic for blogging springs to life, and then the project of managing the post weighs it down. Questions start flooding the mind faster than language can articulate them. Is this post unique enough? Am I rehashing stale ideas? Where do I find a picture? Am I stepping on copyright? Who/where should I link? What should I read before writing? Do I have the facts right? Will I ever be able to monetize this? How should I tag it? Compound the questions with a time-frame that should be more like 30 minutes and less like 2 hours for a single post, and I start looking like I need a friend.

Zemanta has been a great friend in the quest for easy and relevant blogging. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, and would rather not imagine its absence. It places pictures, finds relevant links, and tags posts with helpful aplomb. “Friend” is a good descriptor for Zemanta; It’s always there, ready to help out in the only way it knows how. But Zemanta can’t ease all of my blogging needs, and I can’t demand too much of it. (as much as I wish a friend could be my personal assistant, employee, maid, cook, and computer, I wouldn’t have much friends if I demanded that level of commitment).

Every blogger should be friends with Zemanta today. But that friendship will surely wain when there is an Integrated Content Management Framework that solves the riddle of how to make relevant, unique, atomizable, mashable, monetizable, fully linked and tagged multi-media prepared for syndication. Then again, that’s a mighty high demand for any friend.

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OK, I’m not too old (yet) and I’ve been doing this internet thing for a while…for example – when I came on the scene Yahoo! was h-hot.  Then the portal search giant took a bit of a nap.  When they woke up Google had eaten their lunch and now Microsoft is outside trying to repo the GTI.

But have you taken a look at what they guys have been up to lately?  I mean seriously – these dudes are on a roll.  I know – you tell me they are too big, old school and on the way out…but I tell you, Yahoo! still have some gas in the tank.

I give you cool stuff from Yahoo!

  • Yahoo! Open Strategy (Y!OS)
    Imagine a world where you can write code that will meaningfully reach millions of users in a single bound. That’s the promise of an open Yahoo!.  A world that invites developers to take advantage of our huge scale to write applications that build on our existing properties (think Mail, Sports, Search, our front page, mobile, My Yahoo!, etc.), tap into millions of loyal users, and make Internet experience more relevant and useful.

  • The Yahoo! User Interface Library (YUI)
    The Yahoo! User Interface (YUI) Library is a set of utilities and controls, written in JavaScript, for building richly interactive web applications using techniques such as DOM scripting, DHTML and AJAX. The YUI Library also includes several core CSS resources. All components in the YUI Library have been released as open source under a BSD license and are free for all uses.
  • Yahoo! AMP
    AMP! from Yahoo! aims to transform the online advertising industry by dramatically simplifying processes for advertisers, agencies, ad networks and publishers
  • del.icio.us redesign
    “We’ve refreshed the UI, built an entirely new (and faster) search engine, and added numerous improvements based on your feedback.”

    I’m just saying – when I have to reinstall firefox…the first extension is my del.icio.us buttons.  I’m still telling you, in my opinion del.icio.us is a model of the next version of search.  Don’t believe me?  See Mahalo – human power search.

  • code.flikr.com
    In the last week we deployed new code to Flickr 50 times, including 546 changes by 16 people. We issued over 2,000 new API keys, and third party developers made an average of 704 API calls per second, across 109 public API methods. We added 1 new API method, and updated 7 others. There are approximately 10,000 lines of open source code in our public subversion repository. And our new developer site, code.flickr.com, is where you keep up with all that.

    Seriously – I cannot live without my flikr.  And now video too.  I’m not saying I don’t like me some YouTube, but if I can do both pics and vids in once place – flickr me please.

  • Yahoo! Local & Maps Blog
    We have seen countless users struggle to find what they’re looking for in a specific area or neighborhood using current local search and online maps products (ahem…ours included). The results may be spread over too wide an area or not in a specific enough area.
  • ycombinator.com
    Y Combinator is a new kind of venture firm specializing in funding early stage startups. We help startups through what is for many the hardest step, from idea to company.  We invest mostly in software and web services. And because we are ourselves technology people, we prefer groups with a lot of technical depth. We care more about how smart you are than how old you are, and more about the quality of your ideas than whether you have a formal business plan.

    * I’m not saying the y combinator is new or currently innovative…buy it has to be one of the most public version of this concept.

So what’s my point?  I guess a couple.  Some one needs to buy these guys or quit talking about it.  I’m not sure if it should Google, Microsoft or Wediaup.  But Yahoo! is getting ready to really crack it open again.

What do you think?

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Our friends and colleagues over at Wedia Buzz are at Web 2.0 in San Francisco. They’ve been posting as frequently as a fence-builder. What’s even cooler is that they work for a LoMediaCo that understands it’s worth the hours and benjamins to send out 4 of their brightest to a conference on the future of web technology. And instead of bringing home brochures, typing up notes, and preparing internal PPTs, they’re sharing their knowledge and thoughts in the blogosphere. Right on. Here at Wedia Up, sometimes we share our ideas on pizza boxes we get so excited (see photo)

You could go peruse their blog, but here are some of my fav recent posts from their Web 2.0 trip:

  1. Micromedia and Microblogging – people like bite-sized info that gives you a sense of things even when you’re not paying close and detailed attention.
  2. Fail Fast and Often – Hard to accept in a culture driven by success, but very necessary in a competitive environment that demands speed.
  3. Enterprise Mash-ups are coming – get ready.

Thanks for the great updates, Wedia Buzz. Keep it coming.

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Taking it off-line

April 23, 2008

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So the big hubbub in computerland is taking cool, spiffy web apps and allowing them to work on and off line.  This is a pretty cool concept really – because we all love our gmail, but it’s hard to connect to the net when we’re on a plane.  But it would be nice to write email and then send it once we connect again (like traditional email) but with all the coolness of web based email.  Goog is using a tool they developed called Google Gears to help out.

A post (or really a slide deck) over at Ajaxian describes this:

We also discussed reasons to be excited about Web development, some of the ideas that are out there in the community, and how AIR and Gears can be seen as complementary.

So, what’s that got to do with me!  If you take that concept and apply it to social networking – you get what we’re calling wedia here at wediaup.

We want to combine all the coolness of web based soical networking and mash that up with the standard, “old school” soical stuff we all do with out friends and family – then, to spice it up…we add some wholesome media to taste.

What do you get?  Wedia – or community base, information, cooked the way you like with special sauce and extra cheese!   See, its all in how you prepare it – if you want the same old froze, “go to the freezer and get the box”, we’ve been fed for a while now…forget about it, its still there.

But if you want fresh, organic news and information – you want wedia.

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