Little duckies head to Flock

Every day I pass by this sign on the way to work. Every day I say “there’s Ze Frank’s sign” in my head. Yesterday he taught me why I did that — it’s the aftertaste that resides in my mouth after memories of his show have faded. He branded “little duckies” in my head. A**hole! He freaking put that freaking stupid “little duckie” song in my freaking head and now I can’t get it out. THAT is branding!

Bad Breath (Halitosis)

My brand? It’s the aftertaste you have in your mouth when you first wake up in the morning. Sorry. I’ll try to improve upon that.

Anyway, first thing this morning I headed over to the world headquarters of Flock. Will Pate, community ambassador (pictured here pointing to the Flock logo) met me at the front door and gave me a tour. 

For the two of you who don’t know what Flock is, it’s a Web browser built using Firefox’s code base but that has integration with some fun Web services built in. Translation: if you add a favorite in Flock it doesn’t store it locally like IE or Firefox does, but it puts that up on so your friends can see all your favorite porn sites. Or whatever you mark as favorite. Also, they have a neato (technical term, sorry) photo bar that lets me see whenever you update your photos. And it’s easy to blog from within Flock.

Basically it’s the new hip cool browser that you can tell your dad to load so he can see your Flickr photo stream.

Anyway, Will introduced me to the engineering team, where I learned that it’s a game of inches in the software business. Joe Krauss used the same term yesterday. I wonder, is there some kind of meme generation machine going? Anyway, because everything is open source you can see all the cool new features before the “release” a new version. They swear they put everything out everyday, no hidden stuff. Takes all the fun out of trying to get a good exclusive or a leak of a new feature they are working on.

How did Will get his job? He blogged that he was looking for a job. People linked to him (I was one) and he had 30 companies contact him. Whew! Maybe I should open a job board!

Anyway, I have more than 1,000 emails now that I haven’t answered. I’m suprised that people haven’t figured out the trick yet. Just leave a darn comment. I always spend time in my comment feed before heading toward my email.

Oh, and Ze Frank, can you tell me how to get the duckies out of my head? Thanks!

To everyone else: here’s the song. Now try to get it out of YOUR head. Oh, and if you’re in the Bay Area tonight get your little duckie over to the Flock Meetup in Mountain View tonight.

Java, JotSpot, Better Bad News?

Some days I pinch myself because of the interesting people I get to hang out with and interview and talk business with. Here’s an example.

This morning I interviewed Joe Kraus at JotSpot’s offices (JotSpot is a really interesting Wiki set of services, which to my eye looks like a whole lot better than either Google or Microsoft’s vision for the future of how Office workers will work together, but maybe that’s just me).

Anyway, we talked about everything from whether we’re in the middle of a bubble: “yes” to what his favorite Google keywords were (he explained how JotSpot’s employees brainstorm interesting new keywords, then measure them, and get rid of any that don’t work after a couple of weeks). He wouldn’t share his favorites, though, saying that was his competitive advantage. That’s the third time I’ve heard that from CEOs this month, by the way. Until my video gets up sometime in September you should check out TechCrunch’s writings about JotSpot 2.0. Why take that long to get a video up? Cause I need a bunch in the bag so that I can bootstrap the show. Plus editing and compression are a real PITA. Nothing like slamming out a text blog.

I should have bugged Joe about why he hasn’t been blogging lately. But he’s a busy CEO so I was happy to get an hour with him.

Then it was onto visit Better Bad News, a funny video show. They have me under NDA, but their latest video hints at what I was meeting them about. The thing they showed me? Definitely interesting, I hope to use it soon. Oh, and Jeff Clavier, they said they’re interested in your money too. I’ll hook you and them up, you should see what they are doing. My pitch to them? “Better music and drugs.” Hey, a four-word pitch, what can I say? I told them I was really there to get them to sell their souls to me for $1 a month. They were tough negotiators, though, and talked me up to $1.50.

Then tonight I met up with Simon Phipps and Terri Molini after talking on the phone with Steve Gillmor who told me “don’t send me any traffic” (which promptly make me want to link to him and send him all the traffic he doesn’t want, heheh).

Simon is one of Sun Microsystems’ guys who are working on open sourcing Java and Terri is one of Sun’s PR chiefs.

Simon told us all about the cool places he’s visited and the open source computing trends. He asked me if I was going to get outside of the United States and I told him that I’d like to visit India and China. He’d just been, so figured he’d be excited. He, instead, told me that the bigger computing stories were happening in South Africa and South America where interesting open source movements have taken hold.

I hear Simon has started a blog for the PR team (I couldn’t find it cause it’s too new, but I’ll try to get the URL tomorrow) and that she has a new way to “command and control” bloggers inside Sun. Instead of sending them nasty notes she’ll just call them out in public. Hmmm, if she really does do that that’ll make her blog one that we’ll definitely follow. She was just kidding, of course.

Anyway, now I’m even further behind on answering email. Sigh.