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Why a LinkedIn Connection is Worth More than a Facebook Friend

A lot of times I read things that say that LinkedIn is a better business because they cater to professionals while Facebook focuses on personal relationships. I think that’s a really superficial way to look at what is, in fact, a much more nuanced difference. At the end of the day, my impression is that […]

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Solving the Twitter Business Model Problem – Your Guess is Probably Better than Mine

I’ve been fascinated by the blogosphere’s musings on Twitter’s downtime. I, for one, am relatively sympathetic toward their plight – there’s nothing tougher than trying to scale a system that’s growing quickly and has a very unpredictable, bursty traffic profile. And as much as I like and enjoy Twitter, it’s not a life-or-death kind of […]

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Why Facebook Might Start Buying App Developers

I’ve been running a small thought experiment in my head of late and figured I’d write it down. I’ve been wondering whether it makes sense for Facebook to start buying application developers who are building things for their platform. Initially, I felt the answer was a clear “no” but I’ve been moving toward a strong […]

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FriendFeed and the Facebook News Feed – FriendFeed is For Sharing and Facebook Used to be About my Friends

I was reading this article on TechCrunch “Facebook Targets FriendFeed; Opening Up The News Feed” and I found it kind of interesting. As someone who uses FriendFeed a lot and uses Facebook less and less, I don’t think the FriendFeed team should spend much time worrying about this announcement. The reason is really simple. In […]

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Do "Tuck-In” Acquisitions Actually Work?

With all of the Yahoo and Microsoft blog commentary going around, I’ve been thinking a lot about M&A and whether the so-called “tuck-in” acquisition where a major Internet company purchases a smaller company for $25 to $100 million and rolls them into the larger fold. The logic for most of these deals is that the […]

Posted in: communitynext, conferences, Events

CommunityNext Conference – March 29, 2008 — I’ll be Speaking

I’ll be speaking at the upcoming CommunityNext Conference on March 29, 2008 in lovely Hollywood, CA. If you’re going to be in LA that week, let me know as I should be in town for a few days. More on the conference below – thanks to the team for giving me the opportunity to participate! […]

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MIT/Stanford Venture Lab Event – Shaking the Money Tree of Multi-Platform Social Networks

I’ve been working with the VLAB team to pull together what I think will be an excellent event on OpenSocial and why developers should consider a multi-platform strategy for their applications. More details below – you can register here if you want to go. Shaking the Money Tree of Multi-Platform Social Networks Why Pursue a […]