Just smile all the time… Continue reading How To Fight Loneliness
Today is the 11th anniversary of the death of my hero Carl Sagan (thanks to Bad Astronomy for the reminder). Personally, it has been an emotionally trying year with the birth of our first child and soon thereafter the death of my childhood best friend and cousin (more like brother) in Afghanistan. I find wisdom … Continue reading In Memory of Carl Sagan
Problogger has a post on an interesting new AdSense format being tested with pictures. This definitely puts the widget marketing world in a precarious situation if a Checkout widget does roll out… There’s been lots of testing of new ad formats going on at AdSense recently – but this one is really interesting – it’s … Continue reading Google Checkout Widget Coming?
Video blogging site Kyte.tv has announced a round of funding, added distribution and it looks as if they are adding more celebrities to compliment the popular 50 Cent channel. Soon-to-announce-a-career-move Robert Scoble is a huge fan of Kyte.tv (and one has to wonder if this will lure him over to the video blog startup or … Continue reading Kyte.tv Gets Funding, Distribution and Celebrities
Squidoo strikes back against Google with an interesting front end for a Squidoo lens creator called SquidKnol: We built a new front door that makes it easy for you to build a scholarly page, filled with details, facts and more on Squidoo. And of course it will be indexed all over the web… Pretty smart … Continue reading Squidoo Takes on Knol
Matt Dickman has an excellent (and concise) post/video on MarketingProfs explaining what an API is and what it does. Whether you’re a marketing geek or just someone interested in improving your web marketing, you need to at least have a conversational understanding of API’s in this web2.0 mashup world. Matt provides a good place to … Continue reading What is an API?
Last week, my grad school alma mater Yale opened its doors to the web and followed the path of Stanford and M.I.T. by putting popular courses up for anyone to enjoy and learn from. Here’s a great story from the NY Times about an amazing Physics teacher at M.I.T. who is using this newfound access … Continue reading Learning, Teaching and the New Web
My pal Marshall Kirkpatrick made a post on Read/WriteWeb concerning the fascinating new TweeterBoard site: On Tweeterboard you’ll find not only a list of the top 100 most influential users on Twitter – you can also look up any of almost 2000 users and see who they are conversing with and get some idea how … Continue reading TweeterBoard is Bad and Stunts Growth of Conversations (as Do All “Lists”)
Interesting post (and discussion in the comments) from ComparisonEngine on Pepperjam’s shogging.com site: In a search for Ugg boots, I found the following ad: I thought I was clicking on a Shopping.com ad. Instead, I arrived at Shogging.com, which is owned by the Pepperjam Network. Kris Jones has also posted about Brian’s ComparisonEngine post on … Continue reading Shopping.com or Shogging.com?
While seemingly mundane, this is killer for those of us with an already large part of our digital life wrapped up in the Google cloud. Sure there are sites that already do this, but Google has earned my trust for essential info like a flight status: For the latest information on a flight’s status, simply … Continue reading Google Goes Useful: Easily Check Flight Status
Chris Brogan wished his wife a happy birthday in a beautiful post on his blog today. Following in his footsteps, I just wanted to give a quick “Thank you and I love you” to my wife. It has certainly been one heck of a year, but she impresses me more and more everyday with her … Continue reading Thanks, Anna
Google continues its foray into video with the announcement of sitemaps for video: In our effort to help users search all the world’s public videos, the Google Video team joined the Sitemaps folks to introduce Video Sitemaps—an extension of the Sitemap Protocol that helps make your videos more searchable via Google Video Search. By submitting … Continue reading Sitemap Videos for Google Indexing
AdMob is an advertising network aimed at the mobile market. They interact with publishers and advertisers much in the same way as a Commission Junction or Linkshare or ShareASale, but focus on mobile ads, creatives and deliveries. They have just released their November stats (report available here): It is our pleasure to send you our … Continue reading AdMob and the Coming Mobile Marketing Revolution
Barron’s is reporting that Digital River, the parent company of affiliate network oneNetworkDirect, is seeing its stock price slide today in light of lower revenue from key client Symantec resulting in a lower valuation: Zorovic says that he now expects the software-downloading service company’s revenue from key customer Symantec (SYMC) to be down 5% year-over-year … Continue reading Digital River Shares Slip: Affiliate Future for Games?
Peter Kim has a thought provoking post on a quote from Lester Wunderman: “We are living in an age of repersonalization and individualization. People, products and services are all seeking an individual identity. Taste, desire, ambition and lifestyle have made shopping once again a form of personal expression. A computer can know and remember as … Continue reading Why Social Media Marketing Matters
Performics offers affiliates a make good for downtime earlier this month in an email to network members… As you know from previous communications, DoubleClick Performics experienced a system outage on Saturday, December 8, 2007 due to an inadvertent complete loss of power in the DoubleClick Thornton, Colorado data center. In light of the service disruption, … Continue reading Performics Offers Make Good for Downtime
If my daughter ever gets detention for doing something like this, I’ll be the first to take her out for ice cream (or whatever the kids consider cool these days): Now this is a sad story…if it’s true. According to this alleged school report, one student received a detention for using Firefox—as opposed to IE … Continue reading 10th Grader Gets Detention for Using Firefox (UPDATE: HOAX)
Robert Scoble has started a fun trip down memory lane for all of us with his post “Celebrating Seven Years of Blogging.” I formally started blogging in 2002 with Digital Moses then the relaunched ReveNews (my pal Jim Kukral was publisher of ReveNews at the time and has been blogging since 2000 or so). But … Continue reading Celebrating Five Years of Blogging: SkyHawkScience Still my Fav
Google is making a small tweak to Google Reader that increases its “stickiness” even more and competes directly with popular applications such as the FeedHead app within Facebook: So, we’ve linked up Reader with Google Talk (also known as chat in Gmail) to make your shared items visible to your friends from Google Talk. Once … Continue reading Google Adds Social Networking to Google Reader
LinkConnector, a North Carolina based affiliate network, launched its new product feed creatives this week. The new creatives allow affiliates to promote specific merchant products without having to download the merchant’s entire product feed. In other words, these are dynamic ads that allow the affiliate promoting a merchant to be choosy about products withing a … Continue reading LinkConnector’s New Product Feed Creatives