User-Created Content: The Next Big Thing That's Already Here
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1. Editor's Note: User-Created Content: The Next Big Thing That's Already Here
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- Next-Gen Xeons Could Boost Performance By 3.5 Times
- AMD To Ship Next-Gen Mobile Chip In Early '06
- AMD Issues Dual-Core Chip Challenge To Intel
- Intel Hastens Xeon Development Pace
- Intel To Use Forum To Fight Off AMD's Advances
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- Gates Tops Poll Of IT's Most Influential People
- Moto To Expand R&D, Cell-Phone Thrust In India
- Debate Over Cell-Phone Towers Growing
- Amazon.com Partners With Photo-Services Provider
- Amazon.com Offers Book Lovers 'Digital Shorts'
- New Oracle Collaboration Suite Takes Aim At Microsoft SharePoint
- N.J. Cops Install Gunshot-Detection System
- DVD Vendors Push Competing High-Def Formats
- Display Projects Video Images Into Thin Air
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Management cannot be expected to recognize a good idea unless it
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1. Editor's Note: User-Created Content: The Next Big Thing That's Already Here
You want to know where the big money is coming from on the
Internet nowadays? Look in the mirror. Online businesses are
increasingly finding revenue in capturing content from users like
you. Companies are making money by providing tools and services
that let you write stuff, take pictures, organize your
information, and publish it to the Web.
Blogs are, of course, the biggest example. Even though the
overwhelming majority of blogs aren't business, providing the
technology to run the blogs sure is. MSN Spaces is, of course,
run by Microsoft. Blogger has been owned by Google since February
2003. Six Apart, which runs the BlogSpot and LiveJournal
blog-hosting communities and provides Moveable Type blogging
software, has 80 employees, offices on three continents, and
funding from Neoteny and August Capital.
Other examples of businesses getting money from user-created
is optimized for sharing photos online; its Web site is easier
and more fun to use than the competition among photo-sharing
sites. Flickr was bought by Yahoo in March.
Getting organized:Del.icio.us is an online
bookmarking service that's getting popular in the geek community.
It lets you post your bookmarks to a Web site, so they'll be
accessible from any computer, and share those bookmarks with
other del.icio.us users. Del.icio.us is not only a bookmarking
service, it's a research tool. Yahoo recently introduced My Web
2, a service that incorporates many of the features of
del.icio.us. Backpack is
an online service with a devoted cult, allowing users to gather
to-do lists, calendars, photographs, and research materials for
projects all in one place. 43Things allows users to
write down their goals, share them with other users, find other
users with common goals, and provide mutual assistance.
Amazon.com is an investor in 43Things.
What it all means for businesses: The businesses that get
into capturing user-created content are weird hybrids. They're
like software vendors, in that they need to provide powerful,
usable tools. They're like E-retailers, in that they make their
money off consumers on the Internet. They're like publishers, in
that they display writing, images, audio, and video.
They need to combine all those skills with good customer service.
And something that goes beyond customer service: Community
service. The successful user-content site will find that its
customers take a proprietary interest in the business. The
customers feel, rightly so, that the business was built on their
work, and therefore the customers own the sites as much as the
investors, management, and employees do.
For more of my thoughts about the business of capturing
user-created comment, see my blog entry, and leave a comment
there or send me an E-mail if you want to respond.
Intel's new architecture for server processors will boost
performance per watt and combine the best of features found in
two of the company's existing microarchitectures.
Related Stories: AMD To Ship Next-Gen Mobile Chip In Early '06
The company plans to launch its low-power, dual-core Turion 64
processor early next year, which would push its release date
closer to that of rival Intel's next-generation mobile offering, Yonah.
Intel Hastens Xeon Development Pace
The company is moving engineers from other projects to Xeon, one
analyst says, in a bid to move the 64-bit chip out the door more
quickly because of fears it's losing ground to rival AMD in the
DVD Vendors Push Competing High-Def Formats
As backers of the competing next-generation DVD formats, Blu-ray
and HD-DVD, ratchet up their marketing campaigns over their
copy-protection formats, they're forgetting about consumers.
Display Projects Video Images Into Thin Air
The Heliodisplay went on the market last week. It displays any
video source in full high-resolution color in free space, without
the need for a screen. Demand for the product crashed vendor IO2
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