Robert Scoble reports a big upward blip in sales of Naked Conversations, the business book on blogging he co-authored with Shel Israel: I was talking with Richard Edelman yesterday (his blog is here) and he told me he bought about 250 copies of my book. "Oh, were you the one who bought from Amazon?" I asked. Wiley had already seen the spike in sales and reported to us that someone had made a big order. Turned out he was. He's handing them out to all of his senior managers. Who's Richard Edelman? … [Read more...] about The time is right for Naked Conversations
I like the new Technorati Favorites, the new service where you can add blogs and other sites to a list of favourites that others can also access. It's the sharing aspect of it that I like most. Others can see which sites I regard as favourites and I can do the same with others' favourites lists. Adds some more dimension to what you know about people. Here's my current favourites list on Technorati. There are three easy ways to get sites into your own favourites list: Click on the little star … [Read more...] about Sharing your favourites
After setting up my first Google webpage the other day, I've been playing around with the new Google Page Creator. My cat had a suggestion for a new page... A lot of commentary out there knocking Google for this tool. It doesn't work properly, they say. Why isn't it integrated with Blogger, they ask. What on earth is Google doing with such trash, they wonder. There's no pleasing some people. Ok, the service is groaning under the strain of popularity at the moment. New sign-ups were suspended … [Read more...] about Google Page Creator: Where’s the problem?
A survey by IABC says that only 67 percent of companies are prepared for the next crisis even though more than 80 percent say a crisis communication plan is clearly a key buisness tool: Despite a year of natural disasters and organizational crises, only two in three companies are prepared to manage and respond to the next crisis that affects them, according to a recent survey conducted by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). The survey also reports strong support for … [Read more...] about Crisis communication planning still has a way to go – IABC survey
Just before I launched this blog, I noted that my Technorati ranking had disappeared beyond the solar system as I started from scratch here. As inbound links started coming in as the blog was discovered by people (before I said anything about it), I began to question my trust in Technorati's information as it continued to show no connectivity. Kami Huyse explained a little about how and when Technorati data is updated, so that helped understand a bit about discrepancies in information. So … [Read more...] about Up a million steps in one go
News that the US Patent Office has granted a patent to a software developer that gives him the rights to charge license fees for any application development that uses AJAX has not been well received by developers and others with an interest in this set of technologies. Scores of blog posts and hundreds of Digg comments are uniformly negative if not downright hostile about this news. Little commentary yet by mainstream media. AJAX is one of the hottest application development areas at the moment, … [Read more...] about AJAX patent absurdity
If you're a TypePad customer and you're toying with the idea of switching to a different blog platform, Emily Robbins has written a useful comparison of WordPress and TypePad based on her own experience that you might find helpful to your thinking. Emily's post interested me because I've just made such a switch. Unlike Emily's dilemma, though (importing all her TypePad content into a WordPress installation: should she?/shouldn't she?), I switched to a new place leaving my TypePad blog where it … [Read more...] about WordPress, TypePad and the moving dilemma
Alex Ostrovsky is one lucky fellow. He was the purchaser and downloader of the billionth song from Apple's iTunes online store and has won the Apple promotion which ended yesterday. Drool over his prizes: One 20-inch iMac Ten 60Gb iPods (5 black/5 white) One $10,000 iTunes Music Card Total US list price value: about $15,700 (€13,200). Not a bad return on a 99-cent investment. The ROI for Apple will undoubtedly be greater. For instance, how many more people bought/downloaded more … [Read more...] about Big winners of iTunes promo