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Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0 [East Bay Express]

One evening a few months ago, I had a conversation with a local San Francisco business owner about Yelp, the online business directory that lets users write reviews—both useful and completely irrelevant—of local business. We'll call said business owner "Robert." Robert mentioned that he received a call from a Yelp sales rep who said that for a monthly fee, Robert could have control over the reviews posted to his business's profile on Yelp. Robert told the sales rep to take a hike and never call him again.

Knowledge Tools of the Future

It's a truism that we live in a knowledge economy. For the last decade, being competitive in the knowledge economy has required developing systems to manage information-- information like consumer data, logistics, organizational practices. But the tools of the next decade will be very different. The growing accessibility of knowledge management systems have greatly reduced the competitive advantage that companies can draw from adopting them: KM is business as usual.

DIYcity.org - Leveraging Web 2.0 for Smarter Cities

Here in New York City, there is an incredibly popular burger stand in Madison Square Park called The Shake Shack. It's one of the touchpoints for Silicon Alley, and a great meet-up spot. The problem is that its usually insanely crowded, with an hour-long line stretching well across the park.

Timo Hannay on Web 2.0 and science

At a recent conference on Science in the 21st Century, I was lucky to hear Nature.com's publishing director Timo Hannay talk about Web 2.0 and the future of science. He recently gave a talk at the British Library with the provocative title "Scientific Researchers and Web 2.0: Social Not Working?" The whole piece is worth reading-- it's a good overview of Web 2.0 tools and their uses in science right now-- but he concludes on a somewhat pessimistic note:

I'm optimistic about the potential of the web to greatly improve the productivity – and joy – of doing science. I also think it can help to break down barriers between disciplines, and between science and the rest of society. That's why I've devoted my recent professional life to the pursuit of turning this into a reality.

But I'm less optimistic about the inevitability of this potential being fully realised, at least in anything less than a generational timescale. For every scientist who sees it as self-evident that they should be using these tools, or promoting open information-sharing, there are dozens who just don't see the point. For every publisher or librarian who 'gets it' there are many who don't – at least not fully and not yet.

Changing behaviours and expectations is difficult at the of best times – it is too easy to overlook the hundreds of companies that fail for every one, like Facebook or Google, that changes the landscape. In a conservative establishment like science, it's harder still. In some ways science – as an continual, collaborative, global endeavour – is the ultimate wiki. But this analogy misleads people into assuming that adoption of new tools and approaches by scientists is a foregone conclusion. It's not.

A conference about Web 2.0 as it relates to medicine and health

Medicine 2.0™ is an international conference on Web 2.0 applications in health and medicine, organized and co-sponsored by the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the International Medical Informatics Association, the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, CHIRAD, and others. (When I first saw the announcement, I squirmed a bit at the "2.0" modifier and its trademark notice--doesn't 2.0 seem to be overused these days?) Anyhow, here's how the conference organizers define Medicine 2.0:

The Ephemeral Web

At its heart, Web 2.0 is about data and sociality. Data, because it thrives on content that's machine readable therefore easily re-purposeable (think mashups), and social because human networks and informal categorization systems (tag-based taxonomies or "folksonomies") provide much of the metadata that helps up navigate, filter and organize it.

Workbook in Resilience Assessment -- the Wiki

The Resilience Alliance, an organization promoting the study and support of social and environmental resilience, has converted its Resilience Assessment Workbooks into wiki format. According to the alliance's Allyson Quinlan

Watch Your Carbon Footprint As You Go

Participatory web service Dopplr, which allows individuals to coordinate travel and inform colleagues about where they'll be, has now introduced a tool for calculating the carbon footprint of your journeys.

 

Dopplr co-founder Matt Jones describes its purpose this way:

New Startup Finally Brings Web 2.0 to Forums

Paul Bragiel, who built what was one of the more interesting mobile social communities around his Meetro IM platform, has now brought Web 2.0 sensibilities to the world of many-to-many discussion forums. His new startup Lefora launched today, provides an elegant hosted alternative to the terribly ugly, labor-intensive decade-old hodge podge of forum software out there like phpBB.

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