Stop It. Google Won’t Buy Twitter.

(image) Today I landed from a trip to the world of the non-tech obsessed (PA and OH) to find my newsfeed was full of speculation that Google MUST buy Twitter, or be damned to obscurity in a race it's already losing to Facebook. Not so fast. Here's my simple…

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(image) Today I landed from a trip to the world of the non-tech obsessed (PA and OH) to find my newsfeed was full of speculation that Google MUST buy Twitter, or be damned to obscurity in a race it’s already losing to Facebook.

Not so fast.

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Last Week of Signal

For those of you in RSS land who often ask, here are last week's Signal roundups – a daily dose of what I'm reading and thinking about each day, posted on the FM site, usually late at night. You can get the RSS feed here, or get it via…

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For those of you in RSS land who often ask, here are last week’s Signal roundups – a daily dose of what I’m reading and thinking about each day, posted on the FM site, usually late at night. You can get the RSS feed here, or get it via email here.

Monday Signal: This Is Only An Eye Test

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Happy Bday, Google

Google is 12 today, as Sept. 27 marks the anniversary of the company's actual incorporation. Of course the company has roots prior to the date, but ya gotta pick a date. Happy birthday Google, as they say in China, may you live in interesting times…….

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Google is 12 today, as Sept. 27 marks the anniversary of the company’s actual incorporation. Of course the company has roots prior to the date, but ya gotta pick a date. Happy birthday Google, as they say in China, may you live in interesting times….

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Currency

I'm very proud of a new platform launched today by American Express: Currency. Sometimes when a brand embraces the concept of truly being a publisher, they align with strong voices around the web, underwriting existing properties and helping them create new sections or services. But every once in a…

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I’m very proud of a new platform launched today by American Express: Currency. Sometimes when a brand embraces the concept of truly being a publisher, they align with strong voices around the web, underwriting existing properties and helping them create new sections or services. But every once in a while, a brand realizes that its marketing goals align with a very real need in the marketplace, one that for whatever reason hasn’t been addressed. That’s how Currency came to be.

Yes, Currency is an ongoing FM partnership, just as Open Forum is, but this one is a bit different – it’s for young adults just starting to grapple with financial issues (I wish it existed when I got out of college), and it’s got a lot of social media chops, including a game (called Social Currency natch) built on top of Foursquare that helps you track purchases. It also features tons of coursework to help folks get smart on important money matters, and everything – from reading an article to completing a course to checking into purchases – earns you Currency points.

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Comscore Search Results for August: Different from Nielsen

Comscore's search results are out for August, and unlike Nielsen, they do not show Bing as beating Yahoo. On the contrary, Yahoo gained the most ground, Google lost share (by not growing as quickly), and Microsoft grew only slightly. To the charts:…

Comscore’s search results are out for August, and unlike Nielsen, they do not show Bing as beating Yahoo. On the contrary, Yahoo gained the most ground, Google lost share (by not growing as quickly), and Microsoft grew only slightly. To the charts:

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The Web 2.0 Summit Program Is Live

I'm very proud to announce the initial 2010 Web 2.0 Summit program. You can see the lineup on the Summit site here. Our 2010 theme Points of Control, helped us create a lineup that is truly remarkable, full of industry titans and insurgents alike. Alongside policy leaders such as…

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I’m very proud to announce the initial 2010 Web 2.0 Summit program. You can see the lineup on the Summit site here.

Our 2010 theme Points of Control, helped us create a lineup that is truly remarkable, full of industry titans and insurgents alike. Alongside policy leaders such as Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the FCC, we’ll hear from the Internet’s most powerful CEOs:

  • Google’s Eric Schmidt, perhaps the most active player in our points of control map — defending the company’s home turf of search, extending its reach into mobile payments, content, advertising platforms, social networking, and more.
  • Robin Li, CEO of China’s biggest search engine Baidu which has ambitions well beyond its current (massive) scale.
  • Todd Bradley and Jon Rubinstein, the duo responsible for HP’s Palm integration (not to mention the largest maker of computing devices in the world).
  • Ariel Emmanuel, the co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor Entertainment (and yes, the man who inspired Entourage…)
  • Kathy Savitz, CEO of Lockerz helping us understand the behavior of “Generation Z.”
  • Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, in one of his first one on one conversations in months.
  • Ev Williams, CEO of Twitter, six months into the launch of his company’s new revenue platform.
  • Andrew Mason, CEO of Groupon, one of the fastest growing companies in the history of business.
  • Richard Rosenblatt, CEO of the surging Demand Media (which filed for an IPO just last month).
  • Davis Guggenheim, director of An Inconvenient Truth and the forthcoming Waiting for Superman.
  • Yuri Milner, the Russian super-investor who owns nearly 10 percent of Facebook, among many other major platform players.
  • Jim Balsillie, the co-CEO of RIM, who has plenty to talk about given the upheaval in the mobile marketplace.
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Nielsen: Bing Overtakes Yahoo In Search Share

Way back in January, I predicted (see #8) that Microsoft's Bing would overtake Yahoo in share to become #2 in search. Today, at least one measurement service seems to have validated that claim, which at the time was a bit far-fetched, given the nearly seven point gap in share…

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Way back in January, I predicted (see #8) that Microsoft’s Bing would overtake Yahoo in share to become #2 in search. Today, at least one measurement service seems to have validated that claim, which at the time was a bit far-fetched, given the nearly seven point gap in share between the two companies.

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Catching Up On the Signal

For those of you who haven't signed up for the Signal newsletter (shame on you, really), it's my daily roundup of what's happening in the world of media, marketing, and platforms. You can get it via RSS or email here (sign up for the newsletter in upper right hand…

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For those of you who haven’t signed up for the Signal newsletter (shame on you, really), it’s my daily roundup of what’s happening in the world of media, marketing, and platforms. You can get it via RSS or email here (sign up for the newsletter in upper right hand corner).

As I do from time to time, here’s the last week or so for all you RSS readers.

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Google Instant: The Headlines and Quick Takes

Google today introduced what many are calling a major evolution in search interface today, sparking a landslide of commentary about the impact on SEO, mobile, competitors, search share, revenue, you name it. It's a lot to digest, and as much as I'd like to have a definitive statement on…

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Google today introduced what many are calling a major evolution in search interface today, sparking a landslide of commentary about the impact on SEO, mobile, competitors, search share, revenue, you name it.

It’s a lot to digest, and as much as I’d like to have a definitive statement on Google’s move to “instant search,” I don’t. Yet. I prefer to use it for a while, and think on it a bit more. I will admit that my initial response is more “meh” than “WOW!” – but then, I can’t really back that up. In the main, I think any major shift in search interface that is still predicated on typing inside a command line is most likely not going to change things much.

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More Thoughts On Demand: A Referendum of Sorts on Google and Social

Demand.pngIt’s been nearly a month since Demand filed its S1, and I promised you all a longer look after my initial posting. Here are some thoughts now that I’ve had a chance to digest the document. A caveat: I know Demand CEO Richard Rosenblatt well, and consider him a friend. And one of his investors, Oak, is an investor in my company, Federated Media. However, neither Oak nor Richard participated in the preparation of this post.

First off, the offering is notable for the number of banks that grace its cover sheet. I count ten, as many as Google had in its IPO back in 2004. That shows the hunger in the financial world for a win – and the company that gets in front of that hunger has a better chance than most to succeed in an offering, as those banks will all be pushing shares to their best clients.

But Demand’s S1 is far more traditional than Google’s. There’s no auction involved, and the company stays far away from the revolutionary prose espoused in Google’s S1 (remember “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one” ? And recall my response: “Yow,” I said to myself (and now to you…). “Do they really want to set themselves up like this?”)

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