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I gave a talk this week at the Mountain View JavaScript meetup hosted by Google at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. Thanks to Michael Carter who hosts this event on a monthly basis. The event was also video recorded by Google and is being made available on Youtub...
With Firefox 3.5 all the major browsers (including IE!) support native drag and drop. The SC.Drag interface in SproutCore was designed from the beginning to follow the same protocols. That means once someone SC.Drag to use native drag events, all your SproutCore-drag code will automa...
While tracking the market today, I expanded the S & P 500 graph time window from the normal mode of a month or a year, to run from 1970 through the present. What I found illustrates a fascinating principle of wealth building. The blue line represents that value of the S&P 500 index....
Social Media like Twitter and Facebook are hot, hot, hot right now — being used for everything from marketing to market research to customer support. But for all the buzz, the activity taking place in social media remains hard to measure, and there are still no clear standards on...
I’ve been working in tech startups for a bit over 10 years now. I don’t want to claim I know the industry inside out, but I kind of know how it works. I also know how marketing and PR work – after all that’s my job – so I know how the two interact. The industry needs the magazines and ...
Every single piece of marketing content needs to be designed to achieve a goal. That goal should include delivering on the promise your title or associated messaging sets in the mind of your audience. Otherwise it's just blowing hot air that diminishes prospect interest. Use these tips...
I just watched Google’s Jeff Ragusa’s video clip explaining the Google Apps reseller model. If I didn’t know any better I would have thought the Just for Laughs Festival I attend every year started early. Here is the big joke: Google is offering a whopping 20% of the Google Apps revenu...
I was listening to a product launch webinar early this morning. The speakers were droning on and on about technology and architecture and innovation. Not a customer benefit in sight - other than the usual generic claims of 'market leading' performance,' unmatched' reliability, 'next g...
As my grandpa used to say, "The view never changes unless you're the lead cow." While I don't believe the competition should heavily influence a company's strategy, I do believe competitive knowledge is key in better understanding your market. Yet IMHO few companies actually assess th...
Lead nurturing is often thought about as being found with a flag waving when your leads decide to take action. Waiting to be found is not a strong strategy. In fact, sitting around passively encourages your leads to leak away to competitors working harder to engage them. The secret is ...
Mini-MSFT is back, with a post about Microsoft turning The Corner. It’s interesting to contrast his point of view with that of MG Siegler over at ParisLemon. Given my own perception of Valley bias on the part of Siegler (he is one of the new voices of Techcrunch after all), it’s grea...
My blog is written from the perspective of both a nurse & a patient. I am able to take the knowledge I've accumulated over the years, along with my nursing education and my undergrad degree in community health and pass it on to others. I do very much hope that you are able to learn a l...
Social Media vs Public Relations duscussion which was fueled by two recent blog posts by SYS-CON Media founder Fuat Kircaali; "Is the PR Business Extinct?" and "Will PR Firms Survive The Social Media Avalanche?" continues. Publicity is the act of getting “ink,” but true PR is the st...
In the absence of any solid information, it's probably safe to assume that Google wouldn't be building still another Linux operating system if Android didn't suck on netbooks and could leverage higher-performance, more feature-rich processors. But it doesn't which is why Google is q...
As predicted here and here, Google has announced its new Chrome operating system project. In a blog post that indirectly pokes fun at Microsoft OS’s perceived instability and short shelf life, Google are trying to endear themselves to the public with their embracing of the open ...
Positioning is best thought of as a matrix of elements that can be combined in various way to create a relevant and compelling story for the situation at hand. The key is to be concise with compelling core positioning statements (3-5 maximum) and then support those statements with wide...
If your prospects' response to your E-Marketing programs is stalling, don't be complacent enough to just push them back into the general nurturing pool without a lifeguard. By taking some steps to evaluate why and when they stall, you can work proactively to refine your content and com...
I really like Google. They produce easy to use applications that work great. I use their search engine about a hundred times a day. Their applications make sense. But this announcement gave me goosebumps. If you didn’t hear that Google has announced that in 2010 consumers will have a c...
Should busy executives use Twitter? Hmmm. There is a line (or a tweet) in the sand on this one. It's a hot topic guaranteed to bring out heated opinions. And be sure to get your gloves on if you enter this dialogue. A recent Business Week article on CEOs tweeting can give you insigh...
It’s Friday, and it’s sunny out here in Seattle, which means that no work will get getting done.  In lieu of work, I did some digging with my contacts on the interwebs, and it turns out there is are a couple of screen grabs of the new Chrome OS floating around out there.  I [...
Beta software tends to frighten Big Business. They’re skeptical of the phrase “almost done”, and for good reason. They demand a finished product. There are very few exceptions to this. Take the recent news from Google as an example. A few days ago, the company finall...
Apparently (apparently!), I have said something that hit a nerve. When I posted my thoughts on the whole issues as to whether or not the VC model was broken, I had no idea that it would be the most popular post I have ever written (and it’s not even noon on day 2). Crazy. Predicta...
Even my 90 year old Grand Mother is aware that Microsoft have dominated software products. But where have they been in search? Microsoft Live Search handled about 9 or 10% of searches but that pales in comparison to Google's 60% and Yahoo! at over 20% of searches. But perhaps now, fina...
I would not have written this blog in the year 2000 and by now I am highly opinionated towards Google, of course in a good way. During my graduation years (1996-2000), I used Rediff and Yahoo! search for my college projects, and ACM seminars. In the year 1996/1998, Google was known but...
For the past 8 years I've been a great fan, user and evangelist of wikis. Wave picks up the original idea from old-time Smalltalker Ward Cunningham and moves it 25 years into the present. Wave is what Ozzie's Groove always wanted to be, but Ozzie missed the Internet, so it found a good...
Although I think email is a good and measurable way to accomplish direct marketing, I also think we need better tools to filter the types of organizations sending email. Sometimes the best defense is to keep changing your email address similar to a witness protection program. Congratul...
Twitter is the dumbest thing I have ever seen, I can't believe my eyes. What is wrong with you people? Did you lose your minds? Get a job, do something, leave this stupidity alone. Now, I have to rescue my cell phone (blackberry) from the direct text messages and advertising spam, infe...
A strange dynamic has taken hold on the internet.  Just as people expect sunshine and air to be free, they also expect internet based software applications to be free.  Ok, maybe not completely free… they agree someone should pay, just not them.  Damn you Google, damn you Yahoo! ...
2009 has proved to be very exciting when it comes to new features and enhancements. Many companies, especially big brands, have taken recession as a pause for self analysis and they have been constantly upgrading their infrastructures for the time when economics crisis will be over. Se...
Although Google Wave is not open for public yet but after a preview at the features just introduced by Google I think Google Wave is much better, interactive, fun and less-hectic than some of today's top social media tools.
There seems to be a Google Toolbar Pagerank update underway. Instead of the normal announcement, I thought I’d list what I think Google PR is actually good for because for most, it’s totally useless information. Oh, and of course, how to increase your PR if you won’t be persuaded other...
UK Search engine optimization company Hobo Web have updated their beginner guide to SEO. Still free to use online, it's been updated with links to the best free SEO tools on the web, as well as introducing a few new topics to the guide. The SEO guide was well received by the SEO commun...
ThePirateBay has links to content hosted elsewhere that's available for download using the BitTorrent protocol. The site also provides a search engine for finding that content, and a page for each torrent with information about the content. It doesn't distinguish between content that's...
No other major SaaS company in the world could get away with this approach to paying customers. Not only Google offers no user-friendly tools to add shared contact to the paid version of Google Apps. They offer no tools. Period. Here is the only information available to email administ...
YouTube's Health channel has several flaws from a user experience perspective. These flaws are contributing to the bleeding of cash at YouTube and fixing it can be one of the ways to turn around its profit picture.
Here is Cramer's only option left to save his TV reputation on the controversy which won't go away. Jim Cramer needs to stop talking about his charitable trust stuff, but he needs to put his portfolio online. He needs to buy and sell stocks (doesn't matter, make believe portfolio is ju...
Search Engines, especially Google, are emphasizing too much on showing local search results to searchers. They are of the view that localized search is supposed to be more relevant to searchers. But in this article I would like to share my view on this approach of Search Engines. What ...
Yahoo! founders Jerry Yang and David Filo received stupid advice from their investment bank advisers and blew their chance to close the deal with Microsoft as of this Sunday morning. Neither Yang nor Filo are experts on how to sell a company in a multi-billion dollar deal. They have re...
'Search engines don't run JavaScript. Oh no, not ever, no way José.' So once you have AJAXified your Web site, huge areas of it are now hidden to search engines, never to be spidered, indexed, or found. AJAX, in short, has its limitations.


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