Posted by: Atul Sabnis | May 13, 2008

The Next Social Network?

I like this. Truly!

“Rather than calling somebody or sending an e-mail or a Twitter or an IM, you just open up your contact list and click on their name. Wherever they are, your communication reaches them via the most convenient and appropriate means. So, they’re walking on the beach, their iPhone rings. If they’re in a meeting, they get a text message. If they’re at their desk, they get an e-mail. If they’re in Asia, they’re probably asleep, so they get a voicemail.”: The Next Social Network? It’s Web 2.0, And It Knows Where You Are | Compiler from

Posted by: Atul Sabnis | May 6, 2008

Diigo: Survival of the Fittest

Darwin discovered natural selection, which went on to be made popular by Herbert Spencer as “the survival of the fittest.” Yesterday, I saw it being applied to Web 2.0. I have been a fan for some time now. is synonymous with social bookmarking, in fact, for all practical purposes, they invented it. In fact, I switched back from Firefox 3beta because there was no support.

Yet, never came out of Version 1 of this Web 2.0 phenomenon.

Along comes diigo. on steroids!

Changes the way you will use and share (and I really mean share) bookmarks. What they have done to social bookmarking is not rocket science, but they have done it. What they have done was never difficult, but being the one who does it first makes a lot of difference. I have happily switched from to And I am thrilled using it the last 18 hours.

Highly recommended!!!

I am an addict of all things Web 2.0. There is only one cure for it — subscribe to more and more things that seemingly make life simpler and interesting. Oh, how I love to be here!

Posted by: Atul Sabnis | February 1, 2008

The Future

Will the future of all things 2.0 be determined by believers or heretics?

Posted by: Atul Sabnis | August 4, 2007

Publishing 2.0

Web 2.0 has really helped find (yet another) kindred spirit for Second Version. It was indeed very exciting to stumble upon (which is also a Web 2.0 app now) Publishing 2.0 by Scott Carp. Sharp and insightful. 

Publishing 2.0 is a about the (r)evolution of media, which is being driven by digital technology and the networked Web, just as movable type made possible the first revolution in media.

Publishing 2.0

Posted by: Atul Sabnis | July 14, 2007

Museum 2.0

We find a kindred spirit in Nina Simon, who has an entire blog dedicated to Museum 2.0. Like George Siemens who says:

I continue to stress about the “2.0’ing” of everything…

we do too, and are happy to find Nina’s blog, via George’s!

Posted by: Atul Sabnis | July 5, 2007

Internet 2.0

Given that Web 2.0 is all about social software and constructing knowledge together, should the Internet itself (the architecture, i.e.) be constructed in the same way – a peer architecture?

According to a study conducted by the Bar-Ilan University:

“…peer to peer network routing could benefit the Internet by improving efficiency and avoiding congestion, according to a report in the MIT Technology Review. The researchers also found that the Internet comprises about 80 key intersection points, or nodes, in the midst of about 5,000 intermittently linked dependent nodes.”

Why just social software, why not social hardware?

Source: Paul McCloskey, “Israeli University Team Produces Detailed Map of the Internet,” Campus Technology, 6/26/2007,

Posted by: robie2002 | June 24, 2007

2.0 x 2

So we are now seeing a new phenomenon, numbering 2.0… It would appear that some marketing bod involved with the new Die Hard film thought that being able to embrace this whole 2.0 concept would help make ensure Die Hard remained ‘cool with the kids’; the only flaw in their plan is that someone else was inconsiderate enough to have already made the second Die Hard film in 1990; but not to worry, to retain that modern, edgy cool we can just use 4.0 instead; genius!

So is this the start of the marketing world trying to capitalise on the latest web zeitgeist? We’ve already seen the disappearance of capital letters for company names, even when it’s a noun, now everything is going to x.0; which disappointingly means this blog could be redundant already… or does it help make us even more ironic?

p.s. also, can we really argue that you get verions of films, in a x.0 sense…? Surely this is just Die Hard number 4 not version 4; or will the Directors cut be called 4.1?

Posted by: Atul Sabnis | June 17, 2007

Image 2.0

So what will you be thinking the next time you take a picture? Whether it is from you DSLR or from your 1.3mp phone camera? What is the value of that image – other than sharing it with a few friends who know you?

In Web 2.0, the image goes much further than that; your image could contribute to a ‘social reconstruction’. You may not know it – but your image becomes very valuable. The shared experience created by your image and by images taken by others – together – becomes an immensely rich view of the world. Not just self-pontificating as Robert imagines while talking about digital natives & digital immigrants.

Using photos of oft-snapped subjects (like Notre Dame) scraped from around the Web, Photosynth (based on Seadragon technology) creates breathtaking multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features that outstrip all expectation. Its architect, Blaise Aguera y Arcas, shows it off in this standing-ovation demo. Curious about that speck in corner? Dive into a freefall and watch as the speck becomes a gargoyle. With an unpleasant grimace. And an ant-sized chip in its lower left molar. “Perhaps the most amazing demo I’ve seen this year,” wrote Ethan Zuckerman, after TED2007. Indeed, Photosynth might utterly transform the way we manipulate and experience digital images.

See this Seadragon and Photosynth demo by Blaise Aguera y Arcas. Highly recommended.

We are already in a wired world anyways, says Lipstick on a Pig.

Hat Tip: Donald Clark

Posted by: robie2002 | June 11, 2007

Social pariah 2.0

I was visiting a friend and his wife at the weekend, both 30, so not really old, and in fact still in the key demographic for marketing folks.

What surprised me though is that they didn’t have any real understanding of web technology, services or tools. Now don’t get me wrong, my friend is as drawn in by gimmicks as much as you would expect a man to be, he is also impressed by, if he doesn’t buy, gadgets; again just like a good bloke should be. And to be fair to him he uses iTunes to buy music more than me (I still can’t get away from owning music on a physical format…) but he had never used youtube and struggled with the navigation (he now thinks it is great though, obviously).

I also had to explain the joy of social networking, and blogging, just generally the whole concept of Web2.0, collaborative working and sharing. They just weren’t interested and it meant that the rest of the weekend had them asking if I was going to put x minor thing ‘on my facebook’ or blog the fact that I got up at 10.00am…

However it got me wondering about the way the world is heading. Are we heading to the point where you have your social life organised and mapped out on line for all to see, will it create a new form of social pariah, like the people that give up on modern life and go to live in a farmhouse in the countryside with no running water, electricity, phone etc… and are my friends already there? Is their closed off web world like that country farm? Or are they right, are we allowing ourselves to be consumed by the web? Is it healthy to want to share your life with so many strangers, to stay in touch with people we hardly know and that in the old days we would just have lost contact with and maybe bumped in to once a year, or just sent a Christmas card? Is it symptomatic that as we close ourselves off from the real world by driving everywhere in our cars with windows closed and aircon, to then sit in our offices e-mailing people we don’t know, before heading home and doing the same thing again, doing our shopping online, ordering takeaway food (staying in is often cited as the new going out)… Are we proprogating the whole society of ‘me’ being given a canvass to shout in to the darkness in the hope someone is listening, and that if they hear us they will care and not wonder what that annoying noise is disrupting the peace? I mean who am I talking to now, in reality just myself.

However, the problem is, I am starting to love it, I like the self pontificating canvass that a blog provides, I enjoy posting pictures of little artistic merit and sharing them with the world, I enjoy collecting friends of friends on facebook and seeing what other people do with their time in the world; in a way it is just the extension of the age old pen pal concept, surely?

But then who is the real social pariah? The person who doesn’t embrace the web and only sees the smaller group of people they phone and live near, or the person that sits inside and has a big group of virtual friends; well maybe real friends but in the virtual world.

Posted by: robie2002 | June 2, 2007

Bully 2.0

I have a friend, and he is a dear friend, he is the person that really pressured me in to finally blogging (although I really wanted to anyway) and moans that I don’t post enough, he is the reason I have Delicious, he is the reason I dally with any web2.0 tool, he is in reality a web2.0 bully.

And in true bully fashion he is baiting me that he has been invited on to Joost and teasing me aboutwho he might invite on there…

I mean this all in the nicest possible way, I just liked the term and wanted to get it out here.


Posted by: Atul Sabnis | May 25, 2007

Business 2.0

(Not to be confused with the magazine of the same name)

What are the dynamics of business? Where is business going to be in the world of 2.0? Will the way we live our life and transact with our environment change radically in the days to come? Who and how will this change come about? In nano terms or giga terms?

The last part in the ad below – offers a few clues. It may seem futuristic at first glance, but the practical nature of the idea exists in the ad itself.

It excites me to a large extent; motivates me to some.

Watch this ad on YouTube

Posted by: Atul Sabnis | May 21, 2007

Growing Pains

Any growth is a painful process. Web 2.0 is no exception. As social software and individual expression begin becoming the hallmark of the complexion of what the Internet will become in the days to come, this is just a small example of the pain of growth.

Posted by: robie2002 | May 21, 2007

Food 2.0

This is going to be a short start to Second Version but will show where I am coming from with the whole 2.0 concept and how far it might stretch.

Like all good ideas this post started in a restaurant 🙂

Last week whilst visting Glasgow my travelling companions and I were enjoying a very good curry at the Dhabba restaurant (well worth a visit) and got to talking about other Indian restuarants we knew in London, with recommendations of those that I should sample. One which I floated (and was rejected, although I quite like it) was the Cinnamon Club and that brought us to talk about ‘fusion cuisine’ in more detail.

We wondered whether you could consider ‘fusion’ as the outcome of a shrinking world, and broadening horizons brought on by people’s acceptance of international influences and increased travel. Bringing together flavours from all over the world to work together to create a single dish, could that be considered as Food 2.0?