Exploring the 2010 Web

To build something new you have to destroy what you were doing before. That’s one thing that not enough of us do. Las Vegas does that. They tear down one of their favorite old casinos to make way for something new.

That’s what I had to do to my blog. For the past year it felt like a boat anchor wrapped around my neck. It was more and more like work (because, well, it was) and less and less about personal discovery or anything really valuable.

All my fun experiments were over on Twitter, Facebook, or friendfeed. You could see that. Mike Arrington even tried to do a friendfeed intervention last December. Remember that? Since then I’ve gotten 14,000 more subscribers over on friendfeed and that service has become dramatically more important as it has gone real time and added on much better search features (are are also way ahead of Facebook’s and Twitter’s).

But that is not what I’m thinking about.

What I’ve been doing for the past two months since joining Rackspace is going back to the basics. What makes me excited?

I’ve visited dozens of companies, gone to a bunch of events, and, more importantly, I started playing with my blog again.

First off I went through every line of HTML and PHP so that I understood what was going on inside WordPress again. I hadn’t done that for years. Second, we moved my blog over to a WordPress install hosted on Rackspace’s Cloud Servers, aka Mosso.

That freed my mind because now I could try out server plugins and also widgets on my blog. For instance, you’ll see in the comments here we’re using Disqus so that your comments will integrate over to friendfeed in near real time. I’m not settled on Disqus, over the next couple of weeks we’ll look at the others too. There’s a lot of innovation happening there.

Second, I’m playing with location-based services. You’ll see Google’s Latitude widget over on the right side of my blog, underneath the friendfeed one. I’ll be adding more widgets over the next few weeks too.

Oh, and also over the last couple of months I’ve been slowly working with various folks at Rackspace. After I played with the HTML here, Vid Luther took over, talked me into using a new theme, Thesis, and then integrated Facebook Connect in here and also did some other work to get my blog up to 2010 standards.

Now, you might think my new blog isn’t “visual” enough. I don’t have a picture of myself. No fancy logo or graphic banner. Those might come in the future. For me my blog isn’t about me anymore anyway. That’s more what my friendfeed set of feeds is (which is why friendfeed plays such a big part in my new design). Friendfeed aggregates my tweets, my Flickr photos, my videos, and much more together. Plus, via my likes and my comments you can see what stuff I’m reading and what catches my eye.

Which brings me back to what I’m doing now for Rackspace: I’m exploring what it means to be a 2010 website. I’ve been visiting tons of businesses and there’s a lot of businesses out there that don’t even have a web site, or if they have one, it looks like it was built in 1994.

In a couple of weeks I’m getting a new 2010 Toyota Prius. If you look at the web site, it seems to be pretty cool, right? But why doesn’t Toyota have a community, or place you can go to talk about the 2010 Prius? Toyota does have a Facebook page, but why didn’t they create a place for me to go to talk about my new Prius with other people? Why didn’t it create a YouTube account that would get hooked in here? Did you know that Toyota’s PR team is on Twitter? Yeah, they are, but you wouldn’t have known by looking at the Toyota Web site. Even over on Twitter and Google it took quite a few tries to find this page.

And that’s what I’m getting at. Toyota is one of the world’s top brands. Has TONS of money to spend on marketing. And they aren’t even taking advantage of the 2010 web. So how are smaller businesses supposed to do it?

For instance, right near Facebook is an awesome yogurt shop named Fraiche. Tons of Facebook employees frequent here. So you’d think they’d be working on a Facebook connect site so that they can let their community know when they have something new to offer, right? No.

Do they use video to tell their story? No. Do they have a friendfeed group where people who love Fraiche can talk about it? No. Is there a blog that shows some of the new things they are adding? No.

This is a business that’s run by the wife of a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley and is right in the heart of Palo Alto (a short walk away is Tapulous and Facebook). If they aren’t on the 2010 web, something is wrong.

As I’ve taken time to watch what the tech blogs are doing (I spent some time in TechCrunch’s offices this week) I see that we’ve forgotten about the mainstreet businesses.

We’ve gotten so far ahead with our social media toys that we’ve forgotten about the many many businesses that still have web sites that look like they were designed in 1994-2000. Even the Toyota site doesn’t really have much on it that wasn’t possible before 2005 (with the exception of some high resolution video).

The world has changed in the last four years and businesses, I’m convinced, will need to react to this new “2010″ world. It might take them until 2015 to really get on board, but I want to help now.

So, that’s what I’m going to do here. Focus on the 2010 web and how we can help businesses get there. That’s also what we’ll be doing over on Building43. By the way, we’ll be launching that sometime in June, sorry for being a little quiet about that. Turns out that building a community from scratch and figuring out a direction takes some time to just sit and think.

“OK, Scoble, so what are you learning about the 2010 web so far?”

Well, I’m seeing it has a few attributes:

1. It’s real time. Twitter, Facebook and Friendfeed are all moving toward architectures and displays that refresh in real time, or let you see what’s happening right now. We are at the extreme beginnings of that trend. You really should watch the video of the panel discussion I moderated on the state of real time search to get a sense of where this is going. That panel discussion will be remembered for years as a key point. One of the panel members runs Facebook search team. Yes, Facebook is working on real time search. (That video is in two parts since the meeting ran almost two hours long. I really do recommend watching it. Part I is here. Part II is here.).
2. It’s mobile. You’ll see this more next week when the Where 2.0 conference rolls into town, but if 40,000 iPhone apps hasn’t convinced you yet, nothing will. On Monday I’m meeting with Nokia to find out the latest.
3. It’s decentralized. Look at my behaviors. I’m all over the place. Six years ago I did only one thing: blog. Now I Flickr. YouTube. Seesmic. Friendfeed. Facebook. Twitter. And many more. Go to Retaggr and see all the places I’m at.
4. Pages now built out of premade blocks. You build these pages by copying a line of Javascript code to your template. This is very simple once you see how to do it, but for someone who doesn’t know code, or where in the template to go, this is VERY daunting. Silicon Valley has NOT made it simple enough yet for the mainstream to build highly useful pages. See the friendfeed block to the right of my words? I added that by copying and pasting from the friendfeed widget page. If you know where to look a TON of cool pre-built blocks like this are available for you to put on your website or blog.
5. It’s social. This seems obvious to anyone on Twitter or Facebook, but how many businesses add their customers to their pages? Not many. Silicon Valley has done a horrible job so far of explaining why adding people to your websites matters.
6. It’s smart. We’re seeing more and more smarts added to the web every day. Tonight Wolfram’s new search engine turned on. Have you played with it? That’s the 2010 web and check out what you can do with it.
7. Hybrid infrastructure. When I visited 12seconds.tv in Santa Cruz they told me they were using a hybrid approach: they own a rack of servers but they also use Amazon’s S3 to “cloud burst” or take up the slack for files that are popular. My employer Rackspace will have more to say about that trend too over the next few months.

Anyway, I’m off to New York this week. I’m meeting with Fred Wilson to see what he thinks is happening in the 2010 web. Anyone else got something that will push the web into 2010?

PR People: I even made a place you can pitch me on 2010 web ideas. It’s interesting that a bunch of people are subscribed to that room — probably lots of tech bloggers looking for ideas.

Thanks for sticking with me while I destroyed my blog, now let’s have some fun together!

Oh, last weekend I videoed Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, as he got onto friendfeed (his new account is here). That’s a fun video too that you might find useful (the first couple minutes have bad video, but it gets better after that). He even admitted to me that Wikipedia is not a good example of a 2010 website and that they are going to be rolling out new features that will make it much more up to date. Can’t wait to see that.

I’m off to bed. Yes, I typed this all after midnight tonight. That’s another thing, no more pre-done packaged crap here.

Comments

  1. looks good, i read you on FF but new readers might want you to make it easy for them to subscribe or find out more about you so for usability you might want to move the community stuff and feed link to the top,

  2. looks good, i read you on FF but new readers might want you to make it easy for them to subscribe or find out more about you so for usability you might want to move the community stuff and feed link to the top,

  3. looks good, i read you on FF but new readers might want you to make it easy for them to subscribe or find out more about you so for usability you might want to move the community stuff and feed link to the top,

  4. Interesting stuff. It does seem incredible how so few “major” websites are not even using the simplest of tools. I wonder if it is the result of slow moving agencies?

  5. Interesting stuff. It does seem incredible how so few “major” websites are not even using the simplest of tools. I wonder if it is the result of slow moving agencies?

  6. Interesting stuff. It does seem incredible how so few “major” websites are not even using the simplest of tools. I wonder if it is the result of slow moving agencies?

  7. This is really thought-provoking. The 2010 Web maybe a year from now and what you're seeing is something familiar to a number of people and yet SO MANY companies and institutions have yet to fully grasp, let alone understand what's going on and how this can be relevant to them.

  8. This is really thought-provoking. The 2010 Web maybe a year from now and what you're seeing is something familiar to a number of people and yet SO MANY companies and institutions have yet to fully grasp, let alone understand what's going on and how this can be relevant to them.

  9. This is really thought-provoking. The 2010 Web maybe a year from now and what you're seeing is something familiar to a number of people and yet SO MANY companies and institutions have yet to fully grasp, let alone understand what's going on and how this can be relevant to them.

  10. WordPress isn't, but I thought the code in the template was. Anyway, I understood it enough to know I should leave the server-side code alone. :-)

  11. WordPress isn't, but I thought the code in the template was. Anyway, I understood it enough to know I should leave the server-side code alone. :-)

  12. WordPress isn't, but I thought the code in the template was. Anyway, I understood it enough to know I should leave the server-side code alone. :-)

  13. If you're not 100% in love with what you're doing with your blog, grabbing it by the horns and wrestling it to the ground sounds most wise to me. Hell one of the things I'm always preaching about on my blog is making sure your daily work is compatible with the direction you want to be going, enthusiasm spurs on productivity not the other way around.I'm psyched to hear about that you're meeting with Fred on your NY trip, should be fantastic information both ways. That's out near my neck of the woulds (Long Island, about an hour east of Manhatten)

  14. If you're not 100% in love with what you're doing with your blog, grabbing it by the horns and wrestling it to the ground sounds most wise to me. Hell one of the things I'm always preaching about on my blog is making sure your daily work is compatible with the direction you want to be going, enthusiasm spurs on productivity not the other way around.I'm psyched to hear about that you're meeting with Fred on your NY trip, should be fantastic information both ways. That's out near my neck of the woulds (Long Island, about an hour east of Manhatten)

  15. If you're not 100% in love with what you're doing with your blog, grabbing it by the horns and wrestling it to the ground sounds most wise to me. Hell one of the things I'm always preaching about on my blog is making sure your daily work is compatible with the direction you want to be going, enthusiasm spurs on productivity not the other way around.

    I'm psyched to hear about that you're meeting with Fred on your NY trip, should be fantastic information both ways. That's out near my neck of the woulds (Long Island, about an hour east of Manhatten)

  16. This is interesting and comes to the heart of the matter. I think the crux of the matter psychologically is that businesses and organizations have to “tear down” “destroy” this “Us against Them” mentality. Not only Us against our Competitors but Us against our Customers. I owned and ran a furniture store for a number of years so I have some knowledge of this. When you have a store and a staff of employees there's this tendency to see and treat the guy walking in off the street, a potential customer, as separate, somebody you don't trust and who doesn't trust you. That's a normal initial, almost lizard part of the brain, reaction. But the trick is to break past that, and to really “schmooze” with people, not in a fake, acting kind of way, but being really interested in who they are, what they like, etc. And one of the best features of these social media tools is a way to engage, to build that level of trust. I read a lot of books back then on sales and the best ones taught me this principle, and when I applied it, the sales just seem to come effortlessly, almost as an aftermath of a real connection being made. And you see this everywhere. Business websites, especially large corporations, give off this impression of such intimidation, they almost act as a wall between the business and the potential customer, the exact opposite intention of the site. Amazon is a great example of a great, maybe the best business site. It feels like it wants you there. Very inviting, very warm, very personalized. Heck they even want you to be an associate right on the spot. The NYtimes on the other hand feels like this wall or veil. There's so many new exciting things they could be doing with this new media, to make it fun, engaging, making you want to be there. But they remain huddled up, preaching down to us. People have to want to be doing what they are doing. If they are doing it just for money, they're not going to have happiness, and usually not money either because they aren't going to be interesting enough, cutting edge enough. You get the sense that most businesses are just plodding along doing it this way because “this is the way we've always done it” kind of mentality.

  17. This is interesting and comes to the heart of the matter. I think the crux of the matter psychologically is that businesses and organizations have to “tear down” “destroy” this “Us against Them” mentality. Not only Us against our Competitors but Us against our Customers. I owned and ran a furniture store for a number of years so I have some knowledge of this. When you have a store and a staff of employees there's this tendency to see and treat the guy walking in off the street, a potential customer, as separate, somebody you don't trust and who doesn't trust you. That's a normal initial, almost lizard part of the brain, reaction. But the trick is to break past that, and to really “schmooze” with people, not in a fake, acting kind of way, but being really interested in who they are, what they like, etc. And one of the best features of these social media tools is a way to engage, to build that level of trust. I read a lot of books back then on sales and the best ones taught me this principle, and when I applied it, the sales just seem to come effortlessly, almost as an aftermath of a real connection being made. And you see this everywhere. Business websites, especially large corporations, give off this impression of such intimidation, they almost act as a wall between the business and the potential customer, the exact opposite intention of the site. Amazon is a great example of a great, maybe the best business site. It feels like it wants you there. Very inviting, very warm, very personalized. Heck they even want you to be an associate right on the spot. The NYtimes on the other hand feels like this wall or veil. There's so many new exciting things they could be doing with this new media, to make it fun, engaging, making you want to be there. But they remain huddled up, preaching down to us. People have to want to be doing what they are doing. If they are doing it just for money, they're not going to have happiness, and usually not money either because they aren't going to be interesting enough, cutting edge enough. You get the sense that most businesses are just plodding along doing it this way because “this is the way we've always done it” kind of mentality.

  18. This is interesting and comes to the heart of the matter. I think the crux of the matter psychologically is that businesses and organizations have to “tear down” “destroy” this “Us against Them” mentality. Not only Us against our Competitors but Us against our Customers. I owned and ran a furniture store for a number of years so I have some knowledge of this. When you have a store and a staff of employees there's this tendency to see and treat the guy walking in off the street, a potential customer, as separate, somebody you don't trust and who doesn't trust you. That's a normal initial, almost lizard part of the brain, reaction. But the trick is to break past that, and to really “schmooze” with people, not in a fake, acting kind of way, but being really interested in who they are, what they like, etc.
    And one of the best features of these social media tools is a way to engage, to build that level of trust. I read a lot of books back then on sales and the best ones taught me this principle, and when I applied it, the sales just seem to come effortlessly, almost as an aftermath of a real connection being made.
    And you see this everywhere. Business websites, especially large corporations, give off this impression of such intimidation, they almost act as a wall between the business and the potential customer, the exact opposite intention of the site.
    Amazon is a great example of a great, maybe the best business site. It feels like it wants you there. Very inviting, very warm, very personalized. Heck they even want you to be an associate right on the spot.
    The NYtimes on the other hand feels like this wall or veil. There's so many new exciting things they could be doing with this new media, to make it fun, engaging, making you want to be there. But they remain huddled up, preaching down to us.
    People have to want to be doing what they are doing. If they are doing it just for money, they're not going to have happiness, and usually not money either because they aren't going to be interesting enough, cutting edge enough. You get the sense that most businesses are just plodding along doing it this way because “this is the way we've always done it” kind of mentality.

  19. I would like to see more talk for small businesses. Every day there are examples of huge companies that are employing the latest and greatest in terms of web 2.0 tools. What about the little guys, small budgets, not alot of man power. Even purchasing an e-commerce cart is filled with mine fields, that are usually recognised after the fact, when you try to incorporate a twitter widget or similar and find out you can't… Innovation has never been greater on the web, however surfing the front of the wave, needs to be balanced with fundamentals that just get the job done. Most small business operators don't the latest most savvy bit of software, they want something that works, fits with the current web landscape and it easy to use…Cheers,Jarradhttp://www.safetyculture.com.au

  20. I would like to see more talk for small businesses. Every day there are examples of huge companies that are employing the latest and greatest in terms of web 2.0 tools. What about the little guys, small budgets, not alot of man power. Even purchasing an e-commerce cart is filled with mine fields, that are usually recognised after the fact, when you try to incorporate a twitter widget or similar and find out you can't… Innovation has never been greater on the web, however surfing the front of the wave, needs to be balanced with fundamentals that just get the job done. Most small business operators don't the latest most savvy bit of software, they want something that works, fits with the current web landscape and it easy to use…Cheers,Jarradhttp://www.safetyculture.com.au

  21. I would like to see more talk for small businesses. Every day there are examples of huge companies that are employing the latest and greatest in terms of web 2.0 tools.

    What about the little guys, small budgets, not alot of man power. Even purchasing an e-commerce cart is filled with mine fields, that are usually recognised after the fact, when you try to incorporate a twitter widget or similar and find out you can't…

    Innovation has never been greater on the web, however surfing the front of the wave, needs to be balanced with fundamentals that just get the job done.

    Most small business operators don't the latest most savvy bit of software, they want something that works, fits with the current web landscape and it easy to use…

    Cheers,
    Jarrad
    http://www.safetyculture.com.au

  22. I like the direction and simple theme…more importantly though I like and appreciate the content, the reasons behind the change, what excites you and why. That's the real value for me. Thanks for explaining the reasons behind the change and what you are trying to accomplish. It really helps those of us just getting started. Great job and congrats on getting back to your passion!Gavin

  23. I like the direction and simple theme…more importantly though I like and appreciate the content, the reasons behind the change, what excites you and why. That's the real value for me. Thanks for explaining the reasons behind the change and what you are trying to accomplish. It really helps those of us just getting started. Great job and congrats on getting back to your passion!Gavin

  24. I like the direction and simple theme…more importantly though I like and appreciate the content, the reasons behind the change, what excites you and why. That's the real value for me. Thanks for explaining the reasons behind the change and what you are trying to accomplish. It really helps those of us just getting started. Great job and congrats on getting back to your passion!

    Gavin

  25. 2010 is less than 6 months away, but to many getting to 2004 is a big leap, let alone upto 2010 stds. My blog could certainly use the updates and I do like your new format and focus. And u are right, for the non prgrammer things have gotten easier to get a message out, but adding widgets, pipes and cross linking coomenting platforms is above my ( and I guess many other's) level of skill.

  26. 2010 is less than 6 months away, but to many getting to 2004 is a big leap, let alone upto 2010 stds. My blog could certainly use the updates and I do like your new format and focus. And u are right, for the non prgrammer things have gotten easier to get a message out, but adding widgets, pipes and cross linking coomenting platforms is above my ( and I guess many other's) level of skill.

  27. 2010 is less than 6 months away, but to many getting to 2004 is a big leap, let alone upto 2010 stds. My blog could certainly use the updates and I do like your new format and focus. And u are right, for the non prgrammer things have gotten easier to get a message out, but adding widgets, pipes and cross linking coomenting platforms is above my ( and I guess many other's) level of skill.

  28. Derik: the thing is, if I showed you how to do it you'd kick yourself when you see how easy it is. But, yeah, if you don't know how it works inside you won't know where to copy and paste the code into. I can see that would be quite daunting. Stay tuned, cause that's what we're working on helping with over on building43.com.

  29. Derik: the thing is, if I showed you how to do it you'd kick yourself when you see how easy it is. But, yeah, if you don't know how it works inside you won't know where to copy and paste the code into. I can see that would be quite daunting. Stay tuned, cause that's what we're working on helping with over on building43.com.

  30. Derik: the thing is, if I showed you how to do it you'd kick yourself when you see how easy it is. But, yeah, if you don't know how it works inside you won't know where to copy and paste the code into. I can see that would be quite daunting. Stay tuned, cause that's what we're working on helping with over on building43.com.

  31. All looking good to me. Perhaps it is time I dragged myself out of Tweetdeck and turned my attention to my own blog..does it need a mini-facelift, I wonder?So much to do..so little time :-)

  32. All looking good to me. Perhaps it is time I dragged myself out of Tweetdeck and turned my attention to my own blog..does it need a mini-facelift, I wonder?So much to do..so little time :-)

  33. All looking good to me. Perhaps it is time I dragged myself out of Tweetdeck and turned my attention to my own blog..does it need a mini-facelift, I wonder?
    So much to do..so little time :-)

  34. I appreciate your challenges on experimentation and integration. Maybe not in 2010, but soon, won't “packaged” blog pages become secondary to powerful semantic Web 3.o user interfaces? Just asking. Thanks.

  35. I appreciate your challenges on experimentation and integration. Maybe not in 2010, but soon, won't “packaged” blog pages become secondary to powerful semantic Web 3.o user interfaces? Just asking. Thanks.

  36. I appreciate your challenges on experimentation and integration. Maybe not in 2010, but soon, won't “packaged” blog pages become secondary to powerful semantic Web 3.o user interfaces? Just asking. Thanks.

  37. Your post inspired me to go back to my own blog and update my map, and create a list of other things that should be done in my social media world.

  38. Your post inspired me to go back to my own blog and update my map, and create a list of other things that should be done in my social media world.

  39. Your post inspired me to go back to my own blog and update my map, and create a list of other things that should be done in my social media world.

  40. “If they aren’t on the 2010 web, something is wrong.”Maybe. Or maybe real business is answering the phone, making pizza, answering the phone, making pizza… http://www.dogwalkblog.com/2009/01/22/businesse…Given a choice, I'd much rather Toyota put its money into creating safer cars and having some left over to keep their dealers in business. Prius fans, if motivated enough, will set up their own blogs and populate their own FriendFeed. (Google “prius blogs” 1,830,000 and counting… ) Toyota doesn't need to talk, just listen very closely.So, how are smaller businesses supposed to take advantage of the 2010 Web? Maybe they don't have to. Maybe what they learned from jumping into a Web 1.0 solution in 1994 was as long as people can find their phone number and they can make pizza, that is pretty much all they need to do.Maybe small business does get it. But IT may not be more technology. Could be less.

  41. “If they aren’t on the 2010 web, something is wrong.”

    Maybe. Or maybe real business is answering the phone, making pizza, answering the phone, making pizza…

    http://www.dogwalkblog.com/2009/01/22/businesse

    Given a choice, I'd much rather Toyota put its money into creating safer cars and having some left over to keep their dealers in business. Prius fans, if motivated enough, will set up their own blogs and populate their own FriendFeed. (Google “prius blogs” 1,830,000 and counting… ) Toyota doesn't need to talk, just listen very closely.

    So, how are smaller businesses supposed to take advantage of the 2010 Web? Maybe they don't have to. Maybe what they learned from jumping into a Web 1.0 solution in 1994 was as long as people can find their phone number and they can make pizza, that is pretty much all they need to do.

    Maybe small business does get it. But IT may not be more technology. Could be less.

  42. Robert: Great post about the evolution of the tools we are playing with and important observation about where businesses are in their adoption. I teach Internet Marketing at Champlain College in Burlington VT, and this post has me thinking about how to incorporate all of this into that course — it's not just PR people who will need to be thinking about these tools — it's Marketing folks who will be making decisions (like do we let “people” be social on our site?).Keep the info coming…I need materials for class in the fall.Dr. Elaine YoungAssociate Professor, MarketingChamplain College

  43. Robert: Great post about the evolution of the tools we are playing with and important observation about where businesses are in their adoption. I teach Internet Marketing at Champlain College in Burlington VT, and this post has me thinking about how to incorporate all of this into that course — it's not just PR people who will need to be thinking about these tools — it's Marketing folks who will be making decisions (like do we let “people” be social on our site?).Keep the info coming…I need materials for class in the fall.Dr. Elaine YoungAssociate Professor, MarketingChamplain College

  44. Robert: Great post about the evolution of the tools we are playing with and important observation about where businesses are in their adoption. I teach Internet Marketing at Champlain College in Burlington VT, and this post has me thinking about how to incorporate all of this into that course — it's not just PR people who will need to be thinking about these tools — it's Marketing folks who will be making decisions (like do we let “people” be social on our site?).

    Keep the info coming…I need materials for class in the fall.

    Dr. Elaine Young
    Associate Professor, Marketing
    Champlain College

  45. Well said, Gerard. Good small businesses focus on their business, not on fancy tools.But just like all businesses need a good CPA and a good lawyer, smart ones recognize they need a good IT person too. Not just for setting up the phone and a network but for making sure they integrate with where their customers are, which increasingly means being online

  46. Well said, Gerard. Good small businesses focus on their business, not on fancy tools.But just like all businesses need a good CPA and a good lawyer, smart ones recognize they need a good IT person too. Not just for setting up the phone and a network but for making sure they integrate with where their customers are, which increasingly means being online

  47. Well said, Gerard. Good small businesses focus on their business, not on fancy tools.

    But just like all businesses need a good CPA and a good lawyer, smart ones recognize they need a good IT person too. Not just for setting up the phone and a network but for making sure they integrate with where their customers are, which increasingly means being online

  48. Although its a standard forum, priuschat.com has always been the place to learn and share everyting about Priuses, I have been a member since 2004 when I first bought my 2005 Prius. If you want to know something from the basic to the most advanced (and I mean advanced) this is the site to find it.

  49. Although its a standard forum, priuschat.com has always been the place to learn and share everyting about Priuses, I have been a member since 2004 when I first bought my 2005 Prius. If you want to know something from the basic to the most advanced (and I mean advanced) this is the site to find it.

  50. Although its a standard forum, priuschat.com has always been the place to learn and share everyting about Priuses, I have been a member since 2004 when I first bought my 2005 Prius. If you want to know something from the basic to the most advanced (and I mean advanced) this is the site to find it.

  51. Great post Robert. Amazing stuff. And cool too! And now thanks to you, I will have to re-theme my wordpress.org blog.I like the Thesis theme, but why on earth would anyone pay $90 for a wordpress theme?

  52. Great post Robert. Amazing stuff. And cool too! And now thanks to you, I will have to re-theme my wordpress.org blog.I like the Thesis theme, but why on earth would anyone pay $90 for a wordpress theme?

  53. Great post Robert. Amazing stuff. And cool too!
    And now thanks to you, I will have to re-theme my wordpress.org blog.

    I like the Thesis theme, but why on earth would anyone pay $90 for a wordpress theme?

  54. Want to give you big props for being the first of the Web 2.0 thought leaders to acknowledge the poor job done by the industry to reach out to business. In a speech at the Communitech Conference in Waterloo, I pounded the table on the fact that business is aware of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Blogs, etc. but has NO CLUE on how to incorporate them. The blame for that lies at the feet of the tech industry which became too absorbed in jumping from tool to tool without remembering to educate business.I've created a very successful business by connecting small-cap public companies with their shareholders and potential shareholders using many of these tools. Come by and have a look.I encourage all of you to do the same and find an industry that can benefit from utilizing these tools.Regards,George

  55. Want to give you big props for being the first of the Web 2.0 thought leaders to acknowledge the poor job done by the industry to reach out to business. In a speech at the Communitech Conference in Waterloo, I pounded the table on the fact that business is aware of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Blogs, etc. but has NO CLUE on how to incorporate them. The blame for that lies at the feet of the tech industry which became too absorbed in jumping from tool to tool without remembering to educate business.I've created a very successful business by connecting small-cap public companies with their shareholders and potential shareholders using many of these tools. Come by and have a look.I encourage all of you to do the same and find an industry that can benefit from utilizing these tools.Regards,George

  56. Want to give you big props for being the first of the Web 2.0 thought leaders to acknowledge the poor job done by the industry to reach out to business.

    In a speech at the Communitech Conference in Waterloo, I pounded the table on the fact that business is aware of Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Blogs, etc. but has NO CLUE on how to incorporate them. The blame for that lies at the feet of the tech industry which became too absorbed in jumping from tool to tool without remembering to educate business.

    I've created a very successful business by connecting small-cap public companies with their shareholders and potential shareholders using many of these tools. Come by and have a look.

    I encourage all of you to do the same and find an industry that can benefit from utilizing these tools.

    Regards,
    George

  57. I agree…why would Fraiche need a community…. ?? especially if lots of people talk about them on twitter FF etc. I dont wanna join every single community for the places I buy a coffee or a drink…

  58. I agree…why would Fraiche need a community…. ?? especially if lots of people talk about them on twitter FF etc. I dont wanna join every single community for the places I buy a coffee or a drink…

  59. I agree…
    why would Fraiche need a community…. ?? especially if lots of people talk about them on twitter FF etc. I dont wanna join every single community for the places I buy a coffee or a drink…

  60. Very good read. I did stop halfway and watch the making of the Prius commercial though. That is awesome. Makes me want to trade in my Tahoe for one.

  61. Very good read. I did stop halfway and watch the making of the Prius commercial though. That is awesome. Makes me want to trade in my Tahoe for one.

  62. Very good read. I did stop halfway and watch the making of the Prius commercial though. That is awesome. Makes me want to trade in my Tahoe for one.

  63. Can you add Google FriendConnect comment posting to your blog or would it interfere with the Disqus stuff? What otherwise do you expect to use FriendConnect for on here?

  64. Can you add Google FriendConnect comment posting to your blog or would it interfere with the Disqus stuff? What otherwise do you expect to use FriendConnect for on here?

  65. Can you add Google FriendConnect comment posting to your blog or would it interfere with the Disqus stuff? What otherwise do you expect to use FriendConnect for on here?

  66. It sounds like you are rearchitecting your blog to be the static presentation of certain realtime events/items that you generate during the course of your day. Instead of the blog being the first place you would visit to make posts or otherwise “generate content” it can now be the place where you summarize the day using long-form content.

  67. It sounds like you are rearchitecting your blog to be the static presentation of certain realtime events/items that you generate during the course of your day. Instead of the blog being the first place you would visit to make posts or otherwise “generate content” it can now be the place where you summarize the day using long-form content.

  68. It sounds like you are rearchitecting your blog to be the static presentation of certain realtime events/items that you generate during the course of your day. Instead of the blog being the first place you would visit to make posts or otherwise “generate content” it can now be the place where you summarize the day using long-form content.

  69. Hi Robert, It's great that you are choosing to tackle this topic.Building better interaction between people is something I've been working on from different angles for a while.At Live Chat Concepts inc, we just launched our first beta test concept site at http://www.LiveBaseballChat.com This destination website enables people to interact and chat with each other while watching the MLB2009 baseball games.Offering people tools to chat about sports (or toyotas) can only bring about richer interaction in peoples lives.Cheers,Dean Collinshttp://www.LivebaseballChat.com

  70. Hi Robert, It's great that you are choosing to tackle this topic.Building better interaction between people is something I've been working on from different angles for a while.At Live Chat Concepts inc, we just launched our first beta test concept site at http://www.LiveBaseballChat.com This destination website enables people to interact and chat with each other while watching the MLB2009 baseball games.Offering people tools to chat about sports (or toyotas) can only bring about richer interaction in peoples lives.Cheers,Dean Collinshttp://www.LivebaseballChat.com

  71. Hi Robert,

    It's great that you are choosing to tackle this topic.

    Building better interaction between people is something I've been working on from different angles for a while.

    At Live Chat Concepts inc, we just launched our first beta test concept site at http://www.LiveBaseballChat.com

    This destination website enables people to interact and chat with each other while watching the MLB2009 baseball games.

    Offering people tools to chat about sports (or toyotas) can only bring about richer interaction in peoples lives.

    Cheers,
    Dean Collins
    http://www.LivebaseballChat.com

  72. Robert,Thanks for the signposts for web 2010. Here's some thoughts on the future of our experience of social media that seemed relevant. Mirky waters, I know, but here goes…Facebook, Twitter and Friendfeed (sorry MySpace) are in a dead heat race to make the most of the rapidly approaching real time web. Each offers their own, unique package of connectivity and information based on different ideas about how to foster organic human interaction and generate sustainable business growth. Even Google has joined the pack as more and more people use Twitter and Facebook to find information or news rather than search engines.Yet as anyone who dabbles in social media will tell you, connectivity and access to information are no longer the problem. In fact, information overload is fast becoming an issue.As real time communication becomes a reality, social media will be recast as curation. That means the very same Facebook, Twitter and Friendfeed we now use to get information will be reframed as filters.Yet it’s not a knock out competition. Right now we each choose Facebook, Twitter or Friendfeed depending on our preference for how we like to connect with others and information. In exactly the same way, these social networks – and others that aren’t even created yet – will provide of spectrum of choices for how we like to filter information. Our considerations will be the same as ever – how much connectivity we want, our tolerance for exposing our private lives, our comfort level with technology and time constraints.So, in a sense, the same technology that allowed us to deep dive into cyberspace to connect and share in unprecedented ways, will now serve to carve out boundaries for the penetration of that information into our lives. They will be seen as tools that allow each of us to shape negative spaces for ourselves in which we are not in communication, cannot be reached and have nothing to share.These spaces are the cyber equivalent of ‘going outside for a walk’. Obviously in today’s connected world the ability to communicate has nothing to do with your physical distance from others. Instead, one must increasingly carve out invisible boundaries in black space to define the limits of you as can be experienced by others.The subtler differences between the same dynamic in cyberspace and the physical world is that our choice for information is much wider on the web, the available content is therefore much more specific to our personal interests, and, now, the filtering tools are far more sophisticated. Yet the net result is the same – a space reserved solely for ourselves in a world where our real and virtual lives are increasingly blurred.This reframing of purpose is important because, even though the user experience may be the same, the dynamic in our relationship with technology and information is headed in the other direction.This shift is not linear but part of a larger cycle. The next few years will be characterized by unlimited information, unprecedented connectivity and pride in curatorship. No doubt technology or human ingenuity with then provide a further redefinition of how we live that will initiate the next iteration of this cycle. For new technology must always engage with certain timeless qualities of the human condition that include the competing needs for privacy and connection.As ever, thanks for the thinking and inspiration, Robert. There were some great conversations floating around the future today. Much appreciated.http://www.simonmainwaring.com/blog

  73. Robert,Thanks for the signposts for web 2010. Here's some thoughts on the future of our experience of social media that seemed relevant. Mirky waters, I know, but here goes…Facebook, Twitter and Friendfeed (sorry MySpace) are in a dead heat race to make the most of the rapidly approaching real time web. Each offers their own, unique package of connectivity and information based on different ideas about how to foster organic human interaction and generate sustainable business growth. Even Google has joined the pack as more and more people use Twitter and Facebook to find information or news rather than search engines.Yet as anyone who dabbles in social media will tell you, connectivity and access to information are no longer the problem. In fact, information overload is fast becoming an issue.As real time communication becomes a reality, social media will be recast as curation. That means the very same Facebook, Twitter and Friendfeed we now use to get information will be reframed as filters.Yet it’s not a knock out competition. Right now we each choose Facebook, Twitter or Friendfeed depending on our preference for how we like to connect with others and information. In exactly the same way, these social networks – and others that aren’t even created yet – will provide of spectrum of choices for how we like to filter information. Our considerations will be the same as ever – how much connectivity we want, our tolerance for exposing our private lives, our comfort level with technology and time constraints.So, in a sense, the same technology that allowed us to deep dive into cyberspace to connect and share in unprecedented ways, will now serve to carve out boundaries for the penetration of that information into our lives. They will be seen as tools that allow each of us to shape negative spaces for ourselves in which we are not in communication, cannot be reached and have nothing to share.These spaces are the cyber equivalent of ‘going outside for a walk’. Obviously in today’s connected world the ability to communicate has nothing to do with your physical distance from others. Instead, one must increasingly carve out invisible boundaries in black space to define the limits of you as can be experienced by others.The subtler differences between the same dynamic in cyberspace and the physical world is that our choice for information is much wider on the web, the available content is therefore much more specific to our personal interests, and, now, the filtering tools are far more sophisticated. Yet the net result is the same – a space reserved solely for ourselves in a world where our real and virtual lives are increasingly blurred.This reframing of purpose is important because, even though the user experience may be the same, the dynamic in our relationship with technology and information is headed in the other direction.This shift is not linear but part of a larger cycle. The next few years will be characterized by unlimited information, unprecedented connectivity and pride in curatorship. No doubt technology or human ingenuity with then provide a further redefinition of how we live that will initiate the next iteration of this cycle. For new technology must always engage with certain timeless qualities of the human condition that include the competing needs for privacy and connection.As ever, thanks for the thinking and inspiration, Robert. There were some great conversations floating around the future today. Much appreciated.http://www.simonmainwaring.com/blog

  74. Robert,

    Thanks for the signposts for web 2010. Here's some thoughts on the future of our experience of social media that seemed relevant. Mirky waters, I know, but here goes…

    Facebook, Twitter and Friendfeed (sorry MySpace) are in a dead heat race to make the most of the rapidly approaching real time web. Each offers their own, unique package of connectivity and information based on different ideas about how to foster organic human interaction and generate sustainable business growth. Even Google has joined the pack as more and more people use Twitter and Facebook to find information or news rather than search engines.

    Yet as anyone who dabbles in social media will tell you, connectivity and access to information are no longer the problem. In fact, information overload is fast becoming an issue.

    As real time communication becomes a reality, social media will be recast as curation. That means the very same Facebook, Twitter and Friendfeed we now use to get information will be reframed as filters.

    Yet it’s not a knock out competition. Right now we each choose Facebook, Twitter or Friendfeed depending on our preference for how we like to connect with others and information. In exactly the same way, these social networks – and others that aren’t even created yet – will provide of spectrum of choices for how we like to filter information. Our considerations will be the same as ever – how much connectivity we want, our tolerance for exposing our private lives, our comfort level with technology and time constraints.

    So, in a sense, the same technology that allowed us to deep dive into cyberspace to connect and share in unprecedented ways, will now serve to carve out boundaries for the penetration of that information into our lives. They will be seen as tools that allow each of us to shape negative spaces for ourselves in which we are not in communication, cannot be reached and have nothing to share.

    These spaces are the cyber equivalent of ‘going outside for a walk’. Obviously in today’s connected world the ability to communicate has nothing to do with your physical distance from others. Instead, one must increasingly carve out invisible boundaries in black space to define the limits of you as can be experienced by others.

    The subtler differences between the same dynamic in cyberspace and the physical world is that our choice for information is much wider on the web, the available content is therefore much more specific to our personal interests, and, now, the filtering tools are far more sophisticated. Yet the net result is the same – a space reserved solely for ourselves in a world where our real and virtual lives are increasingly blurred.

    This reframing of purpose is important because, even though the user experience may be the same, the dynamic in our relationship with technology and information is headed in the other direction.

    This shift is not linear but part of a larger cycle. The next few years will be characterized by unlimited information, unprecedented connectivity and pride in curatorship. No doubt technology or human ingenuity with then provide a further redefinition of how we live that will initiate the next iteration of this cycle. For new technology must always engage with certain timeless qualities of the human condition that include the competing needs for privacy and connection.

    As ever, thanks for the thinking and inspiration, Robert. There were some great conversations floating around the future today. Much appreciated.
    http://www.simonmainwaring.com/blog

  75. I agree entirely that it is still daunting for the initiated to self publish. I was recently committed to blogging thoughts that to this point I have recorded only for myself. I was very disappointed to find that the basic versions of popular blogging services are actually very limited. In order to use the types of widgets you are discussing and link the blog in all the ways I wanted to I will have to get hosted, learn some coding, etc. This is a significant undertaking for someone who has never coded before, even when motivated.One trend that I think you are missing is the blurring of “real world friends” and “internet friends”. To this point most offerings have focused on one or the other. Niche websites, forums, chat rooms, twitter, and blogs have enabled people to find like minded people in the virtual world. Social Networks, email, and IM have helped people better communicate with friends they already know in the real world. As all these services start interconnecting these lines will blur dramatically. Suddenly the professional, the hobbyist, the family member, and the friend will once again all be the same person as the walls between these silos disappear. This will be a powerful trend that influences what types of services are successful, but perhaps more importantly will significantly influence the ways in which we perceive ourselves, organize, and work together.

  76. I agree entirely that it is still daunting for the initiated to self publish. I was recently committed to blogging thoughts that to this point I have recorded only for myself. I was very disappointed to find that the basic versions of popular blogging services are actually very limited. In order to use the types of widgets you are discussing and link the blog in all the ways I wanted to I will have to get hosted, learn some coding, etc. This is a significant undertaking for someone who has never coded before, even when motivated.One trend that I think you are missing is the blurring of “real world friends” and “internet friends”. To this point most offerings have focused on one or the other. Niche websites, forums, chat rooms, twitter, and blogs have enabled people to find like minded people in the virtual world. Social Networks, email, and IM have helped people better communicate with friends they already know in the real world. As all these services start interconnecting these lines will blur dramatically. Suddenly the professional, the hobbyist, the family member, and the friend will once again all be the same person as the walls between these silos disappear. This will be a powerful trend that influences what types of services are successful, but perhaps more importantly will significantly influence the ways in which we perceive ourselves, organize, and work together.

  77. I agree entirely that it is still daunting for the initiated to self publish. I was recently committed to blogging thoughts that to this point I have recorded only for myself. I was very disappointed to find that the basic versions of popular blogging services are actually very limited. In order to use the types of widgets you are discussing and link the blog in all the ways I wanted to I will have to get hosted, learn some coding, etc. This is a significant undertaking for someone who has never coded before, even when motivated.

    One trend that I think you are missing is the blurring of “real world friends” and “internet friends”. To this point most offerings have focused on one or the other. Niche websites, forums, chat rooms, twitter, and blogs have enabled people to find like minded people in the virtual world. Social Networks, email, and IM have helped people better communicate with friends they already know in the real world. As all these services start interconnecting these lines will blur dramatically. Suddenly the professional, the hobbyist, the family member, and the friend will once again all be the same person as the walls between these silos disappear. This will be a powerful trend that influences what types of services are successful, but perhaps more importantly will significantly influence the ways in which we perceive ourselves, organize, and work together.

  78. Hate to sound trite but….. thanks so much for all of the info that you share. You keep pushing me to get it together site wise. Really this is what twitter/ff is all about for me.

  79. Hate to sound trite but….. thanks so much for all of the info that you share. You keep pushing me to get it together site wise. Really this is what twitter/ff is all about for me.

  80. Honestly, I'm trying not to be a curmudgeon, but I also find that the Google Fiend Connect bar distractingly takes up real estate w/o adding any value.

  81. Honestly, I'm trying not to be a curmudgeon, but I also find that the Google Fiend Connect bar distractingly takes up real estate w/o adding any value.

  82. Honestly, I'm trying not to be a curmudgeon, but I also find that the Google Fiend Connect bar distractingly takes up real estate w/o adding any value.

  83. I like your observations about the discrepancy between the technologically “hip” and the non-tech businesses. I am am still surprised when people don't even see the value in adding a blog to their website.

  84. I like your observations about the discrepancy between the technologically “hip” and the non-tech businesses. I am am still surprised when people don't even see the value in adding a blog to their website.

  85. I like your observations about the discrepancy between the technologically “hip” and the non-tech businesses. I am am still surprised when people don't even see the value in adding a blog to their website.

  86. I completely agree with you that these things need to be simpler. Fortunately, I have Vid to help me out as well (he's awesome), but not all of us are so lucky. That's one thing that Blogger does right – it makes it easy for people to build their sites out. I hope WordPress can take a cue from them to simplify this so everyone can be included. Nice write up. :)

  87. I completely agree with you that these things need to be simpler. Fortunately, I have Vid to help me out as well (he's awesome), but not all of us are so lucky. That's one thing that Blogger does right – it makes it easy for people to build their sites out. I hope WordPress can take a cue from them to simplify this so everyone can be included. Nice write up. :)

  88. I completely agree with you that these things need to be simpler. Fortunately, I have Vid to help me out as well (he's awesome), but not all of us are so lucky. That's one thing that Blogger does right – it makes it easy for people to build their sites out. I hope WordPress can take a cue from them to simplify this so everyone can be included. Nice write up. :)

  89. Regarding the mobile point, I think so too. So don't bloggers set up a mobile web site for their blog. As you are using WordPress their is an excellent plugin developped by Alex King that does everything for you. See it in action here http://mobile.carringtontheme.com/. On the road, it takes me ages to load pages like techcrunch and so on. And I never see the ad anyway.Regarding the hybrid infrastructure, I think guys like Rightscale noticed because clients were asking about it. So they are embracing Ubuntu and the integration of Eucalytpus in their management console. So you get the best of the two worlds. See it here http://blog.rightscale.com/2009/04/20/rightscal…And finally you are right, fun alone is not fun ;-)

  90. Regarding the mobile point, I think so too. So don't bloggers set up a mobile web site for their blog. As you are using WordPress their is an excellent plugin developped by Alex King that does everything for you. See it in action here http://mobile.carringtontheme.com/. On the road, it takes me ages to load pages like techcrunch and so on. And I never see the ad anyway.Regarding the hybrid infrastructure, I think guys like Rightscale noticed because clients were asking about it. So they are embracing Ubuntu and the integration of Eucalytpus in their management console. So you get the best of the two worlds. See it here http://blog.rightscale.com/2009/04/20/rightscal…And finally you are right, fun alone is not fun ;-)

  91. Regarding the mobile point, I think so too. So don't bloggers set up a mobile web site for their blog. As you are using WordPress their is an excellent plugin developped by Alex King that does everything for you. See it in action here http://mobile.carringtontheme.com/. On the road, it takes me ages to load pages like techcrunch and so on. And I never see the ad anyway.
    Regarding the hybrid infrastructure, I think guys like Rightscale noticed because clients were asking about it. So they are embracing Ubuntu and the integration of Eucalytpus in their management console. So you get the best of the two worlds. See it here http://blog.rightscale.com/2009/04/20/rightscal
    And finally you are right, fun alone is not fun ;-)

  92. Robert, one of my readers recently commented “My (information) sources include “Twitter, email, RSS, surfing, print media (gasp!), conversations, conferences and dreams. “Glad you are focusing on Main Street Businesses. “Web 2010″ for them is a very broad swath we sometimes forget in tech world…BTW – loved your “To build something new you have to destroy what you were doing before”. Other than a few exceptions like Intel which eats its own children most vendors are afraid of disruption and would rather market, sue, acquire to disrupt disruption…

  93. Robert, one of my readers recently commented “My (information) sources include “Twitter, email, RSS, surfing, print media (gasp!), conversations, conferences and dreams. “Glad you are focusing on Main Street Businesses. “Web 2010″ for them is a very broad swath we sometimes forget in tech world…BTW – loved your “To build something new you have to destroy what you were doing before”. Other than a few exceptions like Intel which eats its own children most vendors are afraid of disruption and would rather market, sue, acquire to disrupt disruption…

  94. Robert, one of my readers recently commented “My (information) sources include “Twitter, email, RSS, surfing, print media (gasp!), conversations, conferences and dreams. “

    Glad you are focusing on Main Street Businesses. “Web 2010″ for them is a very broad swath we sometimes forget in tech world…

    BTW – loved your “To build something new you have to destroy what you were doing before”. Other than a few exceptions like Intel which eats its own children most vendors are afraid of disruption and would rather market, sue, acquire to disrupt disruption…

  95. Wow what an amazing informative piece, I am gonna share this anywhere. I honestly just learned about 8 things form this post!

  96. Wow what an amazing informative piece, I am gonna share this anywhere. I honestly just learned about 8 things form this post!

  97. Wow what an amazing informative piece, I am gonna share this anywhere. I honestly just learned about 8 things form this post!

  98. As a small business owner I would love to have the time to bring my website up to 2010. Or even 2005. I am learning though and the the learning curve is steep because of the main limiting factor is time. But I am learning html, and then I will move onto the next subject and I will get there eventually. If Building43 has a focus on bridging the gap between small non-tech business (retail-service-etc.) and modern tech (social web, cloud, etc) the market is huge and fragmented and potentially very profitable.

  99. As a small business owner I would love to have the time to bring my website up to 2010. Or even 2005. I am learning though and the the learning curve is steep because of the main limiting factor is time. But I am learning html, and then I will move onto the next subject and I will get there eventually. If Building43 has a focus on bridging the gap between small non-tech business (retail-service-etc.) and modern tech (social web, cloud, etc) the market is huge and fragmented and potentially very profitable.

  100. My company builds websites for builders, roofers and all kinds of small, local businesses–I am constantly amazed at how these people, who are intelligent, hard workers, are so incredibly disconnected when it comes to promoting their work online. Many don't have websites at all, and most of the ones that do are simply awful…yet, they are so resistant to making the investment in a tool that will create more revenue for them…can someone explain this to me? Any ideas?

  101. My company builds websites for builders, roofers and all kinds of small, local businesses–I am constantly amazed at how these people, who are intelligent, hard workers, are so incredibly disconnected when it comes to promoting their work online. Many don't have websites at all, and most of the ones that do are simply awful…yet, they are so resistant to making the investment in a tool that will create more revenue for them…can someone explain this to me? Any ideas?

  102. Okay. First, thanks for the birthday plant. I'm sure Maryam bought it:-)2)Correct. We've forgotten about the main street businesses. But the ones I am doing sites for can't understand social until they first get on the web. I do them free sites on WordPress.com if I think they will have the guts to get involved in them at all, or on Weebly if they just want a first generation brochure. The idea of a yogurt store in Phoenix creating a social site or a Facebook page would be funnier if you lived in Phoenix.3) I've learned WordPress.com in and out, and I now see what its limits are. I will be moving over to .org as soon as I can figure out how.

  103. Okay. First, thanks for the birthday plant. I'm sure Maryam bought it:-)
    2)Correct. We've forgotten about the main street businesses. But the ones I am doing sites for can't understand social until they first get on the web. I do them free sites on WordPress.com if I think they will have the guts to get involved in them at all, or on Weebly if they just want a first generation brochure. The idea of a yogurt store in Phoenix creating a social site or a Facebook page would be funnier if you lived in Phoenix.
    3) I've learned WordPress.com in and out, and I now see what its limits are. I will be moving over to .org as soon as I can figure out how.

  104. Do you really think that the average potential Toyota Prius buyer wants real-time, mobile, decentralized, social conversation about the cars? Or do they simply want to know what they're getting at what price and when? I think more the latter.

  105. Do you really think that the average potential Toyota Prius buyer wants real-time, mobile, decentralized, social conversation about the cars? Or do they simply want to know what they're getting at what price and when? I think more the latter.

  106. Do you really think that the average potential Toyota Prius buyer wants real-time, mobile, decentralized, social conversation about the cars? Or do they simply want to know what they're getting at what price and when? I think more the latter.

  107. Mark: actually studying human behavior tells me you're wrong. People do want to talk with other owners of cars and other products before buying them and, once they bought them, a lot of them want to join a community so they can get more value out of the products that they bought. I'm already looking to join a group of Prius owners who are hacking their cars to do various things. At the Dream Machines show people demonstrated how they added more batteries to their cars to let them plug in their cars, which let them go even further on a gallon of gas.

  108. Mark: actually studying human behavior tells me you're wrong. People do want to talk with other owners of cars and other products before buying them and, once they bought them, a lot of them want to join a community so they can get more value out of the products that they bought. I'm already looking to join a group of Prius owners who are hacking their cars to do various things. At the Dream Machines show people demonstrated how they added more batteries to their cars to let them plug in their cars, which let them go even further on a gallon of gas.

  109. Mark: actually studying human behavior tells me you're wrong. People do want to talk with other owners of cars and other products before buying them and, once they bought them, a lot of them want to join a community so they can get more value out of the products that they bought. I'm already looking to join a group of Prius owners who are hacking their cars to do various things. At the Dream Machines show people demonstrated how they added more batteries to their cars to let them plug in their cars, which let them go even further on a gallon of gas.

  110. Robert- I just found this response to my comment (a month later) just by happenstance as I googled myself and you came up. I will look forward to building43 simplifying things since I haven't figured out where to copy the HTML code into the specific spot in my templates html view to result in my commenting tool (say Facebook connect or sharethis or whatever) to show up at the end of each post rather than the end of my blog page.

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