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The Database of Intentions is More Valuable than the Database of Musings For Now (Google and Twitter)

I’ve been very curious to read this weekend’s stream of people commenting on Twitter’s business model and what it will look like. I read this one in Forbes – it talks about how being able to use search and analytics might ultimately deliver a powerful business model for Twitter. I also read Eric Schonfeld’s TechCrunch […]

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Social Networking Advertising – It Will Be Even Harder than we Think

I’ve had a few experiences in the past few weeks that continue to bolster my belief that monetizing social networks and communities will continue to be a lot harder than people think. 1. I posted a question on Twitter about the difference between two different sets of Bose headphones and got a lot of information […]

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Why the Google Apps and Salesforce Integration Doesn’t Solve My Problem

I was re-reading the announcement about how Google Apps and Salesforce will be working together more closely to make Google Apps and Salesforce work together more closely. As someone who has used a number of CRM products over the years, I welcome this announcement. I continue to believe one of the big things that hampers […]

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Bill Gates on Google Apps – He’s Right and Wrong at the Same Time

I haven’t had much time for blogging lately, but this one caught my eye: Gates to Google: “Your business applications stink” | The Open Road – The Business and Politics of Open Source by Matt Asay – CNET Blogs (Disclaimer – I’m a former Googler and have been using Google products for productivity and personal […]

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Thoughts on the Prospect of a Yahoo + Microsoft Merger

Just some short thoughts on the prospect of a Yahoo + Microsoft merger, if it happens: We won’t see any real results from this integration until early 2010 – That’s the best case scenario. Assuming the deal closes in mid 2008, it will take another 6-12 months to figure out reporting structures, organization, merge product […]

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Office 2.0 – Do People Really Want to Work Differently?

I’ve been reading a handful of posts about the modest penetration that web-based office applications have achieved thus far. Most of the posts I’ve seen either highlight the limited penetration that web applications have achieved as proof that they are a “failure” or use the same information to pontificate about why these web apps will […]

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Is Google “Knol” a Big Deal? Probably Not Yet

I was reading the official Google Blog about their upcoming “knol” product launch – “Official Google Blog: Encouraging people to contribute knowledge” yesterday. After reading this post, it sounds a lot like FUD to me. I’ve never really accused Google of FUD-slinging before, but this sounds like a pre-announcement of a product that still has […]