Scribd is a cool service which acts as a YouTube for documents. To quote their FAQs:

Scribd lets you publish and discover documents online. It is like a big online library where anyone can upload. We make use of a custom Flash document viewer that lets you display documents right in your Web browser. There are all sorts of other features that make it easy and fun to publish, convert, embed, analyze, and read documents.

Part of the idea behind Scribd is that everyone has a lot of documents sitting around on their computers that only they can read. With Scribd we hope to unlock this information by putting it on the web.

Nice! It certainly gets over the problem of sharing stuff online which isn’t a photo or video, say.

What’s extra cool about this service is the fact that you don’t even have to log in to publish stuff, you can just chuck it up anonymously if you choose. OK, so it’s not a great choice for sensitive information, but if you want to be able to share a document across the web, and you aren’t too fussed who sees it, it’s a great quick and dirty solution.



As I haven’t posted for a little while I thought I may as well mention the little site I was working on last wekk, LGNews.

It’s a WordPress installation that aggregates various news feeds. To be honest, I don’t like it too much, thogh much of the problem seems to be that a couple of the feeds are borken and don’t contain, as far as I can see, the correct date information, meaning they constantly appear at the top. Frustrating.

The Growing Search Space


Couple of search related stories here, following my recent posting on whether or not search is broken.

Mike Arrington announces that Euekster have managed to grab $5.5 million in funding.

One of their products is a system for creating site specific search engines called Swickis, which also allows some user contributions in the form of voting for links.

Noel Hatch has set up a local government flavoured Swicki here.


Arrington also notes the launch of Wikiseek, which searches Wikipedia in a community-edited kind of way. It sounds pretty interesting, and I will be having a play. Their homepage looks familiar though…

Wikiseek LGSearch

Still, it’s interesting that these new approaches to search are starting to appear, and are working albeit on a fairly limited scale.

Viacom will sue YouTube

From the BBC:

Entertainment giant Viacom Media says it will sue web search engine Google and its video-sharing website YouTube for $1bn (£517m).

Viacom, which owns MTV and Nickelodeon, says YouTube uses its shows illegally.

Viacom alleges that about 160,000 unauthorised clips of its programmes have been loaded onto YouTube’s site and viewed more than 1.5 billion times.

Google says it is “confident” that YouTube has respected the legal rights of copyright holders.

As well as more than $1bn in damages, the legal action seeks an injunction to prevent what Viacom calls “massive intentional copyright infringement”.

Dave Winer’s view:

Obviously this is a negotiation, either that or Viacom is jumping off the bridge and hoping that the fall doesn’t kill them.

Every way up

Euan Semple on the advantages of social media for everyone:

What I find interesting is that some people leap to the conclusion (both for and against) that social computing in business is bottom up. It isn’t. It is potentially as liberating for the middle and the top as it is for anyone else.

How many managers do you know who feel really listened to by their staff at the moment?

How many managers feel really understood by their boss?

Wouldn’t even your control freaks benefit from a better platform on which to influence their organisation?