Daily Archives: July 18, 2006

The customers take over the marketing

One of the things I always loved about Channel 9 is that the customers took it onto themselves to build content for the site. Jamie is my favorite. His “GoogleParks” are hillarious. I’ve heard that they got emailed all around inside Google. He’s an extremely talented designer.

I love that Duncan took his camera to Toronto and met up with Jamie.

Remember. This is a guy who wasn’t paid by Microsoft. Just did it because he liked the community.

Long Tail wags Naked

Jim Minatel of Wiley wrote to Shel Israel and me this morning with some sales figures from our book. Seems that they are selling pretty well on Amazon and other places all of a sudden and he was seeing if we had a theory about why. He says that a spike in sales counter to the trends almost never happens in the publishing industry.

Neither of us could explain it until I saw Amazon’s page for Chris Anderson’s new book, the Long Tail, which is at #2 right now on Amazon. On that page our book was also listed as a good book to buy along with the Long Tail.

Is the Long Tail wagging Naked? Hmmm. Sure looks like it. Amazon has us listed at #346 right now. We’ve never been that high in the rankings. That’s out of 4.5 million books.

Shel has the details over on Naked Conversations blog.

Smart people on video

Do you know who Edward Osborne Wilson is? Me neither. I had to go to Wikipedia to look him up. Distinguished biologist and a whole long list of other stuff.

One smart dude.

So, why did I care? Well, Jim Posner emailed me about Slate’s MeaningofLife video show. This is remarkable stuff. Edward is interviewed on there. Along with a bunch of other people who’ll raise your IQ by a couple of points just by listening to them.

No-YHOO’ing in the valley today

It’s earnings week in the tech industry. Yahoo today. Ebay tomorrow. Microsoft and Google Thursday.

Yahoo didn’t please.

By the way, the view out PodTech’s office window is quite stunning. I’m looking down at Silicon Valley. It’s quite interesting the motivational effect that has. It’s almost like “we’re gonna throw you to the wolves in the valley and if you’re really lucky you’ll get to come back up here on the hill. Sand Hill, that is.

Oh, while we’re talking about the offices, here’s Irina standing in front of the office. Well, we only occupy about 1/30th of this building. Like my son says, nothing like Microsoft!

Did I say how much I like Flickr’s new clustering technology? Maybe that’ll pay off next quarter for Yahoo.

Ford makes a bold move into videoblogging

It’s a little slick, but you can see Channel 9 influences on Ford’s new videoblog. And comments. What do you think? Would it get me back? Yeah. I like seeing how things are built. By the way, my Ford Focus is still flawless at 30,000 miles. It’s an awesome car. Yeah, Maryam’s BMW is better, but anyone can build a cool car for $45,000. Building a good and reliable car that costs under $20,000 is a LOT harder of an engineering challenge.

Update: I missed this intro video. Good stuff, we never really got into meetings at Microsoft cause we knew they’d never get approved if they were really authentic or people would hold back and change their behavior if they knew cameras were rolling.

I’m dealing with that even on a smaller scale. A friend throws the most amazing dinners. But, they are off-the-record, drink-some-wine-and-really-talk kinds of affairs. Turn on the cameras and will they be as special? Doubt it. But I wanna try.