Silicon Valley Watcher (Mediasphere)

2016
January
08,
2016
| 03:37 PM America/Los_Angeles
I feel very honored to be ranked #4 by LinkedIn as one of the "top 10 media writers of the year" in the debut of its "Top Voices of the year" list that named 80 writers across eight industry sectors.I also feel a little uncomfortable about drawing at...
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2015
January
21,
2015
| 08:23 PM America/Los_Angeles
Charlene Li, founder of the Altimeter market research group, has a new book coming out in March, "The Engaged Leader." She spoke about the book and her views on social media's impact on marketing, at an event organized by the local chapter of the Ame...
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2013
April
29,
2013
| 12:51 PM America/Los_Angeles
Sam Biddle at ValleyWag from Gawker Media, confidently predicted that for the first time in five years,  Mike Arrington, the co-founder of Techcrunch Disrupt conference, would not make an appearance at this year's New York conference.However, take a ...
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2009
December
06,
2009
| 10:08 PM America/Los_Angeles
(Bill Nguyen - founder of Lala.)Reports that Apple has purchased streaming music startup Lala is bad news for companies in the crowded streaming music sector. Apple does not have a streaming music service and has been struggling to defend its lead in...
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December
02,
2009
| 01:14 PM America/Los_Angeles
Congratulations to Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker Media based n New York city, for record breaking traffic to his network of media sites.The former Financial Times reporter has 9 media sites, such as the gadget oriented gizmodo, media focused gaw...
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December
01,
2009
| 05:57 PM America/Los_Angeles
John Byrne, the former editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek, has launched his own company C-Change Media. He writes that this is a good time to launch a new media company because there are significant advantages.Most of traditional media remains in a comp...
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December
01,
2009
| 12:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
AOL has an uncanny knack for making all wrong decisions at critical times.There was a time when America Online, as it was known back in the early 1990s could have become the Internet if it had opened up its platform. It was the largest online network...
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November
22,
2009
| 06:46 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Financial Times reports that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has had discussions with Microsoft about payments to be able to index its content.The impetus for the discussions came from News Corp, owner of newspapers ranging from the Wall Street Journa...
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August
06,
2009
| 02:37 PM America/Los_Angeles
Spotify is one of Europe's most successful startups. It's a streaming music service with a large number of enthusiastic customers, and a business model that is already producing revenues.Spotify is coming to the US and it is building a war chest. Rec...
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2008
November
17,
2008
| 03:49 PM America/Los_Angeles
On Monday, The Conversation Group set up a "Blogger Roundtable" for Microsoft's Online Services Group that invited leading bloggers to offer their advice on how to improve communications (please see end for who was there.)It was an interesting exerci...
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June
03,
2008
| 12:02 AM America/Los_Angeles
Jigsaw is taking the issue of data portability to the extreme by declaring June 4 as "Data Independence Day" and allowing people to search and download data on one million company records in its database.Jigsaw has trodden on plenty of toes because o...
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May
22,
2008
| 12:13 PM America/Los_Angeles
Here is a short video from the session "How social networking innovations change the way people consumer media?" with moderator Irina Haltsonen from Finland, Harry McCracken, PC World and Carolyn Pritchard, GigaOm. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
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May
21,
2008
| 11:31 PM America/Los_Angeles
Top tips for moderators... It must be tough to moderate a panel when you are the smartest one on the podium. It's not yet happened to me but I imagine it must be agony knowing that the audience would rather listen to you.If you ever find yourself in ...
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April
21,
2008
| 09:01 PM America/Los_Angeles
Buzzlogic is an interesting company to watch. It tracks who is influential in the mediasphere, whcih can be a movable target. What is interesting is how Buzzlogic is trying to combine that with online advertising so that advertisers can target influe...
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March
26,
2008
| 11:15 AM America/Los_Angeles
How should big brands manage their online reputation? Certainly not the Wells Fargo way...Even though Wells Fargo has a blog page "Join the conversation" it doesn't.Last April I had a really bad experience with Wells Fargo and wrote about it. Within ...
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March
25,
2008
| 11:27 PM America/Los_Angeles
Over on my column/blog at ZDNet: Tom Foremski: IMHO, I asked:Are trolls the rednecks of the social media world? The topic of trolls, people who take time to leave inane, usually abusive comments, that kill conversation on blogs, and forums, and othe...
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March
24,
2008
| 04:51 PM America/Los_Angeles
Well done ESPN! It says it won't use advertising networks: From Media Week."We're heading down a path where it no longer suits our business needs to work with ad networks," said Eric Johnson, executive vp, multimedia sales, ESPN Customer Marketing an...
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March
19,
2008
| 05:08 PM America/Los_Angeles
Mike Arrington, publisher of Techcrunch says that it should be possible to roll up the top tech blogs into a "big fat CNET crushing $200 million/year in revenue business."Dan Farber, editorial chief of CNET's News.com, says bring it on:It's pleasing...
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February
11,
2008
| 03:59 AM America/Los_Angeles
It always fascinates me to see how stories move through the blogosphere and into mainstream media. It is always interesting to watch what I sometimes term the "trajectory of ideas" within the mediasphere and the ripples of influence.I like to watch t...
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January
21,
2008
| 12:38 PM America/Los_Angeles
For users of Facebook, inadvertently spamming your friends is one of the annoying features of using some of the Facebook apps. It is also embarrasing to share some personal stuff with a friend only to find that you sent the same message to everyone.P...
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January
07,
2008
| 04:47 AM America/Los_Angeles
I was fortunate to meet Frank Shaw from Waggener Edstrom. He used to work with my former boss at the Financial Times, Paul Abrahams. There is an interesting story here...http://www.siliconvalleywatcher.com/mt/archives/2006/08/microsofts_pr_a.phpPaul ...
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2007
October
30,
2007
| 11:13 PM America/Los_Angeles
I was out and about Tuesday evening at various events, Eye-Fi and UberGizmo and the subject of Chris Anderson, Wired Magazine's super talented editor came up again and again. Specifically, his outlash at PR people, publicly criticizing those that hav...
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October
30,
2007
| 06:19 PM America/Los_Angeles
I was in a bit of a grumpy mood early this morning because it was early morning... I was in Palo Alto to be part of a Silicon Valley Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) panel on the subject of Ethics in Media and PR. And they had misspelled my...
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October
17,
2007
| 10:16 PM America/Los_Angeles
I was running late to Sun's Java update briefing for the media at the W Hotel for 5.30pm. By the time I found parking I'm really late and that's when Tom Abate, my buddy and business reporter at the SF Chronicle calls me. I'm just a block away I tell...
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October
03,
2007
| 10:30 PM America/Los_Angeles
[I recently received an email from a reader in reference to my infamous post: "Die! Press Release! Die! Die! Die!"]By Harry ZaneI am retired from a career that began in journalism, turned to PR, then to marketing, and finally to consulting. And I agr...
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September
28,
2007
| 02:29 PM America/Los_Angeles
Todd Defren from Shift Communications dropped me a note to point out that my Die! Press Release! Die! Die! Die! post is on the front page of TechMeme. That was written in February 2006. But the date doesn't really matter. I've noticed that happen wit...
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September
21,
2007
| 11:32 PM America/Los_Angeles
For a couple of years I've been working on this idea of a Holy Trinity of media. This is my model of how the media industry is transforming itself, and also how it is being disrupted.The Holy Trinity of media is my way of forecasting the 3 key charac...
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August
28,
2007
| 01:08 AM America/Los_Angeles
We went through a multi-media world in the early 1990s, which meant documents that mixed text, with hypertext, with photos, with video, with sound.We now live in a many-media world in which we have all of the above but fragmented into many unique med...
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August
23,
2007
| 07:44 PM America/Los_Angeles
Earlier this year I wrote a post arguing that Google and other search engines should offer a link next to each result that offers a "right to respond." Because search engines will continually dredge up a post for ever, even if the original informatio...
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August
16,
2007
| 07:19 PM America/Los_Angeles
By Tom ForemskiThe conventional wisdom as espoused by the aggregators and search engines is that there is no value in news except in the aggregate, as Google News, Digg, etc.That's why these are tough times for newspapers and news organizations.Howev...
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