19 June

Pizza Hut Shows How NOT to do Paid Search

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Yesterday, I wrote about the three keys to creating a compelling widget. Tonight, I am moved to write about how *not* to craft compelling paid search campaigns: There are so many things wrong with this ad that it’s tough to figure out where to start… but we can start with the ad “title” – which […]

18 June

Designing a Compelling Widget: Three Keys to Widget Engagement

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This week the Widget World Expo took place in New York and Fred Wilson gave a supposedly terrific speech titled “Why Widgets Is The Wrong Word For What We’re Doing”. I really wish that I had been able to attend the conference – but the schedule didn’t allow for it. Fred’s deck in embedded below […]

15 June

The Evolution of Social Content: From Email to Blogs to Disqus / FriendFeed

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Fred Wilson’s last two blog posts are about the changing / evolving blog landscape: 1) the death of “long form blogging” (ironic) 2) the evolution of blog commenting and how comments are becoming as important as the posts I found the first post particularly thought provoking: I’ve posted every day for almost five years. Its […]

15 June

David Stern’s Brand Problem: 41% of Fans Believe NBA Fixes Games

Tonight, the Boston Celtics have an opportunity to win the 2007-2008 NBA Championship against the Los Angeles Lakers. The game will likely draw huge ratings and put an exclamation point on a terrific, renaissance season for the NBA. But not all news is good for commissioner David Stern. After the first game of the NBA […]

14 June

Premium Content and Advertising… Content is King

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I subscribe to ESPN’s Insider service… and I’ve written many times about why. Today, while listening to my favorite radio show (The Thundering Herd), I noticed that ESPN started pushing ads directly into the programs. I pay $40 a year for Insider ‘privileges’ which, among other things, gives me access to on-demand ESPN radio shows […]

14 June

Twhirl and AlertThingy Leave Me Half Full, Half Satisfied

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I love Twitter. And I’ve written about why. I also struggle with Twitter… and I’ve written about that too. But one thing remains consistent with my Twitter usage: it happens on third-parties like Twhirl and Alert Thingy as I rarely visit Twitter.com (unless on my Blackberry). I’ve used Twhirl and Alert Thingy heavily over the […]

14 June

Why I’m Turning in my Blackberry for an iPhone 3G

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I love my blackberry. And I’ve written about how much I love it. I am disappointed by the ‘iPhone 2.0′ – it doesn’t have video recording – let alone MMS. … But today I dropped my blackberry and severely scratched the screen. It made me consider whether to: 1) buy a new Blackberry Curve 2) […]

11 June

Finding a Co-Founder – Technical and Non-Technical Founders

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I continue to be impressed by the quality and intensity of discussions on Hacker News. A common topic of discussion is whether: 1) a company is better off with co-founders than founders 2) do co-founders need to be a mix of technical and non-technical Tonight, the most popular discussion is titled “Ask HN: Should a […]

10 June

Techmeme Leaderboard – Top 100 Techmeme Sources in Widgets!

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Want to stay atop of Techmeme’s top 100 blogs? Using Widgetbox’s Blidget tool, I’ve turned each of the Techmeme Leaderboard blogs (the top 100 headline sources) into widgets and broken them down into four pages. Each widget refreshes itself dynamically – staying atop of the blogs’ newest content. The page refreshes itself after 20 seconds […]

9 June

WWDC 2008 Starting, Twitter Already Struggling (TechCrunch Too)

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Twitter is already struggling to stay afloat as the tech world buzzes about Apples WWDC 2008… and Steve Jobs hasn’t even taken the stage yet. Perhaps Twitter shouldn’t have made their “we’re ready” announcement yesterday (or as Michael Arrington noted, “Tempted Fate”)? Twhirl isn’t passing data in either direction and Twitter.com is moving remarkably slow. […]

9 June

iPhone 2.0 – What it will take to Convert Me

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It was about a year ago that Apple announced the iPhone and the tech world traded in their cell phones and blackberries for the slick, full-screened gadget. I was intrigued (and love the UI) but it wasn’t enough for me to trade in my trusty Blackberry Curve. So as today’s iPhone 2.0 announcement looms just […]

7 June

Twitter Can Learn a Lesson from my Girlfriend

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I turned my girlfriend Anette onto Twitter 6 months ago (@anetteherrera. She’s admittedly and proudly not a techie; but she enjoys following a few close friends has actually posted 100+ tweets since registering. All of her twitter usage has come from her Blackberry. Other than registering, she has never visited Twitter.com. So when she asked […]