Archive for December, 2005

Yahoo Buys

I have never been a user, and I don’t know why. Probably because I have just never tried it or really understood what it does or what benefits it offers any thoughts?

Others Thoughts
Yahoo! buys
Yahoo! and WordPress
Speculation on sale to Yahoo
Yahoo and
Yahoo! buys
Yahoo! buys – Tagging the new pop link
Older Thoughts
Venture Capital Money Tastes
Problems with Delicious

Squidoo goes live

Squidoo went live today. I tried out the beta a few weeks ago, and at that time, I wasn’t allowed to comment on the experience.

I wasn’t that impressed. But, it was a beta. We’ll have to see what it’s like now. I really don’t see how it’s all that much different than a blog/linkedin profile. People use their blogs to promote themselves. People use linkedin to promote themselves. How is squidoo any different other than it has a name that’s different and Seth Godin has used the term Lens? It promotes experts. Or, it gives people a platform to promote themself as an expert. But, don’t the people who are already seen as experts get promoted? It seems that the expert lens creators with high ranks on Squidoo will be the same people who get high rankings everywhere else. It also seems like it’s waiting for the spam artists to attack.

At this point, it could be very popular, but it seems so because people follow Seth like sheep. He’s very smart, and very talented, but somebody help me see what Squidoo really has to offer besides a little more fame, money and notoriety for Godin and the gang. Will it offer fame and notoriety for others? Probably. Will it be successful? Probably. The Squidoo folks have been dangling the carrot for months now, and I am curious myself to see how it pans out. What to do you think?

Other thoughts
Squidoo Beta Goes Live
Squidoo Launches
Built My First Lens on Squidoo
Squidoo Public Beta Official Launch
Long e-tail
Squidoo Goes Live
Squidoo Opens Public Beta
Squidoo Goes Public. Leaves me dry.
Pick Your Favorite (and Least Favorite) Web 2.0 Logo
Squidoo Moves into Public Beta Mode
Squidoo Opens Public Beta
Where’s your Squidoo?
Claim Your Squidoo Space
Seth Godin and Squidoo

Um . . . I still don’t see the big deal.

Squidoo is all about building portals, not blogs.

What is really the fundamental difference? What is really the fundamental difference between a web site and a blog?

Brand X – Beinhart’s Asinine, Huff, Huff Post

Larry Beinhart of the Huffington Post writes and interestingly sour grapes article about branding in politics. Is his idea a good one? Yes. But, his ideas stink.

“If we know anything from the 2004 election, we know that branding is as essential to politics as it is to selling detergents, cars and perfume.

The Bush campaign branded Kerry as a flip-flopper and soft on terror. Kerry failed to brand Bush as anything.”

Every one of Beinhart’s suggestions reaks of sour grapes, which is why none, let me repeat NONE of his ideas for branding Bush and the Republican party would or will ever work. But, there are ideas that will work.

Here’s the problem: NONE of these suggestions will work, and here’s why.
President Loser – If there is one message Bush has gone after, it’s that we must win the war on terror. Beihnart says things like Bush lost things like the World Trade Center and the city of New Orleans, but that is just ridiculous, and nobody will believe that rhetoric.

The Grand Old Hypocrisy Party – This ideas is too long. Nobody will spread it because it’s too difficult to spread. The GOHP? It doesn’t fly. How many people who vote actually know what GOP means and what it refers to anyway. I think a survey would bring suprising results.

Loot and Pollute – Getting warmer, but still not there. Many people (on both sides) are angry about Republican spending, but the language of loot is too strong, which makes it unbelieveable. Pollute? I don’t think it’s possible to attribute this to one person.

The National Incompetence Party – This is just dumb. Attacking the party is dumb. The success of flip-flopper and and soft on terror attacked Kerry and not his party.

The Name-Calling Party – Hypocrisy won’t work. You can’t call people name callers because it is exactly what you are doing.

The Big Secrets Party – This is too easy to replicate in any party. “What aren’t they telling us?”

The Mean Girls Party – This is just, well, asinine.

Sour grapes. You can’t brand something with sour grapes. Flip-flopper worked because there were tangible examples of this happening (or least it appeared that way) and it was an easy idea for people to spread. Benheirt’s ideas would spread like frozen butter.

And of course . . . there are many blogs adding to this nonsense.
How to brand the Bush administration
Telling lies in America

Tom Brady – SI Sportsmans of the Year

Tom Brady Sportsman of the YearNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been named sportsman of they year by Sports Illustrated, and if you read the SI story, you will see why.

“I talked to him in February, and I’m sure his agents must have wanted to drive off a cliff when I quoted him as saying he didn’t need to be the highest-paid guy as long as the Patriots would take the money he wasn’t demanding and use it to make sure the team stayed competitive.”

Whether it’s business or sports, that’s a guy who understands the meaning of team.

Spiritual Crocodiles

This video reminds me of a speech called Spiritual Crocodiles by Boyd K. Packer.

We stopped at a water hole to watch the animals come to drink. It was very dry that season and there was not much water, really just muddy spots. When the elephants stepped into the soft mud the water would seep into the depression and the animals would drink from the elephant tracks.

The antelope, particularly, were very nervous. They would approach the mud hole, only to turn and run away in great fright. I could see there were no lions about and asked the guide why they didn’t drink. His answer, and this is the lesson, was “Crocodiles.”

I knew he must be joking and asked him seriously, “What is the problem?” The answer again: “Crocodiles.”

“Nonsense,” I said. “There are no crocodiles out there. Anyone can see that.”

Charlie Bucket – Entrepreneur

They all knew it was rediculous to expect this one poor little candy bar to have a magic ticket inside it, and they were trying as gently and as kindly as they could to prepare Charlie for the disappointment. But there was one other thing that grownups also knew, and it was this: that however small the chance might be of striking lucky, the chance was there


via [ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl ]

The funny thing is . . . same goes for entrepreneurs pitching VCs, investors, Angels and other fanciful-named people with money to burn. They too know that despite barriers to entry, tough markets and stiff competition. The chance is there. Question is, do you know it too?

Not a bad view

Not a bad view from the window at work.
work window mountains

World Aids Day

World Aids DayI didn’t even know that today is World Aids Day. But, as always, thanks to Google I now know. Google has made a habit of integrating causes, holidays and important people into the design of its main website. Most branding experts would say this is an absolute no-no, but Google does it. And, Google does it well. The company’s mantra of “do no evil” goes beyond being passive. It promotes good.Google Logos.

World Aids Day.

On another note:

A controversy erupted at a global AIDS conference on Monday over whether abstaining from sex or using condoms was more effective to prevent the disease.

You’re kidding me.

via [sayanythingblog ] via reuters