Hi everyone - I hope you had a great 2006. I know we certainly have. In just one year, Touchstone has gone from the back of a napkin to a funded, flying company with a number of great staff, friends, advisors and testers. We wish to thank you all very much for your efforts this year - we literally could not be doing this without you.
Here are the highlights from the blog over the last year in reverse order (most recent at the top).Hitting the Mainstream 2
Information Overload hits the mainstream media for a second time - in a big way.Hitting the Mainstream 1
Information Overload hits the mainstream media for the first time (or there abouts)Democracy Now!
Web 2.0 has barley hit and people are talking about Web 3.0. We discuss how absurd that is and why YouTube is NOT Web 2.0.Show me the money (or pain!)
Some people (read:head in the sand) think there is no information overload problem. This post explains why there is.Filtering vs. Ranking
Some people are still talking about filtering RSS. Filtering is so 5 years ago.Aggregation is King
Content used to be king. If that's true, then Aggregation is now master of the universe.Desktop vs. Web-based
Web 2.0 implies that stuff is on the web. Not true. This post talks about the value of desktop applications in a web world. By the way - did you know the Browser is a desktop application? Shock/Horror.What is Attention Data?
And no - it is not just OPML or Attention.XML.Personalized Content
Some claim that the battle for 'People Powered News' is over. Digg and others have won. I make the argument that People Powered News MIGHT be done, but Personalized Content is just getting started.There is no more audience
Participants have killed the audience. Media outlets that treat their audience like eyeballs are doomed to fail in a Media 2.0 world. This is a short rant about the death of the Audience.Touchstone funded by Angel
Touchstone get's funded by an Angel Investor. What more do we need to say about that!The Long Tail of Attention
Chris Anderson describes the three factors that have made the Long Tail a viable market. I then explain why a Tool like Touchstone empowers the 'Long Tail' (that's you and me) to take advantage.Personal Relevancy
What is Personal Relevancy exactly? It's when your interests and personality become the basis for choosing content, rather than the whims of one editor who decides what 'the mainstream' should care about.Tune Out the Noise
Touchstone is not about alerting - it is about NOT alerting. Think about that.Attention, Scarcity and Demand
Markets work on Supply and Demand. Price is dictated by Scarcity. So in an era of abundance, the scarcest resource is our Attention.Power Back in your hands
Amazon Recommendations are great... for them. They help cross-sell and up-sell their customers. But what if you could use the same technology to take control of your information across all the sites you visit?Anti-Web 2.0
Touchstone is a desktop application. Does this make it Anti-Web 2.0?Not a Gadget Engine
Touchstone compared to the current rash of Gadget/Widget engines out there.RSS is not just about News
Imagine using RSS for something other than News. Feed readers fail for most of those other applications. Touchstone picks up the slack.
Thanks again for sticking with us. The best is yet to come!
Chris, Ash and the whole Touchstone Crew.