Monthly Archives: May 2012

A little free advice for Bitly

First, a disclaimer — I was involved in the startup of Bitly, a few years back. And a brief history. It was wildly popular right out of the gate. A much-needed product that did something simple reasonably well. The URLs … Continue reading

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Thread: Bitly’s “bitmarks”

Sound a bit like blorkmarks. Heh. Well not quite as cool. Anyway, it looks like they’re creeping up on Twitter. Sharing bookmarks with your friends is a lot like what people use Twitter for, wouldn’t you say? Maybe Twitter is … Continue reading

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Not enough places to post

Maybe the best dialog in any movie is in Chinatown when the character played by Faye Dunaway explains the relationship between herself and her daughter to the character played by Jack Nicholson. I’m not going to spoil it in case … Continue reading

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Thread: My First Screencast.

Movie that shows, at a very basic level, how outliners work.

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What if Facebook’s phone is really a camera?

Henry Blodget who writes a provocative investment column for Business Insider, says if Facebook announces a phone you would be wise to dump the stock. He lists seven reasons, which make assumptions about what the product is, and overlook the … Continue reading

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Worknote: bbcriver.com becomes bbc.newsriver.org

Got a question from a user about where bbcriver.com went to.

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It’s not all mobile

I’ve heard a lot of the insiders in Silicon Valley say everything is mobile now. But what does that mean? The protocol of mobile is LTE and GSM and whatever. I don’t know them all because it’s not my world. … Continue reading

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Wikipedia and explainers

Jay Rosen talks about the idea of explainers. People say they use Wikipedia as the source of explainers. I realize I do too. Now the question is this — is Wikipedia the best we can do? Because what it does … Continue reading

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A simple proposal for discussion software makers

This protocol could be implemented by services like Quora, Disqus, Livefyre, WordPress, Stack Overflow or Drupal. I originally wrote it up as an idea for Quora, but realized it should be made more general. 1. Let’s create a very simple … Continue reading

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Will Twitter ever have competition?

There was the beginning of a lively debate at my talk at Mesh earlier this week in Toronto. I say if Twitter ever gets competition, or thinks competition might be coming soon, they will buy a news organization, maybe several. … Continue reading

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