Watch the debates with geeks

Dan Farber, Steve Gillmor, Andrew Keen, Keith Teare and I are watching the presidential YouTube/CNN debates together. Watch us live as we react. Where are we? At Mike Arrington’s house (he’s not here, but Heather, TechCrunch’s CEO is here). We’re filming for Gillmor’s Bad Sinatra.

UPDATE: John Edwards is streaming live on

Meet Plazes “where are you” founder

Over on ScobleShow we just uploaded a neat interview with Plazes founder, Felix Petersen, and he also gives us a demo of this service that lets you share your location with your friends.

I’ve embedded the demo here, but the interview explains a lot more why this service is getting popular around the world.

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VC looks behind the numbers of social networks

Jeremy Liew is a venture capitalist with Lightspeed Partners and is becoming one of my favorite VC blogs. Anyway, tonight he digs into the usage numbers of the top social networks. I learned some interesting things. First, Facebook isn’t most popular. I already knew that. MySpace is used WAY more often (my brother, Ben, is on MySpace). Second, that Google’s Orkut usage is higher, even in the US, than I expected.

I have some theories about all these numbers. I might do a video for my Facebook friends in the morning, but gotta get some sleep first.

Do Pageflakes and Netvibes have any chance against Facebook?

Richard MacManus asks an interesting question about Pageflakes and Netvibes: what chance do they have?

Facebook is becoming the home page for many of us. Why? Because our friends are a lot more interesting than anything over on Yahoo News or TechMeme or other places. And because Facebook has become the fastest-moving application platform around. Every day someone sends me another application (or four, like showed up today without me asking for them — I didn’t add them cause I don’t add stuff that’s obviously aimed at a younger demographic, but, still, they are there, and SOMEONE is using them, otherwise I wouldn’t get them sent to me).

How would I deal with Facebook? Make Facebook a container on one of these. Just like Facebook made everything else in my life (Upcoming, Flickr, Google Reader, WordPress, etc etc etc) a container on Facebook.

What do you think? If you ran Pageflakes or Netvibes (or one of the other well known “home pages”) what would you do?

The search engine traction issue: privacy?

Is this the issue that Ask and Microsoft will get some PR traction on?

From my read of how people are responding to Google lately the answer is “yes.”

Google has not opened up its PR to grassroots bloggers that I can tell. Even big-name journalists tell me that Google is still giving them the standard PR tour of the kitchen and hasn’t had a “privacy summit” yet where journalists and bloggers and streaming video personalities are asked to come in and ask their toughest questions.

I don’t get why Google isn’t putting on the full-court PR press here.

Google doesn’t call, they don’t write, and they aren’t getting in front of the privacy story.

Which means that its competitors are going to out maneuver Google here. You know where to find me. I have lots of interview slots open this week.

UPDATE: or as TechCrunch writes: “privacy is the new black.”

Can you tell I’m reading feeds? Heh!