What I’m reading and finding for July 27th 2011 through July 29th 2011:

  • Obama Loses 36,000+ Twitter Followers in #Compromise Campaign [STATS]–
    – Adam Ostrow
    President Obama created a barrage of activity on Twitter on Friday afternoon when he began urging his more than 9 million followers to tweet at their Republican Congressmen to “ask them to support a bipartisan solution to the deficit crisis.”
    The @BarackObama account then proceeded to tweet out the Twitter handles of Republican Congressmen state-by-state. The account has also been making use of the hashtag #compromise in an effort to drive home the message of bipartisanship.
    The results so far …  show all text
  • Cancer Survivors Build Social Network For Social Good
    – Jon Mitchell
    The social Web has a tendency to fold in on itself. Shortly after the launch of Google Plus, for example, users began to complain that it was only being used to talk about Google Plus. Drew Olanoff, currently the community manager for Get Satisfaction, would prefer that social networks revolved around their people instead of themselves. After being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2009, Olanoff built his experience into a Web phenomenon that offered connections, support, and some hopeful le…  show all text
  • https://ampi.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job…
  • From Twitterhttp://tinyurl.com/3wfrzx6 Microsoft Releases Camera Raw Codec Pack for Windows 7
  • Twitter Blog: Timely Tweets: Now easier to see
    – twitter
    We all come to Twitter to connect with the latest information on the topics and people we care about. So when we decide to follow a favorite brand, business or charitable organization, we expect to be among the first to get a special announcement, access to exclusive content or a great offer. That’s why starting today, we’re introducing a way to ensure that the most important Tweets from the organizations you follow reach you directly, by placing them at or near the top of your timeline. These…  show all text
  • Sophomore Slump? One Month In, Google+ Sees A Traffic Minus | TechCrunch
    – MG Siegler
    Tomorrow, it will be exactly a month since Google+ was first unveiled. In that short amount of time, they’ve managed to sign up well north of 10 million users, which is amazing. Of course, the easiest path to tens of million of users is to start with hundreds of millions of users. Just ask Buzz or Wave. Still, kudos to Google — phase one of G+ was clearly a success.
    Now comes the hard part. Keeping those users around and engaged.
    Some numbers today released by Experian Hitwise suggest that Goog…  show all text
  • The Moment Of Truth For Airbnb As User’s Home Is Utterly Trashed | TechCrunch
    – Michael Arrington
    Until now everything has been just great for Airbnb, a service that lets people rent out their homes and become a sort of mini-hotel. The company launched in 2008 and has grown rapidly. They’ve been cloned by the Germans, which is always a mark of success. And they’re now a part of the billion dollar valuation club. Even the clone raised $90 million.
    Which is all super great. But now the story of a trusting Airbnb user who’s had her home sacked (it’s the only way to describe it) is starting to …  show all text

What I’m reading and finding for July 25th 2011 through July 26th 2011:

What I’m reading and finding for July 23rd 2011 through July 25th 2011:

What I’m reading and finding for July 21st 2011 through July 23rd 2011:

  • http://daringfireball.net/2011/07/succeeding_steve_jobs

  • Why Google’s screwup on Google+ brand pages is a big deal — Tech News and Analysis
    – Mathew Ingram
    There’s been a lot of sound and fury about the way Google has approached branded (i.e., non-personal) pages on its new Google+ social network. Much of it is a symptom of internecine warfare among the big tech blogs, some of whom waited to launch branded pages and got sandbagged by what they say is the web giant’s flip-flopping. But there is a serious issue underneath the griping, which is that Google can make or break a company’s presence online by virtue of its control over the web-search mark…  show all text

  • Be the Brand
    – ceb
    People have become a little testy because Google finally clamped down hard on the “unofficial brand” pages popping up all over Google+. My response, originally posted there, was this:
    Lament Not, Brands
    It’s funny how many people are lamenting the temporary shutdown of brands on Google+. Meanwhile, I’m seeing lots of smart business people connecting with people, making relationships, sharing a mix of personal and business materials, and building relationships that will transcend the vagueness …  show all text

  • Justin Bieber Takes A Picture Of Traffic, Instagram Usage Explodes | TechCrunch
    – MG Siegler
    A few minutes ago, the Instagram team noticed their servers blowing up. What happened? Were they under attack? DDoS? No.
    Bieber happened.
    Yes, Justin Bieber just signed up for Instagram. And he tweeted out his first picture to his 11 million+ followers. The result? Boom.
    After I saw the tweet, I reached out to Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom, and he confirmed the massive influx as a result of Bieber. He us Bieber is gaining about 50 followers a minute at this point. All thanks to one picture.  show all text

  • Mind Notes – Mind map written in HTML5
  • Google Tried To Buy Color For $200 Million. Color Said No. | TechCrunch
    – Michael Arrington
    If that headline looks familiar to you, you’re probably remembering our story about Google offering to buy Path for $100+ million from earlier this year. Path turned that deal down.
    About the same time, multiple sources have confirmed, Google was also making a run for Color, the mobile social network founded by Bill Nguyen. This was well before Color launched, and Google was looking at the company’s potential as well as the team. Google offered $200 million for the company, according to our sou…  show all text

  • Jack Dorsey Cleaning House At Twitter: 4 Key Product Guys Are Out | TechCrunch
    – MG Siegler
    Breaking news out of Twitter this afternoon, four key product managers have just been let go, we’ve learned. The move was led by Jack Dorsey and will see key product guys Kevin Cheng, Josh Elman, and two others we’ve yet to confirm, leave the company.
    Twitter refuses to comment on any specific names and would only say that “some people have left the company and we appreciate their contributions”. But we’ve independently confirmed that both Cheng and Elman are two of those no longer with the com…  show all text

What I’m reading and finding for July 19th 2011 through July 20th 2011:

I’m using Google+ quite a bit lately so I forget to look at Facebook and see my friends’ birthdays. Even if you aren’t using Google+, calendars are great for planning upcoming events and Facebook doesn’t put upcoming birthdays in a nice calendar format. Fortunately Facebook provides us with a link usingthe webcal standard allow you to bring all your friends’ birthdays into Google Calendar. I’m focusing on Google Calendar here but same techniques should work for other programs such as Apple iCal and Microsoft Outlook.


fbcal1First, log on to Facebook and click Events.

Next, at the right hand side there is a gear icon, click that.

A dialog box will pop up showing the webcal address to all the birthdays. Right click on the link and click fbd1Copy Link Address
(different but similar wording in IE or Firefox).

Next, go to Google Calendar and the bottom of the left hand column click Add. Then Add by URL.

In the dialog that pops up, paste in the webcal URL you copied in the previous step. Then click Add Calendar.

After a pause of a few seconds or so you should see a new calendar called Friends Birthdays in your list of calendars on the right. You can page through your calendar and you should see all your friends and the day they were born. You can click on the colored drop down to the right of the calendar name to customize the colors or hide.fbcal7

That’s it! Now if you want another calendar for you Facebook events, go back to Facebook and use the same process except use the upcoming events link in the export dialog box.

What I’m reading and finding for July 15th 2011 through July 19th 2011:

What I’m reading and finding for July 14th 2011 through July 15th 2011:

What I’m reading and finding for July 12th 2011 through July 14th 2011:

  • The Problem With Silicon Valley Is Itself – TNW Entrepreneur
    – Hermione Way
    As a Brit who gave up cheerleading the European tech scene to make the pilgrimage to Silicon Valley to live, eat and breath the world’s leading hub for technology startup innovation, I’ve been largely unimpressed and disappointed by the quality of startups here.
    Living in San Francisco since January, I’ve interviewed around two hundred startups and there’s only two, out of two hundred, I think are game changers. Now, don’t get me wrong, Silicon Valley is an incredibly inspiring place to be. Eve…  show all text
  • Make the Google +1 Button Load Faster – Tip for developers.
  • InfoGraphics
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Google Analytics 5
  • Dropbox Raising Massive Round at a $5B-Plus Valuation | TechCrunch
    – Sarah Lacy
    We’ve heard from multiple sources that Dropbox is finally moving on raising its next venture round and it’s a whopper. They’ve had preliminary conversations with several investors, several solid offers they’ve passed on earlier this year and are meeting with investment banks to handle the offering now. Allen & Co. is said to be in the mix, but we’ve also heard nothing has been finalized.
    The real news are the numbers we’re hearing from multiple sources close to the company. Dropbox is looking to  show all text
  • Digg Raises An Inside Venture Round | TechCrunch
    – Michael Arrington
    Digg has raised a new round of financing, we’ve confirmed. It’s an inside round, meaning one or more existing investors put in the money.
    We’ve heard the amount raised was single digit millions, probably around $5 million. CEO Matt Williams has confirmed the financing to us, but won’t give an exact number on the amount raised.
    The real question is around the terms of the deal. Digg’s last round in 2008 valued the company at $150 million post money. But that was a long time ago, and Digg’s influ…  show all text
  • Cloud.com | Open Source Cloud Computing
    Cloud.com is now part of Citrix Systems a leading provider of virtual computing solutions that help people work and play from anywhere on any device.

What I’m reading and finding for July 10th 2011 through July 12th 2011:

  • From Twitter – Climbing a transmission tower. Made my palms sweat. Watch the whole thing – I dare you. ) http://t.co/qhprubt
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  • From Twitter – Check out these Vogue Picture Discs from the 1940’s in UCSB’s new digital collection. http://t.co/Nmj1QTB
  • News International papers targeted Gordon Brown | Media | The Guardian
    – Nick Davies, David Leigh
    Newspapers obtained details from the former prime minister’s bank account and legal file and his family’s medical records
    Journalists from across News International repeatedly targeted the former prime minister Gordon Brown, attempting to access his voicemail and obtaining information from his bank account and legal file as well as his family’s medical records.
    There is also evidence that a private investigator used a serving police officer to trawl the police national computer for information …  show all text
  • 10 Must-Follow Fictional Twitter Accounts [PICS]
    – Amy-Mae Elliott
    If you enjoyed our list of must-follow fake Twitter celebs, then we wager you’ll love this offering of the best fictional accounts.
    Whether you want to be amused by your favorite caped crusader, keep up with some cartoon characters or see tweets from film baddies, you’ll find it all in this fun list.
    Take a look through the gallery and, because there are so many more great accounts that we didn’t have room include, share in the comments your favorites that didn’t make the list.
    1. The Batman
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  • 9 Reasons to Switch from Facebook to Google+ – Can Google+ steal users from Facebook? Yep. There are good reasons to switch from Facebook to Google+, ranging from ease-of-use to respect for data privacy.
  • Google+ suffers its first major bug: Multiple email notifications
    – Matt Brian
    If you have been using Google+ this afternoon/evening (depending on where you are), you may have experienced what looks to be one of the first major Google+ bugs; multiple email notifications.
    Many users have taken to Twitter to voice their displeasure at receiving the notifications, especially those that have switched off email correspondance in their Google+ settings. Whilst many have been receiving a handful of emails, many have received over 50 messages alerting them that a friend had added…  show all text