Daily Archives: March 5, 2007

Twitter’s slow and I’m on TechMeme

I’m on TechMeme with my “I’m gonna have another child” post. OK, now, that’s a bug. Clearly not important and hasn’t gotten many links yet. So, how did it get on there? I think Gabe’s algorithm is counting comments received per hour! I bet Gabe is writing a new algorithm now to filter out baby announcements. :-)

Also, Twitter is damn slow.

One thing that Twitter is going to have to be built for is an earthquake. Now, imagine a sizeable disaster coming to the San Francisco Bay Area. Imagine that Twitter will see 1000 times more traffic that day than it is today. Now you see the problem coming. I hope Evan Williams is thinking about how to make this thing scalable. It’s doubling in number of users every few days according to my followers’ list. Problem is that Venture Capitalists probably aren’t funding Twitter cause they don’t see the revenue.

Big revolutions always start with the stupidest small things.

SXSW’ing through Twitter

I just announced something over on my Twitter account and immediately got a flood of emails. It’s like a huge chat room. I’m adding all my followers so that I can follow them. It might look inane to you, but it’s a very engaged audience and there’s some very influential people there. We’re going to Salt Lick on Monday night, see the Twitter for details.

Speaking of that. I was named to the most important to the Web list over at PC World. That list is obviously suspect as a result, but I’m very honored. But I’m turning over my slot to David Heinemeier Hansson, author of Ruby on Rails. So many startups tell me they are using Rails that he should be on the list, not me.

Another guy? Scott Isaacs. Inventor of DHTML (without which AJAX wouldn’t be very interactive). Another one?  Håkon Wium Lie. Inventor of CSS. Another one? Scott Guthrie, who runs Internet tools for Microsoft. How about Molly Holzschlag, who helps run the Web Standards Project? How about Mitchell Baker, head of the Mozilla Foundation?

Should I go on? I don’t deserve to be on this list. There are a lot more people who are doing a lot more for the Web than I am.

Another Stanford University Startup coming September 2007

You know it as the birthplace of HP, Yahoo, Google, Sun, and Cisco, among others.

But coming in September 2007 another kind of startup is coming to Stanford University: a new Scoble! Yeah, Maryam and I are expecting a new child.

Why Stanford University? Cause Maryam’s mom has been to the hospitals there several times for various surgeries and we’ve always been impressed with their care and it’s close to work.

We learned last week that she’s been pregnant for three months and are quite excited and nervous. Big changes in lifestyle ahead.

First thing is that I’m not going to travel after Gnomedex for at least six months except for CES.

One thing we learned is we both were really nervous about talking about it here. Why? Cause there’s a great deal of uncertainty. We both know people who’ve had miscarriages and know it’s a fairly common thing. We thought we were going to have to keep this secret for a few months until we hit three months, but then last week Maryam went into the doctor and she said she was 11 weeks along. Maryam wasn’t even moody or sick, so didn’t send out the usual “I’m pregnant” gestures. Anyway, back to the usual programming here.