“Omni-channel targeting capability (targeting users on desktop, mobile, tablet, etc) is important, and Google and Facebook are leaders here. Marketers are increasingly attempting to reach users as they shift across multiple screens, from desktop to tablet to mobile. With well over a billion users each (on desktop and mobile), Google and Facebook can track users as they shift from desktop to mobile devices, a significant advantage”—Jefferies Research
Allen Stern, a blogger and a great human being passed away this last week, according to an update from his sister. The cause of death is not clear. I learned this when I woke up early in the morning. It wasn’t how I wanted to start my day and it has sent…
I have a project planned for this blog in 2013 — a series of blog posts touring the village of Cotuit each accompanied by photographs of the relevant landmark or neighborhood. I want to use a map of the village as a ‘table of contents’ — either by adapting Google Maps or Google Earth into a dynamic interface, using the ‘pin’ function to mark each spot and then link that spot deeper into a specific blog post.”
The Internet was made in universities and it was designed to interoperate. And as we’ve commercialized it, we’ve added more of an island-like approach to it, which I think is a somewhat a shame for users.
Will GE start buying software companies in Silicon Valley? After all, Immelt had venture capitalist Marc Andreessen on stage, and Andreessen would love to sell him some big data companies and pocket those GE dollars. “We are better off acquiring people than companies,” Immelt said. The company is…
Don’t get me wrong, I very much appreciate the Margiela brand, but it’s not at all what it used to be after it was bought out by Diesel jeans in 2002, and licensing out the name to a fast-fashion brand like H&M is just the wrapping paper and bow on the end of an era — as the Margiela brand was originally founded on the principle that authenticity trumps marketing hype and label recognition. Margiela especially deplored celebrity marketing and famous models, which H&M used in abundance to promote their own Margiela collaboration (is this the definition of irony?):
Tumblr now has 120 people. It is clocking 20 billion page views a month, has about 80.8 million blogs and over 35.7 billion total posts and gets about 165 million unique visitors every month. [via GigaOm]
In conversation with David Karp, CEO & Founder of Tumblr
my notes from a conversation with David Karp, CEO & Founder of Tumblr. He talks about the social web, Tumblr’s place in this new Internet, the shift to mobile, the iPad Mini and how he has changed as a founder and entrepreneur. [ continue reading on GigaOM]
Some Apple watchers thought Cook wouldn’t be up to the task of leading the kind of company that Jobs built; the thinking was that he’d look at his role as simply a caretaker, and that he lacked the capacity to be bold or visionary like his predecessor.
But the move today contradicts that thinking, and the result is a pretty different organization, one looks less like Jobs’ Apple and more like Cook’s.
Another stark parallel between Yankees of the late 1990s and the 2012 Giants — both teams made miracle plays seem normal. They did little things better than the other guys. They just wanted to win more because they believed that they deserved to win.
It is easy to say luck was involved — yes it was — but lets not forget they beat a team that essentially made Yankees look old, tired and a bunch of overpaid losers. The Giants beat them by hitting three home runs off arguably one of the most fierce pitchers in the game of baseball. They shut down two of the mightiest bats in baseball. The Giants made Detroit fans feel how some of us Yankee fans feel right now — home runs don’t win the World Series, teams do.
Mobile browser data from Akamai IO for the month of June shows approximately 38 percent of requests on cellular networks came from Android Webkit. Some 33 percent came from Mobile Safari; and about 4 percent from Blackberry. However, add Wi-Fi, the numbers shift in favor of Mobile Safari, which accounted for an average of approximately 60 percent of requests. Android Webkit represented about 23 percent. Of course, it shouldn’t surprise since many folks own iPod Touches and iPads that use Wi-Fi for connectivity. [via GigaOm]
It has been fun to see Mark Zuckerberg go from being the awkward college dude to being a mega-billionaire. At the end of 2004, I pitched my editors at Business 2.0 a story on Facebook, which at that time was known as Thefacebook.com. I was super excited about Facebook.
At that time, there wasn’t much interest in the company amongst the editors — after all, it was nothing more than a hook-up service. Anyway I threw a temper tantrum and eventually got a story on Facebook into the magazine. This is the final product from early 2005
The idea of blogging is sharing and telling people this is how I view the world. We get confused by blogging as an opinion and as news. We have pigeonholed blogging into this platform based blogging which is not quite it. You could be on WordPress, Twitter, Tumbler or Facebook, as long as you are writing, creating, opining, sharing any kind of thing, it is blogging. We have earlier, written personal diaries, we have shown photographs to friends. Blogging is the same over a much open (and at) Internet scale. It is a good thing as more creative people are coming out of the shadow(s). It is very important for people to see the other point(s) of view.
Naveen Selvadurai, Foursquare co-founder Checking Out
Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai is likely leaving the company. Selvadurai and Dennis Crowley started Foursquare together. Selvadurai worked on the first Foursquare iPhone app. The reasons for his leaving the company are not clear just yet. Foursquare has nearly 15 million users. More @GigaOM
A competitor tries to piggyback on another company and intersect the stream and inject “look at me – my thing is good also” into the mix. I haven’t decided if this is brilliant or stupid, but after chewing on it a little it felt like a derivative of astroturfing to me.
My concern isn’t the one off dynamic, which I don’t think has much real impact. It’s when this becomes a social media strategy. It’s inevitable that this will scale up and pollute the conversation, changing the signal to noise ration. The awesome thing about Twitter is anyone can follow you. But they can also @reply to you.
Of course, they have to follow the other person copied for them to see the message, but that’s an easy thing to do. Once someone builds this into a social media dashboard and automates the “identify-keyword, add, @reply-message” function, it’ll get yucky fast. Especially when political campaigns get hold of the idea and really start astro-twitter-turfing.