Friday, June 30, 2006
Sex & Longing & Web 2.0--Gnomedex Link list
Figleaf: "As you know, one of my on-going themes is that the average sex blogger doesn't do anything the average non-sex/non-blogger does except admit it. One of the huge benefits of sex blogging, especially anonymous sex blogging, is that we learn from each other that we're not the only ones."
Magadalena: "I have absolutely no idea how many sexual blogs there are or what percentage of the 40.1 million sites Technorati currently tracks dedicate themselves to sexual content, but I would think it's pretty high."
Bliatz: "I wish I had the courage to turn this blog into my main outlet. I wish I had the guts to just write everything here, expose the whole picture and expose it all to everybody. I wish I didn't feel I had to hide something as natural and straight-forward as my sexuality and all the thoughts and emotions connected to that."
Evil Minx, commenting:"It's the loss of freedom that gets me also. The sheer uninhibited joy of being able to write as the person behind my eyes is what has kept me going over the last year. "
Some of the blogs, videobloggers, web sites and podcasters I may reference:
(Note: Some of these blogs contain adult language and are meant for over 18 years, proceed accordingly)
Real writers, cloaked identities
Unfurling My Sexuality --divorced and searching
Jefferson, One Life, Take Two --pervert and parent
Viviane--Viviane's Sex Carnival --bright and sexy
Freya-- Freya's House of Dreams --erotic wife
Always Aroused Girl- -erotic wife 2
Figleaf-- Real Adult Sex --wise guy
Rent Boy-- MonMouth --sex adventures
Bliatz --sex and identity
Girl with a one track mind--bright and searching
Erotica Lee 1--Memoir of a prostituted child, now adult
Coming Out at 48 --long married, coming into new life
Open for viewing(and making money from it...)
Violet Blue-- tiny nibbles
Adacia Ray-- Waking Vixen
Susie Bright-- Susie Bright's Journal
Bridgett Harrison -Ropelover Journal
Polyamory Weekly; Notes
Violet Blue-Open Source Sex
Outed/Hacked & related (examples)
Magdalena-Delta of Venus
Brand new blog, with issues
In My DNA
(Gnomedex-flavored) Quote(s) of the Day
"The way a person's blog interacts with a person's life is a work in progress."
--Shakes, commenting at Delta of Venus about the freedom offered by writing anonymously.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Opening night: Gnomedex
Seattle: First impressions
First of all, mega street people everywhere; secondly, way more alt-style on the passersby--scrag beards, soupstrainers, mohawks, shaved sides among the hair de choice for men, women very outdoorsy or alternative in that their hair flows long and loose (in a way that seems somewhere between earth goddess and farm girl in my book) and the shoes are all sandally.
And the coffee shops--more Starbucks, lotsa Tullys, mucho indie shops--one would expect the bio-fuel of choice in this town to be French Roast.
(And yes, the market was fun...the cherries are in season, and there's Dungess crab sandwiches, and bad street musicians, and what's not to like?)
You know you are a total geek when...
Yep, that's me--geekazoid.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Sex & Longing & Web 2.0--My talk at Gnomedex
This isn't a talk about porn, though much of this work is erotic; it's a talk about how digital identities (masked and cloaked in many cases) have enabled regular people--many of them geeks--to build a frank and authentic shadow world focused on free expression, sharing, and sexual celebration--and to connect with one another.
Some of the questions that interest me on a high level:
--How do we think about personal stories, erotica and porn in the framework of participatory media?
--Who is writing and creating in this realm and what motivates them?
--Given the huge business of porn online, where do these creators fit into the hierarchy?
On a personal level, and as a blogger, I also want to talk about this set of questions:
--How do we all interact with and experience bloggers whose sexually frank or personally honest blogs defy standard norms of *polite* society?
--What are we comfortable exposing about ourselves--and what do we keep back or cloak?
--Is authenticity different when sex is involved?
--Outing: Many sex-positive bloggers have been outed; hacked, attacked--what does this say about cyber standards and our digital communities?
This will be a discussion, not a lecture; I'm eager both to share thoughts and stories and to hear from conference attendees about their thoughts on authentic voice, personal sexuality online, privacy and toolsets that make it all possible.
Feel free to post comments/ideas/links here--looking forward to seeing you all at Gnomedex.
Dion Hinchcliff: More words on why widgets matter
Dion writes: "...widgets, in the form of easily added functionality to a Web page, are growing in popularity, as well as feeds that are plugged into them."
Smart Mobs redesigns
One of my favorite sites, Smart Mobs, has redesigned. The designer writes: ""Boris-flavored mash-up of Khoi Vinh and 'Web 2.0-ish' styles"--and it looks great! Cleaner, way more modular and very neat.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Quote of the Day 2
--Commentator Charles, posting on Jeremy Zawodny's blog in response to a post noting the launch of FOAF identity management site PeopleAggregator and commenting on the walled-garden, can't get data out effect of most social network sites.
Quote(s) of the Day
--AOL VP and Netscape lead Jason Calcanis, in a recent NY Magazine story, explaining his role in AOL post Weblogs Inc acquisition; I understand Tina Sharkey (Mrs. Seth Goldstein) is his boss.
Bonus quote, same story: "If I'd landed at Yahoo, I'd be hanging out with [Del.icio.us founder] Josh Schachter and [Flickr founder] Caterina Fake, debating the finer points of this stuff. But at AOL, I'm probably the most knowledgeable person on this area, so they really needed my help."
(Susan's disclosure: I am a former AOL VP who now believes it's likely that being flavor of the minute at AOL has more impact than any title and that almost everyone in a senior role gets shoved sideways eventually--the best reason to be glad Jason has mad money for an exit. )
Monday, June 26, 2006
Beth Kanter: Techsoup and Second Life, working together
Popsugar is growing...check out girly social network Team Sugar (thanks, Kevin Burton)
Rachael Kramer Bussel: The cupcake bloggers make NBC news (congrats Nichelle!)
Da Yahoos: Bradley's got a brand new bag
Bradley also names the (new) senior members and org of his team:
Yahoo! Developer Network - led by Chad Dickerson
Technology Development Group - led by Caterina Fake
Advanced Products Group - led by Scott Gatz
Yahoo Research Berkeley - led by Ellen Salisbury
Product Practices Group - led by Irene Au
Y! Agile Process Group - led by Gabby Benefield
Over at Personals, we have been working with many of these teams, tapping into the smarts, and hope to do much more--Yahoo is working to embrace and support product innovation, they're hungry for it, and this is all to the good for our business, so folks, bring it on.
Quote of the day
--Dan Farber, reflecting on how social networks are the next big thing--and roach motels.
Whizspark: Define unconference
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Quote of the Day
--Yahoo's Andy Baio, Upcoming founder, speaking at Supernova about microformats, open standard for structuring--and embedding-- Web content, such as contact information, events and product reviews --and the committment Yahoo is making to using them. (via Dan Farber)
PaidContent gets some funding
Newly minted Greycroft kicked off in March; their funding will enable Paid Content and related properties to staff up and get some infrastructure going (does that mean more computers and a better hosting package?)
Rafat writes: "... Alan's team approached me in January, and when I met him in New York later that month, within 20 minutes of us talking, he instinctively got it-- the issues, the challenges, the opportunities."
Susan sez: Rafat has long been a blogging inspiration to me, and over the years, has become a valued friend...Given how many content plays are now getting VC dollars that tide has clearly turned, so rising interest in PC is no surprise. Rafat however, has been careful--and eager to retain control--from the beginning, so this is a testament to a cautious entrepreneur's optimism about their funding source.
Community and its value
And one more thing--This is a good moment to say how great it is--and how much I learn--from being a part of the social media/emerging technology/ user-focused kieretsu. So many good people, so much passion and ideas.
Lisa Williams has been here for the weekend, and our friendship is a great example of how technology tools (from the telephone to blogging) just help reinforce--and support-- a friendship with someone who lives 3,000 miles away.
Lisa is a rockstar, and it's been great to spend more time with her (once more).At dinner last night, Lisa & I got to hang with a super-smart crew of disruptive folks (you know who you are), tell way back stories, and think about how to change the world with cool tools while eating pretty decent Chinese food--then go home and talk for hours.After too many years of crossing the country for one dotbomb or another, my sense of place--and affinity with some alternative Bay area creative geekery--is coming on strong, and it feels damn good.
Update: Blogger chewed up this post, ugh!
Thoughts after BloggerconIV
First of all, there are alot of cool photos floating around--this community likes to document.
Beyond that, how did I feel about devoting a larger part of my free time (and some of my work week) to Bloggercon IV?
Good, mostly. In fact, very, very good.
- Bloggercon has succeeded in becoming not only an unconference, but truly non-commercial. That makes the audience fairly self-selecting(basically impassioned disciples --and compadres--of Dave Winer and avid bloggers of (mostly) the tech persuasion), plus the BlogerHer and Gnomdexers Dave very wisely reached out to this year.
- As an unconference, it's about the people, and there were marvelous people there--and a chance to talk and mix that was friendly, supportive and pretty satisfying.
- New people I really, really enjoyed--and hope to get to know better included the vloggercon crew--Ryanne, Scholomo and jay( who Lisa Williams points out was at Julie Leung's Emotional Life session at BC3), Obidiah Greenberg, who does cool stuff at UC Berkeley, as well as Terry Heaton, Shannon Clark and Chris Heur/Kristy Wells.
- Eloquent and interesting usual suspects who had smart things to say-both onstage and off-- included(in no particular order), Ponzi, Lisa Williams, Elisa Camahort, Dan Farber, Jory des Jardins, Lisa Stone, Maria Niles, Rex Hammock, Scott Johnson, Mike Arrington(who did a great job with a tough topic!--Core Values), Jay Rosen(another outstanding presenter), Roland Tanglao, Liz Henry, Frank Paynter, Dan Gillmor, Bob Cox, Mary Hodder, and too many others to mention(yep, most people talked.)
- Quieter, but listening hard: Richard MacManus, Gabe Rivera .
- Presiding forces: Doc Searls, Dave Winer,--with intermittent peanut gallery support(and songs) from the irrepressible(and soon to launch) Marc Canter.
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Bloggercon--Imagining conferences as affinities, tribes
The best part of the discussion though, was when we started to explore how many conferences (un, or not) are actually the gathering points for affinity, for tribes if you will, more than annual episodes for vendors and clients. BlogHer, Gnomedex, Bloggercon and perhaps the very new vloggercon all fit this model--one that assumes there is a persistent, engaged community that continues outside and independently of the actual event. This is an idea that seems extremely relevant to me--a post-Burning Man vision of conferences as tribal gatherings and flashpoints for ongoing action. (Note ,this is a profoundly non commercial vision, I know that), but isn't the point here that high-end commercial conferences are delivering value to ever-smaller groups of people?
So think of Bloggercon--and its ilk--as a gathering of the tribe--a series of loosely joined communities than enable people to share power and learn from one another...and then question whether that characterization holds true--And what, if we wanted it to become true--would need to shift to make it so.
At BoggerconIV Day 2
This Bloggercon is going great for me; it feels more like a big meeting/discussion than a conference, with very knowledgeable people in the room with a slightly ore diverse set of perspectives than I might have expected--the tech folks, the citizen journalists, and a sprinkling of mommy-bloggers, non-profit identified bloggers and some (very welcome) newbies.
What worked in Day 1? Phil Torrone's passionate discussion of making stuff; Jay Rosen's wonderfully focused discussion on citizen journalism and powering up from the grassroots; the tail end of Lisa William's Emotional Life discussion (confession: I missed most of it); the lively hallway and dinner-time discussions among knots of people overjoyed to connect.
Some of the sharpest hot shots aren't here and many of the most venture-driven tech entrepreneurs are missing, so the hype factor seems low (compared to a Web 2.0 conference, for example....I bet Supernova is sucking off some people on that side..and BarCamp on the other)
What's been coolest for me in the past 24 is the reinforcing of the sense of community here..Yes, it's fragile and fragmented and sometimes contentious, but it is real and consistent and most importantly, consistent--or maybe persistent.
Tags: bloggerconiv, bloggercon,
Thursday, June 22, 2006
CNET: Newspapers and bloggers---still uneasy(the papers, that is).
Journalism UK: Build an online TV service, triple your page views (The Times's plan, that is.)
Kottke on SixApart beta blog tool Vox's question of the day (love it!)
Welcome to the world of widgety goodness
Feeds(RSS) begat outliners(OPML)
Outliners begat tags
Tags began microformats
Microformats begat APIs
APIs begat widgets
Widgets begat start-ups
And the great mash up settled over the land.
Serial start-up mavens Scott Rafer and Oren Michaels have a new start-up named Mashery (guess what they do?)
Richard MacManus has a long post today on widgets. Richard writes: "I too have been tracking the growing importance of widgets, especially as it relates to the Personalized Start Pages space - Microsoft Live gadgets, Google's modules, Netvibes and Pageflakes, and of course Yahoo's konfabulator (although not yet integrated in a big way into MyYahoo)." and " Nowadays it's all about The Two-Way Web App! You can interact and 'write' to any number of small web services-driven apps."
And Yahoo, of course, is supporting microformats, as the local/maps team points out.
Susan sez: Widgets could be flavor of the moment, but the ways that some widgets intersect with structured data (as opposed to intersecting with flashy, AJAX DHTML fancy effects) is one of the things I find compelling (Yes, I am fascinated by microformats, in particular).
For those less geeky than I am clearly becoming, what's the deal here? And why should you care?
Well, for one thing, widgets (and microformats) offer the opportunity for users-and small business people, among others--to embed applications and dynamic apps into their pages/sites. If you hang around myspace, you see videoplayer widgets(think youtube), slideshow players (rockyou) that have been cut and pasted in by users --and swickis, a eurekster product I worked on--are everywhere. So if you have content or tools, wouldn't you want users to be able to export them? And if you have APIs, don't you want people to build widgets with them--and then distribute those?
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Bloggercon, then Gnomedex
So, if you are around and would like to meet up, please get in touch! (And I mean everyone, whether you're local or not...I am definitely not getting out enough...)
Update: Did you know it's San Francisco Geek Week? yeah!
Monday, June 19, 2006
Quote of the Day
--Jim Buckmaster,Craigslist CEO, talking to a bemused Wall Street Journal reporter
Saturday, June 17, 2006
Quote of the Day
--Alex Williams, writing in the Sunday NY Times,
Friday, June 16, 2006
Leonard Lin: What's essential in 2011?
Some picks by Leonard:
- Social networking and media sharing services integrated at the OS level and prepackaged with hardware.
- Global digital identity / reputation / relationship systems
- Digital media everywhere
- phones as the primary convergence device in 5 years
- Self Monitoring Nike+ is just the start of a whole wave of self-instrumentation
- Personal Aggregators a new generation of systems that will try to help you manage
- Shared everything - a social-everything model
Valleywag: Netscape relaunches yet again; this time it's a Diggler.
SiliconBeat: Photo site Riya's vision grows to encompass visual search
Backfence: Palo Alto local site launches.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
PubSub Trainwreck: Save Bob Wyman--from himself
I've known both Bob and Salim for some years now, and have become good friends with Salim over time and have found him to be a consistently honorable and engaging person. I also think this outburst says more about Bob Wyman's need to get a grip than anything else. Given the very public tantrum Bob's posted, I would suspect anyone who wanted the PubSub IP would want an iron-clad guarantee that Bob was safely out of the picture as assurance this kind of public smearing would not happen to them down the road.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Tuesday fun: Googlers on Orkut
(Some data also from Google OS blog via Dimitar Vesselinov)
Monday, June 12, 2006
Another anniversary: Paid Content turns 4
Rafat is a good friend and a blogger/business person who has impressed me over the years; I admire his smarts, his passion, and his drive--as well as all the great scoops he breaks.
Rafat recalls: "It was a hot and muggy summer in NYC, and not sure what I was thinking. Well, there was some thought to it: to raise my profile as journalist and get a job at WSJ or CNET News.com."
Well, Rafat's got an empire now....and one well worth a daily read.
Om Malik=Branded Media
Now, right on the heels of TechCrunch turning 1, ValleyWag reports that Om Malik has left the virtual Biz 2.0 building for his own happy yurt, one filled with cash from True Ventures.
Steve Rubel advises Om--sell research! Rafat Ali sends kisses. Matt Ingram marvels.
Don't you love the idea of solo bloggers/editors/writers becoming as powerful--and perhaps as successful--as those screen writer turned director types?
NYT: When love's an obsession
One quote: "...our relationship, however damaging, was my life, and if it were to end, I didn't see how I could continue to exist."
"But my going to treatment to try to make our relationship work was like an alcoholic's checking herself in so that she could learn how to drink. I couldn't see that the solution wasn't learning how to live with Matt but learning how to live without him."
"SIX years and three relationships later, I am still coming to terms with this experience."
Scobelizer: Going to start up in Silicon Valley
Quote of the Day
These days, 2005-06-onwards, the idea is very much to - you guessed it - gather as many users as possible. Only this time you can monetize them with Google ads, or your own advertisers/sponsors."
Richard MacManus, writing on how the bubble is back, along with serious $$--this time for successful bloggers--call that addictively successful and compelling bloggers.
Bonus: Richard is coming to Silicon Valley later this week for another visit--he rocks! Look for him at gnomedex, bloggercon, etc.
Tech Crunch turns 1: Cake and candles ASAP
Congrats, big guy.
Sunday, June 11, 2006
Quote of the Day
....I think maybe the real me is nearly ready to EXPLODE with A PERSONAL invitation to the melonheads littering the Internet with the remains of their circle-jerk wackoffs to take their playthings and head to another sandbox."
from ALLIED by Jeneane Sessum: Really?. explaining why sometimes Web 2.0 talk is just old time blather
Weekend's almost over
Thursday, June 08, 2006
Lovosphere: Personals noted
Associated Press: iPods are cooler than beer--and Facebook is in the top three cool things for college students in a recent survey.
Washington Post: Online dating= fraud risks for searchers, says WaPo reporter.
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Topix.net free ad network--Craigslist or Googlebase?
Chris says: "The key to making this work, as Jeff Jarvis rather tartly points out, is a lot of local traffic. With over 7M unique visitors, spread out pretty evenly geographically, we are getting great pickup. We're getting great traction on our forums -- 8,000 posts a day, with real diversity (not just the Web 2.0 crowd). The new Topix classified ad system is growing at a similar pace."
Susan says: As GoogleBase rolls on, other option become pretty interesting--not as ways to beat newspapers (Craig did that), but as vast aggregated distributors of structued data AND tagged content. Put Technorati, edgeio and others into the soup and wonder who the next leader in combining structured data and free text tagging might be--and what kind of classifieds system triumph that could lead to.
Quote of the Day
--Tecvh Cruncher Mike Arrington, on how Google is afraid to fail (and keeps releasing products less amazing than core search)
(Also see Om Malik, Is Google Wasting Its Genius Cycles ? and Paul Kedrosky, Google is beginning to bug me)
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Quote of the Day
--Anastasia Goodstein, YPulse
Monday, June 05, 2006
Josh Kornbluth: Slimed on myspace
Josh writes: "On Saturday afternoon, Michael Isip called me again. There was now another ?profile? on MySpace, again purporting to be me and again containing disgusting materials. And a whole bunch of my colleagues at KQED had received two additional emails, purportedly from two new people, expressing chagrin that KQED would be harboring such a nefarious person as myself on its payroll." He tells the story of getting lost in customer service, having no one be responsive to him, and getting in trouble at work. And then....
Read on for what is even a higher level of Dell Hell.
(Via Scott Rosenberg)
Participate: New community/social media tools company
The case studies are clear and well laid out and Dan and team have a history of getting things done--and innovating in an accessible way, so this is good news for everyone looking to make the development process a little easier and more open--And another feather in the cap of The Californian for finding an innovative way to capitalize on their investment--sure beats talking about doing an IPO!
Susan sez: Oh, and they are hiring a Denver-based product manager, Link here.
Quote of the Day
--Robert Young, writing at GigaOm, Om Malik's blog about social networks as the new media
The Hacker's Diet is a trip, with neat geeky descriptions, tips on watching portions, etc. and Jeremy credits it with his own diet success.
One of the cool things about J's post--and the comments on it--is how much the voices here are guys commenting on weight loss, diet, and health--a refreshing change from what I usually read in women's magazines--much more matter of fact and analytical. I;'ll be checking in to read the 'how I made this work for me' posts over the coming week.
Friday, June 02, 2006
Tom Foremski hits the 2 year blogging blanniversary--congrats! "...in the last month, I had run out of money to pay my rent, and I had zero money for my family support payments."
Phil Windley wakes up to the sometimes uneasy alliance between journalists and bloggers.
Tim Porter: How do newspaper companies acquire the tools to change? (Susan sez: Now that the future is falling on them.)