Posted in: conferences, cpe2007, Events, optibike, powercast, tesla

Cool Product Expo – April 11th @ Stanford

I just got a ping about this year’s Cool Products Expo at Stanford. The CPE is always one of my favorite events and I always end up seeing at least a few really cool products every time I go. Based on what I see on the website, here are a few products that I’m looking […]

Posted in: facebook, social networking

How Facebook Could be a Player in Local Ads

I was looking at some old college stuff and came across an old Stanford directory from my undergraduate days. Aside from the heft of the book itself, I had forgotten how many local ads (coupons) there were in my college directory. There were pages and pages of coupons from local businesses who wanted to get […]

Posted in: 37signals, CRM, highrise

Highrise – Sounds Really Interesting

Earlier today I got an email about 37signals’ new Highrise product. In an earlier post I complained about how I was in real need of a tickler-style web application for keeping track of people and to-do items that’s a bit more lightweight than a traditional CRM product. I am going to sign-up to use the […]

Posted in: evite, social networking, socializr

Socializr Gamma – Maybe I Missed Something?

In an old post I kind of thought out loud about whether Evite was broken or stale. The verdict at the time was that it is just stale and probably doesn’t reach the point of qualifying as being broken. I heard that Socializr finally opened up open signups and went and checked it out. After […]

Posted in: browser, internet+explorer, microsoft, Uncategorized

Should Microsoft Use IE to Get Into Analytics?

I have been playing with Alexa and Compete data for awhile this evening and was struck by a thought. Many of the complaints I hear about the inaccuracy of user data from the aforementioned services comes from the limited audience sizes, inability to de-duplicate users who work on multiple machines, and a host of other […]

Posted in: alexa, imdb, linkedin, monster.com, nextag, Search, shopping.com, technorati, tripadvisor, vertical search, vertical+search

Is Vertical Search Stalling Out?

Update – A few readers pointed out that the Alexa stats for some of the sites here look a lot stronger if you take a U.S. rank as opposed to a global rank. This is especially true for Trulia, Yelp, Kayak, and Indeed. It’s a point worth noting. I have been doing a lot of […]

Posted in: marketing, social networking

Are You Tired of Viral Marketing?

In the last few days I have been getting a lot of invitations to sign up for new web services. After a few years of generally being a good sport and sharing the word, I have recently scaled back the number of services for which I am willing to create “viral” marketing by sharing it […]

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