It was one year ago that I won my first contest as a writer. The challenge was to create the "perfect corporate weblog elevator pitch". It was put on by the folks at Weblogs Inc. via the Social Software Weblog and Judith Meskill. At the very least, I hope the little contest preserves a look at what people thought was an accurate summary of how blogs could be used inside a corporation. One day, people may say "that was sooo 2004". For now though, I still stand beind the pitch 100%. Here it... Continue Reading
You likely know that Amazon is working to scan every page of every book right? It's what enables the "Look inside the book" feature- they scan every page. They are now turning that into something they call Concordance, which is the "zeitgeist" view of the most used words in the book. See it in action here. Thanks for the tip Jay!
Murdoch tells editors to embrace the bloggers - Times Online The intro of the article says it all: Rupert Murdoch has told US newspaper editors that they will have to ditch their "God-like" attitude to their readers and create an open and more democratic relationship with bloggers and other web users if they want to survive and prosper in the digital age. This was aimed at newspapers, but his reach is much more broad. His company, News Corporation, owns these organizations: 20th Century Fox,... Continue Reading
Jake at CommunityGuy.com invited Chris Carfi (SocialCustomer.com) and me to participate in a discussion for a podcast. It's about 30 minutes and the main focus was BzzAgent, prompted by Chris' post. I like the three person format and Jake is interested in doing more, so this could become a regular thing. Maybe one day we can come up with some clever name, perhaps to involve the word "tripod". Big thanks to Jake for the opportunity. The file is here: Episode 3
A while back I linked to a "blog" by Boeing VP Randy Beseler. The blog world gave them a lot of hell because it wasn't a "real blog". That point is debatable in my eyes and I thought it was a move in the right direction, at least. What Randy's blog lacked was the ability to become a part of what I hear people call "the conversation". It lacked a few features that enable him to really participate in the blog world. Namely, those features were permalinks and RSS feeds. Without these, it... Continue Reading
I've been a customer of Dreamhost (who hosts some of my web sites) for a couple of years now and they have always impressed me with their reliability and service- but that's only part of my admiration. Perhaps the biggest part is their attitude -- they are fun. They make a real effort to create an experience around their services. The experience (even when bad things happen) is personal, authentic and usable. Their email newsletter always makes me laugh. They have added wikis to their set... Continue Reading
Last week I needed to put together a presentation about how enterprises are using blogs, particularly in the context of learning/leadership development in larger organizations. The links below were a bit of a dumping ground for anything I found- some are more relevant than others. Thanks to the folks who sent email and commented with input. If you have additions, please let me know... Enjoy! Jeremy Wright, Ensight: List of Fortune 500s that blog: Jeremy Wright: List of other... Continue Reading
So I just heard the big news. Yahoo actually does acquire Flickr From Caterina: Holy smokes, SOMEBODY out there is bad at keeping secrets!! Yes! We can finally confirm that Yahoo has made a definitive agreement to acquire Flickr and us, Ludicorp. Smack the tattlers and pop the champagne corks! How cool. Congrats to the Ludicorp folks. They deserve it all. Great people and a quality product win again. Thanks for the link Kris.
Just a quick link and quote from an article about Sun's blogs. More of the same, but you gotta love that quote. Sun Microsystems: Blog Heaven Sun's Simon Phipps, whose job title is chief technology evangelist, says that researchers and developers can swap more ideas, build better software, and meet customers' needs faster if they are active in online communities, where blogs play the dual role of soap- and suggestion-box. "In a world where you must speak with an authentic voice," says... Continue Reading
I'm assuming that the BNoopy blog is by Joe Kraus, founder of JotSpot and previously Excite. The blog has no attribution whatsoever, but does use "Joe" once in the 3rd person. Anyway, I just read a post a BNoopy called The long tail of software. Millions of Markets of Dozens and it really opened my eyes to what the "long tail" means to business.