Amazon CTO, blog evangelist?

Wait a second. Is this the same Werner Vogels who “ripped us a new one” when we were doing our blogging book reading at Amazon earlier this year? (quote from Slashdot).

It is! And he’s talking about how blogging is helping a politician in the Dutch election get his message out.

So, that’s another thing I’m thankful for: more blog evangelism and yet another turned skeptic. We interviewed 188 businesses for our book (which is now being used by Shel to write his next book on Global Neighborhoods), which is still selling very well according to Amazon.

I’m thankful for Amazon. I wonder if this will mean more Amazon blogs?

Of course not everyone loves the ScobleShow…

Ahh, I missed the 1938 Media video review of ScobleShow. Short version? It wasn’t liked. He didn’t like anything. Not one thing? I love how he says “they” when referring to my video and audio work. It made me crack up. 2:30 YouTube video.

And with that, I’m outta here for Thanksgiving.

Thank you to everyone who helped me in the past year. It’s been quite a year already and I couldn’t have gotten 45 interviews without a lot of people’s help.

Have a great Thanksgiving.

First two months of ScobleShow

More than 70 videos. 36 companies. 45 interviews. Whew!

Happy Thanksgiving! All of my shows are listed on the ScobleShow wiki that I just started over on WetPaint.

A few things I hate about my own work so far:

1) My show doesn’t work on iPods. That’ll get fixed in December.
2) My show is only video. I want MP3 versions of everything available.
3) My editing skills suck. Shorter videos would be nice.
4) My audio engineering skills suck. Later videos have two microphones and are better, but overall I need to get better at that.
5) No WMV files available. QuickTime doesn’t work on every system.
6) Many of the interviews would be much better with two cameras, or with a camera person (I did almost all of my own camera work on all this video).

What do you hate about it? What do you like? Which ones are your favorites? How many have you watched?

If you have suggestions for who I should interview, add them to the ScobleShow interview list Wiki that I started on WetPaint.

Oh, and do you like or hate ScobleShow’s new design? I think it’s a big improvement over what I used to have.

See inside Google Kirkland

Up on ScobleShow today we have a tour of Google Kirkland.

But we have something for you Microsoft fans too! I have an interview with the Microsoft Expression Web management, as well as a very cool demo (that’s a new Web design/development/workflow tool that Microsoft is shipping).

Elsewhere on PodTech is a LunchMeet conversation with Wesabe, which is a financial management site.

That brings me to two months of ScobleShows. I’m preparing a Wiki of all the shows, which will be up shortly.

Memetrackers revisited

Now, you know I love TechMeme. Last week I interviewed Kevin Burton, who does Tailrank, so I’ve been giving that a much better looking at than I’ve done recently. Yesterday Megite updated too, so I looked into that.

All three of these are interesting ways to see what the blogosphere is talking about. But, I notice I keep going back to TechMeme, and I think I found the reason why:

More info density per scroll.

But there’s an even better reason: no spam on TechMeme. Yes, it’s elitist, yes, it tracks only a small number of blogs compared to TailRank and Megite (TechMeme tracks a few thousand compared to about 150,000 for TailRank, according to Burton — TechMeme expands daily depending on linking behavior, though, so it’s hard to figure out just how many blogs are being tracked), but the quality on TechMeme is much higher overall, I find.

Here, visit TailRank for the post about Mike Arrington. Can you spot the splogger? Hint, it’s naikmichel, which copies all my content.

But, to me, TechMeme seems to have better choices for its top stories and less scrolling to see more stories. I’m getting to like TailRank, though, it’s definitely coming on strong and is much better than last time I looked at it.

The difference between TechCrunch and Valleywag

Dave Winer defends Nick Denton and Valleywag today.

Me? I see it a bit differently. I don’t see that Valleywag has noticeably changed its stripes. Yeah, so far they haven’t followed anyone into a bathroom and that is an improvement over the old Valleywag — if it holds.

But, Dave also notes that Valleywag wants to be TechCrunch. I say it can’t do that. Why? Cause TechCrunch is all about building companies and people up while Valleywag is all about tearing companies and people down.

Both functions are needed. If you have hype without anti-hype, no one will believe the stuff that really should be listened to.

It comes from nature. Look at El Capitan in Yosemite. The forces that put El Capitan there are like TechCrunch. The forces (it was a glacier) that dug the valley out and exposed El Capitan for the largest chunk of granite around are like Valleywag.

Why will TechCrunch get the best breaking news (Nick Denton said he was jealous of Mike for getting the YouTube/Google story first)? Cause people like builders more than destructors and will reward that behavior with information sharing more. But, Denton might have the last laugh anyway. Destructors are a lot more entertaining, so I bet that Valleywag will have a bigger audience.