Monday, January 30, 2006
Social search: Judy's Book filed a patent
Question in the comments: "I'm curious about whether you have gone after HappyHours.Com for billing themselves as "the Internet's Only Social Search Engine" as far back as 1999."
Update: Okay, sorry--it's a trademark not a patent...
Quote of the Day 2, aka Amen,Sister
--Google VP Marissa Meyer, speaking at Burda Digital Lifestyles Day
(Via Jeff Jarvis, Buzzmachine)
Rich Skrenta: What is Citizen Journalism and how do you make it happen?
"The quality of journalistic output today is, for the most part really really good. In fact it's too good. The product costs a huge amount to bring to market, and what the Internet enables is a an alternative product built for zero, and providing a different value proposition. Citizen journalism is going to be more Citizens and less Journalism. "
"Creating a local news page for every town in the US provided us with a set of local audiences for thousands of towns... towns where people who use AOL and have never heard of Web 2.0 live. These people want to tell their stories too. You don't need to know what a blog is to want to tell your story online, and you don't need a journalist to tell you how either, it turns out.
We've been astonished at many of the posts we've had. There is much of the normal chatter you'd find on message board comments (which we think is just great), but there are also many first-person accounts of news events from across the country. More than we expected, frankly. In places like Valley Center, CA, Hickory, NC, Redford, MI, Hillborough, NC, Lake Butler, FL, Hershey, PA, and Livermore, CA. Some of these reports are very raw and heart-wrenching. But we're glad we were able to offer a place for these conversations to occur. "
Susan sez: Rich is a ground-breaker, and this is something important to watch.,and participate in.
Quote of the Day
...What the user needs is help allocating a finite amount of attention. And the solution needs to be personal ? perfectly tailored to each user?s needs. The user needs a personal killer app...(snip)...
In a world of infinite choice, who will be the new ?trusted sources? that Paul refers to? Can the notion of trusted media brands survive the chaos?"
--Scott Karp, Publishing 2.0, There is a bubble in media
Susan says: The talk about attention, personal media and new tools is dead on--but we're making BIG assumptions about how users will change--and how long will it take for the remix generation to move to the center--that's the question that can drive the economics of the market--plot the curve correctly and you win.
Have you seen--The Slanket?
Scott Beale's got a picture of The Slanket--a blanket with sleeves meant for couch potato pleasures. (Via jasonspage). The fact I want one means I have become a TOTAL nerd.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Back from Having a Life
Last weekend, I had a party for my birthday.
Blogging has been slow because, well, I've been focusing on other things going on--the new
job, the social celebrations, the friends and family thing, the divorce papers getting signed.
But that doesn't mean blogging is going to slow down big time--
As my schedule gets organized, I plan to start blogging more regularly again both here and at the new Sex and Relationships channel I'm co-editing for BlogHer--a fitting topic for someone who's both redefining her personal life and working at Yahoo Personals--so check out both sites for more posts, more frequently, starting middle of this week.
Yes, I'm going to continue writing about digital media, web 2.0 and all that emerging tech mash up stuff--but I'm also going to use the BlogHer space to expand a bit on some other topics, particularly original voices, women--and men--writing about discovery and challenge in their lives.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
Quote of the Day
--Mike Arrington, friend and now super hot blogger in a long post about tech, life and tech.
Burtonator: Yahoo's buying Digg
If yes, that's going to pile Y's social media shopping cart pretty high. Kevin says, if yes "Yahoo is going to own Web 2.0."
Digg says no, not the focus, but that's what they usually say, right?
(Note: The discussion of this on digg is priceless.)
Lovosphere: Personals Watch
MediaPost: Sisterwoman's social network will go after the iVillage crowd. " "Sisterwoman is a hybrid of MySpace and iVillage because it's for women, but it completely centers around their social circles and the content they create," says founder Allie Savarino.
Fun with Facebook: Noah interviews founder Dustin M. , who left Harvard to build the biz.
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Greetings from the Purpleplex
It says something about the culture of the company that the halls are--literally--filled with candy--Red Vines, chocolates, gum, etc--it's everywhere.
Niceness also seems a part of the culture--there's an emphasis on grace and courtsey that reminds me of my kid's Montessori school--but hey, I'll take it.
On a day where the blogosphere was filled with discussions of search, Yahoo and Google, the attitude of Y! folks I talked with was that the press got it wrong--and that Yahoo was going to work it all out very nicely, thank you very much.
Yes, it's day 3 and I am still psyched. And now that I'm getting down to work and meeting the team, I'm valuing the chance to focus.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Product Development: TV Guide will roll their own
Susan says: It's always interesting to see a media company that wants to own their own software product development--The Grid would be the core platform in this case, one would imagine, but also the ability to deliver content cross platform to mobile, etc.--The release says a goal is to "maximize our technology resources across all of the company's platforms" so one would think substantial capitol investment lies ahead.
Quote of the Day
--Dan Gillmor Letter to the Bayosphere, explaining on his blog why he shifted focus to The Center for Citizen Media, a non-profit affiliated with two universities--Dan's honesty is a great demonstration of the transparency he teaches.
Back from the Yahoo Plex: Day 2
Best part-- I'm beginning to get down to work.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Quote of the Day
So is it the relative anonymity of the Internet that emboldens e-mailers to conduct a public stoning? Is this the increasing political polarization of our country? I don't know."
--Deborah Howell, Washington Post ombudsman and long-time journalist, writing about the public furor about a recent column on Jack Abramoff.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Does Urban Outfitters steal designs?
As a fan of the small indie sites that web ecommerce---and social networks--have empowered (think threadless, among others), I hate the idea big guys poach off the small ones and don't get caught-Have no idea whether the accusations are true, but they seem to have had this issue crop up more than twice.
Friday, January 20, 2006
More on WashPost removes blog comments
Jay talks with WaPo exec ed Jim Brady and says "I also understand why Brady did what he did. If washingtonpost.com lets stand extreme charges aimed to maximize rage at Howell, and some of the charges contain ugly personal insults, then Brady's position becomes impossible if the staff of the Washington Post objects, and demands to know:
--Why are we giving Post.com space to people who wish for our destruction and call for our heads?
--Jim, it's not like there are't other spaces online where that can and will be said robustly.
--Does transparency really mean making room for: death to the Washington Post, and down with their ombudsman too? "
Jim Brady weighs in with a sensible comment I like: "As a site, we've decided there have to be limits on the language people can use. I'm getting a lot of e-mail saying, essentially, that I need to accept the fact that profanity and name-calling are part of the web DNA. That may be true for the Web as a whole, though I hope not, but I don't run the Web as a whole, I run washingtonpost.com, and on our site, we get to make the rules. Readers can reject those rules, and post elsewhere. That's their right. There are plenty of blogs that will allow commenters to say whatever they want; we're just not going to be one of those."
Susan sez: I think this is just great on Jim's part--he does get to make the rules, and there is always another diner down the block if people don't like'em.
TechCrunch: Why Ning needs to be better
Some Arrington points:
1) You have to know PHP, or at least HTML, to build anything unique on Ning.
Susan sez: Agreed--if this is a smart consumer toy, that's asking too much--and yet, a *real* developer might not want to use Ning.
2) The APIs are custom; there is no support for key web service APIs.
Susan sez: Yep, isn't open standards and interoperable APIs part of the point here?
3) Since everything has to be hosted at Ning, mashups are tethered.
Susan sez: Maybe Mike wishes Ning were more of a mashup library, with some Ruby-like tools that folks like me could dig into. Hmmn, that might be cool.
Mike's got more--worth a read.
RIP: Wilson Pickett
Land of 1,000 Dances
RIP, Wilson, thank you for all those great songs.
Quote of the day--and NYTimes gets it wrong
--Jim Brady, Executive Editor of Washingtonpost.com, explaining why the paper was closing down comments on the blog of Deborah Howell, ombudsman
Susan sez: The NYTimes lead on this story reads "Paper Decides to Close Blog, Citing Vitriol," which is NOT the case, the blog is publishing away--but comments have to be emailed. Check this stuff, folks!
PS I admire the way Jim and the Post are handling this.
Lovosphere: More Personals Watch
Starbucks Survey: Are you at all surprised to find out a recent Starbucks commissioned survey reports that more than 50 % of all web daters like to meet the first-time prospect for coffee?
Red Herring: Background-check start up Verified Person has raised $12 million from Sevin Rosen Fund and Rho Capital Partners, bringing the war chest to $14MM. Their service: aggregate personal data from across the web into a single, secure database that corporations, dating sites, etc. can use. (Susan sez: Is this scraped web data that may or may not be accurate, or do they vet it? One hopes.)
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Mashup camp is now full!
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
The battle over bundling: Top Ten Sources and more
Palfrey describes the selection process: " As the editor compiles the site, the editor sends out an e-mail to the person who appears to be responsible for the site, or, sometimes, posts a comment to say that the site has been chosen. The site renders a list of those sites offering the feeds as direct links to the page. The site also subscribes to those feeds and renders them all together on a single page. It is this latter activity that I take to be the concern."
He goes on to say " The issue raised here is whether it is a copyright violation to render these syndicated feeds in this way. As a matter of copyright law, I contend that it is not. The strong form of the pro-copyright argument runs like this: the creator of the RSS feed retains, automatically, all copyrights in the content in the feed and retains all rights in its republication, use as a derivative work, and so forth."
And "If you want people to run your feed in private aggregators, but not in public aggregators that are for-profit, to re-offer your content just as you've offered it, and to attribute authorship to you, why not add to your feed a BY-NC-SA license? "
Om Malik's said TTS is almost splog, republishing content w/o permission, and Mike Rundle's written that the site steals content--and traffic--viz "Top Ten Sources takes all your information from your RSS feed, republishes it on their site, and then uses it to build traffic."
What's interesting here, what I want to talk about, is how this desire to bundle and aggregate feeds into a new product is not unique to TTS. The blogosphere is full of companies that want to find ways to package feeds and either distribute them more efficiently to publishers, or companies that want to package feeds and distribute them to consumers. Either way, the revenue potential of attaching targeted ads to readers of themed content is another way to make the CPMs jump, we all get that.
But it seems to be what Palfrey has not yet addressed--which makes sense considering this company is so new--is that many of the players entering into the bundled space recognize they have to give more back to their creative sources than just a little traffic or a thank you.
Without some share in the revenue, it's not right to make $$ from anything more than a headline and a digest, unless the blogger has specifically given permission for a great depth to be published off site.
This is no different, in truth, than the third-party distribution deals we used to do with the portals when I worked in magazineland--we'd give AOL, or whomever, a limited set of digital assets to run on their site in exchange for links back; if they wanted more content to run on their site, the deal changed.
Why would committed bloggers want anything different?
IMHO, Palfrey and company will come to recognize that truth and find ways to accommodate it as they work to maintain the good will of the community; other entrepreneurs are exploring ways to back in rewards, incentives and revenue based on performance of the blogs they gain permission to bundle and redistribute.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Lovester: Personals noted
On this one, draw your own conclusions.
Face on body launches--new software makes it easy to paste your face on, yep, a different body when you place those ads with photos.
Susan sez: Couldn't they give it a better name, like Face Maker, Face Genie or Body Double?
USA Today: "U.S. consumers spent $245.2 million on online personals and dating services in the first half of 2005, up 7.6% from a year earlier, according to the Online Publishers Association."
VNU/Neilsen to invest in Intelliseek, who will acquireBuzzMetrics
According to the press release, the two firms have the following clients: Canon, Comcast, Ford, General Motors, HBO, Kraft, Microsoft, Nokia, P&G, Showtime, Sony, Target and Toyota, 14 of the top 15 pharmaceutical companies and over eight television networks.
The investors must be kvelling...
Quote of the Day 2
1) Artists overcoming the distribution cartels that have had them in leg irons for decades.
2) Full connectivity; I like being able to monitor my kids on video from my web phone, programming my Tivo at home from work, grabbing files off my PC at home from anywhere, watching that latest DVD release the day it comes out - downloaded from Netflix, surfing the web on my TV while I watch it, and talking to my friends in the UK and Finland on Skype after it's over, for free.
3) AJAX (another stupid name for Rich Internet Applications) will transform business and personal interaction with the web.
4) RSS is part of this too; I like to set up intelligent agents that program my radio listening on satellite radio (using its metadata feature) to listen to at work, email me with alerts when there is a good deal on an outdoor pingpong table on Craigslist, sell my old computers for me and bid on the new one (snipe it the last 15 seconds) on Ebay, all programmable from my phone while I'm eating lunch outdoors.
--Jeff Papineau, commenting on Halley Suitt's blog (note--these comments have been edited for length)
Quote of the Day 1
Now, on the other hand, I dwell in the journalistic equivalent of a roadhouse, a neighborhood newsblog, where I stand behind the counter, a dirty dishtowel over my shoulder, barking at the rowdies in the corner to keep it down, serving up mugs of draught and occasionally pulling up my skirts to show a little ankle.
We call this saloon Baristanet of Bloomfield Ave. or Baristanet. It is one of the growing number of neighborhood news sites, unconnected to any established newspapers, that serve up local news in a blog format."
--Former NYTimes writer and Baristanet queen Debra Galant, writing at Jay Rosen's PressThink
Monday, January 16, 2006
Quote of the day
...The groups are there, but latent, implicit in the gestural relationships of crosslinking, tags, comments, and blogrolls. "
--Stowe Boyd, Message, writing on how the distributed web drives a shift from groupware to what he calls soloware.
Bill Burnham: Can your walled (listings) garden be trashed?
Content Availability: "If a Walled Garden is charging to distribute or provide access to data that can now be easily aggregated from "self published" web sites, it is in an increasingly tenuous position."
Index Affinity: "The more willing a data owner is to make their data available for indexing, the more tenuous the walled garden's business. "
Process Simplicity: "... if a garden has a highly simplistic process where it simply displays aggregated information, it is highly vulnerable to search led attacks."
Most vulnerable to attach under this metric--all listings sites, of course, but Burnham says personals are (still) a little more defensible: "Online dating sites, such as Match.com, seem relatively safe from the Google?s of the world in the near term thanks to the lack of index-able content and the need for discretion. The real threat to the online dating sites is coming from the social networking sites which should seize a large piece of the dating market from the current walled gardens over time."
More 2006 news: People
- Friend and former colleague Gary Kebbel's gone from AOL and Ed Week to Program Officer at the Knight Foundation-- this means a move to Miami as well. Good luck!
- Mercer Management Consulting's Marta Wührle's moved from consulting for Hachette to running their new media group, the first senior person in that job in at least 3 years, I think.
- Halley Suitt's has some great news she'll announce in the next week or so, but it's not too early to say yee-ha!
- Susie Wyshak's Superviva--a life list/life management site--is live and in beta.
- Scott Rosenberg is back at Salon.
- Time Inc editor Mark Golin's creating an online mag that's going to be vulgar, disgusting and offensive--is that just the thing for the younger male market? Hmmn. (Via NYMag)
- Blogger Betsey Devine is going to work at start up Ookles.com . The feedster crowd reunited.
New so far: Blogs of 2006--Add your list!
Well, there are some interesting new blogs out there already--here's what I've come across--if you are reading other new blogs that focus on digital media, social media, identity & reputation, tagging and/or the distributed web, online dating, mobile computing, mobile media, please share links here---I will highlight suggestions in a later post.
Ground rules: Blog has been started in the last 30 days and fits above topics--and it's good--that criteria matters the most.
Okay, the current short list:
- Modern Mediasphere--Linda Zimmer's take on 2.0 as the jargonati might say.
- Message--Stowe Boyd's new blog--it's just started and it's already fascinating and about--yes!--2.0
- MediaShift--PBS is launching a new blog about--what else--Web 2.0--by Mark Glaser, one of my favorite journalists.
- MIT's Adverlab--a blog on advertising, media and technology that Jeff Jarvis just blurbed.
- Blogophile: CBS News's Melissa MacNamara covers blog chatter--this one is going to have to get waay better to keep spot on my list--or change its name to Blogaphobic. (Via Dube)
- JD Lasica's got a brand new vlog called RealPeopleNetwork--worth a look.
Rojo is hiring: AJAX front-end engineer
(Disclaimer: I am an advisor to this company.)
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Hacking Blogspot: Sex blogs feel the pain
Discussion of how to protect your blog and improve security is happening at stopinternetcensorship.blogspot.com--the tips from this small community seem useful for everyone looking to safeguard their data.
More on this from Figleaf.
Quote of the Day
--Caroline Miller, writing in the NY Times on revelations about her dad's life
Friday, January 13, 2006
Facebook launches Social Timeline
Brilliant post: Susie Bright on JT Leroy
"Slash fiction is an under-publicized revolution in female eroticism. It's no wonder that Emily's writings didn't get "spotted" as Slash; the genre isn't on bookstore shelves. The stereotype that women are incapable of entertaining nasty, brutal boy thoughts in their heads is just the kind of bunk you will find in women's magazines and chick-lit fiction, ad nauseum."
--Susie Bright writes a masterful--and compelling--deconstruction of how Emily Albert cooked up the troubled teen author --and how her act fits into Slashfiction and women's history of writing alt stories in male personas.
Stanford: The Reuters Digital Vision fellowship is taking 2006-2007 applications--this is a good program with a social justice squew.
Current TV's launched a guide to shooting digital video for them--plus case studies (see BoingBoing)--Is anyone else amused their *citizen journalist* poster boy is Sean Penn? Scary.
TechCrunch expands to Mobil Crunch: Arrington's crushing the rest of us. Congrats--a (tech) media empire is a borning.
Also--the NEW: Mark Sigal's launched Vsocial, a video sharing community, my friend David Coleman is blogging about collaborative tools, and you must check out mashup camp if you're an API geek.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Lovster: Personals space watch
- Breakup world: January's the trash dump for relationships couples abandon once they've survive the holidays.
- Merc: So Doctor Phil's gonna give dating advice right on Match.com for $12.99 a month; I'd like to see him face off with AOL's Star Jones, whose advice is both cheap and free (ouch).
- BizWeek: harmony's got a new CEO--So does CE) equal IPO--or M&A (the new CEO worked at Overture, now Yahoo Search Marketingg--so the writer seems to think so.)
- Match.com's Chemistry.com is now live, but Corante's David Evans is not impressed.
The sweetest thing(s)
One friend asked if I'd blog less; Given what a struggle it's been to blog over the past month, the answer would be no.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Quote of the Day
--Dave Winer, writing about recent life-lessons
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
FOAF: JT Leroy identity unravels
Bright writes:"...if you?re an author, an editor, a publisher? or worse, a friend? to someone who bullshit you up one side and down the other, it?s not cute. It?s not irrelevant. It?s a cruel con, straight up, and the whole writers? community suffered for it.
Welcome to the first meeting of JT Anonymous. I published JT. I defended him in public, performed for him, responded to every editorial and hook-me-up request. I took Twilight Zone phone calls and tendered his frightening tantrums. "
Violet Blue says: "It's weird, and it really pisses me off. Not as a writer. *As a survivor.* I lived the very real horrors of my childhood to get where I am now -- alive, articulate. I didn't fuck anyone over to get my book deals, and I certainly didn't exploit very real experiences (like of myself and my friends) to get my books published. I certainly never had the elite privilege of celebrity benefactors. I had a mother who was a drug addict, a compulsive liar, who gave and received regular beatings. She was raped in a room next to me when I was ten; I saw her have a knife held to her throat, I saw her get beaten by boyfriends I had to call "daddy" more times than I can count. She beat me with a belt; she inhaled cocaine like a vaccum and dealt it like a pro; she dumped me off every chance she got with strangers for weekends and sometimes weeks at a time..."
Both have longer entries worth a read. Oh, and JT- I think alotta folks have an idea what you might do with one of those raccoon penis bones you sell..
Newsflash: I'm joining Yahoo!
I'm excited by the opportunity to focus on one product, energized by both the team and the general Yahoo ethos (and campus-wide talent), and delighted to be working 7 miles from home--a huge change from my usual cross-country commute.
I've had some good opportunities in the past few months, but I've always thought working for Yahoo would be a good fit, and Personals seems like a wonderful spot for someone obsessed both with transactional sites and with social media(that would be me.)
5ive will continue under the leadership of my business partner, Steven Madoff; we'll be updating the site to include some of the behind the scenes players of the past few months.
More on this as life unfolds!
Quote of the Day
All finished copy runs with a link to the journalist's blog. An important new part of the journalist's job will involve them making their notes, raw copy, interview transcripts, MP3's, pictures etc. available and open for comments on their blog. Discussion of any given story can take place in the main body of the newspaper/newspaper blog, again using a comments-esque feature. Discussion is likely to spill over onto the journalist's own blog."
--Graham Holliday, Stillbop and Noodlepie blogger and freelance journalist
Lies Bloggers Tell
- I don't consider myself an A-Lister
- I don't care about traffic
- I started blogging back in 1999
- My blog has no commercial agenda
- I only have advertising on my blog as an experiment
Monday, January 09, 2006
Wowie Zowie Yahoo acquires Webjay
Star Jones is the new AOL Love Coach
Says Star: "As the new AOL Love Coach, I plan to provide women with advice, both entertaining and informative, that aims to answer the question, 'Is Your Life As Good As It Gets? All women want to move their love-life from boring to brilliant and from sorry to Shining. How do I know what works...because baby, I've been there...done that and bought a tee shirt! Trust me, finding real love is not a destination; it is a journey."
Susan sez: Yeah, I'd like to buy the tee shirt, too--only not from you, my friend...is it possible to react to this announcement (and this woeful quote) with anything but eye-rolling and fugly snark?
Update: Star's part of a bevvy of AOL coaches--a nice idea--but she seems like an, uh, interesting choice.
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Tristan Louis: Portals and video--T's list of what the bigcos have to offer--and how much it costs.
WAP Review: All about mobile browsing. (Via Rubel)
NYC Blog mag Black Table is ending--and you can come to the party! (Via Mediabistro)
Bloggingclass.com: Bay area bloggers will teach you how to post (Via Lasica)
Editor's Weblog: How to classify citizen journalists (Via Steve Outing)
2006 Bloggies: Nominate favorites here.
Xooglers: Ron's kicked out of the ads group.
More personal tech resolutions 2006
- Get a video iPod second model when it comes out in June or sooner (i want wide screen, buying 2nd gen Apple stuff is always better if you can wait that long)
- Do a weekly video blog in a format that works well on iPod Video
- Create enhanced podcasts for documentation and fun
- Create three 1 minute movies about Vancouver
- Dive into Jabber and XMPP since 2006 is the year of XMPP
How about you all? Any one else want to share?
Where's Susan? Asbury Park & NYC
I've been in NYC working with clients and am spending the weekend, at least most of it--with my old friends Betsy and Mike, who live in Asbury Park, NJ now.
I haven't been here for a year--and it's so good to reconnect.
Last year at this time I was facing some difficult personal changes and came down here to cry; this year has been a time of real growth and, yes, happiness.
Here's to 2006, Betsy and Mike, and the hope we'll see more of each other in the next 12 months (and you'll come visit me in California, hint, hint.)
Thursday, January 05, 2006
O'Reilly eTel conference: Dinosaurs say Women extinct?
One friend of mine said "If Tim OReilly had the chance, he'd place women on the speaking roster--but they probably sold all the sponsorships so the companies picked the line up and they all chose men."
Another friend said, "No, there are only three media sponsors, so it's not that they *sold* the slots..."
And a third friend said "But even the media sponsors...well, do they think it's cool there are only male speakers? Probably not."
Susan sez: There is only one possible conclusion--there are NO intelligent women qualified to speak at this new conference. They've some how become extinct. Xeni Jardin, Anita Wilhelm, Gano Haines, Karen Marcelo--the dinosaurs have snuck out of the ice age and eaten them and these silly male geeks are just too dumb to find other women to speak at their campfire, oops, I meant conference.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Center for Citizen's Media announces 2006 Board
- Merrill Brown
- Richard Edelman
- Charles Eisendrath, director, Knight-Wallace Fellows
- James Fallows
- Michael Goff
- Paul Grabowicz
- Joi Ito
- Rebecca MacKinnon
- Susan Mernit
- Allen Morgan
- Craig Newmark
- Steve Outing
- Glenn Reynolds,
- Jay Rosen
- Orville Schell
- Hilary Schneider
- Clay Shirky
- Lisa Stone
- Jimmy Wales
Dan, I hope this group can help you make this vision a force for good.
Monday, January 02, 2006
Quote of the Day
However, the Web's pressure for unbundling is relentless. Witness skyrocketing tiny companies like Goowy that do nothing more that allow you to use best-of-breed web portal services without being tied to any one portal. If I can now re-package search by using an API from the open market, portal-based search is no longer the cheeseburger. It is just dead meat.
Portal strategies are antithetical to a Web Services Economy. The pressure to deconstruct is relentless. The center cannot hold. Just as newpapers are the new mainframes, Web portals are the new newspapers. "
--Peter Rip, leapfrog ventures blog
Sunday, January 01, 2006
Personal tech: Resolutions for 2006
1) Get an iPod and go all digital
Yeah, I owned an iPod--and I gave it to my kid. This time, around, I want a video iPod and I want to move all my music over to digital--and figure out a media storage solution that works as well.
2) Upgrade my phone and add a decent video camera to it--with clogging and podcast components.
3) Start podcasting weekly-- a friend had a great idea--I still want to do it.
4) Move my blog to a new domain and get off blogspot. Aanyone need explanations on that?
5) Upgrade from my friend's digital camera to my own--and buy flickr pro--got it for my client, need to add my own access.
6) Tag more. I think tagging is amazing, but I avoid doing it. Change that a bit.
7) Get a decent new computer--or a cheap back up machine.
8) Do more new tools beta testing on a weekly basis--using that back-up machine I wanna establish.
9) Learn more--a lot more--about extreme programming--as I got more and more into product development this is a critical area to build competency.
10) Keep having fun with technology--it's gotta be both enjoyable and useful--and it can be.
11) Turn off my land line phone for good--between the VOIP options and the cell, the $$ I am paying is a waste.
12) Buy a big TV. Yeah, I don't watch it, but it's time to upgrade from 19 inches, doncha think?
13) Card scanning or something--figure out something to do with all those business cards that are stacked in bowls around my office. I do want to talk to some of these folks again.
How about you all? What are your personal tech resolutions for 2006?