4 June

Nothing’s Hotter than the iPhone (Unless You’re on Facebook)

Posted in Web 2.0 | Comments

Visited any tech site recently? Chances are, it looks a lot like Techmeme’s current front page: inundated with news and rumors regarding Apple’s iPhone and upcoming announcements (see headlines here and here): It’s not just a Techmeme syndrome though. According to Twist, Twitter discussions around ‘iPhone’ are soaring as the Apple conference approaches: In Google […]

3 June

Amazon & McDonalds – A Lesson in Awful Cross Marketing

Posted in Web 2.0 | Comments

While I cannot definitively label this as the worst cross-marketing I’ve ever received (see that one here…!) – this isn’t far behind. Today I received a package of Myoplex Light (a healthy, protein-heavy meal replacement system). In the package, Amazon included a coupon for a free McDonalds Southern Chicken sandwich and a free Southern Chicken […]

3 June

Lessons From How The Planet Communicated Their Data Center Explosion

Posted in Web 2.0 | Comments

InGameNow has been down since Saturday… So have thousands of other sites as 9,000 servers were caught in a massive fire at server and hosting company The Planet’s Houston, Texas data center. Now the good news is that no one was injured and that 6,000 of those servers were restored last night at 5:06pm CDT. […]

1 June

2008 Golden Gate Triathlon – Results and Pictures

Warning: as the title suggests, this is not a tech-related blog post… and at the risk of upsetting readers, I do that from time to time! Today, longtime friend Steuart Martens and I competed in the 2008 Golden Gate Triathlon. It is a relatively overlooked Bay Area triathlon considering that it is sandwiched between Wildflower […]

1 June

Analyzing Techmeme’s Top 100 Blogs: Techmeme Presence vs. Monthly Traffic

Posted in Web 2.0 | Comments

One of the appeals of Techmeme is it’s transparent, always updated leaderboard. Techmeme ranks it’s top 100 contributors by the number of headlines each blog sends to the homepage. The ratio of overall headlines to a specific blogs headlines is called “presence”. Techcrunch, for instance, represents 7.56% of Techmeme’s headlines during the last 30 days […]

31 May

Mahalo Opens Up; Recognizes the Power of Transparency

Posted in Web 2.0 | Comments

In what Jason Calacanis bills as “Wikipedia 3.0″, Mahalo has just taken a very major step forward by opening their platform to all registered users. Until now, Mahalo has crafted each of their 50,000 pages by hand (hence the tagline “human powered search”). But by enabling users to directly contribute, create and edit pages – […]

31 May

Driving Engagement By Delivering Relevant Emails (Attention Apple, iTunes!)

Posted in Web 2.0 | Comments

As a consumer – and an inbox owner – email marketing can range from highly effective wildly annoying and irrelevant. The respective consequences can lead to activity / purchases or permanently blocking emails by classifying them as SPAM. As a marketer, email marketing is a highly effective medium to drive user retention, promote new features […]

30 May

Why Twitter’s Problem is Social Findability (Twitter in Pictures)

Posted in Web 2.0 | Comments

Twitter’s inability to stay online is well documented. The reason for their instability, however, is much debated. Both Twitter and Om Malik argue that it stems from power-users (who tax the system with each post). Others argue its Ruby – which is still a new, relatively unproven language and some argue it’s due to organizational […]

29 May

Why iGoogle is About to Be Game Changing – For Google and for Us

Posted in Web 2.0 | Comments

A couple months ago, I had the following email exchange with one of the sharpest, big internet-thinkers I know. I thought very little of the discussion until the past few days. Speaking about iGoogle: …My wife didn’t have an account, but could play with it and then had to set up account to personalize and […]

29 May

Why Twitter Needs It’s Power Users: They Play Host to Newbies

Posted in Web 2.0 | Comments

In response to Om Malik’s proposal that Twitter tax it’s top users with usage fees, I argued that Twitter needs power users like Michael Arrington, Robert Scoble, and Loic Lemeur. Loic then shared the article via Twitter, sparking an influx of Twitter friend requests and direct messages… which lead me to a point that, in […]

29 May

Major League Baseball’s Economy 2.0 (Follow Up)

This is the first of two brief follow up posts (I was going to label them “Part II’s” but they really aren’t thorough enough to qualify…). I wrote about the shifting economy in Major League Baseball and how deals are shifting towards younger players with longer, more reasonable deals. ESPN’s Buster Olney (one of the […]

28 May

Widgetbox Releases New In-Widget Promotional Unit

Posted in Web 2.0 | Comments

Over the last few days, you might have noticed changes to the widget in my blog’s sidebar… those changes are Widgetbox’s new in-widget promotional unit (now live in beta)! When the widget first appears on the viewable screen, the promotional unit drops down and, after a couple seconds, it retracts. The unit can then be […]