Time Runs Obituary for Web 2.0

Ok, so my headline doesn’t really convey the storyline behind Time’s Person of the Year, but it does convey my sentiment. Naming Web 2.0, and all of “us” who’ve contributed content, Person of the Year is a little cheesy.

Still, Time will enjoy a lot of buzz from the web community and we should all be grateful they at least acknowledge the clout we wield in the world of media.

Take a look at the profiles of 15 people Time believes represent you, and a profile of the YouTube founders – who probably should have been the ones named Person of the Year.

Hopefully, with “Web 2.0″ becoming part of the lexicon of mainstream media, the cool kids will drop the phrase, and we can all move on to the task of just making the web a valuable resource and handing over more power to the masses.

First Apple’s iPhone, Next Google’s GPhone

France Telecom’s mobile phone unit, Orange, reportedly sent executives to the Googleplex to discuss a potential partnership. The discussions could lead to Google’s search technology powering a new “Google phone”, which would make using cell phones as easy as the world’s most popular search engine.

Their plans centre on a branded Google phone…it might have a screen similar to a video iPod. But it would have built-in Google software which would dramatically improve on the slow and cumbersome experience of surfing the web from a mobile handset.

If you think you don’t need a Gphone, you may want to consider the features a Google-powered phone will bring…

Among the potential benefits are location-based searches: aware of your handset’s geographical position, Google could offer a tailored list of local cinemas, restaurants and other amenities, and maps and images from Google Earth.

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Removing Snap Link Preview Pop-up

You should have noticed that a few weeks back I added the Snap link preview tool – the one that gives you a handy pop-up preview of any external link.

I have been meaning to ask you whether or not you found it useful or annoying. It looks like Darren Rowse asked the same thing of his readers and most of the comments are negative. So, assuming that you might think the same, I plan on removing the feature this week.

If you happen to love the feature and would like it to stay, please leave a comment. If your reaction is “good riddance”, I’d like to hear from you too!

Watching Blog Tag Spread

SoloSEO’s Michael Jensen (disc) has put together a page that is tracking the spread of Blog Tag thru the search marketing community. It seems some bloggers are so eager to play, they’re getting involved without first being tagged – it’s just that much fun!

In case you missed it, here’s my entry.

What Did You Learn From Our SEM Scholarship Contest?

I must admit, putting together the Marketing Pilgrim SEM Scholarship contest was a lot of fun, hard work too, but mostly fun. There’s a lot of talented up and comers out there, and I believe many who entered the contest will become more familiar names in 2007.

During dinner at SES Chicago, David Temple suggested it would be good to hear from each entrant and see what they learned from their efforts to win. I asked David to put together a quick summary of his idea and what he learned. Here it is…

Google & Baidu Considering Video Options for China

Reuters reports both Google and Baidu.com are considering their options for expanding online video services in China.

…Google is considering whether to simply translate its global YouTube site into Chinese or build up a brand new “YouTube China”, possibly through the acquisition of a local video-sharing Web site, which may cost more time and money.

I wish I knew more about the search market in China and whether there’s the same demand for online video as there is in the U.S. Maybe I can entice China-SEO expert, David Temple to stop by with his thoughts.