While two reporters staked out news at the Web 2.0 Summit today, a few of us snuck off to other venues. There's no question that Stefanie Olsen got the juiciest assignment, hanging out at the Wine 2.0 gathering, checking out the in-home winemaking gizmo called the WinePod and tasting the fruits of Crushpad, a "virtual vineyard." This really is way cooler than any social network or Ajax-y what-have-you. I also covered Crushpad in 2005.
Don't expect to get an online version of Microsoft Excel when you join Buxfer, a site to track shared bills and expenses. In fact, don't expect much beyond basic features when managing a shared bill, a personal expense, or an incoming or outgoing money transfer. Competing with other finance-sharing sites such as BillMonk and iOweyou, Buxfer is best suited for roommates and groups of friends who share expenses and want to sort out the bills later.
Buxfer's math genius automatically splits the cost of your rent and groceries among participants into either equal or weighted shares. A … Read more
Just building a Web site is not enough for a blog or online community to thrive--Web site owners have to welcome the members, be diplomatic when disagreements arise and, above all, be honest and ethical, experts at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco said on Tuesday.
The biggest no-no for a Web site or blog is to lie, said Lisa Stone, co-founder of women's blogging site BlogHer, at a session titled "BlogHer Presents: World Domination via Collaboration." Wal-Mart learned that hard lesson after the blogosphere criticized the chain for not revealing that the writers behind a travel blog … Read more
From the Web 2.0 Conference:
Instructables is an awesome site of how-to guides. The content seems to be weighted towards clever and geeky projects rather than basic home improvement. While it's easy to find a lesson on how to paint your laptop lid, it's hard to find one on how to paint a room. Still, the design and layout of the lessons--most of which are photo illustrated--are beautiful.
New at Web 2.0: better collaboration features, so you can build lessons, wiki-style, with compatriots instead of building one yourself and relying on the comments to clear up … Read more
Other manufacturers--most notably Motorola--are taking steps toward adopting the communal software philosophy, and standards are in the works. But FIC seems to be forging ahead on its own, going measurably further to make its phone a true open-source device that will allow anyone to build custom applications and share them with other hackers through a wireless repository.
And if you're not interested in … Read more
Could this be "Third Life"? Gemini Mobile Technologies is unveiling "S! Town," which it calls the world's first 3D community for cell phones. Mobile Magazine says this third dimension, based on Gemini's patented eXplo software, can be used for such activities as chatting with other avatars, buying goods in virtual stores and sharing multimedia content.
S! Town, which is cutting its ribbon on the Japanese market first with phones from Sharp and Toshiba, would obviously like to duplicate the success of that nation's Mixi social network. But even if it wins popularity there, … Read more