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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Five ways to make Digg more social

Five ways to make Digg more social

When Kevin Rose announced that the top digger list would be no more, he also alluded to plans to make the "social" news site, even more social. Here are my five suggestions for how the site could improve its social networking functionality.

February 6, 2007 by in Social Enterprise

Viacom's sledgehammer cracks User-Generated Content too

Viacom's sledgehammer cracks User-Generated Content too

How could Viacom have trawled through the millions of videos hosted on YouTube, and picked out the ones that infringed their copyright? Well, they didn't. Instead it appears that they simply ran a crude keyword search against any Viacom trademarks or brands -- which has resulted in, potentially, thousands of User-Generated videos being caught in the crossfire.

February 5, 2007 by in Social Enterprise

WTF is Technorati up to?

WTF is Technorati up to?

Blog search engine Technorati has launched a new feature called "Where's The Fire?" that allows users to write explanations of topics or search terms that are floating around the blogosphere. The Technorati community can then vote on the best submissions (ala Digg), which will then appear alongside search results and the top searches list.

February 1, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

Flickr abandons the "old skool"

Flickr abandons the "old skool"

An email dropped into my in-box yesterday from Yahoo. Titled "Flickr: Update for Old Skool members", the message went on to explain that Yahoo was discontinuing the old email-based Flickr sign-in system and that from March the 15th, all users will be required to have a Yahoo ID to sign-in to Flickr. It was one of those déjà vu moments when I thought, hang on a minute, haven't we been here before?. And of course we have.

January 31, 2007 by in Collaboration

DOPA returns from the dead

DOPA returns from the dead

It seems I was a little premature in writing an obituary for the Delete Online Predators Act (DOPA). Senator Ted "the Internet's a bunch of tubes" Stevens has introduced a new bill, much of which, has a rather DOPA-esque ring to it.

January 29, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

Spokeo, a social network aggregator

Spokeo, a social network aggregator

Keeping up-to-date with all of your friends' activities across various parts of the social web can be a pain and that's where Spokeo hopes to make life a little easier. Started by four recent Stanford graduates, the service is best described as a social network aggregator which presents each user with an updated view of all of their friends' activities on sites such as MySpace, Digg, Flickr and YouTube.

January 25, 2007 by in Social Enterprise

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