Tuesday, May 31, 2005
BlogHer: SixApart to sponsor attendees--how about you?
Details are here.
How about everyone else running a social media company out there in the blogosphere?
Admission to the conference is $99--for a relatively small sum, you could sponsor attendees from your area, local attendees, or attendees from overseas (think Korea and Brazil, for example)--how about it?
(Susan says: I am paying costs for two local attendees via the scholarship fund.)
Krishna Bharat: Time out to gush
Anyway, Bharat is smart, refreshingly low-key and very passionate about Google News and the service's committment to provide multiple viewpoints on an event via story clusters.
Chatting, Skrenta asked Bharat if they had any plans to index more video. Bharat said no, but pointed out that Google News is indexing some podcasts (?)--or at least the text transcripts that link to podcasts (think NPR). Currently based in Bangalore, Bharat still oversees Google News, but has also been hiring for a small Google engineering office in Bangalore.
Impressions of Korea
- This country is dedicated to become an economic success and enconomic global power
- The government sees education, technology innovation, knowledge work and manufacturing as keys to that
- Working out issues with North Korea is key to success
- So is making sure every child learns English--yesterday's newspaper said they are going to triple the number of English teachers--and add a native-speaking English teacher to every middle school--in the next few years
- Korea is a very formal country, fond of pomp and hierarchy
- Women are in a challenging position--haven't seen many executive women this trip, though amazingly smart women in the more helping professions--marketing, service industries, event planning--abound
- Urban, affluent Koreans are more comfortable with technology than Americans--but it's not clear to me how average they are--or what the average worker enjoys and thinks
- It's a country I can learn from--I hope to have a chance to return and spend more time here
JD Lasica gets married--again
New: Search 4 RSS
World Editors Forum: Ito, Gillmor, Bharat, Sussman, Oh
Bonus: GREAT pictures by Robb Montgomery of Chicago Sun-Times and Visualeditors.com of Seoul and the conference are here.
Here's a couple shots:
Gillmor, Skrenta, Bharat, Nachison line up for a mug shot at WEF, Seoul
Joi and Dan take questions
WEF's John Burke and editor(and future blogger)Hakeen Bello of Nigeria.
Steve Gillmor gets serious
He says "I don't pretend to have all the answers about how to navigate in what I believe is a fuindamentally altered world of discovery, innovation, and relationships. The forces unleashed by blogging, podcasting, and RSS in general have torn down the Berlin Wall between ideas and implementation, with best practices lying in shambles on the newly tilled ground"--
and that's the part that gets my attention--
We are in a marketplace of ideas, they are coming fromn everyone, and many have value--
Steve's post speaks to me because it's honest and clear--but also questioning how to get the world to move forward on a technology concept he cares a great deal about.
Midnight at the Oasis
In the past 36 hours, I have started to see a bit of Seoul, an interesting new city, and have met dozens of people from all over the world: Egypt, Cameroon, Mali, Jordan, Finland, Germany, Italy, Nigeria, China, France, India, the UK and Korea.
I met and talked with Krishna Bharat, creator of Google News, and helped two people start blogs (hope to help a whole bunch more!).
I've told 5 people about Skype, and three about Feedster, Technorati, PubSub and Blogdigger.
Planning for Shanghai and now Beijing is almost complete--just have to work out hotel and tickets for the new leg of the trip.
Attending a global conference is wonderful; I'll post some pictures and share impressions of where the attendees are re social media tomorrow am.
Monday, May 30, 2005
CNN: Yahoo! sued over woman's nude photos, profile. (Via Corante)
Hollywood Reporter on ABC's plans to cover the Indy 500: "ABC Sports will deploy more than 70 broadcast cameras around the 2.5-mile track, including a camera on the same type of 87-foot Strada crane used to film 1997's "Titanic," 15 robotic cameras to cover the action on the track and in the pits and up to 36 wireless cameras on board 12 different cars." (Via Parekh and Bergman)
Sally Falkow: "We had a number of clients interested in RSS feeds this week--a visitor and convention center, a major software company, a national park."
Jane Genova on the 'I'd rather be blogging syndrome': "... it takes a recovering sufferer of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and, yes, Zoloft does the trick for moi in taming this disorder) to recognize how seductive grassroots media is. Both producing it and consuming it.
Blogging over at Editor's Weblog and Morph
More Noted: WEF Mobile
Park Chang-hee, General Manager of JoongAng Ilbo Strategic Planning: "...The demand for newspaper journalism will always exist but newspapers themselves need to be open to new technologies."
Torry Pedersen, Online Editorial Director at VG Norway: "Mobile is replacing the internet as the medium of choice not only in receiving news, but in reporting it."
Frode Ugland, Business Development, Mobile Operations, Telenor:" Younger generations are rarely paying for newspapers, but that they are used to paying for content through their mobile phone bill."
Jim Chisholm, Future of the Newspaper.com: "Mobile technology provides the perfect medium for newspapers to expand their reach and increase revenue." (Good examples, here).
Bonus links(tangentially related):
Overture, aka Yahoo Search Services, to provide paid-search for Yahoo's WAP portal--how about local mobile search? (Via Mobile Technology Weblog)
Reuters reports that consultancy TMNG Marketing's latest study says 13-24 year olds are most interested (read likely to pay for) commercial-free radio over mobile phones and the ability to download music to phones. But you knew that, right? (Via The Feature)
Sunday, May 29, 2005
WEF preview: Dan Gillmor's keynote
some points from the whole:
And just as we should listen to the voices from the edges of networks, the citizen journalists -- people who are doing journalistic work -- would do well to listen to the people who do it for a living. We professionals aren't perfect, far from it, but we have learned a useful technique or two in the past century of this trade."
Gillmor goes on to flag thoroughness, accuracy, fairness and transparency as key skills to value--and teach, and to conclude:
"Citizen journalists are not the enemies of professional journalists, though they will make us furious from time to time, especially when they criticize what we do. They are part of an emergent ecosystem."
Bonus: Speaking about his new citizen journalism site, Bayosphere, Gillmor says "I will be a host, not the editor."
More on this later today.
Seoul: CoEX Mall aka technology is everywhere
Huge movie megaplex, jammed with folks
HP display, a place to hang out and meet friends
Reminds me of Minority Report
People wait to use the computer area inside MacDonald's
In the middle of the mall, a 15X 15 foor booth where people can play Warcraft on big screens--it's jammed with teen boys, of course
Saturday, May 28, 2005
Daily Candy expanding to London
While the Guardian author seems to think style and shopping email epistles are the next lucrative frontier, it's not clear what kind of bucks these businesses are bringing in--on the other hand, it's relatively inexpensive to jump in, even if the market is crowded (viz slny, flavorpill, dazed and confused, and urban junkies, all ny or london focused.)
Susan sez (kinda a side note): Besides, it's also not clear why anyone would prefer these babies to highly focused and super-creative resources such as Manolos Shoe Blog, The Bag Lady, Cool Hunting, Tree Hugger and many other great product blogs.
In Seoul, Asiana rocks
Let's see, the seats were farther apart, the blankets and pillows were better, the airplane was more spacious and I ended up sleeping for most of the night--which didn't happen the last time I braved a redeye in the US.
Also appreciated the Korean dinner of small protein and lots of veggies, the stretching exercises on the video, and the 'hey-it's-morning' birthday party and magic show the crew conducted for passengers--which somehow led to a gaggle of little kids clutching flowers made out of balloons and adults holding gift bottles of wine.
At first glance, Seoul looks like LA, New York, and a bit of Honolulu--high rise sprawl, tropical foliage(okay, NY doesn't have that) and lots o people (thought it's pretty quiet at 6 am on Sunday, which is when I rolled in.)
Heading over to the conference in a couple of hours after a quick nap...I want to go explore right now, but my eyes are crossing.
Merrill Brown to lead News21, Carnegie/Knight effort
Former MSNBC.com honcho Merrill Brown, author of the recent Carnegie Report on the future of news, will play a key role in the rollout of the Carnegie/Knight effort to improve journalism education--and hopefully news presentation and production--as an outgrowth of that initiative.
Brown will become the national director of News 21, aka News for the 21st Century, a significant piece of the effort specifically focused on what he describes as "coordinating efforts at four of the universities to produce important journalism, creating new ways to deliver and present it and launching an Internet site to serve as the platform for the project."
- Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University
- Orville Schell, dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley
- Loren Ghiglione, dean of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University
- Geoffrey Cowan, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California
- Alex S. Jones, director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University
Friday, May 27, 2005
Wordpress developer--for a client
Jammed all day; flying tonight
Everything is arranged and now it's time for a very long plane ride.
Thursday, May 26, 2005
If RSS is a traffic jam, who gets through first?
Peter says "The very definition of online advertising may be that it is always being intermediated. Until, of course, it is all pay per action."
--And he offers examples of cool API s that can be tweaked and bundled together into new tools and services, all great stuff.
But Pete--for big publishers-this ain't about advertising.
It's about companies that care about metrics like number of subscriber and number of newsstand sales having to rethink everything--from what they're willing to publish on their web site to the fact that putting up articles on their web site just isn't enough anymore--now they need to distribute via RSS and onto multiple platforms AND have new revenue models AND figure out where their audience is going--and meet them there (Xbox, anyone?) --and they are going "Wow, so fast!"
And it's not that these guys don't get it--they do--but think of them as the big Hummers tooling along the roadway, and the emerging tech/social media publishers of the world as the bicycles gliding along.
If RSS is a traffic jam, who gets through first?
And how do those guys in the Hummers cope with that? (We already know how the cyclists are doing.)
RSS :the next generation of publisher disintermediation
How true is that--
(And further, as mobile search comes in, watch for the next generation of publisher disintermediation.)
Weblogs Inc: Making big bucks-- and better margins?
While this may drive the blogophere wild, imagine what the revenue at NYTimes/About, one of Google's largest partners, looks like.
Anyone want to do the math?
(I need more coffee.)
On the other hand, look at the margins--Calcanis has gotta be wnning on that.
Contentious: Women in podcasting list--over 100 shows.
Bloggerati: West Coast leads in blog readers--but 30% of all Americans say they've read blogs.
Knight (and others): Major new journalism reform initiative to launch. (I would love to help work on this.)
McKinsey: Improving the education of tomorrow's journalists--the report that started the new initiative.
Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Dean Wright moves to Reuters
Dean's a super-talented guy, and this is a smart hire.
Let's see, that makes three executive departures in three months, right?
And two cross-country moves?
Russ Beattie: What if my blog was ONLY in RSS
Did AOL execs sink the Corcoran Gallery new building?
Apparently, $30 million of the money was to come from AOL exec and concrete and stainless steel kitchen connoisseur Barry Schuler and his uber-colleague AOL honcho Bob Pittman, but after AOL stock plummeted, the museum received only $13 million of the pledges, resulting in a shortfall to their building fund.
Come on and Skype me
It is cool.
So Skype me...the headset is now travelling to China/Korea with me...fun.
P.S. You don't know what Skype is? Think VOIP (voice over IP) system that allows you to make calls over the Internet--free. And it works. And it's easy.
So, Skype me, come on.
Contrarian view: RSS is disintermedating the web
While I've drunk the Kool-aid deep, he's got some good points--viz:
And how about those licensing issues when any news aggregator can insert ads in their own bundles' feed assortments, but the publishers don't profit?
Yep, things are going to get interesting, as always.
Jeneane Sessum: I miss the pig
Just picked up my Chinese visa
Blogging in the Canvas Gallery, waiting for some meetings to start.
Seoul: Join the talk at the World Editors' Forum
Come take part virtually in the discussions--The Editor's Weblog will offer live blogging of the conference during the digital media part of the program ( here).
Live reports will be posted every 20 minutes from the sessions of the 12th World Editors Forum dedicated to citizen media on 30 and 31 May 2005 (6 journalists and moderators participating to the BlogConf), and there will be open comments and a chance for virtual visitors to log in and post.
If you are a blogger or journalist and would like a log in, please email John Burke at Editor's Weblog.
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Julie Leung: Blame and courage
Julie's humorous post turns into a perceptive riff on Lawrence Lessig's disclosure of child abuse (courageous man) and how pain and wanting to right wrongs can "connect us together," as Julie says.
A beautiful and meaningful piece, inspired by a hero.
Ventura County Star: Newspaper site reinstates comments
As of today, comments are reinstated, with a new policy that says:"All comments are routed through our online registration system. A script attaches the registered name to the comment. It also allows us to identify the email address that was used in registration. (And thanks to our friends at our sister newspaper Naples Daily News for doing this for us.)
That allows us to contact via email anyone who files objectionable comments. If they persist, we can block their registration in addition to blocking their IP address."
There's more, but this is a great example of addressing a problem and moving on.
And of having the courage of your convictions.
And convictions, period.
Tom Foremski takes Manhattan
Reading now 2: The Only Sustainable Edge
The implications for American workers trouble me, but the authors' read on economic theory and marketplace dynamics seems impeccable. And there are some rockin' biz-speak type quotes, such as this one:
"...We propose that accelerated capability building is the most powerful source of strategic advantage in a global economy characterized by intensifying competition. In fact, accelerated capability building across boundaries is now the only sustainable edge."
(Thanks to Ross Mayfield for sending this book)
Reading now: Bookmark Now, an anthology
I snagged an advance copy of this anthology about writers, reading, blogging and life and had a wonderful time reading the essays.
Found some favorite writers (Nicola Griffith, for example, as well as some interesting bloggers-Liz Spiers, for example.)
He's got a Virtual Book tour going with info here.
Kristoff: Blogging in China
4 million Chinese blogs? That's what the man says.
Kristoff mentions yuluncn.com/ and portal Sohu...but will a Chinese Chris Nolan emerge?
(For some good links to Chinese bloggers writing in English, see Global Voices , Fons Tunistra, Kevin Wen, Isaac Mao and others. )
Update: Measured commentary on the Kristoff essay by danwei's Jeremy Goldkorn.
Monday, May 23, 2005
Yahoo: Publisher's Guide to RSS
This amazingly useful little guide walks through what is RSS, how to make money with Yahoo's publisher network, tracking data, etc.
The whole site is so bright, clear and persuasive it's easy to imagine a publisher saying "Yeah, why not" and signing up.
Good service, great sales job, folks.
(Via Robin Good)
Jason Shellen: Google's good communicator
Jason's post is cool because he sees himself as part of a networked, blogging community, as well as as a Google-ite.
He recognizes others look for his voice and is taking the time to explain what's up.
How many journalists, editors, or marketers focused on similar consumer audiences have this direct a relationship with their community?
This is what the new transparency is about--clear, two-way communication.
Cringe-bust your to-do list
- Print out your TODO list (alphabetically, if possible)
- Read it over?beginning to end
- Go back and circle each item that makes you cringe, or that causes you some kind of existential angst
- Per cringe item, think honestly about why you?re freaked out about it. Seriously. What?s the hang-up? (Fear of failure? Dreading bad news? Angry you?re already way overdue?)
- Now, again, per cringe item, add a new TODO that will a) make the loathsome task less cringe-worthy, or b) just get the damned thing done
- Cross the original cringe items off your list
Susan sez: I have two sets of detailed to-do lists I update about twice a week--one is for personal items, the other work-related. Inspired by David Allen, I try to make each item into an actionable task and keep the top priorities at--yep, you guessed it--the top of the page.
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Smart Mobs: "Roadcasting allows anyone to have their own radio station, broadcasted among cars in an ad-hoc network within a 30-mile radius. It plays the songs that people want to hear and transforms car radio into an interactive medium."
Gaping Void: 'The London Geek Dinner that Robert Scoble and I have organised on June 7th has topped 125 people."
Update: Caterina's moving to California...(with flickr and Stuart, of course.)
Sunday in San Francisco--and dinner
She's a massage therapist, originally from the country up in Oregon and doesn't know the city well.
Before our play (matinee), I took her to the Ferry Building to see the Farmers' Market and get some lunch.
It was a beautiful clear day, not a cloud in the sky, and we took our take out from The Slanted Door outside and ate as we sat on a bench:
Grilled lemongrass chicken sandwich
Fresh shrimp and pork spring rolls
Ginger tapioca with strawberries
A few yards away, some Chinese musicians played as droves of people walked by.
What a beautiful day!
And one of my favorite places in the city.
Now, back in Palo Alto and post walking the dog, I'm cooking Sunday dinner again, this time for a different friend:
Curried chicken with tomatoes, garlic, ginger
Carrot and potato sambar/stew (courtesy of Trader Joe's)
For dessert, carrot-red apricot/plums from the Farmer's Market
Nice to finally feel comfortable in the new kitchen.
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Updated: Newspapers with RSS list
Kedrosky: Email Pathologies and phobias
- People that cannot stop themselves from checking mail when the new message indicator comes on.
- People who won't open email unless the subject line makes it safe.
- People who won't delete anything.
- People who delete everything.
morph: Dean Landsman on culture shift and technology
Leaving for Asia in a week
So, there have been a lot of chores to get ready.
Today I visited the Chinese Consulate to get a visa, picked up my Korea tickets at Asiana airlines, and did 5,000 related errands post client meeting.
Tomorrow, I buy presents for the friends I am visiting, get a chunk of work done, and pay bills.
And so on, with work and errands filling out the week.
Wow, I am totally psyched.
Jarvis jumps into Blogosphere, quits staff job
A whirlwind of energy and ideas, Jeff let a thousand flowers bloom at Advance and then did amazing things in the blogosphere in his *free* time.
Best wishes for these new endeavors, Jeff.
Thursday, May 19, 2005
Gillmor Daily goes live
Steve Gillmor kicks off with 41 minutes with Dave.
Winer, that is.
Listening later, after the coffee kicks in.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
RSS: How to get (and keep) all the toys)
Susan says: The realization is dawning for many information companies...distribution is a double-edged sword without clear licensing models.
(Via Silicon Valley Watcher)
He writes: "The site is a freely browsable database of crimes reported in Chicago. My scripts collect data from the Chicago Police Department once every weekday. The site slices and dices crime information in a ton of different ways, complete with a wide assortment of Google Maps.
I did all the development, data munging, etc. My talented friend and coworker Wilson Miner did the slick design. The site is powered by the Python programming language.
Some of my favorite features:
- The map view lets you view crimes by a number of criteria, all updated dynamically on a Google Map via Ajax.
- Find your district uses the Google Maps interface to guess which police beat you're centered on.
- Every city block in Chicago has a detail page with its latest crimes and links to crimes within 1, 2, 3, 5 or 8 blocks. (Example.)
- It's got RSS feeds for every block and police beat in the city."
Info should be free, or Replacing The New York Times
|New York Times||Media Equivalent||Blog Replacement|
|Editorials||LA Times |
|Bob Herbert||Robert Scheer||Steve Gilliard and Jen|
|Paul Krugman||n/a||Brad DeLong|
|Nicholas Kristof||Sebastian Mallaby |
|Josh Marshall |
|John Tierney||WSJ editorial board||Powerline|
|Maureen Dowd||Margaret Carlson||Chris Nolan|
|Tom Friedman||Max Boot |
|David Brooks||WSJ editorial board||Andrew Sullivan|
|Frank Rich||E.J. Dionne||Billmon|
|William Safire||Charles Krauthammer||Debka|
Not bad, huh!
Peter Levinson, this is very cool.
Music@ Menlo--planning to go?
This summer's focus is Beethoven's Quartets.
Anyone else interested in going?
If you're local and interested, email me at mernit at gmail dot com
I am going to go to a couple of these for sure.
Syndicate (conference) watch
News to note: Pheedo announces they're going to focus on Japan and license their platform at marketer Transcosmos.
Interesting (new to me) voice: Joe Reger, datablogging
Also: How do you know an alpha-blogger? By the backpack.
Dick Parsons: We could sell AOL--but is that a strategy?
This is interesting, because I think TW is at the point where they can't afford to sell AOL--they just need to make it do a better job and focus it in some respects.
But, it also underlies their lack of a visible web strategy for the bigger company.
Or, to put it another way--when the NY Times is one of the biggest sites on the Net in reach (thanks, About), CNN, Reuters and the AP are making new deals and everyone is thinking distribution, does TW need AOL as a platform for an effective web strategy?
Or is there another way?
Oh, what's that you say?
AOL is a subscription-driven business trying to become an ad platform, not a web strategy play?
Yeah, how true.
Keep AOL , sell AOL--babe, that ain't a web strategy--do you have one?
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
RSS tracking: Right on, Nooked
The Bizweek kids write: " His prediction: Publishers will offer customized features and richer content to RSS subscribers who provide them with profiles. Then they will be able to track customer behavior and send along targeted ads with the feeds. "
Absolutely spot on, in my experience.
RSS feeds need to have metrics and access controls attached to work optimally for publishers skilled with newsletter and email models--development in this area--as Stuart Watson is doing with Syndicate IQ--will drive business--and mainstream adoption-- forward in a big way.
What do others think? You developing in this area?
Bubblegum generation: Why NYT Select is wrong move
Basic premise--co opt key bloggers and do other things to ADD value, then charge for that--
"There are many innovative ways for the NYT to capture more value from it's content. But I think they all flow from the very, very basic understanding that it's goods are networked goods, they realize network FX, and micromedia (blogs, podcasts, etc) aren't substitutes for the NYT's content, they're complements - the source the aforementioned network FX - and this complementarity is how new value is created."
Syndicate in NY today
Conference planner and InfoWorld CTO Chad Dickerson writes:
"I don't think it's going to be difficult to get an interesting discussion going for either panel and while many of the usual suspects are involved in the conference as speakers and advisory board members, I think this conference will very deliberately reach outside of the blogging echo chamber. I agree with Stephen Baker of Business Week's new Blogspotting blog when he writes: The knowledge gap between the blog world's insiders and outsiders is wide enough for six lanes of Hummer traffic.. Scoble links to the BW post above and writes: I'm finding this too. When I talk with audiences I either find people who are very familiar with the blog world (if you know what Technorati is, for instance, you are probably one of those people), while most people just don't know much about our little world at all. Hopefully this conference will help narrow that knowledge gap."
Expect lots of blogosphere coverage and, hopefully, some interesting announcements.
Update: Newsgator buys feed demon. Om has it.
Monday, May 16, 2005
Seth Goldstein: The apocrypha of (media) arbitrage
Today's lesson concerns media, arbitrage, & serial entrepreneur Priceline founder Jay Walker.
An excerpt from the beginning(and the rest is about as good):
"I like dirty words. Arbitrage is one of them. It is a scam, actually. Buying something over here and selling it over there- for more. Selling something over there before you have bought it here, but more cheaply. Nobody likes arbitrage, other than those performing it, and those that are doing so tend to be rather quiet about what they are doing so as not to attract competitors."
Previous provocative thoughts here, here, here.
Tim Porter: Newsweek flushes credibility
Run don't walk to read this well-reasoned call to action, arguing "News today is a continuum. It flows ceaselessly from producer to consumer and, more and more, back again to the producer. It can be stopped and recorded for consumption later, it can be sampled at any hour of the day or night, or it can be ignored altogether, as it increasingly is. This news environment needs a new set of values."
Jarvis chimes in here.
For something to read, check out notes from the citizens media summit this weekend and see what you think...meanwhile, more postings later.
And more citizens media: http://www.citizensmediasummit.com/ and http://torrentocracy.com/mediawiki/index.php/CitizensMediaSummit
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Home and took the dog to the park.
The two little Korean girls next door have never seen a dog as big as Winston, and they are intrigued.
I show the little one how to tell him to "sit" and "lie down."
They both feed him biscuits.
When we play ball, he tumbles into the grass to grab the tennis ball, then chews it like a pack of gum.
This is so amazing the little girls' Mom takes pictures.
Later, Winston and I lie under a tree and stare at the sky.
Later than that, I go inside and take a nap.
Is there anything more delicious than an afternoon nap on a beautiful day?
A few things, but I'll settle for the nap.
Saturday, May 14, 2005
Yes or No: Does RSS does drive traffic back?
Of course, the elephant in the room here is that Feedburner CEO Dick Costolo doesn't make a distinction between full feeds (which newspapers, for example, rarely provide) and others, like bloggers, who often offer full feeds (as I do.)
Kinda makes a difference doncha think?
(Via Ian Pope)
Another local launch: Daily Gotham goes live in NYC
The RSS feed is here.
Sign up to contribute!
BTW, Liza is becoming a mini-mogul on the development tip: she's recently (also) launched Brownbloggers.com and BlogSheroes, a site that supports the July 30th BlogHer in Santa Clara.
Mernit heading to Shanghai: Advice sought
Please email me or leave suggestions in comments. Thanks.
Dan Gillmor's Bayosphere on Why Drupal?
That's why I read Jay Campbell's entry on choosing to build on Drupal with particular interest.
"Drupal has a stellar philosophy of extensibility. On an old school CMS, changing the system's behavior required changing the software package's source code. Eventually the package requires an upstream upgrade (for security fixes, if nothing else), and a programmer has to reapply every local custom change ever made, an often-tedious and sometimes-impossible task."
And goes on to describe the platform in a concise, elegant way.
Great stuff for those wondering what to build in.
And a nice platform for Dan's effort (yeah!)
(Aside: Is this Jay Campbell the one from Santa Cruz Tech? One might think, but who knows?)
Friday, May 13, 2005
36 hours in Bend, OR
A full house of marketers and ad folk from Central Oregon, Portland, Seattle.
Dozens of California ex-pats, some Oregon natives.
What did people want to know?
- What was blogging, exactly?
- How did it work?
- When would it make sense to advise a client to have a blog?
- And how would they get started?
Talked about linking, power laws, and focusing on local.
We'll see what takes root.
Also: reading Phil Rungwalda's post on surviving in an age of customers with voices, and thinking how relevant it is to this group.
Targeterati: Edelman/Intelliseek create blog influencer directory
Rick Murray, Edelman's EVP and GM of diversified services says "The risks to attempting to communicate with the blogosphere -- you will do yourself harm...Clients are calling us with increasing regularity, asking what's going on [with blogs] and how is this affecting the business."
I'd personally rather see marketers do a little work to understand the viral nature of the blogosphere than whip out some directory, but if David Weinberger is quoted in the announcement saying '"The Edelman/Intelliseek white paper does an especially good job explaining blogging as not just another opportunity to spout one's message, but as a way of entering into genuine conversation with and among one's customers," it gotta be worth a look (if you can get it, that is.)
You go, girl--have fun.
Julie Leung: It's impossible to meet God with sunglasses on
Julie's wonderful post on blogging, intimacy and yes, Bono's spritual side, reminds me of things written by Kathy Norris and has an aching beauty and truth.
Great thoughts to read to start the day. Thx.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Wired: Adam Penenberg fisks Michelle Delio.
Will Wilksonson: "Most people don't want sex, per se, but want sex with a person with whom they want to have sex that wants to have sex with them. For many, then, supply is low, and search costs are high." (Via Just a Gwai Lo)
tony pierce: "this is the glamorous life of a blogger, friends."
Pamela Parker: "When it comes to planning your blog, think twice and take your time."
Essay: Steven Henry Madoff, Casting for a fish to comfort the mind
--Steven Henry Madoff, Casting for a fish to comfort the mind
My 5ive parter Steven Madoff has written a beautiful essay--more here.
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Google: Need to build a top-shelf mobile team? Buy Dodgeball
(Did you know that DB o-founder Denis Crowley lives(d) across the hall from former (in)famous Gawker employee Andrew Krukoff-(read this post, where all is revealed)
(Via Media Drop)
Update: More than Doughnuts has a list of items Google may also want to acquire:
- The leftover Thai food at my desk that is really stinking up my cube
- My old dusty bass guitar in the basement from my 'KDUNK punk rock' days
- One overpriced pair of jeans I can no longer put a leg in after I turned 30
- My CHASE bank overdraft loan that has a 789% interest per second
Biz Stone speaks: Does this mean Google actually cares?
I mean, just because Blogger guy Biz Stone speaks, does that mean the big Google guys actually listen?
After all, it seems that if Blogger were a kid in the Google family, it would be the one eating off the plate locked away in the basement while everyone else feasted upstairs.
The reporter quotes Biz describing at least 3 or 4 feature enhancements that they are considering, but the reality is that resources have gone toward the very bottom line goal of stabalizing the current system.
"We really spent a lot of time working on that and overall performance for 95 percent of users is really great, "Stone said. "We're continuing to work to make that last few just as good."
And those contemplated features? Yeah, please, guys, tell the big G to implement'em.
Is (corporate) blogging like writing?
On one hand, I believed that one becomes something by doing it, not saying you are that thing or taking about what you intend to do; on the other hand, I felt writing was a craft--and a talent--that it required work to hone.
I've had some similar thoughts over the past few weeks as PR, marketing and communications folks have told me about their plans for launching blogs for themselves or their clients, asked for some ideas, and then--in one case--blithely announced that the team decided they'd just "jump right in."
"Maybe you want to practice internally for a few weeks?" I said. "You know, work the bugs out?"
"Naahh, no need, we want to connect with our customers," said X, and as my face smiled politely and my voice said I'd be happy to check out the link when they launched, my brain was thinking "Are they fudrucking nuts?"
While there's no question that the way to start a blog is to just do it, there's also that painful scrutinity that start-ups, established brands and even the small business down the street can be put under when they start to interact in a more transparent way with customers--
And then there's the (corporate) pressure when the higher-ups realize the tiger's got their brand by the, ah, tail.
Maybe one of the differences between personal blogging and corporate blogging is the amount of forethought--and practice--and blogging policy rules--you want to prepare before you launch your new baby into the world.
Or then again, maybe it's like writing, and hey, everyone can just do it.
On demand, that is.
Footnote: Heading to Oregon tomorrow to talk about blogging with a marketing and PR crew, so have this on the brain. Pearls of wisdom most welcome.
BBC to public: Dude, take our feeds, please
Some twiddly bites of note in the Terms and Conditions, aka Standard License:
- You must create a functional link back to the BBC News story(ies) summarized by the BBC Content .
- You may not directly or indirectly change, edit, add to or produce summaries of the BBC Content or any content on the BBC website nor place any full-story BBC content in an HTML frame-set.
- The Site shall contain no material which is libelous, defamatory, pornographic, obscene or which brings the BBC into disrepute, or which is in breach of any third party intellectual property rights
- Any BBC RSS feed or BBC content on your site must incorporate an attribution (credit) to the BBC
And a great thing for bloggers and community journalists, no doubt.
You are right, I was...wrong
Jeff Clavier has some very relevant points--as does Mary Hodder and Elisa Camahort(in Jeff's comments).
Thanks for broadening my thinking, folks.
As Josh P says "Anyone who plays this game pretty much declares which side they are on."
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
Guardian UK: NY with only a blog guide
Who's home in young Mike's neighborhood?
Hipster Tien Mao, pizza guy Adam K, Bloggies nominee Manhattan Transfer, foodie Vittles Vamp, Chinese food expert Gainjin Girl, and others, including Steve Rubel.
All leading the way to yummy food and drink.
Such a sweet little list tempts me to wonder about some alternative universes of blogging.
What if Mike's listings had led him to polyamorous Dacia, Jefferson, Colton, and the rest of their infamous gang of New Yorkers?(Note: these are over-18 blogs, folks)
Or to Fred Wilson, Gotham Gal and their three kids?
Or...The mind bloggles--and that's one of the things I love about blogging.
New Grub Street redux: Bloggers' pay (kinda) sucks
Conclusion: Like poets, Gawker bloggers aren't in it for the money.
But you knew that, right?
The (local) long tail: ABC, others launch local news network
The rolled-up sites reach 20 million unique users a month, definitely a competitive figure for ad sales.
Ad units include streaming video, rich media, banners, and skyscrapers; MasterCard, Delta Airlines, Verizon, and Vonage have signed up.
This catches my attention for a couple of reasons:
--Streaming video ads--and ads in video bumpers--are the coming thing, IMHO.
--It's a local play going after national advertisers--this is always hard to do, but has great value for smart advertisers.
--The basis of the content is multimedia/video, delivered via the web.
The potential to build out from this type of network, assuming it works on the revenue site, is very appealing.
Monday, May 09, 2005
Getting things done, home version
My office, for example, was a forest of boxes and alarming bags of...stuff.
So, tonight I took a deep breath and dove in.
8 boxes and 3 hours later, I have an almost-clean and neat office, a new and refreshing (paper) filing system, neatly shelved books, and an emerging sense of order.
Even better, I have a plan that will take the 6 boxes of can't use it right now stuff out of the living room and stash them away, unseen.
Boy, this feels good.
I also unpacked the last vestiges of stuff in the bedroom, pulled out the pictures that are ready to hang and cleaned out my jewelry box.
Nothing like claiming your space...even with all the work I have to finish, this is so worth it.
Attention XML revisited by the Gillmor Guy
If you care about the attention concept, read this.
Ecommerce: Luxury market heating up?
NM has a special InCircle Rewards customer loyalty program, as well as a store/catalog site--the plan is to build out both the brick and mortar stores and the online operations.
New York Times to add (more) blog coverage, pretend to be cool
Does anyone else find this funny?
Nothing like using a distribution platform involving paper to make sure folks know the important goings-on in the digital world.
Why don't they just license a feed from Rafat Ali and be done with it?
After this weekend's Denton piece, I am convinced too many of the Times digital media writers are kids trying to compensate for taking such an uncool job--even tho it's at one of the best papers in the world.
Related: John Leo of the NY Daily News discovers EPIC and finds the Googlezon good.
MediaPost: Yahoo says display ads trigger user search
The study reports "consumers who were served display ads conducted 61 percent more searches on related keywords purchased for search marketing purposes. Also, the group that was served the display ads clicked through onrelated terms at a rate 249 percent higher than consumers who were not exposed to the ads, and clicked on links leading to the testt site at a rate 139 percent higher than those not served display ads."
So there, display ads work.
So, don't you think that makes the folk at Google and the big portals getting 80% of this type of advertising feel good?
Media: Huffington Post is live
Wire news and cool columnists seem to be the starting point.
No ads, yet.
Sunday, May 08, 2005
Happy Mothers Day
Susan's votes: AOTechnorati100, OpenMedia100
The Pioneers: (formerly The Founding Fathers): industry luminaries who created the vision of open media and continue to shape it.
The Tool Smiths: web service entrepreneurs and companies building the open media tools (blogs, social software, wikis, RSS, analytic tools, etc.).
The Trendsetters: the influencers driving and evangelizing the adoption and applications of Open Media.
Marc Canter & JD Lasica
The Practitioners: the top bloggers in politics, business, technology, and media.
The Enablers: the venture capitalists and investors backing the Open Media Revolution.
Update: Jeneane's points are well-taken.
Update 2: Peter has a great list and more dead-on comments--probably shoulda been the 200..or not happened at all.
Those Bastards has the best take on a more cynical viewpoint, via mobile jones.
Another good (and amusing) list from Barb D.
AO/Technorati 100 2: They apologized and...
Lots of folks complained and now Forefathers has morphed to Pioneers.
Update: Lisa Stone waxes eloquent and sez "Make your mamas proud." (Okay, not exactly, but close.)
Saturday, May 07, 2005
AO/Technorati 100: These guys are clueless
Come on gentleman, just because the only women at your companies are in support positions, is this really justification to be Neanderthal?
If you were a company, not a contest, you'd get sued--as it is you should change this ASAP.
Walk the walk, boys...THINK about it.
You have to do better.
Technorati Tags: OpenMedia100
Nick Denton and Gawker get big wet kiss from NYT
Like many, I think what Denton is doing rocks, but am amused imagining that the breathless awe of this piece may be a reflection of how sucky many find practicing main-stream journalism (as in, these folks make less, but they are having fun.)
Update: Jon Lebowsky's comment: "...there really is a revolution, I think, and it's about gathering so many voices online, in a kind of public commons where anybody's voice might rise above the rest, if only for a moment or two. And where you can aggregate the many voices and discern some sense of vast cyberspace room."
Eating Epoisse (de Bourgogne)
Had some on a cheese plate at a restaurant, then bought a small wheel yesterday and brought it to a (French) friend's house to have with some wonderful wine.
Did I mention it smells?
But that it tastes great?
Update: Jeff served the most wonderful wine.
Elisa Camahort: There are women EVERYWHERE
Answer: No, there are women everywhere...In fact our only trouble was that there were way more fascinating, skilled, accomplished, intelligent, richly expressive women out there than we could fit into our agenda."
Okay, I have an agenda in posting this, which is I am on the BlogHer planning committee, but I also like Elisa's point--women are everywhere--but are you paying attention? As we all know, it's not just who's out there, it's what you notice.
RE: Google Accelerator
Friday, May 06, 2005
Craig Newmark: Studying citizen journalism
Says Craig: "People are looking for attitude and guts in reporting - not full-on gonzo journalism, but hey, tell us what you think. Maybe Hunter Thompson had it right."
The story says Craig's kitchen cabinet is Jeff Jarvis and Dan Gillmor, two guys with their own long list of citizen journalism deliverables--Jarvis is preparing ad-driven local blog sites for his Newhouse newspaper employers and Dan's got seed money from some mission driven investors to spend on delivering a state of the art platform and product--and both need to show results.
Craig's huge audience base and spectacular revenues--not to mention his genuine and altruistic interest in empowering community-- make him a great student for these two A-listers--and it will be interesting to see what kind of efforts his influence and dollars support.
Update: Craig, for the record.
Mark Wagner: Blast from the (Internet) past
Yep, Mernit (that's me) is the author of one of the papers.
A couple of old quotes--and Mark's observations on them--caught my attention:
"Mernit (1995), too, mentioned publishing, but this was at a time when she was amazed to announce that there were 1300 educational websites available; a Google search today for the phrase "educational web site" turns up about 286,000,000 hits! At the time Mernit was writing "Only one-fifth of one percent (0.2 percent) of the approximately 100,000 K-12 schools in the United States [had] enough network access to develop their own Web sites" - now such access is ubiquitous and almost universal. (California, for instance, has 73% of it's schools not only connected to the internet, but to a high speed broadband network.) Mernit's projections about where WWW publishing was going in 1995 seem spot on, in spirit, especially the suggesting that "the focus on multimedia and interactivity will increase" - even if she did not specifically foresee the read/write web that students have access to today."
Mark has his own interesting comments on what he'd like to see emerge:
" With text based blogs already graduating to visual and audio content (consider flickr.net and ipodder.org respectively), and with vodcasting (video on demand casting) already here, what I look forward to is students creating more and better multimedia content to contribute to the community through their own blogs, podcasts, and vodcasts."
Mark, you're going in my newsreader--please keep writing.
New: Comments enabled
Although the number of commentators on the blog was small in the past, a few readers have asked--and asked again--for comments, so this is a new experiment for you all.
Since you asked.
Save the flaming unless you are an out of control personality and think others don't know it
Realize if you are out of line, I will delete you and ban you.
Having said that about the annoying 1% or less, please feel free to post comments, disagree, or even ignore this space.
The amazing techno color dream quilt
MacManus on RSS and bloggers:"So for some of us, and I include so-called professional bloggers in this, the RSS feed is a vital part of our professional trade and potentially a means of getting paid."
Inforum: Craigslist hosts The Onion at a free SF party on May 13th.
Suw Charman: Creative Commons dumps BzzAgent, aka reason returns.
tony pierce: my favorite LA blogger got laid off(sad) and now is writing more (happy).
NAA New Media Symposium: Publishers face the future
For more...go here.
Schneider's strong preso and other good docs from the sessions are here.
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Listening to Shelley
She writes: "It's just that a certain class of weblogger (white, male, Western, educated, charismatic, pugnacious) has defined the 'winning' behavior in weblogging and what must be done to 'earn' a link, and this is what we need to change, if change it we can. We have to start valuing the poet, the teenage girl, the middle aged gardener, as much as we value the pundits, whether political or technological."
Shelley, as you clearly recognize, the way to empower what you are describing is to practice it.
I believe strongly in actions, not words, so for me it's about who I link to, who I recommend for things when asked, being open and seeking out new voices, not staying in a clubby zone. In other words, practicing my beliefs.
Your post makes me think about how we can work together to drive this kind of change, create a positive climate for the openess you describe.--That's an age old question and one I have personally never learned the answer to, but welcome any thoughts...and hope to bring these questions into the Blogging 101 session at BlogHer on July 30th.
Dave Winer: My blog is an ad
Chocolate: Peter's wickedly great
This is wonderful chocolate, and I sincerely hope I never see any ever again, it is that good. You can buy it here. You. Not me.
flickr: does Yahoo ownership bring censorship?
Is this a function of Yahoo ownership and wanting to make the service more family friendly?
Or is it just having the bandwidth to check what's being published?
I enjoy the random craziness of flickr's community and since I have seen nothing truly evil, am sad that some of the wilder stuff has been scrubbed out.
Anyone else noticing this?
Update: flickr co-founder Caterina Fake emailed: "The thing about your post that was inaccurate was the idea that Yahoo was censoring Flickr. Now that we're part of Yahoo there will be more liberal rather than more strict photo policing, strange as that may seem. Photos that are currently not available will once again be available behind a Safe Search wall, which can be accessed optionally by people over 18."
Thanks, Caterina, appreciate the info.
Rheingold: Cameraphones as personal storytelling media
Given that the phone is definitely our future platform--and a pretty important one today, as well--understanding casual use--since everything about phones seems to be casual except for people's fierce addiction to always carrying them around--this is another one of those well worth reading The Feature articles by one of the smartest thinkers around.
Bonus link: Older article on mobile phones and social capital.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Missed lots of events, including a geek dinner, but that's okay, just being on the left coast is bliss.
Back at my park.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
New and noted
Backpack is live: A getting organized tool from the Basecamp folks--of course I am trying it.
43 Things wins a Webby and Erik Benson sez: "Holy shit! Yesterday I gave a stool sample in order to diagnose my Brazilian parasite and today 43 Things wins a Webby for best social networking site! Can these two seeming disconnected events be somehow cosmically linked?!?!
Kelsey Local Search conference: How far away is mobile, really? (Tony Gentile's notes)
Blogspotting: At the BDI conference today, PubSub's Bob Wyman said at there were more bloggers in Korea, China and Japan combined than in the rest of the world
BlogHer: Consider coming to Santa Clara
It's coed, despite the name and will have some great sessions and a down to earth spin (I think/hope.)
I am leading a session on Blogging 101--this is for people who are new blogger or who are thinking about blogging and want more hands on info and advice. We'll also talk about linking, power laws, tagging and getting your blog read.
Early indicator of good conference--comments are really worth reading!
PS There will be a spot on the wiki about places to stay, volunteer lodging, etc, so think about joining in.
Calcanis to CNET: You don't own the news
Blog for Vespa--and then some
If you are Vespa-obsessed, Vespa-focused, Vespa-loving and want to share your love with the multitudes, this is a great gig for you.
On the other hand, if you are a creative non-fiction writer and want to temporarily pretend to be all these things, it's probably a great gig for you, too.
Either way, the details of how to submit (hah!) are here.
WSJ story here.
Update: Any Vespa owners already blogging?
Okay, how about giving away some of these babies?
Update: Monsieur Rafer from le feedster writes in that there's a better way to find Vespa blogs right here. Whaddya know.
Monday, May 02, 2005
TW: Dude, some guy's got my data!
As if it wasn't bad enough to have all your old stock underwater, now there's a threat of identity theft?
Grand Central Blogerati dinner
Those guys may have been the *stars* but it was thrilling to meet some other folks I've read and/or communicated with--Tristan Louis (an early blogging hero/influence), Mary Jo Foley, Erin Joyce, Ephraim Cohen, Scott Aikens, Jim Wilde, and B.L. Ochman were there, among (many) others--along with Bob Wyman and Richard Tredway of PubSub.
Cameras were snapping, so pix should be up somewhere, soon.
Best moment: Winer's face when Rubel whipped out the giant birthday cake.
Second best: Sight of all the happy faces gabbing away.
Sunday, May 01, 2005
Dave Winer turns 50
Have a great day.