When Kevin Rose says you’re a rockstar…

Wow, Kevin Rose has a list of people you might want to add when you are on Pownce (which continues growing faster than Twitter or Jaiku) and he says I’m a video rockstar on it. I wonder if he’ll say that after he sees the next Fast Company column I wrote where I talk up Pownce competitor Twitter? Unfortunately that was written right before Pownce came out. Sigh. I hate writing things for dead trees that have two-to-three month lead times. Kevin Rose not withstanding Twitter still has more users and more message flow. It’s going to be interesting to see these services compete with each other.

That said, lots of people read dead trees. Example? A childhood neighbor (who now works at Oracle) that I haven’t seen for 30 years saw my Fast Company article and dropped me a line. Wild.

Pownce is getting some mainstream media coverage of its own, too. The New York Times covers it today.

Comments

  1. I still read a few rags like Fast Company, Inc, Wired and a few others. I use them for getting away from the computer. They’re easier on the eyes, more portable and I end up getting more information that I didn’t even know I wanted.

    I liken magazines vs computers to Tivo vs live TV. Before I got a Tivo-like box, I used to catch all kinds of different shows on channels like TLC and Discovery. Now I find that I only watch what I have already pre-choosen to record. If I don’t catch a commerical about a new show or hear about it from someone, I don’t set the recording and I never see it. When I am sitting in front of the TV, all I do is watch what I’ve recorded because my backlog of unwatched shows is north of 200 hours or so. That’s not filler either, but shows that I actually care to watch.

    I fin dthe same with magazines. If I’m sitting at my PC, I only read what I’m subscribed to or care to search for. When I read it, there is nothing to really entice me to keep reading on the subject because most sources of material like blogs are short-form posts that don’t hold my attention long or they try to cover 10,000 different topics. So, I read what I’ve predetermined to read with a few diversions here and there. With a magazine, all I have to do is turn the page (or 8 of them in Wired to get through the ads) and I’m given another story that closely relates to the topic I’ve choosen to read about. If I’m in Inc, I can almost guarantee that the next article will be something relating to small business.

    There’s really not many sites that can give you that and even if they get close, they’re all about giving you a choice of 8,000 different topics. Sometimes, I really want to be spoon fed my content.

  2. I still read a few rags like Fast Company, Inc, Wired and a few others. I use them for getting away from the computer. They’re easier on the eyes, more portable and I end up getting more information that I didn’t even know I wanted.

    I liken magazines vs computers to Tivo vs live TV. Before I got a Tivo-like box, I used to catch all kinds of different shows on channels like TLC and Discovery. Now I find that I only watch what I have already pre-choosen to record. If I don’t catch a commerical about a new show or hear about it from someone, I don’t set the recording and I never see it. When I am sitting in front of the TV, all I do is watch what I’ve recorded because my backlog of unwatched shows is north of 200 hours or so. That’s not filler either, but shows that I actually care to watch.

    I fin dthe same with magazines. If I’m sitting at my PC, I only read what I’m subscribed to or care to search for. When I read it, there is nothing to really entice me to keep reading on the subject because most sources of material like blogs are short-form posts that don’t hold my attention long or they try to cover 10,000 different topics. So, I read what I’ve predetermined to read with a few diversions here and there. With a magazine, all I have to do is turn the page (or 8 of them in Wired to get through the ads) and I’m given another story that closely relates to the topic I’ve choosen to read about. If I’m in Inc, I can almost guarantee that the next article will be something relating to small business.

    There’s really not many sites that can give you that and even if they get close, they’re all about giving you a choice of 8,000 different topics. Sometimes, I really want to be spoon fed my content.

  3. “I hate writing things for dead trees that have two-to-three month lead times. ”

    Then why did you take the gig? You knew that was the case going in. Don’t tell me it was for the money. Or your ego.

  4. “I hate writing things for dead trees that have two-to-three month lead times. ”

    Then why did you take the gig? You knew that was the case going in. Don’t tell me it was for the money. Or your ego.

  5. “he says I’m a video rockstar on it.”

    Good for you Robert, I mean that.

    I prepared the counterclaim/rebuttal today, and I put you in the best light possible in case somebody publishes any of this. I am sending it out registered to the court tomorrow morning before I leave for Switzerland at 5PM. It should be plenty under the 15 day submission limit.

    I see Amber Mac is also on the Kevin Rose list. Not surprised.

  6. “he says I’m a video rockstar on it.”

    Good for you Robert, I mean that.

    I prepared the counterclaim/rebuttal today, and I put you in the best light possible in case somebody publishes any of this. I am sending it out registered to the court tomorrow morning before I leave for Switzerland at 5PM. It should be plenty under the 15 day submission limit.

    I see Amber Mac is also on the Kevin Rose list. Not surprised.

  7. LayZ: because 775,000 people get Fast Company and that’s an audience I’d like to communicate with too, even if there’s a two or three-month delay.

  8. LayZ: because 775,000 people get Fast Company and that’s an audience I’d like to communicate with too, even if there’s a two or three-month delay.

  9. If you read about things that remain true for longer than 5 minutes, books are quite nice. Fundamental/elementary algorithms and data structures haven’t changed in decades. Parts of Thucydides’ writings on the Peloponnesian War, written thousands of years ago, are eerily reminiscent of the current political situation in America.

    Then there’s the fact that monitors have far lower readability than print.

    However, disregarding an important medium is convenient if you want to appear both elitist and disturbingly anti-intellectual.

  10. If you read about things that remain true for longer than 5 minutes, books are quite nice. Fundamental/elementary algorithms and data structures haven’t changed in decades. Parts of Thucydides’ writings on the Peloponnesian War, written thousands of years ago, are eerily reminiscent of the current political situation in America.

    Then there’s the fact that monitors have far lower readability than print.

    However, disregarding an important medium is convenient if you want to appear both elitist and disturbingly anti-intellectual.

  11. Some folks still, believe it or not, only traffic in dead trees. Still!

    It’s just really cumbersome to get a dead tree to the right people. An excellent journalist recently wrote an excellent article about ludicrous laws in Georgia that favor dangerous dog owners (and their insurance companies) but NOT the victims of vicious dog attacks.

    My child’s case, (she had been bitten badly by a dog about a year ago) was featured in this particular article. I blogged about the article, but since this local mag, Atlanta Magazine, had put only a Table of Contents (WTF?) online in regards to the piece, I was unable to easily pass this critical article, with new information in it, around to people in my social network nor to the politicians in the Georgia Legislature, the only people with the power to change our backasswards laws. Of course, I now have the option to make a lot of copies, address a lot of envelopes, mail them out, etc.

    When blogging about the article, instead of being able to link to it, I had to kinda beg that people go out and buy one on the newstand, while it was still there. The whole process of “begging” for trees seemed absolutely primitive to me, being so immersed in the social media realm now. Let alone the concept of mailing out dead tree copies.

    Then again, I don’t want to take a laptop with me to damn, the laptop’s not nearly as heavy as that darn Book VII!

  12. Some folks still, believe it or not, only traffic in dead trees. Still!

    It’s just really cumbersome to get a dead tree to the right people. An excellent journalist recently wrote an excellent article about ludicrous laws in Georgia that favor dangerous dog owners (and their insurance companies) but NOT the victims of vicious dog attacks.

    My child’s case, (she had been bitten badly by a dog about a year ago) was featured in this particular article. I blogged about the article, but since this local mag, Atlanta Magazine, had put only a Table of Contents (WTF?) online in regards to the piece, I was unable to easily pass this critical article, with new information in it, around to people in my social network nor to the politicians in the Georgia Legislature, the only people with the power to change our backasswards laws. Of course, I now have the option to make a lot of copies, address a lot of envelopes, mail them out, etc.

    When blogging about the article, instead of being able to link to it, I had to kinda beg that people go out and buy one on the newstand, while it was still there. The whole process of “begging” for trees seemed absolutely primitive to me, being so immersed in the social media realm now. Let alone the concept of mailing out dead tree copies.

    Then again, I don’t want to take a laptop with me to damn, the laptop’s not nearly as heavy as that darn Book VII!

  13. Oooops. Last line should read:
    Then again, I don’t want to take a laptop with me to bed. But damn, the laptop’s not nearly as heavy as that darn Book VII.

    But you probably figured that out already.

  14. Oooops. Last line should read:
    Then again, I don’t want to take a laptop with me to bed. But damn, the laptop’s not nearly as heavy as that darn Book VII.

    But you probably figured that out already.

  15. Keep in mind that my column is also available online. So I get both.

    Are you trying to make me feel bad? Seems to be your only motivation to visit here every day. Must be really a horrible existence you have that motivates you to come to some guy’s blog that you don’t like and try to make him feel bad by throwing insults his way. All while doing so without really telling us anything about yourself because you know you’d get instantly fired, or something, if you came out to the world. I feel sorry for you. Truly.

  16. Keep in mind that my column is also available online. So I get both.

    Are you trying to make me feel bad? Seems to be your only motivation to visit here every day. Must be really a horrible existence you have that motivates you to come to some guy’s blog that you don’t like and try to make him feel bad by throwing insults his way. All while doing so without really telling us anything about yourself because you know you’d get instantly fired, or something, if you came out to the world. I feel sorry for you. Truly.

  17. Not trying to make you feel bad. It wasn’t me that said print media was dead then went to work for print media, it was you. Just asking the question about your motivation when you seemed so convinced that print media was dead. Just curious what made you change from what appeared to be a very convincing position. Clearly, it seems, it was money and ego. Nothing wrong with that. Just curious.

  18. Not trying to make you feel bad. It wasn’t me that said print media was dead then went to work for print media, it was you. Just asking the question about your motivation when you seemed so convinced that print media was dead. Just curious what made you change from what appeared to be a very convincing position. Clearly, it seems, it was money and ego. Nothing wrong with that. Just curious.

  19. Whenever someone says something is dead you need to translate that to: not growing anymore.

    I thought we shared the secret blogger playbook with you. I guess you didn’t get your copy. Want me to send another one to you?

    Or did you really believe Steve Gillmor when he said Links are dead?

  20. Whenever someone says something is dead you need to translate that to: not growing anymore.

    I thought we shared the secret blogger playbook with you. I guess you didn’t get your copy. Want me to send another one to you?

    Or did you really believe Steve Gillmor when he said Links are dead?