Silicon Valley Watcher (TrendWatch)

2013
April
23,
2013
| 04:14 PM America/Los_Angeles
I'm not a fan of Google Glass because I am absolutely certain it won't be socially acceptable to be video or audio recording people around you without their permission, or to be online constantly without others knowing. It's just creepy and people wo...
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2012
December
24,
2012
| 06:13 PM America/Los_Angeles
This is shocking and it's a direct result of Google's algorithm changes. Here's a case study of a web site being prepared for launch and how a competitor managed to get it flagged as a scam site -- before it was even launched.From SEOBook: "A case st...
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December
18,
2012
| 03:57 PM America/Los_Angeles
William Blake's "Newton" measuring the world.Liz Gannes on AllThingsD, yesterday reported that pageviews, unique views, registered users, and many other forms of metrics used to define online popularity are "bullshit metrics."Analytics company Mixpan...
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July
25,
2012
| 09:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
There is something extraordinary taking place. Google's war on spam sites is tipping the online world upside down and now threatens that most fundamental element of the world wide web: the hyperlink. There is a massive erasure underway of millions of...
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January
30,
2012
| 01:38 PM America/Los_Angeles
Should Apple buy Hollywood? Should Google buy the New York Times? Foremski's Take: People in the tech communities have long discussed the need for tech companies to buy media companies. More recently, there has been discussion about Apple using its $...
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January
26,
2012
| 04:09 PM America/Los_Angeles
Lucy Marcus makes some excellent points in this article from Reuters' Blogs: Lead from the front, or manage from the grave? | Lucy P. MarcusShe shows how boards of directors at RIM, and Yahoo, are making serious mistakes in their efforts to revitaliz...
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2011
October
19,
2011
| 01:25 PM America/Los_Angeles
AdAge columnist Judy Shapiro writes that ICANN's new program, which allows any word to be used instead of .com or .org, etc, will create "one of the biggest changes on the Internet in a decade."She writes:With ICANNs New gTLD Program to commence Janu...
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July
07,
2011
| 04:09 PM America/Los_Angeles
Today's news of the demise of The News of the World newspaper was both shocking and exhilarating: that a 168 year old Sunday newspaper with more than 200 staff, selling almost 3 million copies a week, can be closed so suddenly is without precedence.T...
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June
02,
2011
| 01:33 PM America/Los_Angeles
Updated:Groupon filed for an IPO Thursday planning to raise $750 million reports The New York Times. The filing reveals very fast growth:Shortly after launching in 2008, Groupon notched revenue of $94 million. Two years later, it had swelled to $713 ...
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March
31,
2011
| 01:08 PM America/Los_Angeles
I popped into Edelman's San Francisco offices to hear a presentation on the findings of this year's Edelman Trust Barometer - a global survey measuring "trust" in institutions.One of the key findings was a huge expectation that businesses create shar...
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2010
August
02,
2010
| 03:07 PM America/Los_Angeles
Retrevo has just released the results of its gadget survey and there are many interesting stats. Take a look: States With Households Most Likely To Have Gadgets http://bit.ly/dank2x - New York has the most iPads - 52% more households with at least o...
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July
21,
2010
| 12:24 AM America/Los_Angeles
It was great to catch up with Sol Tzvi, co-founder and CEO of a fascinating startup called Genieo. She's in town this week for meetings with several large companies interested in her company's technology.Genieo installs on a PC and it helps you find ...
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May
04,
2010
| 05:49 PM America/Los_Angeles
An operating system tells a computer where to find data, and where to find various services, such as drivers for your screen. It points to them.The Internet acts very much like an operating system, everything on the Internet points to something: page...
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April
29,
2010
| 11:33 AM America/Los_Angeles
Over the past three years Apple adopted a strategy that exerts ever greater control over the content/apps on its hardware.It has always had control over its hardware and operating system but it now has control over the apps that run on its latest dev...
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April
13,
2010
| 01:54 PM America/Los_Angeles
Twitter used to be a "joke" in that it didn't have a business model. Well, it has one now. It said that it will start to promote ads in Twitter streams.Twitter Has a Business Model: 'Promoted Tweets' - Advertising Age - Special Report: Digital Confer...
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March
16,
2010
| 12:01 AM America/Los_Angeles
It was two years before the iPhone got copy and paste functions. Now, Microsoft says that its Windows Phone 7 Series, won't have copy and paste when it becomes available later this year.Engadget reported:Microsoft just mentioned in a Q&A session here...
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February
13,
2010
| 08:43 PM America/Los_Angeles
I'm still trying to figure out the best way to use Google Buzz. But, already, I've had to 'unfollow' people such as Robert Scoble and Louis Gray because they are way too 'noisy' they crowd out everyone else in my stream.I have had others unfollow me ...
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February
09,
2010
| 04:32 PM America/Los_Angeles
Today's Google Buzz introduction was impressive in that it attempts to link together so many Internet services, and there will be more added in the near future.Friendfeed (now owned by Facebook) attempted to do the same but Friendfeed suffered from a...
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February
08,
2010
| 09:37 AM America/Los_Angeles
I never believed in online shopping price comparison services. Because I never believed that retailers would allow their sites to be scraped and their prices easily compared.Why would they do that? What advantage is there in allowing third-party serv...
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January
28,
2010
| 02:03 PM America/Los_Angeles
Stories about Apple's iPad dominated my Twitter stream and Facebook for many days but the rest of the world cared more about Haiti.Take a look at this graph from Clearspring's AddThis, which shows the stories that people have been sharing:It seems Pr...
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January
03,
2010
| 04:01 AM America/Los_Angeles
A massive dislocation in the crust of the media landscape caused by self-publishing media technologies will raise a media Tsunami that will wash away at the value of all media.The media is dead, long live the media. We now have more media, in more fo...
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2009
August
13,
2009
| 05:40 PM America/Los_Angeles
Occasionally, I will Google myself just to see what content others are linking to and what they are saying. But lately I've noticed that my citations in Google are shrinking. I'm producing ever more content, but Google is finding fewer references.Let...
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July
28,
2009
| 02:55 PM America/Los_Angeles
The questions I struggle with the most these days are these: Where should I publish and how much should I publish?Should I spend more time in the real-time world of Twitter and Friendfeed?Should I spend more time on SVW or on my blog on ZDNet: IMHO?H...
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July
23,
2009
| 08:55 AM America/Los_Angeles
As people abandon blogs for the visceral thrill and trill of Twitter there is something that many might not have considered about the real-time web.There is no Google juice.By Google juice I mean the ranking that Google gives content. Google assesses...
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June
15,
2009
| 08:49 PM America/Los_Angeles
If you look at the stars of the social media scene: in blogging, Twitter, Friendfeed, Facebook, etc, you'll notice that apart from the celebrities, they are all very social -- you could call them hyper-social. Take for instance Robert Scoble, now wit...
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June
08,
2009
| 12:36 AM America/Los_Angeles
As the Twitterati, (and FriendFeederati,) abandon blogging and past-tense sites, is this a sign of the next phase of online media? It seems that way.So what will happen to online advertising, and the "old" media? There's no real-time ad networks righ...
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May
29,
2009
| 02:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
The current fashion and passion among the digerati, or rather Twiterati is for the real-time web, real-time search, and the real-time flow of our Internet experience.For example, just a few minutes ago I noticed that blogger Louis Gray complained tha...
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April
28,
2009
| 03:35 PM America/Los_Angeles
It's interesting that my closest friends and family tend not to follow me on Twitter, Facebook or read SVW. They do occasionally, but it's rare.I don't mind that my friends and family don't really know what I get up to online. But I do know some peop...
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February
09,
2009
| 08:03 PM America/Los_Angeles
More than three years ago I published some rules for today's workforce and I'm updating them so that people can be somewhat protected from the unpleasant effects of losing a job.Since most people are expected to go through more than a dozen jobs, and...
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2008
November
28,
2008
| 04:31 PM America/Los_Angeles
In the "Web 2.0" scene there has been much spoken about the "wisdom of crowds." It is rare to see anyone challenge this accepted notion.Communities are encouraged to express themselves and when they do, you tend to get a uniformity of thinking.I was ...
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