Starting in the 1980s, application software has been sold in mass-produced packages through retailers.Image via Wikipedia

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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Street pitch from zemanta.comImage by Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten via Flickr

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.

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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Semantic Web for All

March 27, 2008

Source: WikipediaI’m ready for the semantic web. I want to write a blog post (such as this), have a crawler understand what I’m writing about, and go fetch relevant content from anywhere on the web for me to automatically include in my post. The waiting time for such a thing may be years, however, and I’ve resigned myself to that fact.

And then, a bolt of lightening from TechCrunch and my dream becomes reality. There’s a little company called Zemanta that launched in Alpha today, and this blog post will be my first foray into the semantic web. As I type, Zemanta is finding pics and articles that it deems relevant and useful to my subject. All of the pics and links you see scattered about took me one click to add from my new Zemanta plug-in for WordPress. I’m truly psyched.

Check back for further thoughts on this boss piece of Web 3.0.

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