Business Economic Technic

You'd pay for Google?!?

<![CDATA[NSLog(); – QotD: Google Subscription:

Question: With all that Google has, including their new Maps, Gmail, and the pre-existing stuff, how much would you be willing to pay if everything but the basic search features became a subscription service?

His answer is “$20,” but my answer is that I wouldn’t pay one cent, because Google is extracting data from me to place contextual ads. Google should pay me.]]>

Business Economic Technic

Will the ad survive?


And about a year ago, I started adding Technorati watchlists, as well as Feedster and Pubsub search feeds, and, Furl and flickr feeds on tags, and looking up terms on Blogpulse and Bloglines, to see who linked to my blog, wrote about key words I cared about or were on a topic, project or company I was tracking. Sometime last summer, I realized that more than half my 300+ feeds were search feeds — key words, URLs and in some cases other focusing information like say, the middle 50% of bloggers based upon inbound links. I would put these search criteria into any one of these services, on myself and my blogs, topics and people I’m interested in, companies and institutions I work for, and that I most often went to read those first. If I were working on something, I’d read the 20 or so search feeds that matter, maybe one or two bloggers that matter… and later go back and read the rest of my RSS feeds for more general use.


Economic Impolitic

More on "fiscal discipline" as the new WMD

<![CDATA[The Washington Monthly:

BUDGET UPDATE….Is the military budget really going up by 4.8% next year? Of course not. What with the costs of occupying Iraq and Afghanistan, there’s going to be a whole bunch more in the supplemental budget submitted later this year.

But Fred Kaplan says there’s more going on than that. The supplemental request this year isn’t just for the legitimate, hard-to-predict cost of the occupations. The administration is also tossing in ordinary, predictable costs that ought to be in the regular budget to begin with.

Read it all. See our government lying like we’re too stupid to read a budget.]]>

Business Economic Technic

Join us: OSN 2005

<![CDATA[OSN starts Wednesday. It's online at and all are invited to join the discussion (there is a nominal $35 fee to participate, which supports running the virtual conference for two weeks):
Weblogsky: OSN 2005:

The conference is scheduled to start February 9, 2005 and continue for two weeks, concluding on February 23rd. Content for the virtual event is organized into three areas:

Online Social Networks in organizations What organizations are using Online Social Networks, and why? What challenges and opportunities do they present? What are the practical applications of OSNs?

Online Social Networks for social and business use

How are OSN’s being used in the workplace and by individuals?

Online Social Networks in the political arena

How have political parties and politicians used OSNs to raise money, explore issues, and mobilize at the grassroots level?

If you are interested in the topics above, participate in OSN 2005 and learn more about…

Effective strategies for creating & sustaining on-line communities;

Methods for getting people to your event, party or conference

Adding value to earn trust and sustain participation;

Using effective design, style and form;

Impact and potential of OSNs in different sectors; and

Trends in the OSN arena.


Business Economic Life Technic

Joho, the anxiety

<![CDATA[Joho the Blog: [tti] My presentation:

I’m sitting in the audience at a TTI-Vanguard conference where I just spoke, which means a cocktail of adrenalin and self-loathing is coursing through my bloodstream.

Read the whole thing. David’s comments about librarians’ willingness to let information go untagged for a while are important to consider (these are people who alphabetize their trash).]]>

Business Economic Technic

Marketers come out of the shadows

<![CDATA[Eric Norlin’s Weblog: Why the Hateration toward marketers?:

Dan Farber has a nice article about how SugarCRM’s “anti-marketing” stance is actually a marketing conceit….a couple of comments:

1. he’s absolutely right — go read early Oracle history. How did Larry Ellison compete and market? by attacking his competitors for “not having superior products” and “just spending more on marketing and sales”….tis an old and *effective* technology marketing tactic.

2. I keep noticing this “anti-marketing” stance in weblogs and developer communities lately — often by those that think they’re somehow thinking in the “cluetrain” vein of things. Quite frankly, I don’t get it….i think i’m pretty good at PR and AR…which is the traditional way of saying that i’m pretty good at starting and maintaining “conversations.”

I also think i’m getting good at building scalable process around integrated marketing “campaigns” that generate leads for sales to work on. And let me be clear: this is not a dirty thing.

Lots more good stuff from Eric, but the key thing here is that making money is actually a good thing: People can use money to buy things, like food, houses and more PCs and software. I’d like to see a cottage industry, not more conglomerates.]]>

Business Economic Technic

What someone needs to build is a creative marketplace….

<![CDATA[New Media Musings: Collaboration, profit, and fiction:

Given that there are 90,000-plus projects on Sourceforge competing for qualified programmers, I wanted to explore a way that open source developers could own the end product. My proof of concept is a group using this ownership structure on a fiction novel I wrote but never published.

What someone needs to build is a creative marketplace with integrated trust and accounting services.]]>

Business Economic Impolitic

The gangsterization of the world is almost complete

<![CDATA[John Robb’s Weblog:

I think we are in the process of seeing the development of the British East India company in reverse. One that controls the flow of resources (and its derived wealth) in Asia (as a start) through a global network of guerrillas.

The gangsterization of the world is almost complete]]>

Economic Impolitic

Krugman: Say 'goodbye' to the best of 20th century American government

The New York Times > Opinion > Op-Ed Columnist: Spearing the Beast:

President Bush isn’t trying to reform Social Security. He isn’t even trying to “partially privatize” it. His plan is, in essence, to dismantle the program, replacing it with a system that may be social but doesn’t provide security. And the goal, as with his tax cuts, is to undermine the legacy of Franklin Roosevelt.


Economic Impolitic

Fiscal discipline: You'll find it with the WMDs

<![CDATA[The New York Times > Washington > The Big Picture May Seem Rosy, but the Deficit Is in the Details:

The budget is notable for including limits on spending that are unlikely to be enacted and for excluding expenses that are sure to be incurred. Here are the most important points:

¶It assumes that all discretionary spending outside of military and domestic security – everything from paperclips to space shuttles – will be frozen for the next five years.

¶It includes no spending for the war in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2006. Those costs are now running about $5 billion a month and are likely to continue at some level in the 2006 fiscal year and beyond.

¶It omits the initial cost of Mr. Bush’s Social Security plan, which would let people divert some of their payroll taxes to private saving accounts. Administration officials estimate the plan would cost $23 billion in 2009 and $754 billion over the next decade.

¶It leaves out the cost of reining in the Alternative Minimum Tax, a tax that was created to affect the nation’s wealthiest taxpayers but is now ensnaring millions of moderate-income families as incomes rise with inflation.

There is much more to take in, but as I wrote this morning this “fiscal discipline” is exactly the kind of misdirection we got about WMD…. By the way, I tried to download the full budget today, but, gee, the link was broken.]]>