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The Next Innovation?

Michael Arrington, “dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new web 2.0 products and companies,” writes on his TechCrunch blog today about Companies I’d like to Profile (but don’t exist). It’s a pretty interesting list of problems yet to be solved. I’ve been hoping for #1 (Better and Cheaper Online File Storage) for a long time — I believe it would be great for many people. As a voracious consumer of online content, I’m personally looking forward to #8 (Podcast Transcriptions).

While we’re talkin’ wishlists, I’d also propose #8b — the reverse of #8 — which would take a text document and turn it into a podcast.

How To: Find Your “Friend ID” for Yahoo! My Web 2.0

I was looking for the url that points to my links on Yahoo!’s MyWeb 2.0 social search and social bookmarking product. When I’m logged in, it shows a clean url, but if you’re not logged in as me that generic url wouldn’t take you to my links.

I’m sure there’s an easier way to find this “public url” for your links, but I had a hard time finding it just now. Here’s how you can do it relatively quickly:

  1. Remember one of your most-recent or unique tags (that you’ve used to save a bookmark to MyWeb)
  2. Log out of Yahoo!
  3. Go to the “Everyone’s Tags” page and do a search for your tag.
  4. In the results, find your name in the “Shared by” of a link with that tag. Click your name.
  5. Copy that url, it’s the public view of your MyWeb page. Here’s mine.

This process could be smoother, but it must be on the to-do list. Others get it right, like Y!360, Y!Calendar, and Flickr. They all use your username in the url of your page:,,,

By the way, have you claimed your MyWeb badge yet?

Never enter your contacts into your mobile phone again.

The folks over in Yahoo! Mobile have just launched a new product called Contacts Back-up. Can you guess what it does? It’s about time, if you ask me. I’ve always been suprised that the carriers didn’t use they their network to offer this service.

Now save your contacts from your mobile phone into your Yahoo! account.

  • Combine your contacts on your phone with those already in your Yahoo! Address Book.
  • Synchronize your phone contacts with your Yahoo! Address Book as often as you like.
  • Synchronize your calendar and tasks as well.

It’s only for Cingular and T-Mobile at the moment. (Grrr, annoying how everything in the mobile space is so often carrier-exclusive.)

How else will the always-on network connection of phones change the services offered by carriers, the orthodox web, and the interactions of both?

Firefox @ 100 million

Congratulations to the Mozilla Foundation and the Firefox team on reaching their 100 millionth download yesterday.

If you’re in Oregon, you can celebrate this coming Saturday with some of the Spread Firefox folks. If you’re not going to be in Oregon this weekend, you can still upload a photo to be part of the celebration.

Screenshots of Flock browser

MarkMS posts screenshots of the yet-to-be-released Flock browser, which is apparently in Developer Preview release.

The Flock folks also have Flock Radio for the latest news., Welcome to Yahoo!

The great news continues to flow. Just a few hours ago it was announced that is now a member of the Yahoo family.

(I stole the “family” phrase from’s own Andy Baio. I must admit, it’s great to hear people are as excited to join the work here as we are to already be doing it. There is great work going on here, and and it is a great place to work.)

For those that haven’t been playing with Upcoming yet, here’s their blurb: is a social event calendar, completely driven by people like you. Manage your events, share events with friends and family, and syndicate your calendar to your own site.

As a side note, I’ve been playing with Microformats for a few things at work. “Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards.” was an early adopter of these semantic markup structures, so I’m excited to have the experience around now. Of all the types, “events” are the perfect use case for this emerging technology.

Read more about Yahoo!/Upcoming on the ysearchblog, or any of the guys’ blogs: Andy Baio, Leonard Lin or Gordon Luk.

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