Month: March 2011

The Most Important Battle Being Waged in Tech – Part 1

This is a two part series.  Today I will define the most important battle being waged in tech today.  Tomorrow, I will define the contenders and handicap the fight. The biggest fight in social media was always about who owns identity.  Facebook took an almost insurmountable lead when they announced…

Dorsey’s Return to Twitter Means a Return to the Value of the Tweet?

People who have worked with Mr. Dorsey say he has an uncanny eye for technology product innovations. His role will also be to ensure that advertising does not diminish Twitter’s core product. I wondered in this space just last week (immediately before this announcement) if Twitter’s attempts to control advertising…

Social Networks v2: It’s not about friends

Social Media is great for logging your current friends; what they’re doing or reading (Twitter), where they’re working (LinkedIn), where they are (Foursquare) and just about anything else (Facebook).  The problem is, the word “social” is about more than having friends, it’s about meeting them.  Here are just a few…

The Best of the Tech Bubble Meme

Yesterday the New York Times published a story about the (possible) bubble in technology that’s occurring at the moment.  The story itself was just a mainstream version of what has been said by about every blog in the space (including mine), “Hey, there seems to be WAAAAY more investment in…

Sauerkraut Sunday: Sauerkraut Sundae Edition

I have been writing Sauerkraut Sunday posts for well over a year now and I can’t BELIEVE that I wasn’t aware of Sauerkraut Sundaes.  Turns out they’re a feature of the Waynesville Sauerkraut festival that includes potatoe, cheese, sausage and kraut. On to the real purpose of Sauerkraut Sundays… As I…

A Better Twitter Revenue Stream?

There have been a number of thoughtful editorials.  One that I found particularly interesting was this one from Jim Gilliam about the possibility of premium content on Twitter.  It’s a pretty brilliant idea.  If Twitter allowed some of its users to create premium content that people would pay to subscribe…

Anticipate Your Feeder Businesses

On the airplane on Monday I was catching up on Inc Magazine and spotted a little story about Lifesta.  Essentially what it does is allow people to sell and trade their unused GroupOn coupons.  I thought this was a fantastic idea because I believe there aren’t any shortage of people…

A Tweet is a Tweet Without Twitter

Last week Twitter announced a number of changes/clarifications in their API rules.  Essentially it comes down to two pretty clear rules.  One, don’t make new Twitter clients.  Two, if you’re going to display Tweets, make sure it looks like Twitter.  Something bothered me about this and I couldn’t quite place…

“Infrastructure as Code” is a Shift in Responsibility (and Sales targets)

I don’t usually spend much time talking about enterprise infrastructure (what I do for a day job) on this blog, but I spent part of yesterday getting caught up on my enterprise cloud computing reading, and had an observation I wanted to pass along.  Afterall, any internet software company has…

A Couple Interesting Ideas for Social at Work

As I was reading through my morning news I saw a couple stories that I thought were interesting in how they could change the way we work.  Both of these are especially true of smaller companies that are a little more nimble and a little more accepting, from a security…