Monday, January 31, 2005
Russell Beattie groks the remix
"What happens when all the niches have been filled? And what happens when we're all using our aggregators for most of our online reading?
Then I started to think about the coming advertisements we're going to see in RSS feeds. There's already some sites out there doing it, and I assume it'll become more common soon.
What's happening is that online content is becoming a series of single serving content bits, sent around and filtered in a variety of ways. It's the same way that online music stores like iTunes have pushed singles back to the forefront again. "
Susan sez: Yep, and to the content delivery systems go the spoils, aka the ad and premium content revenue--and the bloggers will just get the wobbly bits--unless some of these let's start an ad agency and help people make money efforts folks talk about start to kick in.
Su Chaw and others have equally wise comments, like this one:
"I can't help feeling that we're really only at the very beginning of the creation of meaningful tagsonomies and tagsonomical tools. Technorati's implementation of tags is one step on a long road - until we can sort by what Technorati calls 'authority' (but which is really a sort of popularity), pull the search results in to our aggregators by RSS, search using Boolean operands on multiple tags and do all sorts of complicated bespoke filtering, tags will remain a bit of a kludge."
This is a fairly technical discussion, but if you're interested in tagging, it's a great read.
Noted: Media & Geekery
JD Lasica: The San Jose Merc's get a good package on podcasting.
Steve Rubel: PR client Weatherbug's gonna be blogging for Groundhog Day--that means 30 days of posts! Of course, all I can think about is the Bill Murray movie.
Terry Heaton: Greensboro paper is brilliant to blog letters to the editor. The News-Record sez: "We're adding this feature for two reasons. First, the blog format will enable readers to discuss and comment on each individual letter. Second, it will enable bloggers and other online writers to link directly to an individual letter, rather than just to a Web page containing multiple letters.
Tom Foremski: "...blogging is the most honest form of self-promotion out there bar none."
United We Blog: Nepalese bloggers.
Personal: Birmingham News story on 90 year old singer Claude Jeter and the American Gospel Quartet Convention in Birmingham-Spencer travelled from California to take Jeter down to this event from NY.
First Read--new Gawker and MediaBistro Blogs
Some first reactions, in no particular order:
FishbowlNY: Honey, where is the RSS feed?
And is Washington the new Brooklyn? Or just where exiled media honchos go nonprofit? (Okay, that was mean.)
And what is this UN and US Army stuff anyway? Give us more stuff about Page Six's Paula Froelich--that's what will get clicks on your job ads.
UnBeige: Promising, but still finding its design-y feet.
Lifehacker: Gina T can clearly write, now I want her new tech blog to surprise me. Saucily, as promised.
Gridskipper: Peking, Budapest, Brooklyn, Madrid...yawn. Help me make some travel decisions, awright?
As for the real deal, Jeff Jarvis has the last word:
"But note what Denton has done twice: He got big-time advertisers to sign onto a product that didn't even exist yet. Take it from a guy who started a magazine; that doesn't happen. So why did they do it? Clearly, they wanted to be associated -- branded -- with the next, new, cool thing. Just being the first in equals branding. That is a value of this new medium: its newness."
Sunday, January 30, 2005
Gawker grows, launches new blogs
And Gridskipper, an urban travel blog (?) written by Andrew Krukoff, one of those I will read anything he's written NYC guys who've written for both Gawker and Gothamist--and who is a wonderful writer with a good sense of humor.
Oh, and they've got advertisers--Sony Electronics will sponsor Lifehacker, while Cheaptickets will likely sponsor Gridskipper.
And Steve Rubel got quoted.
Update: Sony's paying $25,000 a month for placements on Lifehacker and Gizmondo, says Ad Age (reg. required.)
FishbowlNY: New media blog launches tomorrow
The Times is pitching it as clash of the titans, with Gawker publisher Nick Denton and former employee Spiers going head to head, but Paid Content may actually be the site from which Spiers snares traffic.
MB may also end up taking some traffic away from other folks--in addition to FishbowlNY, which will be co-written by Spiers and journo/x-movie guy Christian Moerk, there's the talented Jen Bekman's Beige, a design blog, Claire Zulkey's MBToolbox,which sounds like useful writerly stuff, and a slew of local DC and LA blogs, enabling MB to build that all important targeted sales network.
Selling (blog) ad placements on eBay
(I notice the bidders so far seem to be the same crew who bid on the PeopleSoft team.)
Russell says: "Advertising on blogs is going to be the next big thing, in my opinion. It offers very tight targeting, no wastage and offers the same accountability that has resulted in online advertising growing like crazy in the last few years."
And he wants to go into biz making this happen!
Note: For 5 minutes, I thought this was Russ Beattie--it's not--I apologize for the confusion.
Oh, it's Russell Buckley (thanks, SmartMobs)
YPulse: Anastasia Goodstein gets Chronicled
"Ypulse has become a must-read for fans, from Seventeen magazine's editor in chief, Atoosa Rubenstein, and Aaron Cohen, chief executive of teen marketing powerhouse www.bolt.com, to youth ministers and librarians trying to gain insight into youth culture," says the writer--and she's accurate--Anastasia's mix of marketing savvy and insight into non-commercial aspects of kids lives has a special flavor.
Global Warming: Photos after the snow has melted
Here's two, from 1899 and 2003. Lots more there.
Elizabeth Grigg: Thoughts on Biz Blog Summit
Some Elizabeth G points:
- Conferences like this need to figure out whether they are something for people already in the business to figure out what's latest and greatest, or are they for new people considering business blogs. Everyone in attendance had already taken the red pill. Everyone WAS the red pill.
- People talk about ROI for blogging. The I is investment, presumably time and perhaps bandwidth. This is not the real metric we are interested in. What we're looking for is return on risk. What is the existence of a blog doing for us that makes it worth risking lawsuits, bungled PR, breach of contract, nondisclosure, and various other mishaps. Side note: of course I believe it's worth it, but it's for everyone to measure. ROR seems like a more relevant metric.
- What about career based blogging. A career is a business on an individual scale. This has its own set of how tos. Are you a linker or a thinker? How to get google juice? Title of article: "The Self Centered Blogger" Ahhh, honesty.
Lots more on her site.
(And more on summit takeaways from SeattlePI's Brian Chin here.)
Global photos: Escape Lab Travel Album
Saturday, January 29, 2005
Rojo invites, too
It is a very cool blog aggregator with social networking features.
Want an invite? Email me.
Christo's The Gates: Andy Carvin's community space
Andy sez: "This website is an experiment in community art criticism. When Christo's The Gates opens in New York's Central Park in mid-February, the public will be invited to post their comments on the exhibit to this website. You'll be able to post your own blog entries via email as well as by phone. I'll post more information on the idea in the coming weeks."
(Note: there are three photos for "The Gates" on flickr right now, some others tagged with Christo.)
WashPo: How to make money with your blog
None the less, a very big newspaper has an article about how readers can make $$ from their you know whats.
- Google Adsense
- Affiliate sales like Linkshare and Amazon
- Schwag a la cafepress
- Tip jar/donations
Gmail invites--do you want one?
"Emerging Technology, Business and Policy for Senior Executives," February 8-10th
The questions the seminar will focus on are as follows:
- 'What trends and market disruptions are emerging that will change today's economic models and alter the digital-media consumer experience?
- How can established companies look ahead and evaluate these developments...are they opportunities or threats?
- And how do new tools, services and copyright paradigms reposition the business and social landscape? '
Post event, there will be write-ups and more info from the conference and notes on Morph, the Media Center blog.
Mark Jen: Google blogger
What a delight.
Someone who has a real point of view working at the world's most impersonal yet innovative company.
Update: Something's funny...Dirson says Mark Jen's blog has Google Ad words purchased...(Via Inside Google, Blog News Channel)
NYTimes: Overexposing blogs
Designer blogs, baby blogs, Iraqi blogs, blog stories assigned by every beat editor (When do we get education blogs and obit blogs?)
Latching on to blogs to make the paper more relevant?
The individual articles are good, yet the aggregate is making me yawn.
Evelyn Rodriguez: Your blog is your brand--and your life
And that's okay, but it's also kinda scary.
Well, these days, I'm of the tribe that wants to make sure I get a life--so my big thing is to step away from the machine (like it's Saturday morning, why am I writing this now?), go out and do stuff in the real world, and make the blog doesn't take the place of any of that--
Which, I suspect, isn't a problem Evelyn has.
Anyway, it's a thoughtful post about blog dynamics and relationships, well worth a read.
And Evelyn, I hope sometime we have a chance to meet.
Kick out the Jams, MFs
(Via Niblog and PCL Linkdump)
Scoble meets David Allen, Getting Things Done Guru
I've been reading his book (very slowly) for about 10 days, so Scoble's recent post about the guy (this generation's Stephen Covey) caught my eye--especially this Scoble-selected list o-links (thanks, man):
- 43 folders
- David Allen's personal blog
- Jason Womack (David Allen staff trainer)
- Marc Orchant's Getting Things Done page
Related: Steve Berlin Johnson post and NYTimes essay about how he manages notes and research data (software involved).
Update: Msftie Jeff Sandquist has a getting things done wiki. This I will check out.
Iraq photos: Soldiers who shoot
(Interestingly flickr has galleries of similar photos tagged Iraq and Baghdad.)
Friday, January 28, 2005
Friday night dinner
Stewed tomatoes with okra and corn
What should podcasters cover?
Oh, and half the respondent were from Cameron's native Australia, whatever that means.
iVillage has curves--and a redesign
Hearst magazine offerings are tucked into their own channel in a super subscription-friendly way(still awaiting a face lift), there's a glimmering of budding ecommerce, and much-improved--and easier to follow--navigation. However, what seems to have taken a back seat in the slick, multimedia design are the community and message board aspects of the site--they're kinda MIA.
Overall those, it's a great improvement--and one that I bet positions them for a relaunch with a slightly younger, more ecommerce-using, broadband entertainment focused audience.
Duncan Riley's blogging tips: Post in the morning, write hot headlines, and post often. There you have it.
Esalen workshop: California's spiritual frontiers--Erik Davis discusses how "California's alternative spirituality forms a religious tradition of its own. No, seriously, have a mushroom. (Via BoingBoing)
Beat Lucian Carr has died. RIP (Via Vin Crosbie)
Guardian, UK: Golden Compass author Phillip Pullman on how kids need less grammar, more play with language (and he's a former schoolteacher.)
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Classifying pests, genus online
Youch. She's definitely got some basic behaviors pegged.
Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Meth: A human tsunami
Bloggies site working again
Oh yea, and Om Malik says the Bloggies suck. So please vote anyway.
Things we left behind
Today, I got to the two big boxes stacked under the desk in my office.
I pulled them out, thinking about all the old files I could toss away, but the boxes didn't hold papers--they were filled with knickknacks and memorabilia from the office at my last corporate job(meaning the last job where I worked for a big company).
Photos, plaques, awards, snowglobes, snapshots, figurines--the two boxes were crammed full of stuff I hadn't looked at in over two years. I remembered packing all this stuff up, imagining I'd want it displayed in another office some day, and I was amazed at how little I cared now for any of it.
And then it hit me--what had changed.
At my last job, I was basically middle management in a huge company.
Having all this stuff in my office was a way to state who I was--to people I feared didn't really care (some of them did and some of them didn't).
I have a home office now, and I don't need all this stuff around to tell other people who I am--and in fact, I no longer see myself the way I did when I worked for Big Company X--I don't need all that stuff anymore to remind myself who I am. And I am somebody really different from when I had that job.
(So now I have two boxes of crap, the workplace equivalent of years of old report cards, and I have to figure out how much to toss--part of me thinks I should keep some things, another part of me wants to toss everything.)
Story to be continued.
Blogging from inside Google-or not?
Funny thing, the blog is down (it was on blogger), and it's not cached anywhere on Google.
So, is it *real* ?
And did Google take is manually out of the cache?
And what did it say, anyway? Check here and here.
The blog is supposed written by Mark Jen. Mark Jen had a blog at Microsoft and on January 18th said he was going to work at Google.
(Chinese)Tagging: Ten places in my city
A couple of links: Nanchang, Fuzhou, Shanghai
And pix via flickr:
The world suddenly seems a whole lot smaller--my favorite thing about the Technorati tags is the access they provide into flickr.
Derek Powazek: Waiting for weblogs to pass
Guy's up for a Bloggie. Lifetime achievement.
Shameless plug: I am a Bloggie finalist as well-- please vote for me--Best Kept Secret Blog, 3/4 way down the page)--if I win, it will no longer be a secret. (Only site has been down forever.)
Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Global Warming is about to hit the tipping point
"There is an ecological time bomb ticking away," said Stephen Byers, the former transport secretary, who co-chaired the task force that produced the report with the US Republican senator Olympia Snowe. It was assembled by the Institute for Public Policy Research in the UK, the Centre for American Progress in the US, and The Australia Institute."
The International Climate Challenge Taskforce, Meeting the Climate Challenge
Can someone give a copy to President Bush, please?
Amazon Web Services: Has a new blog--where's Tim Goodwin?
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings are now on sale at the MSN Music store. You want classic American music, this is the spot.
ClickZ, The Dark Side of eBay: "53 percent of eBay auctions end without a bid, another 23 percent sell with just a single bid."
SiliconBeat: Shopping.com part of suit by filed epinions founders against their VCs.
Craigslist: Buy Craig's shirt
Okay, so you can actually buy a Craigslist t-shirt--from the craigslist store at cafepress.com. This is the shirt I want to wear when I go speak at media conferences.
(Okay, not really. I just said that in an effort to be cool, I mean annoying.)
P.S. Pssst, I have never seen Craig wearing any of these shirts.
Rojo is slashdotted
Coincidences, pt. 2
I write a kinda mean post and send it off.
Ten minutes later, the reporter who wrote the piece emails me--he found my name on a tech site and wants to interview me for a Netflix story he's now writing.
How wierd is that?
Meanwhile, Jason Kottke posts a link to a flickr coincidence--Kris Krug tells about a guy from Scotland who goes 5490 miles to Tokyo and takes a picture of a girl taking a picture. She turns out to be a photographer from England--also on flickr--who finds her picture six weeks later and posts a note with links to the pix she took.
Dave Pollard elucidates the difference between search and research--you'll be expert when you finish this piece.
Elizabeth Grigg: "Being a blogger is a lot like being gay."
Monday, January 24, 2005
Why I believe in small world synergy
Here's an example.
On Friday, I was at a meeting in San Francisco with a client. One of the execs starting talking about a friend of his daughter's who had a terrific blog and had given him lots of good advice about the company web site. Elise.com was the URL. I checked it out and was highly impressed (meanwhile, the site is a Bloggies finalist.)
Tonight I get an email from my friend Kim saying here's an article about a blogger who's a foodie.
Who is it?
Yep. Same person, same site.
Hi, Elise. I almost emailed you over the weekend. Now I guess I have to.
Good read: Adam Hochschild, Half the Way Home
Hochschild's family were German Jews who moved to America-- his father and grandfather before him--were industrialists who assimilated into the upper classes, ran a multinational mining conglomerate, and hobnobbed with cabinet ministers, senators, and Presidents. Despite being born to a life of Trump-like privilege, Hochschild ended up a reporter, liberal, and social activist.
This deeply moving book charts the story of the relationship between only child Hochschild and his parents, particularly the autocratic father who seemed to never approve.
Writing with power and restraint, Hochschild recreates the family dynamic with vivid anecdotes and sharp observations, sharing insights and wisdom that have relevance beyond his own history.
Now that I've read this one, I plan to go through Hochschild's other books as well, starting with The Mirror at Midnight: A South African Journey.
Chocolate sushi: Someone has to get to the bottom of this
In fact, I think I have to drive down to Koo-Ki Sushi in San Jose's Japantown tomorrow at lunch, and sample every variety I can weasel out of them.
And then, I'll have to force myself to nibble on wobbly bits of fake fish roll from Renee Foote's Chocolate Sushi line, made with Belgian chocolate and lots of ganache.
P.S. For those of you with sushi USB devices and sushi socks, check out growabrain's list of sushi stuff--it's got food, silliness and more.
Vote in the Bloggies--I'm a finalist
This site is a finalist in the Bloggies as one of the Best Kept Secret choices.
So, this is a shameless plug as in if you'd like to go to the site and vote for me (3/4ths of the way down the page under Best kept secret weblog) I might have a snowball's chance in hell of winning.
kottke: Craigslist and Cottage Industries
"I'd never really thought about it before, but in some ways, CL helps lots of people build businesses cheaper and more effectively than more "robust", complex, and expensive enterprise software solutions. Movers are just one example. CL can help you find employees for your business. If you've got a van, you can pick up free furniture and electronics around the city, fix or refurbish, and sell it."
Arguing the value of print
"Print. If for the past 400 years we'd been getting all of our info electronically, and somebody invented a way to put it on paper and deliver it to our doorsteps so we could read it in the backyard or bath or bus, people would say this new print technology is so wonderful it will replace the Internet."
He then quotes Randy Siegel, current publisher of Parade:
"At the end of the day, the power of well-written newspapers is unparalleled in providing meaning, connection and context. In our harried daily lives, the human brain can absorb print more intimately and more effectively that the cacophonous, often confrontational messages blaring at us from the electronic media hundreds, if not thousands of times per day."
I like that word, unparalleled, because while I love print, it seems inarguable that print --and especially newspaper--audiences are diminishing-- no matter how great the printed word is.
(Via John Burke, Editors Weblog)
NY Times: MySpace trumps Friendster. So what?
Susan says: Has anyone invented a really new social network yet? Seems to me that most of the good social networks are actually transactional communities not so different than eBay--only they trade job leads, dates, and rides to Burning Man.
YASN, yawn (Yet another social network).
Disintermediation $$, baby--ad/revenue paradigm for 2005
If you think about the idea that eBay has more unique users in its home and garden section online than do web etailers Lowes and Home Depot, you recognize the established brand doesn't always get all the bucks. It is entirely possible to imagine a day when an RSS feed for "Iraq + casualties" or "Prada + latest fashions" has a ton of subscribers getting the data all over the place--browsers, newsreaders, phones, PDAs, SMS, and so on--and you'd better believe that reaching those targeted audiences is going to be worth a lot to the ad world.
For all the ad revenue that big sites are delivering (and some of them are), there's that relentless march of info-hungry consumers moving to newsreaders and related tools--and they don't need to go to those big sites, do they?
The dance between these opportunities--getting the most ad revenue out of the growing traffic to news sites--and getting the most revenue out of the growing usage of feeds--is one of the key ad/revenue paradigms for 2005.
Update, related: Editor's Weblog has a story on Goldman Sachs findings that money is moving from newspaper ads to--no surprise--the net.
Creative team for sale on eBay--who's bidding?
Well, there are 18 bids and the current high bidder--for $51.00-- is a guy in Australia whose last purchase was a wireless router.
Other buyer have purchased Tiffany plates, teddy bears, and typing programs--not the high ticket items, but hey, this is about PR, right?
(Via Adfreak and FC)
Not only are they working with Kanoodle, and by extension SixApart, they've also announced deals with iUpload, and reportedly have more in the works.
Wonder who will end up being acquired by Google, Overture or AOL's Advertising.com to monetize their blogging capabilities and pull RSS/blogger revenue into their network?
Pheedo seems to be making a good case for itself.
Sunday, January 23, 2005
Surprise, surprise--Word of mouth drives consumer sales
Oh, and guess what? The web influecnes gadget purchases. Like, duh?
New: Pew report on search engine usage
- 84% of internet users have used search engines. On any given day, 56% of those online use search engines.
- 92% of those who use search engines say they are confident about their searching abilities, with over half of them, 52%, saying they?re ?very confident?.
- 87% of searchers say they have successful search experiences most of the time, including some 17% of users who say they always find the information for which they are looking.
- 68% of users say that search engines are a fair and unbiased source of information; 19% say they don?t place that trust in search engines.
- 50% of searchers say could go back to other ways of finding information; 32% say they can?t live without search engines; and 17% say could let them go tomorrow.
- 47% of searchers will use a search engine no more than once or twice a week; 35% of searchers will use a search engine at least once a day.
Andrew Sullivan: What we did not know
After much detail about documented abuses, Sullivan asks:
"Did those of us who fought so passionately for a ruthless war against terrorists give an unwitting green light to these abuses? Were we naïve in believing that characterizing complex conflicts from Afghanistan to Iraq as a single simple war against ''evil'' might not filter down and lead to decisions that could dehumanize the enemy and lead to abuse? Did our conviction of our own rightness in this struggle make it hard for us to acknowledge when that good cause had become endangered? I fear the answer to each of these questions is yes."
An upsetting must-read.
THE ABU GHRAIB INVESTIGATIONS: The Official Report of the Independent Panel and Pentagon on the Shocking Prisoner Abuse in Iraq. Edited by Steven Strasser. Illustrated. 175 pp. PublicAffairs. Paper, $14.
TORTURE AND TRUTH: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror. By Mark Danner.Illustrated. 580 pp. New York Review Books. Paper, $19.95.
2005 is turning out to be a year with some personal transitions, so the birthday calls, cards, emails have been MUCH appreciated.
Zack, Ralph and Amy, Nancy, Megan, Ed, Justin, and everyone else--thank you.
Saturday, January 22, 2005
In Good Company: The AOL Story, 2000
That's not the point of the movie, of course, but it provided a disconcertingly accurate back story of takeover hell.
Chris Anderson: What is the long tail?
- "The Long Tail is the realization that the sum of many small markets is worth as much, if not more, than a few large markets." --Jason Foster
- "The Long Tail is what you get when the obscure becomes ubiquitous."-- Eric Akawie
- "The Long Tail is the 80% of stuff that didn't used to be worth selling."--Greg
- "The Long Tail is the story of how products that were once considered fringe, underground or independent now collectively make up a market share that rivals the bestsellers and blockbusters." --Bob Baker
Scott Rosenberg on change in journalism
More at his blog.
Bakotopia: Local newspaper response to Craigslist
Like the boutique beers owned by large companies, Baktopia doesn't breathe a word about its corporate parent--the online contact is firstname.lastname@example.org and the owner is listed as Mercado Nuevo, LLC, which is apparently somewhat fictional--a Google search pulled up nada results.
With exortions to "Be Excellent!" and real estate listings for Crash Pads, the site has the retro appeal of That 70's Show, which will hopefully work in their favor.
More on WebCred conference: Jon Garfunkel
Title: Some myths and assertions from day one.
Long and detailed, with many good points.
Friday, January 21, 2005
Dept of Wow
- Microsoftie Scoble pulls the lawyers off Weblogs Inc: Suddenly, a phone call suffices.
- Andy Biao compiles stats about 5 years of BoingBoing and proves Cory Doctorow is a writing machine.
- Geek News Central: How to speed up Firefox. Easy.
The ultimate connector
The Newsweek columnist sez: "It took three months on the phone, but the result of Hoffman’s detective work is a quirky, wide-ranging list of some of the Valley’s brightest lights, largest wallets and biggest mouths."
Morale of this story: If you got it, sell it.
Hey! Someone should introduce Auren and Steve Rubel, who recently wrote about blogger (paid) endorsements for iMedia Connection.
(Via JD Lasica)
Google-plat: Building a smarter ad platform
John Battelle reports on the new Google Ad Sense program and describes it as a move to an API and a platform/infrastructure--comparable to what's happened with eBay and Amazon's platform efforts spurring new businesses, etc.--The main story's here, but once again Battelle describes it on the most cogent manner.
Update: Silicon Valley Watcher reports the new Google Adwords: Improved Adwords Conversion Tracking will " track conversions not just from Adwords, but also Overture, emails, banner ads, and all other sorts of online advertising campaigns. This allows the merchant to compare the campaigns against each other. "
Scary (traffic) stories
On the way home from SF, the radio reported blockage, a 20-police car chase on Holly Street--but they didn't report the accident further south on 101 North, opposite lane from me, with 3 fire trucks, an ambulance, two stopped cars, and what looked like a crushed black car with its wheels in the air, flipped over.
Renee blogs Craig and Craigslist
- 1.7 billion page views per month
- 7 million unique visitors per month
- 77 cities and they're adding others, when 'in the mood' to do so. Interesting comment.
- They have more interest then they can keep up with.
"What has your biggest challenge been since starting Craigs List?
C: Chasing after the bad guys and....how do we deal with them. Whether its scammers, spammers, people who post ads for things that don't exist, etc. We need to do more self policing and also reward people who help chase down the 'bad guys' for us."
JD Lasica: Nicholas Ciarelli, the publisher of the site www.ThinkSecret.com and a Harvard University student, will be defended by Terry Gross of San Francisco firm Gross & Belsky in the case being brought against him by Apple. (Via Merc News)
Betsy Devine: Happy birthday, Bets--her blog turns two. Does that mean tantrums and screaming come next?
China Daily: In China, journalism may be bad for the belly--Checks of 1,182 reporters in Beijing conducted by the Chinese Physician's Association on Sunday showed that only 28, or 2.4% of them, were healthy. (Via I WANTMEDIA)
WebCred (Are you sick of this yet?)
Dave Winer: "The battle between Journalism and Blogging is over -- but only from Jay Rosen's point of view, one which I am somewhat familiar with."
Jay Rosen: "Opinion in reaction to the news can come from anywhere, and the bloggers are frequently better at it than the sleepy op-ed page ever was."
And so on..there are going to be lots of pithy comments on this topic, which of course is of endless interest to journalists, bloggers, and media folk--and not much to anyone else.
Anatasia G goes to INDTV
Thursday, January 20, 2005
A tad more on the webcred conference
(Like, would some folks spell that p-i-s-s-ing match?)
Meanwhile, there's a nice RSS aggregation of the participants ready to go over here, courtesy of Mr. Winer.
And--all sessions (except dinner) will be webcast live. With comments. Inevitably the best part.
(Via Seth Finkelstein)
Additional discussions on similar themes--at Ratcliffe and Paynter.
Citizen Journalism: $$ and ethics
Accountability in the Armstrong Williams scandal
Lisa says "When Toppo's story broke Jan. 7, I expected PR bloggers to howl in outrage at this abuse of their professional ethos." After a review of blogosphere comments by PR folk she asks:
- Has or hasn't Ketchum been fined or censured for using taxpayer money for its role in both the Medicare VNR and DOE/Williams media campaigns criticized by the GAO? Why/why not?
- As part of the Diversified Agency Services (DAS), a division of the Omnicom Group, are Ketchum officers held to the same corporate code of conduct?
- Does the non-disclosure of Armstrong Williams? arrangement with Ketchum uphold the Omnicom code, both explicitly and in spirit?
- What are consequences for violating this code of conduct? Within Ketchum? Within Omnicom, the corporation responsible for Ketchum?"
Lisa wants to know who is accounting for the larger issues, beyond blogger ethics and she is asking good questions--read the whole piece for some incisive thought.
Today 8 Million is the number of
- blogs PubSub is now tracking
- US women with osteoporosis
- Toyota's 2005 world wide sales target for cars
- child laborers in Pakistan
- downhill skiers in the US
Lincoln Millstein goes to Hearst Newspaper Group
Owners of the SF Chronicle, the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, the Albany Times Union and the outstanding Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Hearst is one of the companies affected by the rise in the Bay area of sites such as CraigsList and by the growing disintermediation of news--Millstein's experience should help lead them to solutions and greater profitability.
(Via Digital Edge)
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Japanese keychain plants
Making money in feeds
(Via Dave Winer)
Blogging backlash: Is it here yet?
Back in San Jose
And grateful to make it out of NY before the snow really hit.
Martha quits ecommerce
Shelley: This is a disclaimer
"Somewhere, somehow, along the way we began to take ourselves seriously,and now it's difficult to read original writing that doesn't have a caveat or a disclaimer attached. Multiple weblogs have popped up with people appearing out of nowhere, demanding that we all conform to a certain set of beliefs and practices, and the rest of us, who at one point in time used to have fun nod our heads and say 'Yesir' or 'Yesmam', because no matter what, we want to be seen as 'credible.' "
Passionate and eloquent, this post is worth a careful read.
And the comments ain't bad, either.
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Blogging, Journalism and Credibility: Battleground and Common Ground?
Neither was I.
The invitation-only conference is being organized by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard Law School, the American Library Association's Office of Information Technology and the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and there's a huge flap of chatter in the blogosphere about the invitees, the event, the issues and so on.
I'm interested to see the discussion notes from the event, but think some of the blogging comments give the whole thing more power than it warrants. This conference may be Harvard, but hey, that's both a strength and a weakness.
Innovation usually comes from smaller, disruptive players, then the establishment talks about how they could have done that too, if they wanted.
Nevertheless, some brilliant people will be there and discussion should be very interesting--and impassioned.
Monday, January 17, 2005
(Via Suw Charman)
Also Roland Tangalo asks if the tags are Technorati-specific--and T's Kevin Marks says nope.
- Head to the airport early enough to ask for an exit-row aisle--they don't release them until day of flight
- If you're changing planes, check your carry-on--waiting to pick it up is less exhausting than dragging it across two terminals to catch an about to depart plane
- Bring water, no matter what
- Bring fruit or a snack if the flight is more than 4 hours long--never know what you'll get when you land
- Work out how you'll get to your destination before you take off--bus, train, taxi, etc. Shuttle vans are cheaper than taxis, but often slower than buses
- Always pack a raincoat or umbrella--if you don't, it will rain
- Keep your cell phone charger with you
- Starbucks has great WiFi even if you hate their coffee and what they stand for
Honoring Martin Luther King
Sunday, January 16, 2005
PeopleSoft and LinkedIn
(Via Ross Mayfield)
Food labels with attitude, vegan division
- For us, it's about a deep respect for the herbs we share with you.
- Made with 71% organic ingredients!
- Inspired by a conversation between the program's co-founder and gang members.
- To simplify and enjoy life more, mix 1/2 oz. with 2 gallons hot water.
Dave Winer on the need for blogs
Feb 8-10th:Emerging Technology, Business and Policy for Senior Executives
The questions the seminar will focus on are as follows:
'What trends and market disruptions are emerging that will change today's economic models and alter the digital-media consumer experience? How can established companies look ahead and evaluate these developments...are they opportunities or threats? And how do new tools, services and copyright paradigms reposition the business and social landscape? '
There are many great people participating--check the full list.
Registration is still open and there are some blogger/press requests the Media Center is looking at as well.
Saturday, January 15, 2005
Northwest Herald: X-AOL HR head Greg Horton pleads guilty to fraud.
Paid Content: Yet another (print) tech magazine launching?
Lisa Williams: Links to bloggers' policies about linking and disclosures.
MySpace: Jennifer Anniston's blog
Back in NYC: Harlem Flophouse
Grassroots Journalism: New Revenue Models
So where's the money to come from?
That is a really interesting subject--what kind of new revenue models --and platforms--can we (in the community sense) develop to help grassroots journalists, bloggers and others in the long tale of niche/micropublishing make money?
Hanging Low in Asbury Park
Of course, the real pleasure is in seeing these wonderful old friends who moved down here about the same time I returned to California.
Heading back into NYC later today, home to California next week. Hopefully better connectivity from this moment forward.
Friday, January 14, 2005
Calanis and Wilson: Free Biz advice
Technorati's got a brand new tag
Some typical results searching for tomato, Google, Dave Winer, had uneven results--but looked interesting--the interface is beautiful this time!
On the other hand, San Jose pulled up a lot of junky listings and flickr photos-in a way this is a hack of flickr to bring their data out into the wider net--but still an interesting experiment.
Thursday, January 13, 2005
Should there be one centralized RSS Directory?
My own thought is that while having an easy means to get new users subscribing to feeds is needed, narrowing content choices into one directory won't fly--just like search engines and directories, RSS readers come in their own flavors and styles.
Blog, how I missed you
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Ignition Partners recruits MSFT CFO
MSN to add new blogging. RSS features
Wow, if MSN has created some strong consumer-friendly features, this could be interesting.
Of course, they haven't done the best job in the past of developing these kinds of features--but that doesn't ever stop them from trying.
Monday, January 10, 2005
All about the video
Calcanis: A lotta bloggers wanna go to Harvard--only two invited?
Marc Canter: "I'd say the Marqui program has gone off pretty well. As of Aug. '04 - there were 450 mentions of Marqui in Google. Today there are 139,000."
PurchasePro: AOL heads starting to roll
Curbed quotes Craig
"We're strongly thinking about [charging for listings]. Brokers are asking us to do that to improve quality. The first step will be opening up a broad discussion of how to do it right. That's going to be a fascinating discussion that will increase my customer service work a great deal?
Right now the newspapers are perturbed by the fact that we seem to be getting classifieds that they aren't. I tell them that's not their big problem. The big problem for them is loss of trust. People don't trust mainstream media to ask difficult questions and be persistent."
Seeking Alpha on web investments
- Web advertising becomes really useful, Web sites become progressively easier and cheaper to build
- Syndication and filtering dramatically improve web publishing and information dissemination
- Search continues to improve and grow in significance
Sunday, January 09, 2005
Ecommerce: Daily Candy snags Lucky ad vet
With a goal of a million subscribers and a daily email product Daily Candy has reach--and now it is buying relationships.
Companies that have reportedly fired people for blogging
(Also via apophenia)
My morning commute looks nothing like this
9/11 recovered photos to be posted on web
Lillian Valenti, chief of the Port Authority's office of medical services, said: "We strongly believe that recovering photos that once filled office desks and walls in Trade Centre offices will greatly help families who lost loved ones."
This seems really odd to me. First of all it's a virtual collection of real photos that will clearly take in a life of its own beyond the intended purpose.
Secondly, will the *right* people really claim the right photos?
And is it first come, first served?
Is there one printed copy for each digital one?
And is this really something that will help family members--or just a morbid exercise in overkill?
I can't begin to guess, but it seems strange.
Saturday, January 08, 2005
How RSS began
Around Netscape, in late '99, when I learned about RSS from the My team, that was what they said as well.
Saturday: Rain, rain, rain, rain
It's been raining pretty much non-stop since Christmas day--the tent we set up and tried to sleep in is now piled in a heap under the overhang of the house, since it hasn't been sunny for enough hours to dry the damn thing out.
What can you do?
We're heading up to San Francisco to check out some museums and maybe stop by the Ferry Building and ogle all the foods we're not eating this month as we fight our way through the post-holiday diet.
Going back to New York later next week. Wondering if that will be snow, snow, snow.
Friday, January 07, 2005
Blogging: How do you estimate your audience?
|100 A-list bloggers ||15 million ||150,000 ||15,000 ||1700 hrs |
|2,000 B-list bloggers ||5 million ||2,500 ||1,000 ||62 hrs |
|18,000 C-list bloggers ||9 million ||500 ||150 ||13 hrs |
|80,000 up-and-coming bloggers ||8 million ||100 ||50 ||2.5 hrs |
|5 million remaining active bloggers ||15 million ||3 ||0 ||- |
Dave sez: "If you're an average A-list blogger (those getting at least 15,000 hits per day), your 150,000 40-second visitors in aggregate are spending 1700 hours per day reading and commenting on your blog. The average B-list blogger (those getting at least 1,000 hits per day) is getting 62 hours per day of 90-second-per-visit aggregate reader attention, the average C-list (150-1,000 hits-per-day) blogger 13 hours per day of aggregate reader attention, and the average up-and-coming (50-150 hits-per-day) blogger 2.5 hours per day. "
Newsreader stats: Who's reading with what
- Bloglines 31.2%
- Feed demon 20%
- Newsgator 8.2%
- Newsgator Online 7.1%
- NetNewsWire 5.3%
- Sharp Newsreader 2.9%
- The others 25.3%
Note: If you're not using a newsreader, check out Bloglines, or email me for a rojo invite.
Update: Turns out this chart is not definitive, just an example of the kind of interface coming for Feedburner users. Oh, well.
Comic Book Bondage Image of the Day
(From Comic BookBondage Image of the Day (an AOL member site, (via PCL Linkdump, an amazing blog)
Paul Kedrosky: NYTD has 32% net margins
The rest of his post is well worth a read.
How much email did you get in 2004?
So, more than 25,400 pieces of e-mail passed through my inbox. "
Me, too--and at least half was probably spam.
Venture Capital Journal: Blogging VCs, why doncha get a loadda that!
Jerry Colonna: He's back, maybe.
The World to Come: Susan Mernit's Blog is his favorite media blog. Oh joy! Dimitri's Bloglines folder is where I went RSS(dumpster) diving last week...
Read Write Web: MacManus is inspired by AP's Tom Curley and looking at where content is headed.
Are consumers replacing Consumer Reports?
Literally devastating tsunami photos
Take a breath, then click.
We Media: A look back--and forward
Now, a year later, Karma Peiró, a digital journalist from Barcelona, Spain, has interviewed the We Media authors and they've shared the interview on their site. Points worth noting:
- Change is not coming from traditional competitors but from the audience they serve.
- The speed at which RSS has proliferated is phenomenal.
- ...The leadership and innovation of citizen journalism will continue to come from the edges of the new media ecosystem.
- ...We are more likely to see big media try to purchase and integrate innovation rather than develop it on their own.
In the past two months, I have heard of plans to start three or four local blog-based news businesses, three or four ecommerce or vertical market niche blogs, at least two and maybe three blog ad sales networks, one major new community platform, and at least two blog cosmos-related neat tech tools.
--And that's without the impact of the Six Apart/Live Journal acquisition, awareness of the true impact of MSN Spaces, and deployment of any big media plans to have more presence--and better integration--in this more distributed and participatory space.
As Dan Gillmor says "We used to call mainstream journalism the "first draft of history." Now, I'd argue, much of that first draft is being written by citizen journalists. And what they're telling us is powerful indeed."
2005 may be the year when blogging became industralized--the number of conferences, consultancies, marketing agencies, etc. feeding off the growing awareness and usage of blogs is dramatic--but it should also be the year when we all remember that blogging is just a platform.
What I want to watch for is how bigger companies are handling the long tail and the disintermediation of content--and how individual bloggers, like cells in an organism, replicate and divide.
In other words--who will help build true open blogging platforms?
When can we see support for individual effort in the blogosphere that's akin to the platforms eBay and Amazon have developed? I'd like to see the long tail help fund daily media and personal voices, as well as P2P music exchange and book distribution.
--Show me some companies addressing those issues--or individuals crafting solutions--and I will be a happy camper.
How to sell to your boss
"Most top managers have two basic needs: they want to grow their company and they want to increase their profitability. Whether they are a private company or a public one, this is the ticket to their personal success. If your proposal promises to do either, you've got their ear. If not, you're likely dead before you start."
(Via Fast Company)
Thursday, January 06, 2005
How do you know when it's time to make a change?
Is it when you're dragged, kicking and screaming, toward an inevitable choice (i.e., no choice?)
Or the moment when something seems clearly right and you have the confidence to go with your gut?
Or, is it a more intellectual process of weighting choices and forecasting scenarios--and then deliberately choosing what seems best?
I'm making some decisions right now. One one level, my impulse is just to continue as is for as long as possible, hoping for the *right* choices to become clear. On the other hand, I need to make active choices--but not hasty ones.
Information overload: Do you encourage it?
AdWeek: Beth Axelrod, HR exec, joins eBay. She is one of the authors of The War for Talent.
BizWeek: Women drove ecommerce buys over the holidays. (Are you surprised?)
Seemed totally off-topic.
But you know what?
It's pretty good--one of the better ones out there.
In fact, I can think of a couple folks I know who should consider swooping down and stealing this writer--and I don't mean Gawker.
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Live Journal sale: Speaking to the community
" I love technology and designing the LiveJournal architecture but I hate running a business. While I've been learning a lot of business stuff over the past 5 years and it's been kinda interesting, I just don't love it and I'm not great at it. Plus it just keeps getting harder as LiveJournal grows, sucking away more of my time and youth. I'm ready to pass off what I see as "the boring stuff" to somebody else that I trust and focus on the fun stuff.
Also, Six Apart has a lot of staff that we don't... marketing, designers, usability people, etc. "
Here's the press release stuff
Update: Dave Winer says the motive could be a planned IPO.
Gawker: The New Conde Nast
Lockhart Steele's gone to Gawker, and Sacramento is the New New York has a hysterical Matrix script of the deal.
If you care even a little, read it.
Oh, and Gawker guys, your steady roll is so fun to watch.
Der Stern & Der Buzz
Anyone hear Jeff chatting on air from the roadside of Route 78?
Mary Hodder: Dumpster-diving in OPML (yeah, I'm the scavenger.)
Smart Mobs: GroupJazz starts an award in honor of departed online community maven Frank Burns--award is support and services for an organization--check it out.
MORPH blog: Read the posts, subscribe to their feed.
Little Judy, quoting Britney Spears' stalker on his obsession with Brit-Brit: "Maybe I'm a little bit crazy, but it keeps me from going insane."
Kelly Blue Book: Most researched cars of 2004. (None of them are on my list.)
Danah Boyd on Live Journal acquisition
And: "My biggest concern is that a merger will stunt the cultural growth on LiveJournal that makes it so fascinating. My second concern is that Six Apart will not be prepared to deal with the userbase and will initiate practices that are more detrimental because of fear. [For example, what's the best way to handle an LJ community dedicated to cutters trying to outdo each other via images?] It takes a resistance-based culture to support a community of resisters and Six Apart is by no means a resistance-minded company. My third concern is that LiveJournal will shift because of investor value."
There is a terrific discussion going on in the comments--including this quote from Scott Rafer, Feedster CEO: "With the astonishing, yet probably conservative, blogging numbers that Pew announced Monday, 6A can afford to leave LJ as a separate community and have it evolve into a more direct competitor to MySpace."
Thomas Hawk: Thinking about open media
Most significantly, the new media is going to be a great exercise in the democratization of media and will usher in a new grass roots meritocracy based on actual talent (or trash depending on who you are talking to). Every creative college student can potentially become producer, director and actor."
This snippet of a long post on Thomas Hawks' blog caught my attention--The comments are in relation to INDTV, but truth is, INDTV is merely going to be--if they are smart--a distribution point for something that is already happening, not the cause of this groundswell(thank P2P, BitTorrent, eBay communities, blogging for that).
Om Malik: Six Apart to buy Live Journal
More on this here and here. And here.
Update: Yep, it's true. eWeek story here.
Hey, folks, welcome to the world of managing multiple brands.
Good time last night at geek dinner in SF
Monday, January 03, 2005
Miami: 400 lb gator captured downtown
"They farm-raised this big boy on Santeria and voodoo,"said alligator trapper Thom Hardwick who used a firetruck, a rope and a roll of duct tape to hoist the gator out of the water.
Blog rep firms dart out of the gate: Is BURST! first?
Biff Burn, their marketing VP, sez: "It behooves the advertiser to pay a good price for the advertisments and supply good creative that is targeted to the content and audience of the blog, bercause it really determines what ads get selected and which ones will deliver the impressions."
Newsforge: Using blog tools
If you're looking for a clear description of some of these (new-ish) services, this is a good piece to check out.
My Newsreader, aka The Red Shoes
I am starting to feel that way about my newsreader.
Now that it's neatly organized and holding 800+ feeds, I just can't stop reading them.
And getting through all the folders before they reload with new posts has become a joke.
JD Lasica: "How are (traditional media outlets) planning to partner with their audience instead of lecturing to them? In what ways can their interests intersect and intertwine, and what are the obstacles that are preventing this from happening?"
Dave Hornick: "So my goal in 2005 is to meet great entrepreneurs. It was my goal in 2004, and my goal in 2003. And, while I'm not omniscient, I'm guessing it will be my goal in 2006. Great entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of Venture Capital."
editorsweblog: Wave of Destruction
Bertrand Pecquerie, Editorsweblog.org, mentions WaveofDestruction.org, a site with more than 25 amateur videos of the tsunami's impact.
I like this quote from Geoffrey Huntley, the founder of the site, who says, "The ease of putting something online is pretty much instant. At a media company, I'm sure there are channels you have to go through -- copyright, legal, editorial, etc. Blogging is instant."
Topix.net: New channels track start ups
And it's free.
Keith Kelly, NY Post: 2005 magazine predictions, including Janice Min at People, Tina Brown at US.
Tim Porter on the Chronicle and Craigslist: "The money being lost by the Chronicle, the Mercury, their online operations and other Bay Area newspapers could pay for enough journalists to staff two Chronicle newsrooms."
Reuters: Gibson launches *digital* guitars.
New blogs: Eve Maler, Pushing String, (via Searls) and Peter Levitan, 360
Sunday, January 02, 2005
PIP 2005: New stats to note
"8 million American adults say they have created blogs; blog readership jumped 58% in 2004 and now stands at 27% of internet users; 5% of internet users say they use RSS aggregators or XML readers to get the news and other information delivered from blogs and content-rich Web sites as it is posted online."
"At the same time, for all the excitement about blogs and the media coverage of them, blogs have not yet become recognized by a majority of internet users. Only 38% of all internet users know what a blog is. The rest are not sure what the term 'blog' means."
Read the rest, it's good stuff, especially the notes about the rapid adaption of RSS.
(Via POMO Blog)
Update: AP story on this data.
New: Guest bloggers at Morph--check'em out
Morph, the blog over at The Media Center (non profit think tank), kicks off the new year with a new tradition--guest bloggers.
Inspired by BoingBoing , Slashdot, Smart Mobs, and other blogs written by a group, they've invited some interesting folks to contribute posts for a month or so.
Here's the line-up and some info on what each will focus on:
- Tom Biro (Media Drop): Open media and transparency
- JD Lasica (New Media Musings, DarkNet, Our Media):
- Tony Gentile (Buzzhit): The business of blogging and big company activities
- Tim Porter (First Draft): Newspaper biz
- Susan Mernit (Susan Mernit's Blog): Tech watch, interesting new companies
I am honored to be in this company and hope for some interesting discussion--and the start of a series of many more new and diverse voices at Morph.
PS. If you have ideas for future guest bloggers, or would like to be considered as a guest blogger yourself, email Gloria Pan gpan at americanpressinstitute dot org.
Neat photo, with snow
Saturday, January 01, 2005
2005--Year of blog bucks?
Mitch also says : "Beware rebels bearing manifestoes and the sleek taboos of trendsetters. Eat the dead, if their bodies aren't too putrid, to learn from the lessons coursing through their veins."
Dan Gillmor: New role, new blog
I'll be reading your new blog, and look forward to seeing your venture take shape.
You say "If anything worthwhile comes of this, and I strongly believe it will, the achievements will be ours, not mine. They will be the result of many people's ideas, good will and effort. If I can help clear a path for people who want to join the vast, global conversation, I'll be happy."
Page Six: Diet tips from the stars
- Christina Ricci "So all I ate was green salads . . . I looked like E.T., my head seemed so big."
- Adrien Brody: "Roman had me eat two hard-boiled eggs a day for six weeks. My skin became translucent."
- Howard Stern (who lost 22 pounds by eating steamed potatoes with no toppings) "My own private parts look better next to my thinner body."
The Bright River--Bay area must see
Tim Barsky, author and lead performer, is a delight, the show is pure poetry, and I am going again when they do the Berkeley run later in January.
Turns out some other bloggers saw the show as well--Danah Boyd and Eric Jones.
Personal questions for 2005
- What were the significant events of the year?
- What were my accomplishments?
- What trips did I take?
- Who was I closest to?\
- What significant reading did I do?
- What gave me joy?
- In what ways did I grow?
- What personal gifts did I use to serve this year?
- What did I learn this year?
- What in my life is dying (literally or figuratively)?
- What in my life is rising (literally or figuratively)?
- What are my goals for the next year?
Brad says he and his wife have a "life dinner" on the first of every month and discuss questions like these--nice idea.