Topic: The Internet and the World Wide Web
A bi-coastal panel explores how some of the most successful web-based
dating and wedding related Internet businesses are faring. Hear how the Internet is creating wealth for these savvy Internet entrepreneurs. What is the secret sauce behind their business models, and what lessons can be applied to other businesses not in the "romance" space?
This presentation is part of a series of events produced by SofTECH.
Is this the start of Browser War II? Can Mozilla-based browsers corner 6% of the market by year end? And if they do, will they be targeted by the same crackers who go after IE flaws? Does the potential for "tag soup" sound like what Microsoft did to the browser market in 1996? This week's special guest is Brendan Eich, chief architect, Mozilla Foundation.
Humans are inherently social, but computers have traditionally been solitary beasts. No more. Yet ten years into the Internet era, with wireless connectivity and broadband links sprouting up everywhere, we're just starting to grapple with the forms and practices of social software. Weblogs, social networking tools, and cameraphones are manifestations of a people-centric digital ecosystem. How should the tools evolve to take into account the subtleties of human social behavior? Can they survive as businesses? And what about the unintended consequences, like spam, when people and large-scale networks intersect?
Syndication feeds using formats such as RSS and Atom allow users to aggregate and manipulate information from many sources. They are a staple of the Weblog world and are increasingly conquering Web content. But is there more to syndication than reading 300 blogs at once? The growing number of entrepreneurs and investors working on syndication-based tools seem to think so. Where is syndication going, and what are the missing pieces for it to get there? Is syndication a shortcut to the Semantic Web, the vision of adding rich structure to the mass of information online?
Not only has the company carved out a leading position in the nascent niche of blogging tools, its founders, Ben and Mena Trott, have aquired personal reputations among their customers and critics alike. Prior to version 3.0, Movable Type was donation-ware and the average contribution was only US$0.38. Now they're dealing with the controversy surrounding TypeKey, their hosted identity service for weblog comments. Hasn't Microsoft tried the same thing with Passport? Hear why Ben and Mena think TypeKey is different.
This talk demonstrates several technologies and concepts that show promise as ways to enhance online communities, making them easier to discover and making it easier to select high-quality content, evaluate that content, and motivate others to contribute significant value. In short, these tools may catalyze collective action by highlighting participants' histories and relationships.
This panel discusses best tools and practices for online advocacy, as well as online advocacy's impact on participatory democracy.
This is the question-and-answer session that followed Joe Trippi's keynote presentation.