Working on A Piece…The Shift from Static to Realtime Search

Just a placeholder for a piece I'm trying to bang out tonight, ideally. I've been ranting about it to various folks all weekend long, has to do with the inflection point of being able to ask this question: What are people saying about (my query) right now? Yep, it…

Just a placeholder for a piece I’m trying to bang out tonight, ideally. I’ve been ranting about it to various folks all weekend long, has to do with the inflection point of being able to ask this question:

What are people saying about (my query) right now?

Yep, it has to do with Twitter, but also a lot more than that. Stay tuned…

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The Inbox, Part Two: Facebook Has An Ambient Awareness Problem

I do this too much – post something short, as a note to myself and all of you that there is way more to say, then end with "I'll say more in the next post." Then I get busy and forget about that "next post" thing, and start posting…

I do this too much – post something short, as a note to myself and all of you that there is way more to say, then end with “I’ll say more in the next post.” Then I get busy and forget about that “next post” thing, and start posting on other stuff. What I really meant was, “in my next post on this topic.”

Hope that clarifies things.

OK. So what was I talking about when I wrote: “Facebook had a “malfunction” today that reset all my email notifications. All of a sudden, I am getting Facebook notifications in my email inbox about all manner of things.

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“Privacy may turn out to have become an anomaly”

That's the last line of a Times piece over the weekend on the increasing size of our digital footprints. Hmmm. But it is the basis of the American constitution. Read the Times piece, which, if you've read The Search and watched the "Web Meets World" meme (that was the…

That’s the last line of a Times piece over the weekend on the increasing size of our digital footprints. Hmmm. But it is the basis of the American constitution. Read the Times piece, which, if you’ve read The Search and watched the “Web Meets World” meme (that was the theme for Web 2 this year), will not be new ground, but is a good overview of the issue right now.

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Will It Float?

Another Yahoo search rumor, as Om puts it – this one following the general outline of my suggestion way back when that search be spun off and run as an independent company with backing from Yahoo and Microsoft. This comes from the Times of London, it seems that in…

Another Yahoo search rumor, as Om puts it – this one following the general outline of my suggestion way back when that search be spun off and run as an independent company with backing from Yahoo and Microsoft.

This comes from the Times of London, it seems that in UK, reporters are making a habit of, well, not doing any reporting. The use of passive voice makes my head spin. Listen to this:

It is thought that Jonathan Miller, ex-chairman and chief executive of AOL, and Ross Levinsohn, a former president of Fox Interactive Media, have been lined up to lead the new management team. Senior directors at Microsoft and Yahoo are understood to have agreed the broad terms of a deal, but there is no guarantee that it will succeed.

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Aha! It’s the Inbox!

Facebook had a "malfunction" today that reset all my email notifications. All of a sudden, I am getting Facebook notifications in my email inbox about all manner of things. A conspiracist will claim this was on purpose. I'll explain why in the next post….

Facebook had a “malfunction” today that reset all my email notifications. All of a sudden, I am getting Facebook notifications in my email inbox about all manner of things.

A conspiracist will claim this was on purpose. I’ll explain why in the next post.

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Yahoo Launches “Vertical Lens Technology”

Yahoo has rolled out vertical search lenses. TechCrunch is one of the first sites to employ it, SEL has coverage here….

Yahoo has rolled out vertical search lenses. TechCrunch is one of the first sites to employ it, SEL has coverage here.

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Google Is Mortal

I reported skeptically on this issue earlier, but let's call a spade a spade. Google used its contractor workforce to quickly scale without having to spend on permanent employees, and now, it's using that same workforce to cut back costs. I've heard from a fair number of "laid off"…

I reported skeptically on this issue earlier, but let’s call a spade a spade. Google used its contractor workforce to quickly scale without having to spend on permanent employees, and now, it’s using that same workforce to cut back costs. I’ve heard from a fair number of “laid off” contractors, in particular in Europe, and the reality is simply that: Google’s use of contractors outstripped the company’s ability to leverage them to the bottom line, and something had to be done. How much of this has to do with slowing growth? Hard to say, but it’s also hard to say that growth was not slowing. The world is in crisis, after all.

It’s a smart move by Google (control operating costs without hurting core employee base), but from the point of view of the folks effected, it’s layoffs nevertheless. Google most likely will grow past these cuts in its contractor workforce in the coming year(s), but the cutback is just that, a cutback. Cnet has more here.

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Let’s Put This Myth To Rest: Social Media and Marketing

My latest rant, up on the Amex Open Forum Blog. From it: The debate is as old as the web itself – what is the role of marketing in a medium that is so clearly driven by interaction and communication? I have a lot of thoughts about this topic,…

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My latest rant, up on the Amex Open Forum Blog. From it:

The debate is as old as the web itself – what is the role of marketing in a medium that is so clearly driven by interaction and communication? I have a lot of thoughts about this topic, but a recent Ad Age article roused me to address one of the most irritating myths out there: That somehow social media and marketing don’t mix.

Titled “P&G Digital Guru Not Sure Marketers Belong on Facebook,” the article quotes Ted McConnell, Manager of Digital Marketing Innovation at P&G in Cincinnati. The money quote: “What in heaven’s name made you think you could monetize the real estate in which somebody is breaking up with their girlfriend?”

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Really Guys. “Gossip Baiter”?

Those who know me know I tend to prepare for my discussions with leaders onstage at Web 2. You may recall during my conversation with Mark Zuckerberg, I asked whether Facebook was going to buy Twitter. A round of blogospherian eye rolling ensued. "It's the sort of "speculative fun"…

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Those who know me know I tend to prepare for my discussions with leaders onstage at Web 2. You may recall during my conversation with Mark Zuckerberg, I asked whether Facebook was going to buy Twitter. A round of blogospherian eye rolling ensued. “It’s the sort of “speculative fun” that could give tech bloggers a gossip-overload headache for weeks to come” said Cnet.

Honestly, I rarely ask questions that don’t have a point. As Kara reports today, turns out there were talks – and they were going on right when I asked the question. So far, nothing has come of them, but they got serious enough for a number to be thrown around – $500 million. Cnet was kind enough to give me a bit of credit here. Thanks. The interview I did with Mark is above.

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