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January 24, 2006

And now a word from the Buddha…

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So, I’ve recently started reading Anne 2.0, Anne Zelenka’s personal blog, and certainly one of the most distinctive voices I’ve run across in analysis of the technology and web world. Anne does a really amazing job of integrating her life into her writing without coming across as some kind of self-absorbed, navel-obsessed wonk. A model more bloggers could follow.

Regardless, Anne posts a fascinating little bit that references an older post by Clay Shirky from 2005. If that weren’t enough, the thing that makes it more fascinating is her emphasis on the value of this older material, noting “People have been saying smart things for millenia.” She even manages to cite the Buddha, which doesn’t hurt her point. I think you can add one more thing to that millenia-long list of “smart things”. Hers.

Now, we’ve all been taught for the last handful of years that “first mover” opportunity is too important to pass up. Of course, I think we’ve learned that it’s really less about who gets there first, but who gets there best. In Sergio Zyman’s book “Renovate Before You Innovate”, the author discusses how marketers can turn the old into the successful, even capturing a new audience. I think the lesson that each of these folks offers is simple. Try not to reinvent the wheel.

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January 24, 2006

Either I’m the guy from “A Beautiful Mind” or there’s a trend going on here…

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The New York Times has an article about recommendation engines, while BusinessWeek is writing about Yahoo’s acquisition spree. The interesting meme in each of these is the strong support for services that use humans to build the index (which Yahoo! has always done), as opposed to software (the Google way). It seems Yahoo! is betting the farm on their vision of content, where the user community itself decides what works best. I think they’re onto something here. Stay tuned.

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January 23, 2006

When you’re ready to start that next company of yours…

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This is a pretty useful read. Very enjoyable, and very useful.

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January 23, 2006

I’ve hit the big time!

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OK, not really, but the New York Times has an article in yesterday’s online edition called “This time, the revolution will be televised,” that reads an awful lot like my “The future (will|will not) be televised” post from last month. If I were paranoid or egotistical, I might think that the Times was ripping me off. Good thing I’m neither of those.

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January 8, 2006

Howard Stern is the future of media. God help us…

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Good article on the Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram today about satellite radio and its broader implications for radio in general. They do a pretty solid job of explaining the rules of engagement here as media struggles with consumers’ increasing variety of choice in how they consume content. One notable absence in the article is its avoidance of print media’s struggles with the Internet as a source of information, which fundamentally is the same issue described with regard to satellite/cable vs. broadcast media. The most interesting comment came from NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton, who “…points out that ‘localism’ — giving listeners news, weather and sports that relates to their community — remains the province of broadcast radio. ‘That’s our franchise and ours alone,’ he says.” I know of some bloggers who might disagree. As they say on radio… stay tuned.