Text Chat or Instant Messengers are becoming increasingly popular. If you are anything like me then you must have become increasingly dependent on text chat to connect with friends, family and business contacts. The popular clients such as AIM, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, MSN instant messenger, etc. all have one fundamental problem .. they are not compatible with each other. If you have one contact on one client and another contact is using another service then the biggest challenge is to have access to them both. I have a whole bunch of these clients installed on my laptop(which are really annoying because they take up a lot of memory) and the other problem being the firewall at my work place does not allow some of the clients to connect. I always wondered if there is a way to solve to this problem by allowing me to connect online at one place … then I came across Meebo which allows you to connect to any number of text chat services all in one window and the big plus being it is web based. I encourage you to try this out .. It is really useful.
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
A great video from Michael Wesch that demonstrates the evolution of digital text to hypertext to web1.0 to web2.0. In this video Michael demostrates very simplistically the web2.0 in action. I really liked the definition where web1.0 is about linking information (websites, webpages, etc.) and web2.0 is about linking people .. people sharing, trading and collaborating.
Friday, February 09, 2007
Last night I was browsing on some new social networking sites around the internet just to learn more about what they are doing to attract the conversations and build online communities. My day job is really all about building a network of developers using Intel technology and to build a vibrant software developer community. I happen to come across the top web 2.0 websites from eSnip. Looking at all these websites it seems like the overarching theme is really centered on creating a personal public SPACE easily for ordinary people.
Share personal views, stories, podcasts, photos, opinions, videos, etc.
Participate in online conversations, discussions, answer questions, etc.
Aggregate user driven content, blogs, feeds, comments, knowledge, etc.
Connect with people across the globe, make friends, exchange ideas, meet business contacts, etc.
Engage in conversations, discuss, chat, participate in a community, etc.
Web 2.0 is all about creating a personal public SPACE (Share, Participate, Agrregate, Connect, and Engage) for people in the virtual world of Internet. It is all about giving you SPACE in the internet for you to blossom, thrive and grow without any traditional restrictions. You own this SPACE and you share your personal life, opinions, pictures, videos, etc. I call it PUBLIC space because email also gave you a personal space, but it was private to you where you could connect with the world through your unique email id, but only a select few people you choose had access to your SPACE (and spammers!!).
Any company which can successfully create this public space for everybody to thrive and contribute are really going to be the winners in this new age of the internet evolution.
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Here is a simple website that lists out the top web2.0 sites with Alexa rank. Check out the graphs for each website that tell you the daily reach and page views. If you are web2.0 company then surfacing to the top of such lists means a buyer waiting for you .. and it could be your exit strategy. I had not heard of some of the websites listed here, so it is time to check them out.