launched today. Billed as something like “trimming the fat from LinkedIn” it’s the latest in a recent spate of professional networking sites. Zerply and BranchOut came out recently, LinkedIn had a decent IPO. Does this mean people need more networking sites? Doubtful, it’s hard to keep up with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, LinkedIn, FourSquare, Instagram, Path, boring old email, etc. already. What I think it does signal is that people want new jobs (the grass is greener) and the tech sector thinks social networking is the key to unlock this migration. If you think about it job-hunting is still pretty boring. Essentially we went from physical classified ads to online listings. Best-case someone screen-scrapes the company sites and aggregates the listings for you. These sites are trying, but something is still not there. What none of these sites has done yet though is quite the same as the old word-of-mouth, heard about this opening, you should apply, sort of thing we do in the real-world. I know several people who have job openings for instance and *none* of them are listed on these networks.
I love new theories like this. It shows that something we all either assume to be true (loading from the back first) or just never think about is false.
But… This scheme won’t fly, so to speak. You know why? Because it requires passengers to be orderly and ready to board and no queue-jumping and no special lane for gold card members. We’re already in make believe land, but when they ran the test did everyone have two ginormous carry-ons? Was there a petite person unable to lift the bag into the bin? Were the bins over-flowing so the flight attendant had to check the bag? And what about kids? And the inevitable “do you mind switching seats with me”
Theory is great, but find me a system that deals with real people and their odd behaviors and we’ll talk.
Gizmodo reports Facebook Just Killed Places, the competitor to Foursquare that was supposed to destroy the upstart start up. It’s still on the Facebook site, but the company has announced plans to disable the functionality in its mobil clients.
Remember all the folks saying that Foursquare was…
I suspect I was one of the crowd who said Foursquare was dead when Facebook entered the fray. But somehow the people (or more accurately personas) who use Facebook aren’t the same personas who use Foursquare. So mea culpa
You could blame it on lack of badges (Sierra Madre joke here) but somehow checking in on Facebook never felt right. Too wide of an audience maybe, or no points so no reason?
I bet one of two things happens: 1. Foursquare is now an even better acquisition for someone 2. Facebook has another attempt coming.
One interesting albeit anecdotal indicator of a service’s success is seeing how it’s working locally. With Trover for instance I don’t see new discoveries near me very often. With Foursquare I see numerous local checkins. So at a glance I’d conclude that Foursquare is doing better (at least at this end of the world).
I switched to “nearby” mode in Google+’s stream this morning And note that it needs to pick a radius of 20 miles to fill a page. That’s not a high density. Less than Trover.
I’m sure this is different in the Valley but in the hinterlands Google+ doesn’t seem to have traction (yet)
Scoble mentioned Ness the other day and I tried it out. Nice service, with ten ratings near me they were getting a solid handle on my taste. This is especially great since Amazon, with a bajillion ratings still sends me offers for women’s clothing. Downside is their local data is sparse; partnering with Yelp/Foursquare/Google Places might really boost them. I also wish the categories were customizable, eg I see “Sushi” but I never really eat sushi. I’ll keep using it though as the UX is more fun, simpler, than many others. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ness/id454869181?mt=8
You know me. I have bought books from you and electronics too. Some clothing from time to time. I’ve written reviews. We’re not on a personal “grab a beer and watch a game” basis or BFFs or whatever the phrase is. But you know me pretty well. So women’s clothing? Really? Or maybe I need a few more offers for Botox treatments.
I’m not an expert in collaborative filtering or ad matchmaking but maybe we could have coffee sometime and chat about a few things on the list, e.g. offering women’s clothing to men (and plus sizes to boot!) is probably a good starting point of no-nos.
Kind regards, keep up the good work with the Kindle,
p.s. LivingSocial did offer me stand-up paddle board rentals, that one was great.
—note: Tumblr’s email really did bad things to the email from Amazon—
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Zerply is a new professional network/connection service. In the wake of LinkedIn’s successful IPO (as defined as having an IPO, not necessarily making anyone buying the stock rich) you knew more companies would jump in, especially if they are trying to fill a niche that the big, vanilla-flavored LinkedIn doesn’t.
So what does Zerply do? For a start they make the “about me” more focused on the Twitter generation. The one liner is 60 characters, the bio is also very restricted. You get five tags which is tough. How does one distill oneself into five tags? I missed a few but still feel okay. The import of my professional data from LinkedIn was solid.
The only glitches to speak of were minor. First was adding a Tumblr account which bizarrely went from bricin.Tumblr.com to bricin.bricin.Tumblr.com which just isn’t going to work. The second is an overall clunkiness on the iPad. Yes, it worked. But c’mon guys, Zerply is aiming for the Twitterers of the world, the designers, the people who use Tumblr. And sipping my morning coffee, getting the link from Flipboard, I am not firing up my laptop for that. So nail the tablet experience please.
All that said, it seems like a pleasant app, I will spend a little time looking around to see what type of people are jumping off LinkedIn and onto Zerply. Moving forward I expect more niche networks to spring up as the signal/noise ratio on LinkedIn gets too difficult.
I hate bad ads. I like good ads. I understand that services come with advertising and that, effectively, I am selling my personal data for “services”. I’m an educated (more or less) consumer. Which is why I find it offensive that Pandora just sent me an ad for Flaming Hot Cheetos. WTF? I am “rocking out” to Elton John, a great cut from Simon and Garfunkel, Desperado went by… It’s the Neil Diamond station for pity’s sake. Do I really seem like the kind of guy who eats Cheetos? At my age a Cheeto is a death wish waiting to happen. And we’ll ignore the fact that I write blogs about fitness, Paleo eating, and trying to make my world and myself a better place. Hey Pandora, give me an ad about grass-pastured meat, maybe some decent wine, even some ridiculous new cooking gadget. But bad ads are inexcusable these days, Google sort of made that passé years ago.
For the first time in months the family decided to watch a movie. We have a Netflix subscription and while I am peripherally aware of the recent changes Netflix made with regard to streaming and DVDs I hadn’t thought about it much.
Last night though we decided to watch a movie and ran through their new releases. And it was a wasteland of dreck. Nothing much new. So we went to the cupboard and checked out some old favorite the kids haven’t seen like “Say Anything” or “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. Nope.
So we checked out iTunes and yep… All there. So we paid Apple another $4.99 and this morning I am working out the math and thinking “I ditched cable TV and don’t miss it, why not ditch Netflix too?” I can hit RedBox on the way home from work if we want a movie. And since we rarely watch movies that would be a savings. And even if it wasn’t a financial savings it would be one less recurring charge that I just don’t need to deal with or think about.
If you make Android phones for a living and you aren’t at Motorola I bet your long term strategic plans just got changed. While Google says Android will stay open how long until Motorola phones are getting features just a little faster than others or get features which just happen to align with the hardware. If this is mostly about the patents and Google simply leaves Motorola more or less alone then that’s a different story. But the comments by Larry sure wouldn’t make me want to build Android right now.
My bet is that neither of these are correct. The product story of 2011 will be iPhone 5. If it is a knock out, the press is simple. If it’s ho-hum the press will react to that too and the Twitterati will go nuts. Google+ won’t be the story this year simply because there aren’t enough people there… yet. 2012 will be interesting. Spotify? I enjoy it as do many, but sharing music is still uncertain, finding new music is still hard. If Spotify wanted to make magic happen they should either partner with a music matchmaking service or open an API to allow some creative people to build on top of their engine. The real test for any product is when the non-techies get there. iPhone has that. *Peter Sims (@petersims )* 7/30/11 18:36 Spotify, not Google+, will be the product story of 2011. All about user experience, and will spread like wildfire as people share music»
Article: Are You A Victim Of Phantom Vibration Syndrome?
I know of this phantom vibration. But I think this article never actually describes what’s going on. Rather it rehashes an old project. The question still remains, why do I feel my phone vibrate even when there is no message? More puzzling is why my brain feels the vibration even when I have my phone’s ringer on so there should be no vibration but there should be a sound if there were truly a message. My hunch, based on no evidence at all, is that the vibrate mechanism simply shakes loose and causes a short burst of motion. I notice phantom ring more often when wearing baggy shorts for instance so maybe it gets a swing going? At any rate it’s an idea which the article below is lacking. *Are You A Victim Of Phantom Vibration Syndrome?* http://www.fastcompany.com/1770237/are-you-a-victim-of-phantom-vibration-syndrome (