If you were completely disconnected from the internet yesterday, you did not hear that Google announced a new product/platform called Wave. According to various quotes, they wanted to create a product as if email was invented today. I call bullshit. Even on their blog they say that it is more than just email: Google Wave… Read More Google Wave Redefines The Rules
I may be branded as a heretic or just plain ignorant, but is the flood of all things Twitter setting us up for a crash? Let me set this up right first. I have been one of those few people calling for Twitter to become infrastructure. I have even built an application, YackTrack.com, partially based… Read More Is Our Twitter Myopia Setting Up A Crash?
It was over a year ago when I posted my 7 Resume Tips for a Software Developer. The tips are basic and probably apply to more than just software developers: The first page of the resume is like the cover of a book. “Objectives” paragraphs are useless. Communication preferences are very important. In your experience,… Read More Tips For Finding Your Next Software Development Job
A few days ago, Business Insider had a post on what they thought Yahoo should buy. They mention 5 different possibilities, most of which I disagree with: Twitter – If the Twitter team is having problems with stability again, and they need to start worrying about monetization, it is not a good idea for Yahoo… Read More What Should Yahoo Buy?
My wife watches American Idol. I try not to, but invariably I get sucked in because I like music and singing. I do not like the show because the competition is not about talent as much as who the american public likes. VentureBeat wrote about this in their post about American Idol and Crowdsourcing: In… Read More American Idol, Crowdsourcing and What Startups Can Learn From It
Louis Gray had an interesting post on the new Google Reader Friend statistics. He also mentions one of the main reasons I share items in Google Reader: Sharing items I find interesting in Google Reader is a major part of my social activity, as I help promote discovery of quality information to those who choose… Read More I Am Your Filter
Well, it only took a year for me to finally get to redesign the YackTrack interface. I am sure you are saying “it is about time!”, and I would agree with you. Hopefully, you like the new look as I was trying to make the site more usable instead of the “data dump” layout that… Read More YackTrack Gets A Redesign!
Over the past few days we have seen Twitter get criticized heavily over the #fixreplies fiasco. Much of the complaining was due to the communication of the changes, or the lack of timely communication. However, there was another large group of voices that used the @replies as a way of discovering other interesting users. This… Read More Is Usable Discovery The Holy Grail?
Imaging my interest when someone offers me a review copy of a book called, The Social Network Business Plan: 18 Strategies That Will Create Great Wealth. Obviously, I jumped at the opportunity to read it. The book is written by David Silver, a VC and angel investor in online communities. If you have read this… Read More The Social Network Business Plan, Strategies From David Silver
Yeah, I know that is a really sensationalist and possibly link-bait headline, but I am somewhat serious in my thinking. Twitter announced changes to their reply functionality, and the blogosphere went nuts. ReadWriteWeb has an interesting piece on the announcement, with their main concern being discovery: While recommendations are interesting, I’d like to use my… Read More Twitter Needs To Ignore The User