Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Qoop-another web to print/DIY platform--launches
Prez Phil Wessels says application plug-ins, developer SDK, sQOOP.com, and QOOPPrint.com are coming soon.
Susan sez:This site is cool.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
24 hours of $$ trouble
Welcome to my world.
(Warning: If you don't want to hear me whine, stop reading now).
First, I drop my cell phone and break it.
It will take 3 days to get a replacement and meanwhile the clamshell lid is hanging on by a cord, like a kid's baby tooth.
Next, I bring my car in for brake work and it's (gasp) $900.
They clean some dirt off the ignition coils for free, only it screws up the firing.
Now I have another car problem I have to fix, only I have to drive home to walk my dog so I have to wait to bring it back.
So today I end up on the highway today with the Service engine soon light on.
I call the mechanic and he says to not drive till I can come in, so I turn around and head home, praying I make it.
Those repairs will be another $300.
Finally, I'm cleaning my teeth, and I dislodge the temporary crown--and my dentist is way on the other side of town and I hate going there.
Oh, and did I mention my $500 phone bill?
Is there anything else that can break, wear out, or get lost?
Geeze, I pray not.
Bluejake launches Streetsy
Also, check out Streetart, aother streetwise photo site.
Katrina: News & authenticity & the Internet
I was on AOL Campus soon after the planes hit, and while management sent everyone home, I stayed, volunteering to help out folks in the newsrooom who worked 24/7 for the next 4 days.
Cell phone lines were disrupted all over New York, and the message boards we set up to help folks communicate filled up at the rate of 300 posts per hour at peak. There was this sense we were providing a service no other media could fulfill, the same sense Doc Searls and Jeff Jarvis are writing about today (along with some other themes.)
And yet now it's the participants who are covering the devastation of their city without any outside help; the first-hand accounts and home-made video have a power the fly-by press is struggling to match.
The sharing and immediacy are profoundly moving as the 4th wall washes away once more.
Related: Hypergene points to CNN presentation/integration of citizen journalism stories and media on their online news pages.
Update: Andy Carvin writes : I've just set up a new open blog and mobcast on hurricane katrina,
so people affected by the storm can post blog entries via email and
podcasts from their phones. It's like what I did during Christo's Gates
project in Central Park, but a hell of a lot more urgent.
Quote of the Day: Trade journalist Paul Conley
--Blogger and trade journalist Paul Conley
Dell PR: Rubel nails it
To my friends at Dell, here's some free advice that can help you turn this around. You are now passed the point of no return. Dell needs to act now. Here are just three of the steps you might want to take to re-build your credibility with bloggers ...more at Micropersuasion.
Craig Newmark: "Once you are financially comfortable, what?s the point of more money?"
Best graph is the quote from Craig: "Sometimes I wince about the amount of money I have walked away from. I guess it's many, many millions. I'm not being pious about this, but I do have an idea about what's important. Once you are financially comfortable, what's the point of more money?"
P.S. Craig's foundation is sponsoring a bootcamp for nonprofits in San Francisco on October 8th--if you are around, why not volunteer to help? I am.
NYTimes: Cooking Light has supper club meet ups based on published recipes.
TheColumbiaRecord.com: Knight Ridder paper launches new site, community publishing push (Via E&P).
Terry Teachout: Live from katerina--Arts blogger becomes storm media resource--and explains how it happened.
Tom Coates: Tagging (digital) radio and Web 2.0
Coates is dead on when he writes:
"The next push is the archive - decades of programming coming online, lost films recovered, libraries being digitised. But the scale of even this content is dwarfed by the third push into the world of the amateurised content-creator, where potentially billions of people are putting information and media out into the world as a matter of course.
The most substantial challenge to technology creators, media creators and distributors is - then - to find ways of making this enormous and every-growing repository navigable and sensible to real people."
"There's also one more major challenge. Current media distributors and large-scale media creators are going to find themselves suddenly operating in a market of peer creators, where hundreds of people can create and interact and respond to the media around them."
The money shot--tagging allows music to surface. --One last quote:
"he peer benefit is in music discovery and navigation. There's an incredible amount of new music being produced all the time. Our increased access to it means - in principle - that we should be able to find music that we felt more appropriately suited us, but the sheer volume makes it hard to explore. With a service like phonetags, an individual can start exploring music by axes of quality, or by keywords or by discovering people with similar tastes to themselves. And it gets updated in pretty much real-time."
Nice work, Tom.
Friday, August 26, 2005
Community Publishing: Bakotopia 2 goes into beta release
I've played with it a bit and love the identity/profile features.
"This next version is even more about persona. It has several types of user profile ratings (including the ability to rate bands based on how many beers they're worth to you), profile guestbooks, and a liberal sprinkling of user profiles throughout the site. In addition, if you have a profile photo and you sign on, your profile pic shows up right on the home page, as well as right alongside anything you post and in sidebars."
How cool is that?
When it comes to community publishing, the Bakersfield folks continue to delight.
51% of all US journos read blogs, 1% say they're credible
Susan sez: This says something to me about why main stream media is disconnected and screwed up. We know not all 5 million bloggers are trying to be accurate--we know they're not--so doesn't that make the journos behavior and belief rather conflicted?
Or maybe it just proves all these studies are ridiculous.
Noted: Citizen journalism and participatory media
Samantha Henig, Columbia Journalism Review: "Just because citizens have a new way of recording and transmitting that fodder hardly means that it's time to call them journalists." (Susan says: Huh, does anyone besides CJR still want to call bloggers journos? --Nah.)
Jim Moore's Journal: Reporting on systems evolving : "There is a new, global DIY do-it-yourself revolution happening. My new favorite magazine is Make, which is a wonderfully screwball journal of hacks...We are planting and cultivating a new open ecology of web superservices. Or perhaps we are joining together to build a Metaverse in Stephenson's sense. In any case, expanding participation is rule number one of our new world."
My Romance: Cousin Billy does it again
"...But I realize now that in addition to my bag, I'’ve brought a companion, who sniffs at the air like an eager dog, gazes rapturously at the bright sunlight beckoning from beyond the terminal doors. Like it or not, it's really the two of us that have come to Amsterdam: there's me, and My Romance. I'’m a little buzzed but yawning, while My Romance is on pins and needles, primed for surprise and passion. I'’m merely hoping Michelle shows up, after all. But My Romance is praying she's not too tall for me, that she might fit, you know, just right…"
More, Billy, more!
Thursday, August 25, 2005
AOL--Top news destination
Greg Jarboe says this moves AOL news into the top ranks--but AOL News has always been huge--now it's getting bigger.
WOW does it again
Check out this highly evocative pic
(Some) Upcoming events I plan to be at
Sept 6th, Emeryville, CA, eBIG --Mary Hodder leads a discussion on measuring the blogosphere
Sept. 20, UC Berkeley, CA, MGM vs. Grokster: Denise Howell, Hank Barry Greg Beattie debate
Sept 24-25, SF, CA, Webzine --this is going to be fun
October 4-5 NY, NY, ,We Media: Behold the power of us, great conference!
October 17-18, NY., NY BlogOn--Chris Shipley and team make it happen again--I am moderating a panel--more tk.
Also thinking about Web2.0--my friend Richard MacManus is coming in from NZ, which will be great, but it means flying back fast from NYC.
Eating at the beach
Grilled fresh corn with chili-lime butter
Chopped heirloom tomato salad with scallion and fresh mint
Barbequed soft shell crabs
Grilled bockwurstWe drank a nice South American red wine called Malbeck (?) and finished off the meal with chilled red flame grapes, home-made brownies, and Dreyer's mint chocolate chip ice cream
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
The beach was a pleasure, taking real vacation felt great, and now I am back and feeling renewed. Grrr.
Monday, August 22, 2005
Yep, life's a beach (for the moment)
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Gone fishin: Back August 25th
Going to be at the beach for the next 3 days and blissfully offline.
Have a wonderful time--talk to you later.
Friday, August 19, 2005
Did you know? (NSFW)
(If I click around, this is going to have a stimulating effect on my recommendations list..hhmmnn)
Martin Geddes: How I read news
"...My browsing pattern could be characterised as 'bimodal': graze mode and discover mode. You could think of this as 'I don't know what I want' and 'I know what I want' modes.
I rarely start any such grazing journey at traditional big media news sites. I use the blogosphere as my filter. If it hasn't been linked to, it probably isn't that interesting.."
eMarketer: Online newspapers ad revenue rises--but still lags behind the portals.
Kottke switches: Bye bye Technorati, hello PubSub.
Chris Pirillo: Ten reasons why all top ten lists suck.
Blogbridge ships their new release--one key feature is building feeds via Flickr, del.icio.us, Findory, Feedster, etc.
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
ISO: Wordpress developer
We'd like to hear from some experienced folks--the blog will need to synch/integrate with some existing systems.
If you are interested, please email me with info, previous work, rates, recommendations etc.
Be fault-tolerant and experienced, please.
Flying to NY today
Best quote of the morning from Mary Hodder, who got an IM that said:
Bad time - @ wedding drunk
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Quote of the Day: We're moving from ad-driven to customer-supported media
--James P. Rutherfurd, Executive Vice President of Veronis Suhler Stevenson, 19th annual Communications Industry Forecast
Monday, August 15, 2005
Feedster 500: What linky love looks like
No blogspot or live journal blogs. Waahh.
Some surprises--their top 5 range from Engadget to deviantART.com, to BoingBoing to Albino Blacksheep, DailyKos and Now Public.
The list is surprising-but should make for interesting reading. In light of all the current discussions about lists, it's amusing to get this new one--but refreshing that it seems to have a (slightly) different squew.
Maybe this is the moment that a new journalism can find its way
If the mantra is grow or die, and J-schools are dying, does that mean they are not growing?
Jay writes: "What I have lately been trying to say to my colleagues in J-school is clearer to me now, after the panel in San Antonio. Here is what I believe. The official religion has run out of gas. The tribes that are out there chasing Pulitzers and Duponts (plus market share, advertisers and ratings) do not know what to believe about themselves, their future, or their present value in the world."
Maybe this is the moment that a new journalism can find its way, one driven as much by search results and link laws as by craft.
Maybe craft is something more of us can learn to own.
Maybe we need to admit the world is pressing re-start and that's going to be okay.
Update: Thoughtful comments from Mark on Media.
Michael Parekh: Smarter ways to sell paid content
- Allow users to rate studies offered for sale if they've been paying customers.
- Allow comments on the various reports from all users.
- Sort all the reports at least by some of the variables mentioned above.
- Allow users to tag the reports.
Saturday, August 13, 2005
AOL UK: Employee survey gives programming org an F
Some data points:
- 62 per cent of staff said they do not trust management.
- 40 per cent of staff in the content department said they would not recommend AOL as an employer.
- 33 per cent would recommend AOL's own services as an internet service provider. The results were worse than any other department at AOL.
- 1 in 5 staff said they believed pay matched performance.
- Less than 25% felt managers were helping staff to improve their performance.
- 40 per cent of staff in the content department said they would not recommend AOL as an employer.
Creative Commons: 53 million pages licensed.
Adaptive Path: Interview with Eric Costello on how flickr got to look so cool.
Amazon: Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl on her new book, Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise. (Via Megnut)
Richard MacManus: If you'd like to hire a smart, focused, analytical Web 2.0/RSS/Social Media dude for your blog network - send me an email.
Anil Dash: I left NY a year ago--and I've been blogging here for six years. Congrats.
Young Mahattanite: Portrait of Krucoff as a Young Curmudgeon
(Krucoff is a busy guy: he's got Krucoff.com and blottered, as well as YM--and used to run theotherpage, a personal favorite.)
(Update: Smack me, I can't spell. Sorry...fixed now.)
Hot rumor: Technorati is about to be sold--not
Is T for sale?
Isn't every start up--for the right price, that is.
Are they about to be bought?
A very interesting question--but given the pace of recent sales, it seems as likely as anything.
Update: Latest word-- this is an untrue rumor, not reliable.
Very cool tracking of how this rumor started over at DataMining.
Friday, August 12, 2005
China Media Watch, again
People's Daily Online: "China printed 98.6 million copies of daily newspapers a day in 2004, the largest circulation in the world, and newspapers has become one of China's fastest growing industries, according to a report issued by the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP)."
In other words, last year, China's daily newspapers accounted for 14.5 percent of the world's total, which means China owns one in every seven dailies in the world. --The total sales value of China's daily newspapers last year amounted to 25.3 billion yuan (3.1 billion US dollars), accounting for 0.19 percent of the country's Gross Domestic Product.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Quote of the day: Nick Denton's readers are thin
The latest from Lord Denton: "I know it galls Jason Calacanis that his sites are about as memorable as Burger King franchises, and that none register among the top blogs, except Pete Rojas's Engadget. But Jason Calacanis misses the big picture. The study finally provides evidence for what we've all hoped for: that blog readers are younger and richer than average, and, one hopes, thinner."
Quote of the Day: Donald Trump, blogger
--Donald Trump, blogger and man of style
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Howard Owens to move to VP, Bakersfield
BayCHI: Web 2.0 talk, and then some
Audience was packed, many said they were bloggers, only a few of the usual suspects in the audience--and they got kudos for coming down the Peninsula.
More blog posts on the evening here.
P.S. A side note involving food nd burning the candle at both ends::
I was so tired, I left during the Q&A (mainly because I kept falling asleep, and ugh, snoring).
Somehow an hour later there were four emerging tech people at my house, for whom I poured red wine and served olives with rosemary, chevre, manchengo, and oregon blue, along with some herb bread, crackers and veggie spring rolls--followed by al dente linguini with garlic, herbs and oil.
A good time was had by all--till I had to get up at 6:15 this morning.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Quote of the day: 9/11 & the move to We Media
"September 11 marked an important date in the history of how people got information when a major news event happened, In the wake of the attacks, more people increasingly sought - and shared - information on the Internet. Do-it-yourself journalism became more popular on the Web, while Americans helped cope with the crisis by posting their own reactions - and reading those of others - on both mainstream and non-mainstream media sites.'Four years later, there are even more sources [of information] and even more familiarity with the variety of sources that exist, and in that four-year time period, there has been an explosion of media production tools in the hands of people.''
--Rich Gordon, director of the new media program at
Mary Hodder's Must Read Rules
Mary Hodder's one of those people whose thoughtful nature prompts her to ask probing questions, often in a very gentle voice.
In addition to the great work she's done recently creating Speaker's Wiki for potential speakers post BlogHer, Mary's put a ton of thought--and research time--into a series of posts that are all worth a read, even if it means printing them out and carrying them around.
- Link Love Lost or How Social Gestures within Topic Groups are More Interesting Than Link Counts: a research--and nuanced--account of how influence and networks can be measured along with page rank to check a blog's influence.
- A piece on keyword search and the blogosphere--specifically a Comparison of How Some Blog Aggregation and RSS Search Tools Work for Keyword Search with a KeyWord Search Comparison Chart.
- And the amazingly detailed and useful piece that is a "Comparison of How Some Blog Aggregation and RSS Search Tools Work," with a related PDF file of comparison of how Blog search works.
Sample Mary quote 1: "For many bloggers the relevant sphere of influence is not overall popularity, as those indexes express. It's influence and connection within a community. And the relevant measure of connection isn't the number of connections -- it's the depth and impact of those connections. This is about celebrating the niche, and measuring engagement over time."
Dig in and read the rest...Mary's got stuff to say, so if you are not reading her, you should give a look.
PS: As you can tell from her post titles,Mary's also got an appreciation of 18th century literature.
Monday, August 08, 2005
Quote of the day: The future of the American newspaper will be defined online
"News executives need to quickly mobilize around what are today their secondary platforms, at least measured in terms of where, currently, their largest revenue opportunities exist. In other words, even if the daily newspaper industry's advertising revenue dwarfs its Internet business, the future of the American newspaper will be defined online... the news industry should recognize the importance of what's going on in places like Bakersfield and work hand-in-hand with bloggers and other independent journalists and citizens to experiment with the formation of new alliances and the development of new products."
--Merrill Brown, Abandoning the News, Carnegie Foundation report, April 2005.
Sunday, August 07, 2005
We Media: Behold the Power of Us
There's a compelling list of speakers and some great topics.
I'll be managing a session on Culture, Politics and Buzz with Wonkette, Farai Chideya, Founder, of PopandPolitics.com and Dominik von Jan, Director, NextNextBigThing.
As always, the Media Center is giving away some fellowships for the event.
Internet media coverage: What should Matt be reading?
Hey--So, what could/should Matt be reading?
Renee B: The fashion of women bloggers
Fun post from Renee Blodgett who took style pix at BlogHer and posted a whole bunch here.
Update: Beth shot BlogHer shoes. More sweet style pix.
Quote of the Day: My blog has become my social network
--Dina Mehta, Conversations with Dina
Staci Kramer: What to read right now
In addition to being exec editor at Paid Content, she writes for OJR and just started Trust and Verify, a new blog.
Read her story on BlogHer for OJR--and add her blog to your newsreader--I did.
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Attention Trust: What's the business?
The short version would be that there's both a rich commercial potential for aggregating and selling off info on an individual's attention--isn't that much of your identity?--and an echo of Microsoft's Hailstorm, which--Dare quotes:
"HailStorm" is designed to place individuals at the center of their computing experience and take control over the technology in their lives and better protect the privacy of their personal information. "HailStorm" services will allow unprecedented collaboration and integration between the users' devices, their software and their personal data. With "HailStorm", users will have even greater and more specific control over what people, businesses and technologies have access to their personal information."
In other words, what's the frequency, Kenneth?
Will users' data be protected--or ultimately shared? Now that we're at the beginning of this exciting new organization it's critical to separate ou the non-commercial aspects from the business potential-and be scrupulous about both. (Lecture over.)
More from Kevin Burton, who has a neat new blog.
Related: Danah Boyd--Privacy is a privilege.
Friday, August 05, 2005
Quote of the day: Will blogs burn out?
--David D. Perlmutter, E &P
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Big Media: Piling onto the blogging bubble?
A snarky-- but shrewd-- snippet on pile-on Queen Adriana Huffington:
"Besides celebrity bandwagon jumpers, Huffington is bringing to the scrappy blogosphere three hallmarks of a bubble mentality: media hype, staffing bloat (including offices on both coasts), and actual investment capital. Her financial partner, fittingly, is Kenneth Lerer, a former executive vice president of the Internet boomÂ’s last great hurrah, the company formerly known as AOL Time Warner. (After Nasdaq collapsed within months of that merger, the companyÂ’s stock tanked, and now it is once again known as Time Warner. America Online has been demoted to a subset.)"
More side-splitting humor here.
(Via Steve Rubel)
China Media Watch
Digitimes: China's mobile phone subscribers top 363 million.
The Register: "Chinese cyber-dissidentZhang Lin has been jailed for five years for posting essays and reports - including the lyrics of a punk song - on the net."
Update: Feedburner teams with Bokee, formerly BlogChina--this is big news!
The old dogs get the new gigs
Yahoo News's acquisition of Neil Budde, ScottMoore, and Elizabeth Osder brings three experienced newshounds, working online since the mid/early 90s into key slots; WaPo's got AOL vet Jim Brady, NYTimes is relying on the venerable Jarvis, and so on. Experienced heads keep popping into key positions in a way that is interesting to watch--and for many, there's the glee of I'm back! and feeling suddenly hot.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Ecommerce Watch: MSN Shopping relaunch
Related notes on rollout of the new platform here.
Product highlights: RSS feeds, improved search.
Sage Osterfeld at BluntId's got alot to say--I'll be checking him out this week.
Jason Looney offers Jason Kottke and other A-listers snack cakes in exchange for links--is there a theme emerging?
Lisa Williams: California the Day After BlogHer. This little movie is so funny!
Update: Sifry's new State of the Blogosphere note from Technorati