The McKinsey Quarterly has just released it’s top articles of Q1 2009.
(Register to read the articles.)

The most popular articles are:

Six ways to make Web 2.0 work (My favourite article and top pick too.)

A better way to fix the banks.

Five trends that will shape business technology in 2009.

Hal Varian on how the Web challenges managers.

I took the 2008 survey

Are you a webmaster, web designer, or information architect?  Do you make a website? If you do, A List Apart wants you!

The 2nd annual Survey For People Who Make Websites is aimed at anyone involved in making websites. The survey seeks to gain a better understanding of the jobs, salaries and demographics for those of us that work the web.

Thanks to Rob at LibTech Life for bringing this one to my attention.

The latest issue of Backbone Magazine presents the top 20 Web 2.0 players in Canada. The PICK 20 is “the first and only national roundup of Canada’s Web 2.0 pioneers and practitioners”. Winners were selected via public nomination and a panel of judges comprised of industry practitioners and experts.

The selection process involved dividing Web 2.0 into 4 implementation categories: problem solving, innovation, collaboration, and, knowledge sharing and management.

The PICK 20 Winners for 2008 are as follows:

1. Club Penguin (innovation)
2. FreshBooks (problem solving)
3. ConceptShare (collaboration)
4. Cambrian House (collaboration)
5. Smallthought Systems’ Dabble DB (problem solving)
6. Octopz (collaboration)
7. Open Text (knowledge sharing)
8. Kaboose (knowledge sharing)
9. Standout Jobs (problem solving)
10. NowPublic (knowledge sharing)
11. blogTO (knowledge sharing)
12. Jiibe (collaboration)
13. Something Simpler (innovation)
14. Mob4Hire (innovation)
15. MovieSet (collaboration)
16. b5media (knowledge sharing)
17. SmartHippo (innovation)
18. ThoughtFarmer (problem solving)
19. Protagonize (innovation)
20. Store Ops-Center (problem solving)

You can read more about each winner in the latest issue of Backbone.

The Blogging Section of the Special Libraries Asociation, Information Technology Division has a new presence on Facebook which uses the new Blog Networks feature.

Read more about it here and join here.


Pew Internet & American Life Project recently updated their three “thermometers” of access which shows “the disparities among various groups when it comes to internet access, cell phone use, and broadband access at home.”


key findings:

  • 73%* of the population reports using the internet or email.
  • 78%* of the population reports owning a cell phone.
  • 55%* of the population reports using a high-speed connection (e.g., DSL, cable, wireless) when accessing the internet from home.

The data also shows that “offline Americans are overwhelmingly over age 70, have less than a high school education, and speak a language other than English.”

You can download the presentation from Pew’s Presentations section.


Download Day

Exciting news for Firefox users — version 3 will arrive on June 17th.

Be sure to check out Mozilla Party Central to celebrate the launch.

Want to spread the Firefox love and set a Guiness World Record at the same time? All you have to do is get Firefox 3 during Download Day to help set the record for most software downloads in 24 hours.

Come join the party!

resources for Earth Day

April 21, 2008

April 22nd is Earth Day. If you’re looking for some interesting resources to celebrate the day, take a look at the list on Mashable. They also has a great list of 80+ green sites.