Moving my blog

OK, so I moved my new Alex Barnett blog to here for a number of reasons, explained here at my, er, new blog.


Sir Tim: Calm Down 2.0

This is what The Register said Sir TBL said about Web 2.0: “You should thank Tim Berners-Lee. Not just for giving us the web, but for articulating what’s gone wrong in the lexicon and thinking of Silicon Valley. Hopefully, his standing in the web community will serve as a rallying cry for right-thinking individuals and true visionaries,…


Well, here goes for the second time around

Bubble 2.0 – the signs are there if you look for them. Remember First Tuesday?  I never attended, but heard all the legendary stories of latecomers to the web party pitching the loons with the cash. Well, here goes for the second time around: “London was one of the major creative hubs in the first…


Detracting from the hype and buzz

From the boys at, an open letter to Michael Arrington of TechCrunch: “Subject: This is no way to build a bubble. Mr. Arrington, Concise, sensible and well researched articles about possible acquisitions are no way to build a bubble. Blog posts not based on unfounded rumor and/or wild fantasy and/or wishful thinking do not…


Loser Generated Warning Label

Loser generated using the Warning Label Generator, via Assaf and Richard.


APIs yesterday, APIs tomorrow

Tom Evslin provides a historical perspective on the renewed interest in APIs and looks forward to how they are driving the next generation internet: “Becoming a platform will be the road to fame and glory – not to mention riches –  for many Web 2.0 services.  Success will be determined by the usefulness of the underlying service…


‘Microsoft Needs to Say No to Web 2.0’

I simply have to have a quick rant regarding Mary Jo Foley’s best anti-Web 2.0 shot: “Redmond is looking to extend its applications with Web-based services. But that’s as much Web 2.0-ness as Microsoft needs. Microsoft wants, in the worst way, to be cool. Apple and Sony and Google kind of cool. To Microsoft’s credit…


Digg (the ‘Slashdot killer’) receives $2.8m

John Tintle: Today it is being reported that Internet start-up company, Digg ( has received 2.8 million dollars in venture capital from some big-name investors, including Omidyar Network, the outfit led by eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar, Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, and Greylock partners. In case you’ve not heard: Digg is the Slashdot killer. Via Larry…


Into the bubble 2.0: Proceed with caution

Henry Blodget (who was at the heart of the last dotcom bubble) advises we all proceed with caution in a Guardian article today: “So why can’t we all load the boat with net stocks, make back the money we lost five years ago, and retire rich? Why can’t today’s industry executives dismiss the 90s boom…