Monday, March 24, 2008

Say hello to Christopher Gabriel

We welcomed Christopher Gabriel into the world on March 20 at 1:26am. He was 8 pounds, 12 ounces and 20.5 inches long. Everyone is well and happy :)

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Time Warner to buy Bebo

Wow. Just when you think Web 1.0 doesn't get Web 2.0, AOL goes and buys Bebo. If you haven't heard of Bebo, it's not surprising. While it ranks third (after Facebook and MySpace) in the U.S., it's popular mostly with the younger set. But it's the number one socnet site in Britain, Ireland and New Zealand with about 40 million users. The price tag? $850 billion, according to Reuters. Now let's just hope AOL doesn't ruin it.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

SXSW Opening Remarks Sketch

This is too good not to share--a "live drawn" sketch of Henry Jenkins' and Steven Johnson's opening remarks at SXSW this year. For more, visit Jenkin's blog.

Don't blame Twitter for the Zuckerberg interview gone bad

For those of you who didn't follow the happenings of SXSW, you may have missed out on what happened with the Mark Zuckerberg (the 23-year old billionaire owner of Facebook) keynote interview. Basically, Sarah Lacy from BusinessWeek interviewed him and the crowd was so disappointed they started Twittering live about how horrible the interview was.

This is the magic and wonder of Twitter, and really all social media. It allows for instant connection among the masses by filling the antiquated one-way media channel with noise. This is a good thing.

But not according to ZDNet O'Hear reporter who says:

"I think another factor in the keynote’s downfall was the use of Twitter as a so-called ‘back channel’. With keynote attendees able to share live commentary instantly, a negative response can spread like wildfire in a profound way that is very different to what’s possible without such connectivity."

Why, Mr. O'Hear, is this a downfall? Shall we revert to our naive trust in the mainstream media for all that is fair and good and not question? I think not. If anything Twitter added to the coverage by pointing out the interviews downfalls.

And btw, I would have posted this comment on ZDNet as well but their registration process is invasive--in addition to my name and email address, which I have no problem providing, it required that I provide my company's name and street address. Get with it ZDNet.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

SXSW | Panels I would attend if I were attending

I'm about to have a baby in about two weeks here, so no SXSW for me this year. But I did look at the schedule for a colleague and wanted to share what I thought were some panels that shouldn't be missed.


The Weird Turn Pro: Crowdsourcing For Creatives
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Social Marketing Strategies Metrics, Where Are They?
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Social Network Coups: The Users are Revolting!
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Social Design Strategies
10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Science of Designing Interactions
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Magic and Mental Models: Using Illusion to Simplify Designs
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Tools for Enchantment: 20 Ways to Woo Users
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


True Stories from Social Media Sites
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

If anyone is live blogging, please let me know. And if you're going, have a great time!