Your report makes no sense silly!

Enterprise 2.0 is often defined as Web 2.0 for business. We at Good Data are getting inspiration from many Web 2.0 sites and one of them is Goodreads. But I start to wonder how will our enterprise customers react to Web2.0 style error messages:

Silly

Facebook Elastic Compute Cloud

Some ideas are just way too obvious and Joyent’s Free Accelerator (on-demand infrastructure for Facebook application hosting) is one of them…

Facebook Elastic Compute Cloud

I was never a big fan of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). I did not see a real need for it and it doesn’t even fit into retailer’s business model. Amazon EC2 “enables users to increase or decrease capacity within minutes, not hours or days”. But the growth of majority of web applications can be handled by additional hardware and faster connectivity. And even though the occasional traffic spikes caused by Slashdot or Digg can turn any site inaccessible for a day or two I am not sure it can justify a paradigm shift in the hosting platform.

But after spending a few weeks on Facebook I’ve completely changed my mind. You don’t need to build a user community on Facebook. Your users are already there and if you are lucky or smart (or both) enough to catch their attention with a new application you can see a dramatic increase in web traffic overnight. Being able to “obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction” may actually be your only option before the users go somewhere else.

Does it mean that Facebook should buy EC2 from Amazon.com and integrate it more tightly with the Facebook Platform? I believe so. It would make a lot of sense…

We love to print

A few weeks ago I had 100 of my Flickr pictures printed by Big MOO, Print Machine. Big MOO works for Moo Prints (more about the company here) and my pictures were printed on MiniCards – small cards approximately half the size of a normal business card. MiniCards are fun to look at, the website is well integrated with Flickr and the print service worked flawlessly. Little MOO, Print Robot did a really good job:

Hello Roman

I’m Little MOO – the bit of software that will be managing your order
with us. It will shortly be sent to Big MOO, our print machine who will
print it for you in the next few days. I’ll let you know when it’s done
and on its way to you.

In the meantime you can track and manage your order at:
http://www.moo.com/account

Remember, I’m just a bit of software. So, if you have any questions
regarding your order please contact customer services (who are real
people) at:

http://www.moo.com/service

Thanks,

Little MOO, Print Robot

MOO “We love to print”