Delicious Taggers Exploited, Stiffed?

Attended a small industry think-tank last night focused on social media.  One hypothesis under consideration: How long will Internet users happily generate content for free that makes millions for site owners?  The operative example was Delicious, which consists of a tagging interface and a few servers–and a user base of thousands upon thousands of dedicated, …

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Google’s Secret Sauce Revealed

Google opened its kimono for Saul Hansell of the New York Times last week, and (for me, at least) the glimpse was a revelation in explaining how the company has maintained its rocketship growth trajectory for so long. About nine months ago, when I was first playing around with Google revenue forecasts, the most important assumptions seemed …

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Ruh Roh. Web 2.0 Rocking Like It’s 1999

Hats off to John Batelle and Tim O’Reilly for staging such an excellent conference.  And seat-belts on because the most common observation in the hallways–made with tremble of panic–is that it’s deja vu all over again (and not just because I’m here).  The workshops are jammed, the coffee-pots drained, and the massive central auditorium turning …

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Time Warner, AOL, Google Menage

On the verge of apparently doing a disastrous sales-force combo with MSN, Time Warner has reportedly pulled a positive AOL deal out of the hat.  According to the WSJ, Time Warner’s new partner, Google, will fork over $1 billion for 5% of AOL and remain AOL’s search partner, and AOL will get free links to its …

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Canary in Search Coal Mine?

FTD (flower company) preannounced poor Q4 revenues today and blamed increased search marketing costs for the shortfall.  Although it would be silly to extrapolate the experience of a single retailer in a single vertical to the whole of e-commerce, such a data point could potentially signal impending trouble for Google, Yahoo!, and the rest of …

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Joost In: Some Real YouTube Competition?

Perhaps Viacom had an ace up its sleeve after all.  When the company stormed out of negotiations with Google a few weeks ago and demanded that YouTube remove all its clips, the popular thesis was that the “Big Media YouTube Rival” was a go.  It wasn’t–and, likely, will never be–but Viacom appears to have found …

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