Friday, March 31, 2006
Happy Birthday, Randy!
Quote of the Day: What is identity?
--JP Rangaswami, writing about the four pillars of virtual identity(the 'keys') and how users need to be able to control their own identity tags in Confused of Calcutta.
(Note, this whole post is worth a good read).
- techcrunch reviews feedreaders: Rojo and Bloglines(my personal faves) get the raves.
- emily chang's StyleHive goes live--this is what you get when geeks & fashion mate.
- Six Apart opens up its developer platform for widgets (Via dan farber). "So far, 33 TypePad widgets are available, ranging from commerce and games to content and search?and they are free." (Dan and Anil ask--how about widget standards?)
- Niall Kennedy starts an events business--congrats,! Mike A, move over.
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Events: What I (might) do this month
2nd Annual WTC Venture Capital Awards, hosted by the Women's Technology Cluster --April 4th, 6 PM
Via Podtech: The Third Conference on Innovation Journalism, Stanford--April 5-7, 2006
BayChi: Beyond Search: Social and Personal Ways of Finding Information-April 11, 7 PM
Termites and (not) blogging
Puts a crimp in my blogging frequency not to have that 6-7 am time zone to read, sip coffee, and blog before I walk the dog and head to work.
Well, now I'm back.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Burning Man 2006?
Quote of the Day
--Jim Brady, executive editor of washingtonpost.com, explaining his site's interest in Pluck's new BlogBurst service, a syndicated blog platform, via an Online News story.
(Note: Pluck is a former client; I worked with Brady at one point.)
Monday, March 27, 2006
What I am not getting from Big Love
I get the circle of wives and understand their small social network, but I want to know:
- Why does the main character have 3 wives?
- Is it a religious conviction?
- Does he love them all, or is it that he wanted to have more sexual variety?
- Or prove he could afford more families?
- How does he get emotional fulfillment from three relationships? (Seems like all he does is rush and worry, cept when he is having sex with the wife it's his turn to be with)
- Does he see women as chattel? Surrendered wives?
- How important is his faith in his life--and does it make him feel entitled? If so, how?
- And finally, is this guy having any fun?
I am enjoying the show, but more because of the interplay between the actresses and the Gee Whiz treatment of the (beyond the pale) sect the hero was raised in--but there could be much more depth if the writers addressed these questions.
Sunday, March 26, 2006
Quote of the Day
--Peter De Vanzo, searchengineblog., writing on why he thinks Google is the (new) web.
(Via chewshop and seobook)
Happy blog B days
Newsweek: Hyping the Living Web
One ofd my favorite quotes in the story is from Caterina Fake, who says: ""We were very small and very poor," says Fake, "so we built a lot of features that were deliberately viral." A big boost came from bloggers, who appreciated that Flickr had a one-button command to "blog this," and a photo would instantly appear on their site, hot-linked to the shot's real home on Flickr. They also made sure that their site worked well with other Living Web applications ? Flickr photos are one of the prime ingredients in Web mash-ups."
As Paid Content says: "All the usual suspects get mentions -- MySpace, del.icio.us, Craigslist, Facebook, YouTube -- and some would-bes -- Imeem, even Mary Hodder's stealthy video-sharing Dabble."
The story is worth a read--it's very well done and right on target if you want to know what kinds of things us tech heads inside the Bubble salivate over----but I wonder what people outslide the bell jar will think about the bright, shiny joy Brad Stone describes.
More on this from Doc, Paul Kedrosky, and others.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Life at the office
As I sat in a meeting with a recent hire, I realized how well I was going to get to know this person over time--and that one of the pleasures of working in a team was getting to know everyone and building ties to them.
--And how, in fact, those connections often became the rewards for some of the hassles of a job. (When I count how many of my friends and I worked together at some earlier date, I can see the truth in that for me...)
Also, I notice how, as I learn more about the new aspects of the business, my ability to work at a quick pace steps up. The past couple of days I've been really turning it out and feel that old adrenaline high of working hard and productively and on a roll.
And finally, there's the fun. There have been some tremendous conversations with smart people across the company and discussions on working together, plans to collaborate creatively with the product team, and even some moments involving, yes, glasses of wine.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Congrats: New West Gets Funded
Paid Content reports that New Jersey boy (and Montana landowner) Maury Povich (remember him?) is one of the investors, along with "Brad Feld, managing director at Mobius Venture Capital in Boulder; John Connors, former MSFT CFO now with Ignition Partners; Brett DeBruycker, a Montana farmer and rancher; Gary Loveman, CEO. Harrah's Entertainment; Gary Rieschel, a founder of Qiming Venture Partners; Lance Trebesch, president, New Water LLC in Bozeman; Flywheel Ventures of Santa Fe."
New West recieved several awards from the Online News Association in 2005 (yes, I was a judge), and is doing tremendous work so this is exciting--wonder if now they will go to a print edition, as Webber said he might when they started last year.
Tom Formeski: Blogs and the Beat Generation--"... there is a kinship and a natural lineage that runs from the Beat writers of fifty years ago, to the blogosphere of today."
Chad: Beat it--It's Hack Day at Yahoo this Friday!
Bonus link: Ethan Zuckerman: Protesting the detention of Chinese blogger Hao Wu via tags and bookmarks.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Quote of the Day: What other characteristics do social software websites, like digg, have in common with online, passive games like travian?
Quote of the day
--danah boyd, apophenia, writing in an essay on "super publics"
Strong ties, blogrolls, aggregators
Short version: Blogs--along with blogrolls and comments--are a community ecosystem and we need them.
J: "We have to get out and WALK the blog neighborhood. Everyone reading this post, please make sure that you have a blogroll. Sure, I can't tell you what to do, but Blogrolls are the antidote to RSS and aggregators."
S: "Communities, friendships, a sense of companionship and sharing cant be made or broken through the use of tools. If anything, when we become friends through our online associations, we have done something extraordinarywe have reached beyond the limits of technology and created something human, and real."
Shelly then says that these online communities are fragile--and she's right--but they are also amazingly powerful--and can move into the real world and become strong ties.
For many bloggers, blogs become connectors for real-world relationship and on-going discourse--something that is in a different bucket than a hunger for news--and more connection-focused than content focused.
Monday, March 20, 2006
Noted: Lovosphere & more
Podcasting News: It's Poddater--Meet dates via MP3.
Hearst Magazine Group forms Digital Media unit: Cosmo gets one step closer to a vibrant online presence, along with scores of other great magazines.
Lisa Stone on Big media and Little Media
"Here's what I mean when I say that I feel feel as though mommy and daddy are fighting. What I have learned is that Daddy (or big media) is predisposed to value hierarchy and status, or elitism in the negative sense, whereas Mommy (or self-published media) is predisposed to value meritocracy or elitism in the positive sense. Daddy's in trouble because being a member of the club has, over time, become more important than being the top expert at his job--indeed has changed his job. As a result, Daddy's product is no longer always the best-- the most elite by definition (b). Mommy's given him some competition because, thanks to her search tool, she's a smart shopper and can find the best, most detailed expert information on any topic because she can look world-wide, rather than being limited by the club...It's essential for bloggers to keep the reader in mind too and to avoid clubby elitism."
Lisa's points--clever as they are--remind me that all writintg is ultimately about voice, accuracy and perspective--and that self-publishing tools make it easier and easier for the long tail of participatory journalism to compete for attention--especially as search tools drive the most-linked to posts to the fore.
Quote of the Day
--Misty, a 23 yr old blogger from Oklahoma, writing "Dammnit, I will not join Facebook!" at To Interpellate
Netscape.com: 5 years, 5 AOL strategies
You see, I'm a former Netscape/AOL exec, and so I keep track of these things and it seems like Netscape has had 5 strategies--and almost as many GMs--in 5 years, so perhaps the Calacanis thing is either AOL's latest flavor of the moment frenzy, or a profound conviction that since Netscape is their orphan child, what do they have to lose?
There was a new strategy every year for five years--why not one now?
March 19: My blog birthday
Three years of blogging!
Thank you to everyone who reads this blog, has commented, reached out.
And thank you to so many great friends and thinkers whose own blogs--and ideas--have taught me.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
The NY Times gets blogs, like really
Nice work guys--
NYTimes: Study links Ambien to unconscious food forays--but ypu probably knew that, right?
(Susan sez: I knew someone who gained 20 lbs from night eating post-Ambien, and had no clue for several months her sleep drug was the cause...)
Jeremy Z: What's the right amount of time to spend reading 800 blogs?
Lisa Williams: Notes on the love/blogging couples panel at SXSW--a must read.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Mobile blogging makes a move: Six Apart purchases small co.
(Via Depraved Librarian)
Meaningless mash up of the moment(MMOM): Gawker Stalker Maps
Yep, now celebrity stalkings over at the G can be viewed on cute little Ajaxian maps, proving that New Yorkers have their own view of Bubble technologies.
Quote of the Day
"We are now reaching our first level of critical mass where individuals are becoming overwhelmed because there is a fantastic breakthrough of thought happening. (snip)....This is an exciting, grassroots explosion of thoughts and applications. Individuals, not necessarily companies, are leading the way with innovative technologies and ideas."
--Shannon Whitley, writing 'The Blogosphere Evolves', on stresses of bloggy fame and fortune, in Diary of a Madman
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
WeSmirch whips the covers off gossip memetracker
Gabe's tech memeorandum like treatment of the celebosphere is pure candy.
Valleywag, step aside, time-wastings got a new home.
Monday, March 13, 2006
Quote of the Day
--Dave Winer, writing on one of his multiple blogs
(Susan sez: Somehow, I can't imagine Dave not using some forum to share his views with the world.)
Will there be a MySpace Messenger?
Can you say ka-ching as MySpace takes ad revenuefor the 18-25 set away from AOL's AIM and everyone else in the space?
(Question: Is the app up to all that? Only release will tell.)
McClatchy Co. is buying Knight Ridder ; will they sell Topix?
I'm wondering what will happen to the digital assets--ShopLocal, Topix and KRD corporate development--will they remain intact, be moved to Sacramento, or be broken apart?
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Bettie Page is 82 and signing autographs
If you have any interest in Page, 50's pin-ups, burlesque, etc., this piece is a must-read about the kitten with a whip and her past 20 years.
Some BP quotes:
"I have no idea why I'm the only model who has had so much fame so long after quitting work."
"I want to be remembered as I was when I was young and in my golden times?. I want to be remembered as a woman who changed people's perspectives concerning nudity in its natural form."
Quote of the Day
--Colin Cherry, "The Telephone System: Creator ofMobility and Social Change", quoted in Ithiel de Sola Pool, TheSocial Impact of the Telephone (Cambridge MA, 1977) via the SDForums' March 13th program on Internal Marketing: Fostering Technology Adoption.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Quote of the Day
The era of forcing hits and products down people's throats are over.
We ain't going for it.
Create it and we'll see if we like it.
The revenue will follow. "
--Chartreuse, explaining that Web 2.0 tools are about usefulness first, business models second.
Doing, not talking
Now that I have a staff job--and am trying to have a more balanced (and fun) life--I also struggle to find time to blog, but I'm also thrilled to have moved more firmly to the land of the do-ers. At Yahoo, we have a big team of people with superb understanding of personals, classifieds, and identity issues, and we're busy planning out what's next for our product and making it happen. Working on something so big--in such a me-too category--underscores how much ideas and intellectual capital matter to innovation, but it also underscores how talking just ain't enough--we're going to be shipping new product and it will have to well exceed its cost in both consumer value and value to the business.
I've been cautious about talking about my day job, and will continue to be so, because I don't want to give away any competitive data. At the same time, a reader would have to live under a rock to fail to realize that running a personals marketplace at a time when w're seeing the buildout of true social media tools has to create some exciting challenges--and opportunities.
How do you seperate the talkers from the doers? You don't--and you don't even need to try.
And if you've been around the block a couple of times, like many of us have, you recognize that while talk and ideas are great, what's fascinating is how they translate into real products and services that improve users lives--or change the game.
So I am moving over into the camp of the doers. I will still be blogging, because how could I not, but I confess that the words that have drummed themselves into my brain these days are "innovative, ""release date" and "ship it."
Friday, March 10, 2006
Blogging from work
Quote of the Day 2
--danah boyd, on myspace and sexual predators and media
Quote of the Day 1
...If I were running etech, I'd make it a requirement that everyone organizing and running the event have to find and talk to at least 20 people they don't know every day. Say Hi, give them a minute or two, and use their vast network knowledge to bring them together with others that share some interest, concern, occupation, or pre-occupation. And who knows, that single minute might turn willingly into ten when they discover that these quiet folks have valuable things to contribute."
--Chris Lott, writing about etech's geek cliques
(Via Chris Carfi)
Thursday, March 09, 2006
- Nerve interview with Norman Mailer: Internet dating circa 1946. (Jackson West, via Fleshbot)
- Adam W takes a look at how to work around the online dating systems.
- Cingular adds Rabble, a social network mobile service. (via Red Herring) Dodgeball, anyone?
- The DrDating MySpace Dating Secrets ebook has arrived. Does this scare anyone else?
- LinkedIn says it's releasing a toolbar app later this month that will integrate with Outlook.
- Facebook: Oklahoma student journalist says: "Our parents had malt shops; we have 'Facebook."
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
TVGuide.com: Changes afoot: Ex-MusicNet, MTV's Paul Greenberg is the new GM; former lead Dave Bovenshculte is focusing on on product development.
Dave Evans: "When can I subscribe to my dating feed like I do my news feeds?" (When, indeed?)
YASN: Will Fox buy Dogster?--And would anyone notice?
Alt Dating: Via ZDNet and the WSJ, Neilsen reports that traffic to Adult Friendfinder rose 67% in January 2006 from January 2005. 10.1 million unique vistors a month? Wow.
Newsday: "Republican attorney general candidate Jeanine Pirro says social networking sites such as MySpace.com have become a "breeding ground for pedophiles."
Monday, March 06, 2006
Quote of the Day
--Robert Scoble, explaining why he's going back to (RSS) basics
NBC buys iVillage--is this their myspace deal(LOL)?
Watching (and being involved with) digital media strategy for some big media players, this deal seems fascinating--Does NBC think they've done the equivalent of buying MySpace, only for female adults with credit cards?
One can only wonder.
AOL releases AIM API; says play with me, but not with others
Some of the quotes:
"The Open AIM program will provide online businesses, Web sites and third-party developers everywhere with direct access to one of the largest and most active online communities in the world. We are extremely excited to see the creative new ideas that developers will bring to the table. Together, we will usher in a new era in real time communications services, offering consumers increased choice and making it easier than ever to connect and communicate online."--Kevin Conroy, Executive Vice President, AOL Media Networks
"By enabling external developers to create applications on top of our network, we can provide AIM users with new features we wouldn'tn't otherwise do, for whatever reason."--Justin Uberti, AIM's chief architect
Of course, there is one catch--AOL still won't allow its' code to be used to link to other IM platforms--""We do have a restriction on multi-headed clients at this point. If you're going to build an IM client that connects to our network, it can't connect to another IM network."
--Jamie Odell, AIM product manager
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Las Vegas, aka having a life # 23
Don't know which surprised me more, the folks gambling at 10 am this morning who had clearly not yet been to bed, the middle-aged married couple on the free tram from Flathead Lake, Montana and the conversation about fishing they had with a guy from Clearwater, Florida, on the way home from the fights, or the dozen-odd brides, all shapes, ages, styles, heading out with their grooms, bridesmaids, family to get married at various wedding chapels.
Aside from the work emails floating across my Treo, I was offline till Sunday morning, when I got on and more fully checked email.
Went to Vegas shows
Had a good meal
Walked the strip--and it's a trip
Visited the Bellagio--amazing hotel with lovely Chihuly glass
And a lot of other stuff I am going to skip telling you about...but it was all good.
Friday, March 03, 2006
Jeneane Sessums on tagging
"Most of the time, I use tags to add context to what I've written. Not to classify it. Not to organize it. Not to plug it in among the topics that others are writing about. Tags have a place beyond taxonomies and classifications and categorization. They are a beautiful, wide-open opportunity to add subtext to your writing. To sew meaning into the fabric of someone else's reading experience.
I like to tag based on emotion, inference, subtleties, in a way that make tags PART of my post, not an afterthought way to plug them into Technorati and what everyone else is talking about. I want you to get to the bottom and look at my tags and laugh, or wonder, or say Ah HA! That's what she's pissed at, or that's what happened, or, I wonder what other people have written about those "rough-edged stones" that get caught in my tires. "
Tags as personal commentary...I like that.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
Richard MacManus asks: "In a mash-up world, who's in control "To put it bluntly, data owners hold the balance of power in this new world of Web mashups."
YASN: MTV struggles to stay relevant.
Adam Weinroth sure is read for SXSW Interactive--check him out if you're going.
Brad Neuberg: 'In the first phase of the Hyperscope project, mapped out to be the following six months, we are going to implement Engelbart and his team's advanced hyperlink system on the web, including some of the user interface of NLS.'
Dave Pollard: If Our Job Is Work, and Marriage is Work, And Recreation is Work, When Do We Have Fun?
Quote(s) of the Day
"We are very happy with Lloyd, and Lloyd is very happy with Yahoo." --Dan Rosensweig, Yahoo's COO, quoted in the same story.
The Working Life: 40 days and counting
40 days in I have a much better sense of who I am working with, what the organizational issues are, and what the constrains and business opportunities are. I am starting to feel like part of a team, someone with skin in the game, and it's a good feeling, particularly since this might be one of the nicest groups of people I have ever worked with.
I am also getting used to Yahoo! culture. Many people work hard (or not) at seriously dressing down, the for sale list is filled with hard drives, DVDs and mobile phone accessories, and the free coffee and soda, subsidized cafeteria and candy everywhere almost seem normal.
But geeze, there is alot to get done.