Ten Rules for Web Startups — #1: Be Narrow — Focus on the smallest possible problem you could solve that would potentially be useful. Most companies start out trying to do too many things, which makes life difficult and turns you into a me-too. Focusing on a small niche has so many advantages …
Nick Wilson / Performancing.com:
Performancing goes Full Feed! — A week or so back, we had a discussion and poll on what we thought about full or partial feeds. Surprisingly, the poll turned out very close to 50/50 on whether Performancing members publish full or partial feeds. We've wanted this site to be full feed from the start …
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
John doesn't want everything to be full-text — Disclaimer, John Roberts works for CNET, which doesn't provide full-text. Today he wrote that he disagrees with me about full-text feeds. — I really try to avoid non-full-text feeds. I deleted many feeds I like that aren't full text …
Steve Gillmor / Steve Gillmor's InfoRouter:
Roberts v. Roberts — John Roberts is beating the dead horse slowly once more on full text feeds. Yet his most compelling argument against his position is his own blog. Unless he front-loaded enough of his argument in the first graf to compel me to click on, I never would have read …
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Great for Craigslist but Not for Newspapers — The number of users of online classified advertising services increased 80 percent this year, according to a report released yesterday by the Pew Internet and American Life Project based on data gathered by comScore Media Metrix.
Response to IVR Industry Comments — The IVR Cheat Sheet has become so popular that IVR companies are forced to respond. I find it hilarious that one provider even buys ads on Google when you simply search for my name "Paul English" and that they have posted a specific rebuttal.
Ravi / All about Linux:
10 Things that make Ubuntu a Neophyte's Distribution — Ubuntu is fast on its way to becoming a peoples OS. I have always wondered what is it that makes people embrace Ubuntu over other Linux distributions. After some pondering, it struck me that the USP (Unique Selling Point) of Ubuntu is its user friendliness.
Amy Gahran / Contentious:
Women in Podcasting: 40 New Shows Listed — Now that I've relaunched the Women in Podcasting list as an OPML outline (which is much, much easier to maintain), I can finally start catching up on my considerable backlog of suggested shows. — I've just added about 40 new shows to the list.
Roland / Smart Mobs:
Roland's Sunday Smart Trends #86 — Here is my weekly selection of articles that were not mentioned here — except if I missed them. — Advertising Moves to RSS — RSS, the rapidly proliferating process for syndicating web sites, wins the true mark of popularity: advertising.
Discussion: IFTF's Future Now
Tony Glover / thebusinessonline.com:
BT dials up free mobile phone calls service — BT is to take on leading mobile phone operators such as Vodafone and O2 by enabling customers to make free calls on their mobiles. — The service has been under development at BT for the past 18 months. It will be available …
James Pethokoukis / US News:
Spreading the Word — Corporate evangelists recruit customers who love to create buzz about a product — When Google hired Vint "Father of the Internet" Cerf last September, it gave him the ecclesiastical-sounding title of "Chief Internet Evangelist." His job, as Cerf himself has explained …
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Why aren't Bloglines or Newsgator OPML Editor compatible? — I kept trying to open my OPML file in the OPML Editor and it wouldn't open. I had a few complaints about that as well. I tried both the OPML file that NewsGator exported as well as the one that Bloglines exported.
Chris Anderson / The Long Tail:
THE TV BROADCASTING BUSINESS STINKS — Terry Heaton says "Broadcasting is an industry in deep trouble, and it will take innovation and integrity to save it from a real disaster." He then shows the stock charts over the past year for the 12 publicly listed companies that own TV stations.
Dutch tech firm wants to rid the Web of the .com — AMSTERDAM—A Dutch technology company has breathed life into a project to rid the Internet of suffixes such as .com, and instead offer single names which can be countries, company names or fantasy words. — Such a system, which enables countries …
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