Archive for the 'net' Category


Wednesday June 20, 2007

What do you get if you increase revenues for your company by over $5bn, boost operating profit from a loss to over $1bn a year and increase shareholder value by $30bn, all in the space of 5 years?

Answer: the sack.

The crime? You’re not Google.


Suicides. CD-ROMs.

Sunday June 17, 2007

Fact: 255 British soldiers were killed in the Falklands War. 264 soldiers later committed suicide.

Great blast from the past: the first ever internet marketing conference. The introductory speaker, Ken McCarthy, explains why the ‘internet business’ is better than the ‘CD-ROM business’ to a sceptical audience.  Features a young Marc Andreessen.

The Real Deal

Wednesday January 17, 2007

Senator Barack Obama has announced his intention to ‘form a panel to explore his possible presidential candidacy’, which is a ludicruously long-winded way of saying he’s gonna run unless some bad shit happens. Watch out for this guy. He’s the most impressive politician I’ve seen in years, with the charisma and intellect of Bill Clinton, but hopefully without the libido. What he doesn’t have, however is Clinton’s experience. Clinton had been Arkansas’ Attorney General and served two terms as governor of the state before becoming presidential candidate. On the other hand, some commentators are saying his inexperience might be kind of fresh-start the American public could be looking for. And it’s certainly true the other more experienced presidential candidates (Hilary Clinton, John McCain, John Edwards), have been tainted by their original support for the Iraq war.

Wikiseek is a very interesting new search engine. It searches Wikipedia pages, or pages ‘which are referenced from Wikipedia sites’, apparantly producing much higher quality search results than Wikipedia’s own search engine, and much less prone to spam. I’ve had a couple of spins with it and was impressed by the results, but also really impressed by the interface. To see what I mean, type in a search phrase, then on the results page refine that search by editing the search text…you’ll see ‘live’ suggestions for refinements. V cool.

Still on the subject of search engine interfaces, there’s a couple of travel sites I’ve been impressed by recently. Firstly, foundem (tip of the hat to whisht) has some nice features when searching for flights and produces satisfyingly quick results. Also with a nice interface, but currently restricted to European flights bizarrely, is Wingmap. Like most Web 2.0 ventures, their USPs are very narrow, usually restricted to a fancy widget here or there, but still pretty nice.

In the interests of balance, here’s a really shit interface for a search engine.

Anyway, it’s 1.30, way past my bedtime and tomorrow is my last day in the office before I go to Riga.

A Stupid Idea and A Man Without a Vision

Tuesday January 9, 2007

A stupid idea.  This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard of.   Chacha have raised $6m from Jeff Bezos et al for this ‘people powered’ search engine.  On every single level I don’t get this.  a) It’s not a very fun experience, b) It doesn’t work better than Google which is quicker and more powerful and c) How is it in the slightest bit scalable?  I read a convincing article from Michael Arrington recently on why we’re not in a bubble right now, but then I hear of this and I’m not so sure.  This guy, who works for them, thinks it’s all shite too.

A man without a vision.   Really, is it 1997 or 2007?  Pearls of wisom from the Gates the Great:

“The digital decade is about to happen”

“People will spend more time on the net than watching TV ”

“People want to do things with their content across multiple platforms “

All this is rather like saying in 1940, ‘I think tough times are ahead for Europe’.   This is Gates’ last keynote, but it feels like one too many.


Wednesday January 3, 2007

I recently conducted an experiment to see the infamous Digg Effect. I submitted this article to Digg, asked some friends to Digg it and then I’d sit back and watch the traffic roll-in. I now know I actually only have two friends because only two of them bothered to Digg it, some of them claimed they didn’t know what to Digg-it meant (why do I have friends like this?) and the others didn’t even reply. Bastards. Net result: 25 visitors. Because this blog has been dormant for 4 months these can all be attributabed to Digg.

Not bad considering it only got 2 Diggs and the article wasn’t exactly a laugh a minute.

Digg Does Football

Tuesday July 11, 2006

I love Digg. It’s a terrifically efficient way of consuming a lot of news. It’s a social bookmarking site I spose, where users submit news stories which are voted on by fellow Diggers. Its design means you can scan a lot of news stories very quickly deciding which interests you and which doesn’t. They’ve recently expanded to include entertainment and sport, but Digg is still very tech orientated. But the concept is a perfect net application is much bigger than just Tech News. The Digg format will be the format used by all the major news aggregators in years to come (although they don’t know it yet).

Because of this, and because I want to limit the amount of times I talk about Football on this blog, I’ve setup a Football version of Digg. It’s here. Visit, contribute, vote.

The Hoff is back.