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Big Day for my Small Company

My company, Foxmarks, was featured today in the Wall Street Journal in a column by Walt Mossberg, who covers personal technology for the Journal. The column, “Synchronizing Your Bookmarks on All Your PCs,” has some nice things to say about what we do, calling our Foxmarks

a clever, well-done product that can help users of multiple computers and multiple browsers to keep their Web lives in order.

Foxmarks has grown up on the web as a grass-roots product with lots of fans (especially amongst the digerati), but this is the first time we’ve received such substantial exposure in the national non-tech media. Check it out!

Free shipping on amazon.com

I like shopping on amazon — they’ve got a great selection and they’re super-reliable. But I am suspicious at how often my checkout tally comes out just below $25, which is the point at which their free shipping kicks in.

Fear not! There’s a site that can help you find items on Amazon that cost just those few pennies you need to bump your order over the limit. I’ve used this a few times before, and it works fine. I do feel guilty about tossing out the bit of garbage that I have to buy to qualify for free shipping, but what’s a guy to do? If there were some way of having them add a dollar to my order that they would then give to a charitable cause, I’d be all over that. Alas, they don’t appear to be that enlightened yet.

Cringeley on Web 2.0

Robert X. Cringeley writes about Web 2.0, focusing on the ideas of metacontent, distributed authorship, and aggregation. Too bad he doesn’t mention microformats, especially when he refers to
“the Tower of Babel effect in which every metadata tagger can use his or her own tagging system, none of which are necessarily readable by the others”, exactly the sort of problem that Micoformats aim to solve.

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Peer Production and Structure

Spurred by Chao’s recent post, I rolled up my sleeves and tucked into Coase’s Penguin, a discourse on the emergence of Commons-Based Peer Production. CP was authored several years ago, but I’d never seen it before, and I have to confess that it was really rather mind-blowing. I had a dozen “aha!” moments, as CP really captures some core shifts in paradigm, changes that I’d seen and, perhaps, understood only intuitively. CP really helped to coalesce some my thinking.
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Semantic Web: Heated Debate

Another provactive post on the value of the Semantic Web compared to the semantic web has spurred some more debate at Danny Ayer’s blog.

What’s clear from the discussion is that there’s still fairly serious disagreement about what the thrust of the Semantic Web is, as well as the practical limitations of its implementation via RDF/XML.

What I’d like to understand: what are the practical limitations of using MicroFormats? What do you lose by taking an approach that is based on MicroFormats instead of RDF? And if GRDDL provides a data migration path from MF to RDF, do those limitations really carry any weight?