Month: July 2006

  • GM Chairman & CEO starts blogging on Fastlane

    Something not often mentioned when companies decide if it’s worth the effort to start up a corporate blog is the advantages of having a well-established audience when you need one. The argument I normally trot out in these cases is that of Kryptonite. Imagine if those guys had a blog up and running when the […]

  • answers.yahoo.com is a first person shoot ’em up

    Danny Sullivan takes a look at the growth of answers.yahoo.com and compares it to other successful social media properties.   If it were a computer game, Wikipedia would be a strategy game in which you take a long view to win a campaign or goal. Yahoo Answers is a first-person shoot-’em-up. Questions appear, and as […]

  • Yet another way to monetize your audience

    The NY Times writes about how TiVo is getting into the audience research business. It’s inevitable really and the fact that they have a VP of Audience Research doesn’t suprise me. The usage behavior that they can dig through can reveal all sorts of trends that would be of interest to any market researcher. For […]

  • Why I cancelled my Bank of America Visa card

    Despite the fact that I’ve got more pieces of plastic than I really need it really irks me that in order to activate the new card B of A sent me I have to listen to a two-minute spiel about why I really should consider signing up for a credit protection service. No option to […]

  • Belkin Wi-Fi Phone

    Belkin has announced a wi-fi phone for Skype. No need to attach anything to your computer, this device will talk directly to a broadband wi-fi connection, any connection. Skype software comes pre-loaded. Now you can make calls from a handset from any open hotspot. If you already have a Skype account, it’ll pull in your […]

  • flickr coloring contest

    flickr was down yesterday so they held a coloring contest.

  • Not thinking about your customer, why most Knowledge Management initiatives are DOA

    Enterprise software and corporate IT departments often forget about their real customers. Most KM initiatives look better on paper than in practice. Case and point below: I recently saw an example of that same top-down approach applied to sharing resumes internally at a large firm. Instead of going to a flexible folksonomy orientated Web 2.0 […]

  • Happy Friday – Good Reading

    I’ve been busy so have fallen behind on my reading. Scanning through some older posts in my reader I ran across these two excellent posts by some fellow Yahoo’s that make me proud to work here. Enjoy! Searching for what doesn’t exist – Bradley Horowitz talks about answers.yahoo.com. Existing search engines point you to the […]

  • digg vs.nytimes

    The share of page impressions for the NY Times was 19 times greater than for Digg. . . While Digg is certainly growing in popularity, particularly with the blogosphere set, and its move into more news categories is a good one, it is still an early-adopter site and will take some time to gain traction […]

  • The Power of the Web

    TechCrunch covers Teambuy.com.cn, a "group buying" site based in China, co-ordinate large numbers of consumers interested in buying the same products. People agree on a place and time to meet, then enter the store in crowds of up to 500 people at once. The crowds tell the store owners that they all want to buy, […]

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