Archive for the ‘widgets’ Category

where is myspace innovation?

March 28, 2007

just a thought on myspace. as they continue to launch other verticals (the latest myspace news) are they starting to look like a huge portal that lacks innovation. innovation is key in this space and to be honest myspace has not been great in this department. will myspace ever go away who knows but i feel the more users start to understand what they can do over the web and the flexibility sites like wordpress offers myspace will start to suffer a bit. i believe the next winner in this space will offer a easy cms tool to post and have open standards regarding all widgets.

myspace is the king platform for widgets because of its audience and nothing else. if they want to build a walled garden thats fine but some other bandwidth/page provider (bc thats all myspace is) will start to eat at the audience.

another way to look at it is a platform that allows widgets to make revenue off their audience (this assumes they have a nice size audience 10-15 million) signs deal with all the top widgets providers in exchange for the widget provider not to allow their widget to be posted on myspace.

just a thought.

marx.

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twitter and message boards…a match made in tech heaven?

March 26, 2007

i have been hearing about twitter for a while now but just thought of a cool way it should be used. think about all the community forms/message boards that companies and users create to chat about products and subjects. a few weeks ago i saw twitter vision and wondered what would a message board look like with the twitter platform…and twitter vision is it or very close.

a message board with a twitter like platform would be very interactive and engaging. it allows takes the boring look and feel (fuglyness) out of current message boards and leverages web 2.ohh functionality. this would be great for a company like apple, nike, or nintendo which have tons of fanboys who already love to communicate online as is. just think…at the next apple launch instead of f5 every second on engadget we all can talk over ‘apple twitter vision’. just a thought.

check out twitter vision here

 

marx.

update: techcrunch is reporting that twitter is adding a few cool features to their api.  full story here 

vodpod test

March 22, 2007

ok…i have to admit i love what heavy is doing with ron jeremy and i am not the only one. i have seen this videos starting to pop-up everywhere. with that said i been wanting to do something with vodpod for a while and these videos give me a good chance to test. i created a vodpod for the clips and embedded on the sidebar below.

only thing i dont like so far is that it does not show the thumbnails all the time.

tell me what you think.

marx.

widgets…i am sold

February 12, 2007

there is alot of talk out there about widgets and how they will be used in the 2.0/3.0 space. i still believe that 2.0 = distribution. with that said widgets are the wave of the future. you ask whats next…this is it. some will say it is now because of the myspace lovers out there with slide, photobucket, youtube (player), etc. but none of these take the community aspect into account.

a company i have been watching for about 2 months now seems to be getting it. vod pod has a video widget that is awesome. it allows you not only to upload your own videos but pick from a community of topics and producers you like. the wideget looks very cool and is screaming for some type of ad platform.

widgets could be the death of the portals and major websites alike when you think of the way the deliver content and the fact they can be placed anywhere. myspace has shown widgets could work and get a brand not scared tp take a chance and the dollars will roll in. just saying…i have seen crazier things.

check out vod pod video widget here: http://blog.vodpod.com/

marx.