Daily Archives: December 22, 2007

Fake Steve Jobs hoaxes TechMeme/bloggers

It’s all over TechMeme that Fake Steve Jobs has lawyers after him. This is so obviously a hoax it’s laughable. I bet that not a single blogger bothered calling Apple PR to check this story out. We are such suckers sometimes.

I don’t even need to call. First of all, anyone who knows lawyers knows that they’d never send out such communications the weekend before Christmas. Lawyers don’t work then. Can we have some common sense please?

Second of all, Apple PR would never pull such a stunt like this right before taking a week off for Christmas. It’d cause too much work over the Christmas break. Can we have some common sense please?

Geesshhh.

Serves you right for believing a single thing that Fake Steve Jobs writes. The dude is FAKE. Get it? You probably believed it when he wrote he loved me, didn’t you? Can we have some common sense please?

Bloggers, when are we going to stop repeating things just so we can get onto TechMeme? When are we going to start doing real work and start calling PR (I bet most of the bloggers on TechMeme don’t even know how to contact Apple PR) and waiting for a confirmation?

At least Scott Karp called it right.

If you believe a fake blogger you deserve all the slime attached to you that you get.

My Crunchies Votes

So there’s this Crunchies contest held by TechCrunch, VentureBeat, Read/Write Web, and GigaOm. The finalists were announced yesterday and voting is open. TechCrunch has the post with the most comments so far. The winners will be announced on my 43rd birthday, January 18th.

Here’s who I’m voting for — it’ll be interesting to look back and see how many winners I actually pick.

1. BEST TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION/ACHIEVEMENT: Twine. (Here’s a video I did with them). Although Google’s MyLocation feature on its new mobile maps are the one thing I appreciate most that came along this year. Funny, though, Amazon’s S3 service is probably having the biggest impact on the startups and it wasn’t on the list.
2. BEST BOOTSTRAPPED START-UP. Techmeme.
3. BEST NEW GADGET/DEVICE. iPhone although ever since Qik came into my life I’ve been using the Nokia N95 more.
4. BEST BUSINESS MODEL. Glam Media. Personally, why wasn’t socialmedia.com on this list? Actually, I would have put SmugMug on this list too, although where’s RockYou? They are making tons of money right now.
5. BEST DESIGN. Smugmug. (Here’s a video I did with them).
6. BEST ENTERPRISE START-UP. 37 Signals. If Atlassian or NewsGator were on this list I might have gone with them.
7. BEST CONSUMER START-UP. 23 and me. I didn’t like the choices here, but this is the most interesting of the ones presented.
8. BEST MOBILE START-UP. Twitter. (Here’s a video I did with them). How come BluePulse wasn’t on this list? Or Dopplr?
9. BEST INTERNATIONAL START-UP. Atlassian. (Here’s a video I did with them).
10. BEST USER-GENERATED CONTENT. Instructables.
11. BEST VIDEO SITE: Justin.tv. Personally, if Seesmic, Kyte, or Qik were on this list I would have voted for one of those three. (Seesmic was removed because Mike Arrington has invested in it).
12. BEST CLEAN TECH START-UP. Tesla Motors.
13. BEST USE OF VIRAL MARKETING. iLike. (Here’s a video I did with them).
14. BEST TIME SINK SITE. Kongregate. (Here’s a video I did with them).
15. MOST LIKELY TO MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE. Kiva.
16. MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED. WordPress. (Here’s a video I did with them).
17. BEST START-UP FOUNDER. Mark Zuckerberg. (I have a video with his sister, where she gives some interesting insights).
18. BEST START-UP CEO. Gina Bianchini. (Here’s a video I did with her).
19. BEST NEW START-UP OF 2007. Tumblr. I actually didn’t like any of these choices, but Tumblr is the one that caught my eye the most.
20. BEST OVERALL. Facebook. I actually like Twitter more, but I can just hear Christopher Coulter having fun with me if I chose it, so I took the bigger Facebook.

How about you? Which ones do you disagree with?