I’m speaking at AJAXWorld in NYC Tomorrow

So… Tomorrow I’ll be giving a talk at AJAXWorld in NYC tomorrow entitled “The Social Aggregator – Widgets Reshape the Social Web.” It should be good.

Attending the conference? Live in NYC? I’d love to meetup. Drop me a line at justin@clearspring.com.

Finally! The Library of Congress Adds Photos from 1910s to Flickr

After much waiting, the Library of Congress has FINALLY added more photos to it’s Flickr account.  The 50 new photos were added to the 1910s Bain News Service set.

Hopefully the love and excitement, that started with the Library’s foray into Flickr in January, will continue here.

Go there. Enjoy the Library of Congress photos on Flickr. Tag them.

Storefront with a crowd infront of it

Our current biggest online revolution isn’t user facing…

There have been a lot of folks who have been down on the current state of Web startups.  They said there is nothing interesting and nothing innovative happening.  I think thats a load of bull.

There is a revolution that’s happening online right now but it’s not sexy or exciting enough to be written about in newspapers or major blogs.

The Web is being broken apart into smaller bits.  Seems like everyone has some type of RSS feed, API, structured microformatted data, or a platform on which to build upon.

The most important thing is no longer your Web site. It’s making the content, services, and functionality of your Web site available so that your users can consume it however and where ever they please.  Steve Rubel has a GREAT article about this, “The Future is Web Services, Not Web Sites.”

Seems like this was the BIG theme at the Future of Web Apps conference in Miami that I attende a few weeks ago.

At SXSW, folks were announcing new platforms and APIs like it was going out of style.  For example, my friends at MapQuest just announced a free API.

Seems like plenty of folks were talking about the Facebook platform or MySpace’s implementation of OpenSocial.

YouTube recently opened up and has been getting A LOT Of press.

The thing is… these are all tools for developer and publishers. They aren’t out of the box that usesful or interesting to the average joe.

The Twitter API doesn’t mean anything without something like Twitteriffic.  The Remember the Milk API isn’t that interesting but how they’ve used a Grease Monkey script and the API to put my todos on the side of GMail is pretty dang hot.

At Clearspring, our CEO Hooman Radfar wrote a great blog post, “Semantic Web Rising“:

Web 2.0 is about the web breaking into pieces. Web 3.0 – the Semantic Web – will put it all back together.

So who is going to be the one to put together all of these APIs, pieces of structure data, and feeds in an interesting and useful way?

In the future will there be a Yahoo Pipes, which makes it even more painless to stich together all of these sources of data?

Where’s my MagSafe Headphone Connector?

Heh… I think my heart is just starting to stop palpitating.  I was getting up from my desk to throw something away and my foot must have been wrapped around my headphone chord.

My work MacBook Pro went flying and shut in the process. Because Apple makes resilient products which are amazing, the computer is fine.  Thank God!

When can I get my MagSafe headphone connector?!?!?

Anyone else almost had a fatal laptop emergency?

Why Twitter Was So Successful at SXSW… Geography

So Twitter was a big success at SXSW for bringing people together.  As was laid out by Jeremiah Owyang, it was used to revolt against the Zuckerberg/Lacey interview, improve panels, and to find/start parties.

But what empowered Twitter to be so helpful? Most of it’s users were in the same geographic area.

I have Twitter friends from all over the country… all over the world.  There are times when I want to be able to see what everyone in my “global neighborhood” is doing.  That is fine.

There are other times when I want to go grab a beer and I’m curious what everyone else is up to.   What my friends in Boulder, Colorado are doing doesn’t help me find beer drinking company here in Washington DC.

It’d be cool if there was a mobile app that would append my geo-location or maybe just my zipcode on to the end of all my and my friends’ Twitter messages.

In addition to saying I always want to get SMS messages from certain twitter users, I could get SMS messages when tweets happen in my same geographic location.  Seems like this would be useful.

This make sense?