Posts from January 17, 2003

Microsoft bigots: So Microsoft announces

Microsoft bigots
: So Microsoft announces a dividend of $0.16 a share and the stock goes down more than 25 times that amount today alone. Can’t win. Can’t win.

Whatever happened to…: Michael Palmer

Whatever happened to…
: Michael Palmer has a great idea: He’s looking for an old friend and colleague; can’t find him; so he’s typing his name into his weblog in hopes this old pal will Google himself, find the mention, follow the link, and send an email. Simple, elegant, brilliant.

If it works, it will qualify as a new Google hack.

Call it “Google Calling.”

I’ll join in. I was cleaning out my basement the other day and was reminded of all kinds of names of old college and high school friends I’ve lost. So I’ll mention their names here just to Google Call them: Jim (James) Herlihy, Steve (Steven) Paulson, Marki (Margaret) Kimble (Street), Charles (Chuck) Larrabbee, Linda Graefing, Allen Barr, Lee Fawkes, Riley Atkins, Janice Rosenberg, Linda Kattwinkel…

If you’re one of these folks and you knew me: Hey, what’s new? Click on the email link on the right…. [via Lockhart Steele]

: Update. In the comments, Anil points to earlier efforts to do the same thing, efforts that reach back in history before weblogs — notably Andy Baio’s page. Mazeltov.

I still say that weblogs have a role here. Weblogs tie many disparate functions and trends on the web together. A weblog becomes your representation of you on the web — as Chris Pirillo said just today:

Blogging is your chance to show the world what you’re like. It’s your own. It’s nobody else’s… it’s life. It’s life online.

There comes a time very soon when your blog represents more than your opinion. It holds your links to others; your photos and videos; and the metadata for your life (you don’t have a soul, you just have metadata). It is you, just you online. Importantly, this will be true not just for web sophisticates but for the masses.

Anil also scolds me (I’m used to it by now) for tying this, like too much else, to both Google and blogging. Tough cookies. A Google search is something everyone but everyone understands today — better than “metadata” or “tags.” As a card-carrying populist, I’m adamantly unapologetic about putting things into popular terms. I’m also not going to take a demerit for acting as if this is new. Of course, nothing is new. But we’re all allowed to discover and share things that are new to us; that is what makes blogs and the blogging community generous and enjoyable.

Remember Pointcast?: Seven years ago,

Remember Pointcast?
: Seven years ago, Dave Winer reminds himself, he loved Pointcast.

I hated it: an unnecessary application with unnecessary complication that caused unnecessary traffic with a bad business model (remember: it was the screensaver with content and advertising; it was going to be talking to empty chairs while its consumers were away from their desks sitting on a toilet).

After watching a demo, in a fit of technology hubris (remember those days?), I said, “We can do that with nothing but a browser and a refresh.” And we did.

It was a lesson we all had to learn the hard way: Take what you have and use it to the max before you go building the next thing.

Which is to say that there are ways to use the blogging tools (and video, audio, photo, and data tools) we already have that we cannot imagine yet.

Cold and wet: Bare people

Cold and wet
: Bare people spell out p-e-a-c-e. Well, that was useful. [via Presurfer]