Is There Really A Web 2.0?

The whole Web 2.0 bit is really beginning to grate on my nerves. Rick Segal has a bit to say about getting swept up in the hpye. Give it a read.

The Post Money Value: Web 2.0 & New World Order?
1. Ignore browser vs. app debates, they are for tech people with too much time on their hands.

2. Focus on solutions. You have a problem and there are options to solve your problem. Solve the problem and the features that solved it are what you want/need. It’s a nice closed loop that gets you satisfied.

These 2 points are mentioned at the end of the piece, but they are really the take away here. The key to any app or solution is that it scratch an itch. Otherwise it’s just an answer looking for a question and there are plenty of those laying around. And it doesn’t really matter where the scratch comes from, just that it be easy enough to apply to sooth the itch without creating another one.

BlogBridge Aggregation System

OK, BlogBridge looks like the real deal. I’ve got it running and it actually seems to work well. I imported my feed list from anther aggregator and that worked. I’ve setup a ‘SmartFeed’ that searches tags and that is producing results. The app is in Java, so it should run anywhere. Blogbridge offers a server-based service that will store your subscriptions so you can use them on other installs. Overall I like it. Let’s see what a couple of days of Elmer brings:)

BlogBridge: Home
Don’t know what BlogBridge is? No problems – we think it’s the best news feed and blog aggregation system – bar none! Not only will BlogBridge let you subscribe to your favorite RSS feeds, it will also help you sort through your existing feeds and help you discover new feeds.

It also comes with a server-based service that will let you synchronize all your feeds across multiple computers, and even maintain your read/unread status across those computers.