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This seems like a great move by Spotify to convert more paying users, or at a minimum increase usage that they can sell ads against. As you mentioned, ad-free + offline downloads + on demand is compelling enough to get my $9.99/month.
1 day, 10 hours ago on Spotify is now free on mobile. So why bother subscribing?
I got a similar email from Fandango
3 months, 3 weeks ago on A sign that the new Gmail is really solving core emails woes
The stache is a great example of peacocking. It's noticeable, and it's a conversation starter. I wouldn't put it on my car, but it adds a fun factor to the Lyft brand. How many photos of Sidecars do you see on Twitter? I get that some people don't like it and wouldn't want to be seen in a car with a mustache. You can't please everyone. I'll bet the net effect of the stache is more positive than negative for Lyft.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Lyft and the great pink (douchey) mustache debate
@JuanDulanto they are likely handling delivery themselves. No way would this be viable if they were shipping FedEx overnight.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Are meal delivery services the future of groceries? PandoDaily finds out
@westseattleblog They're actually not completely siloed. For my neighborhood (Mission Bay in SF), you can choose to broadcast your messages to 9 nearby neighborhoods. The granularity of neighborhoods helps filter out irrelevant noise. If something is so urgent that it needs to be shared with a broader area there are bigger mass-media outlets that can accomplish that purpose.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Nextdoor’s unexpected killer use case: Crime and safety
@alexrmurf fair point regarding the current offering. I just don't see people changing checkins to Google. My hypothesis is that this type of pre-check in will be more successful in an environment where people are already accustomed to do so. What is Google's social calendar product? I'm not familiar with it.
11 months ago on Google+ is missing a huge opportunity and should acquire this startup quick
I like the concept of a pre-checkin but I just don't see people adding yet another service to do so. Facebook already has event pages and checkins, so this feels like a more natural extension there. It would be cool if you could create a shared social calendar with manually entered pre-checkins and auto updates from other sources like OpenTable and Eventbrite which you could share with certain friends to let them know what you're up to.
I wholeheartedly agree that many of the improvements you suggested should be "table stakes." The reality is that to justify that $8.5B valuation, Twitter needs to start making money, and that's not going to come from individual users. Until recently, their suite of products for advertisers has been way behind its competitors. I'll bet if you put together a similar comparison of features built for users vs advertisers leading up to 2012, the list would skew strongly toward the user side. That said, let's hope that 2013 will see the focus shift back in the direction of the users.
1 year ago on Okay, Twitter, you’ve done good by your advertisers. But remember your users?
If someone is in fact "well known," is it necessary to begin their bio as such?
1 year ago on #DominateFund badly misses the celebrity integration mark
As a page manager, I understand why, from a user perspective, all posts from a page are not features in the newsfeed. I'm ok with this. What's frustrating is when changes to the newsfeed curation formula drastically decrease my page's reach after I've invested a lot of money to get likes. As a marketer, it's your job to understand the value of a like, to have a general idea of what the reach of a Facebook post will be and then to allocate budget accordingly.That's tough to do when Facebook changes the rules of the game midway through. And these are not minor changes.
Almost a year ago I noticed that our reach had decreased ~50% overnight due to changes in the newsfeed algorithm, even after growing our fan base from 70K to 90K. This effectively reduced the value of our page by half.
1 year, 1 month ago on Enough with the entitled whining — Facebook isn’t running an advertising charity
This has some great potential if they can get enough quality content owners on board.
1 year, 2 months ago on Oyster raises $3 million from Founders Fund for “Spotify for books”
I'm interested to see how they differentiate themselves. For me the process if renting a car under that status quo is pretty painless, particularly after you've created a profile, which I expect most business travelers have done. Also even with only three main companies, that seems to be enough to keep pricing reasonably competitive. All that said, I welcome Silvercar with open arms if they can improve upon the experience and offer lower prices.
1 year, 2 months ago on Silvercar snags $11.5M to disrupt airport car rentals
@nathanielmott Maybe it's dynamic based on the apps you've already downloaded. When I looked again after your reply it was different for me. This time:
App row 1 "great games on iphone 5"
group row 1
app row 2 "amazing apps on iphone 5"
app row 3 "new and noteworthy"
a "redeem" button
so today i lost group row 2 and don't have quick links. i'm also on an iphone 4 with iOS6. maybe that's a factor?
1 year, 2 months ago on Love and Hate in the iOS 6 App Store
I'm only seeing five rows of content in the featured section--two sliders and three rows of app icons.
When I saw that part about "unusual requests" it occurred to me that they may want to be careful and warn drivers about becoming a "mule" service for certain other products.
1 year, 3 months ago on Ridejoy for iOS: Behind the Making of A Ride-Sharing Mobile App
@robinsinghvi Zimride is another http://www.zimride.com/
The link for "Hoffman's best quotes" is taking me to a blank untitled clip on reelsurfer.
1 year, 4 months ago on ReelSurfer Turns Our Reid Hoffman Videos Into 30-Second Sound Bites
Two great use cases: weekday Giants day games when people are out of their spaces and at work and Cubs parking in Chicago. In Chicago you'll always see local residents out on the street holding homemade parking signs up.
1 year, 4 months ago on Another Day, Another New Marketplace: Park Please Tackles City Parking
Cool concept. I could see how pricing could be attractive enough that this would be competitive with shared work spaces. I'm wondering how they'll address the possibility of the guest and host going offline after the initial month or two.
1 year, 4 months ago on PivotDesk Is Making a Play for Startup Office Space Everywhere
Useful concept. Once credit card fees are taken into account that doesn't leave much margin.
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