Steve O'Hear

Steve O'Hear is a London-based consultant, educator, and journalist, focussing on the Internet and all aspects of digital technology. He advises businesses and not-for-profit organisations on how to exploit the collaborative and publishing opportunities offered by the Web, and has written for numerous publications including The Guardian and Macworld. Steve is also the director of a new documentary on Silicon Valley, called <a href="http://www.insearchofthevalley.com">In Search of the Valley</a>, and in 2002 was made a fellow of the UK's National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Art.</p>

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Can Wikipedia withstand the weight of spam?

Can Wikipedia withstand the weight of spam?

Will Wikipedia face the same fate of the Open Directory Project -- where marketeers have spammed the site to render it useless. That's the view of Law professor Eric Goldman in a recent blog post, in which he predicts the site's demise by 2010 unless it fundamentally changes its editorial process to become much less open.

January 22, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

Shuzak, a social network for geeks

Shuzak, a social network for geeks

Shuzak is a new vertical social network which, in the words of its founder Jawad Shuaib, aims to "do for geeks what MySpace did for friends". The two key features that Shuzak has implemented that make it particularly geek-friendly are LaTeX support and code highlighting.

January 22, 2007 by in Social Enterprise

Second Life mogul regrets DMCA complaint

Second Life mogul regrets DMCA complaint

Guntram Graef, who along with his wife runs Anshe Chung Studios (Second Life's biggest land owner) says that he regrets filing the DMCA complaint which looked to challenge the right of the press to publish images originating from the virtual world.

January 16, 2007 by in Security

Will MySpace try to monetize its ecosystem?

Will MySpace try to monetize its ecosystem?

Over the last year or so, many companies and products have sprung up which attempt to feed off of MySpace's success - widgets, embeddable media players etc. Some of which have been blocked by MySpace, while others such as YouTube have been met with direct competition from the social network itself. Over at GigaOm, Robert Young has outlined a number of reasons why MySpace may start to charge third-parties for access to its ecosystem.

January 16, 2007 by in Social Enterprise

Facebook vs LinkedIn

Facebook vs LinkedIn

As Facebook's millions of college users graduate, will they abandon the social network for something more "professional"? Or alternatively, will Facebook themselves develop features that make it more career orientated so that it can compete directly with vertical offerings such as LinkedIn?

January 15, 2007 by in Social Enterprise

Steve Jobs' Reality Distortion Field and the social web

Steve Jobs' Reality Distortion Field and the social web

The coverage of Steve Jobs' Macworld keynote was a great demonstration of the social web in action, and the benefits it can bring to news coverage. However, there is a down-side to such rapid-fire reporting -- it doesn't provide sufficient time for Steve Jobs' famous Reality Distortion Field (RDF) to wear off.

January 11, 2007 by in Apple

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