Month: November 2007

Facebook Pages in Google?

GigaOm has an important scoop… Now I have some skinny on a recent development that could have long-term ramifications, among them Google sending more traffic to The company will soon announce that some application canvas pages (ones that don’t require a special login) will become publicly indexable by search engines like Google. So for instance, our GigaOM Question Of The Day app can be indexed and made available in some limited form to people …

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I Look Goofy

Found this pic of me tonight on Flickr (from BlogWorldExpo last month)… Weird yet kinda cool I think. I definitely talk with my hands too much. It was a fun talk, nonetheless.


I found a great little web jukebox tonight called Songza. If you’ve got a tune stuck in your head and need a fix, it’s perfect.

Quantum Physics for Beginners

Wow, I wish I had this video while I was teaching 8th grade Physical Science (and trying to demonstrate quantum physics with just a chalkboard and lots of enthusiasm). “What does an observer have to do with any of this?” Awesome explanation. Glenn Beck needs to watch this, btw (*cough* idiot *cough*).

Downloadable AJAX Code

Stumbled across a great site called and thought I’d share. Create some fun stuff and enjoy.

From a Direct Marketing Perspective, Facebook Beacon is a Terrible Idea

Facebook really is boring me with their marketing attempts. I’ve basically begun to snub my nose at it because, quite simply, what they’ve rolled out so far will never work or sustain any sort of revenue for advertisers (or marketers). There are already too many concerns over privacy, data ownership and FB’s long term sustainability as a platform to cause much skirt hiking. Beacon is a horrible idea and has been sloppily executed. It reminds …

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Vernor Vinge’s ‘Rainbows End’ Online

If you enjoy good books and haven’t read Rainbows End, here’s your chance. To the Net-based cognitive tools that are changing our lives — Wikipedia, Google, and the others of their kind, now and in the future. My pal Jon didn’t like the book, but he’s in the Oprah Book Club… so go figure. thx to boingboing for the link.

StarWars Goes Web2.0 With Yahoo Deal

I just received an email detailing a new partnership between Lucas Film’s StarWars franchise and Yahoo to promote the StarWars brand via a web2.0 style social network…

Reality Check

Thanks to Phil at BadAstronomy for the reality check… In the new Hubble image of the galaxy M74 we can also see a smattering of bright pink regions decorating the spiral arms. These are huge, relatively short-lived, clouds of hydrogen gas which glow due to the strong radiation from hot, young stars embedded within them; glowing pink regions of ionized hydrogen (hydrogen that has lost its electrons). These regions of star formation show an excess …

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Look Who’s Back: Local TV

CenterNetworks has news of a partnership between Google and Hearst-Argyle Television: Hearst-Argyle Television (NYSE:HTV) and Google have entered a new strategic agreement today where Hearst-Argyle, operator of 29 TV stations and more than 30 Websites, will become an official reseller and will use its Web sales force to provide marketers in its 26 local markets access to Google AdWords. What this means is that Hearst-Argyle will now sell more comprehensive advertising solutions to its clients. …

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How to Measure Social Media Marketing

Nathania Johnson tagged me to give my response on the best way to measure social media marketing. Here’s my response (via Seesmic):

Seesmic is The Next Big Thing (I Think)

MarketingProfs has a nice piece on the up and coming Seesmic video site. While it is easy to dismiss Seesmic as Yet Another Video Site, there is a good deal of market differentiation which sets Seesmic apart. Think Twitter with video and the ability to really scale once the kids start playing with it: What do you get when you combine video, social networking, micromedia, and a very savvy French entrepreneur? You get Seesmic. The …

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Widgets Helping Small Web Companies Succeed

I talk alot about widgets here (for good reason), and it seems that 2007 has lived up to its name of “The Year of the Widget.” Here’s an interesting piece on a small company that made it big with a little help from the widget: SAN FRANCISCO — For nearly a decade, was the quintessential struggling Web company, barely hanging on as it burned through $17 million. Until widgets. Since it developed a widget, …

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GDrive Could Change the Way We Do Computing

Even though I love my data and am vigilant in keeping backups and offline storage of emails, pics, docs, etc I do use and enjoy the wide range of Google products. This morning, the Wall Street Journal had a piece on new details of the supposedly eventual release of Google’s “GDrive” or “Platypus” or “MyStuff” which would allow you to sync up your data in the cloud and access it from anywhere (including mobile) in …

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Social Media Marketing Strategies

The always informative and wise Jeremiah Owyang has a top 10 list of posts regarding social media strategies. This is a must-bookmark post: I’m answering a lot of questions and see myself referring to the same blog posts and concepts over and over. There’s a few posts that I recommend that you read, some of them were published a few months ago, but are starting to become very relevant. In fact, I’ll send this post …

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Zoho Writer Allows Offline Editing

A few backs the continual innovative team at Zoho announed the integration of Google Gears into the Zoho Writer web app. Zoho Writer is analogous to Google Docs and similar online word processing applications. The first cut had offline viewing facility alone. However, this release pushes the online word processing space ahead as it allows for offline editing. Here’s a video from Zoho explaining more details:

Scoble and Amazon’s Kindle Monetization Mistake

Robert Scoble recorded a 13 minute video laying out his main beefs with Amazon’s new ebook Kindle reader. Most of his points pertained to the Kindle’s poor design (which I agree with). However, one of his points include: 4. No ability to send electronic goods to anyone else. I know Mike Arrington has one. I wanted to send him a gift through this of Alan Greenspan’s new book. I couldn’t. That’s lame. While the Kindle …

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