Monthly Archives: January 2007

The wrong way to avoid information (er, RSS) overload

Blerts.com is on stage right now saying they have the way to read RSS feeds.  Saying it solves information overload problems.

It’s the worst thing I’ve seen on the Demo stage so far.

Wrong way to overcome information overload. Seeing only headlines is FAR FAR FAR less productive than using a real RSS reader that shows full text. This thing only shows you headlines which means you have to click and wait to see each item. That is HORRIBLY inefficient compared to other approaches like NewsGator, Bloglines, NetNewsWire, or Google Reader.

Can you use keyboard commands to plow through your feeds like Google Reader does for me? No.

Does it give you a river of text like Google does? No.

I almost didn’t even bring this up. There’s so much better stuff coming out of Demo that deserves your attention more.

Arrington and Calacanis announce new conference

I’m sitting with Mike Arrington right now (the guy who does TechCrunch) and he and Jason Calacanis are starting a new “demo” conference. Here’s Jason’s writeup. Here’s Mike’s.

This is a great idea. A large part of Demo is Web stuff anyway.

UPDATE: Mike asked me to be on the advisory board of this conference since I see a lot of interesting companies for ScobleShow (I don’t charge any company to get onto my show, either, except for my sponsor, Seagate, and truth be told I’d put them on my show whether or not they are paying). I’m honored to help out Mike and Jason.

Some demos of stuff brought out at Demo…

Over on ScobleShow there are three new videos that just shipped of stuff that we’re seeing here at Demo.

I sat down with Splashcast and VodPod to talk about their approaches to media distribution. Splashcast is one of the companies that was featured in that BusinessWeek article this morning.

Splashcast demo.

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Splashcast interview.

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Vodpod interview and demo.

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Nexo: Yahoo Groups Killer

OK, I’ve been walking the aisles meeting with tons of companies and this is the first one that motivated me to pull my laptop out and blog it right from the company’s booth. OK, Zoho’s Notebook got close, but that won’t be out until March, so didn’t feel the pressure to tell you about it RIGHT NOW.

Nexo changes all that. Think Yahoo groups. But done right. I’m here in the Nexo booth talking with Craig Jorasch, CEO of Nexo.

I can’t explain it all. I’ll get a video with them, but every part of their service is better than Yahoo’s groups. Their look. The way you can add images. The fact that they have RSS and Atom and OPML support. The way you can layout the group’s pages. The way it sends out email and integrates different events into email. The polls that you can add.

It’s all better than Yahoo.

I’m going to use this. In fact, let me start a group right now and see how long it takes me to get started.  It took about 20 seconds. No weird Yahoo ID needed.

My group is here: http://scobleizer.nexo.com/

One thing I learned that isn’t quite ready yet is a public group for a site like mine. I have to invite you into my group as a member before you can send messages or participate in my group. That’ll change next week.

Either way, this is a great demonstration of what happens when Web 2.0 technologies gets applied to an old problem of how groups of people can interact with each other.