Pop Goes The Web2.0 Bubble

This came across the feedreader the other day but only now am I getting the time to post it. This is a hilarious Web 2.0 video with a catchy tune. It basically highlights all of the discussion that has taken place about the web 2.0 bubble. I laughed so hard when they showed the valuation of Facebook and it was almost as much as Ford.

Download the MP3:
http://www.richterscales.com/assets/audio/rsrecordings/HereComesAnotherBubble.mp3

The Web 2.0 “bubble” had it coming. A Silicon Valley music video by the Richter Scales.

http://www.richterscales.com

Solo, video, arrangement and lyrics by Matt Hempey

Mixed by Bill Hare

Recorded by Jason Hunter & Charlie Forkish

Based on “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” by Billy Joel

Photo of Owen Thomas (Valleywag) by Lane Hartwell: http://fetching.net/

AddToAny Bookmarking Widget

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Looks like the WordPress Plugin called ShareThis has some competition in the form of a widget. AddToAny is a service that you can use to make it easy for your visitors to subscribe to your content. Creating a button for your site is easy. There are two types of buttons you can make. One for your specific webpage or, for your RSS feed. For my example, I’m using my RSS feed.

AddToAny Feed Button Creation

Once you type in your information, you can obtain the javascript code by clicking on the GET BUTTON CODE button. Here is what my example looks like: Subscribe

Once of the cool things about this button is that when you hover over it, a big list of bookmarking services are presented as links. This makes it easy for you to cover alot of ground by using one image, instead of having a different image for each service which would make your blog look like a mess.

AddToAny works pretty much in the same way that AddThis.com works. AddThis.com is the one I use and have used for quite some time. I use that in conjunction with ShareThis so there shouldn’t be any issues in saving a particular item on this blog to a bookmarking service or feed reader of your choice.

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Interview With Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins

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Mark Rizzn is a contributing editor over at Mashable.com He’s also the host of a popular podcast called Daily Politics And Tech with his co-host Art Lindsey. I’ve sort of known Mark since the days of him doing his podcast Live on Talkshoe. Mark is moving up in the world of New Media and online Journalism so I thought I could talk him into doing an interview that sheds some light on how he’s reached this particular point of his career. Thanks Mark for doing the interview, enjoy.

Jeff: Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Mark: I’m a jack-of-all trades, in a manner of speaking. You name the tech job, and I’ve probably held the title at one point. I started out running a BBS when I was a kid, and graduated to Internet Tech Support when it came to town. I dabbled in web design for some fairly well known firms (Group M7 and Satima). I worked for Apple for a short time on the assembly line, and I helped deploy one of the first cable modem systems in the USA (using a now defunct product line from Terayon). I worked at Nokia for about a year in the Digital Services department, where my team wrote the first protocol for transferring custom ring tones from computers to phones via SMS.

After the tech bust and 9/11, I did a stint for WABC in NYC as a “Cyber War Correspondant,” reporting mostly on the various digital issues facing America in the new post 9/11 world. Then when the tech market began to bounce back, I ran the gamut of startups, working at various levels of executive managment (from CTO to CFO) for handheld software and hardware firms, an online travel firm, and online credit service firm.

Somewhere in there, I decided that the risky world of startups (not based on my own ideas, at least) just wasn’t for me, so I turned to full time online journalism with blogging and podcasting, and never looked back.

Aside from what you can find out on my Wikipedia entry (which is horribly out of date, BTW), I’m a newly converted family man. I’ve been married a year to the most beautiful woman in the world, have a brand new son that is six months old, and a six year old stepson.

Jeff: How long have you been a part of this thing we like to call, New Media?

Mark: I guess you could say I was New Media before New Media was cool. Back when I was knee-high to a webserver, I ran a local e-publication called JBM. It was mostly the random musings of the local BBS scene in East Texas, but we also distributed shareware, and reported on general technology news as well. This was about the time that magazines were into the trend of distributing 3.5″ Floppies with their paper issues, and here we were a full fledged graphical point and click magazine contained on a 3.5″ disk. We came inches from getting a distribution deal with Ingram Periodicals before my BBS buddies tired of waiting for that magical Dot Com money to start rolling in, and in essence folded the project.

In the present incarnation of what you could call New Media, I’ve been at it coming on ten years in December as a blogger, and I think around five or six years as a streaming radio host/podcaster. I’ve only been full time at it these last couple of years, though.

Jeff: I noticed you also do a Daily Politics And Technology podcast. How long have you been doing this podcast and what was your inspiration for doing it?

Mark: Art Lindsey and I have been doing this particular incarnation of the podcast for less than a year (we do the show five days a week, and we’ve just finished recording episode 171 today). Art and I have been working together for several years prior, though, through RantRadio. I first came on there with a call-in comedy/variety program called the “Mark and Darrell Show.” After that show ran it’s several year course, I did a solo political show called “I’m Right.” When Art joined me, the program went semi-daily, and we renamed it “Out in Right Field.” We did a few months of that, and then took a sabbatical until the current incarnation of RizWords was born.

Jeff: Congratulations on your position as Editor at Mashable.com. Tell us a little bit about what it’s like to work and write for one of the most popular sites on the net?

Mark: Thanks! It’s really a hoot to get to work over there as a Contributing Editor. The schedule can sometimes be grueling, especially trying to keep pace with Kristen. :-p

In all seriousness, I enjoy it so much that I don’t think I’ve even had time to post to my personal blog in a couple weeks. There’s very little I want to say that the editors won’t let me put out there, so aside from the occasional picture of my kids, it’s very much the same thing I’d be doing without getting that fat Mashable! money. Don’t let Pete know I said that, though. :-)

Jeff: Your a reporter and because of your position at Mashable, your right in the middle of the Web 2.0 craze. What are your thoughts regarding the Web 2.0 phenomenon?

Mark: The last week and a half is a great example of the wide variance in the highs and lows of Web 2.0. Today is most undoubtedly a low point, as there was as several people put it, “an over-abundance of news barely fit to print.” Then you look back to last week, when we had Android and OpenSocial news dominating, as well as very big Facebook discussion looming large. It’s exciting, but then it’s also disheartening to have to a week later do write-ups for knock-off services because no one else is announcing anything newsworthy.

All in all, it’s one of the most exciting times and places to be a journalist. This, for me, started with the podcast but was even more magnified with the job at Mashable – it’s the ability to speak with, at a moment’s whim almost, just about anyone in tech I care to talk to. It’s a matter of tracking down the number to the CEO or pundit I’d like to get an opinion from, and hitting the record button on my phone.

Jeff: For sites like Mashable and TechCrunch, it’s all about the information sources. What sort of tips or tricks could you give out to others who are looking for original sources of information to publish on their own sites?

Mark: First of all, RSS. That’s your staple and fall back position. If you’re not getting your news from RSS, you’re wasting immeasurable amounts of time. My personal favorite reader (and I’ve used nearly all of them) is Google Reader. Also, stay away from feeders that try to find the news you’re interested in for you. You do that, and you’ll very easily miss the diversity of opinion in the lesser known blogosphere.

Secondly, pay attention to podcasts. Pick a cadre of podcasts that suits your market, and listen religiously while you work. It not only informs, but helps stimulate original thought, as more ad hoc analysis tends to take place on your better podcasts.

Lastly, but certainly not least, you need to be on Twitter, and you need a wide base of people on your list. The large group of people helps you not only promote your work, but gives you tips on what’s going on out there on the ground. The quake story I did for Mashable scooped the San Jose local news by ten minutes, and CNN by two hours. I owe that entire story to Twitter – someone from my list mentioned “Quake!”, which then cued me to track the “quake” and “earthquake” keywords. Within seconds, I had every bit of important information about the quake, which then allowed me to blog it.

Jeff: Your podcast is filled with great information on two topics that seem to blend well together, not to mention, there is an insane amount of interests for both. Do you mind telling us your daily routine that helps you prepare for the podcast?

Mark: Well, my daily routine has evolved into mostly just surfing the feeds voraciously. I grab my morning cup of coffee, and try to catch up on the thousands of feed items that somehow pile up between the hours of 2 AM and 10 AM. I have about three queues I tag things as – one is my shared items feed. That ends up on the link blog on my front page. Other stories more suited to a Mashable write-up only go to a private “Mashable Stories” tag for later review. Around noon, I take the previous 24 hours of shared stories and comb through them to find the best ones for use on the podcast.

The thing I love best about the process (and I’ve been told that this is technically called Web 3.0 functionality, but whatever), is that the feed goes directly into my Tumblr account, which is then the public face for the show-notes – no muss no fuss.

Jeff: Do you have any history in broadcasting or journalism that you think has helped you get to where you are today?

Mark: Well, having been at it off and on at various levels of professionalism and amateurism for around 15 years does provide a wisdom and second sense about it, but quite honestly, the whole process has come naturally from day one.

Independent journalism is a different animal, and you need to be open to it leading to things to help string you along financially. Consulting is a hand-in-hand job to independent journalism, when you’re starting out. If you can’t be good at business and marketing, you need to find someone who can educate you and partner up with you.

In college, I actually did major in journalism for a semester, but to be quite honest, I learned more about the business through self-education and bootstrap experience. My best advice for those wanting to get into independent journalism is to do a bit of careful research, but mostly just jump right in and try it.

Jeff: Thanks Mark for taking the time to answer those questions. Please take this opportunity to say anything you’d want to get off your chest or something you want the public to know

Mark: Not much I need to say other than what you asked already. Just pay attention to the good things on the horizon over at Mashable! and the RizWords podcast! You can find the podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/rizwords and of course Mashable! over at Mashable.com

Interview With Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins

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Mark Rizzn is a contributing editor over at Mashable.com He’s also the host of a popular podcast called Daily Politics And Tech with his co-host Art Lindsey. I’ve sort of known Mark since the days of him doing his podcast Live on Talkshoe. Mark is moving up in the world of New Media and online Journalism so I thought I could talk him into doing an interview that sheds some light on how he’s reached this particular point of his career. Thanks Mark for doing the interview, enjoy.

Jeff: Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Mark: I’m a jack-of-all trades, in a manner of speaking. You name the tech job, and I’ve probably held the title at one point. I started out running a BBS when I was a kid, and graduated to Internet Tech Support when it came to town. I dabbled in web design for some fairly well known firms (Group M7 and Satima). I worked for Apple for a short time on the assembly line, and I helped deploy one of the first cable modem systems in the USA (using a now defunct product line from Terayon). I worked at Nokia for about a year in the Digital Services department, where my team wrote the first protocol for transferring custom ring tones from computers to phones via SMS.

After the tech bust and 9/11, I did a stint for WABC in NYC as a “Cyber War Correspondant,” reporting mostly on the various digital issues facing America in the new post 9/11 world. Then when the tech market began to bounce back, I ran the gamut of startups, working at various levels of executive managment (from CTO to CFO) for handheld software and hardware firms, an online travel firm, and online credit service firm.

Somewhere in there, I decided that the risky world of startups (not based on my own ideas, at least) just wasn’t for me, so I turned to full time online journalism with blogging and podcasting, and never looked back.

Aside from what you can find out on my Wikipedia entry (which is horribly out of date, BTW), I’m a newly converted family man. I’ve been married a year to the most beautiful woman in the world, have a brand new son that is six months old, and a six year old stepson.

Jeff: How long have you been a part of this thing we like to call, New Media?

Mark: I guess you could say I was New Media before New Media was cool. Back when I was knee-high to a webserver, I ran a local e-publication called JBM. It was mostly the random musings of the local BBS scene in East Texas, but we also distributed shareware, and reported on general technology news as well. This was about the time that magazines were into the trend of distributing 3.5″ Floppies with their paper issues, and here we were a full fledged graphical point and click magazine contained on a 3.5″ disk. We came inches from getting a distribution deal with Ingram Periodicals before my BBS buddies tired of waiting for that magical Dot Com money to start rolling in, and in essence folded the project.

In the present incarnation of what you could call New Media, I’ve been at it coming on ten years in December as a blogger, and I think around five or six years as a streaming radio host/podcaster. I’ve only been full time at it these last couple of years, though.

Jeff: I noticed you also do a Daily Politics And Technology podcast. How long have you been doing this podcast and what was your inspiration for doing it?

Mark: Art Lindsey and I have been doing this particular incarnation of the podcast for less than a year (we do the show five days a week, and we’ve just finished recording episode 171 today). Art and I have been working together for several years prior, though, through RantRadio. I first came on there with a call-in comedy/variety program called the “Mark and Darrell Show.” After that show ran it’s several year course, I did a solo political show called “I’m Right.” When Art joined me, the program went semi-daily, and we renamed it “Out in Right Field.” We did a few months of that, and then took a sabbatical until the current incarnation of RizWords was born.

Jeff: Congratulations on your position as Editor at Mashable.com. Tell us a little bit about what it’s like to work and write for one of the most popular sites on the net?

Mark: Thanks! It’s really a hoot to get to work over there as a Contributing Editor. The schedule can sometimes be grueling, especially trying to keep pace with Kristen. :-p

In all seriousness, I enjoy it so much that I don’t think I’ve even had time to post to my personal blog in a couple weeks. There’s very little I want to say that the editors won’t let me put out there, so aside from the occasional picture of my kids, it’s very much the same thing I’d be doing without getting that fat Mashable! money. Don’t let Pete know I said that, though. :-)

Jeff: Your a reporter and because of your position at Mashable, your right in the middle of the Web 2.0 craze. What are your thoughts regarding the Web 2.0 phenomenon?

Mark: The last week and a half is a great example of the wide variance in the highs and lows of Web 2.0. Today is most undoubtedly a low point, as there was as several people put it, “an over-abundance of news barely fit to print.” Then you look back to last week, when we had Android and OpenSocial news dominating, as well as very big Facebook discussion looming large. It’s exciting, but then it’s also disheartening to have to a week later do write-ups for knock-off services because no one else is announcing anything newsworthy.

All in all, it’s one of the most exciting times and places to be a journalist. This, for me, started with the podcast but was even more magnified with the job at Mashable – it’s the ability to speak with, at a moment’s whim almost, just about anyone in tech I care to talk to. It’s a matter of tracking down the number to the CEO or pundit I’d like to get an opinion from, and hitting the record button on my phone.

Jeff: For sites like Mashable and TechCrunch, it’s all about the information sources. What sort of tips or tricks could you give out to others who are looking for original sources of information to publish on their own sites?

Mark: First of all, RSS. That’s your staple and fall back position. If you’re not getting your news from RSS, you’re wasting immeasurable amounts of time. My personal favorite reader (and I’ve used nearly all of them) is Google Reader. Also, stay away from feeders that try to find the news you’re interested in for you. You do that, and you’ll very easily miss the diversity of opinion in the lesser known blogosphere.

Secondly, pay attention to podcasts. Pick a cadre of podcasts that suits your market, and listen religiously while you work. It not only informs, but helps stimulate original thought, as more ad hoc analysis tends to take place on your better podcasts.

Lastly, but certainly not least, you need to be on Twitter, and you need a wide base of people on your list. The large group of people helps you not only promote your work, but gives you tips on what’s going on out there on the ground. The quake story I did for Mashable scooped the San Jose local news by ten minutes, and CNN by two hours. I owe that entire story to Twitter – someone from my list mentioned “Quake!”, which then cued me to track the “quake” and “earthquake” keywords. Within seconds, I had every bit of important information about the quake, which then allowed me to blog it.

Jeff: Your podcast is filled with great information on two topics that seem to blend well together, not to mention, there is an insane amount of interests for both. Do you mind telling us your daily routine that helps you prepare for the podcast?

Mark: Well, my daily routine has evolved into mostly just surfing the feeds voraciously. I grab my morning cup of coffee, and try to catch up on the thousands of feed items that somehow pile up between the hours of 2 AM and 10 AM. I have about three queues I tag things as – one is my shared items feed. That ends up on the link blog on my front page. Other stories more suited to a Mashable write-up only go to a private “Mashable Stories” tag for later review. Around noon, I take the previous 24 hours of shared stories and comb through them to find the best ones for use on the podcast.

The thing I love best about the process (and I’ve been told that this is technically called Web 3.0 functionality, but whatever), is that the feed goes directly into my Tumblr account, which is then the public face for the show-notes – no muss no fuss.

Jeff: Do you have any history in broadcasting or journalism that you think has helped you get to where you are today?

Mark: Well, having been at it off and on at various levels of professionalism and amateurism for around 15 years does provide a wisdom and second sense about it, but quite honestly, the whole process has come naturally from day one.

Independent journalism is a different animal, and you need to be open to it leading to things to help string you along financially. Consulting is a hand-in-hand job to independent journalism, when you’re starting out. If you can’t be good at business and marketing, you need to find someone who can educate you and partner up with you.

In college, I actually did major in journalism for a semester, but to be quite honest, I learned more about the business through self-education and bootstrap experience. My best advice for those wanting to get into independent journalism is to do a bit of careful research, but mostly just jump right in and try it.

Jeff: Thanks Mark for taking the time to answer those questions. Please take this opportunity to say anything you’d want to get off your chest or something you want the public to know

Mark: Not much I need to say other than what you asked already. Just pay attention to the good things on the horizon over at Mashable! and the RizWords podcast! You can find the podcast at http://feeds.feedburner.com/rizwords and of course Mashable! over at Mashable.com

JayK Releases 20 Beautiful Badge Graphics

Jay K of Flying-people.com has released a free 20 icon set which contains an array of beautiful gradients. The badges look great for use of promotional material or to slap onto a site lacking in color. I’ve seen quite a few icon packs but I have yet to see a pack which contains gradients like these. Give these badges a try if your looking for something colorful to add to your site.

Click Me To Download The Pack

Click here to download the badge pack.

Tumblr Makes Some Changes

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Looks like someone at Tumblr was home after all. Today is November 1st which is the date Tumblr promised would show off some new goodies while also making a few announcements. They have delivered on this promise in more than one way.

Tumblr now sports a brand new Dashboard design. Looky there! Tumblr now supports audio. Audio files can only be posted to your Tumblr account through the dashboard. The Tumblr bookmarklet currently doesn’t support the Audio feature. Tumblrs can only post one audio file per day and the file has to be under 5 MB in size.

New Tumblr Dashboard

The addition of channels. Taking a page out of Jaiku’s book, Tumblrs can now create private channels. The channels allow you to create mini cliqs within the Tumblr network. Once you invite someone into your channel, they can then invite someone else into your channel. Not exactly what I call great control, but a nifty feature none the less.

Tumblr Channels

Tumblr has also teamed up with Vimeo. Vimeo users can now connect Tumblr to their account which allows them to upload videos via their phone. The theme designer has become more user friendly, there is now an archive link at the bottom of Tumblelogs that makes browsing previous posts much easer than clicking the PREVIOUS link 500 times and last but not least, Tumblr has yet to add support for Podcasting feeds.

All in all, it looks like things are starting to look up for the service. I don’t use Tumblr as much as I used to but I’m sure this update and redesign puts them back on the radar. I hope that at some point, they add a stats feature which shows me who is reblogging my Tumblr content. When the reblogging feature was implemented, it was suppose to allow Tumblrs to see how their content would spread across the network. So far, this hasn’t been the case and in this latest incarnation of Tumblr, those features are still missing.

Do you use Tumblr? If so, how do you use it? Lifestreaming? Linkblog? Your one and only blog? Let us know in the comment section.

Interview With Steve Spalding

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I had a chance to interview Steve Spalding, author behind the blog How To Split An Atom but more specifically, the author of the article entitled Web 3.0 Defined. Web 3.0 Defined goes into specific details as to what the concepts of Web 3.0 will be, how it will be used, and the sites and services that are already making headway towards Web 3.0, a term that is synonymous with the semantic web. This post sparked my interest and Steve was kind enough to answer 7 questions I had regarding the article. Enjoy.

1. Jeff – Why did you decide to use the term Web 3.0? Let’s be honest here, the Internet doesn’t have any version numbers associated with it, why continue the trend?

Steve – The nice thing about a phrase as cliche as Web 3.0 is that everyone in the digerati immediately has an idea of where you are going with the article that mentions it. I could have used a title like, “Future Trends In The World Wide Wide,” but with a title like that, there were just too many ways to interpret the direction of the article. We live in a popcorn and soda kind of world — I wanted something that would get an immediate, visceral reaction out of people.

Does the web have version numbers? I certainly hope not. We just need better language to describe the major milestones in its progression.

2. Jeff – Do you think services such as people search will promote better online behavior considering their past time and reputation will be searchable via the public?

Steve – No. I think that normal people will know absolutely nothing about People Search until it shows up at their front door. I recently read an article in a semi-local newspaper about parents who are being fired, demoted and otherwise harassed because of things that their children are writing about them on social networks. The point is that almost everyone’s kids have been at this for years and it’s only in the last week that anyone has cared enough to point out the dangers.

As for the Web crowd, I think we are so used to our information being out there for all to see that a few new algorithms won’t be enough to raise eyebrows. It might stop a few part time Trolls with full time jobs who aren’t clever enough to find a way around it, but don’t expect a revolution in social mores.

3. Jeff – In this article, you define web 3.0 but, how would you define web 2.0? Bill Snyder believes Web 2.0 is a series of concepts that are different depending on who you ask. Do you agree?

Steve – Web 2.0 is the microcosm that people like us live in. It’s a lot more than just “Social Media” or Facebook. It’s the culture surrounding it. It’s the weekend blogosphere dust ups. It’s Mark Zuckerberg, the $5 Billion Kid. It’s all the inside jokes, memes and investor hubris that fuels our little sub-culture.

No movement has ever been about the technology, and I don’t see Web 2.0 as any different. Just like you can’t describe Post Modernism by looking only at Art or Architecture, you can’t understand “Web 2.0” without seeing all the little cultural nuances surrounding it.

4. Jeff – Most of what you describe in your article relies on an algorithm. Will these algorithms ever fully replace a human being?

Steve – Algorithms never live in a vacuum. In my day job, a lot of what I deal with is machine intelligence. If there is anything that this has taught me it is that it will be quite a while before any algorithm is able to replace a human being in anything more than niche applications.

Will we have better search agents and expert systems? Yea, certainly. A system doesn’t need a terribly large amount of “real” intelligence to do that sort of thing. If you are looking for “general purpose” intelligence, I say give it a few more years.

5. Jeff – Do you believe that web 3.0 will be the death of editorial blogging? That is, long written articles. If so, will it be because people will seemingly have no time to read an in depth post due to the massive amount of other information streaming into them?

Steve – I think that even though attention spans are decreasing, people will always want the news.

Journalists and citizen journalists alike will just need to learn how to present it in such a way that it caters to our Mocha Latte culture.

6. Jeff – It has taken some time to reach web 2.0 status. Where are we now in regards to web 2.0 and how far away are we from seeing Web 3.0 turning into a reality?

Steve – Where are we? I can’t really tell you. That’s up to O’Reilly to decide, isn’t it? Seriously though, when Web 3.0 or whatever you want to call it hits, it will be about half a year before the punditry realizes it.

What I can say is that it won’t be for now. Almost all the innovations these days are along the same vectors. Everyone is just adding features. There isn’t any real, paradigm shifting innovation. More than that — all the important, meaty computer science problems are being left on the table and being replaced by Smarty templates and AJAX libraries.

I know Powerset is doing some things with search, and I am sure Google has a few widgets hidden in a lab somewhere but until we seeing some innovative, commercially viable applications start hitting the market, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

7. Jeff – Last question Steve. Because of RSS and essentially everything containing an RSS stream, how do you think people will cope with managing such a large stream of data? Quite a few people already suffer from information overload. Will this be a barrier worth considering or will a new or existing market emerge which focuses on information organization?

Steve – I think everything these days is about organizing data.

Web .5 was about communication. All that terminal stuff we did before the web got pictures.

Web 1.0 was static information, content that was manageable not because it was arranged in a coherent data model but because there wasn’t a lot of it to deal with.

Web 2.0 is about communication again. This time we added AJAX, created a bunch of buzz words and injected a few billion dollars worth of investor capital. The more important thing is that we are now trying to add some structure to all that information we collected back in 1.0

Web 3.0 will be about data as a commodity, data as a utility. It will be a web where everyone has easy, personalized access to a store of information orders of magnitude larger than what we use today. Things like RSS will give way to personalized information streams that are managed in part by software. It will be about using technology to make massive data-sets palatable again.

If you need anything else, drop me a line. Thanks for the opportunity!

No Steve, THANK YOU! If you haven’t already, add Steve’s blog to your feedreader. Like his Web 3.0 Defined article, the rest of the content featured on his site really makes you think.

StartupSchwag Puts TechCrunch On My Chest

Yesterday, I was greeted by a FedEx man who handed me a package that contained my complimentary StartUpSchwag that I wrote about back in September. ( From ValleySchwag To StartupSchwag ) Inside the package: one yellow squishy star, one CAKE sticker, one ChicagoProps.com sticker and of course, my very own Michael Arrington approved TechCrunch T-Shirt.

The shirt I received was a large TechCrunch colored green T-Shirt made out of 100% Cotton. The brand name of TechCrunch was printed on the chest part of the shirt in a combination of white and black letters on a green background. The quality appears to be top notch but I’ll have a better understanding after I wash it a few times as a washer can wreak havoc on a new T-Shirt. Personally, I think this T-Shirt would look wonderful on Tim, but I’m sure he would find other uses for it.

If you were thinking about paying the subscription to receive such items from a surprise company each month, I’d say it’s worth it. The worst that could happen is that you ONLY receive a Tshirt. That’s ok, because that is pretty much what your paying for to begin with. Everything else is just complimentary.

Below is a small video review of the schwag I received. It’s not much but I think its better than nothing. Also posted below are a few photos I took. Click on any of the photos to see a larger size.

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Tumblr Awakes From Its Slumbr

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Back in August, I wrote an article that speculated the fact that Tumblr may have been on its way out (Is Tumblr Dead?) but apparently, November 1st will be a big day for both Tumblr, and its users. According to Mark Rizzn on MashableTumblepedia has been updated to describe new features, optimizations and bug fixes.

Looks like Tumblr is still alive and kicking. Hopefully, Tumblr will add all sorts of features that make this service just shy of being a killer.