Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Sunday, May 06, 2021

Thanks to my friend Bryson for forwarding me this creative vision of the social-networking community terrain. Click on the image above to get the giant-sized complete map view.

Because I just have to, I’ve listed out most of the sites/domains represented here. The Web 1.0 dinosaurs don’t need a mention, but as for the rest:

- Classmates.com
- Reunion.com
- Faceparty
- eHarmony
- Friendster
- MySpace
- Blurty
- OKCupid
- Cyworld
- Orkut
- Xanga
- LiveJournal
- Facebook
- Piczo
- “The Blogipeligo”, including Huffington Post, Technorati and BoingBoing
- Wikipedia
- SourceForge
- IRC Isles
- Deviant Art
- Last.fm
- Flickr
- BitTorrent
- Broadcaster
- ytmnd
- StumbleUpon
- del.icio.us
- Reddit
- Something Awful
- Fark
- Digg
- Your Base (as in “are belong to us”)
- 4Chan
- 2Channel
- Second Life
- Lineage
- WoW
- Runescape
- EQ
- UO
- Usenet (submerged)

And you can’t neglect the sustaining bodies of water that surround these hangouts:

- Bay of Angst
- Noob Sea
- Sea of Culture
- Ocean of Subculture
- Straits of Web 2.0 (accompanied cheekily by “Gays of Web 2.0″)
- Sea of Memes
- P2P Shoals
- Bay of Trolls
- Viral Straits
- Gulf of YouTube

Finally, we can wend our way around the Web!

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/06/2021 11:00:36 PM
Category: Comedy, Creative, Internet
| Permalink | Trackback | Feedback

Stay with me, now:

What do you call a championship competition among high-wire performers, staged over South Korea’s Han River?



Kudos to the headline writer, at the Associated Press or wherever, who nailed that golden topper. I’m sure George Lucas approves.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/06/2021 09:25:40 PM
Category: Media, Pop Culture, Wordsmithing
| Permalink | Trackback | Feedback (1)

If it weren’t for the Sidekick, T-Mobile probably wouldn’t still be around on the U.S. wireless phone scene.

What’s especially impressive is how the Sidekick maintains its popularity among the crucial younger demographic, despite a relatively multimedia feature-poor package:

“We thought the [Web browser] would be geared for entertainment, but an overwhelming majority of users are using it to stay connected as well,” says John Clelland, T-Mobile’s VP of marketing.

According to T-Mobile, more than 30 percent of all Web pageviews on the Sidekick are to MySpace.com. What’s more, the average T-Mobile Sidekick customer sends or receives more than 3,000 instant messages per month - well above the average for other phones the carrier sells.

In other words, Sidekick users use their phones as communications devices, whether that’s traditional voice or texting. Web access via mobile is part of the equation — but again, only as a communicative interface. Websurfing for entertainment or information-gathering doesn’t seem to hold much appeal here, despite the supposed tendencies of 18-to-34-year-olds.

This is telling. When the most-wired demographic doesn’t want to use their phone for much else beyond — gasp! — phoning purposes, why should we expect anyone else to want streaming television, videogames and the like on their handsets?

It’s not a question of marking time until the media-delivery infrastructure for wireless bulks up, either:

But T-Mobile’s Clelland says at this point the company has no plans to add multimedia functions, despite the upcoming network upgrade.

“The core notion of the Sidekick is that social people like to stay connected,” says the VP. “We focus on communication, and that is the area we’ll continue to innovate on at this point.”

Keeping this in perspective: T-Mobile remains the smallest of the wireless carriers in the States, so maybe their strategy isn’t ideal for long-term market dominance. But they’re focusing on the basics, and succeeding. The push throughout the rest of the industry toward multimedia bells and whistles could use some tempering based on the Sidekick example.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/06/2021 05:23:36 PM
Category: Tech
| Permalink | Trackback | Feedback (2)

The current run on news media companies (Thomson-Reuters, News Corp.-Dow Jones, Sam Zell’s acquisition of Tribune Co.) is rightly seen as being driven by the perceived devaluing of traditional media in the face of Internet competition.

But if that’s so, then why is so much money lining up to buy the supposed dinosaurs? It’s not like the media targets are going begging for saviors — in fact, they’ve had to fend off takeover attempts. If the New York Times’ and Wall Street Journal’s days are numbered, why are they in such demand?

Declining profit margins are cited as further proof of trouble, especially for newspapers. For all the concern there, are still a ridiculously fat 20 percent on average. So again — why the panic?

This recent spate of dealings brought to mind the similar business climate in major-league team sports. Franchises in the NHL, NBA, and MLB (not as much in the NFL) are constantly characterized as money-bleeding operations, practically untenable as going concerns. And yet, suitors line up to pay record re-breaking prices to own a team. Doesn’t make sense, does it?

The truth is that sports teams, thanks to facility operation options and unique advertising/marketing channels, are veritable cash generators. I get the feeling that media companies, who business-wise function on a comparable plane, are being positioned the same way: Outwardly assumed to be bad business ideas, but in reality very lucrative properties in the short and even long term.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/06/2021 04:08:08 PM
Category: Business, Media, SportsBiz
| Permalink | Trackback | Feedback

A few years ago, an officemate of mine came up with a delightfully crackpot conspiracy theory. Taking note of how attempts to print out an average Web page always ended up in a do-over — to “fix” things like paper margins cutting off text — or in a final page consisting of nothing but irrelevant footer information/graphics, she reasoned that the computer printer manufacturers intentionally rigged their software for this sort of result. All that wasted paper and toner adds up, to the tune of lots more sales for the office supply business.

If that’s the secret business model, Hewlett Packard is getting ready to blow it up. HP wants to optimize printing for online documents, drawing back users who don’t bother even buying a printer as part of their home computing setup.

Last month, in a small step toward making sure that home printers keep churning, H.P. bought a small company, Tabblo, a privately held developer of Web-based software in Cambridge, Mass.

Tabblo’s software creates templates that reorganize the photos and text blocks on a Web page to fit standard sizes of paper. H.P. wants to make the software a standard by making it ubiquitous, like Adobe’s Flash and Reader or Sun Microsystems’ Java.

“We’d make printing as much a nonevent in the online world as it is in the desktop world,” said Pradeep Jotwani, the unit’s senior vice president in charge of the supplies business.

If it creates the printing engine of the Web, H.P. will help all printer companies — but as the industry leader, it will benefit more than its rivals. It is only the first step, analysts said, as the company tries to stay at the center of a system of consumers and businesses generating and printing Internet content, whether it is for homemade books or custom marketing materials.

I’m one of those non-printer types. I actually do own a printer, but it’s a cheapy Lexmark that stays in storage 99 percent of the time. For the rare occasions when I need to print something out, I’ll drag it out and hook it up via USB; otherwise, I have no use for it, and it’s not worth adding to a wireless home network.

Frankly, the ability to email or e-fax materials, combined with ever-increasing hard-drive storage space, makes the need for a hard copy questionable. For business purposes, there’ll always be a need for paper, simply for legal and presentation purposes; but for the home, it’s hard to see the point. I’d almost rather outsource the document (either via a portable drive or via email) to a local FedEx Kinko’s, because I’ll get a better finished product with less hassle.

If HP’s efforts take off in a big way, it would have a more far-reaching effect: The elimination of “printer friendly” pages on the Web. It may even cut into the use of Adobe Acrobat, since the main purpose of that document format is to ensure “clean” print outputs. That’ll be welcomed news by many a webmaster.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 05/06/2021 02:29:26 PM
Category: Internet, Tech
| Permalink | Trackback | Feedback (1)