Thursday, September 29, 2005
Google Apps: Is calendar next?
Would Lycos buy Technorati?
(Via Paid Content)
Susan sez: Think this comment will fuel (another) acquisition bubble?
Susan sez: There are other roll your own search tools in development, with more launches coming this month. Will be interesting to see user adoption for these services (translation: I think they are neat...will a broader audience use them as well?)
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Living the Romantic Comedy:Cousin Billy's been almost famous-and has great Dylan tales to tell.
Classified Intelligence: Peter Zollman says: "Google is aggressively moving to include classifieds listings in its organic search results, making the rounds of classified advertising Web sites, requesting a direct feed of listings."
Tech Memeorandum: Have you checked out page A1, as creater Gabe Rivera calls it, of blogosphere emerging tech news? A marvelous new aggregator updated every 15 minutes.
SF Chronicle: Google to take over Ames Airforce Base in Mountainview, CA and build Borg-sized campus. No, really--if no one is going to ever go home, they need a lot of space.
How do you describe Web 2.0? More comments
Richard MacManus (who will be in the Bay area momentarily) likes my post and has good words of his own.
Silkworm blog says: "I believe Web 2.0 is like many other things, that are compared to love - you can't satisfactorily describe it to anyone but you know when you are in it."
Dion Hinchcliff has a round up of comments, including Jeff Veen on giving up control on the web,
Josh Porter on web 2.0 as an era of interfaces, and the Unauthorized Microsoft Weblog on Microsoft's recorg and the wish to address 2.0 themes (and opportunities).
Back up and down in Estes Park
Did ya miss me?
No, don't answer that, please.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
B.K.S.Iyrengar checks out the Yoga Journal blog
Proof that blogging, like yoga, is infectious: B.K.S. Iyengar, father of yoga in the West, checks out the Yoga Journal conference blog in our own little blogging room.
Web 2.0--it's not just RSS
While RSS is an amazing tool, to me the heart of Web 2.0 is the user.
The enduring lesson of all of the social media and emerging technologies is that we've created an a la carte, do it yourself platform where users can engage with sophisticated forms of search, feeds, metadata and APIs, social networks and identity, and commerce and fill these vessels with their own information
--And that's the heart of the revolution, IMHO.
The tools power it, but the people do it.
And I celebrate them.
(Via The Compass)
Update: Danah's post
Tim Porter: Intentional Journalism
The future of news belongs to those who build it. Journalists are not excluded from this process - although they have been acting like they are. Were I to rewrite the Quality Manifesto, I could call it the Innovation Manifesto or the Reinvention Manifesto (or the Phoenix Manifesto in honor of Phil Meyer's up from the ashes metaphor). More likely, though, I'd title it Intentional Journalism."
Tim's post is long and thoughtful. If you are riding the edge of change in journalism or participatory media, this is a good read.
TNL:Google has 22.5 and 26.5 billion items indexed, sees Microsoft as competitor
Google has 24 billion items indexed, considers MSN search nearest
Yahoo says its index is over 20 billion items, but as John Battelle points out, it's not clear who's zooming who.
"The original index was 24 million pages. From there, it is easy to multiply by the 1,000 factor they talk about in their blog and get a number of items in the Google index.
That number would be 24 billion items in the Google Index, a little more
than what Yahoo! has in their index."
He's got some nice analysis plotting and exploring the growth curve for Google and MSN--
* Growth Curve of 50%: MSN Index is now 7.5 billion items
* Growth curve of 75%: MSN Index is now 8.75 billion items
* Growth curve of 100%: MSN index is now 10 billion items
And concludes "... it appears that the Google index is sitting somewhere between 22.5 and 26.5
billion items indexed and, more probably than not, at the 24 billion items indexed mark. This gives it a slight edge over the Yahoo! index and shows that the company considers Microsoft its nearest competitor."
The whole thing is worth a read if you're a metrics geek.
YJ Conference blog: Thanks for the linky love
Thank you to everyone helping to spread the word about the new Yoga Journal blog and the live conference coverage we're providing here in the Rockies.
The blog is filling up quickly--yogis, YJ editors and the blog team are all posting pix, MP3s, and video.
KQED, Pluck, Feedster, Learning the Lessons of Nixon, Hip and Zen Pen,Morning Mysore, Read/Write Web, RadioFreeBlogistan, Roland Tanglao's Weblog, The Bay Are Is Talking(TBAiT),Vacuum (Ed V), Rebuilding Media/Bob Cauthorn, and Yoga Weblog have all linked--thx.
Peter Caputa gets the prize for best sense of humor and link to flickr images. Steve Rubel #2 for channelling Yogi Berra.
Bonus pix (and then I will shut up about this conference--Lori's snap of log-time yoga student Annette Bening and Mr.B.K.S.Iyengar at dinner last night. )
Monday, September 26, 2005
In Estes Park, producing yoga conference coverage
Here's the ever-growing flickr gallery for the conference.
And a link to the blog.
And a photo of the blog team:
Sunday, September 25, 2005
2005 Online Journalism Awards: Finalists announced
This year, LA Observed's Kevin Broderick and I represented the blogging tip, check out the list and see what you think.
Saturday, September 24, 2005
Japanese Hot Dog Art!
Via Slashfood: "The Nippon Ham Group hosts a gallery of hot dog art on their site. Actually, it?s more than just a gallery. There are instructions on how to create roughly a dozen little hot dog creatures."
Judging for the sixth annual Online Journalism Awards
The jury for this year's awards, which is meeting today and tomorrow at USC Annenberg, is:
- Beau Brendler, Director, Consumer Reports WebWatch
- Sue Gardner, Senior Director, CBC.ca
- Mitch Gelman, Senior Vice President And Executive Producer, CNN.com
- Ruth Gersh, Director of Online Services, AP Digital
- Rich Jaroslovsky, Executive Editor, Government and Economy, Bloomberg News
- Chris Jennewein, Director of Internet Operations, The Union-Tribune Publishing Co.
- Susan Mernit, Partner, Founder, 5ive Group
- Anthony Moor, Editor, OrlandoSentinel.com
- Michael Parks, professor and director, USC Annenberg School of Journalism
- Kevin Roderick, journalist, creator of the L.A. Observed blog
- Neal Scarbrough, Vice President and Senior News Editor, ESPN
Susan sez: Kevin and I are the bloggerati in the group, but the (growing) openness of this organization is heartening and the process has offered up some cool surprises.
Friday, September 23, 2005
Dan's Diner: "Community is at the epicenter of a disruptive earthquake of changing consumer behavior in media."
Feedburner: Pingshot "notifies aggregators, search engines, and directories about your content updates as quickly as possible."
Ted Rheingold: "Yes, you read that right, Dogster & Catster are profitable." (Via Clavier)
CNET: " Just about the only thing that's changed over the last decade is that Microsoft's amorphous nightmare has a name: Google."
Kevin Werbach looks to the future
Esty: Marketplace for handmade goods
Going to check it out.
Anyone else watching or using this site?
Any other cool sites like this you can share?
Advice: How to sneak past censors with your blog
Jay Rosen on Times Select
The phrase ?exclusive online accesss? advertises two different goods. The first good is the work of the Times columnists themselves. The proposition that some will pay for that is hard to prove until you try, but it?s simple to understand. The second good being advertised is exclusivity. You, the lucky TimesSelect subscriber, have access to these voices. Others do not. The value proposition there is muddled. If we prize up-to-date information about petroleum markets, we might value it more?and pay a premium?if the news is exclusively available to paying customers; but do we value Nicholas D. Kristof?s column more if he?s an ?exclusive??"
Jay's point is underscored by the fact other sites are carrying much of this content--free.
Google: Building data capacity in NYC
This building is home to dozens of telecom and hosting companies.
Guess the G's plans to take over the planet via digital services are becoming more and more real..that war chest can fund lots of fiber.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
New: Yoga Journal conference blog
For the next week, Yoga Journal and a small group of blogerati will be working together to create almost real-time quality coverage of the 10th annual Yoga Journal conference in Estes Park--and of the visit of Mr. B.K.S. Iyengar, father of yoga in the West.
I'm part of this happy crew and we'll be posting posting lots of unique photos, video, audio--plus lots of talk/observations/comments so that everyone interested in yoga, relaxation, wellness and balanced living can tune in and enjoy a look at what's happening here.
Kick off is Monday, but the blog goes live today.
Side note: We're going to bring some of the techniques of covering tech conferences--flash movies, podcasts, photo galleries, accounts & chronicles--to this unique yoga event--so if you are into yoga, or into emerging tech, check it out all next week.
Bob Cauthorn on newspaper business cuts
"You need brains now to save newspapers. Active brains. Big ones. With fresh ideas and no fear."
" What if newspapers were to become product focused rather than brand focused? The old modes of thinking will crumble. The print problem and the digital opportunity will be viewed as separate, but entwined, issues.
Digital media will be recognized for exactly what it is: a full medium in its own right, with its own internal logic, unique advantages, specific shortcomings and opportunities. Newspaper companies will begin to ask the proper questions about digital media, instead of simply mumbling about cannibalization and print."
Susan sez: Is the tipping point approaching--or are we just realizing we've passed it? (I think the latter.)
FooCamp 2005: Web 2.0 meme map
Tim O'Reilly's posted a picture of the meme map describing Web 2.0 that foocamp attendees made--I'm going to print one to stare at for a bit..good stuff.
Meme maps adapted from business model maps developed by Beam Inc.
Researcher Anthony Townsend's sharing del.icio.us links
Bloomberg: Whitefish, Montana's the geekish Aspen?
Rojo founder Kevin Burton announces TailRank, a next-generation weblog ranking system--and his new start-up/
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
New Blood for (old) AOL
Welcome to Dulles, pal. Please bring back Mr. Showbiz.
Jake Tapper is blogging
Down and Dirty is Jake's take (I wanted to say that) on pop culture and politics--topics he's been engaged with for most of his career.
First posts are on New Orleans, let's see what's next(hopefully something more unique...)
And here's the RSS feed.
Students today: Portrait of a Digital Native
"Meredith Fear sits in her room doing her homework. Books are scattered about, and a computer monitor glows before her. She is working on two Word documents and has four Web sites open. She checks her school e-mail account, her Bloglines news aggregator, and Furls of an online article for her independent study. She quickly transitions from this to respond to group members on Instant Messenger who have attached PowerPoint slides for an upcoming class presentation.
"The computer gives me a contact to all the people I need to talk to," Fear says. "It's a gateway to the world."
A good piece on kids and, well, devices.
Brian Wacker: Words from a (soon to be) J-School grad
"What I?m getting for my tuition is, ideally, the same I would have been getting 30 years ago. I?m not here to learn how to use WordPress as much I am here to learn how to write. I?m not here to learn how to use InDesign as much as I am here to learn what makes a good magazine page layout. While the medium may change, the basic elements of educating an intelligent, insightful, talented journalist stay the same. Great research skills. Great writing skills. A dedication to honesty and truth. These are the guiding forces of what made a good journalist 30 years ago, what makes one today and what will make one 30 years from now.
... In fact, I think it is the very change in media ? from radio to television to internet and beyond ? that keeps young people interested in journalism. As the number of media outlets expands, so too will the amount of people willing and capable of being good journalists."
The area's gentrified further since I last lived here, but the charm of the streets is
just as strong--and the parade of owners and dogs back and forth to the park at dusk is just as eclectic and delightful.
If I were to move back to NY, I would definitely think about returning to this
area...there's a small-scale charm that's very special and accessible, and that still captures my attention.
Monday, September 19, 2005
Friday, September 16, 2005
AOL & Google: Analyst Lauren Fine says maybe
Another wild card thought: Would Murdoch or Diller take a peek at buying AOL? Either of those scenarios would suggest we were in a bigger bubble than the last one.
Steve Shu helps BizWeek launch an MBA area. Readers can get blogs, worry about grad school, and then talk about getting hired (sounds like a plan for premium services)
Also--BizWeek's got a new podcast series tied to cover stories--This magazine keeps getting it right, more or less.
We Media fellowship recipients: The October 5th conference has awarded 15 fellowships and the list is fascinating and diverse.
Amy Gahran: So what is citizen journalism and and why should news orgs care? (Good, pragmatic tips here.)
Local CA bonus Noted: MAS, a new magazine launching in the very small, very social-media hot zone of California called Bakersfield, has a nice new website/community built on the Bakomatic platform (a great example of reskinning a product, folks).
Old style publisher E&P comments here.
Google and AOL: Russ Beattie thinks its possible
"Google, it seems, would be the most obvious suitor to me. They need everything that AOL already has in order to continue to compete in the online media space. Yeah, they have their Search cash-cow at the moment, but that's an undefensible lead. The switching costs for someone to move from Google to Yahoo! Search are nil - I should know, I've done it, I rarely use Google now and there was no real penalty involved in switching. Google is essentially an advertising company and needs to keep expanding its online media business, or get caught by competitors in the Search space and not have a backup. Snagging AOL would bring along some great assets that Google really needs, including the Netscape name (and campus down the street from Google in Mt. View), AIM, AOL Mail, AOL Mobile, multimedia assets, tons of content and tons of community services as well. Hell, what else is Google going to do with $4b in cash lying around?"
My sentiments, exactly, Russ!
Addendeum: Back in the day (2000) the Netscape team wanted AOL to buy Google but one of the very senior executives didn't think AOL users would ever care about the Internet or web search, so they didn't try to buy the company. They did, however, invest about $10MM, a flyer that paid off handsomely when Google went public.
There would be something poetic about Google buying AOL now, doncha think?
Thursday, September 15, 2005
AOL Blog Survey: 50% of bloggers practicing self-therapy?
- 16% blog because they're interested in journalism;
- 12% blog in order to break or stay ahead of the latest news and gossip
- 8% blog in order to expose political information
Now, here's the kicker, babies--this survey data is based on 600 users who answered it on AOL. The idea that AOL users might be typical bloggers--or that 600 users is a statistically accurate sample--is the same fuzzy logic that makes MSN want to seriously consider buying AOL.
In other words, now we've heard from one segment of the blogging population--how about the rest?
(On the other hand, some of the top bloggers I read are definitely practicing self therapy--in public.)
Will MSN buy AOL? Or will Google?
Susan sez: Given the long history AOL has had with Google, and Google's interest in building out their network, I would not rule out a *surprise* purchase or investment in AOL by Google.
After all, AOL has built a terrific server network and infrastructure/backbone over the years, and that would be a strong asset for Google--as would be the millions of pages they could monetize directly.
And they'll have the war chest to do it, won't they?
(Side note to Google execs: Don't do it, you have no idea what you would be getting into!)
(Via Marketing Vox)
Wednesday, September 14, 2005
Google Blog Search and new Blogger start page
So not only did Google launch blog search (more on that in a sec), but they redid the Blogger start page to reflect the new search and drive more traffic into blogs. There's a dynamic crawl linking to newly updated blogs, a blog of the day clickable list, and the good ol' random link.
As for the new Google blog search, it seems to be indexing constantly--I could swear my first search on Jarvis & Dell via Google Blog Search turned up(undated) two posts with no dateline, while the one I did just now resulted in 578 nicely annotated posts. Oddly enough, when I used the new blog search box on Blogger to do the same search I got 550 results--have no idea why.
Meanwhile, my Technorati search on the same keywords provided a clearly labelled 699 posts with 20 posts in the last ten days and a Feedster search provided 390 dated and annotated results.
Susan sez: A good start from the big guys; let's see how the indexing shakes out as they make the small tweaks--and, most importantly--where they integrate this thing. The elephant in the room isn't their computing power, IMHO, it's the building GoogleNet suite of indispensable apps--as they hook them together, world domination looms.
Update: Nick W at Threadwatch says the new search focuses on feeds, not blogs.
Stats watch: Photo-hosting (and sharing)spikes up
Netratings reports that top referring sites for the top five image hosting sites during August2005 included MySpace.com, Xanga.com, LiveJournal, Blogger and MSN Spaces.
InJuly 2005, Nielsen//NetRatings reported that 20 percent of active Web users, or 29.3 million people, accessed blogging or blog-related Web sites, growing31 percent since the beginning of the year.
Money quote is from Jon Gibbs, research manager: "The large rise in blogging activity has lifted other Web sites, the primary one being image hosting sites. Simple text-based 'diaries' have evolved into a more image-oriented presentation."
(Susan sez: One might add that world events, not only evolving customer behavior, are responsible for this truth.)
Table 1. Top 5 Image Hosting Web Sites, Jan. vs. Aug. 2005 (Home & Work,
Site Jan 05 UA (000) Aug 05 UA (000) Jan-Aug Growth
PhotoBucket 1,537 12,241 696%
ImageShack 1,150 3,444 199%
Putfile.com -- 1,302 --
TinyPic.com -- 715 --
Imagevenue.com -- 559 --
Category* 2,912 14,734 406%
Source: Nielsen//NetRatings, September 2005
*Note: Category is comprised of 50 image hosting Web sites.
The demos (yes,teens are into it)
Table 2. Highest Indexing Age & Gender Groups for Image Hosting Sites
(U.S., Home & Work)
Demo Group Unique Audience (000) Composition % Composition Index
Female 12 - 17 2,219 15% 259
Male 12 - 17 1,532 10% 191
Male 21 - 24 479 3% 182
Male 18 - 24 1,004 7% 175
Source: Nielsen//NetRatings, September 2005
AOL offers podcasts
Susan sez: This is yet another great example of how podcasting fits the populace, making it quick and straightforward to adapt. AOL didn't add blogging till 2004, quite a while after blogging took off, but they're quick(ish) to adopt podcasting.
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
Expert volunteers needed for Craigslist Foundation Bootcamp Oct 8, SF, CA
Just heard they need some more volunteers--if you are able to provide some services, this is a really worthwhile program--volunteers are needed to work 2-hour shifts for one on one Q&A with attendees.
Check the site for details.
More (ideas) on why eBay bought Skype
Nivi imagines eBay should next buy SixApart and writes: 'Ebay cannot accept the risk of having a powerful supplier that essentially has a monopoly on VoIP because Skype has a viral product that runs on a closed network with network effects. You could describe Paypal the same way: a viral product that runs on a closed network with network effects."
Michael Parekh says: " Wired and wireless voice communications are being cut loose, from the predictable, steady, metered subscription revenue streams of the past few decades, to having to fend for themselves. .. In the eBay/Skype case, they'll have to be supported through seemingly esoteric but potentially potent new revenue opportunities like "pay-per-call" (a twist on the "pay-per-click" model popularized by Internet advertising companies. Incidentally, pay-per-call is not a hypothetical exercise."
Umair's as shrewd as usual and takes an economics systems approach: "Web 2.0 is about the shift from network search economies, which realize mild exponential gains - your utility is bounded by the number of things (people, etc) you can find on the network - to network coordination economies, which realize combinatorial gains: your utility is bounded by the number of things (transactions, etc) you can do on the network. " So in his world, Skype is another platform with a transactional user base (as opposed to the NYTimes) and that's the future.
Having fun yet? I sure am.
J-Learning site goes live
If you're interested in community publishing, it's well worth checking it out,
commenting on an article, registering and writing, etc.
Monday, September 12, 2005
Memorandum gets an upgrade
Gabe Rivera's given Memorandum an upgrade that's totally worth a look.
Basically, the site sorts Google News and blogosphere data to present information on two topics--politics and digital media/emerging tech-- as a set of verticals that highlight the contributors from a community of writers. As Gabe says, the pages are built automatically, but they feel meaty--and they uncover links and stories the usual suspects do not.
More: See Robert Scoble's rave review
More on eBay buys Skype
Ross Mayfield says "Skype will provide eBay a communications platform for the other half of it's market -- the conversations. eBay will enhance the liquidity of it's spot market, gains a business with great fundamentals, positioning for yellow pages business, further infrastructure for billing, payment and -- identity."
Jeff Clavier weighs in: "eBay is spending about half of its cash reserve to acquire the VoIP company, at a stratospheric multiple (based on Skype?s rumored revenue levels)....and "A key learning: after this one, no deal is impossible or unthinkable."
Richard McKinnon writes: "This would have to be the fastest richification of two founders ever! 2 years after starting Skype, Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis are billionaires. Cool. More. It was the IPO of Netscape in the ninties, a company with no revenue, just converts to an idea, the browser, that ignited the first internet era. Was that just ten years ago? Is this that deal of the second internet era?"
Chris Carfi says the key points are: An opportunity to extend eBay communities to the desktop; a strategic move into emerging markets; integration of PayPal into the Skype interface.
Susan sez: All the above are true, but the two bellwethers, for me, are eBay's diversification into another powerful platform business (VOIP + community) and the global nature of the deal--this is the acceleration of eBay's ongoing growth across the planet.
Community publishing: Austin paper launches new features
My favorite quote from GM Jim Debth is this one: "This is very new for us and our advertisers, so it might be a while before the blogs create real revenue. But from the start, we're sure this will significantly broaden coverage of big stories, and add real value for readers."
Susan sez: As local newspapers roll out these offerings, it will be interesting to see who does the best job of marketing and execution and how quickly newspaper evaluate how this kind of product fits into their ROI.
Jeff Jarvis: New gig, new platform
EBay's assets=Platform + Skype; also question re Google
If that's true, it means that eBay has the following:
- A distributed platform for small biz/merchants
- A namespace/base of over 22 million users, more if you count affiliates
- A micropayments and merchant banking system (Paypal)
- Reputation management
- An integrated IM and VOIP system (if they buy Skype and integrate it)
So, here's the question--Will Google buy eBay? Or Amazon?
I'd like to bet that big war chest goes for platform tools, not media.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Kevin Sites will report for Yahoo
"In an Internet-age twist on the nightly news report, on Sept. 26 he will begin filing video, audio and text dispatches to Yahoo News each day and hold live chat and videoconferencing sessions from the world's most brutal conflicts."
BizWeek's Jon Fine: This guy needs a (better) editor
"How excited is Peter Hirshberg, Technorati's executive vice-president, about his site's new toy? We're at a birthday party -- music playing, cocktails flowing, women in slinky dresses -- and he drags me over to a laptop to show off a beta version of Technorati's new searchable blog directory."
Elisa's comment on this piece of breathless prose: What is the message here? This product is so good that Hirshberg is willing to delay the certain orgiastic fucking ahead implied by the very presence of "women in slinky dresses" (snip)...
Susan sez: Given how great BizWeek's Blogspotting is, let's not only slap Fine's hand for being politically incorrect, let's wonder what his editor was thinking by letting not only a sloppy lede, but a whole article that sounds so 1998 slip through into publication.
It is absolutely hysterical for Fine to publish an article datelined September 19 that doesn't acknowledge that these days, for most web users, it is IMPOSSIBLE to reach Technorati 20 out of 25 tries--especially when the CEO of the company acknowledges the problems on his own blog.
Guys, can you try getting it together a bit? Maybe act more like women in slinky dresses for a change?
Friday, September 09, 2005
Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and how it changed America(Via Travis Smith)
Jeremy Zawodny: Email bloopers, mail merge edition(very funny)
Roland Tanglao: Rupert Murdoch buying AudioBlog is the latest rumour
Ross Mayfield: Blogging Our Social World conference, Cambridge, UK
greg.org: The New Yorker now has RSS feeds.
Techie road trips: How to travel light
His key points:
- Store your data at an ASP service like backpackit.com
- Get web based email (natch)
- Makre sure all access works before you go
- Retractable cables, including phone-modem, Ethernet, USB, FireWire and audio connectors.
- A power supply for my computer that plugs into wall sockets and airplane-seat power outlets
- A 80 gigabyte portable disk drive
- USB headset and microphone system for Skype
- Casio Exilim digital camera
- Bose QuietComfort 2 audio headphones
Quote of the Day: Citizen Journalism
-- Gerfried Stocker, artistic director of Ars Electronica, Wired News
Thursday, September 08, 2005
Reading: Ahtisaari's Blogging over Las Vegas
"Next year there will be more than 2 billion mobile phone users in the world. Over the last fifteen years the mobile industry has seen amazing growth. Much of this growth has been in the developed economies but increasingly the value is created in emerging markets.Just as it is difficult to perceive the speed of an airplane from within - blogging over Las Vegas - it is hard to fathom the scale of adoption of mobile technologies. We are numb to it. How will we explain to our children that before, when you wanted to call someone, you needed to stand against a wall? "
There's more, all well worth a read...
Misquoted by the press
I've written and asked for a correction, but I have to say I am amazed that someone I regard as professional would do that. Despite all the slime (about not being journalists) that bloggers have thrown at them, this feels far more sloppy than anything any blogger I know has done.
Gives me a small taste of what others experience, say, weekly?
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
BlogHer: The dinner
So we had a BlogHer reunion dinner at my place last night; Elisa Camahort, Jory des Jardins, Charlene Li, Ashley Richards and Maria Niles came over and we talked and ate and drank and talked and talked...and did I mention we talked a good bit?
It was a pleasure to host this crew; we had some great wine and an assortment of cheese, salami, home-made guacamole, and then roasted chicken, roasted red potatoes with rosemary and onions, and a big salad with goat cheese, walnuts and berries. Cookies and more wine for dessert.
Rafer leaves Feedster
(Oh, and he's got a new blog over at Wireless Ink.)
Rubel's podcasting & Yee's blogging
Also, local Bay area CEO/investor Mabel Yee has launched a new blog called Lead Ceo. She writes: 'LeadCEO.com is focused on sharing problems, solutions and ideas that CEOs face....I've always wanted to network within the CEO community to get solutions to problems and leverage more resources, but I didn't have time to do it. I thought, why not create a blog for all CEOs where we can post information, resources and solutions to problems we all faced."
She's one post into it, and building..good luck!
Wikipedia grows as news resource
"Wikipedia recently attracted 22.3 percent of users searching for information on "Gaza Strip," tying the CIA World Factbook. It has drawn five times more U.S. traffic than Google News, Yahoo News or BBC, according to Hitwise analyst Bill Tancer.
Similarly, in April, Wikipedia tied with CNN.com as the No. 2 most visited site among U.S. Web users searching for details on the new Pope Benedict. Newadvent.org, a Catholic encyclopedia, was the most visited site among people seeking to learn more about Joseph Ratzinger, according to Hitwise data."
Susan sez: We're surely seeing this with Katerina--Wikipedia as a core asset to get definitive information from an always-open, participatory database of info.
Winners of the 2005 Black Weblog Awards
- Daily Views, Pop Culture, Rants and News -- Blogger of the Year, Best Humor Blog, Best Writing in a Blog and Blog of the Year
- The Heiress Diaries -- Best New Blog
- Crunk and Disorderly -- Best Entertainment Blog
- Brown Glasses -- Best Photoblog
- Rocka Online -- Best Blog Design
- Sex and the Second City -- Best LGBT Blog
- Negrophile -- Best Political/News Blog
- George Kelly won the 'Black Blogger Achievement Award'... George runs Negrophile, AllAboutGeorge.com and Blackosphere
WSJ blesses (some) *newer* search engines
The WSJ's got a piece today about how the newer search engines jump through hoops Google, MSN and Yahoo do not, and by new they are talking Technorati, Feedster, IceRocket and BlogPulse.
While the article is light, it's a good introduction if you're not trolling for data in this uiverse and want to get started...or if you need a piece to pass around to less techy friends and colleagues.
Update: Get the real-deal evals on more search engines--in depth--from VC Fred Wilson.
Web 2.0:Devaluing the user?
His conclusion:"Web/Media 2.0 is going to destroy a great deal of value for many incumbents along the value chain. "
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Noted: Podcasting & mobile
Eric Rice: Audioblog has funding to launch in Asia(Via OmMalik)
NPR launches a large Podcast Directory
Ad Age: Dawn & Drew to work for Adam Curry's Podshow Network.
Phonecontent: Mobile, mobile mobile online mag.
USA Today: Pre teens are the new target for cell phone makers--anyone surprised?
Katrina: Immortal quotes of the moment
George Bush: "The good news is, and it's hard for some to see it now, but out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast."
Britney Spears(2003): "Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision he makes and should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens."
Ad Age:Thoughts on the evolution of newspapers
Pelle Anderson: "The newspapers of the world, and that includes the New York Times, will have to realize that they compete not in a newspapers market, nor in a media market, but in a time market. The core business idea of any newspaper (although the publishers and editors tend to avoid admitting to this) is to deliver a number of readers to the advertisers, or, more precisely, a certain exposure of the ads to a specific audience. The time the readers spend with the papers is the currency the newspapers sell to advertisers, and that time has been steadily diminishing since the '60s. What to do? To just go on producing what to a large extent is an increasingly irrelevant newspaper, like the New York Times does, is not a good idea."
Lucie Lacavaa: " The newspaper of the future will have options for single urban people just as it will have options for families. The same consumer who is getting used to having convenient on-demand options in all their other media and entertainment is also a newspaper reader, so you have to design newspapers to be bought a la carte."
Jarvis: Recovery 2.0 aka a clearinghouse wiki?
Jeff's ideas are good, but on a simpler level, I think the best thing to develop is a centralized wiki where people who want to address a problem can go--and everyone *knows* it's a clearinghouse so the spontaneous respondents to a disaster have a designated resource to work from in addition to what happens on the fly.
Monday, September 05, 2005
Honoring Labor Day
For that reason, I was drawn to a Labor Day post by Tom Guarriello at Truetalk Blog, who wrote:
"My parents were both union members. My mother was a seamstress. She started working in the first of a long series of small manufacturing "shops" when she was 14, and immediately joined the ILGWU. When she died a few months short of her 89th birthday, she was still receiving retirement benefit checks.
My father was a Teamster. But, an odd one. My dad worked a lot of different kinds of jobs, but for the last 25 or so years of his life he worked in the cosmetics business, manufacturing cold creams, toilet water and other products for Charles of the Ritz and Estee Lauder. Those plants were Teamster shops, and eventually my dad was elected shop steward.
My mom finished the 8th grade; my dad, the 6th. They were the kinds of people Labor Day was established to commemorate: simple, hard-working."
Here's to all of us and the ways --good and bad--that work has changed in the past 50 years--and to everything we each contribute.
RSS as an API for content
In this new platform-driven, disaggregated world we've building, RSS can be the workshorse driver for a distributed network of information and resources.
How cool is that?
Feednation, Feedburner, Pheedo and lots of others are putting the pieces together for feed processing, but there's tons of other work happening as well...
More tk on next-gen RSS efforts and distributed platforms.
P.S. Have you seen Raw Sugar, a social-network and tagging search tool?
eCommerce Watch & others
Techie Diva: Gadgets for the girlz, reviewed by a Knight Ridder reporter, via North Jersey News.
Forbes: Cosmopolitan Magazine to go on radio with Sirius Satellite radio--Can Cosmo podcasting be far behind?
Sunday, September 04, 2005
Yan's Glutter: A Hong Kong digerati's opinion journal.
Orato: New site for first person (news) stories--selected by editors and paid to be published (!)
The ColumbiaRecord.com: The State (Columbia, SC) launches community publishing web only site with local experts as bloggers. iUpload's the platform.
AOL Journals launches a Katrina photoblog(Via MagicSmoke)
Eyes on Katrina: See the power of hyperlocal citizen journalism on this informative blog from the SunHerald.
Katrina giving: It's gonna take more than one shot
"But -- poor people, just as poor as those left behind to suffer in New Orleans, are going to be hit by a gas price hurricane, right where you live, wherever you live.
High gas prices are going to take a big chunk out of the pockets of the people who can least afford it. Rising gas prices are going to mean hungry and cold people all winter long.
So, please, give what money you can to Katrina relief now. But please also make a resolution to give what you can to your local charities, now and all winter long. I've just put a repeating reminder in my calendar on the 29th of each month for the next year, to remember to see what I can give on that day. Call it Katrina Donation Day."
Erin's got a good point--maybe it's time to start saving the cost of those gourmet coffees and muffins and passing it on.
Bonus: Good list of places to give from Go Fug Yourself
Saturday, September 03, 2005
DWR: The Corporate Bed
Highly amused today to get a newsletter from Design Within Reach announcing their new bedding collection and to see this photo entitled The Modern Workspace--it makes me smile that DWR recognizes folks now work on their laptops--in bed--and yet, doesn't this bed look far more corporate--and orderly-- than any home office--not to mention bedroom?
Volunteer: Populate a master missing persons DB
This is something everyone everywhere can help with...you can give an hour--or more.
To get involved go to http://www.omidyar.net/group/katrinarefugee/news/0/
Also, see the list of survivor sites they are trying to aggregate here.
Katrina: Missing Persons Databases
There's a new site that David Geilhufe of the Social Source Foundation and others have pulled together at http://www.neworleansnetwork.org/ that has a "people finder" that can aggregate all the data they can get their hands on.
David says: "We need a plan/strategy for massively parallel distributed action....Basically there is all this unstructured data out on the web in forums and message boards. We want to get it in a central database along with the Red Cross database, Gulf Coast News (33k records) and
any other structured data we can find.
The big issue is how and where to coordinate a massively parallel volunteer effort. How do we make sure that four different people don't enter the same five forum entries, creating a massively duplicate database? (some duplication is fine, but how do we minimize?)"
David--and this project-- need help--contact him at david -AT- socialsourcefoundation -DOT- org if you can assist.
Meanwhile, Cyberjournalist is linking to a list of missing person and found lists pulled together by OJR readers in a wiki on the site. There's an authoritative list at the Red Cross, here.
NowPublic is not only posting queries, but has suggestions on how to search for someone missing and how to place a missing notice. Also Andy Carvin has a site here.
My heart goes out to everyone caught up in this disaster, where help came too late and preparedness was sacrificed to budget, with alarming results.
NY Times: Post-modern Polyamory
"When I first met her I was shocked by her raw physical beauty. I didn't think the fact that she was in an open marriage would affect me one way or the other. I wasn't thinking long term. I had no idea of Angelina's capacity for affection. Some think that love is a finite resource, like food. That love given to one person is love taken from someone else. Others believe that the more you love the more love you're capable of. It's what enables families to have more than one child."
Susan sez: When the NYTimes goes alt., what (sacred cows) are left?
Drinks with TechCrunch
Michael's a lawyer turned editor/entrepeneur, Keith's the former CEO of Real Names, and they're cooking up a whole lotta stuff.
These two guys have some keen ideas they're planning to roll out as Web 2.0 related services and if they can pull them off as described the (blog) world will say wow.
Update: I said TechDirt, this morning...that's what comes of blogging before coffee. Sorry.
Friday, September 02, 2005
New Orleans: The Mayor speaks--and a call for help
The mayor of New Orleans, C. Ray Nagin, speaks out (mp3).
Also,a NYTimes quote: "I keep hearing that this is coming, that is coming.
And my answer to that today is ... where is the beef?"
Meanwhile, via ONA, Nola.com and Advance Internet ask for news producer help:
"We need to find skilled producers who want to work for us on a
temporary basis, at first from home, and eventually down in Baton Rogue
(as soon as we stabilize an office location for them), as a part of the
NOLA.com team. I don't have details on what we can offer them in terms
of pay as of yet. We don't have an idea of how long this assignment
will be for,but, depending upon the person, it could be a number of
weeks, or even a number of months.
For info, email firstname.lastname@example.org"
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Citizen journalism: Katrina gives a push
No question but that the latest disaster has pushed participatory media aka citizen journalism into the forefront. Two firsts--home pages from AOL and CNN touting stories by residents caught up in the malstrom as well, as asking for inputs.
Two views of New Orleans
"I don't treat my dog like that--I buried my dog--You can do everything for other countries but you can't do nothing for your own people. You can go overseas with the military but you can't get them down here.'' New Orleans resident, Daniel Edwards, one one of thousands of people stranded at the Superdome with no services and more than one dead body lying out in the heat, quoted in NYTimes.