the complete net prophet archive, 1997-1999


Note: In cases where a column is no longer available on, I've posted the original HTML of the story here as it originally appeared. While broken links and hinky code abound, the text is intact.

A farewell to stores; welcome distributed merchandising, sales
November 1, 1999

Video spam, anyone? Broadband may cause annoying side effects
October 25, 1999

Batten the hatches: Here comes the flood of holiday I-shoppers
October 18, 1999

Even virtual companies ship real products and have real customers
October 11, 1999

Online advertising: a $3 billion industry limping on its last legs
October 4, 1999

Men and women: Online, we should be more than markets
September 27, 1999

Web search relief ahead; here's how results become more relevant
September 20, 1999

If ICANN can't navigate Web politics, it might be time to replace it
September 13, 1999

PCs and notebooks don't add up to easy Net access at school
September 6, 1999

Ticketmaster: You'd better put down that Web link or we'll sue you
August 30, 1999

Web technology is no substitute for customer service
August 23, 1999

The "e"s have it: learning to spell the new economy
August 16, 1999

Webvan delivers logistics lesson to online vendors
August 9, 1999

Password shuffle is inconvenient, causes security problems
August 2, 1999

Internetworking points at necessity of data `garages'
July 26, 1999

Increasingly global, the Web challenges U.S.-based companies
July 19, 1999

One-click buying makes online world spin a little faster
July 12, 1999

Web applications often fail to scale, to CEOs' chagrin
July 5, 1999

PC industry shows you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
June 28, 1999

RosettaNet decodes long-lost secrets of internetworking
June 21, 1999

Banking doesn't get the Internet
June 14, 1999

Better claim your space: The Internet land grab will produce many minimonopolies
June 7, 1999

Affiliate marketing: the future of e-commerce or another hard sell?
May 31, 1999

Push: The rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated
May 24, 1999

Distance learning is no substitute for real-world education
May 17, 1999

Internetworkers need `synchronets' to help them work and travel
May 10, 1999

How to succeed in I-commerce without breaking the bank
May 3, 1999

Online music David has industry Goliaths quaking in their boots
April 26, 1999

Consumers, unite! Use the Net to drive down prices of goods
April 19, 1999

Companies get a clue about the Net: It's not just business as usual
April 12, 1999

A swarm of WASPs will add to the buzz on the business Net
April 5, 1999

Glitzy Webbies paint only a partial picture of the Internet's future
March 29, 1999

Don't be a slow poke: Keep your site up to speed or lose visitors
March 22, 1999

Microsoft takes aim at language barriers to business information
March 15, 1999

Finding fulfillment online isn't as easy as you might think
March 8, 1999

Low-end I-commerce may be just right for corporate prototypes
March 1, 1999

FreePC could usher in an era of free stuff and ceaseless advertising
February 22, 1999

Netrepreneur of the Year is a crusader for Web site usability
February 15, 1999

Smart Frog will help get Internet shopping sales really jumping
February 8, 1999

Online service woes dog vendor sites and hinder Internet sales
February 1, 1999

Display technologies will change the way we look at the Web
January 25, 1999

Market's love affair with Internet stocks won't end happily
January 18, 1999

Measuring Internet success: You shouldn't rely on traffic alone
January 11, 1999

Back to the future: A look at I-commerce from 1998 to 2002
December 28, 1998

Comparison shopping: It is just as frustrating on the Internet as it is in the real world
December 21, 1998

Who should be named Netrepreneur of the year? Cast your vote
December 14, 1998

AOL-Netscape merger foreshadows dark days for independent media
December 7, 1998

When taking measure of e-commerce, don't forget about the costs
November 30, 1998

Portal site for teens sheds some light onto possible future of Internet commerce
November 23, 1998

Catalog City site has potential to bring an end to a flood of paper
November 16, 1998

Online retailers: You can't compete on customer service
November 9, 1998

Network necessities for next-generation I-commerce: It's more than just bandwidth
November 2, 1998

Electronic commerce has come a long way in the past 20 years
October 26, 1998

Everyone's making up markup languages for fun and profit
October 19, 1998

Commerce-enabled Web sites will lead a business revolution
October 12, 1998

Delivering the bits is only half the battle in Net software sales
October 5, 1998

Cold Fusion extends a friendly hand to Web application developers
September 28, 1998

Through the looking glass: I-commerce from the other side
September 21, 1998

Directory standard will be the linchpin of business commerce
September 14, 1998

Market pressures will change the shape of online advertising
September 7, 1998

Keeping up with the Joneses is tough for Net directories
August 31, 1998

Real estate site aims to make a home sweet home on the Internet
August 24, 1998

Comparison shopping takes the punch out of online branding game
August 17, 1998

No mere bookstore, wants to be an online retail giant
August 10, 1998

Sex scam points out lack of safeguards in online business
August 3, 1998

SkyMall aims high, shows Net results in order processing
July 27, 1998

Retail dilemma: balancing security, ease of ordering
July 20, 1998

Davy Crockett star finds second frontier out in cyberspace
July 13, 1998

Holding your breath waiting for e-cash? You can exhale now
July 6, 1998

To open the portal to big Web revenues, offer unique value
June 29, 1998

The battle over online privacy is just beginning
June 22, 1998

How I tried to finance my car purchase online and nearly went crazy
June 15, 1998

Next killer application may be old technology, but it's indispensable
June 8, 1998

The Internet makes business strategy integral to IT jobs
June 1, 1998

Innovative strategy drives online success for software vendor
May 25, 1998

I-commerce success requires integrating legacy systems
May 18, 1998

Lack of trust hurts consumer commerce for online retailers
May 11, 1998

Don't lose any sleep over online privacy -- It's already too late
May 4, 1998

Online catalogs are missing the point
April 27, 1998

I-commerce will trigger massive market changes
April 20, 1998

The secret to Web commerce success
April 13, 1998

You may already own an I-commerce application server
April 6, 1998

How to save millions while preparing for the revolution
March 30, 1998

Who's on the Web -- and what they're buying
March 23, 1998

How to lose millions of dollars on the Web
March 16, 1998

Net marketplaces transform business an industry at a time
March 9, 1998

Taxing I-commerce? Get real!
March 2, 1998

Watching the growth of the Internet economy
February 23, 1998

Targeted e-mail opens a can of spam
February 16, 1998

Big retail opportunity: Internet online services
February 9, 1998

Setting in stone the Ten Commandments of I-commerce
February 2, 1998

PhoneZone.Com: Online marketing, bottom line payoffs
January 26, 1998

Learning from last year's success stories
January 19, 1998

Marketing, online partnerships are keys to Web site success
January 12, 1998

New Year trends in I-commerce: legacy integration, SET, and EDI to grow
January 5, 1998

Two great standards that go great together: XML and EDI
December 22 / December 29, 1997

Security solutions for business transactions not ready for prime time
December 15, 1997

Shopping agents help consumers find the best deals
December 8, 1997

Christmas season hits the Internet with traffic, profits
November 24, 1997

Chumbo: The of software sales?
November 17, 1997

Personalization and the personal touch are different things
November 10, 1997

Beware turnkey commerce tools: Most aren't, yet
November 3, 1997

Balance personalization and community for a successful store
October 20, 1997

Don't blame 'Net consumers for slow I-commerce growth
October 6, 1997

Using the Web to help, hinder your resellers
September 22, 1997

Internet commerce: artfully, profitably working the Web
September 8, 1997

Billboards of the future: banner ads and beyond
August 25, 1997

I-commerce opportunity means more than just online transactions
August 8, 1997



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