New York, New York! (Danny wants better RSS in his SPOT watch)

I’m writing to you from a bus heading toward Manhattan. I love my Verizon card. It’s like having wifi EVERYWHERE!

Anyway, I’m up for a midnight snack tonight. Anyone game? Call my cell phone at 425-205-1921. I’m staying at the Sheraton Towers.

Update: well, that didn’t take long. Someone just called and we’re meeting in the lobby. I love having readers around the world. :-)

Update 2: it got even better. The guy who called was Jackson Fox of lulu.com. I took him to Times Square where we hit Roxy’s and had dinner. As we were finishing our cheesecakes the phone rang again. “Hello, this is Matt Cutts.” (He works at Google and is probably Google’s best known blogger SEO expert). We quickly figure out he’s at the Hilton, head over there and meet up in the lobby. He quickly drags us through the bar where a bunch of SEO types ran us through a gauntlet. Matt checks over the crowd and sees if he’ll get any more spam tricks out of the increasingly drunk geeks who try to figure out how to improve their Google ranking for their day jobs.

Did you know that there are about 5,000 attendees at this conference? Are search engines a big deal? Damn, who knew?

Anyway, Matt and Jackson and I settle in for a non-alcoholic talk (not by choice, mind you, but the bar was closed). We start comparing notes (we’re on a panel discussion at 9 a.m. in the morning).

Now, the conversation was going pretty good at about that time. Comparing notes and having fun and sharing information. But then Danny Sullivan walks in (for those who don’t know, this is his conference — he is the guy who started Search Engine Watch years ago and built a multi-million industry around it).

He could do anything, but what does he do?

He walks up to us and gives me s**t about his SPOT watch that he just bought. Turns out the RSS aggregator that the SPOT system has isn’t all that great (he wants me to get on the team about the RSS features, or the lack thereof). I tell him I’ll make sure the team hears about his feature request. Danny then launches into a sales pitch for the SPOT watch to Matt. Turns out Danny’s into Swatch watches and showed us off all the features of his new watch.

Hey, BillG, you should have Danny on stage with you at next year’s CES. But I digress.

He pulls up the stock quote feature on his SPOT watch. Looks up GOOG (the stock quote for Google). Looks at Matt and says “you had a good day.” Then pulls up MSFT. Looks at me and says “you had a good day too.”

Dude, you have no idea. Hint: it had nothing to do with the stock price.

Then he asked me to spill the beans on the Origami. Heheh. Very funny Danny!

49 thoughts on “New York, New York! (Danny wants better RSS in his SPOT watch)

  1. Solomonrex: Read …

    “We’ve done mice and keyboards. Danny Sullivan was bragging about his SPOT watch here last night (he’s the guy who runs the Search Engine Strategies conference).”

    As: “No, the XBox isn’t a success. Mice and keyboards are all that we’ve succeeded at.”

  2. Solomonrex: Read …

    “We’ve done mice and keyboards. Danny Sullivan was bragging about his SPOT watch here last night (he’s the guy who runs the Search Engine Strategies conference).”

    As: “No, the XBox isn’t a success. Mice and keyboards are all that we’ve succeeded at.”

  3. Solomonrex: I don’t think Windows Mobile sucks.

    We’ve done mice and keyboards. Danny Sullivan was bragging about his SPOT watch here last night (he’s the guy who runs the Search Engine Strategies conference).

  4. Solomonrex: I don’t think Windows Mobile sucks.

    We’ve done mice and keyboards. Danny Sullivan was bragging about his SPOT watch here last night (he’s the guy who runs the Search Engine Strategies conference).

  5. The Xbox is the only successful MS foray into new hardware, right? And that was an established market, and the jury is still out on it’s ultimate success. In these unestablished markets, it’s clear that throwing money at the problem isn’t helping. I wonder why it’s taking so much time to actually use the ideas in MS’s excellent R&D division? Like the thumb interface for PDAs/phones. I hear that Windows Mobile still stinks (not first hand, mind you). Why?

  6. The Xbox is the only successful MS foray into new hardware, right? And that was an established market, and the jury is still out on it’s ultimate success. In these unestablished markets, it’s clear that throwing money at the problem isn’t helping. I wonder why it’s taking so much time to actually use the ideas in MS’s excellent R&D division? Like the thumb interface for PDAs/phones. I hear that Windows Mobile still stinks (not first hand, mind you). Why?

  7. Basically that sums up everything Microsoft touches: “neat concept, lousy reception (mainstream consumers), not customizable enough, poor execution.” I can run their entire product line through that phrase.

  8. Basically that sums up everything Microsoft touches: “neat concept, lousy reception (mainstream consumers), not customizable enough, poor execution.” I can run their entire product line through that phrase.

  9. My wife wanted a SPOT watch after CES 2005. Bought her one and it didn’t work in our area, despite being 45 minutes south of Microsoft HQ. When we were out and about it had some interesting features, but the no RSS thing is a definite bummer.

    So she cancelled service. A couple months ago Microsoft wanted to pay her for an exit interview. I think it was like $50 or $100. Pretty decent money. She never did it though.

    Bottom line: neat concept, lousy reception area, not customizable enough, poor execution.

  10. My wife wanted a SPOT watch after CES 2005. Bought her one and it didn’t work in our area, despite being 45 minutes south of Microsoft HQ. When we were out and about it had some interesting features, but the no RSS thing is a definite bummer.

    So she cancelled service. A couple months ago Microsoft wanted to pay her for an exit interview. I think it was like $50 or $100. Pretty decent money. She never did it though.

    Bottom line: neat concept, lousy reception area, not customizable enough, poor execution.

  11. “Hey, BillG, you should have Danny on stage with you at next year’s CES.

    Somebody’s got to do it, right? Might as make the one guy who uses it, do it, huh? Well, no, actually somebody doesn’t have to do it because even your company has given up hyping this pathetic product for a couple of years now.

  12. “Hey, BillG, you should have Danny on stage with you at next year’s CES.

    Somebody’s got to do it, right? Might as make the one guy who uses it, do it, huh? Well, no, actually somebody doesn’t have to do it because even your company has given up hyping this pathetic product for a couple of years now.

  13. But SPOT doesn’t support RSS, you have to hack it all up. Arencha gonna scream, wail and cry about that? And amazing that you can find someone actually buying SPOTs, they couldn’t even give them away at CES.

  14. But SPOT doesn’t support RSS, you have to hack it all up. Arencha gonna scream, wail and cry about that? And amazing that you can find someone actually buying SPOTs, they couldn’t even give them away at CES.

  15. Thanks for the WordPress advice from before, Robert. A nice cornbeef on rye would be ever so satisfying from a NYC deli if I were in the area this very instant. How’s the coverage for those broadband access cards, as Verizon calls them?

  16. Thanks for the WordPress advice from before, Robert. A nice cornbeef on rye would be ever so satisfying from a NYC deli if I were in the area this very instant. How’s the coverage for those broadband access cards, as Verizon calls them?

  17. Wish I could tonight, but have a few things to take care of tonight.

    How long are you in town? Do you have plans the rest of the week? Would love to meet up tomorrow after 8pm.

  18. Wish I could tonight, but have a few things to take care of tonight.

    How long are you in town? Do you have plans the rest of the week? Would love to meet up tomorrow after 8pm.

  19. Me: my cell phone number is ALWAYS on my blog (look down the right side). That way anyone can call me for any reason. Hint: I take more calls from people who have caller ID reporting turned on than I do from anonymous folks.

  20. Me: my cell phone number is ALWAYS on my blog (look down the right side). That way anyone can call me for any reason. Hint: I take more calls from people who have caller ID reporting turned on than I do from anonymous folks.

  21. Richard: heheh! But Maryam knows where I am and she knows my cell phone number too! Unfortunately she’s not here. Which is why I’m looking to go to a Deli at midnight. :-)

  22. Richard: heheh! But Maryam knows where I am and she knows my cell phone number too! Unfortunately she’s not here. Which is why I’m looking to go to a Deli at midnight. :-)

  23. Wow….posting a cell phone number ONLINE!!? That’s pretty brave(imagine the spam and prank calls and such). Have fun in New York :).

  24. Wow….posting a cell phone number ONLINE!!? That’s pretty brave(imagine the spam and prank calls and such). Have fun in New York :).

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