From the monthly archives:

January 2007

My friend and occasional sparring partner Scott Karp over at Publishing 2.0 has a good post today about the transitory nature of the Digg "flash crowd" phenomenon -- the point being, as he puts it, that "not all traffic is created equal." Scott points to a study at SiteLogic that looked at traffic flows to…

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SpiralFrog -- a startup that said it would launch a music-download service supported totally by advertising -- seems to be on the verge of joining the Web 2.0 dead pool, according to this report from Cnet. There had already been reports a week or so ago (which started on a music message board) that the…

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Coming so soon after the Microsoft "here's a free Ferrari laptop" campaign, the recent kerfuffle (or is it a brouhaha?) over the company's attempt to doctor an unfavourable Wikipedia entry shows that someone at the giant software maker needs to get a clue when it comes to social media. All the well-meaning rationalizations aside, paying…

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One of the sure signs that something is important is when opinion on it keeps ping-ponging back and forth, between those who say it's irrelevant and those who say it's the best thing since cheese in a spray can. And if there's anything that draws that kind of polarized commentary, it's Second Life. This week…

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An interesting development, tucked away in an article at Fortune magazine about the company behind the Parallels software program, which allows Mac users to run Windows in a virtual machine and switch back and forth (relatively) seamlessly. For all the hiccups and lag that some users have reported, it is still an amazing feat --…

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