Teens take the web

To be young when radio started broadcasting must have been something. To be the first generation to watch television could have been interesting.

But, neither of those technological and social breakthroughs provided the opportunity to create the way that the web does. And teenagers growing up with the web are doing just that, according to a Pew Internet & American Life Project report, Teen Content Creators and Consumers.

From the abstract to the report:

Fully half of all teens and 57% of teens who use the internet could be considered Content Creators. They have created a blog or webpage, posted original artwork, photography, stories or videos online or remixed online content into their own new creations

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Nokia Browses Open-Source

Nokia seems to be doing some interesting things with open source software these days, and had two releases that show a interest in open source.

The first one I noticed today was a new site from the mobile phone giant – Open Source Nokia.

The second was the announcement of an Open-Source Browser

If that’s not proof that handhelds are coming on strong, Nokia also released three new Multimedia computers today.

How will the future of search be shaped by smarter mobile phones? Something to keep in mind.

Online Services from Microsoft

If you haven’t tried out Windows Live (now Bing) yet, you might want to give it a look. You’ll want to do that with Internet Explorer, because it isn’t quite ready for Firefox (it is a beta, but you would figure that Microsoft could have waited a day or three to work with Firefox, too.)

I tried it out earlier, and there’s some nice drop and drag features, that let you set up a home page the way you might want it. Is Microsoft catching on? Or is this something they’ve been trying to get right for years?

The Financial Times looks at some of Microsoft’s earlier attempts to provide online services to people, with mentions of services from the end of the 90s that didn’t quite make it. In Microsoft ogles Google’s goodies, we get a sense of how the advertising model that Yahoo! started and Google has perfected may be the type of thing that lets Microsoft see some success offering online information services.

The competitive keyword game

Keyword Research

One online marketing approach is to try to find words and phrases to use on your pages that you believe your customers will likely use to find your site while using a search engine, and that you expect they will want to see on those pages, and incorporate those words into your pages.

While that is fine and good, you can also find out some interesting things about the folks you believe are your competitors by looking at the words that they may have decided to focus upon within their pages.

If you want to play along at home, here is a method to use to explore whom you think you are competing with, and whom you really are competing with, when you target certain keywords (or do keyword research.)

1. Take three sites that you think are your online competitors

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Who Knew the Web Would Suck.com? Promotion in the Days Before Search Engines

Keepgoing.org has a great history of one of the first great web sites – the online Mad Magazine of its time. In The Big Fish, they take a look at Suck.com, ten years after its launch.

I came to the party late, and didn’t learn about suck.com until it had closed its doors, and stopped publishing. But this story is a great one, and there are probably a lot of lessons here to be learned by anyone interested in putting a web site online.

Promotion in the days before search engines made it big? Here’s how suck.com got the word out:

Anuff collected every magazine he could locate, at the Wired offices and at home, until he had a stack of perhaps 200, which he combed through, writing down every email address he found. “Every published email address of any journalist period ended up on this master list, and we spammed them all when we launched.” After that, there was little else to do except watch the server traffic, and wait.

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