Om Malik and iLike on ScobleShow

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Om Malik is one of my favorite bloggers and I’m very happy to have him on the ScobleShow today. In the interview you’ll learn how he earned the title “GigaOm” from his mom and he gives his view on what makes a good blog. “Respect people’s time,” is his top advice.

Also on the ScobleShow is a killer new music service, iLike. Meet iLike’s CEO, Ali Partovi, and get a demo of what makes iLike a great service.

Oh, and thanks to Theresa Valdez Klein who paid me a great compliment on the Blog Business Summit blog: “I’m not just kissing Scoble’s ass when I say this-the questions he asked Senator Edwards were better framed and delivered than any that I’ve heard a reporter ask a political figure in a long time. He cut right through the bullshit and got some straight answers out of a politician. I congratulate him for that.”

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Jeff’s right, Stickam rocks

“Stickam is…pretty incredible,” Jeff Pulver says (Jeff runs VideoOnTheNet, a conference coming up this spring that I’ll be speaking at).

I’ve played a few times over the past week with Stickam. It’s a site where you can turn on your Web cam and other people can watch you — along with others — while you do whatever you do in front of the computer. It’s incredible cause you can see multiple people at one time.

Right now mostly teenagers are using it, which creates all sorts of new ways for predators to try to angle their way into kids’ lives (funny enough, women on the site are already pretty adept at dealing with that — I saw one entry that said “I won’t show you my tits, don’t even ask.”)

So, something your kids might already be doing. Will it have a business impact? I think so. I’m meeting more and more companies that have people working out of their homes. This way you can feel like you’re working with other people and see visually when they are available to talk.

What do you think?

Calacanis take this!

Hey, Jason, have you ever offered someone a job on the Wall Street Journal’s front page? I have. In an article about LifeHacker’s Gina Trapani. She, and LifeHacker, rocks.

For those who don’t know, Jason Calacanis started and loves making big plays for talent (most famously, he tried to hire all of Digg’s top participants).

Yuvi analyzes my link blog.

Whew, average of 50 new items a day, and many many other things I’ve learned from Yuvi’s analysis of my linkblog.

Yuvi, you rock!

One other thing? You can see who my favorite Microsoft blogger is.

And Yuvi even gives Microsoft a new “evil business model.” Oh, that’s good!

UPDATE: Yuvi draws the conclusion that my link blog is more biased than my main blog. That’s true if you only look at the number of sources I draw upon. But, he isn’t looking at the sites THEY link to. If he counted those, he’d find there’s a far larger diversity of sites that get onto my link blog than get on my blog here.

CES to be a snore?

Seagate gets out in front of CES news with announcements that a terabyte hard drive is coming. It’s on top of TechMeme.

If you told me six months ago that Seagate would be on top of TechMeme the last working day before CES I would have said you’re drinking better Merlot than I was. Heheh. But, Seagate is a great company to work with, has a lot of fun making something that most of us don’t really spend too much time thinking about, I greatly appreciate their continued support of the ScobleShow, and their products rock and are getting more and more important especially to those of us who’ve bought new digital SLRs and new HD camcorders.

But, that sort of plays into the next point. Is a hard drive going to be the sexiest thing to come out of this year’s CES? Michael Gartenberg seems to think so (Dave Winer also comments). Now, one thing you gotta know about Michael: he’s already seen most of the cool stuff from both the CES show and the Apple side of the fence. He’s an analyst and, to boot, he’s a gadget freak with relationships inside the big companies that are far better than mine are.

So, I’m reading between the lines a little bit when I read his post, but he’s been pretty consistent on sending these “unspoken signals” through his blog and they’ve been pretty accurate. Remember when I was too excited about what’d come from the Apple World Wide Developer Conference? He sent a signal that I was wrong. He ended up being right and my sources were too exuberant (everything they told me about did end up shipping, but they were off on their timing).

What that all means is that Michael is sending gestures to us that Apple is going to have some significant announcements next week that’ll make the rest of us at CES talk. We’ll see if my reading of his gestures are accurate.

As to Dave Winer: CES is a pain in the behind (I still remember the two-hour taxi line last year at 1 a.m. in the morning when I arrived), but there’s a couple of things that make it interesting. First, it’s the only place where you can see almost all the consumer electronics. If you’re looking for a surround sound system (as I know Dave is) this is the place to do it.

Also, because of the sheer size it draws in tons of interesting people. The most time I spent with Doc Searls, for instance, last year, was at last year’s CES. This year is looking a LOT better than last year’s CES on that front.

We’re very fortune to have more than our fair share who say they’ll be at the BlogHaus (more than 100 bloggers, at last count). Hope to see you there! Regarding the BlogHaus, I’ll be emailing today an update to everyone on my attendee list, but if you miss that, the update is here. Next week my cell phone is 425-205-1921 in case you wanna meet up (my schedule through Tuesday, though, is really packed).

Monday night, at 9 p.m., though, the CEO of Seagate, Bill Watkins, will be in the BlogHaus — hope to see you there. If you want to come to the BlogHaus, you need to get on our list or else you won’t be able to get up to our suite, sorry.

Achievements are how Microsoft is gonna edge in on Google

Mark my words, the popularity of Microsoft’s “points” system (aka “Xbox 360 achievements”) is going to be how Microsoft comes back against Google and Yahoo. Those Xbox wackos (I’m one) will look to get a leg up on their friends by using other Microsoft services.

Imagine if you earn an achievement for doing 100 Windows Live searches, or doing a search that has no results for it, or doing a search that’ll return a page in the #1 spot.

Don’t think this matters? Every Xbox’er I know keeps track of how many achievements they’ve gotten. I still remember how Chris Pirillo got excited when I was over his house and he earned an achievement.

They are addictive. Watch for Microsoft to expand the points system.