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You Make Common Craft Possible - Thank You

Posted by: leelefever on November 26, 2013- 4:34pm

Categories: business, friends, Holiday, partners, thanks, thanksgiving


Not everyone knows that Common Craft is truly an independent, two-person operation. Sachi and I are Common Craft. We have no employees or investors. From answering support emails to drawing Cut-outs to editing videos, we do (almost) everything.      But it wouldn’t work without the attention and help of others. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we’d like to extend a huge thank you to people that help make Common Craft tick. First, We couldn’t do anything without our members. Each time a person or... Continue Reading

Explainers to Watch in 2009

Posted by: leelefever on January 12, 2009- 4:00pm

Categories: explainers, friends, future, network


If there is one prediction I have for 2009, it will be that our world will become more complex.  We will all be confronted with new products, services, ideas and concepts that will confuse the majority of us.  And this adds to what confused us in 2008 and years before. We're convinced that the rise of all this complexity is creating new demand for new kinds of services. Individuals and organizations will find business models in helping people deal with the complexity. The biggest opportunity... Continue Reading
Patrick and I go way back in web terms, but met for the first time this year at SXSW. We've always connected around managing online communities - something we were both doing back in 2000 or so.  That was when Patrick was teenager.  Since that time he's grown his iFroggy Network of community sites and gone through just about everything you can imagine in terms of managing discussion boards. Patrick recently put these experiences into a new book called Managing Online Forums - "everything... Continue Reading

Learn New Media from the Ninjas

Posted by: leelefever on February 20, 2008- 4:00pm

Categories: business, friends, recommended, video


Kent Nichols is the co-creator or Ninja Master of Ask-a-Ninja, which I'm quite sure you know about. I recently discovered his Twitter feed and blog and since, I've learned a lot from his perspectives on disrupting Hollywood, the business of new media, and the web video industry.  His no-nonsense and opinionated style really makes it clear where he stands, and I often agree.  Plus, he's full of smart advice for content producers. Recommended.  On a side note, the story of my connection with... Continue Reading

New Social Media eBook - And a Funny Blogger Outreach Video

Posted by: leelefever on December 9, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: books, business, friends, marketing, socialmedia, video


Wouldn't it be nice if every author actually lived in the world that they wrote about? It's one thing to be an observer, but yet another to be a resident.  That's why it's my pleasure to point you to a new ebook by Darren Barefoot and Julie Szabo of Capulet Communications. It's called "Getting to First Base: A Social Media Marketing Playbook".  You can learn more (and purchase it) at This video provides a quick overview too. I've known Darren and Julie for years and... Continue Reading

Twittering for 1 Year - A Retrospective

Posted by: leelefever on November 20, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: blogging, friends, travel, twitter


My most recent Tweet (a short update to the Twitter service) was this: Today's my twitterversary! 1 year of meaningless drivel flowing from my keyboard and phone. I still count it as time well-spent. about 4 hours ago from TwitBin It's true.  I've been using Twitter for one year as of today and I've been thinking about it.  What does Twitter mean to me? Why have I adopted it?  First - a bit of explanation. Twitter provides a way for you (and your friends) to share short updates about your... Continue Reading

Bryght and Rain City Studios - Together at Last

Posted by: leelefever on November 20, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: business, drupal, friends, vancouver


Have you even had two friends that you knew separately who fell in love and eventually moved in together, got married and created a great couple?  That's what I feel about the news that two of my favorite tech companies (and groups of people) are merging.  Rain City Studios is acquiring Bryght (Press Release) and I'm so excited about the news. Drupal worlds are colliding. I've been a member of the Bryght and Rain City fan clubs since 2005.  Bryght hosts (and supports) this site, Rain City... Continue Reading

Your Neighborhood Needs Instant Journalists

Posted by: leelefever on November 13, 2007- 4:00pm

Categories: cooltools, friends, journalism, seattle, video


Even though the Web makes us all feel like citizens of the world, what matters is often local.  Our neighborhoods and neighbors have a huge impact.  There is a brand-new platform, created by Instivate, a company run by one of our long-time friends and neighbors, that aims to give every neighborhood a site for sharing local news. It's called Instant Journalist. Here's the scenario:  You sign up for Instant Journalist - it has a monthly fee that's linked to the size of the site.  Right off the... Continue Reading

No Love for SFX Baseball's Strong-Arm Tactics

Posted by: leelefever on July 29, 2007- 5:00pm

Categories: disruption, friends, legal


I just got an email from Patrick O'Keefe, a friend that I've known through the web for years. His story got my blood boiling and I want to share it. Updated:  Patrick will not have to give up his site (for now).   Patrick owns a Mariano Rivera fan site at Here's the banner - notice the "unofficial" part. Rivera is a relief pitcher for for the NY Yankees. Just recently he was contacted by SFX Baseball, who represents Rivera. Without any other contact, they have accused... Continue Reading
Did you know that in a recent survey by Harris Interactive that only 16% of the online public know what a wiki is? For some, this will seem surprising. Others will say "what's a wiki?" I had coffee today with my friend Kevin Flaherty of Wet Paint, the Seattle-based wiki company. He told me that they were perplexed that "wiki" was deemed one the 10 most annoying words on the web, so they ask Harris Interactive to do the survey comparing "wiki" to the terms social network, blog and online... Continue Reading