I am a founder and CEO at SignalRank, a data driven technology company. I publish a weekly newsletter – That Was The Week – on Substack. The posts here are pulled from it. I also have a video podcast with Andrew Keenthat accompanies it each week. You can see the full catalogue on AnchorSpotify , Youtubeand Apple Podcasts. And I am a regular guest on Steve Gillmor’s The Gillmor Gang.

Year: 2006

Features Internet Search, Web 2.0

Is scraping and crawling stealing?

A spat has blown up over the weekend regarding Oodle and Vast.com “scraping” content from 3rd party sites and re-purposing it inside their environments. This essay is my reaction to the spat. As a founder of edgeio I clearly have an interest in the answer to the question. edgeio does not scrape or crawl. All of its content is permission based (published using the “listing” tag; uploaded directly into edgeio OR published on edgeio directly to a personal listings blog that we host). However, there is more at stake here than competitive issues between edgeio on the one hand and

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edgeio

edgeio/CraigsList – what’s the difference?

I posted to the comments on Rob Hof’s BusinessWeek Online blog this morning. A reader has said that edgeio’s new features make it “like CraigsList” and implied that edgeio’s distinctiveness was threatened. I’m re-posting it here because there are some themes in it that I think are important to expose. Here is my reply: Rob, Thanks for writing about our new features. I want to respond to Mike Masnick. On the face of it he asks a fair question – if you can list on edgeio then how is that different from CraigsList? It’s a multi-part answer: 1. We are

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announcement edgeio

New edgeio features to launch tonight

I am pleased to report that edgeio is going to launch some new features tonight. I have posted details on the edgeio corporate blog. The features will go live some time after midnight Pacific time. One of the things we heard loud and clear is that many want to publish listings on a blog but do not want them to be part of their primary blog. So, now you can have a listings blog hosted by edgeio. It’s free and it allows you to put free listings into edgeio and all of the sites that edgeio syndicates its listings to

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announcement

Podtech secures $5.5m in Series A Funding

John Furrier is a genuine entreprenuer. After closing down Labrador and joining me at RealNames in 1999 he branched out on his own. He survived the nuclear winter in Silicon Valley, increased his family to 4 children, and embarked – a little more than a year ago – on PodTech. It is now a formidable PodCast network. And today he announced $5.5m in funding from some stellar VCs. John, congratulations. You deserve the success and you most definitely earned it. PodTech also launched a new site to cooincide with the announcement. Today is a good day.

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edge Internet Strategy

PC Forum

I’m at PC Forum this week. Monday saw the pitches of 9 startups (including edgeio) Here is the movie of their 2 minute infommercials. http://video.google.com/googleplayer.swf?videoUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fvp.video.google.com%2Fvideodownload%3Fversion%3D0%26secureurl%3DogAAAC5oDX5rbGeIMQDpdQpiOamkcrSiY3ajWeUlTQqculesuMjs_m54wdUwgFvqA82kdC3C1rlaab9xxcypl3-3GVmyxhm0PV9d1cVtmE-QQRwX3d5v2shpmPMGx-f2sFgsngUTezRVLY0LFWydJwGs2qXjr8x5j37U9BS2qZnbgfgofVx-wPPWBF5pSo6ZABPuv8M4VHV7qt0SSl_YUYPhQwVdMwe43v1DjKxgYp-IJnv6%26sigh%3DEwpBC-ONAgsKBZ-mM1Vsjrk8-TU%26begin%3D0%26len%3D1354937%26docid%3D7558480419126063591&thumbnailUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fvideo.google.com%2FThumbnailServer%3Fcontentid%3D9710569d6831d8f0%26second%3D5%26itag%3Dw320%26urlcreated%3D1143846419%26sigh%3DYfjpjR2PWsrs4zylMaWFRvb_WHM&playerId=7558480419126063591

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edgeio Keith Teare, Web 2.0

edgeio launches “instant listings”

The product manager at edgeio, Matt Kaufman, has been working hard with the engineering team since the launch to support instant listings on edgeio. Last night they pushed the first release. Now all you have to do is enter the url of your blog on the edgeio home page and you can add any item to edgeio without having to go through the ping server and rss feed notification process. This makes the addition instant. Here is a screen shot. This uses crunchnotes.com as the blog and edgeio displays the recent posts. The first one is checked “add to edgeio”

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announcement edgeio

edgeio launched at midnight tonight!

I just posted on the edgeio blog that the edgeio site has gone live tonight at midnight, Pacific time. Overall this is both scary and exhilarating. After 18 months since conceiving the idea, teaming up with Mike , Matt and Vidar, then involving Fred in front end design, we have opened the doors. Om Malik was the first to post about it. The last 2 weeks we had about 5000 people using edgeio with a password. As a result we have about 2000 listings from more than 150 cities. We made a conscious choice to NOT pre-populate edgeio with scraped

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