"web2summit" entries

The economics of gaining attention

Power lies with those who can decipher attention algorithms.

As our social, economic and political lives are increasingly mediated through a few consolidated technologies such as Facebook and Google, software exerts a profound influence on the way we engage with one another.

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Twitter Users Most Followed by the Web 2.0 Summit Crowd

I took the set of users† who posted tweets containing the hashtag #w2s and determined who those users followed. Unlike the list of the most followed users in all of Twitter, the list isn't dominated by celebrities. (A few coders landed in the top 50.) Regular Radar readers will be familiar with many of the users listed below: over 20…

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My Conversation with Austan Goolsbee at Web 2.0 Summit

He introduces himself as “another tall, skinny guy with big ears and a funny name.” Economics adviser to Barack Obama during the campaign, and now a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and chief economist of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, Austan Goolsbee is a key figure in framing the economic thinking of the Obama administration. Perhaps most importantly for those of us in Silicon Valley, he’s an economist clued in to the tech world. I’ll be interviewing Austan Goolsbee on stage at the Web 2.0 Summit.

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The Army, the Web, and the Case for Intentional Emergence

Web 2.0 isn't really about specific technologies, it's about enabling large scale emergence. The Army should replicate the kind of generative platforms found on the web and intentionally enable emergence in the enterprise.

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“Technology is the 7th Kingdom of Life” – A conversation with Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly doesn’t need much in the way of introduction to Radar readers. He is a big thinker looking at the intersection of biology, technology and culture. Kevin gave a great High Order Bit at the Web 2.0 Summit and I caught up with him afterward. This interview covers: The impact of the web on our recent elections The rich…

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Huffington, Newsom, and Trippi talk politics in a Web 2.0 world

"Were it not for the Internet, Barack Obama would not be President," declared Arianna Huffington from the stage at Web 2.0 Summit, the day after the election. In "The Web and Politics" session, moderator John Heileman explores the new world of running for office–and governing once you win–with Huffington, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, and veteran politico Joe Trippi. Politicians…

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Shai Agassi on Electric Cars

One of my favorite sessions at the recent Web 2.0 summit was Tim's half-hour conversation with Shai Agassi, the CEO of Better Place. Better Place aims to make electric cars widespread ("the electric car as the de facto standard") by addressing major issues that have held back electric vehicles: affordability and convenience. In a relaxed conversation with Tim, Shai described…

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Visualization of Interests at Web 2.0 Summit

To help make the most of this week's Web 2.0 Summit, I wanted to understand the overall audience gestalt – what are the broad themes, interests, and ideas that are important to the people going to the conference? A tag cloud can be a great (but admittedly imperfect!) way to understand these large patterns quickly, so I used a spider…

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Major milestone for ProgrammableWeb & "The Web as Platform"

Last week marked an important milestone for the "Web as Platform" as the 1,000 API was added to the ProgrammableWeb registry. John Musser (see: Web2.0 Report) started tracking the first few web service API's back in 2005. How do these 1000 APIs break down by type? The following chart, derived from our database, shows the the top 15 sectors…

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Tim In The LA Times On Getting Serious

As Tim mentioned earlier this week during tough times it's important to work on things that matter. The LA Times dives into Tim's thinking with a piece published yesterday. From the story: O'Reilly argues that Silicon Valley has strayed from the passion and idealism that fuel innovation to instead follow what he calls the "mad pursuit of the buck with…

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