3-dot Weekend: Andy Lark goes to Dell; Nikkei on Media Valley; Nick Aster at Mother Jones; Blogging for dollars; The Conversation Group launches; I hate Quechup
Congratulations to Andy Lark. Sun Microsystems' former head of corporate communications is now Dell's new VP of Global Marketing and Communications. Andy is one of the savviest people I know working in media and communications. Dell has acquired one of Silicon Valley's top people. Andrew Lark: The Larks Are On The Move Hat tip to Stowe Boyd.
It's a Media Valley . . .
I've been writing about how Silicon Valley is changing into Media Valley. In the latest issue of Nikkei Business magazine, the top Japanese business magazine, you'll find a long interview with me about Silicon Valley turning into media valley. Hat tip to Hideshi Hamaguchi. (BTW: Tokyo News sent a reporter to interview me recently about LonelyGirl 15, a story that has legs. How we found the secret identity of LonelyGir15 )
Please also see: Media Valley and... Marvelous Musings of Miss Moxie: Silicon Valley has become Media Valley - someone should tell NYC
Mother Jones hires Nick Aster . . .
My good friend Nick Aster is now Media Architect at Mother Jones, the venerable lefty magazine. Media Architect is a term I made up to describe people such as Nick. I'm glad it is being used more widely. It is a term that combines the best qualities of a media professional with a software engineer. Architecting the huge array of media technologies we have at our disposal is a tough job, and Nick has been doing it for a long time, at Moreover, at Gawker Media, on my projects, at Treehugger, and now at Mother Jones.
Mother Jones Hires TreeHugger.com's Media Architect
Blogging for dollars . . .
San Francisco Chronicle's Ilana DeBare interviewed me this week for a piece about how to make money from blogging. All is revealed :-)
Blogging tough way to make money - but here's how
Please welcome The Conversation Group . . .
I like the name, a wise choice to move it away from something like the "Social Media Group" which I'm sure was a temptation.
Congratulations to Giovanni Rodriguez and the other members of the newly formed The Conversation Group. My good friend Chris Heuer is a member of the team. Also Denise Vardakas joins from Eastwick. Mark Adams, co-founder of Text 100 is on the board and so is Peter Hirshberg, CMO at Technorati.
hubbub: Hubbub Merges
I hate Quechup . . .
I fell for it but please ignore any Quechup friend requests. Quechup is a "social networking" site that uses aggressive technologies that spam your address book to recruit users. My apologies to my address book.
Quechup is like one of the early virus/worms that uses your address book and your name, to get people to click. How does Quechup think spamming people's address books is going to build a lasting user base?!
It also damns some of the misbehaving Facebook apps--which are not as bad as Quechup but aren't too far behind. Unless this kind of behavior is nipped in the bud, every social network site will suffer.
See Mashable: Are You Getting Quechup Spammed?