Somebody Manage My Multiple Phone Numbers...and Social Networks...and Yahoo!..Please
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And no sooner do I arrive in San Jose over the weekend for various meetings and the "Searchanomics" seminar in Santa Clara later this week...
...than I open TechMeme this am to discover TechCrunch reporting that GrandCentral is about to get swooped up by...I'll give you one guess...yah, the Big G.
Mike Arrington writes that Grand Central raised less than $6M from Minor Ventures last year, and was recently pitching a second round of funding.
Instead, they'll likely get picked up for the equivalent of Sergey Brin's monthly allowance.
Arrington suggests the logical intersect here would be synergies with Gmail (which just about everybody uses) and GTalk (which just about nobody uses).
As long as your Gmail self doesn't try to call your GTalk self, you'll be fine.
Me, I think GrandCentral needs to try and live up its name by properly segmenting the market with its cool feat
Of course, we businesspeople need the flexibility to be reached across a garden variety of phone numbers and devices (could there be opportunity to play with the wireless services for truly unified messaging?), which makes the single phone number a wonderful SPOC (single point of contact).
For the kiddoes, the individually customized voicemail responses are most appropriate for that young and hormone-imbalanced tween who just needs to send a message to her latest suitor by attaching a ringtone from the soon-to-appear hit TV reality show, "Paris Behind Bars."
Locked Out, Linked In
Speaking of locked up, Paris is said to get her get out of jail card almost free tomorrow, while business social networking network LinkedIn is sending signals it may open up its API for developers in the 9 months.
Nine months! That's almost a full 7 Internet years! Another business social network (or five) could appear, crash, and burn by then!
ZDNet's Dan Farber spoke with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman at Supernova, who said LinkedIn would likely deliver APIs for developers "ostensibly to make it more of a platform like Facebook" and "to let users who spend more time socially in Facebook to get LinkedIn notifications."
So now I'm gonna be able to get my LinkedIn invites via my Facebook profile? Well heck, let's just go ahead and close the loop and let me connect it all back to my Google profile so I can invite myself to join my own personal social network and in the meantime incorporate AdSense ads so I can make some money while I'm accepting all those LinkedIn invites??!
What I want to know is this: When in the world is somebody gonna invent me an agent/avatar to help me manage my increasingly complex six degrees of separation?
Social networking is hard work and time consuming, and I think I need to do a little social network outsourcing if I'm going to keep up with my day job.
Finally, speaking of keeping one's job, Yahoo's chief ad salesperson, Wenda Harris Millard, landed safely with her beige parachute (complete with pink laces and an embedded sleepover kit) on Martha Stewart's front lawn, where she'll be serving as the new president of media for another recent parolee, Martha Stewart's Living Omnimedia.
Did she jump or was she pushed, asks David Utter at WebProNews? We'll leave that for Oprah's "O" magazine to psychoanalyze.
But while we wait in the receptionist area, Yahoo's new "Search and Display" unit has been formulated to "Search and Destroy," in Panama and jungles beyond, and just in time, too.
Barron's predicted this morning that Yahoo may about to go from the hunter to the hunted, in an article entitled "Will Yahoo Get Bought Out?", which suggests that "the best way to maximize shareholder value is an outright sale."
Though an auction may be in order, don't turn to eBay as auctioneer, which has rebooted and restarted its AdWords campaigns on Google, according to Search Engine Land.
Although eBay has suggested it will share the love by buying keywords from other ad systems, including Yahoo, AOL, and MSN.