Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
So what does this mean for Twitter? IMHO their continued growth and longterm utility will be based upon filters - both explicit user controls (such as groups) and implicit prioritization (order by "interesting" not chronology). If Twitter doesn't do it, certainly the ecosystem of developer apps will nail it. Ev has talked about designing with constraints - he famously fantasized about a social network which limits you to only 10 friends. Well, that's one way to keep high signal, low noise. Another is to treat data intelligently, and my bet is that's the way Twitter (or the ecosystem) will go.
Here's some of the filters i'd find potentially useful:
Explicit (ie dependent upon me)
- deprecate/mute tweets containing kw= or #=
- Google Reader integration - if i already subscribe to someone's feed, i don't also need to see their tweet announcing they just posted
- sort by interestingness (based upon # of retweets, how often i tweet @ that person, etc)
- collapse dupes - turn retweets among those i'm following into a single group
- conversation view a la TweetTree
Monday, February 16, 2009
Now i know this isn't true for non-RSS crowd and site templates are important ways of projecting your personality - Matt at Wordpress could tell you tons about the premium template ecosystem which has evolved over there - but for me save the time and just publish a full text feed.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Sunday, February 08, 2009
So this week when i got my first unprompted but relevant commercial tweet i gave it a bit of pause. After tweeting about my attempts to priceline a cheap room in napa, NapaMarriott @'ed me an offer to stay with them. I can imagine that at scale this turns into spam -- i don't want contextually relevant offers based on all my tweets - but in this case an employee working excitedly to attract new customers in the midst of their research/purchase cyle? Pretty cool....
Q. What was your thinking behind “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog”?
A. Twofold. On one hand I wanted to set an example of the creative community making something without any help from studios of any kind and actually getting it out to the public and making a profit on it. And the other half was my feeling that there are not nearly enough supervillain musicals.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Monday, February 02, 2009
For me it was especially fun to see Jimmy Buffett talk about Google, debut his new YouTube channel and perform. MG over at VentureBeat has some nice coverage as well as capturing a photo of me talking with Buffett after the event. I'm a longtime Buffett fan so looking forward to more collaborations.
Oh and what did YouTube do to support this great launch? We now support altitude in our geotags, which will help you tell us whether your video was shot at the top of a mountain or below the surface of an ocean.
Sunday, February 01, 2009
A company like Linden Lab has been around since 2000 and is very profitable. Are you a start-up? No, you're an ongoing concern, or actually technically just a small-medium business.
And most SMBs don't have exit events so what does this mean for early venture investors looking to return their fund? Are we going to see more conflicts between company and investors where the latter push for a growth acceleration strategy or roll-up in order to get public or find liquidity? Will more CEOs just buy out their investors at reasonable prices in order to take control of their business? Will we see CEOs cease saying they are start-up entrepenuers and recognize that they are, gulp, small business owners (not that there's anything wrong with that, but it seems the tech execs i know equate that moniker with the guy who owns their dry cleaner. Not sexy enough for them).