Archive for August, 2007

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August 29, 2007

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August 22, 2007

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August 20, 2007

My 'social media design patterns' slides from BarCamp Block

August 18, 2007

To help edit and refactor the list of social media patterns we brainstormed in the session, drop by BarCampBlock SocialMedia DesignPatterns.

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August 18, 2007

BarCamp virgin here – be gentle

August 17, 2007

Two years after the first BarCamp (an ad hoc unconference formed initially in response to O’Reilly’s Foo Camp, I’m finally planning to make it to one, this weekend’s BarCampBlock, headquartered at SocialText’s offices in Palo Alto.
According to what I just jotted on the Sessions page on the wiki, I’ve just volunteered to lead or participate in discussions about portable social networks, identity, design patterns, particularly social-media related design patterns, and the gift economy.
I don’t know if I’m qualified to talk about all of those things but when has that ever stopped me before?
Since the moment that Liz Henry and Tara Hunt tipped me off to this event, I’ve had the feeling that this was an important one not to miss. So soon after my wedding and honeymoon and with a rapidly filling-up fall conference schedule, I could have been tempted to let this one slide by, but I have a strong intuition that many of the people I consider friends, heroes, and inspirations will be there and that I’d be kicking myself if I let another Bay Area BarCamp go by without joining in on the fun.
I’ll blog from there if I can find the time between no-spectatorin’ and schmoozin’ and gettin’ things done.

Sifry steps down as Technorati CEO

August 16, 2007

Maybe everyone else in the blogosphere knows this already but I just read that Dave Sifry is stepping down as CEO of Technorati: Technorati Weblog: A Change In Seasons
Looks like Tantek’s timing was impeccable.
I first met Dave during the dotcom bust when blogging was booming (again) on the backs of a lot of underemployed folks, myself included. I was working hard, updating Radio Free Blogistan three to seven times a day, hanging out on the #joiito channel on irc, and going to various blogger dinners and shmoozes here in the Bay Area.
I met a lot of folks with interesting startup ideas or who were looking at various ways of turning their passion for blogging and or social networking into businesses or publications or both. Dave’s idea was simple to explain and easy to understand, so I wasn’t surprised to see it get funded and take off.
I’ve got other friends working there now – some of whom I introduced to the Technorati people. I guess I consider myself a friend of the company, if that’s even a possible thing to be, and I’ve hesitated to complain or criticize too much when I’ve found the service sluggish or otherwise frustrating.
I applauded their recent redesign and I still visit the site when I am in the mood for some egosurfing (usually disappointing) or to see who’s been blogging about the Yahoo! Pattern Library recently.
It sounds like Technorati is having a tough time right now. Valleywag reported something like eight layoffs in addition to the CEO vacancy, and people don’t seem to talk about how Google or Yahoo! should buy Technorati so much anymore.
(Disclosure: I work at Yahoo but I have absolutely no knowledge regarding acquisition plans or lack of them for any startup out there.)
I’m sure the next thing Dave does will be interesting and I wish him the best.

Three things about me you may not have known

August 14, 2007

via B (who did hers in email):
>**Three jobs I have held:** vendor at Yankee stadium, freelance legal summarizer, assistant sexton
>**Three Places that I have lived:** Lawrenceville, NJ; Glen Canyon, SF, CA; Washington, DC
>**Three TV shows I like to watch:** Flight of the Conchords, Ugly Betty, The Wire
>**Three places where I’ve been on holidays:** Volcano (HI), NOLA, Big Sur
>**Three of my favorite foods:** pasghetti, grilled salmon, french toast
>**Three places where I would rather be right now:** a beach on the gulf stream, Tuscany, at home with my sweetie
>**Three people I think will respond:** cecil, so-called bill, jac
>**Three things I want to do before I die:** publish a novel, write and record a song, make a movie
Your turn.

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August 14, 2007

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August 13, 2007