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FriendFeed Karma July 18, 2008

Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Friendfeed, Web 2.0.

If you want to make sure you are following everyone that’s following you on FriendFeed then you need to use this cool service called FriendVenn that’s just like the excellent Twitter Karma service that does the same thing for Twitter members.

Just enter your login ID and password for FriendFeed and you will see the following information:
People you are subscribed to but do not follow you back (Shame on them!)
People you follow that follow you back (Karmariffic!)
People who follow you but you don’t follow back for some reason (Shame on you!)

Here’s my FF results which shocked me! I didn’t realize so many didn’t follow Pai back (Most of them friends elsewhere!) and I didn’t realize that I didn’t follow back so many that I thought I was.

29 people you are subscribed to. 29 people who both sub to you and you sub to. 12 people who only subscribe to you.
Alana Taylor
Cheryl Smith
Chris Heuer
Chris Johnston
Chris Messina
Christina Warren
Christine Lu
Jason Calacanis
Jeff Pulver
Julia Roy
Kevin Rose
Leo Laporte
Loic Le Meur
Marshall Kirkpatrick
Meg Canada
Neha Narula
Nik Butler
Robert Scoble
Susan Reynolds
laura fitton
loren feldman
michael arrington
Ben Borges
Christine Cavalier
Hao Chen
Jay Martinez
Linda Mills
Lucretia Pruitt
Mari Adkins
Mykl Roventine
Nathaniel Payne
Nicole Randome
Orli Yakuel
R. Staehlin
Rachel Rubin
Robert Kuhlmann
Stacee Schmidt-Cottrell
Stefan Hayden
Stevi Deter
Todd Jordan
Veronica Giggey
Whitney Hoffman
phil baumann
robert holiday
Charlie Anzman
Chris Rodgers
Dan Covington
Dave Evans
Jeff Turner
Jim Jannotti
Rick Mahn
ingo ju
the constant skeptic

Note: I want to thank Hao Chen for sharing this with me. He has created some excellent grasemonkey scripts for FriendFeed on FireFox so I asked if he had plans for doing this type of thing and he sent me the link to FriendVenn! I would checkout his very cool scripts too!
Oh, my FF is http://friendfeed.com/paisano

Groups 2.0 June 17, 2008

Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Google, Web 2.0, Yahoo.
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Grouply strives to become the Friendfeed of online groups by aggregating all of the different groups you belong to on sites such Yahoo Groups and Google Groups. The concept is excellent because it saves a great deal of time and effort by allowing you to keep up with all of your messages and groups from a single centralized place. See image below.



The Grouply Smart Digesttm delivers a daily personalized email summarizing new messages across all your groups. It highlights messages of interest and intelligently summarizes message conversations

Centralized Group Calendar

One of the best features is the way Grouply manages all of the different calendars and appointments that you have spread out across your different groups and services.

Global Search

Grouply provides fast, easy-to-use search of messages across all your groups. Quickly refine your results by group, message type, tags (topics), and rating. And you can save your search to create your own custom lists and trigger alerts. You can quickly search, browse, and bookmark messages across all your groups.


Final Thoughts

In our ever-increasing volume of data in the information age, an aggregator for groups is an excellent tool to have available to us. Hopefully Grouply will provide support for other group services out there and perhaps for message forums as well.

Secrets of the Startup Sages March 31, 2008

Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Education, Web 2.0.
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What better way to learn how to launch a startup than to get advice from those who’ve proven to be successful with their own startups? Here is a collection of excellent wisdom and advice from some of the best startup sages in web history. Also included are links to their blogs and twitter profiles. Both resources are still alive and offer valuable information that only adds to their impressive body of work.

Evan Williams (Blogger, Odeo, Twitter)

Twitter: @Ev

Blog: http://evhead.com

Advice for Startups (1995 long before Twitter)

10 Rules for Web Startups

Several video interviews during Odeo days

Loic Lemeur (seesmic)

Twitter: @LoicLemeur

Blog: http://www.loiclemeur.com

Top 10 Things for Startups

Think Global Not Local

Jason Calacanis (Mahalo)

Twitter: @JasonCalacanisBlog: http://www.calacanis.com

How to save money running a startup (17 really good tips)

Startup Handbook: How to identify and deal with the slow masses, knowledgeable skeptics, and savvy dreamers.

Guy Kawasaki (Truemors, AllTop, Garage)

Twitter: @GuyKawasaki

Blog: http://www.GuyKawasaki.com

The Art of Innovation (Speech with Slides)

The Art of the Start (Speech)

Michael Arrington (Techcrunch)

Twitter: @TechCrunch

Blog: http://www.techcrunch.com

Startups Must Hire The Right People And Watch Every Penny or Fail

Michael Arrington and 13 Startup CEOs at Web 2.0 (Video)

Gary Vaynerchuk (Winelibrary.TV)

Twitter: @GaryVee

Blog: http://garyvaynerchuk.com

Legacy is Greater than Currency

The DNA Game

Final Thoughts on Startups:

This was just a sampling of the vast amount of excellent information available today about startups from the masterminds who’ve been successful with their own startups.

I selected the cream of the crop here and included many video presentations as well. Does following all of this advice ensure successful for your startup? I doubt it.

However, it will only help you avoid many of the mistakes that others have experienced the hard way. Perhaps you can become of these startup sages someday sharing the lessons you’ve learned!

Writing 2.0 March 28, 2008

Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Web 2.0, Writing.

Writers have always been resistent to change when it comes to accepting new technology as useful tools. It probably started with writing instrument replacements such as the quill, pen, pencil and later the typewriter which most writers resisted in the beginning. Ultimately, these new gadgets all became a common writing instruments. The same thing happened with computers and word processor programs. Most writers didn’t make the switch at first, but in time the majority of them did. The same pattern has repeated with the Internet and web 2.0 services that have been launched for writers. Fortunately, there has always been maverick writers who enjoy testing new things and experimenting with new technology and inventions. Eventually, others follow their lead until it becomes an accepted tool. While many writers are still resistent to these new online tools and services, the new age of writing technology has indeed begun. History will continue to repeat itself as the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Here are some of the best writing websites that I’ve seen thus far.


Invent-a-Story is another collaborative story writing site but this one does it just one line at a time! It’s silly but fun stuff.

Glypho is a story-by-committee type of service where everyone works together on a story and vote on the best chapter contribution. This all leads to many twists and turns in the direction of a story but it can be fun for those who are into this type of thing. It appears to be a good way to exercise your writing chops or breaking any writer’s block you might have.

Ficlets is a unique service. They describe themselves are literary legos and here’s why. Everyone can contribute their own ficlet which has a maximum character (not word!) count of 1,024 (as in one megabyte) and a minumum 64 character count. Others can contribute a prequel or a sequel to your ficlet and you can do the same with other ficlets. I told you they were different.

Novlet is similar to ficlets in that you are writing a story with others online, but the limits are not as low. Each Novlet story is divided into passages or sections of texts (usually 2-3 paragraphs long). Each passage can have one or more different continuations: it’s up to you, the reader, to decide how the story you’re reading should go on. And if you don’t like any of the potential continuations that have been already written, you can always write your own one, and start a new storyline.

NovelMaker is an interactive community for fiction writers, readers, critics, literary agents, editors, and publishers. Authors can upload completed works, or works-in-progress, and receive editorial suggestions, comments, reviews, and ratings. Those reviews and ratings may take new and unpublished writers into a realm never before accessible to them – a large, interactive community participating with them in the creation, and potential commercial success, of new works of fiction.

Authors can get instantaneous feedback, cover art, factual information, maps, pictures, and all manner of useful information to advance their literary endeavors to new levels. Readers can participate in an author’s creative process, rate and review an author’s work, create a user group to discuss the author’s work, or buy the author’s completed novel – in paper format or one of several e-book reader formats.

Literary agents can seek talent and worthy works of fiction online instead of just the old methods of over-the-transom submissions, query letters, and word-of-mouth. They can now read new works of fiction online, see the results of ratings and reviews by users on the site and see whose works may be commercially viable – because of the voting by the online community.

Editors and publishers have the opportunity to review new works of fiction, provide comments, and, most importantly, see what will sell based on our community response to new works. It can become a “testing ground” for an editor looking for the next best-seller.

StoryLink is an online networking and educational site for the creative community. They were conceived with both professional and aspiring writers and filmmakers in mind. Here’s what they offer:

  • StoryLink allows you to connect with peers with similar aspirations and experiences. Store, share and swap stories with other writers. Make invaluable contacts that will help launch your writing or filmmaking career.
  • Communicate with professional writers and filmmakers.
  • Up-to-the-minute events calendar featuring workshops, seminars, retreats and lectures. Be informed of the thousands of grant, fellowship and contest opportunities.
  • Articles and educational lectures hosted by professionals.

BookSpoke claims to be a dual-purpose site. One for readers and one for writers. It allows you to setup a blog of sorts so you as the writer can keep your legions of readers informed on your every move.

PlotBot is an excellent service for screenwriters that was previously covered on here in “Your Ticket to Hollywood“. You can work on your screenplays privately online or collaborate with others.
Final Thoughts:
I am still looking for that killer social network for writers, a sort of MySpace for literary types or a facebook for authors. I know it will happen some day very soon. In the mean time, I will keep an eye on this space and maintain a list of the best writing tools and services in a public spreadsheet called Writers Tools.

Sideways 2.0 March 26, 2008

Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Web 2.0.
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When Gary Vaynerchuk met Robert Scoble recently I had an idea for a sequel to the popular movie “SIDEWAYS“. Imagine GaryVee and Scoble in the lead roles as two web-savvy guys whose mission is to turn the usually stuffy wine industry upside down! It would be semi-auto-biographical as Gary has done just that with his incredible “Thunder Show” on WineLibrary.TV. His “little” web show has made his business a massive success and now everyone is following him on Twitter and everywhere else online.

Here’s a mock poster for SIDEWAYS 2.0!


Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 March 8, 2008

Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Semantic Web, Web 2.0.
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Web 2.0 is still alive & kicking but everyone is already focussing on Web 3.0. What is Web 3.0? Well, the old adage is true: a picture is worth a thousand words. With that said, I will let the following images and videos explain the differences between web 2.0 and web 3.0 otherwise known as the Semantic Web.

In the Beginning there was Frontpage
Before comparing Web 2.0 and Web 3.0, it might be helpful to compare Web 1.0 with Web 2.0 first. Here’s an excellent image that does a great job showing the differences:

Here’s a visual comparison of all three: web 1.0, web 2.0 and web 3.0

Here’s a really ambitious image that shows web 1.0 thru web 4.0!

Here are some videos that do a great job covering web 2.0 & web 3.0.
The Machine is Us/ing Us

Here’s a straight forward explanation

Tim O’Reilly’s definition

Tim Berners Lee on Web 3.0/Semantic Web

Digital bazar’s explanation of the Semantic Web

Here’s a video showing the history of web 1.0 to present and beyond to web 4.0!

Final Thoughts:
No matter what the terms or how things are explained, one thing is certain: the future of the Internet and technology is extremely exciting! Things will only continue to evolve into more collaborative and personal ways which is great for everyone on a personal and professional level.
By the way, this isn’t the first time that Web 2.0 was given its last rites! Nicholas Carr called Web 2.0’s time of death on 11/11/06!

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Pop Goes the World? March 7, 2008

Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Web 2.0.
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The pundits are still doing their best impression of chicken little and firmly believe that the web 2.0 bubble is going to burst any moment now. Despite this constant falling sky warning there are new startups popping up all over the place. Are we headed for another disaster? Who knows. In the mean time, keep blowing them bubbles!

I’ve covered this topic before in Bubble 2.0 which includes the popular bubble music video. Here’s a new anthem that I am proposing for all you startups living on the bleeding edge:

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e-Graveyard March 5, 2008

Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in News, Web 2.0, Websites.
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e-Graveyard is a wiki that I started a long time ago. Its primary purpose is to become a digital museum of all the amazing technologies that come and go in our lives. There are some new sites that cover some of this ground like the TechCrunch DeadPool but they just focus on dead websites which is just one element of the E-graveyard, which covers much more, for example:

Software Cemetery
This area is for honoring the memory of software applications that are no longer with us like Microsoft BOB and even utilities like the Microsoft Binder which I still miss to this day!

There will be links to downloads if they exist and screenshots whenever possible to show what they looked like during its prime.

Hardware tombstones
We cannot neglect the importance of hardware technologies that come and go. How can we forget things that were so important to the evolution of our internet experience such as the Hayes modem? What about the US Robotics USR Sportster 56k modem!

Burial Ground for Websites & Companies
Another section of the museum covers those websites/companies that have gone to the big 404 in the sky such as these two fabled startup failures: WebVan & Kozmo

Webvan logo.jpg Kozmo.gif

The Geek Mausoleum
This wing is a tribute to all those people who contributed much to the technological progress of mankind. Some will still be alive while others not so much physically but their memory and their work still a part of our digital lives. Examples, Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Marconi, Tesla, etc.

Last Rites:
Some might consider this idea a tad bit morbid or negative, but I totally disagree! This is actually a celebration of all the contributions that have been made to our technological experience in history. This is my attempt to document everything and everyone that has made some sort of impact in our digital lives, however big or small it might have been.  Also, I think this is an inspirational place to visit because sometimes we have to look back at where we came from before we can fully understand where we are today which will only assist us with envisioning our future.

Post Mordem:
I chose the wiki platform so that everyone can contribute to the e-graveyard and help build the museum into a hall of fame for all things technological.

Virtual Clipboard February 27, 2008

Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Freeware, Web 2.0.
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ControlC is a unique new service, that’s for sure. In a nutshell, what it wants to be is your virtual clipboard, allowing you to copy and share (instead of paste) via the web.

I like the concept and the way that it saves everything in one place for easy retrieval from anywhere any time you want it again. Best of all it’s free and easy to use.

The only downside to the experience is that it requires a small download and installation of a tiny utility that needs to be running at all times in your system tray.

The good news is that it is indeed so small that it doesn’t appear to impact your computer at all. The downloads page has versions for different operating systems including Linux

and Mac OS and of course windows.

As for security concerns, some will be hesitant when it comes to openly sharing what they dump to their clipboard and rightfully so. Sometimes those items can be login names and passwords or account numbers or credit card numbers, etc. Well, ControlC realized that much and provides encryption automatically for everything you copy which is a great move on their part.

Personally, I love using my JingProject account to take screenshots and immediately sharing it via the web to anyone I want but I might use ControlC more just to see what else it can do in comparison.

Note: The free basic version only allows you to access things you’ve copied in the last 5 days. You will need the premium version to access anything older than that.

Social BrainStorming February 26, 2008

Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Collaboration, Web 2.0.
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If two minds are indeed better than one then just think of the possibilities of conducting an online real-time brainstorming session with several minds at the same time! There are many new web 2.0 services that make online collaborative mental mashups a breeze and best of all they’re all FREE! Here are the best ones that I’ve tried thus far:

MindMeister has received the most attention and deservedly so thanks to its slick interface and ease of use. The ability to embed the mindmap on your website/blog is very useful.

The free basic service allows up to six mindmaps with the premium and team plans allowing unlimited maps. Here is a comparison of each service.

Here’s an excellent screencast from DemoGirl.

Mind42 also allows collaborate mind mapping without anything to download or install. Everyone logged into the map editor will see changes in real-time too.

Here’s a screencast:

bubble.us offers less features and doesn’t look as nice as the others in this space, but there doesn’t appear to be any limits to the number of maps you can create and share online for free either.

So, if you aren’t all that into bells and whistles and a glitzy appearance, then bubble.us might be the one for you, especially for quick and dirty mind dump sessions.

Final Thoughts:
You can’t go wrong with any of these services. Mindmeister is the market leader though.

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