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 […]

22 May

beRecruited.com Appears on Atlanta’s 790 The Zone (WQXI)

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beRecruited’s CEO Jeff Cravens joined Atlanta’s 790 The Zone sports-talk show The Afternoon Saloon. Jeff discussed sports recruiting, the beRecruited service and still found time to joke with local hosts Mike Bell and Chuck Oliver (Jeff and the beRecruited team are based in Atlanta):

21 May

Grand Theft Auto IV Makes $600m, Niko Bellic’s Actor Makes $100k

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Grand Theft Auto IV will go down as the most successful video ever: – Sold 3.6 million units in the first day – Sold 6 million units in the first week – Hit $500 million in sales in the first week Michael Hollick, the actor and voice behind lead character Niko Bellic, will go down […]

20 May

April Search Data: Google 61.6% of Market, Yahoo Falls to 20.4%

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Much of the news today was around Facebook’s 10% month-over-month decline in unique users – but the search query data out of Comscore is equally interesting (and important, particularly in light of the Microsoft-Yahoo deal). Google gained nearly two points in search share – now representing 61.6% of US search queries. Google had sat around […]

19 May

Using Compete.com to ‘Understand’ Techmeme and Its Audience

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If you’ve read this blog often enough, you’re aware that I’m a big fan of Quantcast. I’m also a fan of analytics software / providers and was excited to try out Compete’s new pay-per-usage analytics program. Compete now offers detailed data about websites or verticals – providing: – Top Keywords, ranked by volume. – Site […]

18 May

Using Web 2.0 to Build Your Brand

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672525791 This afternoon, I wrote a post about using web 2.0 to land a start up gig (or at least grow your personal ‘brand’). Then, thanks to SlideShare, I came across these two presentations which cover roughly the same topic … but much more creatively and interestingly. The first presentation is about using and contributing […]

18 May

Landing a Great Start Up Job: The Best Job Resources

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A great thread has been growing on Hacker News about the best place to find start up jobs. I’ve include the mentioned websites at the bottom of the post – but wanted to first give a couple higher level comments: 1. Read and participate on blogs. Fred Wilson commonly posts about openings in his portfolio […]

18 May

Google Analytics – 20 Ways to Fix Analytics. Please Hurry?

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I’ve written a lot about web analytics and the importance of understanding and measuring your traffic. The resounding feedback I’ve gotten – and I wholeheartedly concur – is that Google Analytics remains the top used service but is far from satisfactory. Google Analytics is a fascinating product. Google acquired Urchin in 2005 and it remains […]

17 May

Twitter & Friendfeed: Understanding Referral Traffic, Arriving at a Business Model

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For consumers, the power of the distributed web is accessing and connecting content across one’s internet usage and social graph. For content owners, the power of the distributed web is precisely that: one’s content is distributed such that it attracts new readers and generates more traffic. And as sites like Friendfeed and Twitter (and others) […]