Tag: web 2.0

  • The Long Tail can seriously damage your business

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    The most comprehensive empirical study of digital music sales ever conducted has some bad news for Californian technology utopians. Since 2004, WiReD magazine editor Chris Anderson has been hawking his “Long Tail” proposition around the world: blockbusters will matter less, and businesses will “sell less of more”. The graph has become iconic – a kind of ‘Hockey Stick’ for Web 2.0 – with the author applying his message to many different business sectors. Alas, following the WiReD Way of Business … Read More

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  • One billion unwanted opinions in real-time: Now SHOUTED at you

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    Hats off to young British entrepreneur Chris Ridgeon for developing a new tool for self-expression. Internetshout.com which launches today describes itself as “the world’s voice-based social and discussion forum” – and delivers exactly what it promises on the tin.

    Instead of simply spraying your thoughts onto the Hive Mind’s graffiti wall using ASCII, you can now speak your brains at the internet, instead. Or if you prefer, SHOUT YOUR BRAINS at it.… Read More

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  • EMI hires the Biggest Brain in Sadville

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    How desperate is EMI? Desperate enough to hire the co-founder of Sadville? Amazingly, yes. Not only is a graphics programmer joining the storied British music group as head of “digital strategy” – he cheerfully admits he doesn’t know anything about the music business. And he doesn’t even like music – he’s only bought five albums in the past eight years and three of those are by Rush.

    Welcome to EMI, then, Linden Labs co-founder Cory Ondrejka.… Read More

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  • Failing Web 2.0 stars pray for copyright abolition

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    Two articles were published today of some note, and if you can put them in context, you can begin see the true, scary picture of internet economics today. The one that’s usually too scary for the posh papers or broadcast media to describe.

    Exhibit One is a deadpan report in the Financial Times, bylined to Chris Nuttall and Richard Waters. It’s titled, “Web 2.0 fails to produce cash“.

    This could be the least-surprising headline of this (or … Read More

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  • Technorati knocks itself out. Again

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    Technorati, the comically inept search engine, has redesigned itself again – knocking itself out in the process.

    The site was down when bloggers checked in yesterday.

    More importantly, the latest redesign is a tacit admission that it’s given up on its original mission – indexing the world’s weblogs. Technorati now claims to present “zillions of photos, videos, blogs and more”, and rather apologetically adds the rejoinder: “Some of them have to be good.

    No. Why?

    In practice, Technorati … Read More

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  • “Wake up and smell the Doritos™” – Terry McBride

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    Copyright is over, and musicians should make themselves as pretty as they can for big brand advertisers, says top music manager and label boss Terry McBride.

    McBride’s Nettwerk Music manages artists including Avril Lavigne and the Barenaked Ladies, and it’s been an indie label for over 20 years. He’s put his thoughts into a Music Tank report published today, and a keynote at Brighton’s Great Escape music festival.

    It’s an upbeat vision of the future that eulogises free music, mash-ups … Read More

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