Glad to see that Facebook is taking a more measured approach with Beacon. It seems that Zuckerberg might not have been hosting quite the defining moment in advertising he thought he was a month or so ago. When Silicon Valley meets Madison Ave they sometimes seem to forget the logistics of it all (aka reality). The FB crew certainly has their work cut out for them to realize that $15B valuation.
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.
Wow. It took me a while to get on board with this one but my network on here seems to be spreading like wildfire.
I am finding people on there who I honestly had never expected to hear from or know of again. People from South Park Elementary, Oak Bay High School, my work time in Vancouver and even more recent friends like Jeff Pulver. And for whatever reason it seems like more and more people from way back are jumping online. Heck I even found a group of people planning a 13 year reunion for my HS grad class. Freaking amazing!
Now I just need some tighter integration between WordPress, Twitter and Facebook. Seems like that is coming along with the Facebook Apps.