ということで、２００５年もあと残すところあと３日。B3 Annexでは、きょうまでに１４１のエントリーを発信してきた。今年は、徐々に書く内容がフォーカスされていった印象があって、それで、タグラインも「blogging from Tokyo...」から「Web2.0 and the future of media...」と変更した。 今年は一言でいって、エキサイティングな年だった。こんなにインターネットが面白いのは、1994年、1995年以来のことだと思う。 そんな予感が、徐々に確信になり、仕事になっていった1年だったともいえよう。
Googleさんもなかなか気が利いている。 Google Earthでサンタクロースがよい子にプレゼントする様子（？）をトラックできる「サンタクロースTracker」を公開。公式ブログの書きっぷりが微笑ましい。（というかサンタもGmailを使っているのか？）
To: "Google Support"
Subject: Naughty or Nice Layer
love Google Earth and have been planning a big trip with it. Now I'm
wondering if you've ever thought about licensing data layers for "nice"
and "naughty." If interested, I've got a really good list -- I've
checked it twice. Rooftop accurate data!
I’m excited to announce that we’re adopting the icon used in Firefox. John and Chris were very enthusiastic about allowing us (and anyone in the community) to use their icon. This isn’t the first time that we’ve worked with the Mozilla team to exchange ideas and encourage consistency between browsers, and we’re sure it won’t be the last. ( Microsoft Team RSS Blog : Icons: It’s still orange )
Now it’s our turn! By our, I mean web site designers, developers, bloggers… anyone who contributes to a website in any way. Do away with those disgusting orange buttons, start using “feed” for all kinds of syndication and drop one of these icons on your site. Oh… you don’t like orange? Dude, me neither! And this is where I do my part… ( Matt Brett » The New Standard Feed Icon )
- Biased results? No way. Providing great search is the core of what we do. Business partnerships will never compromise the integrity or objectivity of our search results. If a partner's page ranks high, it's because they have a good answer to your search, not because of their business relationship with us.
- Indexing more of AOL's content. Our goal is to organize all of the world's information. When we say "all the world's information," this includes AOL's. We're going to work with the webmasters at AOL -- just as we work with webmasters all over the world -- to help them understand how the Google crawler works (with regard to robots.txt, how to use redirects, non-html content, etc.) so we don't inadvertently overlook their content.
- AOL will receive a credit towards advertising purchased through Google's ad program. You might wonder if this will affect the ad auction. It won't. We don't offer preferential treatment on advertising (in either the auction or the display) to any of our partners.
- We have a service called "onebox" for which we provide some additional links separate from ads (sponsored links) and search results. (Try searching on [new york transit strike] and look for the news section.) AOL and its products have always been a part of onebox, along with many other providers, and will continue to be.
Our service and our business works because of you - our users. You're important to us and something that we think about all the time -- as we build new products, negotiate deals, and think about what our future holds.
Google also agreed to provide technical assistance to AOL to help explain how to make its pages easier for Google - and other search engines - to find and include in its index of the Web. Google has provided similar information for other large Web sites, according to Kevin Lee, executive chairman of Did-it, a search marketing firm. （AOL Coaxes Google to Try Busier Ads - New York Times）
Strangely enough, the web took off very much as a publishing medium, in which people edited offline. Bizarely, they were prepared to edit the funny angle brackets of HTML source, and didn't demand a what you see is what you get editor. WWW was soon full of lots of interesting stuff, but not a space for communal design, for discource through communal authorship.
Now in 2005, we have blogs and wikis, and the fact that they are so popular makes me feel I wasn't crazy to think people needed a creative space. In the mean time, I have had the luxury of having a web site which I have write access, and I've used tools like Amaya and Nvu which allow direct editing of web pages. With these, I haven't felt the urge to blog with blogging tools. Effectively my blog has been the Design Issues series of technical articles. timbl's blog