Thursday, August 31, 2006

How to rank VoIP blogs, how to select what to read

VoIP has been a buzzword for a while, but now it just represents just a bunch of technologies related to instant communication media and systems.
The hype has gone, since Jeff Pulver moved his piercing eye to the next emerging disruptive technology, IPTV (or VON - Voice Over Net).

Now that the dust is settling I see some reference points amongst the VoIP related blogosphere: they can be ranked on the basis of personal opinion (Top 30 VoIP Blog by or by means of popularity figures (Top 30 VoIP Blogs... according to Technorati).

My idea is that some blogs are just echoing the press releases, few hotspots carry the most interesting and innovative news but they are interesting just for a very limited period, then they fade out. At last, there are blogs that mix VoIP and innovative technologies, that have to be considered as well, even if they don't share a bit with VoIP -apparently. Anyway, most of the blogs don't always maintain an acceptable quality level, there are lows and highs that make them... annoying, at best.

Moreover, I don't have the same amount of time everyday to catalog, filter and read everything that passes by in the stream of incoherent, unmanageable information. Sometimes I've been thinking of building an automated-yet-gross filter to collect just some topics, but it seemed to me impractical for catching new, hot news.
That's why I tend to collect Rss feeds, read titles, filter out what doesn't catch my eye, and leave them there for future reference. But it doesn't work very well.

Conversely, there's one site I find really interesting, and it is Business Week - Innovation.

The first lesson I acquired is: "make things usable, make them easy". Like clicking a link on a website.
(Like calling my phone number +39-070-2339-253 with just a click.)

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Hit the gong

It seems to me that "Google & Ebay going out" is just a "sonar" news.
I mean, teenagers are used to request attention by going out with a close friend of the beloved target. In this case, I think that Google and Ebay are just hitting the gong to see how it reverberates on the blogosphere. Then, they have a good sonar-like morphology of the market, what are the trendsetter opinions, what is the general feedback, if that spreads (or spread not) over the WWW.

Big as they are, they don't need market research anymore. They just announce something, then everybody is there to listen and comment on, while they grab all the information that "common" enterprises shall pay for.

Monday, August 21, 2006

I've been on holiday until yesterday, but I was, somehow, online with my nokia 6630 and a gprs connection. Apart from being lazy, I noticed that I was keen on reading the news on the web but totally passive at the interaction level. I've sent sms and some emails, but they were short and with a photo or a wav file -no intention of writing on my blogs: even if blogger allows users to post via e-mail, this is my first article posted by phone. Nice tool, perhaps too tiny to be friendly?