Twitter quake

Many of the users of Twitter are in the San Francisco Bay Area. So, when a small earthquake hit there this evening lots of people wrote about their experiences on Twitter.

The best presentation from LIFT: Brian Cox

If there’s one presentation where I actually LEARNED something new, it was Brain Cox’s presentation at LIFT. This is a wonderful presentation (Rodrigo linked to two versions), I wouldn’t miss it. He’s a former rock star who now is a physicist at CERN and explains the work that CERN is doing (hint: they are going to discover the key building blocks of mass). Simply inspiring. Must watch. All that.

And, if after watching that you wanna check out some ScobleShows, we uploaded two more interesting ones today. First is an interview with vice president at Sun Microsystems who talks about startup trends and what Sun is doing.

I wonder what startups and/or developers think about what Sun is saying here?

The second set is for Webmasters who want to build their own browser toolbars. Conduit’s Reena Jadhav talks about why you’d want to do that and demonstrates how to do it.

UPDATE: I just watched this again. It is just so freaking inspiring. I wish every schoolkid in the world would watch this. It would inspire, I think, a whole generation of people to become scientists and want to work on CERN’s data.

UPDATE 2: This is a good video to watch before you watch my tour of CERN’s computing center and museum.

Joost … deleted instantly here

I was one of the seemingly lucky ones who got a beta invite to Joost, the hyped up media distribution network from the folks who created Skype. I got my invite by begging on Twitter.

I installed it. It took over my entire screen. I couldn’t figure out how to get out. Or get back to Google Reader and Outlook and my other apps.

Well, I’m lying. I know how to get back to other apps. Alt-Tab.

Or Ctrl-Alt-Delete, which pulls up task manager and I can kill that process.

I did that and promptly deleted it.

What a rude app. I don’t care how cool it is. You don’t take over my desktop if you want me to use you.

It’s nice to get compliments…

Thanks Chip Griffin for the nice words. “Scoble does a good job of being relatively unobtrusive which is one of the reasons I generally enjoy watching his videos.  He doesn’t attempt to become part of the story like some other interviewers do.  He clearly asks questions out of curiosity and not simply in an effort to elicit information he already knows.Clare has a great presence and it is an interesting interview that I encourage anyone in the field (or who have an interest in it) to watch.”

In PodTech news, Tom Foremski, who writes the Silicon Valley Watcher, writes an interesting review of our business. Headline? PodTech.net: the dark horse of the new media pack.

Bill Marriott on importance of education

You might have heard about Marriott. The hotel chain. It all happened because a kid went to college and got enough confidence to try something new, Bill Marriott wrote on his blog.

Every day I’m thankful that my dad went to college at a community college in New York (on the GI Bill), later got a PhD from Rutgers, and got moved to Silicon Valley to work at Ampex. Everytime I pass the Ampex sign I thank them cause without that I wouldn’t have been in the middle of the tech industry.

Marriott’s blog is really good, by the way, and I thank James Governor for bringing this post to my attention. The other post that James brought to our attention made a tear come to my eye.

A great corporate blog points the light toward other people. Subscribed!

Interesting blog PR insight from political side of the fence

I’m trying not to write much about politics cause that’s not really what we’re all here for. But I do still watch lots of political blogs on both the right and left side of the American fence for insights that I can bring into the corporate world that I usually talk with. Here’s one, in Salon, by Lindsay Beyerstein on why she refused to blog for John Edwards.

The learning here is interesting. How might you apply that thinking to your corporate blog team?

A few things:

1) Listen to advice when given by someone who you want to hire anyway.
2) An organization’s “brand” is made up by all its participants. Microsoft is more than Bill Gates. The sins of the participants will be used against all.
3) The no-asshole rule should apply. Hint: people around you might judge who is an asshole differently than you do. (by the way, that rule in my head comes from a good book called “the No Asshole Rule,” here’s a video by its author who is a Stanford Professor). Now, I piss off people as much as the next guy, but this rule should be considered, particularly in political organizations.