4,000 Tweets

September 16, 2013

The other night I noticed that I’d hit 4,000 tweets. Never thought I’d do it. I signed up for Twitter both reluctantly and cynically. I thought it was just a compressed means of notifying the world of what I’d had for breakfast. I already used Facebook to spread that important news. Now with three years of twittering under my belt I find that I’ve averaged about 120 tweets per month. Verbal, no? The stats are neither here nor there. The only question is: was it worth it? (more…)

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The Facebook Fiasco

May 29, 2012

This past few weeks have been a great eye-opener about Facebook, social media, and about the web as an ad-supported medium. It’s been just about as significant for IPOs and the VCs and investment bankers who conjure them. (more…)

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Facebook is Running Scared

April 25, 2012

There’s an excellent article in the London Financial Times that’s the best I’ve yet seen describing the real challenge facing Facebook and by simple extension the Internet, as it exists today. (more…)

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Leaving Facebook

April 9, 2012

Dark clouds formed in happy valley today. The two biggest? Facebook bought Instagram for a billion dollars and Microsoft bought 800 patents from AOL for a billion plus. Two billion dollars spent. For what? (more…)

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Airbnb and the Comfort of Strangers

July 31, 2011

“Travelling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”
— Cesare Pavese, quoted in The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan

The moral of my Airbnb saga is simple: this company is still using training wheels while it’s being funded like a mature adult. (more…)

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