Google Base in the click stream

HitWise Lee Ann Prescott provides us with an interesting usage breakdown for Google Base during March 2006. Shopping & Classifieds sites getting 18% of Google Base’s downstream traffic, with nearly 8% of traffic going to job sites. Lee Ann ponders that Google Base is a part shopping directory, part recipe search service, part classified service, to me it seems a bit confused and not really gaining ground with on 0.00017% share of the US Internet Visits, compared to Google Video which had about 0.020% share during the same period (NY Times had about 0.078% in November).

What is also interesting is that jobs provided Google Base the spike in traffic during the January period.

links for 2006-04-11

More on HR 2.0 or is it 3.0?

(Yes I know I am flogging a dead horse.)

Systematic Viewpoints has provided his opinion/views/position on HR, SOA and Web 2.0, within which he has questioned how to use RSS for an integrated worklist and poses several questions. All very important and shows a snippet of the issues/concerns that need to be resolved, I have tried to provide my personal view on each.

  1. (H)ow does it become aware of whether I’ve inherited a new task in Taleo, or the HRMS, or Oracle EBS, or 14 other integrated systems only seconds after I finished a prior one? Answer:- SSE
  2. How do I remove the alert for a completed task off the Enterprise Portal without the user having to refresh a screen for someone who gets dozens of approval messages daily? Answer:- AJAX
  3. How does RSS scale to a source system that sends out upwards of 40,000 messages a day? Answer:- BoingBoing, Feedburner, Google News
  4. How come I have to explain what RSS is to my technology partners, those who would have to maintain this when it stops working, somewhere in the world that is inevitably dinner or sleep time somewhere else? Answer:- Good question, you might need some new technology partners

Ok maybe these are not real answers but I firmly believe that we can resolve these types of issues. Check out Jeff Nolan’s post from last month for some more ideas (Via Moonwatcher Visionaries).

I found Thomas’s latest post on the discussion thought provoking and right on the money:-

Version control, accuracy, privacy, security and so on become ever more important. I think this is where MDM (master data management) will play a key role. To take advantage of the emerging technologies, more than ever you need strong, reliable and stable core system, something that provides that single source of the truth. There is a paradox in there somewhere. (you cant be trully flexible unless you have a strong backbone or something equally yogasque)

Oh boy how true, and he followed that with this gem:-

Maybe I’m wrong but I reckon a lot of niche HR software vendors will face a challenge.

They will be increasingly squashed between the “single vendor suite for core business processes” directive and the ease of mashups and business-analyst driven composites

Exactly. The quick and the dead.

links for 2006-04-10

Spam Kama 2.02 + Me = Removed Comments + Spam emails

I was trying to be very smart tonight, and failed.  When I upgraded to WordPress 2 I decided to try out SpamKama 2.  The installation process went like a dream over the weekend and it has been humming nicely in the background until I decided to modify things.  I thought it would be good to go back and run my old comments through the plugins to give them a Kama rating.  Not until I have done this to about 200 comments did I realise that Spam Kama was marking them as Spam!

I am now going through and Recovering them 😦

I have also found what seems to be a bug with the recover process in Spam Kama, you can only recover a single comment at a time.  Very frustrating when you have 200 to do.  It also seems to notify the blog poster that their comment has been accepted.

Therefore I have spent the last two hours trying to recover my comments, and spam all of my readers.


On a positive I think I have all the comments back now, I may just not have any readers.

Wiring the web and organisations

Following the recent posts on RSS, Web 2.0 and the impact on HR vendors I was listening to the Gillmor Gang talk with Ray Ozzie CTO of Microsoft on the Live Clipboard and it got me thinking.

Live Clipboard allows you to copy and paste structured data to and from a web site or your PC. If you are like me your immediate reaction is huh? But after thinking it through for a few minutes I started to understand what he was getting at. Take a look at the example site that has been created to show how you can copy & paste contact data with a single click. Take a look at the screencasts to get an even better understanding of what is going on. Live clipboard allows us to extend the whole concept of a mashup even further to mesh applications together.

The example that really got me excited was the publishing of contact information between sites. It also showed me that was I naive to suggest using HR-XML for ESS in a comment on Thomas’s site?  It also shows how fast things are moving. Imagine you HR/Payroll system being able to receive a feed of your contact information, no more ESS. Using a service like SKIP you could store a single version of your contact details and then publish them to all manner of services, including your company HR/Payroll system.  How does it (or should it) work with Mendocino?

Workflow was touched on briefly in the podcast. Maybe this Live Clipboard approach will provide a more open workflow framework for interoperability?  Not sure but anything is good if it allows business workflows to cross functional and organisational boundaries, workflow is the piping that holds business together.

Double Dubs has as always provided us a great perspective on the conversation:-

When we talk about self service and HR portals, what I really care about is not pushing out content, but increasing transaction volumes. Sure content is important.

I kind of see RSS, OMPL, LiveClipboard and HR-XML as providing a method of enabling these transactions.  Transactions are in some respects just content, admittedly content between systems.  Where things get a little complex is in the actual implementation.  Big companies tend to implement big systems, with big budgets and long delivery times.  How long will this process be accepted by businesses when they are seeing organisations like Flickr and Google releasing new features for consumer tools on a monthly basis?  Michael Cote asks a similar question based on a BEA analyst conference.  How easy will it be for us to implement all of these great new things?  Will there be a 2 year wait for the IT department to complete the project? Take a read of Michael Cote’s vision of LinkedIn as Platform.

So many different options and opportunities for vendors and organisations.

On a related note Ian Black, MD of SAP Australia wrote in December about composite applications, essentially the same thing.

WordPress 2.0.2

I have just upgraded to WordPress 2.0.2, a fairly painless process for a major version upgrade, I was on 1.5.1. Let me know if you run into anything a bit strange over the coming days.

Spmmers beware I have also upgrade/changed/modified my spam tools.