23 August 2006

Widgets

Now, the problem with this setup is simple. “Widget” is about as Valley a word as you can get. It cuts to the big problem at the heart of 2.0: a handful of old geeks and beancounters trying (and largely failing) to invest in cool services consumers luv; a bunch of hipsters trying (and failing) to revolutionize mass markets with radical management innovation.

“Widget”, let’s recall, is a term to reflect the banality of business: the generic, homogeneous, standardized, meaningless “product” churned out by industrial era business.

Calling the microchunked components of a new breed of radically innovative services, then, which connect consumers socially and culturally “widgets” is just setting the stage for (yet another) round of 2.0 funding gone awry.

Industry Note: Viral Funpacks

8 August 2006

Sensory Deprivation

I always forget how refreshing and delightful the browsing experience can be, if you turn off the loading of pictures and disable the usage of JavaScript and other plugins (i.e. in Firefox via Preferences / Content)

(btw: if you don’t know this trick, disabling JavaScript more often than not will help you if sites don’t seem to load; usually some embedded script for tracking, tracing, or counting your behaviour or for displaying some ad, stat, or widget is not responding and blocks your browser from rendering the site even if it actually has been loaded already)