links for 2009-04-29

  • "It's been awhile since Microsoft introduced a game-changing social Web application, but Vine — a service that's debuting today with a beta test in Seattle — could be a contender." Seattle Times
    (tags: Vine Microsoft)
  • Based on true accounts and personal experiences, the Singaporean author and former-stewardess exposes many little known facts beyond the stereotypical perceptions of the cabin crew. Written with candour, Janet also shares a comprehensive collection of humorous anecdotes, scandals and love stories 35,000 feet in the air.

links for 2009-04-23

  • Given all this, after a year at Google I realized that I had no idea how my career was going to progress. By contrast, my Microsoft career goals were pretty clear within the first month after I joined the company in 1998.

    This is when I knew it was time to go…

  • It is interesting to look back at the various ways that technology has been advertised to consumers over the past several decades. It is particularly interesting to look back at these advertisements when the featured products have been made obsolete. From the BetaMax to the HD DVD the following are a list of the ads from technology that are either in dead or dying format, or those which are no longer in production.
    (tags: Advertising)

links for 2009-04-20

links for 2009-04-16

  • As a comment below points out, selling “free” Twitter names is apparently ‘against Twitter rules’, though this may only apply to accounts that are inactive. Given the nature of the consulting arrangement between CNN and Cox, it isn’t clear if Twitter will allow users to sell their accounts.
    Personal comment: This might be a way to monetize Twitter, look at it as domain names, what do you think?
    (tags: Twitter)
  • "Strategically, a Microsoft deal looks like a good move," Wharton management professor Lawrence Hrebiniak noted in the article, adding, "Ballmer wants to get this deal done and go against Google. Yahoo should take the money and find other opportunities," Wharton management professor Keith Weigelt agrees. "Yahoo is losing the battle with Google slowly. I'd seriously consider the Microsoft search deal as a way to focus the company."
  • Fallon London's Tate Tracks campaign for the Tate Modern in the UK that got a spectrum of musicians to write an original piece of music inspired by a piece of art in the gallery that was initially only able to be heard in the museum on a listening post next to the piece of art that inspired the music before being released online. It was an idea that got teenagers to visit the museum.
  • So Twitter, be Microsoft, not AOL. Focus on the developers. Enable them to monetize and to grow with you. Become the Internet's first social OS and the rest will take care of itself. Do not chase Madison Avenue. Build the platform, monetize it with value-added services and inspire innovation and Madison Avenue and the rest of the world will plug into you.

links for 2009-04-14