There’s been a ton of conversation in social media circles about LinkedIn’s new marketing campaign. LinkedIn has been notifying users that they’re among the top 5% (and even 10%, now) of viewed profiles on the social network. Some mentions of the campaign bemoan it. Other mentions seem to make attempts at a “humble brag” about it. And still others seem to genuinely think it’s pretty cool. But what ...(continued)
Last week during Google’s big I/O event, Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, “interrupted” the keynote of the event’s first day in order to show off his personal pet project: Google Glass. Glass is a technology integrated into an eyeglass frame to allow “wearable computing.” Brin’s means of showing off Glass last week was by way of an impressive, muti-person, multi-modal stunt involving ...(continued)
Right, sorry for the link-baity title. But the thesis holds true. Long term, anyway.
Today the key note of Apple’s WWDC was presented, and a slew of new Apple products from hardware to software were unveiled. Despite the fact that the hotly anticipated Apple Television (not to be confused with the Apple TV box unit) never did make an appearance, anyone who followed the presentation or at least read up on the results would find ...(continued)
With relatively rare exception, I turn on my television and my DirecTV box every night to see “what’s on.” Note that I’m rarely turning it on with “appointmenttv” in mind. I’m almost always disappointed. Who could blame me? For about $90 a month, I pay DirecTV for the privilege of taking up about 85% of my DVR space with Sesame Street, Super Why, and Dino Train for the kids (all from PBS). ...(continued)
A textbook example of what is disruptive, and what isnt:
Which could change the world?
To disrupt, you’ve got to democratize your space.
This week Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins unveiled her annual “Internet Trends” presentation to the world. To web trend geeks, this presentation has become sort of mini web holiday, as it usually provides a fantastic mix of easilydigestibleinformation, great high-level insights, and occasional ephemera that make for good copy on blogs and media sites that cover the business of the web. Yesterday, Derek Thompson of The ...(continued)
Today a set of senators on both sides of the US political spectrum introduced the Startup 2.0 bill. It’s a generally good idea…
Startup Act 2.0would essentially create two new types of visas, one for foreign students who obtain graduate degrees in science- and math-related fields from American universities, and another that offers permanent residence to immigrants who start successful companies and create jobs in the ...(continued)
There’s a really well written, well argued piece by Michael Wolff in MIT’s Technology Review currently circulating around the business/tech world that considers the challenges Facebook and the rest of the web face in trying to make a viable business of enabling marketing on the internet. It misses the boat entirely.
For all its valuation, the social network is just another ad-supported site. Without an earth-changing ...(continued)
I’m officially posting longer thoughts in text here on tumblr rather than on my previous Posterous site starting now. Ultimately it doesn’t really make much difference to me, as all of my rambling gets pulled down out of this service (and any other I use), and saved to my personal data store. You can see a great deal of that data on a stream over at my personal site: mattquirion.com. That’s sort of the point of my ...(continued)
This is just a test. I’m getting ready to move to tumblr from posterous.
I usually only see a community of internet users make grandiose, sweeping statements out of context, tick off other, reactionary users, and then join in the ensuing battle over conflated issues in the month of May when I'm watching the online college football fanbase chew its own arms off in rabid anticipation for the next season which is still months away, but this morning I, and many members of the tech community awoke to some ...(continued)
There's been quite a lot of bluster over a recent fad in the world of human resources. I say it's a fad because it's such stupid, inefficient use of labor in the human resources departments of the world, that there's no way it will last. Recently, human resources departments have been requiring that job applicants supply their passwords to social media sites in order to be considered for the job. Clearly this is a ...(continued)
I'm writing this via a web service that probably wont exist relatively soon.
Earlier this week, Posterous, the service I'm using to write these very words, announced that they'd been acquired by Twitter. In truth, the team that builds and maintains Posterous is probably being acuired. The service of Posterous itself is most likely just a remnant of that transaction. And so we're left with a really great example of ...(continued)
Recently, those of you who have been paying attention to the right things may have just caught a glimpse of the future - the future of our economy. Because yesterday, for whatever reason, served as the temporal meeting place for a combination of technologies, business practices, and political movements that could alter the way "we" work in the most dramatic fashion since the industrial revolution.
Three pretty high-profile ...(continued)
I was asked (via Twitter) by an old college buddy what I thought about the ubiquity of Pinterest posts on Facebook timelines last week, and why it seemed (at least to him) that Pinterest is being adopted quickly by people who were relatively slow to join up with Facebook. One of our mutual Twitter friends jumped into the conversation, and we quickly explained all of this away as a simple extension of human behavior. Many ...(continued)
Almost as quickly as Pinterest has entered the mainstream conciousness, so too have the potential issues that arise due to the existence of the service. In particular, copyright issues, a legal area generally defined as "well, we hadn't thought of that" in the age of the internet, stem from the ability of any user of Pinterest to bookmark "pin" content from one site and have that content, or at least some part of it, appear on ...(continued)
No. It's not a vanity project. Granted, everything else we put up on the web probably is. This is just where I'm capturing everything from the rest of my vanity projects, I guess.
Data, or, in the case of most of what "we" as consumer users of the internet produce, Content, has value. Most people produce content on sites like Facebook, which is then leveraged by those sites to create value and then revenue. For themselves.
Now, I ...(continued)
This is mostly an amalgamation of excellent ruby gems created by other folks, but I'll do a full write-up of what makes this thing tick once I get cron working correct. Gah!