Edgeio opens new era in blogging…

I got an early look at Edgeio a few months back at one of those famous TechCrunch parties but I was sworn to secrecy. I see that Dave Winer is part of the Edgeio team as well and that he has a link to a BusinessWeek article about it (the article is here). It’s the first of several services (I guess CoComment could be counted in there) that give bloggers more services without forcing them to run off to another walled garden somewhere else.

My blog is MY garden. I love this trend. Let me do more from my blog, no matter where I am.

That’s exactly what Edgeio does. It lets me sell things right on my blog by tagging them. Now I have two groups of sellers who’ll see my listing. Buyers who are over on the Edgeio service. And my readers.

This could attack the lockin strategies that many companies try to employ. Including the one I work for. That makes this a trend to watch.

More commentary on Edgeio is over on Memeorandum.

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  3. To the best of my knowledge, AOL was also one of the only major web companies that refused to go along with Chinese censorship demands. See:
    http://committeetoprotectbloggers.civiblog.org/blog/_archives/2005/9/19/1239974.html

    As I understand it, the walled garden days of AOL are over. I hope so, as they are one of my employers. My understanding is that they have a new strategy, based on in part on content, blogs, mass mailings of disposable crap etc. Much like the new company discussed in this post (minus the mailings I hope).

  4. To the best of my knowledge, AOL was also one of the only major web companies that refused to go along with Chinese censorship demands. See:
    http://committeetoprotectbloggers.civiblog.org/blog/_archives/2005/9/19/1239974.html

    As I understand it, the walled garden days of AOL are over. I hope so, as they are one of my employers. My understanding is that they have a new strategy, based on in part on content, blogs, mass mailings of disposable crap etc. Much like the new company discussed in this post (minus the mailings I hope).

  5. Well, coComment does seem a little walled to me so long as it only tracks the comments of other cC users on blogs I comment on – not that I know how they’d do otherwise.

    I’ll be interested to see what Edgeio does about things like the Craig’s List housing discrimination suit. I guess you could put a spam and demographic/identity term” filter on the incoming feeds?

  6. Well, coComment does seem a little walled to me so long as it only tracks the comments of other cC users on blogs I comment on – not that I know how they’d do otherwise.

    I’ll be interested to see what Edgeio does about things like the Craig’s List housing discrimination suit. I guess you could put a spam and demographic/identity term” filter on the incoming feeds?

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  8. Christopher: I’m not getting a dime from Edgeio. Well, they did sponsor my launch party. So, guess I should have disclosed that. $1,000 to buy food and tents and other nice things for our guests. Nothing went into my pockets, though.

  9. Christopher: I’m not getting a dime from Edgeio. Well, they did sponsor my launch party. So, guess I should have disclosed that. $1,000 to buy food and tents and other nice things for our guests. Nothing went into my pockets, though.

  10. That makes this a trend to watch.

    A-List Bloggerese to English Translation: They cut me (and best-friend Dave) in on a deal. But Fon is evil, bad bad, as I got no cut.

  11. That makes this a trend to watch.

    A-List Bloggerese to English Translation: They cut me (and best-friend Dave) in on a deal. But Fon is evil, bad bad, as I got no cut.

  12. i also think what edgeio is doing is interesting. i’d also encourage you to check out and comment on a recently proposed microformat specification called hlisting http://www.microformats.org/wiki/hlisting-proposal. This would enable a wide variety of engines (Oodle, Technorati, Google as well as Edgeio) to easily find and reference a classifieds listing posted on a blog.

    You might also want to check out an alpha version of an open-source plug-in for WordPress that uses this draft spec — http://blog.labnotes.org/2006/02/07/posting-a-listing-with-wordpress/

    interesting times…

  13. i also think what edgeio is doing is interesting. i’d also encourage you to check out and comment on a recently proposed microformat specification called hlisting http://www.microformats.org/wiki/hlisting-proposal. This would enable a wide variety of engines (Oodle, Technorati, Google as well as Edgeio) to easily find and reference a classifieds listing posted on a blog.

    You might also want to check out an alpha version of an open-source plug-in for WordPress that uses this draft spec — http://blog.labnotes.org/2006/02/07/posting-a-listing-with-wordpress/

    interesting times…

  14. Walled gardens suck! The reason I have recently switched over to gmail 100% is they let their service do their talking for them. If I find another email service that I like more than Gmail, I can simply forward all my email from my Gmail account to my new email account. Hotmail, nope, they will do everything they can to keep you trapped in their subpar world. (read: don’t let me forward my email, so I am stuck in their service)

  15. Walled gardens suck! The reason I have recently switched over to gmail 100% is they let their service do their talking for them. If I find another email service that I like more than Gmail, I can simply forward all my email from my Gmail account to my new email account. Hotmail, nope, they will do everything they can to keep you trapped in their subpar world. (read: don’t let me forward my email, so I am stuck in their service)

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