It seems like over the last several months and especially weeks I have been meeting a ton of new people. I have gone through times like this in the past (moving to a new city, starting a company, etc) but this time is different in that it is all largely based off of social media (think Facebook, Twitter, blogging, etc). My new friends vary hugely in age, occupation, geography and pretty much other thing you could think of. Some are still only friends through one forum yet others have transcended most of the forums and now can actually be considered “real world” friends (whatever that means now). Whether it has been one off business/networking lunches with people I meet online or attending whole events focused around it I am really enjoying this new social experience. Looking forward to connecting with tons more of you in the near future.
Are we in another bubble? I dont think so, at least not like the last one. A colleague sent me this article though and asked me what I thought. This is what I responded with.
Seems like kind of a bent article. They talk about the acquisition of the ad networks/servers (which generate revenue and profits) and then in the same breath talk about 2.0 apps with little to no revenue generation. Kind of confusing the argument. I think Andreessen is right on when he says its the price of getting in on the next wave. Yes IBMs revenues may be bigger than GOOGs right now but what does the growth pattern look like for both companies? GOOG didnâ€™t exist much more than 10 years ago and is now challenging some of the largest corps out there. The writer does a great job of molding the facts to fit the desired story though.
UPDATED: It seems Donna Bogatin falls into the same “clueless to the conversation bucket” as Muhammad did yesterday. Come on people, if you are going to call people out like that dont hide behind a closed comment form. Ironic given all the web2.0 links down her side bar!
No not here at Jesse’s Space. But over at Muhammad Saleem’s blog they are. Not only that but he has pretty harshly flamed Jeff Pulver in one of his latest posts.
Seems to me if you are going to call someone out on your blog you should at least enable comments for them to respond to you. Chances are if Jeff is making these statements they are likely true for him. Remember everyoneâ€™s reality is different and because you have become accustomed to using these services in a certain way it doesnt mean it is the best use or the ultimate one. Keep an open mind to new ideas and realize that change is inevitable.
As a follow up to my Facebook post I am amazed at the last week or so that I have spent online. Since starting the blog I have had over 100 individuals visit the site. A lot of those have come through referrals from other sites or social networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and MyBlogLog primarily).
Since starting to Twitter I have made 111 updates. I have 50 some odd people I follow and about 30+ who follow me. Some I know directly, some only online and some not at all outside of Twitter.
On Facebook I have just about 60 friends ranging from folks I went to elementary school with to VC’s that I pitched for our last round of funding. I am seeing pictures of friends and their families, writing on their walls, laughing with my cousin. Amazing interactions considering that last week there was next to none between us.
LinkedIn which was my primary online network before I started this blog a couple weeks ago is still the largest for me with well over 150 connections. I have used it to find jobs, reconnect, get advice amongst other things.
I know the Twitter and Facebook numbers are pretty low compared to a lot of online folks but it is still mind boggling to me. With a little bit of effort I have been able to use these tools to not only seek out but in many cases connect or re-connect with a large number of people in very short time. Whats also really interesting to me is that it seems to be snowballing with many of my Facebook and Twitter connections having recently joined. Should be interesting to see how this all evolves.
Had a really neat experience watching/interacting with Jeff Pulver and Chris Brogan on a live broadcast today. The interesting part was that Jeff was hosting broadcasting using an evdo card and a laptop through a somewhat experimental/extremely cool new platform, BlogTV. All while driving down the Long Island Expressway and through the Midtown Tunnel (they did drop out for a bit there).
The platform allows for multiple hosts with switching of the focus between them (user controlled even). It also has a chat function which was very effective for the small group that was watching it. The content was of course live and as such very raw but it was very amusing nonetheless. You can check out archived video of the drive here.
Came across Grace Piper of Fearless Cooking on Twitter. Anyone who knows me knows I love cooking shows. Definitely well worth a watch.
That is some good spatchcocking right there.
This is always a dicey topic for discussion. Especially where it comes to the internet. Infamous patents like Amazon’s “One Click Purchase” patent certainly bring to mind visions of a horribly flawed patent system in need of some attention.
I sit somewhere in between with 2 patents currently pending (more info here and here). Both were conceived by me or my co-inventors at a time when a perceived need existed or was upcoming. In the case of both StreamAware and Ad-inStream nobody provided anything similar to what proposed (at the time and as far as I knew). To date no one has stepped up to fill the gap that StreamAware fills. In the case of Ad-inStream there has been a flood of entrants into the video tools arena and everyone is now doing things the way I dreamed up several years ago (or will be shortly). What seems obvious to most people examining the space now was definitely not back then. Even the regulating standards committee for online advertising (www.iab.net) has come up with a diagram that is quite similar to what I show in my patent application. If the patent is ultimately granted and the industry continues along its current path there exists the very real possibility that many people will find themselves using the methodology to insert ads that I invented several years ago. Will the company that owns that IP begin to collect licensing from publishers (I hope not)? Will the patent system be “reformed” by then and this patent deemed obvious? Only time will tell I guess.
What really got me on this tangent though was thinking of how things seem less and less non-obvious and/or novel the farther they get accepted into standard practice. With the backlog at the patent office the perception of what is obvious becomes even further muddied as the market has time to catch up with the innovators. Either way, whether congress steps up and takes measures to reform things, or we see things continuing as the status quo I predict interesting times ahead in the IP space.
For those of you who missed it there has been a number of significant acquisitions going on in the online advertising space. Google kicked it off with the DoubleClick purchase and Microsoft has been the latest with their $6B dollar purchase of aQuantive. Brad Feld has the quote of the hour.
Â While old media continues to slow dance (think News Corp / Dow Jones and Thompson / Reuters), new media is turning into a mosh pit at an AC/DC concert.