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Open Source and the Long Tail

Bernard Golden recently turned Clarise and I onto a series of articles documenting Chris Anderson's talk at the Churchill Club, "The Long Tail: Finding New Markets in the Niches".

It's interesting that Chris Anderson brings up Open Source at the end of the fifth and final part of the talk. Open Source is all about niches, and making a niche work as a market is all about community. And as we all know, succeeding with an Open Source project depends upon building the community around it.

Open Source is very much D.I.Y. There are over 100,000 projects listed with SourceForge. These projects provide the framework to have software do exactly what you need it to do for your niche. One problem is to break out of the D.I.Y. crowd of programmers, and bring these wonderful capabilities to those who need it most, the SMB market. Those niche businesses run by creative individuals who definitely don't have the time, and may not have the desire to customize an Open Source project to do what they need. We're striving to solve this problem in a variety of ways.

But more about that another time.

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Feed Categories

One thing I did this weekend was to reorganize the feed syndication categories for my Feed Reader, RSSowl. I decided to go with the majority vote, and used Technorati Tags as a source for my new obsessive-compulsive hierarchy. However, o-c behaviour wasn't the only reason to do this. I also want to garner feedback for two realms.

  1. The first, we're considering adding a new service to the TeleInterActive Networks - integrating an online aggregator with a desktop reader for RSS, RDF and Atom syndication feeds; this will allow us to provide a true blogroll for our blogs, as well as allow one to access their feeds from any computer by synchronizing the subscriptions in the desktop reader with the server.
  2. The second, I would like to propose that more "topics" be available for the blogs on Bayosphere. I'm hoping that by cross-posting this article to Bayosphere and TeleInterActive Lifestyle, we'll be able to fine tune the folksonomy to use in both cases.

Technorati Tags are essentially categories as used by the millions of RSS/R[DF]SS/Atom syndicated sites that ping Technorati to let the world know that they have something new posted. The Tags are listed by Technorati in alphabetical order, with relative font size showing the most popular categories. The larger the font, the more posts have been made with that tag. This makes it easy to scan the Tags page, and see the topics about which people are writing. But some of them seem similar, and there are no definitions associated with these terms from the wiki(Folksonomy). So, in trying to decide if a site's syndicated feed should be in Blog, Blogging, Diary or Personal, Science, Technology, or Computers and Internet, or one of the many other tags, I came up with my own definitions, all starting with "a site primarily dedicated to, about or provides...".

Blog
events, happenings, news, and subjects of public and personal interest
Blogging
the art or technology of building, writing or using a web log
Books
reading, writing or publishing books or a site by the author or publisher in support of a book
Business
providing advice for starting, running or growing a business
Computers and Internet
general information about buying and using any type of computer from servers to handhelds as well as information related to the Internet; oddly enough there are separate tags in the folksonomy for computer, computers, computing and Internet, but they are smaller than the joint usage - I've added subcategories for the individual tags
Current Affairs
news that grabs the public interest and will be the stuff of history tomorrow; it is almost as big as the News tag - I wished I had paid more attention in Current Affairs class
Diary
relating the day-to-day events of the writer's life
Education
tools for, issues concerning, funding for, politics around and art of teaching
Entertainment
music, theatre, movies, television, dance, story telling and other things that divert our minds from all the other tags
Food and Drink
cooking, eating and imbibing, recipes, restaurants, etiquette
Health and Wellness
medicine, exercise, diet, nutrition, lifestyle
Life
joie de vivre
Mobile
technoliges and techniques for accessing information and communicating on-the-go, synchronously or asynchronously
MoBlog
sometimes text, but more often photos, posted to a blog while on-the-go, especially to record events as they happen
Music
enjoying, expaining, making or reviewing those noises the reader accepts as Music rather than any other type of noise B) see wiki(Music, wikipedia on Music)
News
global, national or local events that impact, however briefly or tentatively, everyone
Open Source
about creating, using and licensing software, and maybe even other intellectual property, such that the source [code] is freely available, and to quote "free as in 'free speech', not as in 'free beer'"
Personal
one's personal interests, but not necessarily about one's day-to-day activities
Photography
equipment, art, creating, processing and presenting film or digital pictures
Photos
being an online photo gallery
Podcast
an audio blog - see blog - generally provided as an enclosure to a blog and generally recorded as an MP3 file with associated meta data and RSS/RDF/Atom feed syndication information
Podcasting
creating, producing, distributing and receiving audio blogs
Politics
difficult to make a polite definition of this one &#59;)
Reviews
impressions about entertainment, computers, Internet sites, gadgets, gizmos and toys
RSS
the bugeoning phoenemnon of using really simple syndication to grab content from the Internet
Science
researching, ezpanding and defining the body of knowledge that leads us to understand and comprehend reality through objective, repeatable and predictive studies, such things as Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Astronomy but not Medicine, Psychology or Astrology - see wiki(Science, wikipedia on science)
Software
that which runs the computer you're using to read this - not hardware, not wetware
Sports
paid physical activity that should be an hobby but folk wind up being millionaires by arousing the passions of the masses er, ah, global, national, local, college, school or community physical activites played by individuals or teams - I'm not a fan &#59;)
Syndication
Not actually from the folksonomy, so see RSS, but more general to include RDF, Atom and any new means that come about to more easily publish and subscribe to content on the Internet
Technology
science turned into products by engineers with hype from marketing, or gadgets, gizmos, tools and toys
VoIP
Voice over Internet Protocol and the growth of an industry that Jeff Pulver has been advocating for over a decade, think Skype, Net2Phone, Yahoo! Messneger Voice, etc
Wireless
See Mobile, but focused more on synchronous H2H, H2M and M2M exchange of information

Did I miss your favorite Technorati Tag? Let me know what you think.

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