Why Ozzie doesn’t think the Web is the be all and end all

I was reading Joe Wilcox’ analysis of Ray Ozzie’s speech and later Ryan Stewart chimed in and the whole time I was reading that I was wondering:

Does Joe or Ryan know that Ray is an investor in Second Life?

If he did, that would have explained why Ray believes that the Web won’t deliver the most interesting experiences online. You go try to build Second Life in AJAX. I’ve seen it done and it’s not pretty.

It’s not lost on me either that the first thing I tried to do with Gmail is hook Outlook up to it. I can’t stand using the Web browser for email. And I have both the beta of the new Hotmail as well as Google’s new corporate Gmail and Maryam uses Yahoo’s email (formerly Oddpost). These are the three leading web-based email systems. I know many of you are OK with reading your email on the Web, but I’m too used to having my email offline. It gives me peace of mind to know I’m in control of my access to my email.

BlogHer: geek’s nirvana

Patrick Scoble, as quoted on Maryam’s blog:

“What’s up with those Mommy Bloggers? They keep hugging each other.”

It is weird being one of only three men in a sea of people at a party. Now I know what it feels like at a usual tech conference, albeit in reverse. And the hugging? Well, this crowd definitely has a different social contract than most of the tech geek things I attend.

Leaving BlogHer for a minute, today I attended (and moderated a couple of demo-style sessions) the AlwaysOn Conference. Lots of suits. VCs. And other various riff raff, like me. Tony Perkins, founder of AlwaysOn (the conference I attended today), showed me Dave.TV, which looks interesting but is way too slow to keep my attention.

The reason he showed it to me is a bunch of the sessions from AlwaysOn are up on Dave.TV.

Then Stewart Butterfield (co-founder of Flickr, now at Yahoo) dropped by the table that Steve Gillmor and I were hanging out at (sorry, I’m so BORED by speeches that come with PowerPoints and hearing Steve explain why links and Office are dead is infinitely more interesting) and told me some tantalizing new things that his team is working on. Of course I immediately asked if I could come over with my new soooopppppeeeerrrrr dooooopppppeeerrrr video cameras (sorry, Christopher Coulter, I got a Sony, not the Panasonic you recommended, cause I couldn’t justify the extra $2,000 and cause I like the Sony) and someone at the table said “oh, so you’re gonna do Channel 9 for the rest of the world now, huh?”

Damn, caught me.

Oh, and if you’re waiting for me to answer your email. Keep waiting. I didn’t do any email today and the pile just gets deeper and deeper. I’m already two weeks behind on email. Not good. But, then, I’m on vacation, and too busy trying to keep up with Maryam (who dragged Patrick and I to two furniture places after the BlogHer speaker shindig tonight).

What else is on my attention radar today? Wiki’s! But, not ready to talk about them. Damn, though, lots of you are really interested in them. That post generated a lot of email and phone calls. All of which are greatly appreciated.

Anyway, all around me tonight I heard great business opportunities. Especially for video bloggers. I’m gonna stay quiet on this one, though, cause I see some opportunities no one else has bothered doing yet.

More to come from BlogHer over the next few days, I’m sure, the tag to watch is BlogHer06.

I’m gonna disappear again. Damn, my email is going nuts. Calling David Allen! Calling David Allen!

If you’re at BlogHer, say hi! I won’t be hard to find. I’m the blonde. Heheh.

Listening to Satellite Radio…

I was poking through the satellite radio stations on my Sirius radio when, whoa, Jason Calacanis’ voice was speaking at Maryam and I over Gillmor Gang. OK, that’s weird.

But then I switch over to NPR and, whoa, Chris Anderson is on talking about the Long Tail.

Hey, Chris, can you get the Wall Street Journal to say our book sucks too? 😉

All your media are belong to us. Or, there’s snakes in the ************* plane. Or something like that.

Anyway, there is a serious (er, Sirius) point to all this.

The online (er “new”) media is starting to leak into the mainstream “old” media.

What I think everyone is missing in the “Digg” version of the world is that we’ve built a farm system for media now that anyone can make media.

I’ve been listening to a LOT of “anyone media” and I can tell you that the Long Tail will NOT roar here. Most video blogs and podcasts just aren’t high enough quality to get a large audience. But, don’t write them off cause of that. The Long Tail does have a huge positive aspect:

The Long Tail is a stair system to the head!

Someone who does have talent can use it to walk up the curve from where only family and friends will watch all the way up to main stream media where millions are listening.

If you think Ze Frank is gonna remain in the Long Tail for very long your latte is a lot stronger than mine is today — by the way, don’t miss the announcement that he made in today’s show, he’s building social software to let you do things with people near you. We all know that people who don’t blink are gonna take over the media world.

Now, if you’re content to have your video blog stay at #1309 out of the 1,400 on vlogmap, then that’s cool. But some really have dreams of being at the head of the tail. Why? Cause that’s where the money is.

I learned that in the book business. The books who are in the top 5 on Amazon make many times more than books that hang out around #1,000 to #5,000 as we’ve been doing lately. And, being at #5,000 is a great honor cause there’s more than one million books on Amazon.

I’m looking for people who are walking up the Long Tail. Are you? Give me a call.

Oh, and unlike other community sites I believe deeply that you should get paid for the value you’re creating for the company that you’re adding to (Leo Laporte makes a good case for the other point of view). There are ways to hand out goodies equally to all members, but to say “I ain’t paying anyone” seems to me to be the kind of capitalist who just wants free materials and huge profits. It’s why I hated the time I heard all the CEOs say “user generated content” at the Google Zeitgeist conference last year since they were all seeing huge profit possibilities by having users do the work and they just collect the profits.

Anyway, we’re here in Silicon Valley and I’m overwhelmed with email. So, I’m gonna take a few days off of blogging and catch up with that.

What the BBC found mind blowing…

We’re almost out of the house (had to come home and do some last minute cleanup) but what stuck with me about the BBC was that they came over and watched me blog. They thought it was mind blowing that I could send my words out to the world (they checked out my stats and said that theirs weren’t much better on most of their Web pages) and they thought it was cool when I got three comments almost immediately after the show.

On the BBC

BBC World News Tonight

There’s a little microphone on a little table here in the Seattle Library.

It will take my voice to millions of people. All over the world. 

That is just mind blowing. What’s even more mind blowing is they are transmitting from the most beautiful building on the West Coast: the Seattle Public Library. When I arrived people were walking all around the table, not realizing that they were talking to an audience of tens of millions of people around the world.

You can listen in at BBC World Service’s Web site. I’ll be on at about 8:50 p.m.

It is my goodbye to Seattle. After my five minutes on the BBC, Patrick and Maryam and me will drive down to Silicon Valley. It’s our last hour in Seattle.

Update: well, that was fun. 3.5 minutes. Didn’t say too much, talked about the future of media a bit, but it’s hard to get into much depth into any topic in 3.5 minutes. The guy on the right of the picture is the journalist who interviewed me, George Arney.

Well, onto Silicon Valley. From the biggest of big media to the smallest of small. Call us along the way. 425-205-1921. We’ll drive for three hours to Portland tonight, then the rest of the way tomorrow. Of course we’ll have the Verizon wireless card.

Oh, and I wasn’t the only one on the radio tonight. When I was coming over here I was listening to my satellite radio and heard Chris Pirillo on David Lawrence’s radio show.