Celebrity won’t save you

I just did a quick read through all my feeds and, boy, are people down on Guy Kawasaki’s “Truemors” site. Tony Hung at Deep Jive Interests says that celebrity is how it might succeed.

Indeed, it’s because Guy Kawasaki was involved that I checked it out in the first place.

My reaction? I agree with Shelley Powers when she says: “What is [Truemors]? It’s the site that made Twitter look good, by comparison.”

Of course, there’s no such thing as bad PR on the blogosphere. Well, except silence. That’s the most damning thing of all.

Microsoft’s Bill Hilf clarifies some of the press he got

Microsoft had a wave of blog backlash over the past week, part of it due to quotes attributed to Bill Hilf, who a General Manager of Platform Strategy at Microsoft. Today he clarified his quotes and says “I’m sure there’s also a lot of questions about the Fortune story on ‘Microsoft versus the Free world’ – more wonderful sensationalism – and I will write on that soon.”

This is a great use of blogs. I remember Dave Winer telling me it’s one of the reasons he started his blog: to talk directly to people after his words were misquoted/misconstrued/misunderstood by the press.

Cool photo book of Computer History

Scoble holding Core Memory book I just put up the video I shot a few weeks ago of Mark Richards, who just released a new coffee table picture book, Core Memory — he did the photography, John Alderman did the text. All photos of computers in the Computer History Museum. He spent two years working on the book. We filmed the interview in the museum, looking at the book, and talking about how he made the images. Photographers will love this one.

It’s a great book and one that any geek would love to have on their coffee table.

Non photographers will love my video and the book too, because both give you a really interesting look at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

UPDATE: wild, BoingBoing did a post on it today too with a lot more details and Mark Richards’ site is here.

Thanks to Shannon Clark for the picture of me holding the book — he’s in the video toward the end too.

I have brought my video camera to the Computer History Museum before back when I worked at Microsoft. Here I got a tour of the museum with famous technologist Gordon Bell (Part I and Part II)

UPDATE2: If you don’t have time for the long video, here’s a shorter “Editor’s Choice.”

Off to New York…

I’m taking the Red Eye tonight to New York where I’ll be speaking tomorrow at the Streaming Media East conference and on Friday at the Personal Democracy Forum.

Here is a conversation that Steve Gillmor and Loren Feldman had about that. I like the “conversation” format that they are playing with. I gotta try that out myself.

On Thursday I have the day free. Anyone want to meet for a blogger lunch on Thursday? How about at the First Ave. Deli?
Katz Deli? At noon.

Read a news feed, go to jail?

I was just reading this article about an attempt in the U.S. Congress to expand laws against copyright infringment and piracy to including “attempts” to infringe. How will they know what is a legitimate and illegitimate attempt? If I read a feed is that an attempt? After all, people can use RSS to copy my content without my permission. IE, infringe on my copyrights. If I try to rip a DVD to my hard drive for my own use, is that an attempt? If I copy my new Office 2007 DVD over to my hard drive so I can have the original source files on my hard drive in case I need to reinstall, is that an attempt?

Really scary stuff. I probably would stop reading feeds and would cancel my Netflix subscription if such a law went through.

Read a feed, go to jail? Maybe!

It’s the users, not the technology

I totally agree with Dave Winer’s post about Twitter being about the users, not the technology. I didn’t join Twitter because it was cool technology. Second Life +might+ be able to make that claim, but not Twitter. I joined Twitter because my friends were on it and were joining it at a very quick rate. B. Mann seems to think that someone could build a Twitter clone in Jabber.

He’s talking like a lot of engineers at Microsoft (and other companies, truth be told) would talk “my team could build that in 10 days.” That all might be true but you’ll never get the users to come and try your thing out. Also, correct me if I’m wrong but Jabber is an IM system. Twitter is closer to a blog service, where the posting length has been limited to 140 characters and the home page is an RSS aggregation of your friends posts. Yeah, there’s an SMS component (it’s not why I joined Twitter — I don’t use Twitter from my cell phone and really don’t care that you can). Yeah, there’s an IM component (it’s not why I joined Twitter — I don’t use Twitter from an IM client and really don’t care that you can).

It’s interesting that B. Mann wants to build a new Twitter. One that’s better engineered, ostensibly. Hey, I’m all for that too. But he forgets that it’s not the engineering that got me to join Twitter in the first place: it’s my friends.

Maybe we need to engineer better friends before we talk about engineering a better Twitter. Heheh.

Oh, and if you haven’t yet joined Twitter, my account is Twitter.com/Scobleizer.

Om Malik has a list of Twitter Tools. That’s another thing you’d need to recreate — all the little things that have been already created on top of Twitter.

There’s also a belief that I keep reading that Twitter is only a Silicon Valley “fan boy” kind of thing. That’s TOTALLY NOT TRUE. Watch TwitterVision for a few minutes and you’ll see an evenly-dispersed group of people all over the world.