3/30/08

FriendFeed New Popular Social Networking Site


FriendFeed is the new cool kid on the social media block. It pulls in your feeds from up to 32 sources listed in this picture. I'm sure new ones will be added as they go along. Personally it's an overwhelming amount of information and I find it disconcerting that it's organized by "friend", for instance a list of the 4 twitters person X twitted that day completely out of context. But that might just be a learning curve for me since I haven't really looked at it seriously.

I find it interesting that LinkedIn is one of the feeds and not FaceBook. You can comment, like, link mute comments, and unsubscribe for each individual post at FriendFeed itself. It's a pet peeve of mine that when you comment on something people reply to your comment at the same location where you commented so you have to go back there to read the comment. I usually don't go back and so if someone does reply it's lost to me.

Michael Arrington
has a post about it on TechCrunch today questioning how it fits in with the desire for data portability. He questions where an individualized centralized presence should be. Scobleizer was an early fan, he says because of the centralized commenting and that often the comments there become a much more interesting and lengthy discussion than the original "twit" for example.

3/25/08

Jason Alba: "I'm on FaceBook: Now What?"

Jason Alba who founded Job Search Management Service JibberJobber.com was covered nicely in US News and World Report about his new book "I'm on FaceBook: Now What?" and boosting sales through corporate networking.

Guy Kawasaki posted 10 things you didn't know about Facebook which come from the book also written by Jesse Stay on 4/3/08.

3/20/08

There's A Lot Going On

Like, duh. I'm kind of overwhelmed by all the recent developments in Web 2.0 and I didn't even go to SXSW. It's been about a year since I became interested again in all things Internet after taking a couple of years off to work in traditional TV in Hollywood.

I almost said "real TV" and I'm reminded many years ago of when I got out of MBA school and I moved to Los Angeles to become a TV producer (one can dream, no?). I had worked at Showtime Networks and MTV Networks for 2 years each. Some guy who was friends with a professor had me in to discuss breaking into the biz. He worked at an impressive production company that hadn't had a hit in over 10 years and told me, "call me when you get a job in real TV." Not nice, not nice at all.

It's interesting though. Did you know that The Real World on MTV which arguably got the whole reality TV ball rolling is celebrating its 20th season. I started working online in 1995 at Time Warner's Pathfinder project. Hollywood tried to launch episodics like "The Spot" and "The Couch". I lived in NYC until I moved home to the West coast in 1997. They're completely different in regards to content.

At least in San Francisco there is much more of a focus on the technology and software as content. They're really snobby in NYC and they have a right to be. I'm a 3rd generation San Franciscan and one thing constant about the artisitic community here is that there's not a lot of money in it. In general I think people don't necessarily move to San Francisco to help their career. It's more about the lifestyle.

3/3/08

Analyst: Recording industry needs even newer business models

By Jacqueline Emigh, BetaNews March 3, 2008, 2:23 PM

JupiterResearch analysts are pointing to the music industry's need to revolutionize its business model even further, as social networking sites, Internet radio stations, and legit P2P services are taking command of the market.

As music steps more and more toward online distribution, it will become increasingly important for the entertainment industry to find new business models along with new device paradigms, according to analysts at JupiterResearch.