A-List Bloggers Talk About Their Most Popular Posts

Google Blogoscoped recently asked some A-list bloggers to talk about their most popular posts, and how the post impacted the readers, and traffic to their blogs. Bloggers included in the list are Michael Arrington (Techcrunch.com), Steve Rubel (Micropersuasion.com), Om Malik (GigaOm.com) and more.

As bloggers, we can all learn from their experiences. A must read.

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The Web Turns 16

According to the timeline on W3.org, the web turns 16 today.

The first web server was nxoc01.cern.ch, later called info.cern.ch, and the first web page http://nxoc01.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html Unfortunately CERN no longer supports the historical site. Note from this era too, the least recently modified web page we know of, last changed Tue, 13 Nov 1990 15:17:00 GMT (though the URI changed.)

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Should Social Bookmarking be Anonymous?

Social bookmarking sites capitalize on the principle of the wisdom of crowds when deciding what content to promote to the sites’€™ front-pages. What happens as these sites start to mature is that a group of prolific community members rise above the rest of the community. Once a select group begins to be considered ‘€˜better’€™ than the rest, sites relying on socially driven content run into the information cascade problem and the wisdom of crowds doesn’€™t work anymore.

The Japanese discussion board 2ch.net may have the answer.

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Wikipedia Cleans Up Fast

To test how long inaccurate pieces of information would last on Wikipedia, Alexander Halavais, assistant professor of communications at Quinnipiac University altered some entries on the site. The false information entered was that Frederick Douglass (the abolitionist), lived in Syracuse, N.Y. for four years, and that the Disney film The Rescuers Down Under won an Oscar for film editing.

Wikipedia volunteers eliminated all the fabrications within three hours of being posted.

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Webdesign Usability Checklist

Rogier at NotUsable.com has compiled a list of 87 questions every webdesigner should ask himself when designing a website, to ensure usability. The questions include the following categories: technical, images, content, navigation, structure, forms, multimedia, and extra features.

How does Blog Herald fare according to the list?

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Using Google as a Diagnostic Tool

Studies show that on average, doctors misdiagnose disease about 20% of the time. This is because doctors have to carry around millions of medical facts in their heads, but with the pace at which the field is growing, this is not always sufficient. In lieu of this, doctors are turning more and more to the web as a diagnostic tool.

Google searches found the correct diagnosis in 15 (58 per cent) of cases.

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Losses to Piracy ‘Self-Serving Hyperbole’

According to a drafty study commissioned by the office of the Australian Attorney General, statistics used by the digital media and software industries are a ‘self-serving hyperbole’ with no evidence to back up the claims. Furthermore, the study states that the copyright holders fail to explain how the reach the conclusions they then use when pursuing litigation.

Figures for 2005 from the global Business Software Association showing $361 million a year of lost sales in Australia are “unverified and epistemologically unreliable”, the report says.

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From Software to Webware

More and more, people are moving away from offline software to online substitutes. In celebration of this trend in the internet users’ behavior, CNET has launched Webware.com. You can find productivity applications, data-driven applications, and much more. Software is passé, make the move to Webware.

Every day more utility is being delivered over the Web. Full applications can now be run in a browser, accessible from any computer. Software? It’s no longer required. Software is becoming Webware.

Why Socially Driven News is Better

When the news broke earlier today that Donald Rumsfeld will be resigning, one thing became really clear. While it took upwards of 25 minutes for the major news networks to get the news from the wire, the top three social bookmarking sites had the news within 3-5 minutes.

Another example of the power of social media…

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The Top 10 Lies of Web 2.0

Thinking about investing in a web 2.0 startup? Take a deep breath and have a look at the following list of things that may mislead you into making a bad investment, before you go to the bank.

Lie #2: This is not a bubble
Lie #4: Online advertising will pay for everything
Lie #6: The analysts are trustworthy now