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September 24th, 2006

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_40/b4003001.htm?campaign_id=nws_insdr_sep22&link_position=link1

it's a simple 3-step process:
1. setup a site
2. hire these guys to do the work: http://clickmonkeys.com
3. cash the checks...

meanwhile, i'm going to produce and sell a video on how to get rich. you'll soon have competition...

Googleport?

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From http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2006/10/02/8387489/index.htm: "The transaction might never have happened, says Schmidt, if Brin hadn't flown to meet with News Corp. executives in Pebble Beach, Calif." He flew?!? What airport is Sergei flying out of that can get him to Pebble Beach faster than driving? It's only an hour drive.

Peter Chernin, News Corp. COO, about Google: "They are trying to sell advertising, and so are we. But at their core I view them as a technology company, and we are an entertainment company." What do you think? Is Google tech or media, or does it not matter?

July 25th, 2006

no spam

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you will never receive spam because of me. can you say that to your friends?

i'm on a campaign to eliminate spam (the email kind...i love the meat version). i realize this is not possible, but if we don't try, we'll never reduce it. i've developed a habit i think is worth spreading. if i want to send something from a site to you (or anyone else), i give the site a secondary email address of mine and grab the link from it to send to your primary email. we have to be smarter than the spammers - politicians can't fix this one for us. rather than trying to figure out what sites keep your information private and which will sell your information to the devil for cheap, let's develop better habits and force sties to come up with better ways of sharing that don't lead to unsolicited email. if we all stop giving our real email addresses to websites, they'll have less incentive to spam us.

you will never receive spam because of me. that's a promise.
will we see a unified communication platform develop, including email, HTML, RSS, and IM (a cross-platform version?)?

email - for long, well-composed messages
IM - for short thoughts, questions, or comments
blogging - for non-urgent communication to a larger audience

i would like to see email and blogging become unified - you decide who can see the message through selection of individuals or tags (with tags applied to individuals). perhaps the "relationship-mapping" sites (facebook, friendster, myspace) become less relevant at that point (unless they create the more unified communication platform). i find their platforms too closed in some ways (i can't read messages on their platform alongside my email, blog subscriptions, and instant messages) and too open in other ways (i can't limit blog posts to specific groups or individuals).

July 20th, 2006

some scratch notes i made in january when deciding which photo-sharing site to use. i would be interested if you have a difference of opinion.


would like something where friends can:
* directly view photos without logging in
* save to their account if they wish
also, bulk upload
need an album concept
would be good to be with a major, so don't later lose service or suffer major changes to the site
i might want to have photos available for others to peruse, but that doesn't seem to be where i'm at. i like the concept of just sharing an album with people who were at the event the pictures are from.


flickr

can't save shared photos?
would have to sign-in if make it private
definitely allows bulk-uploading


yahoo! photos

can't save shared photos - apparently, based on janel's album
can share w/o sign-ing in
can do bulk-uploading


ofoto / kodak easyshare

doesn't force you to sign in, but not intuitive. DON'T LIKE.
can definitely save friend's albums
allows bulk uploading
i like how ofoto separates my albums from my friends albums. shutterfly doesn't do that.


shutterfly

didn't have to sign-in. EXCELLENT
can definitely save the pictures
seems to have bulk-uploading too
the collection concept seems cool


fotki

uses a member name in the URL to my pictures, similar to flickr. makes control of sharing difficult.
not sure others can save the pictures
definitely has bulk-uploading


google photos / picasa

i'm not fond of the sharing methods.


snapfish

slow response on sharing.
forces sign-in. NO GOOD
has bulk-uploading
#1: access-control for multiple user groups
* the adoption of OpenID seemed forward-thinking

Blogger: no access-control (?)
Friendster: no access-control (?). What if i don't want my picture and a link to my f'ster profile on my blog?
MySpace: no access-control for multiple user groups
Facebook: no blogging tools? amazing.
Xanga: i'm not sure...seems like something designed for kids though.
MOG: no access-control (?)

do you have a favorite blogging utility? i'd be interested to hear. i'll bet i can find something i don't like about it. i can be a bit of a curmudgeon about technology, i guess (contrary to my personality in general).

i'm sure there's something about LiveJournal i don't like, but it's not coming to mind.


On a related note, have the big three social networking sites run their course? Friendster, MySpace, and Facebook all have the valuable maps of our social networks, but they all have weaknesses and do not seem to have innovated recently, whereas upstart services (like LJ) solve some of these problems. I am sure it is difficult to innovate while simultaneously supporting massive growth in users.
are you giving out others' email addresses to websites? i consider that to be poor internet etiquette (internetiquette?). while that may not always lead to spam, sometimes it does, and that's annoying. honestly, how many things can you think of more annoying than spam? (at least if you're a control freak like me.) i'm drawing a blank.

even better would be if "internetiquette" included sites not gathering email addresses so users would be more surprised when asked for and reluctant to provide an email address, particularly an email address that is not their own (e.g. nytimes.com's mechanism for sending articles to others).
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