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This is an old page from Rod Begbie's blog.

It only exists in an attempt to prevent linkrot. No new content will be added to this site, and links and images are liable to be broken. Check out begbie.com to find where I'm posting stuff these days.

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May 18, 2010

Minimal Competence: Data Access, Data Ownership, and Sharecropping.

Kellan on Flickr and their attitude to your contributions to the site: You can programmatically get back everything you add *and then some*

January 19, 2009


“If you lose your shit, the technogeeks will not help you. They will giggle at you and make fun of your not understanding the fundamental principles and engineering of client-server models.”

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May 30, 2008

Techdirt: Web 2.0 Buzzword Bingo

“To be useful across different types of social media, profiles and reputation have to be localized and linked to the context of the conversation. In this way, thought leaders emerge within and across communities based on their specific expertise and contributions.” Obviously.

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July 15, 2007


Web 2.0 site which allows you to enter where you’re travelling, share your plans with your friends, and work out when you will serendipitously collide in meatspace. I don’t travel that much, but knowing when my remote friends might be in the New England area would be awesome.

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July 9, 2007

Invite Share - Everyone is invited!

The BugMeNot.com for Web 2.0 - a site to trade invites for invite-only sites. Slightly disappointed they didn’t launch it as an invite-only site for ultimate irony points.

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May 22, 2007

Silicon Valley Could Use A Downturn Right About Now

Interesting post from Michael Arrington, up til now a cheerleader for Bubble 2.0.

April 19, 2007

disinfographics (tecznotes)

The highlights of Don Hincliffe’s loony “info” graphics which “explain” Web 2.0. I think my favourite is “The Habits of Highly Effective Web 2.0 Sites”. It’s gorgeously demented.

April 2, 2007

Ballhype: The Best Stories, The Biggest Fans

Digg for sports fans, with some interesting tagging and filtering options to limit it to the geographies/teams/players you care about.

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February 6, 2007

Useless Account

Sign up for an account and, erm, that’s it. Needs OpenID support, if you ask me.

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January 23, 2007


Some friends’ startup. It’s going to evolve into smart “social search”. In the meantime, Bostonfolks: Try training their brain (It’s fun!) and seeing how well it knows you.

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November 28, 2006


I’ve no freaking idea what this website is, but by god, the jingle is catchy.

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November 25, 2006

AGLOCO™ | Own the Internet

Look out, kids! AllAdvantage is back. Back! BACK!

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July 25, 2006

reddit.com: Slate - what's new online

Reddit launch a branded sub-site just for Slate articles, essentially becoming the “official” place to comment on and rate Slate articles. An interesting joint venture, showing there’s more to the Web 2.0 businessplan than just “targetted advertising”.

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June 4, 2006

Ingredients for Web 2.0 Success

Ingredients for Web 2.0 Success

"Pierre Francois from Underscore_ Consulting" (who looked alarmingly similar to Alexis from Reddit) did a great presentation, somewhat reminiscent of Stephen Colbert's "The Word" segment. The video should be up soon.

May 13, 2006

Cybermen are Human 2.0? (plasticbag.org)

Quality silly Tom Coates post suitable for that popular cross-section of humanity: Dr Who fans who blog bitching about “Web 2.0”.

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April 10, 2006

Boston WTF | web technology forum

And we’re live… Tracking the goings-on of the newly-reinvigorated Boston-area tech community. I’m the resident curmudgeon. “Objectivism through extremes”, that is our catchphrase.

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March 28, 2006

Anil Dash: A Culture of Criticism

Good post from Anil, that is quite appropriate to a little side-project I’m going to be taking on for Beantown web types.

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January 25, 2006

The 3 Hour Tour is Now Available! : FeedLounge

Finally had a chance to play with FeedLounge. It’s a very nice interface, that’s for sure — I’d recommend this over Bloglines to new RSS users. I’m probably going to stick with self-hosted Gregarius for now, though, since it’s free and free.

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January 17, 2006

A List Apart: Articles: Web 3.0

I ♥ Zeldman.

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About This Site

This is an archive of groovmother.com, the old blog run by Rod Begbie — A Scottish geek who lives in San Francisco, CA.

I'm the co-founder of Sōsh, your handy-dandy guide for things to do in San Francisco this weekend.