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4 months, 1 week ago on I challenged hackers to investigate me and what they found out is chilling
@MikeBelsito @mattmcgee32 Yes, those figures were way off because I misread them in OpenTable's 10K. The story is fixed. I appreciate both of you letting me know about it.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on OpenTable is hoping for a second serving
@sardire If your comment is a subtle allusion the postseason so far in 2013, I'm inclined to agree with you. :)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Google: World domination starts today
@SeanWeinstock Your point about data is interesting. Sometimes it feels like Facebook has backed itself into a corner by having to check in with users for every incremental change in its policies on collecting private data. While Google is a vacuum that sucks up our digital contrails and remembers where we've been better than we do. It's not clear to users how both companies are parsing that data. But as far as the user-interface side of that data collection process goes, Google definitely has the advantage.
@TechDude44 Perhaps, but the image is from a satire in the National Film Registry, and one that takes the wind out of autocracy. I thought it conveyed the ambivalence many feel about Google controlling personal data. Not sure why it bugged you, but that wasn't my intent.
@markrogo Good point. It's not nitpicking. In a market where desktop sales and usage are both declining, this isn't surprising. But it's also good reminder that a lot of the mobile growth FB is seeing is coming at the expense of its older, and core business.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on How Facebook bucked the trend of disappointing earnings
1950s epithet = potty mouth, connotations of June Cleaver threatening to wash someone's mouth out with soap. This is the Internet, people use adult language sometimes.
Thanks for explaining the relativist label. No, I am not a relativist.
SV is *occasionally* in the crosshairs. Most of what I see is people writing about new technologies, the companies making them and whether they're doing it well or not. It's not even close.
8 months, 1 week ago on What the hell is a “real journalist” anyway?
I wrote that for the reasons I spelled
out in the piece. I respect your accomplishments. I respect that some
people value your perspective. I respect that your anger at one or
two writers may well be justified. But you painted with a broad brush
all serious journalists – in your words, “a few thousand people
in America who can make a living through his reporting – which
includes Madrigal, the writers of this site, a lot of talented
colleagues, and me. I have no problem with you per se, or even your
1950s-era epithets. When someone says bullshit about me and what I
do, I call bullshit. Pardon my pottymouth.
We can disagree on terminology, but
your 830 words is not a short blog post. And it was a tirade. You
made generalizations about an entire profession. You imputed
insulting things about a writer that are indefensible because they're
not true. And while in previous posts you've shown a shrewd
understanding of the business side of content, you fundamentally
misunderstand what journalism is here.
Sorry I haven't written for 17 days
here. I'll write more if it matters to you. But on the other hand, if
you don't like what I write you don't have to read it.
@statspotting Yes, but that map he was talking about was drawn in 2010. A lot of that territory has been colonized since then.
10 months, 1 week ago on Is pretty good really good enough for Facebook?
@hopefuleefair Facebook raised plenty of money when it went public, so buying the stock may not help so much. But the advertisers that give Facebook most of its revenue are trying to reach consumers under 25, which is why they matter so much to the company.
@jonathanjaeger I don't necessarily disagree. When I was writing this, I wanted to avoid veering into speculating on actual deals and merely show theoretical examples of bold steps that would be needed.
That said, let me make a purely speculative counterargument: What if Specific/Interactive/Myspace approached say Soundcloud and said they were junking the Myspace name and wanted to help them monetize their content with a successful ad platform that could bring brands like Chevy and Ford to sponsor bands and content? That is, what if the pitch wasn't Myspace so much as it was a way to help the people in that $50 million round make a bigger profit on their investment? If Soundcloud or Bandcamp didn't bite, some second-tier startups probably would.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Consider Myspace: What a comeback could look like
@jonathanjaeger What about Specific? Interactive Holdings - the entity owning Myspace and Specific - has annual revenue around $325 million. If you consider that Google and Yahoo are trading around five times their annual revenue, that's a $1.6 billion company. So yes, buying them would be expensive but a deal involving the stock of a growing parent company wouldn't be unrealistic.
@mcarney It's a good question for Specific, but they didn't get back to my request to talk with them. I'd say it was justified, if only because at $35 million they were paying a little more than a dollar per active user. Even with the very low click-through rates Myspace has seen historically it wouldn't take too long to make that worthwhile. In addition, they bought tons of data on how people used social networks at MySpace. Granted, that's not as good as a peek inside Facebook's data, but for a company that understands only the ad-network business it was probably a great introduction to the social networking game.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Consider Myspace: What a comeback could look like
@steven_cox Fixed. Thank you for catching it.
12 months ago on Yelp’s good stock day may be a bad sign
@tedsp90 Um, at least since John Donahoe has been turning around the company, focusing on Buy It Now sales and de-emphasizing auctions. And even before then, since Donahoe was reacting to a slowdown in auctions.
1 year ago on The defenestration of Andrew Mason
@antnisP As it happened, I was talking with the owner of the local bookstore about this and he started on a long discourse about how he avoids any 3PL distributor, tries to use old-school distributors even though he knows their days are numbered. So I guess I stumbled on a way around it for now. But keep in mind. I didn't start by avoiding Amazon. I started by seeing my favorite bookstore close shop and saying, hmm, maybe I should buy from bookstores more often. It wasn't a terribly well-thought out act on my part.
1 year, 2 months ago on I admire Amazon. I just don’t shop there anymore.
@catfitz You don't have to get it. No one's asking you to get it. No one asked you to spend, I'm guessing, 20 minutes writing 400 words writing about something that clearly has no meaning for you. I will never understand why someone starts to read something they think is dumb, and keeps reading it, and wastes even more time saying they wasted their time reading it. How is that not senseless? Why not just move on?
I just wanted to give some belated thanks to everyone who commented on this post - even the guy who called me a narcissistic douche, a first for me (dude, turn your arrogance back on your own comment, that sized shoe fits a lot of feet).
Everything I've written for this site in the past few months has been backed up, to the best of my ability, by facts. But every once in a while Pandodaily prints personal observations, to great effect. Look at Nathaniel Mott's piece on technology failing his family, or Sarah Lacy's response to Yammer's downtime. They are only two recent examples of well-written pieces based on a single person's observation. One made me sad, the other made me angry. One small advantage that blogs have over older business-news publications is there's room for that kind of thinking, provided it's done right.
That raises the question over whether I did it right. I thought about writing this post a month ago, then let it go - for all the reasons outlined in the criticisms below. Believe me, whatever any dissenter said I thought about it first. But I kept coming back to it. And so I took a chance - people would either like it or hate it, but I was curious about which would happen. As it happened - judging from these comments and responses on Twitter - it was a mix of both. That made me think the idea has something to it.
I really don't want to tell people what to do, and I'm pro-Amazon. I sort of bent over backwards in the piece to make those points. I also made it clear I wrote it because I wanted to see if anyone else felt as I did, and some - but not all - do. I suspected it might be the beginning of a longer conversation. And so...
@AhmadKadhim Thanks for pointing that out. The story has been changed to reflect that this was a continuing rather than a special dividend.
1 year, 3 months ago on Hold the conspiracy theories: The real reason why Apple is slumping
@marcmichelvc I suspect Google is trying to goad the incumbents out of their slumber (clearly not working yet, they're still hoping it will just fade away). So getting the industry to shoulder the cost is part of it. And as loathe as many in the Valley are to bring in government support, there could be federal contributions or tax breaks to help speed things along. Again, the NBP was born amid the stimulus talks during the recession, and Google conceived of this plan as part of that plan - to offer a prototype of what industry could do should there be local or federal governments helping.
1 year, 3 months ago on Google Fiber, you had our curiosity. Now you have our attention