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ReadWriteWeb has a very good summary of Yahoo's announcement earlier this week that they'll soon be indexing content marked up with "semantics", or "meaning". If all this sounds like geek-speak, bear with me for a moment. The change that's coming to the way we use the web will be quite... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
Seattle Post-Intelligencer food writer Rebekah Denn takes up this topic that I've often wondered about: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/food/355475_foodwebs19.html Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
BigOven will soon be launching two easy ways to create beautiful, full-color cookbooks: 1) From any web browser -- just pick the recipes you'd like, choose a title and a cover image, and you're done! 2) From BigOven for Windows recipe software -- ditto! Here's a sneak peek screencast showing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
Mashable and PersonaNonData cover today's official rollout of the brand-new Print-Your-Own-Cookbooks service on BigOven.com. Cookbooks can be generated from any set of recipes. The most common use will likely be to create a gift for others, or archive a personal collection. But beyond this, the unique ability offered today is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
It was a little hard to tell yesterday whether the rumors of a Google offer for my former employer, Expedia.com, where true or just an April Fool's Day joke. As Rich Barton has pointed out, Google already does a pretty good job monetizing travel, by getting each competing vendor to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
In my final months at Microsoft in '97, I tried (but ultimately failed) to convince the messenger group to acquire Mirabilis, a small Israeli software company behind the instant-messaging client ICQ. ICQ was acquired the following year by AOL for around $200 million. Today, I look at the dramatic rise... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
How many times has this happened: You're at a grocery store or farmer's market, and just don't know what to make. You see some fresh ingredients, and have some idea of what you'd like, but it's not fully-formed. It might be "chicken caesar salad", and you might want to know... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
Earlier this week, BigOven.com passed 80,000 registered members. Growth is picking up -- each week, thousands more sign up. And I just noticed that the free Vista Sidebar Gadget that lets you search our 160,000 recipe archive, which was released this past summer, is now well-past 20,000 downloads. More people... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
Since January of last year, I've served as chairman of Escapia.com, the leader in the web-based vacation rental software business. This month has been a big one for Escapia, with its launch of ClearStay.com, a consumer site for the booking of vacation rentals. Bill Furlong, Escapia's President & CEO, summarizes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
I was reading a Seattle Times news story today and ran across a quotation from Ross Hunter. Ross was one of the lead program managers for the very first product I worked on at Microsoft, called "Cirrus", which launched as Microsoft Access in 1992. A couple years ago, I knew... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
John Cook gave BigOven a nice mention in his Seattle Times Venture Blog today. Thanks John! Brier Dudley also had a nice mention of BigOven.com in his Seattle Times blog yesterday. Thanks Brier! Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
I was very pleased to note today that BigOven won the "Gold" award in the annual Cooking Software Roundup at www.toptenreviews.com. BigOven scored a perfect 5/5 in every category measured (Ease of Use, Recipe Manager, Menu Planner, Feature Set, Ease of Installation and Help and Support). What's even better is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
Today, we've released BigOven Cooking Groups, an easy way for people with common interests to chat about food. Its mission is to be the easiest way for people to congregate to talk about any food-related subject. Food is social. Several years ago, in the lead-up to kicking off the BigOven... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
Most retail stores get 50% of their net income or more in the last quarter of the year. If you're running a food & cooking website, I guess an equivalent is new user registrations leading up to Thanksgiving. Check out the pace of new BigOven.com signups overthe past 60 days... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
Following up on my last post, now that we're past the holiday season, it's a good time to reflect on the trends in food search & recipe lookup. Google shows the following trend for the term "recipe" over time. Note the repeated and significant peaks at Thanksgiving and Christmas: BigOven... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
I was pleased to note that BigOven moved up 14 places in the Seattle Web 2.0 list for August 2007 to #42, and has traffic within earshot of significantly-higher resourced startups like my good friends at Avvo.com and Jott. More traffic should arrive as fall approaches, people go indoors to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
I was pleased to see the progress BigOven.com is making in climbing up the traffic ranks. Marcelo Calbucci of Sampa keeps a ranking of the top Seattle "Web 2.0" startups; BigOven climbed 11 spots to rank #31 on the list for October. BigOven.com outpaced multi-milliondollar-backed startups like Avvo.com, SecondSpace.com, TripHub.com,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
Seth Godin makes yet another interesting observation on his blog about "Bobcasting", where RSS meets the truly personal. Today, most RSS feeds are one-to-many; it's quite possible for RSS feeds to be much more 1-to-1. For instance, on BigOven, you can subscribe to your friend's "Recipe Streams", to be alerted... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
Link: BigOven.com Opens Up to All Web Browsers. For the past four years, as BigOven has grown to over 160,000+ recipes with about 52,000+ members, the recipes could only be posted to www.bigoven.com by first downloading and installing the Windows recipe software. For the vast majority of users, BigOven was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
In a limited sense, Sabena Suri's article "Ick, Old Married Guys on Facebook" is just a rant from a Gen Y writer about "outsiders" invading Facebook. (As a married guy who's just had his 43rd birthday, I haven't yet decided whether to take direct offense.) But in a broader sense,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
Here we are, in August 2007, and I can build truly useful web applications using API's from Amazon.com, Google, Facebook, and MSN Live, just to name a few. But why is there no easy, well-documented REST-based API to do travel searching and booking? Travel is one of the first, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
With all the hubub about the new iPods, I stopped into the Apple store. The iPod Nano, Classic and iPod Touch (as well of the iPhone) are superb -- beautiful to touch, and astonishingly small, and simple to operate. Tempting... But you see, I've got this "lock-in" problem. For the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
Just watched the keynote presentation today by Microsoft at MIX07, an annual conference Microsoft holds for web developers and designers. They key announcements centered around Silverlight. Silverlight is a complete set of offerings that take on Flash on the desktop, and also further entrenches Microsoft's .NET CLR (Common Language Runtime)... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
So I'm driving by Huskies Stadium this morning on the way back from dropping our dog off at the groomer, and I notice that it's "Windermere Cup" day in Seattle, the opening day of boating season. I see a guy in a cowboy hat protesting Windermere, with a lone sign... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog
Another recommended video: Jeff Bezos gives a terrific talk at TED 2003 about the Internet, the Gold Rush and the Invention of Electricity. Lots of thoughtful analogies to ponder. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at BigOven Blog