Your IPO: The real reason facebook is adding usernames

Tweet Its been interesting to read reactions around the blogosphere on facebook’s announcement of their adding usernames and the inevitable land grab that will begin tomorrow night when the system goes live. Chris Messina thinks its all about facebook trying to own your digital identity, and he has an interesting post along those lines over [...]

Posted: June 11th, 2009 | Author: Rob | Filed under: email, facebook, Social Media, twitter | Tags: | 1 Comment »

Twitter, URL shortening services, & the future of newspapers.

Tweet As I am spending more time inside of twitter it’s become clearer and clearer to me that the “retweet” (RT) is by far the most powerful gesture in the twitter universe.  So powerful that I think it’s likely to replace newspapers. It is the simple pointing of your finger towards an idea and saying [...]

Posted: April 11th, 2009 | Author: Rob | Filed under: Social Media | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Social Networks More Popular Than Email

Tweet The data is now starting to trickle in.  Here, is a recent Neilson study, for example, that shows that email is starting to slip behind social networks in terms of “active reach”.  Here’s the key exhibit: I can’t say I’m terribly surprised.  The sad fact of the matter is that the companies that lead [...]

Posted: March 26th, 2009 | Author: Rob | Filed under: email, Social Media | Tags: | No Comments »

Twitter Is A Giant Brain

Tweet Given the recent twirtermania sweeping the nation, I couldn’t help but take A close at the transmission mechanisms built into facebook, MySpace, twitter and some other new communications systems.  The whole process has been very interesting and it has really illustrated to me just how big and profound twitter is as a system for [...]

Posted: March 26th, 2009 | Author: Rob | Filed under: email, Social Media | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

User Oriented Design

Tweet We are about to start building some software over here, so it was great timing when a friend recently forwarded me this great post about consumer oriented software development. Its a very thoughtful and thorough post. If you don’t have the time to read it all (it’s so long that it actually has a [...]

Posted: July 3rd, 2008 | Author: Rob | Filed under: email | Tags: , , | No Comments »

More in the Email Buzzosphere

Tweet Email has reentered the blogosphere in a big way over the last 6 months or so. There are so many posts now that it’s impossible to keep track of them all. Dave McClure posted another entry in his recent series on email a few days ago. In his wild-man style, he covers everything from [...]

Posted: May 20th, 2008 | Author: Rob | Filed under: email | 1 Comment »

The Apple Design Process

Tweet My friend John pointed me towards this story about the apple design process from Tech Beat. It was presented at SXSW a few weeks ago by Michael Lopp, a senior engineering manager at Apple. He has a blog of his own, which looks to be full of interesting observations on how technology is changing [...]

Posted: April 7th, 2008 | Author: Rob | Filed under: email | No Comments »

Email vs. Social Networks

Tweet I have been out pitching a new email oriented startup. As I’ve listened to smart people react to the idea, I’ve heard at least five different endings to the sentence “The future of email is _____”. The most frequent ones are: Social Networks SMS IM Mobile Video chat There are other less plausible ones [...]

Posted: April 2nd, 2008 | Author: Rob | Filed under: Advertising, email | 2 Comments »

What does “The Social Graph” really look like?

Tweet The O’Reilly people have been putting on a series of conferences and newsletters that go by the name “Graphing Social Patterns” (GSP). When I first heard that there was going to be a “Graphic Social Patterns” conference, I was excited to learn more. I love data visualization, and the idea of seeing some of [...]

Posted: March 31st, 2008 | Author: Rob | Filed under: Social Media | 1 Comment »

Online Display Advertising Spend Actually FALLS 2001-2006

Tweet I was just reviewing Morgan Stanley’s last Internet Trends report and noticed a very interesting statistic deep down in the text of slide #23: According to Morgan Stanley research estimates, spending on disply advertising online (those graphical banners, buttons, skyscrapers, etc) actually FELL over the period of 2001 to 2006.  In 2001, total spending [...]

Posted: March 28th, 2008 | Author: Rob | Filed under: Advertising | 2 Comments »