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Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress is on today in Barcelona and from the looks of things, everyone in the space is aiming to wow the crowd with something new. Read/Write Web is expecting Google to make the GPhone announcement. And Nokia are having a virtual launch event and talking about it here;

Google & News Fear MicroYahooSoft

Interesting news of Microsoft bidding for Yahoo, News doing the same and Google being frightened of the outcome. Here is my quick view on how I see these guys. Google – Massive, arrogant, academic, cash rich, well positioned for  future, do great products with lots of simplicity. Microsoft – struggling with change, locked into Windows, too risk averse, should learn more from IBM at being big but profitable. News – money money money, not innovating and don’t ‘get it’ but happy to buy apps with eyeballs. Open Social will be interesting. Yahoo – too mixed up, no consistency, no solid direction, but trying pretty hard. I’d be a lot more interested if Apple bought Yahoo. I think they’d clean out the crap, focus on the real wow stuff and present a more compelling proposition. If News bought Yahoo it would get uglier and messier. YahooVegas!

Web App Goal #1: Change the World

google maps and tennis courts Originally uploaded by bigmick If your first goal when building a web apps isn’t ‘To Change The World’, then take a deep breath and start again. You’re about to start working really really hard for really really risky returns, so it’s worth taking some time to think about it. Write it down somewhere. On your blog, wiki or whiteboard. “We are doing this to change the world” There are lots of reasons to do this. 1. It makes you focus on doing something unique. If your idea is to build a solitaire game, then nothing is going to change. Nothing new is going to be created. 2. It makes you want to do something bigger. Not that all good things, or things that change the world have to be mega, but normally it takes as much time to do something big as little, so triple that goal. 3. It makes you think about change. This includes both what can you do to bring about change, but also that in building a new web app you have to be aware that change has to happen. A long list of great technologies died because the developers didn’t think about how peoples behaviours would have to change. 4. […]

SEOuch!

Simple Websites by Design Originally uploaded by bigmick I was looking for companies that specialise in simple websites and I came across this one which was fourth on the list in Google. Ugly. Not updated since 2000. And really ugly. After I could look back at the screen and worked out how old it is I just couldn’t believe that Google would even index it, let alone so highly. Is this a result of no one else using these specific words? Or is a part of the Google magic that these things slip through??

10 Ways People Find New Web Apps

Surprise! Just what I’ve always wanted! Originally uploaded by Sugar Pond They don’t come in a box, or bought off the shelves. So how do people find new web applications? A really important question for someone who’s just made one and wants a few more customers, or someone who’s thinking of making one.  Notice that most of these hinge on you being awesome. 1. You see a friend using it. This could be directly over the shoulder, or they could casually digesting someones twitter feed and hear that they use it. This is how I discovered Desklickr yesterday as Lachlan Hardy twittered it, not as a promotion, but just that he used it. 2. You get an invite from Facebook, et al. Whether it’s a vampire app or something that is actually useful to the planet, when someone decides to spam/invite you to a new application it comes with (some) credibility. This credibility is like a borse in that the more Vampire’s I get from you, the lower your credibility, the more Quicksilver’s I get, up goes your credibility. 3. You get emailed an invite personally. As far as referrals go, this is the big one. “Hey Mick, you really should check this out, you’ll love it”. Is pretty much […]