Monthly Archives: April 2006

Flickr Lady Wants to Argue

One of the founders of Flickr, who earlier this month posted a preposterous, unresearched, inside-the-bubble proclamation that now is a 'bad time to start a company', now says she wants a good argument online. But that's not all, she also says:

I noticed, however, that I don't like arguing online, in blog comments or online forums. Mostly because people don't argue well — often they don't know much about the things they hold opinions about, or don't take the time to support their arguments. They tend to react to things not mentioned in the blog posts or other people's comments, but veer off into other topics; when they can't come up with a good argument they resort to sour grapes or ad hominem attacks; and they rarely give credit when their opponent makes a good point. When your opponent makes a good point, you've both won, in my opinion.

Perhaps she ought to apply those same rules to herself, the next time she attempts to give startup or business advice on her blog. 

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Calacanis on Web 2.0

Not to turn this into all-Calacanis all the time (he's not a bad guy, just annoying and a fun target) but, here's some collected Jason C wisdom on web 2.0:

Youtube.com = not a real business
Digg = extremely raw and suspect
Wikipedia = on the verge of coming apart
critical bloggers = freaks

The first three on the list have the distinct disadvantage of having either having more users/reach or being rumored to sell for more then Weblogsinc. The last item is true.

0.2 beW

We're enjoying the critical "company" reviews over at 0.2beW. Kindred souls it would seem.

Tailrank Failing to Sustain Momentum

Tailrank provides an interesting look at what's going on, online. However, unlike Memeorandum, it has failed to sustain its initial momentum. The problem is perhaps that

its appeal is somewhat selective in its current incarnation. Which is to say, it's boring for most people. If Tailrank is going to survive, it will need to create a compelling front page which the average person will immediately find out not just what is already being talked about, but what WILL be talked about. The Drudge Report is a 2 man operation and every day it both reflects and sets the national news agenda. TailRank needs a way to highlight interesting, strange, game-changing stories BEFORE they become "buzz" because right now you end up looking at a bunch of boring things that only nerds care that much about. De-nerdification and meme-predicition rather then chasing is the key for this site if it wants to differentiate.

If You Can’t Take the Heat…

Scobleizer throws in the towel and decides to stop blogging. For now. Still waiting for the chorus of "Come back, Scobleizer!" which is usually the main reason for people who publicly announce that they will be taking a break from blogging.

Tagworld: No Traffic Growth in 2006

Alexa shows no traffic growth for TagWorld, a flipmeat site built to be sold to a major media player but failing, despite millions in advertising dollars, to grow its audience.

TagWorld is notable for this column, as it has continually been hyped as the Web 2.0 version of MySpace.com. Here’s what prophet TechCrunch Arrington said about the service:

“Can TagWorld take on MySpace and become the King of Social Networks 3.0?

Yeah, I think they will. For a number of reasons.

TagWorld can take this market.”

This despite all signs that TagWorld had nothing to offer other then some lame “web 2.0 features”. This is a case where Arrington’s judgement may have been colored by connections to various VCs or to the founders of the company. What else is to explain breathless coverage of TagWorld’s every last feature enhancement or (inflated) membership stats? Of course, there’s no proof of any of that, it may just be another case of normal TechCrunch Web 2.0 hype.

9rules Peaked in 2005

9rules, the fun, well designed, and wacky blog network that also pretends to be a legitimate business (but owns nothing and can only sell ads to itty-bitty companies that themselves will be out of business in 18 months) is flailing around just like you'd imagine. A look at their recent Alexa traffic, compared with theequally lame but far less prentetious "flagship" of another "blog network", The Blog Herald, shows that they peaked in '05 and have been on a downslide ever since January. Meanwhile the more-or-less useless Blog Herald continues to grow. Both sites have pretty meager traffic to begin with, but this just gives you an idea of what to think when the fearless leader of 9rules puts himself in the same sentance as Calacanis.

9rules traffic