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Monday, January 27, 2003

Conversation Button

What do others think about this? I find Technorati even more useful given this handy bookmarklet I found on Teledyn. Here's how it works.  Bookmark this link (In Internet Explorer 6, just drag and drop it on your "links" bar). Then click the new bookmark while reading some page to get a pop-up window of what other blogs are saying about the site you're viewing. [Seb]

I have been using this for a couple of days now...really useful for discovering and tracking conversations.

5:53:06 PM    comment []

Always of Merit

Tony Perkins responed to some comments on his post in Always On:

Thanks for the comments so far. Our goal is to find a diversity of bloggers representing the various always-on industries, geographic locations, and professionaql diciplines. I therefore enrourage anyone fitting these descriptions to email me directly through our email system. That is, click on my name, then click on "email" in my profile. AO is based upon freedom and diversity of expression. We have a simple rating system which will allow our readers to tall us what they think of different bloggers and blogs. The cream will therefore rise to the top. Give AO a try! We would be happy to entertain qualified bloggers, and throw them to our members.

This is encouraging.  One of the early criticisms of Always On seems to be false.  It may end up being a meritocratic community.

5:11:18 PM    comment []

Always On

Tony Perkins of Red Herring officially launched the Always On Network today.  Its a media company thats attempting to capture the rising tide of blogging.  Its a free membership community site that aggregates news and will offer celebrity blogging spots to tech execs while allowing commenting from members.

The blogging community may at first resist the bastardization of the blogging medium.  Always On is a closed community similar to LiveJournal, but differs by its broadcast and comment format.  Its point-to-multipoint, not multi-point to multi-point.  No RSS syndication, just the remote possibility of links.

It does invite open feedback and portends wider use of commenting and community by online media properties.  But the value of weblog is editorial, and Always On seems to want to keep it in the hands of professionals and occasionally celebrities.

But the message is of value to all.  Always On bridges blogging into a new community.  Some great people will discover blogging, at least in rough concept, through this site.  This is a good thing.

UPDATE: Mitch previously noted What the article doesn't say is that Red Herring is shutting down. ...Note that the site is owned by an eponymous LLC and not the Herring. Dave notes Be careful what you promise.

3:15:39 PM    comment []

Micropayments and Microservices

Since we can't seem to decrease the cost of micropayments, maybe we can increase their value:

Micropayments for Web Services?. Russ Jones of Glenbrook Partners (with a lot of first-hand experience) takes aim at micropayments. "To say we're skeptical about micropayments would be an understatement."

But to date, most micropayment systems have been used with the delivery of content (not services) over the World Wide Web. They have been based on the assumption that consumers would pay small amounts—from fractions of a penny to perhaps a few dollars—for the right to view and optionally download web-based information or software. The challenge, of course, is that it can cost more to collect such amounts than is worthwhile. Most solutions have been based on the aggregation of multiple small accounts, which in turn requires that the micropayment vendor be associated with enough volume and sources of content that aggregation is economically feasible. No micropayment aggregator has come close to achieving this critical mass.

The economics change, however, when micropayments are used for services rather than for content. It's one thing to charge a few pennies to view a document, particularly when consumers may only view one or two documents per month. But in the business-to-business world of web services—where requestors are more likely to use those services more frequently—the aggregated revenues per requestor will be greater. Micropayments may finally succeed for web services where they failed for content. [Source: Loosely Coupled--The Missing Pieces of Web Services] [Blogarithms]

8:46:12 AM    comment []

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