This is per that last post dinging Doubleclick for providing no subscriptions to their otherwise excellent video content.
If you've been wondering why RSS has become part of the basic plumbing for consuming information in the new new world, watch this brilliantly simple video entitled "RSS in Plain English."
If you don't get it after watching this, ya probably had better just hang up this whole new media thing.
It's all about subscriptions, bay-bay....to anything and everything online...now. Easily. Without a lot of hassle and interference.
Click a button...get your content. [Read More]
Todd "Turbo" Watson -- IBM Corporation
Can't we all just get along?
Apparently, we can.
Mashable is reporting that Photobucket and MySpace have now kissed and made up, with Photobucket video embeds once again working on MySpace pages after being forced to stand in a virtual corner for the past two weeks.
But Mike Arrington wants to know "who blinked first and why," explaining that Alexa data suggests Photobucket got a PR boost from the controversy as opposed to what many would have expected to be a significant traffic decline.
Bad news is apparently better than no news at all.
Speaking of PR, DoubleClick is going on a rebranding offensive with an excellent example of new media communications online via a site called "Nervecenter," complete with chic video interviews with CEO David Rosenblatt, who speaks about the new new DoubleClick and the opportunity ahead for "redefining the digital space."
Alas, the redefinition does not seem to have been redefined prior to the announcement of Google's intended acquisition of DoubleClick, which means there's no lipstick to be found anywhere on the "Nervecenter" site about the looming privacy pig...or was that an elephant???
In any case, the "Nerve Center" is (mostly) very well executed -- long on style, shorter on substance -- but struck a nerve with me by not having any RSS feeds in sight?
What does one have to do to get a subscription around here? Drop a cookie?[Read More]
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I joked about the Blackberry outage last week, even getting picked up on the Wall Street Journal Marketbeat blog where many of the Crackberry, pingneedy untethered had gathered to commisserate their untetheredness.
Over the weekend, The New York Times went deep on the story, with reporter Matt Richtel explaining that the need to be connected was a behavior "fueled by powerful social motivators."
"Interaction with a device delivering data gives a feeling of validation, inclusion and desirability," he explained. "It's no fun to be the only un-pinged person in the room."
He also likened the Crackberry syndrome (my un-scientific phrase for the pingneedy) to a sort of "random reinforcement," that the fact that "you don't know when important news will come...means you will quickly engage in obsessive compulsive behavior."
Man...and all these years I just thought people were checking their email!
There could be a new Web 2.0 business model in there somewhere: A halfway house for Crackberry addicts, complete with thumb therapy and ping withdrawal psychoanalysis.
Of course, you could just trade one form of pingneediness for another. The Times also went deep (well, as deep as one can go) on Twitter, which I wrote about during my recent experience at SXSW.
You'll have to read the full article to get context, but Bruce Sterling's quote sizing up Twitter was worth the price of admission:
"Using Twitter for literate communication is about as likely as firing up a CB radio and hearing some guy recite 'The Iliad.'"
Only thing is, the CB radio never came with a global map where you could follow who was saying what from where with the equivalent of realtime digital GPS.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen (and reformed Crackberry addicts), there's now "Twittervision" which allows you to follow the global Twitterers realtime.
The fact that such a thing now exists is both simultaneously fascinating and disturbing.
I figure, at minimum, it will allow us all to keep an eye out for Odysesseus, just in case he does emit a tweet: He'll be the guy wearing the long toga and the well-exercised thumbs.
Me, I'll be sitting back basking in my pingless untetheredness.
And I'll keep the light on for you...but not the Blackberry.[Read More]
IBM announced today that it has processed over 100 million pounds of used and obsolete computer as part of its computer renewal and recycling efforts worldwide in 2006.
This is the fourth straight year IBM has managed to decrease its return-to-landfill volumes.
Old IT equipment has in recent years been no small issue for IT managers everywhere.
As our own Daniel Randsdell, the GM of IBM's Global Asset Recovery Services, points out, "Closets filled with old IT equipment are becoming a huge headache for IT managers across the globe."
It's also worth noting we don't discriminate by brand. Bring your tired and processor-weary Dells, HPs, etc...we pretty much take 'em all.
And if you were wondering whether or not this is something worth paying attention to, try this sound byte on for size: Over 600 million corporate PCs alone are expected to be retired by 2010. But it's estimated only 2-5% of that will be scrubbed of sensitive data and recycled.
That's where the Asset Recovery team comes in. Each week, they take in more than 40,000 pieces of IT gear from clients worldwide, recycling and refurbishing servers, PCs, laptops, even mainframes, at 22 sites around the globe.
Since 1995, we've documented the collection and recovery of over 1.4 billion pounds.
Save a server, spare the landfill.[Read More]
The Google Mint continues to demonstrate steam in its latest earnings, with net income having climbed to $1B in the latest quarter, reports Bloomberg.
CEO Eric Schmidt explained that "We overspend relative to what people think we should capital..." and ..."underspend on people in, say, customer service because we're automated."
But the Google $$$ printing machine ain't the only thing being automated out in Mountain View.
Search swami Danny Sullivan has also outlined some new changes to its search history system. The feature formerly known as "Search History" has been renamed "Web History."
The feature allows Google to record each and every single search and Web site you visit.
Google is being purposely transparent about the move, but the level of personal data associated to individuals is greater than it has ever been with this move.
On the other hand, the personalization of search brings great user benefits, allowing the consumer to reach back and easily find previous searches or Web site visits (search the searches!).
It's a mixed bag. Become a more informed and educated Googler. Read Danny's post and decide if the privacy tradeoff is worth it for you personally.[Read More]
MySpace is attempting to lure the wisdom of crowds as they try and take on Google News and Digg.
The TimesOnline is reporting that MySpace is going into the news business with a service that will scour the Internet for news and let users vote and rank and rate the most popular ones.
But MySpace is owned by News Corp...aren't they already in the news business?
Might MySpace's real motive be to get into the portal business?
Only time -- and a contracting or expanding ad rate card -- will tell.[Read More]
I've been holed up in meetings here in Armonk, so all kinds of news has been sneaking past, including some from IBM.
Yesterday, for example, we announced a new and simplified version of IBM's WebSphere Portal software, one that has some Web 2.0 enhancements as well as a set of tailored "accelerators" that help customers get implemented quickly (also leading to faster ROI).
Some examples of the new Web 2.0 capabilities include enhanced interactivity and responsiveness (including Ajax and REST support), in-line editing, intuitive drag-and-drop, and intelligent page refresh.
Later this month we'll also make the IBM Portlet for Google Gadgets available that will make over 4,000 existing Google Gadgets readily integratable into your WebSphere Portal environment.
You can read more here or you can register here to check out the demo.[Read More]
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No, it's not your battery.
Bloomberg is reporting that Research in Motion's BlackBerry service experienced disruptions overnight in North America and other parts of the world.
Yes, it's going to be one of those days: A bad BlackBerry day.
As of post time, there was no expected uptime.
PC Advisor indicated that the widespread outage began last night, as customers started swarming the BlackBerry Forums discussion board to find out what was the situation.
The U.S. tech support line provided the following message:
"We are currently experiencing a service interruption that is causing delays in sending or receiving messages. We apologise for the inconvenience and will provide updates as soon as they become available."
Translation: Your BlackBerries have stopped working and we're hearing from a lot of you, and we will make it start working again soon or business in the Western Hemisphere could come to a screeching halt and we'll get blamed for it!
CNBC just reported that the outage did, in fact, impact all users in the Western Hemisphere, that the failure began at 8 o'clock last night, and that there are now concerns that an overwhelming rush of messages when service does return could cause greater failures.
Face the music, rest your thumbs: It's gonna be a "Send smoke signals" kinda day.[Read More]
I spent much of today on an airplane...a JetBlue airplane, in fact...so talk about being out of the loop for a full news cycle.
Though I did have access to satellite TV nearly 7 miles up, alas, there were no IP bits to keep me informed of the fact that Google announced a Web-based presentation tool.
Well, excuse me if I don't jump up and down on the roof of IBM headquarters here in Armonk in celebration, but I already have a presentation tool...it's called Microsoft PowerPoint, and it works just fine.
And I can't say as I perceive that to be an overwhelming innovation...although I will reserve judgment until I see the sharing capabilities...that's always the worst part of PowerPointing (it's a verb in my vocabulary) sending multiple versions out to your various colleagues over and over and over again...so if the Googleites do some innovatin' on that front, and also in making it easier to find old versions of GooglePoint slides, then I'll be more convinced.
That, and getting a few million of my closest colleagues to consider a wholesale switch to the new Google PowerPoint clone.
Meanwhile, it's also being reported that Sprint could be Vonage's white knight. I hope that's the case, as I'd like to still be able to make VOIP calls...or any calls, for that matter...from my home office.
Sprint: Together with NEXTEL, and Vonage. "Woo woo, woo woo woo."
And then there's AdAge reporting that media outlets including The New York Times and Inside Edition are purchasing keywordsrelevant to the Virginia Tech massacre.
I'm as big a proponent of search marketing as anyone, but The New York Times having a sponsored link for the keyword phrase "Shooting at Virginia Tech"???
As they shouted at "United 93" when it first appeared in theatres, "Too soon"...not to mention, too direct. I would have expected better from the elegant and usually tactful Gray Lady.
Apparently it wasn't too soon for "Dateline NBC" either, who were already trolling Facebook groups in search of "friends of the accused" and who apparently had "camera crews nearby ready to talk to anyone who can supply information about him and his movements leading up to the tragedy."
I understand the need for "gets" by the major media, but the day after the horrible incident, folks? Haven't those brave and steady Virginia Tech students already done enough interviews for the time being? Maybe give them a couple of days to collect their thoughts without shoving a TV camera in their face?
Finally, it appears that the copycatting has begun, and right in my own backyard.
I discovered late this PM once on the ground in NY that St. Edwards University, a long stone's throw from my home in Austin, had its own bomb scare evacuation earlier today after a threatening note was found in a bathroom.
This led to a cancellation of classes for the rest of the day's and evening's classes to "allow the university adequate time to ensure the security of the campus."
St. Edwards were notified of the class cancellation and dorminatory evauations via both email and loud speaker.[Read More]