Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Scoble Not Getting Attention

A most bizarre post from Robert Scoble about one of his stories on Intel not being linked by Engadget. Interesting insight into the mind of "A-List" bloggers. Seth Finkelstein's comment: "It must be very nice to be an A-lister. Then even your complaints about not getting enough attention get lots of attention."

The Truth In Ad Sales, MyTube, YouSpace

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Bebe cat begs

We "cat-sitted" over the new year for a friend and ended up with "Bebe", a very talkative cat. It travelled all the way from Hong-Kong with its owner, survived its quarantine in the UK and learnt a few tricks on the way to get its favourite tibbits. Couldn't resist posting it.

Judy, if Bebe becomes famous, let's say we settled for 25% of direct income and royalties...


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Boo Box: Is Pay-Per-Post getting increasingly popular?

My friend Guy forwarded me this post from What'snext on Boo Box , knowing that it will upset me. A "boo box" is a button you place on your blog in or next to your reviews. If your readers decide to buy the product you describe, you get a share of the sale. BL Ochman thinks it's "a cool idea, as long as bloggers behave ethically with this tool". I am going to bang my old drum here. As a blogger, I am suddenly incentivised to write positive reviews that sell so I can generate more income... Therefore as a review seeker, I am suddenly incentivised to look elsewhere for genuine unskewed reviews. Ethics v. economics.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Mel Gibson's Apocalypto is a cinematographic triumph

I saw Apocalypto last Sunday with my wife. It is one of the best movies I have seen in ages (and I am a movie buff). Apocalypto is a phenomenon: it has a very simple story, it is a different setting to what you are used to, you really care for the characters (no A, B or C-lists actors here but real local casting), it has superb pictures and you are glued to your seat for 138 mins wondering what is going to happen next. This is story telling at its best. And Mel Gibson got a #1 in the US with a movie in Mayan… Amazing achievement. Mel Gibson is establishing himself as The Director to watch. We will watch it a second time this week-end. Go and see it, you won't be disapointed.

Second Life Open Source

Liden Labs is releasing some of SL's code to the open source community. Via BBC. Very smart.

Can web 2.0 companies build competitive advantage?

Can they create it and sustain it? How?

That's what I am trying to find out in my management report (final year Executive MBA "thesis" at London Business School).

I would like to interview marketing or management executives from the likes of Bebo, Myspace, Facebook, Kaboodle, Linkedin, Match.com, Friendster or start-ups in the field (relying on attracting and maintaining a critical mass of members to succeed).

I am keen to get a better understanding of the industry; the strategies used by major players and identify the golden rules for success. Interviews will be highly confidential and all data will be presented in aggregated format.

Benefits for executives are:

  • Instant feedback/ideas from social media / online PR expert (and MBA student).
  • Receive a copy of strategic overview when report is compiled.
  • Open up a contact with London Business School (useful for future recruitment, interns and so on...)
  • Doing a good deed

I can provide further details and my research tutor's contacts and references. Any help is much appreciated.

Thank you!

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Counting the real Second Life population

As of today, Second Life counts 2,341,910 residents, as defined as "uniquely named avatars with the right to log in to Second Life, trade currency and visit the community pages". Critics make the distinction between registered users and active users, using a 10% conversion rate (confirmed by Linden Labs). This puts the number of Second-Lifers in the 200,000 to 230,000 range only. See CNet article.

GigaOm commented on the topic a while ago. Read the comments.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

French protest against 2007

Hundreds of protesters in Nantes (France) marched in the New Year waving banners reading: "No to 2007" and "Now is better!". Give it a few more days guys, the government will cave in and roll back the year.

Via BBC.

PS: Happy New Year to all my readers. Thank you for keeping up with my erratic posting schedule.