cyberSaps business: blogging news, internet biz, communities, UK angle
Companies Still Struggle Using The Web For Business - Study - "A Web site, when used correctly, can be a critical part of a company's marketing, advertising and sales efforts. According to a new study by the Yankee Group."
I'm not impressed by the tips, pretty standard stuff. Nothing about voice or personality, nothing cluetrainy. I could have read this article 5 or 6 years ago.
BBC: Tyson denied licence to box - "Mike Tyson's title fight with Lennox Lewis is in doubt after his application for a boxing licence in Nevada is rejected."
Bummer! I'd have liked to see that. I like boxing, it's about the only sport that gets to me. As I stand up shouting at the telly, swinging my fists, "give him that, and that and some of this." Not that I'd ever box myself though, oh no, no. Ouch. I'm going to tell my Mam.
That's a Whole Lot of Power, Mac - ""There's a book called How to Build a Better Beowulf that's 230 pages long and tells you how to set up clusters with Linux," Dauger said. "We have a one-page manual (PDF) that shows you how to do it on PowerMacs. We've had high school students do it.""
Just going to download that link. I wonder what I could do with a super computer cluster. ";->"
The cellphone is not just a phone anymore: "The first thing that strikes a visitor to Japan now is that the number of people looking at their phones exceeds the number who are talking on them. Phones are to be seen flipped open and in use everywhere- on subways, while walking, in lines, while walking, in bars and restaurants..."
Oh, this is fascinating. Japan first, then Europe next and the US can wait, and wait. Some of these things are going to be so useful for us all, business and pleasure, though I think more pleasure. Who wants to work commuting home?
The Register: That 'Microsoft' RTFM page: "Our inboxes are filling with links to a rogue "How to RTFM" page posted supposedly on Microsoft's Web site.
But it's a hoax and as such not very funny. It's not a very clever hoax at that - although we can say that because we already know the trick."
Ah! Well, I got caught. Still funny though IMHO
CNN.com - Andersen CEO: Enron cost firm business: "Berardino insisted that it was a failure in Enron's business model, not its accounting practices, that torpedoed the company's stock and sent the energy trading company to seek bankruptcy court protections."
"Andersen hired a law firm to conduct interviews with the many Andersen employees involved with Enron, and Berardino said any wrongdoing would be punished."
"With Enron in bankruptcy, shareholder lawsuits would likely target the company's auditor, Andersen, analysts said."
Andersen CEO Joseph Berardino tried to portray the accounting firm as a victim in the Enron scandal at a Chicago press conference Monday.
They may have "85,000 honest, hard-working people at Andersen" but they're still in deep doo-doo.
BBC News: world - Andersen on the defensive. Under fire for its role in the the collapse of energy firm Enron, the accountancy giant makes a public appeal for understanding.
Oh nice one. Is that clue trainy or what. I know this will be picked ujp by other blogs, looks like their reputation is down the tiolet. They helped the monster and should have seen it, and told about it. Aiding and abetting a fraud.
UK ISPs wanted for 'serious investment' - Please form an orderly queue here.
"...At the moment he's open to proposals and is prepared to keep an open mind. However, he insists that businesses will only be considered if they have good business models and good revenues."
wine : New Zealand Wine News & Information: "News item (one of 4 for today):
February is the month that a young person's fancy turns to chocolate. And big red wines. At least, the purveyors of chocolate and wine would like you to think that when Valentine's Day rolls around"
Here's one for the lads! At last I've found another weblog on the subject of wine. This is also available as a feed that you can add to your website and your Radio news feeds, which can be sent via email for your blogging ease. And it's 'just' another Manila site.
New Zealand though? Who'd like to be context provider for this sector?
I was talking about this 18 months ago magazines are boring only once a month, if only they could have spread themselves more easily into the internet, to build their brand around the user experience of the internet. All that brand spreading going to waste.
Now, it's too late, it's time for the individual to bring their POV to product categories, well, several dozen individuals, some doing it for love, some doing it for money. Always arguing. Gossiping. Linking. Building reputation, building love, exploration.
If you own a wine shop in the UK, start a weblog now. Ask all your friends to do the same. Join the blogs up, adopt an excellent a UK based delivery service, probably using Tesco's, ask a small fee for the recommendation via the paypal account they needed to join the community, and work the 'net building your reputation, and knowledge. And send offers via mobile phone, at about rush hour, for on that on the way home feeling ";->". Thus, you don't even need to carry stock, though for that speciality wine and extra service, you can always do UK overnight delivery from your store.
Whatever, the trick will be in being the context provider, whether pay to join, or articles or wine lists by micro payment, selling tools and books, linking up suppliers with customers and taking a fee, there's lots to do in the wine world when you've built up reputation, knowledge, and brand. Once you've done that with your hobby, you've have people's attention, handy thing attention.
Suppose you could do the same thing with pizzas.
Take ages? About three months to build a local rep, brand and experience, a few ads in stuffy old printed mags, news paper specialist sections, and you're away UK-nationally. Thousands of channels will be controlled by you. Oh, you'll get competitors, and good job too! Think of all that traffic, all that discussion and debate, all under your roof. Each person could create as many channels as they liked. Red, white, bouquet, body, 1969...
Each page will have links to your world.
- The Standard: The Law of Recombinant Growth "Here's how it works: Every so often innovations come along that can be broken down into separate parts and recombined to create a host of new inventions."
- Release 1.0: Gonzo Marketing: Winning through Worst Practices: "Under my gonzo marketing hat, I see this as an opportunity for companies to stop marketing altogether -- at least in the sense of marketing to and marketing at. Instead, personalization can be used to get genuinely personal, connecting members of these emergent micromarkets to each other. Do that, and -- shazzam! -- something different in kind results. People start talking, having conversations, telling stories."
- The Standard: Markets are Conversations.
"Are you talking with your customers or at them? The first markets were markets. Not bulls, bears or invisible hands. Not battlefields, targets or arenas. Not demographics, eyeballs or seats. Most of all, not consumers."
"Business-as-usual doesn't realise that Networked markets are not only smart markets; they're also equipped to get much smarter, much faster, than business-as-usual because it continues to conceptualize markets as distant abstractions ö battlefields, targets, demographics ö and the Net as simply another conduit down which companies can broadcast messages. But the Net isn't a conduit, a pipeline or another television channel. The Net invites your customers in to talk, to laugh with each other and to learn from each other."
- First Monday: The COMsumer Manifesto: Empowering Communities of Consumers through the Internet "This article offers a disruptive antidote to the hierarchical, closed, supply-system, explicit, knowledge-driven, "We Know What You Want" data mine world where many customers feel powerless. This is a world well beyond 1999's Net Worth and 2000's The Cluetrain Manifesto. Infomediaries are not just trustworthy agents which sit between the vendor and the customer, and markets are not just conversations. In this new world, communities sense needs, desires, and wishes for the future and create new data markets"
overstated: "weblogs provide the ability for people to discuss content on their own terms, and services such as allmusic, amazon, cdnow, imdb allow them to contextualize their discussion. By linking to cdnow, I allow people who read about music on my site the ability hear samples of that music. By linking to amazon, a reader is connected to a set of expert knowledge, and connections to topically similar media."
Ah, this is putting words into my mouth... The power of blogs and .rss feeds. At least this is how I found this. For a very long time I've not done much surfing. You know the: off you go opening lots of pages, finding one that fits and zooming down into the breaking white horse, linking to new page after new page of good stuff. I'm using news is free new channels, and blogging it straight to several blogs (each it's own .rss feed). Fun.
But, the above link, illustrates the ease at which people are building personal pages, linking to good stuff and generally building their life long knowledge. Imagine such for businesses, for tight communities or supply chains or sales teams. This is a great, open way to work, it can also be closed.
Imagine work being fun.
Via: radiouser: "Here's a set of mind-blowing images that go from way out in the universe to subatomic structure in Powers of Ten ."
: View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree...
Microsoft: HOWTO: Read the Fucking Manual: "This article demonstrates how to read the fucking manual, as popularised by the RTFM directive."
After asking a truly pathetic question, you are instructed to RTFM.
This will probably be taken down very soon. I'll put a mirror of it here for posterity.
Online Journalism Review: Niches of Trust. We scoped out three sites practicing varying forms of consumer journalism and community news: The Car Place, Theme Park Insider and Consumer World. All are run by current or former print journalists who put the public interest above the bottom line. [Tomalak's Realm]
Ah, trust! Just like reputation, very important things, trust and reputation.
"The pets.coms and boo.coms have gotten all the attention in the past, but now that they're gone, I believe the collaborative community projects ö the tortoises of the dotcom world ö will be the ones that pan out in the long run." "
I agree with that. It's cluetrainy in that people need real people to talk with, not journos who spin or build news agendas for their 'readership' or advertisers. For sure, they've had years to figure the right mix, but on the web the wrong mix works too. The web is much bigger than a print news paper can dream of.
Content a Tough Sell in Europe - "Analysts at Jupiter Media Metrix, the Internet research company behind this latest study, said that in 2001 Europeans spent €590 million on content for their cell phones, almost twice the €252 million spent on desktops. The analysts estimate that by 2006, European consumers will spend €3.3 billion on cell-phone content, compared to €1.7 billion on home computers."
Here we go with those billion figures again. Personally, I don't do much commuting, I'm not a teenager, I hate predictive text. But I can blog from my phone -- though why, I don't know. But when the screen gets to be as good as my laptop (they can do millions of pixels per inch rather than the usual 72dpi of CRT screens), when they sort out the keyboard, when I can get a T1 connection both ways -- then I'll be interested. And all that is coming. Hell, most of it is already in Japan, right now.
New Scientist: Mobile Phones: Write here, write now:" The kids are going to love this. You walk up to the teacher's desk with a little practical joke in mind. Your mobile phone suddenly bleeps, and you hear a soft whisper in your ear: "MAJOR bad mood today-don't try anything." You think better of the prank and decide to avoid certain detention. All thanks to an invisible SMS message placed in the air above the teacher's desk."
Invisable Post-It notes in the air, or even graffitti? They've got my attention!
NewsIsFree: NewsIsFree: This site collects headlines from 2257 sources around the web and lets you manage them in new ways.
I promised someone I'd put a link here about where he could get news about computer security.
How to Upsell Business Services Clients with an Email Newsletter:
"Number 4. A seminar offer -- once a month Matrix Group holds a luncheon seminar in their conference room on a different topic, such as "How to create an email newsletter." Pineda chooses topics based both on client suggestions, and on ways she can grow and hold on to their accounts. For example, early this fall she offered a seminar entitled, "Planning your next-year's Web budget." "
"Again, although the seminars were developed as a sales tool, the detailed descriptions in the newsletter make it clear seminars are chock-full of useful content -- not sales pitches. Notably the seminars are not free. Attendees pay a token fee $15-25. This means attendees take the seminar a bit more seriously and RSVPs are more likely to actually show. "
Interesting. I'm going to start some seminars. Low cost content management, anyone?
Liquidation.com Has Tested Almost Every Online Marketing Tactic -- Here's What Worked:
"Q: What's your experience been like with broadcast email campaigns?"
"Haroon: Email marketing has been hugely successful. Overall we've had our best acquisition through email."
" Our strategy is to test a lot of things out, do small buys in a lot of different things and then do major buys on the winners. We tested lists from B2BNow, YesMail, Cahners, PostMaster Direct, Thomas Register, etc."
The New Paradigm: Back to Basics - "So now we go back to basics. Market research is back in vogue.Today, a new company needs a well-defined message and a focusedapproach to a specific market segment. Market testing, beta productsand focus groups are now cool again."
"Features and Benefits are so... '60s. Who cares? We are on information overload. People have problems that need to be solved. Provide problem/solution scenarios for people to look at. If you define a problem your site visitor has, that person will spend more time on your site. Testimonials put some muscle behind your punch."
"Document case studies. Define the problem, then what you and/or your company did to solve the problem."
"People buy for three reasons; need, desire, and emotion. When developing a Web site, you need to know where you and your company are in this buying chain."
Amazon may spark new shipping war. The answer is still fuzzy, but rivals in the past have countered the e-tailer's moves. Jeff Bezos says the offer will be "expensive" in the short term. [CNET News.com]
Looks like smoke on the horizon.Bezos the Bastard, going for the kill.
Yahoo to put price on searches. The Web portal plans to unveil a pay-per-view search product Wednesday, the latest premium service aimed at offsetting its online advertising decline. [CNET News.com]
New Scientist: It's not love, affection or even blatant self-interest that binds human societies together - it's anger, according to Swiss researchers. They made the unsettling discovery while trying to fathom what makes people cooperate.
Now that's interesting. I was a little bit worried, about this for our blogging colony, we've all got to pull our weight, and watch out for the free loaders. When we spot them we punish, if necessary, of course we all do a bit of it, but if we could mark down a blog, even if it cost us a little, then maybe the fear of being branded a free loader keeps us cooperating?
Amazon.com Posts First-Ever Profit - Amazon.com, the pioneering Internet retailer that has symbolized for many the potential and the pitfalls of dot-com commerce, posted its first net profit ever in the fourth quarter, beating its own forecasts and Wall Street's expectations.
For the quarter ended Dec. 31, the world's largest Internet retailer said it earned $5 million, or 1 cent a share, compared with a net loss of $545 million, or $1.53 per share, in the year-ago period.
Well, well. It did it! Now the whole idea of selling something over the web, may as well go to Amazon. Why bother with anything else, and not just books. They are also selling:
Toys & Games
Health & Beauty
Kitchen & Housewares
Tools & Hardware
Camera & Photo
Computer & Video Games
Baby & Baby Registry
Cell Phones & Service
Gifts & Gift Certificates
once more, my friends, unto the breach
once again a test post everywhere
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MacUser UK: speed-bumped Power Mac next week [MacNN] "Speed bumps are not expected to be large. US sources indicate the range will top out at with a dual 1GHz machine. Consequently, next week's roll out will be a low-profile affair."
Baby sitting tonight. A couple of hours entertaining the kids. Must get to bed early tonight, no playing with Radio till the late hours of the morning.
Where's that cup of tea? I'm a tea drinker from hell, I am, when I'm buzzin' busy. Excited? Yep!
Time for another cup of tea and another fag...
Quick cup of tea, and a fag. Calm down sir, take it easy. Relax.
Doh, so much to do. Gorra get some artwork in to the printers. Gorra get a proposal outline for the next big business plan finished by the end of the day. And I haven't even started it, just talked, and talked about it. It's going to be a whole new big colony of weblogs here in the UK. Government supported too.
Ah! Tony Blair. I've always said you're a nice man. Very nice man. Even if you don't know how to use a computer.
Joined up government, yes, joined up businesses, yes.
For all you PC users, this is a page you just got to read.
|on 15/01/02 6:15 pm, Rogi at email@example.com wrote:
>> "What a hero, flying in a propeller driven plane, to heroically from where
> since the time that The Intrepid Blogger' started rabbiting on, I've been in
> 7 planes, including one 737 Lisbon-->Azores and blogged from all of 'em.
> Email, SMS, and Thuraya satellite phone.
> Stick that on yer blog and get the Intrepid One to smoke it mate. :-)
Oh yeah! Ter-fuckin-riffic. Been there, done that, got the tee-shirt. Who's going to be the first to blog whilst shagging their bird then? Or, whilst mugging an old lady? Aeroplane Blogging as an art is pass?, huff, I'm completely bored with it </tousles hair>.
::protocol7.2.0.beta2:: - Dave wrote yesterday about David Davies who blogs from his mobile using Radio. So I wrote a 20 line script that allows me to do the same, but without Radio... using the Blogger APIs... Simple enough.
Ha! You can say that now sir. Just as someone would say, crossing the Antarctic these days is 'simple enough.'
Internet Suffix for Individuals Starts - In addition, ``.museum'' began operating in November on a provisional basis, meaning assigned names may still change, and ``.coop'' for business cooperatives became active Jan. 9. A few thousand names have been requested under each. Debuting later this year are ``.aero'' for aviation and ``.pro'' for professionals
Now I fancy a dot pro, but dot name, or dot me dot uk -- nah!
Back to terra firma and to a more conventional style of blogging. What has the last 36 hours shown us? Well, for me, it's taken the blog beyond the conventional commentary and narrative and turned it into something more experiential. Sure, with mobile blogging and SMS you're limited in character count so brevity is more important that verbosity (unless you're lucky to have a 3rd gen phone like Al), but it's more immediate, in fact it *is* immediate. It doesn't matter where you are or what you're doing, within reason, you can capture the moment. A kind of snapshot in text. For sure if I'd have waited until I got home to tell you about my trip it would have been a lot less personal.
This is definitely going to be totally irrelevant for the majority of people but I think that from now on we're no longer constrained to blog the world post hoc. We can be there, right in the moment, and tell it as it happens! From: [David Davies' Radio Weblog]
What a hero, flying in a propeller driven plane, to heroically from where no man's blogged before; blogging from thousands of feet in the air. David Davies, I've always thought you'd make a noble pioneer, standing chin jutting near the prop, white scarf blowing in the wind, tap-tappety-tap on your trusty Nokie six inches in front of your face. Knowing that you will always get your message through. Our brave, handsome champion. We love you David Davies! You are (in your best Father Ted impression:-) going to make the fecken difference between wining and losing, between living and dying.
Witness the maiden mission gallantly, holding forth, with not a quiver of fear, over the roar of the crowd to tell us: "15:59 via SMS: Half time, still 1 - 0 to the visitors. Do people pay to watch this every week! Still, Ginola's playing, lovely hair!"If you read the Aston Villa blogs, you'd understand, the immense significance of these immortal words for mankind, Neil Armstrong, eat your heart out!
What will he do next? Right at the moment, blogging through adversity and tempests, the world's most intrepid blogger!I know David Davies quite well, you gotta look into his eyes, Now! I think! You are going to see a guy who'll go that inch for you. You are going to see a guy, who'll sacrifice himself to blog from anywhere!
Based on an ICONOCAST survey of 404 respondents, metatags are the most common method to improve site ranking, followed by tweaking page titles. Because Google bases site popularity on the number of in-bound links, reciprocal linking is gaining in significance.
|Methods to Improve Rankings|
|Changing page titles||44%|
|Purchasing multiple domains||28%|
|Multiple home pages||21%|
|Hiding keywords in background||18%|
ICONOCAST - The Top 12 Questions to Ask a Prospective SEO Vendor -
4. If doorway pages are used, do you have professional marketing writers on staff?
Search engine spiders pull up content surrounding searched for keywords to act as the Web page's description in subsequent search returns. Therefore, SEO pages must contain attractive, informative copy about your products and services. Otherwise, you'll lose surfers' interest, thus hurting the effort put into achieving high rankings.
I remember 'inventing' this in 1996 for http://www.digital-interact.co.uk/ of course they've wrecked their site since I stopped working with them. Check this old version out. Isn't it really nice looking? Not bad for a site that's nearly six years old.
Argentines Transfer to E-Banks. Argentina's limit on cash withdrawals from banks is a boon for the electronic banking business, changing a culture where people traditionally feel more secure with cash in hand than cash on paper. Ricardo Sametband reports from Buenos Aires. [Wired News]
Clever people if they got out in time.
SJ Mercury: `Google effect' reduces need for many domains. Dan Gillmor. The most interesting from a domain-name point of view is this: With the rise of search tools that unerringly bring you to the page you want, the need for a highly specific domain name -- one that a casual Web user would be able to guess -- has practically disappeared. [Tomalak's Realm]
I need to check this out, it''s been out a while, but sooo much to do!
Bugger.me.uk, love.me.uk, and kiss.me.uk have all been snapped up. Wholesale charges start at £50 (plus VAT) for anyone looking to purchase a .me.uk domain this month. The wholesale price drops to £5 (plus VAT) by July.
ICONOCAST - Search Engine Optimization Guide - Up your keywords -- Most marketers underestimate how many keywords are really necessary. Budget for at least 100. To get keyword possibilities, visit Did-It.com's keyword suggestion tool
£27.52 for a year's worth of Radio website? Wonderful value.
Guardian: Lastminute plans share lure - The scheme will offer all employees the chance to buy shares at discounts of up to 20 per cent. Staff will be able to save up to £250 a month under the plan. Its share price crash from about 500p in April 2000 to just over 30p now. In the 12 months to 30 September 2001, its group operating loss was £57m, against a loss of nearly £40m the year before.
I think if it were me, I'd take the cash. There's still a high possibility that Last minute will fail, or another competitor will streak ahead.
BLOGSTICKERS: "The Cluetrain Manifesto Collection"
I love this site, must go there more often.
Formating email to blog - This is my how to, including script and where to put it, to format the email to blog thingy. Should be simple enough for beginners ";->"
Just copy the script and stick it where I tell you, and change the emails, or formatting.
|now from my 6210. I wonder what else i can do?|
|Testing this out! I'm sending an email from my laptop here in the UK over to
my mail server in California. Radio on this laptop collects it, then
upstreams it as a message in my weblog.|
No More Popup Ads - Because Pop-up Ads Suck :
These links take you directly to the "opt out" feature of the ad server listed. Clicking these links stop the advertising from that adserver
Most excellent, I don't want to be bothered with them if I don't have to this helps a lot.
3 minutes and 40 seconds Time from double clicking the installer to reading my first post to my weblog on radio.weblogs.com.
Now, I reckon I could shave 30 seconds off that:
- I miss typed the passwords, so had to do that again
- My missus was nagging in my ear, do this, do that...
- I use a Mac with MSIE, which has a known lag on loading pages with a server on the same machine. I needed to do the switch app thing, to get a page to load. Now, I've changed to Opera, and it's damned fast.
This is truly the new thing in Radio that surprised and impressed me
Anyone want to try better? It starts from double clicking the installer, to reading the radio.weblogs web page.
I'm at home. Using my Nokia. To send SMS to my laptop which upstreams to the other server.
Strange message, you may think. Well, it's pretty hard typing on a mobile phone key board! Lucky it's got predictive text, so it's a little help, but compared to typing on a laptop, I was just more concerned with the effect, rather than content ";->"
From my Nokia 6210, I send an SMS, or text. I've got a template set up so the image right is ready to go. I just key to send and type in 191. I can only do this with One-2-One here in the UK. I checked the other service providers, but they don't allow an email account on your phone (people can also email my phone at myAccount@one2one.net, this gets transferred the other way into an SMS, limited message text, though).