Showing posts from August, 2007

With 15.5 Million Active Blogs, New Technorati Data Shows that Blogging Growth Seems to be Peaking

With 15.5 Million Active Blogs, New Technorati Data Shows that Blogging Growth Seems to be Peaking:

"April 25, 2007 With 15.5 Million Active Blogs, New Technorati Data Shows that Blogging Growth Seems to be Peaking Heather Green After Dave Sifry published the most recent State of the Live Web, I emailed him to drill into a couple of the numbers, prompted by questions at Matthew Hurst and Steve Rubel's blogs.

The data Sifry sent back seems to show that blogging growth is plateauing. The reason? Though social media is going strong, one particular form of it, blogging, simply might not be for everyone."

The Technology Free Press » Blog Archive » Scoble Doesn’t Deserve the Scorn He’s Getting

Helge: I've been following the Valley Talk and it seems that the drama is a part of keeping up the attention. Twitter is a very good news source. I found this blog posting and do fully agree with "A Curious Spectator’s Unsolicited Observations and Commentary on Tech News, Web/Tech, Tech Blogging and Tech Politics."

The Technology Free Press » Blog Archive » Scoble Doesn’t Deserve the Scorn He’s Getting: "I am not a geek and I don’t live in Silicon Valley, California, USA. I live in Chicago. Yet, I have enough of an interest in what goes on in “The Valley” and in the geeks who live, play and attack each other there, sometimes relentlessly, to closely follow the pontifications of The Valley’s tech bloggers.

They don’t miss a thing in the aggregate. I read the so-called A-listers and those barely listed. They are a fascinating, ego-driven bunch who don’t hesitate to step up and challenge anyone who dares to depart from a certain orthodoxy or who haven’t thought out their…


Here is a Google watch-out report. Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt has said that they are definitely going to be a player in the mobile market space. They are also very active in other wireless evolutions. They are building a free Wi-Fi network near their offices. Wimax is on their watch-list. Google would like to become a wireless service provider in US. Many things are on their drawing board and on their to-do-list.

The Google Mobile operating systems rumors don’t die. According to Engadget, “Google will be announcing a currently unnamed mobile OS sometime after Labor Day 2007. "

During summer 2007, shortly after Apple’s successful launch of iPod the blogosphere started to twitter about the next best thing. The supposed Google Phone maker, the South-Korean LG didn’t confirm and Google remained silent as well. The summer time rumor promised a gPhone introduction at the beginning of next year.

Today the blogger How to split an atom writes, “While they are unlikely to be trying to enter t…

Steven Livingstone-Pérez LIVZ

Steven Livingstone-Pérez LIVZ: "Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish to the crowd."

Helge: Noticed this written in a comment to a Scoblizer blog. That's a good statement. New things, opinions, inventions have to face a lot of resistance in the beginning. Looks like visible net personalities are receiving a lot of negative comments. Scobleizer and Jason Calacanis are among those that also attract nasty commentary. I like to read their opinons.

Innovations are Made

Innovations don't happen, they are made. This week has proved it again: innovative people succeed in open working environments where trust and confidence are the building blocks and sharing knowledge and experiences is so important.

Complex technical solutions can't be built or created by individuals anymore. We've to work with teams that are used to work on global assignments.

There is no other way. Global Co-creation and Innovation is important for a small country. We can't do things within the national limits anymore. Finland, with its 5 million inhabitants, is to small.

As China Roars, Pollution Reaches Deadly Extremes - New York Times

As China Roars, Pollution Reaches Deadly Extremes - New York Times: "BEIJING, Aug. 25 — No country in history has emerged as a major industrial power without creating a legacy of environmental damage that can take decades and big dollops of public wealth to undo."
Public health is reeling. Pollution has made cancer China’s leading cause of death, the Ministry of Health says. Ambient air pollution alone is blamed for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. Nearly 500 million people lack access to safe drinking water. Chinese cities often seem wrapped in a toxic gray shroud. Only 1 percent of the country’s 560 million city dwellers breathe air considered safe by the European Union. Beijing is frantically searching for a magic formula, a meteorological deus ex machina, to clear its skies for the 2008 Olympics.Environmental woes that might be considered catastrophic in some countries can seem commonplace in China: industrial cities where people rarely see the sun; children kil…

2008 SXSW Interactive Panel Picker

2008 SXSW Interactive Panel Picker: "Now that social networking is quickly becoming a regular feature set, designers need to understand the dynamics of designing experiences that encourage social behavior, while giving individuals a sense of privacy, personal gain, and ownership. How do you create a symbiotic relationship that maximizes discovery, game-play, connections, and communication? We'll examine a breadth of examples and explore their pros and cons."
How to encourage social behaviorDesigners need to understand the dynamics
Designing experiencesPrivacy, personal gain and ownershipCreate a symbiotic relationshipMaximize discovery, game-play, connections and communicationsThese are interesting questions. I work with them on a daily basis.

The Four Hundred--IBM's Reorg: The Good Me or the Bad Me?

Helge: The definition of SMB means business with no more than 1 000 employees. That isnt' small at all by Finnish standards.

The Four Hundred--IBM's Reorg: The Good Me or the Bad Me?: "IBM's Reorg: The Good Me or the Bad Me? Published: August 13, 2007 by Brian Kelly IBM has revamped its marketing organization ostensibly 'to better target the small-to-medium-sized business (SMB) market' as stated by corporate executives. The System i division had been part of the IBM Systems and Technology Group (STG). System p division had been part of the STG as well. Neither division exists in the new IBM. Instead, there is one sales group that sells large enterprise customers and another that sells to SMBs. As defined by IBM, SMB means businesses with no more than 1,000 employees."

Kronicles - The chronicles of Kaushal Karkhanis

Helge: I've been using Facebook for a while and can agree with The chronicles of Kaushal Karkhanis.

Kronicles - The chronicles of Kaushal Karkhanis: "Wow, I've never blogged about Facebook before - Strange! But all the noise around the top 10 apps for Facebook on the blogosphere, started by TechCrunch's interns - makes me wanna share my faves as well, for whatever it's worth.

Narcissism, if nothing else. First, a quick WTF about Facebook for those who came in late or never did. By far the best social networking application and platform, Facebook was started by Mark Zuckerberg as for his Harvard University.

More history here, but it's definitely defining the future of social software and how we interact with it, and our peer circles. Let me put it this way... way way back, when you wanted to communicate or stay in touch with friends, it was the BBS world, then came email, followed by chat, IM and now - dense social networks like Facebook (yes Ork…

The Blogosphere's Conference: August 9th - 11th, 2007 | Gnomedex

Helge: This is the event everybody are talking about on Twitter.

The Blogosphere's Conference: August 9th - 11th, 2007 | Gnomedex: "This summer, hundreds of the world's leading bloggers, podcasters, and tech-savvy enthusiasts will once again descend upon the city of Seattle, Washington (August 9th – 11th, 2007). The seventh Gnomedex conference is generating buzz in the blogosphere, which underscores our reason to produce it. Indeed, we will once again become the crossroads between producers and observers, between users and developers."

Helge: From and European perspective...

Six years ago, we designed an event that would overturn the unwritten rules of the conference world – organizing a single-track schedule, treating every attendee like a VIP, charging substantially less and providing substantially more. In 2001, we were testing a theory – but by 2006, we were selling out half of our passes before announcing a single participant or sponsor. But Gnomedex isn’t just ab…

Deal to Simplify the Business of Implanted Identity Chips - New York Times

Deal to Simplify the Business of Implanted Identity Chips - New York Times: "The controversy over whether to implant radio identification tags in humans will not be abating anytime soon, but the complicated web of money-losing businesses behind the technology is about to become simpler."

Helge: What's wrong with RFID tags? Looks like tagging items isn't taking off. " blog : community : cyberculture : design : media : photo : podcast : search : tech : video : web"

Nokia's top dog, just not in the U.S.

Third Screen: Nokia's top dog, just not in the U.S. - Aug. 10, 2007: "(Business 2.0 Magazine) -- Life as the world's largest maker of cell phones isn't half bad for Nokia. The Finnish giant sold more than 100 million handhelds worldwide last year, leading to near-record profits. Company shares are trading at their highest level in four years. In India alone, one of the world's fastest-growing mobile markets where an estimated six million people buy their first cell phone every month, Nokia commands a 55 percent market share. In Europe, it's 45 percent."

Helge: Nokia would like to increase its share of the US market. The goal has been set by the new CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo.

Wireless carriers haven't been all that eager to stock store shelves with the high-priced phones that Nokia specializes in (and that sell like hot cakes overseas). That's because American consumers haven't been all that willing yet to pay top dollar for phones when, thanks t…

Connecting Objects

digitalvillages Connecting objects. Leading apparel and footwear companies are using RFID to cut manufacturing and supply-chain costs, and to boost sales.

RFID has been a big promise for several decades. We've some innovative developments in Finland. Low-cost and long-distance RFID reading is a very interesting evolution. The standardization of tags and readers is also an issue. There are lots of patents related questions with RFID.

But connecting objects is certainly coming.

Three years

For the record. Some statistics say, "The average lifespan of a blog is three years." Well then, I started blogging 2004 and have several blogs. According to that, my blogs should be considered senior citizens. Some of them are getting over-aged. Blogging and building my business have become integral and I guess this activity will continue.

Talking tech on Family 2.0 (a niche of Web 2.0)

Family 2.0 is a new concept for me. I'm digesting the information and trying to figure out what it could mean. Microblogging is an interesting media. It provides rapid insights into areas one wouldn't think without being online.

Helge: Rachel Cook is a friend at Twitter. We have exchanged some comments. I promised to take a look into what Family 2.0 means and I try to figure out if there is a niche in Europe.

Talking tech on Family 2.0 (a niche of Web 2.0): "So what is interesting about Tangler? This is a great new Aussie start up that I am proud to say have angel invested in. What intrigues me about this social network is the potential to change the way we engage in conversation on the web. The “Blogosphere” for example is a bunch of blogs that live on the web, free access to any thought or self-expression we want to expose ourselves to. Plus, you can comment as well.

Helge: Rachel, You are an angel investor too. Good to know. I need to learn more about your business and wh…

Twitter -- what is it good for? Absolutely Something! - CenterNetworks - News, Reviews, Insights and Interviews

Twitter -- what is it good for? Absolutely Something! - CenterNetworks - News, Reviews, Insights and Interviews: "Twitter -- what is it good for? Absolutely Something! Posted by Allen Stern, August 4, 2007.

Helge: First I didn't grasp the idea of microblogging. I was too busy maintaining my blogs. I heard about, read about it. Then someone told that Jaiku was great but I didn't want to start sending SMS's. Started Twittering and it's cool and I learn a lot about the people and what they have to say online.

What is Twitter? If you were standing in a bar and a person asked you that question, what would be your response? How would you describe this tool so that a non-geek/nerd/tech can understand. For this discussion let's leave out the API piece. Here is what Twitter says Twitter is: Twitter is a community of friends and strangers from around the world sending updates about moments in their lives. Friends near or far can use Twitter to remain somewhat close while…

Hugo E. Martin on Social Media

This is an interesting co-incidence. I co-write a book about Enterprise 2.0 In Finland. My theme is Virtual Organizations 1970 - 2010. Russia is a specialized national market with own language, culture and heritage.

Finland is open for new things, but the Finnish market for social media and web 2.0 platforms is so small that every single successful enterprise should be looking for global presence. The social media in Europe is also fragmented due to language barriers and differences. The national state mindset is still a big barrier for the evolution of net-based social media in Europe.

The critique of Social Media destroying the old structure isn't valid in Europe yet. Web 2.0 has become so strong in US that counter web 2.0 culture discourses are necessary. Wrote about this in some of my other blogs.

Hugo E. Martin on Social Media: "Aug 2, 2007 Social Networks in Russia.

I working hard to get an overview about Social Networks in Russia ... it is no easy for me and the market is…

About Me « NextUp

We've been Twittering with Doug Meacham as a friend for some time. I guess Doug Meacham commented something about what I asked. There are interesting new titles in the US blogosphere and Web 2.0 Social Media market. Customer Experience is a new title for me. I've heard presentations about experience economy, yes, and yesterday someone spoke at AlwaysOn about the customer experience.

The Finnish business, tech and social media language doesn't renew as fast. We still think in terms of the customer being in the center, which is right, but it's really the experience that counts.

About Me « NextUp: "About Me. headshot2.jpgMy name is Doug Meacham. I am an Customer Experience and Business Strategy consultant with Experience Matters, LLC. I am a 23 year veteran of the retail consumer electronics industry. While at Circuit City, I served in several simultaneous roles including IT Management and Innovation & Strategy development, but my passion lies at the intersection…

NYT about Real estate in US

digitalvillages NYT, Stocks tumbled on fears that worsening ills in the mortgage and debt markets could soon take a significant toll on the overall economy.

The collapse of the US Real Estate market can have global implications. I've following this development for more than a year.

We have a group of people trying to figure out what the effects might be on the Finnish real estate market.

The cult of the amateur

Saturday morning, I've a burst of energy. Feeling that innovative ideas are filling my head. I did listen to some of the AlwaysOn session and liked what the speakers said. I've seen Andrew Keen on some webcasts before presenting argumentations that the web 2.0 is useless.

What should I think about such a statement? I wrote in Jaiku this morning:
Innovating Social Media in Finland means that you have to accept that basically no local market exists. You have to think and act globally! By visualradio 2 minutes ago in Sotkamo, Finland. Add CommentDelete
Andrew Keen said, "I'm not saying all the content is bad, or that every single one of the 70 million bloggers are bad. There are bound to be a few literate ones." Of course he also dismissed the rest as "user-generated amateurism."

He has written a book "the cult of the amateur" and Keen's larger point is not the rise of user-generated content, but the pos…

Join the Journey » Blog Archive » My Journey has begun

It's good to know that prominent people are blogging. On the other hand, big US companies are firing people for blogs and forum entries. The open co-creation and virtualization of organizations is still a quite distant dream.

There is a loud minority speaking for blogs, wikies, social media and global open innovation. The blogosphere is still for a minority playground, even though we are counted in millions and tens of millions.

Join the Journey » Blog Archive » My Journey has begun: "Submitted by: President Bill Clinton

After the 14-hour plane ride from the Dominican Republic, it feels good to be on the ground again. I’m also delighted to be back in South Africa. It’s been nine years since I was the first U.S. president ever to travel to this wonderful country. On that first visit, Hillary and I laid a brick at a women’s center in Johannesburg, marking the beginning of my personal commitment to help rebuild a new South Africa. Since then, I’ve tried to return as often as I can.…

Stanford Always on

I will write more about this. Have been listening to the podcasts. “Social Networking 3.0″ was on the agenda this afternoon at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit. This one was a “must watch” for me, as will be Dan Farber’s later today on “The Democratization of Media.” You can follow along with the conference’s live Webcast here.