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Is Zynga Running Out of People to Acquire on the Facebook Platform?

I’m knee-deep in last minute preparation for this week’s Social Gaming Summit. It should be great and I hope you’ll be there to join us. I was spending some time on AppData and was struck by something – I thought it warranted a quick blog post of my own. I was also inspired by something […]

Posted in: facebook, google, social networking, twitter, web20

Does “Sign In with Twitter” Make Sense Without an Web Ad Play?

I’m starting to see the “Sign in with Twitter” button in more places on the web. I’m still trying to figure out what the bigger picture plan is for this service. To me, it looks very similar to Facebook Connect – it’s a simplified way to log into 3rd party sites without having to create […]

Posted in: facebook, social gaming, social networking, virtual goods, web20, zynga

Is Zynga’s Farmville.com A Sign of Things to Come or a Clever Hedge?

I was reading TechCrunch’s article on Zynga’s launch of Farmville.com earlier today. I’ve seen a lot of speculation about why Zynga might do this and what it means for the industry. I don’t think it signals a major shift away from Facebook or social networks, but it is an interesting hedge (at best) or a […]

Posted in: facebook, friendfeed, social networking, web20

The New FriendFeed UI – More About Content, Less About Sources

Last Thursday I had the privilege of hanging out with some really famous bloggers and FriendFeed personalities including Robert Scoble, Michael Arrington, Eric Eldon, Thomas Hawke, Louis Gray, Hutch Carpenter and the FriendFeed team (among many others) to get a good look at the new FriendFeed UI. If you want a more detailed treatment of […]

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Would You Spend the Next 20-30 Years of Your Career in Silicon Valley?

I have to admit that the genesis for this post was a conversation I had with some of my business-minded friends during the first half of the Super Bowl. One of my friends, who runs his own venture-backed company, asked the group whether we thought the classic Silicon Valley, venture-funded tech startup scene was the […]

Posted in: aardvark, Business, social networking, twitter, web20

I’m Bullish on Aardvark (and Twitter should take notes)

I’ve now posed roughly 30 questions to Aardvark and I think it’s one of the more useful services I’ve used of late. In addition to being useful, I also think it has a reasonable shot at becoming an interesting business as well. In the interest of fair disclosure, it’s worth noting that Aardvark has good […]

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Thoughts on Free Powered Business Models and Why Time Beats Features

I spend a lot of time thinking about what it means to offer products that are free or basically free to users on the web. I try not to get religious about free – there’s nothing inherently right or wrong about choosing a business model that incorporates a free component so long as you understand […]