I've been so busy between stuff going on at ETech and stuff back at Yahoo that I haven't had a chance to even post here. You probably heard about Yahoo! 360 (our answer to what happens when you combine your friends, your content (pictures, lists, reviews, etc), and a bit of blogging fu). I'll write more about it later, probably but am happy to see that some people "get it."
360 was not designed to be YASNS (Yet Another Social Networking Service). The goal is not to amass as many "friends" as possible, unlike Friendster, Orkut, and others. It's about making it easier to share stuff with people who really are you friends--tne ones you already talk to, email, IM, etc.
ETech has been great. I even got to ask Jeff Bezos about his space investments a couple hours ago. What's really cool is that he comes to a conference like ETech and says around to just check out what's going on an talk to people. He doesn't fly back to Seattle as soon as his talk is done or blow people off. He's right at home among the geeks here.
Speaking of Amazon, Udi Manber of a9.com told me he's heading to Tuscon for PC Forum after this. He's taking the gps and camera equipment with him so that he can drive the streets and get more pictures for their sidewalk view of the area. We also got to chat a bit about the Open Search via RSS concept that Jeff demonstrated yesterday.
So much cool stuff, so little time.
Also, while I'm doing an ETech inspired braindump of sorts, here's a mini-linkdump too:
- Don't throw out the SOAP with the bathwater - Jon Udell writes about Yahoo! Search Web Services, REST, SOAP, and how there's room for all of it.
- Yahoo Service Combines Blogging, Social Networking (ZDNet)
- Yahoo! Tunes into Blogging and Social Networking (Slashdot, uh oh)
- Yahoo! announces blogging and social networking betas (Charlene Li)
Posted by jzawodn at March 16, 2005 11:38 PM