New shiny things…

Dave Slusher says he unsubscribed from my blog and is getting off the hunt for new shiny things.

I guess he will definitely want to stay away from my link blog, then. I read hundreds of blogs looking for the best blog posts out there and put them on my link blog. Often those are posts about “new shiny things.”

Latest shiny thing post? Lifehacker has 10 cool things for Gmail.

Interesting to see the anti-shiny-thing backlash, though. Don’t know what I should do about it. Maybe I should write about printing presses. Antiques. Railroads. Or corded telephones. Or dead-tree media.

Nah…

65 thoughts on “New shiny things…

  1. Scoble, lifes a lot more than getting to know all the CEOs in the world and reading all the blogs on the blogosphere. Honestly, get out of the complex of trying to proove to everyone in almost everypost how “cool” or “known” or “learned” you are. Please really dont care. Even if bill gates starts blogging on wordpress, people would not care. Get a life, do something, dont just sit there reading 9^9^9 blogs every single day. It’s a waste. What good is all this to the community. Any community. Really, last 100 posts of urs? 1000? Told us something we didnt know? (apart from how many people you know and how international ur facebook app is?)

  2. Scoble, lifes a lot more than getting to know all the CEOs in the world and reading all the blogs on the blogosphere. Honestly, get out of the complex of trying to proove to everyone in almost everypost how “cool” or “known” or “learned” you are. Please really dont care. Even if bill gates starts blogging on wordpress, people would not care. Get a life, do something, dont just sit there reading 9^9^9 blogs every single day. It’s a waste. What good is all this to the community. Any community. Really, last 100 posts of urs? 1000? Told us something we didnt know? (apart from how many people you know and how international ur facebook app is?)

  3. Robert,

    I hope this comment reaches you. I know many end up in the spam compactor. I am about as tech-ignorant as one can be. Everything I know I learned from my WordPress blog, and in that I include everything I’ve learned from reading your blog.

    None of your writing has anything to do with what generally interests me, but I appreciate it because your passion for your subject matter comes through. Your video work is what showed me you really know what you are on about. I have linked to your blog, and encourage everyone I meet to read what you have to say. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people like me who have never owned cell phones but who quite enjoy reading about what shiny new objects the geeks are rocking.

    Your WordPress brother, Paul Rivas

  4. Robert,

    I hope this comment reaches you. I know many end up in the spam compactor. I am about as tech-ignorant as one can be. Everything I know I learned from my WordPress blog, and in that I include everything I’ve learned from reading your blog.

    None of your writing has anything to do with what generally interests me, but I appreciate it because your passion for your subject matter comes through. Your video work is what showed me you really know what you are on about. I have linked to your blog, and encourage everyone I meet to read what you have to say. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people like me who have never owned cell phones but who quite enjoy reading about what shiny new objects the geeks are rocking.

    Your WordPress brother, Paul Rivas

  5. I’d heard about Scoble and how great his insight was; this is the first blog post I read and it sounds like a kid whining about someone taking home a ball that Scoble thought should be his. Sheesh!

  6. I’d heard about Scoble and how great his insight was; this is the first blog post I read and it sounds like a kid whining about someone taking home a ball that Scoble thought should be his. Sheesh!

  7. @20. That’s great,but that’s not the question. The question is: are you doing what you said you would do with SmartSheet. If not, why didn’t it meet your needs? Or was it just some random comment you made because you got a woody when you saw it?

  8. @20. That’s great,but that’s not the question. The question is: are you doing what you said you would do with SmartSheet. If not, why didn’t it meet your needs? Or was it just some random comment you made because you got a woody when you saw it?

  9. D. Lambert: I still am using Twitter. Heck, I still am using MSN Messenger. You’re right, I shouldn’t say that the new things will kill the old things.

    LayZ: SmartSheet is pretty good. The whole genre is very useful. Wait until you see this stuff showing up on my Facebook page (it already is, thanks to Zoho and 30 Boxes components in Facebook).

  10. D. Lambert: I still am using Twitter. Heck, I still am using MSN Messenger. You’re right, I shouldn’t say that the new things will kill the old things.

    LayZ: SmartSheet is pretty good. The whole genre is very useful. Wait until you see this stuff showing up on my Facebook page (it already is, thanks to Zoho and 30 Boxes components in Facebook).

  11. This blog has gotten pretty tired over the last few months. I’m no longer subscribed, but I still visit. But much less frequently than I have in the past.

  12. This blog has gotten pretty tired over the last few months. I’m no longer subscribed, but I still visit. But much less frequently than I have in the past.

  13. Robert -

    I’m generally a big fan of the link blogging and the service you provide by staying in touch with the latest and greatest. Having said that….

    The thing that grabbed me about Dave’s article is this:

    Each time you pronounce a new site / tool / technology the new, official end-all-be-all uber tool of everyone who’s not living in a cave, you also declare that the last time you said that about a tool, it had a pretty limited shelf life.

    After that happens a few times, your proclamations start to lose their value.

    I’m not sure about you, but I find that new technologies far more often supplement older technologies than replace them. I don’t subscribe to email lists anymore because I use RSS, but that just reduces my email, not eliminate it.

    I’m not disputing the value of new tools, I’m questioning how quickly the old tools really die.

  14. Robert -

    I’m generally a big fan of the link blogging and the service you provide by staying in touch with the latest and greatest. Having said that….

    The thing that grabbed me about Dave’s article is this:

    Each time you pronounce a new site / tool / technology the new, official end-all-be-all uber tool of everyone who’s not living in a cave, you also declare that the last time you said that about a tool, it had a pretty limited shelf life.

    After that happens a few times, your proclamations start to lose their value.

    I’m not sure about you, but I find that new technologies far more often supplement older technologies than replace them. I don’t subscribe to email lists anymore because I use RSS, but that just reduces my email, not eliminate it.

    I’m not disputing the value of new tools, I’m questioning how quickly the old tools really die.

  15. You talk about making a low $300 selling off ads on your facebook with applications. Your readers are largely business people and execs. You could easily turn that into big sales with IBM or another large contractor.

    You have a very unique audience. Not the kind that I would try to turn over by selling $0.50 per click adwords campaigns to. You sold out much of your blog to Microsoft for a time, and your return was tiny compared to what it would have been.

    I know you won’t do this, but if you tone down the valley talk, and do serious IT stuff, then sell contracts to your contacts, you could be uber rich now even though you didn’t otherwise set yourself up to be.

    If you don’t care then more power to you.
    You were correct though that your audience is worth more than your writing. A huge audience of tens or hundreds of thousands on most social networking sites is not worth yours.

  16. You talk about making a low $300 selling off ads on your facebook with applications. Your readers are largely business people and execs. You could easily turn that into big sales with IBM or another large contractor.

    You have a very unique audience. Not the kind that I would try to turn over by selling $0.50 per click adwords campaigns to. You sold out much of your blog to Microsoft for a time, and your return was tiny compared to what it would have been.

    I know you won’t do this, but if you tone down the valley talk, and do serious IT stuff, then sell contracts to your contacts, you could be uber rich now even though you didn’t otherwise set yourself up to be.

    If you don’t care then more power to you.
    You were correct though that your audience is worth more than your writing. A huge audience of tens or hundreds of thousands on most social networking sites is not worth yours.

  17. Chris: if I cared about being uber rich I would have done a lot of things differently in my life. Heck, I probably wouldn’t be here talking with you now.

  18. Chris: if I cared about being uber rich I would have done a lot of things differently in my life. Heck, I probably wouldn’t be here talking with you now.

  19. LayZ: the thing is my audience has been writing me lots of notes and most people say they come here to hear about what the hot new thing in tech is and what my take on it is.

    Matt: baby on the way. :-)

  20. Scoble, I feel I owe you this. If you drop the VC nag stuff, and you work for IBM the same way you did for MS, but ask for a commission on new customers you would be a multi-multi millionaire. Period. Tell IBM that you get X high amount for every customer that comes through you. IBM won’t even open a folder with your company’s name on it for less than 500k.

    When your contract with this startup runs out, do it. You’ll be uber rich. MS didn’t give you anything.

  21. Scoble, I feel I owe you this. If you drop the VC nag stuff, and you work for IBM the same way you did for MS, but ask for a commission on new customers you would be a multi-multi millionaire. Period. Tell IBM that you get X high amount for every customer that comes through you. IBM won’t even open a folder with your company’s name on it for less than 500k.

    When your contract with this startup runs out, do it. You’ll be uber rich. MS didn’t give you anything.

  22. LayZ: the thing is my audience has been writing me lots of notes and most people say they come here to hear about what the hot new thing in tech is and what my take on it is.

    Matt: baby on the way. :-)

  23. Maybe not printing presses and railroads, but about beat reporters writing stories. The technological is fascinating, no doubt, but someone has to be producing content. A lot of this tech whizzbang glee often seems to assume that data will magically appear. I hope “new media” devotes the same amount of resources and manpower to traditional news gathering (walking into buildings, looking at files that aren’t available online, talking to people, cultivating sources beyond PR guys and spokespeople, patrolling a ‘beat’ like a police officer) as newspapers have over the last century.

    If not, the we’ve built a great infrastructure with little depth to what it’s carrying.

  24. Maybe not printing presses and railroads, but about beat reporters writing stories. The technological is fascinating, no doubt, but someone has to be producing content. A lot of this tech whizzbang glee often seems to assume that data will magically appear. I hope “new media” devotes the same amount of resources and manpower to traditional news gathering (walking into buildings, looking at files that aren’t available online, talking to people, cultivating sources beyond PR guys and spokespeople, patrolling a ‘beat’ like a police officer) as newspapers have over the last century.

    If not, the we’ve built a great infrastructure with little depth to what it’s carrying.

  25. “anti-shiny-thing backlash” is just another name for information overload.

    People only have room in their lives for so much stuff. It’s no surprise at all that some people are going to choose to limit their stuff levels if they’re feeling overloaded.

  26. “anti-shiny-thing backlash” is just another name for information overload.

    People only have room in their lives for so much stuff. It’s no surprise at all that some people are going to choose to limit their stuff levels if they’re feeling overloaded.

  27. “Interesting to see the anti-shiny-thing backlash, though. Don’t know what I should do about it”

    Hey, it’s your blog. Do what you want. If you are in it to satisfy your narcissim, then continue to ignore your audience. If you are more interested in staying relevent to them, then listen to them.

  28. “Interesting to see the anti-shiny-thing backlash, though. Don’t know what I should do about it”

    Hey, it’s your blog. Do what you want. If you are in it to satisfy your narcissim, then continue to ignore your audience. If you are more interested in staying relevent to them, then listen to them.

  29. Dang Robert, calm down.

    Just because you lost one subscriber doesn’t mean jack. All the pre-screening you do does have value to the rest of us.

    But you can’t defend yourself by saying you subscribe to 4,000 Microsoft bloggers. We’ve had this discussion before – you don’t read, you filter.

    But you do filter pretty damn well.

    One problem I have with you since you left Microsoft is that your content is now so much more broader. You have all these video shows and to be honest with you I don’t have time to see them all. Even cutting them down to the “best of” isn’t enough summarizing for me and I’m sure for a lot of people.

    You should get Rocky and do a weekly round-up show where you do something like a 20-30 minute summary show.

  30. Dang Robert, calm down.

    Just because you lost one subscriber doesn’t mean jack. All the pre-screening you do does have value to the rest of us.

    But you can’t defend yourself by saying you subscribe to 4,000 Microsoft bloggers. We’ve had this discussion before – you don’t read, you filter.

    But you do filter pretty damn well.

    One problem I have with you since you left Microsoft is that your content is now so much more broader. You have all these video shows and to be honest with you I don’t have time to see them all. Even cutting them down to the “best of” isn’t enough summarizing for me and I’m sure for a lot of people.

    You should get Rocky and do a weekly round-up show where you do something like a 20-30 minute summary show.

  31. “I don’t even know why you’re here if you don’t get some utility out of it. Oh, yeah, to spam us with your company info. Right. So my audience is interesting to you, but my content is not. Got it.”

    Your audience rules. I love your audience. You make a good post once in a great while. You’re talking about something every day which came out 3+ years ago. Give people a break. Only VC and investors are really going to care about that.

    Joshua Allen, here’s a little link MSFT.
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=235
    How can we trust whitepapers from you anymore?

  32. “I don’t even know why you’re here if you don’t get some utility out of it. Oh, yeah, to spam us with your company info. Right. So my audience is interesting to you, but my content is not. Got it.”

    Your audience rules. I love your audience. You make a good post once in a great while. You’re talking about something every day which came out 3+ years ago. Give people a break. Only VC and investors are really going to care about that.

    Joshua Allen, here’s a little link MSFT.
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=235
    How can we trust whitepapers from you anymore?

  33. Robert, don’t do anything different on my account. I’m sure the search for the zippiest and newest interests many many people. I’m just tired of it myself. I have ever shrinking amounts of free time to do anything, so I’m very sensitive to the feeling that I’m pissing it away on busy work that won’t ever repay the investments. If I ‘m going to be using that time on something, it needs to be at least as rewarding in either fun or results as recording another episode of my podcast or playing a Sit n’ Go at Full Tilt Poker. That’s my benchmark. Anything that wants my attention has to be more compelling than that.

    PS – I unsubscribed from this blog, but I still have your videos subbed in Juice for the time being. Just because I unsubbed doesn’t mean I don’t like your work in general, I’m just trying to match my inputs to my priorities.

  34. Robert, don’t do anything different on my account. I’m sure the search for the zippiest and newest interests many many people. I’m just tired of it myself. I have ever shrinking amounts of free time to do anything, so I’m very sensitive to the feeling that I’m pissing it away on busy work that won’t ever repay the investments. If I ‘m going to be using that time on something, it needs to be at least as rewarding in either fun or results as recording another episode of my podcast or playing a Sit n’ Go at Full Tilt Poker. That’s my benchmark. Anything that wants my attention has to be more compelling than that.

    PS – I unsubscribed from this blog, but I still have your videos subbed in Juice for the time being. Just because I unsubbed doesn’t mean I don’t like your work in general, I’m just trying to match my inputs to my priorities.

  35. Chris: you are so clueless you don’t even know how.

    My Google Reader app in Facebook was built in Mexico.

    My feeds come from all over the world, not just Silly Valley (you do notice that I subscribe to 4,000 Microsoft bloggers, most of whom are not in Silly Valley, right? Not to mention all the Amazon folks I read).

    I don’t even know why you’re here if you don’t get some utility out of it. Oh, yeah, to spam us with your company info. Right. So my audience is interesting to you, but my content is not. Got it.

  36. Chris: you are so clueless you don’t even know how.

    My Google Reader app in Facebook was built in Mexico.

    My feeds come from all over the world, not just Silly Valley (you do notice that I subscribe to 4,000 Microsoft bloggers, most of whom are not in Silly Valley, right? Not to mention all the Amazon folks I read).

    I don’t even know why you’re here if you don’t get some utility out of it. Oh, yeah, to spam us with your company info. Right. So my audience is interesting to you, but my content is not. Got it.

  37. I agree 10000% with Dave.
    One a very rare occasion Scoble will post 1 thing that’s ok.
    The rest of the time you’re better off with Digg or even Google news with the IT filter on.

    Scoble is trapped in a macrocosm that spans about 50 miles and you can only take so much from his vantage point staring outside the bubble.

  38. I agree 10000% with Dave.
    One a very rare occasion Scoble will post 1 thing that’s ok.
    The rest of the time you’re better off with Digg or even Google news with the IT filter on.

    Scoble is trapped in a macrocosm that spans about 50 miles and you can only take so much from his vantage point staring outside the bubble.

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