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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 Vertical Ad Network appears to be a thing of beauty. One such network, Adify, just sold to Cox for $300 million. Cheers to them, but I didn’t know what a Vertical Ad Network was until I read Andrew Chen’s explanation. An important thing for any LoMediaCo, New Media Startup, or long-tail blogger to know.

Side note: funny that Zemanta only picked up on the word “cheers” and popped up this picture.

The basic premise seems to be for websites without ad sales expertise to outsource their ad selling to a Vertical Ad Network. Seems that if a VAD can get a website a higher CPM than before, it’s a given that outsourcing is the way to go. Plus, less hassle and headache.

Any LoMediaCo’s using a VAD? Anyone willing to experiment?

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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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One line from a recent entry on the NYTimes Freakonomics blog struck me, and it is the title of this post. Freakonomics explains why innovation is so vital, and yet so difficult to measure. We often strive for the big event of a successful innovation, but the event only happens if the process is sound. Innovation isn’t reducible to quarterly forecasts like revenues. Innovation takes patience and failure, and will every once in awhile yield big successes.

The process of innovation does not guarantee success, but success is only repeatable (i.e., not a fluke) if there is a sound innovation process. This is what we’re striving for at Wedia Up and e-Me Ventures. We’re finding our innovation process in order to have a shot at the big event.

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If I didn’t have the nagging voice in the back of my head to make headlines search engine optimized, I would have made the headline Visualate and Objectiveize the Interwebs for Happifying User-Types. For some reason, I enjoy making convoluted non-words that demand a certain level of focus to understand.

So, why am I stoked for a future web of visual objects? If you don’t get my meaning, go try Searchme.com and you will know. Searchme turns the search engine experience into an iTunes coverflow experience. It’s beautiful and changes the way I choose websites. Their tag line is “You’ll know when you see it”, and how true it is. Instead of slowly skimming the familiar blue text on other search engines, I can fly by a bunch of drab web pages and quickly land on one that is catchy/familiar/not-riddled-with-ads.

Although it’s beautiful and simple, Searchme is obviously slower to load and doesn’t provide as many quality results as Google. In fact, Searchme couldn’t even find this Wedia Up blog. The concept is stronger than the execution, which means there is plenty more room for innovation.

Bravo to Searchme for co-opting an amazing user interface. But there is no way that Searchme could rival Google Search for accuracy and relevancy. The only way Searchme could get my daily eye-balls is to have an aggregating function that lets me see all the biggest websites in a given category. Show me all of the LoMediaCo sites. All of the Airfare sites. All of the Music Review sites. All of the Motorcycle sites. I’ll flip through them quickly, knowing that although it’s not deep content, it’s the most-common content.

With content becoming more recycled, amplified, and easily found, the venue that content exists in starts to matter more. People love visual web objects that move and feel like real things. I think there is a future for websites that incorporate visual browsing, minimal scrolling and clicks, and even real-world physics.

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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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