BuzzMachine… by Jeff Jarvis

<![CDATA[BuzzMachine… by Jeff Jarvis:

Since the internet started, many big-time publishers have struggled to convince big-time advertisers that this new medium is not just about direct response (click-through) but also about branding (that is, the value of associating your brand and product with a media brand — the reason to advertise in a glossy magazine with a classy audience, for example). That is why the Online Publishers Association was created.

But note what Denton has done twice: He got big-time advertisers to sign onto a product that didn’t even exist yet. Take it from a guy who started a magazine; that doesn’t happen. So why did they do it? Clearly, they wanted to be associated — branded — with the next, new, cool thing. Just being the first in equals branding. That is a value of this new medium: its newness.

Jeff also blasts Andrew Sullivan for squandering his brand by taking time off for a book project…. But, basically, a brand is built over a very long —years—of delivering great value. There are still a ton of fly-by-night brands out there.
Newness is novelty, and novelty wears out.]]>

Business Impolitic

Curry: Next, I make the money

<![CDATA[New Media Musings: Curry on the next stage of podcasting:

Fortune: Just as blogs are challenging mainstream media, ex-MTV veejay Adam Curry predicts that podcasts will take on radio and satellite. Curry and partners plan to launch a podcasting network.

For a guy who has argued that podcasting should not be corrupted by money, Adam Curry sure seems bent on making a company run on podcasting revenues. You should hear what fees he asks for meetings. The problem I have with a lot of the purists on blogging and this new version of audio distribution (seems to me Don Katz came up with this idea about 11 years ago—I was there) is that they are willing to take large fees for their insight but refuse to admit others can and should be able to make small fees for actually doing the production work….]]>


ANM first to audit ad servers

<![CDATA[ANM first to audit ad servers
Noted: Things count.]]>

Business Technic

That's a lot of broadband

94 mln Internet users in China, 43 mln have broadband:

The number of Internet users in China climbed to 94 mln by the end of 2004, according to China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC). Broadband users jumped by nearly 150% to almost 43 mln. China’s Internet users account for 7.2% of the population, still below the world average of 12.7%. Hong Kong has 3.3 mln Internet users, while Macao has 201,000 online – 51% and 46% of their populations, respectively.


Brilliant Human Achievement Business Technic

Making my previous point

<![CDATA[Wired News: Folksonomies Tap People Power:
The job of tags isn’t to organize all the world’s information into tidy categories,” said Stewart Butterfield, one of Flickr’s co-founders. “It’s to add value to the giant piles of data that are already out there.”
These days, a growing number of sites whose content is user-created rely on tagging systems, also known as folksonomies, for the added value Butterfield is talking about. Flickr and the social-bookmarking site Delicious, along with Furl, are generally considered folksonomy trailblazers, but now sites like MetaFilter and the blog index Technorati have jumped on board, and more are expected to follow.
“It’s very much people tagging information so that they can come back to it themselves or so that others with the same vocabulary can find it,” said Thomas Vander Wal, the information architect credited with coining the term “folksonomy.”
Chaos produces more order than order does….]]>


Flexibility is wisdom in a post-modern world

<![CDATA[Frank Patrick’s Focused Performance Weblog: Johanna offers more of her usual good advice
“We’ve all see the phenomenon that as soon as you’ve scheduled the project, the schedule is out of date. If you plan to invest in replanning and rescheduling, that doesn’t matter.”
…and this is advice that can be taken whether you think of your plan as “agile” or as “waterfall” or anything in between. Even if you’ve got a big duf (big design up front) situation, there is nothing to say that it’s necessarily carved in stone.]]>


Seeing inside Bill Gates' head and not liking what you see….

<![CDATA[ – Blair and Gates in doodle mix-up – Jan 31, 2005:
It seems Bill Gates is “stressed” and “not a natural leader”:
LONDON, England (Reuters) — When a sheet of paper covered in doodles was found on Tony Blair’s desk at the Davos World Economic Forum, handwriting experts delighted in analysing it, concluding the Prime Minister was stressed and under pressure.
Experts who examined the tangle of boxes, circles, loops and notes on debt and trade variously described Blair as “struggling to concentrate” or “not a natural leader” and “stressed and tense.”
But there was a problem.
The doodles, it later transpired, were nothing to do with Blair but were the work of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who shared a table with Blair at the summit.
“Somebody from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has said that the notes are from Bill Gates rather than from Tony Blair,” a spokesman from Blair’s Downing Street office said on Monday.]]>


$17.6bn buys a lot of lunches

<![CDATA[ – Venture capitalists raise $17.6bn :

Venture capitalists raised more money from investors last year than in the previous two years combined, raising concerns in some quarters that too much money will once again threaten investment returns.

However, the $17.6bn that was put into new venture funds last year was still a small fraction of the $106bn that poured into the industry at the peak of the dotcom boom in 2000.

The contrast between the amount raised (more than the previous two years combined) and the paucity of investments we still see is explained by the overwhelming contraction of the VC market since 2000. Basically, it’s very like the employment market. Yes, more people have jobs than a year ago, but far fewer people have jobs than normal economic growth would have provided since 2000.]]>

Business Technic

Silicon Valley Watcher: Blogging is the most honest form of self-promotion…can corporations adjust?

<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Watcher: Blogging is the most honest form of self-promotion…can corporations adjust?:

Instead, blogging will enable effective and honest communications. Companies will communicate with their communities of customers.

The future is about the enterprise as publisher/publication.

Not exactly, but that’s close. The enterprise is a mind, one that has been closed for a long time. A Renaissance in enterprise thinking involves first the embracing of permeability, then the idea of managing the expression by the enterprise, which is what a publisher is concerned with.]]>

Business Impolitic

MBA Member Applicants for January * A news item at

<![CDATA[MBA Member Applicants for January * A news item at
You can check out who is applying for approval (several friends of mine are there and I respect them for applying). It’s a club I probably won’t join, because the ethics thing will work itself out from the bottom up this time ’round.]]>