I am a founder and CEO at SignalRank, a data driven technology company. I publish a weekly newsletter – That Was The Week – on Substack. The posts here are pulled from it. I also have a video podcast with Andrew Keenthat accompanies it each week. You can see the full catalogue on AnchorSpotify , Youtubeand Apple Podcasts. And I am a regular guest on Steve Gillmor’s The Gillmor Gang.

Year: 2009

Internet

The future of publishing and reading?

A nice vision of the near future from BERG. It is focused on Magazines but makes me think about web content more. What is the role of a web site, a web page, a post and a tweet in this world? The UI concepts are nice, but functionally limited. And the discovery of content doesn’t seem to exist, it assumes subscriptions to publications – which I’m sure will only be part of the story, and a small part at that. Take a look yourself: http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=8217311&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=ffffff&fullscreen=1 Mag+ from Bonnier on Vimeo. Hat Tip to CrunchGear Discussion at TechMeme

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Internet

Murdoch, Huffington and the future of News

Huffington and Mathias D̦pfner (CEO of German media empire Axel Springer) discuss the future of news. The moderator is Christine Ockrent, CEO of France 24, a TV broadcasting company. In the context of Rupert Murdoch declaring his intent to take his content out of Google this is a timely exchange. Clearly there are many sides to this issue, but Рbottom line Рthe cost base of old media is not sustainable, and the news gathering possibilities of the distributed masses together with curation and aggregation present a powerful alternative. I recommend anybody interested in the future of news and

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Internet Strategy

Deportalization and Internet Advertising II

Glam hired a new guy today. Techcrunch, VentureBeat and PaidContent all posted about it. All of the reporting on this hire focus on Glam’s coup in getting their man, and on their profitability heading into Q4. There is little in the way of analysis, which is probably quite reasonable on a news-filled Monday morning here on the West Coast.. As TechCrunch’s Jason Kincaid reports: Glam Media has scored a major senior hire, landing Josh Jacobs, Yahoo’s Vice President & GM Advertising Technology Platforms who currently runs Yahoo’s entire display ad platform and previously ran the portal’s publisher network. Jacobs will

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Internet

Google Books enables Embedding

Here is a book I wrote in 1988 for Penguin. It is available free on Google books. And as of today I can embed it in a web page. With the recent rise to prominence in the UK of the BNP, it may be an interesting read again. At the time I used a non-de-plume (Keith Tompson) because it was actually dangerous to be an open and active anti-racist. It also has some relevance to the internet debate about race hatred.

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fotopedia Internet

fotopedia launches

Jean-Marie Hullot and Gilles Samoun have – today – launched fotopedia.com. It is the culmination of the work done by the fotonauts team over the past 2 years. fotopedia is both a web site and an optional downloadable client. At launch the web site brings together awesome images covering more than 4500 subjects. It allows those who download the client to create encyclopedia pages for subjects of their choice, or to add images to the already existing encyclopedia pages. Users vote for their favorite images (either on the web site or in the client). Each subject is produced dynamically from

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Internet

Real Time Streams

John Borthwick has captured in words what many have been grappling with in a less articulate way for about 18 months. The new paradigm we need to think about the internet has finally emerged. This snippet outlines the broad trend: Start with this constant, real time, flowing stream of data getting published, republished, annotated and co-opt’d across a myriad of sites and tools. The social component is complex — consider where its happening. The facile view is to say its Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or FriendFeed — pick your favorite service. But its much more than that because all these sites

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Internet

In Defense of “nothing”

Columnist Henry Porter is generally considered to be a wise observer of the human condition. Today, in an article in the UK Guardian owned Sunday, The Observer, he blew it ….. badly. As a newspaper man he ought to have been aware of his almost certain bias and perhaps counted to ten before pushing “send”. And, given that he didn’t,  his editor should have saved him from himself after the fact, perhaps by asking “are you sure?” But then I would have nothing to say… and neither would others. Mr Porter’s key contention is one that is being heard more

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Digital, Life, Design (DLD 2009) in Munich

I flew out from San Francisco to Munich on Friday night. Arrived well after a great Lufthansa flight. It was nice to bump into friends and acquaintances on the flight (Barney Pell from Powerset [now part of Microsoft], Chris Shipley from the Guidewire Group, Gary Bolles from Xigi, Robert Goldberg from Crossroads Ventures and Don Levy from Sony Pictures Digital production. We had mostly all slept on the flight and it was 6pm when we landed so there was only one option – drink and eat until tired :-). The Augustiner Beer Hall served the purpose well. The first day

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