Amazon Kills Shelfari

Live by the Amazon sword, die by the Amazon sword… The worst thing about the whole “merger” is that Amazon is giving Shelfari members just two months to move all their data over to Goodreads. I actively participate in two Shelfari groups that have been operating since 2008/2009 and have thousands of discussion threads, challenges, and … Continue reading Amazon Kills Shelfari

I was close on the future of marketing, but I didn’t realize silo’d messaging was going to be the magic bean instead of open source.

From 2008: The future of marketing is not based on latency or delayed access to timely information. RSS is wonderful and has changed my world, but its asynchronous delivery only makes me want to plant the latency bean in some fertile garden so that I can climb the vine to the ultimate marketing prize… real … Continue reading I was close on the future of marketing, but I didn’t realize silo’d messaging was going to be the magic bean instead of open source.

Ad Tech Industry’s Impending Crash

“But when networks engage in excessive arbitrage by packaging and reselling inventory multiple times, visibility into the quality of their inventory diminishes, creating an opening for bad actors to inject invalid impressions into the ecosystem. If this sounds eerily like the relationship between collateralized residential mortgages and the 2008-2009 financial crisis, that’s because it is.” … Continue reading Ad Tech Industry’s Impending Crash

Throughout his career, Bowie pushed the boundaries of music from all angles: His public persona constantly evolved as he shifted genres like a time traveler’s temporal jumps. He also wasn’t afraid to grasp at the future of business: He launched an ISP called BowieNet in 1998, saying at the time, “If I was 19 again, … Continue reading

short blog posts

Important as the web continues to develop… don’t put all of your content into a silo. If you arrived here via Facebook, you might see why. 2. You’re probably posting your short items to Twitter and Facebook. That’s wrong. Please, before you give your ideas to a silo, give them to the open web. Of course … Continue reading short blog posts

The Human Hope, the Cloud, and why 70% of internet traffic flows through Northern Virginia

Short but fascinating-to-ponder pilgrim’s progress piece… And maybe my desire to submerge myself in that sediment, to weave The Cloud into the timelines of railroad robber-barons and military R&D, emerges from the same anxiety that makes me go try to find these buildings in the first place: that maybe we have mistaken The Cloud’s fiction … Continue reading The Human Hope, the Cloud, and why 70% of internet traffic flows through Northern Virginia

The New York Public Library Uploads 200,000 Images for Public Use

What the web was made for… much more beneficial to humanity than social media silos or native content ads: The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free | The Verge: “The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, featuring epic poetry from the … Continue reading The New York Public Library Uploads 200,000 Images for Public Use