Monthly Archives: January 2008

Forget Miss America – the Social Bookmarking Winner Is….

How many social bookmarking sites are on a slow road to obscurity? Which is best to use?

Web research science tells us that web content has a “long tail”
distribution with an extremely high number of content variations.
Social bookmarking content providers follow this pattern – there are over 50 of them, and none have more than 5% of the total. However, there is a cluster of the strongest – Digg,, Reddit, MyWeb (yahoo), Netscape, Google, and Technorati.

Though the value of a network is theoretically supposed to increase exponentially based on the number of nodes, isn’t there a point of negative feedback when the complexity becomes too great? Too many choices can have a negative utility? As Charlene Li has complained, there is no “services architecture” for web 2.0 that provides seamless integration of personal information (social graphs) such as bookmarks. It is a challenge to publishers trying to accomodate user audiences and their numerous social bookmarking options.

I think of bookmarking segmented into three categories, even though there is blurring of the boundaries by some of the sites: general purpose (google bookmarks), blog / comment (bloglines, google blog search, co.mments), and news (digg, reddit).

The nifty site shows Digg, Technorati,, and Reddit leading. Insert your own choices on the site and create your own chart.

Google, Yahoo, and Netscape domains were omitted. Does Complete filter out spam bookmarking from the results? Anyone?

News-markers Digg / Reddit are growing extremely fast – Digg hits tripled from last year.  Netscape and and Google offer bookmarking, but Yahoo is the social bookmarking leader overall after acquiring and launching the  bookmarking this year. Compete’s site is unable to report on subdomains, so and were omitted from the chart,  but I included them in the “read more” segment of this post which also includes the following:

Digg, Netscape,
MyWeb2,, Backflip, Reddit, Furl, Spurl, Blogmarks, Technorati, Blinkbits,
Stumbleupon, Buddymarks, Diigo, Blinklist, Feedmelinks, Newsvine, Magnolia, Wink,
Givealink, Linkagogo, Citeulike, Rawsugar, Gravee, Rojo, Shadows, Simpy, Igooi,
Plugim, Linkroll, Zurpy, Hyperlinkomatic, Lilisto, Kinja, Netvouz, Tagtooga,
Looklater, Squidoo, Dzone, Feedmarker, Segnalo,
Scuttle, Wists, Maple, Tailrank, Mesfavs, Unalog

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Enterprise Web 2.0 predictions from Forrester

Enterprise Web 2.0 predictions from Forrester by ZDNet‘s Dan Farber — Forrester published a report, “Top Enterprise Web 2.0 Predictions For 2008” ($775, about $100 per page), which concludes that blogs, wikis, and social networking will further gain importance in 2008 as enterprises look to Web 2.0 tools to solve long-standing worker problems. Not a big revelation. The market will remain volatile, according to the report, with […]

Workflows in Netweaver / Duet

Duet provides several workflow-related scenarios, such as leave management, but it also can be used by customers running workflows that leverage the SAP NetWeaver Business Workflow in their landscape. Those workflows made available to a large community of information workers, especially those who rely on Microsoft Office applications as their preferred productivity tools, can be enabled through Outlook using Duet.

SAP Goes Disney: Project Harmony Social Engineering Initiative As promised here is an update regarding SAP’s social networking initiative.


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Movable Type Open Source 4.1 Released – 1/28/2007

Movable Type open source 4.1 stable released… still looking for examples of social networking applications run on SAP Netweaver… I’ve sent a note to Craig Cmehil and waiting to hear back.

Comments by Byrne Reese…

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SAP’s Netweaver Case Studies – PDF Links

Listing of PDF files on SAP’s corporate site. Helpful background for discussing Netweaver enterprise approaches.

Shai Agassi’s New Gig: Saving the World

After leaving SAP in March 2007, Shai Agassi, 39,  became CEO of  Project Better Place. The mission:  to promote the servicing network that must be in place for adoption of the electric car.

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