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2009

“Why Am I The Only Woman Speaker?”

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This was a great impromptu type presentation.  Kristina Halvorson was on stage and gave a talk on Web Content.  Then ended her talk and everyone clapped.  I thought wow 15 mninutes that was short. Then she walked back on stage, and said I want to talk about something else.

The title of this post is what the slide said as she told us what she wants to talk about.  This is a great eye opener.  Chris Messina and Ryan Carson are joining her onstage to discus not just the fact that all men are speaking , but they are also talking about diversity.  They are talking now about the "White Boy’s Club".

This is a talk that I want to talk about more and certainly something we are tuned into at Blog World Expo and what we can do about it.  I’m hoping we can get Kristina to agree to talk to us on our radio show.  I will try to flag her down to discuss this very issue.

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The Future of the Web Browser

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Ben Galbraith and Dion Almaer here are talking about the future of the Browser.  I learned something about Ajax and the revolution of the web. I hear lots of developers and others talk about Ajax and it in my mind is the cleanser, but it means big things to the web.

They talk about now things are changing like going from that pong game to the games of today.  Things are much more robust now.  There are technologies that are avaiable now or are being developed that are bringing us to the future.

One of the things that I am curious about is how they are going to address the mobile world with browsers.  They discuss flash and other apps with mobile phones but browsers are becoming better and they don’t need to have that now.  They talk about the newest Palm Pre as revolutionary.

The big question mark behind IE on their slide and what it will do to keep up.  The crowd all had a good laugh about that.  Seems that IE is really falling behind in the browser race.

These were the four areas they were excited about in the future of the web browser.

  1. Canvas
  2. Fast Javascript
  3. Web Workers
  4. Desktop Integration

The possibilites that they are seeing are coming.  iWork is doing some cool things and Bespin from Mozilla is working on the future of the browser that is doing thigs that we are used to on the desktop that we can use on the browser.

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Jason Fried of 37 Signals at FOWA

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No this is not his latest dance move of "Walk Like An Egyptian".

Talking about the web app world and the footprint we leave.  This is not always byproducts like oil ad sawdust, but it is knowledge and experience.  That is a byproduct of the industry.

Ruby on Rails is a byproduct of Basecamp.

Jason is not a fan of "Free".  We should stop doing things for people for free.  The model doesn’t work.  "Start charging for your products."  "Freemium works."

His other message is that we need to stop making failing a good thing.  We would never tell a farmer that we want his crops to die.

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Blog World In Miami

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I made it down for Miami Wordcamp and Barcamp and had an oppotunity to speak at Wordcamp on Sunday. Yesterday I attended the workshops at FOWA ’09 did a live radio broadcast for Blog World Expo radio you can listen to over in the sidebar and had an opportunity to meet some really nice folks at the Social Media Club meetup for the South Florida group.  It has been a really busy few days here.

Today I am here attending the presentations in the big theater room of the Adrienne Arsht Center here in Miami.  This is an impressive stage where they hold theater productions and today will be not much different as we listen to some of the speakers that will be appearing.

Ryan Carson of Carsonified will be introducing and kicking off the event.  He will first be introducing Jason Fried of 37 Signals.  I will bring you some live blog posts as they unfold and will be publishing a few times today before I have to catch my flight home.  Stay tuned.

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Do You Read "Terms of Service"? Who Owns Your Content? Should you Be Scared?

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I was recently reading the blog post by Brian Solis over at PR 2.0 entitled "Facebook and the Reality of Your Online Content" and I wanted to ask the question, do you read the terms of service?

I came from the legal world before getting into this web 2.0/social media/blogosphere/Twittersphere or whatever the case may be.  I am the first to recognize that many people have no clue what I am talking about when I mention the three letters of TOS.  We have referred to this in many circles as the fine print, the end of that car commercial where the guy talks at a million miles a minute and we really have no idea what he is legally disclosing to us.  Of the 175 Million or whatever number of users there are in Facebook and other online social networks, I wonder what the number of users are that actually pay attention to what they are signing on for and how they are effected?  Did you read the Terms of Service?

Many of us would be horrified by the things that we have agreed to in these sites.  Brian spells out for us an excerpt from the Facebook TOS that causes me alarm:

You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.

I unfortunately understand the terms, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive and other spooky terms used.  I have seen them wielded like a weapon in the legal world and used quite effectively. This is a time of watching as we see networks try to move to the next level.  Most of them had no idea they were going down a path and now they are trying to retrofit ways to monetize and use information as it is collected.  Keep your eye out for more things like this to unfold as we see companies like Twitter try to implement a business plan.  How can they change their legal rights after the fact?  They change their Terms of Service.  Have you read them recently?

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Do You Read “Terms of Service”? Who Owns Your Content? Should you Be Scared?

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I was recently reading the blog post by Brian Solis over at PR 2.0 entitled "Facebook and the Reality of Your Online Content" and I wanted to ask the question, do you read the terms of service?

I came from the legal world before getting into this web 2.0/social media/blogosphere/Twittersphere or whatever the case may be.  I am the first to recognize that many people have no clue what I am talking about when I mention the three letters of TOS.  We have referred to this in many circles as the fine print, the end of that car commercial where the guy talks at a million miles a minute and we really have no idea what he is legally disclosing to us.  Of the 175 Million or whatever number of users there are in Facebook and other online social networks, I wonder what the number of users are that actually pay attention to what they are signing on for and how they are effected?  Did you read the Terms of Service?

Many of us would be horrified by the things that we have agreed to in these sites.  Brian spells out for us an excerpt from the Facebook TOS that causes me alarm:

You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.

I unfortunately understand the terms, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive and other spooky terms used.  I have seen them wielded like a weapon in the legal world and used quite effectively. This is a time of watching as we see networks try to move to the next level.  Most of them had no idea they were going down a path and now they are trying to retrofit ways to monetize and use information as it is collected.  Keep your eye out for more things like this to unfold as we see companies like Twitter try to implement a business plan.  How can they change their legal rights after the fact?  They change their Terms of Service.  Have you read them recently?

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The 100 Best Blogs In The World?

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At least according to The Times of London Blogger Bryan Appleyard. Bryan not only gives us a great list (this is just part one) including some gems I had never heard of but gives a great explanation about what makes blogging so fun and addictive even for professional journalists:

The total number of blogs is thought to be approaching 200m, 73m of them in China. I can see no reason why there shouldn’t be hundreds of millions more, because, you see, blogging is like smoking or gambling — hard to give up. Ever since I started blogging (March 15, 2006), I’ve been trying to stop. It’s not that it’s time-consuming — I’m a casual blogger. Nor do I feel intimidated by the brutal worldwide abuse from other bloggers that every blogger of any prominence inevitably attracts. I don’t even feel it’s much of a burden: if I don’t want to post, I don’t post, and on a couple of occasions I’ve handed over my blog to others.

No, the reason I keep wanting to quit is the intimacy and exposure of the blogscape. (“Blogosphere” is the name everybody else uses, but I’ve invented my own, slightly better word.) I am, because of my blog, “out there” in a way that, three years ago, I would have found inconceivable, terrifying. I still do. I am also, thanks to Thought Experiments (the title of my blog), exposed to the tribulations of an enormous extended family of commenters, linkers, gypsies, tramps, thieves and, worst of all, intellectuals. Being a nuclear type myself, this is traumatic.

This post is well worth the time in clicking through six pages of of Times Online ads.

If you are a political junkie like me and can’t get enough of political blogs check out this one from Bryan’s list authored by the staff of the Brittish Embassy in Harare, Or how about a little irrevrent pop culture from Go Fug Yourself. If you are planning on bicycling around Copenhagen then Copenhagen Cycle Chic is a must read.

I can’t wait for part 2 of his list.

Join Us As We Kickoff Blog World Expo Radio 2009

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Today we will be kicking off our radio show that we have been doing using the Blog Talk Radio application. Join us today as we get geared up for the rush to the 2009 Blog World and New Media Expo in Las Vegas. I’ll be discussing the initial things we have seen since the show and talking about what has occurred, what will occur and can talk about the latest news in the blogosphere. We expect to have our show each Friday at Noon Pacific Time to make sure to get it on your calendar.

Twitter Feeling The Burn But Still Leading Micromedia

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I have been following along with the news that Twitter is seeking funding from VC people and have also looked at the idea of Twitter being offered up for sale. Paul Boutin in that piece at the Industry Standard talks a little about the numbers that Twitter is facing as its annual mortgage rate so to speak:

Twitter’s PR team hasn’t responded to my email, so I’m stuck with guesses. First, how many employees does Twitter have? Co-founder and creative director Biz Stone emailed to say there are currently 27. Using a West Coast average of $125,000 per year in salary, benefits and overhead for staff, that’s under $4 million per year for staff.

and further states:

Last year, the company’s blog claimed costs of $1,000 per user per year to send SMS messages to Europe — which is why Twitter stopped sending them. But there are no numbers for what its U.S. customers cost. To calculate that, we’d need to know the total number of tweets sent through the system in, say, a month, plus the per-message price that Twitter has (hopefully) negotiated with cellphone carriers. I can’t even find a good guess anywhere on either of those.

The numbers have never been provided to anyone and the folks at twitter are keeping the solid stuff under wraps. I would have liked to be a fly on the wall as they negotiate the numbers and showing their ideas and business plans to the people with their bank accounts but we may not get that privilege. Is their company really worth $250 Million? Many are questioning how that could be since they have shown no real idea on how they will make money. Others yet have said that they are clearly worth more than that including those people at Facebook that offered to purchase the company at a price tag of $500 Million. In spite of the arguments for and against, it is interesting given the current economic problems we face. We will keep track of the story as it unfolds.

MacWorld isn't A Trade Show!

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Excuse me but I have to rant for a moment. First Robert Scoble posts that Apple pulling out of Mac World is a sign that Social Media is killing trade shows. Which was bad enough but in Robert’s defense he is a tech blogger not a trade show expert.  But then Expo Magazine posts this:

Why does a trade show have to have a grid of booth spaces? Why can’t a trade show also be a film festival?

Well because that’s what makes it a trade show. According to Websters:

: a large exposition to promote awareness and sales of especially new products within an industry <a computer trade show>
Now a trade show can be lots of other things as well including a film festival but having booths, or tables, or exhibits of some sort is what makes it a trade show by definition.
That point aside MacWorld isn’t a trade show, it’s a consumer show with a trade element to it. Which is exactly why the end of the article mentions this:
Apple’s decision to pull out of Macworld is part of a larger corporate strategy de-emphasizing trade shows in favor of reaching customers directly through its retail outlets.
You see consumers visit retail stores to buy things. Wholesale distributors and retailers attend trade shows to select products to sell in their retail outlets. Most trade shows do not let consumers in (officially) they sneak in (in big numbers at events like NAMM, CES and the now defunct E3). Exhibitors at trade shows do not build their booths to see consumers, in fact they hate dealing with them because that is not their purpose for exhibiting.
/rant off

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