31 May

Mahalo Opens Up; Recognizes the Power of Transparency

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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!)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

27 May

Twitter – Experiencing Windows 7 Via Twitter (Rather than Blogs)

Techmeme is filled with major tech sources covering Microsoft’s Windows 7 debut (TechCrunch, D6 Highlights, WebWare, Engadget, and many more). But the action is also being covered actively (perhaps even more actively) on Twitter. In the last two minutes, John Battelle, Jason Calacanis, Loic Lemeur and others have tweeted updates, insights and analysis… starting conversations […]

26 May

Twitter Needs Its Power Users and They Need Twitter’s Data

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Twitter and FriendFeed have sparked serious controversy over the last few weeks – and now the controversy is surrounding super users like Robert Scoble. As Twitter searches for a business model and stability, Om Malik argued that perhaps both can be achieved by charging super users like Scoble (@scoble), Michael Arrington (@techcrunch), and Loic Lemeur […]

26 May

MLB Economics 2.0 -According to Ryan Braun, Hanley Ramirez, Troy Tulowitzki and Evan Logoria

In the last few weeks, the economics of Major League Baseball (MLB) has been rewritten in a way that would make Money Ball’s Billy Beane proud. MLB has seen an influx of very talented, very young players (under 27) – and general managers are forced to ask themselves whether to lock them up to big […]

24 May

Google AdSense Introduces 3rd Party Ads; Click Through Rates +2x

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On Monday May 19th, Google notified AdSense publishers that they are now accepting 3rd party image and rich-media ads… a potentially significant upgrade considering that Google’s image and video inventory is very weak as compared to traditional text ads. This is makes sense considering that it is magnitudes more difficult to produce video units than […]

24 May

Should Facebook Acquire FriendFeed, Twitter and/or Digg?

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Over the last few years – in *numerous* settings – I have heard different variations of the following: “Why should we build it internally when we can let it be proven elsewhere… and either build or acquire then?” This logic makes sense if you: 1) have the resources and manpower to build and/or integrate the […]