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Help Me Interview John Donahoe, CEO, eBay (And Win Free Tix to Web 2)

Searchblog - Sun, 2011-10-02 22:30
Next up on the Web 2 Summit interview docket is John Donahoe, President and CEO of eBay. This marks a return of sorts for eBay to the Summit stage, it's been four years since former CEO Meg Whitman joined us. Much has changed - eBay faces significant competition in its... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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Help Me Interview Mark Pincus, CEO/Founder, Zynga

Searchblog - Fri, 2011-09-30 13:03
Today kicks off my annual postings on folks I'll be in interviewing for the Web 2 Summit. Every year I seek your input, every year you help me get smarter, and I thank you for that. The Web 2 Summit (to which all readers of this site are invited) kicks... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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Google = Google+

Searchblog - Thu, 2011-09-29 16:47
Earlier this week I participated in Google's partner conference, entitled Zeitgeist after the company's annual summary of trending topics. Deep readers of this site know I have a particular affection for the original Zeitgeist, first published in 2001. When I stumbled across that link, I realized I had to... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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The Web 2 Summit Data Layer Is Live

Searchblog - Sun, 2011-09-25 15:01
Earlier this year I posted about an idea we've come up with to create a new "data layer" on top of last year's popular "Points of Control" map. We created this map to visualize the theme of the Web 2 Summit conference, which is coming up again in a... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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Just In Case Ya Missed It, Google Is Pushing Google+, Hard

Searchblog - Wed, 2011-09-21 10:39
This is what users who are not logged in see on the home page of Google. Clearly, folks at Google would very much like you to sign up for Google+. There's a lot more to say on this subject, but I'm on the road. Just wanted to capture this... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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The Future of Twitter Ads

Searchblog - Wed, 2011-09-14 16:01
Since Jan 1, 2011, this number has already increased 82% Our active users are now growing faster in 2011 than they did in 2010 US growth is neck and neck with overall global growth And, we are on pace to add as many active users in the next 4 months as we added in all of 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 combined (26M) ... Every team in the NFL is on Twitter and more than 50% of NFL players 75% of NBA players 82% of the US Congress and 85% of US Senators 87% of the Billboard Top 100 Musicians of 2010 93% of Food Network chefs 100% of the top 50 Nielsen-rated TV shows (Go to Searchblog Main)
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On Location, Brand, and Enterprise

Searchblog - Mon, 2011-09-12 01:37
From time to time I have the honor of contributing to a content series underwritten by one of FM's marketing partners. It's been a while since I've done it, but I was pleased to be asked by HP to contribute to their Input Output site. I wrote on the impact... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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Twitter Makes a Statement

Searchblog - Thu, 2011-09-08 14:15
I could not make Twitter's press event today, but I did get a chance to sit with CEO Dick Costolo (the Web 2 Summit dinner speaker this year) yesterday afternoon, and got a chance to do a deep dive on today's news. I'll write up more on that as... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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Google As Content Company - A Trend Worth Watching

Searchblog - Thu, 2011-09-08 13:35
It's been a while since I've said this, but I'll say it again: Google is a media company, and at some point, most media companies get pretty deep into the Making Original Content business. With the acquisition of Zagat* Google has clearly indicated it's going to play in a... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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The 2011 Web 2 Summit Program Is Live; My Highlights

Searchblog - Wed, 2011-09-07 13:08
August is a month of vacation, of beaches, reading, and leisure....unless you happen to work with me creating the program for the eighth annual Web 2 Summit this October. Each year, my "summer vacation" turns into a "working vacation" as my team and I spend hours massaging more than... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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Maybe There Really Will Only Be Five Computers...

Searchblog - Thu, 2011-09-01 12:56
Thomas J. Watson, legendary chief of IBM during its early decades and the Bill Gates of his time, has oft been quoted - and derided - for stating, in 1943, that "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." Whether he actually said this quote is... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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Physics of the Future, by Michio Kaku

Searchblog - Wed, 2011-08-31 20:14
As part of my ongoing self-education - so as to not be a total moron while writing "What We Hath Wrought" - this past weekend I read "Physics of the Future" by Michio Kaku. I was excited to read the book, because Kaku is a well regarded physicist, and... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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We Need An Identity Re-Aggregator (That We Control)

Searchblog - Mon, 2011-08-29 14:44
The subject of "owning your own domain" has been covered to death in our industry, with excellent posts from Anil Dash and others (Fred) explaining the importance of having your own place on the web. I've also weighed in on the importance of "The Independent Web," where creators have... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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With Tech, We Are Not Where We Want To Be (Or, This Cake Ain't Baked)

Searchblog - Sun, 2011-08-21 16:13
Last week I finished reading Sherry Turkle's "Alone Together", and while I have various disagreements with the work (I typed in more than 70 notes on my Kindle, even with that terribly tiny keyboard), I still found myself nodding in agreement more than I thought I would. In her... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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More on Twitter's Great Opportunity/Problem

Searchblog - Wed, 2011-08-10 08:26
In the comments on this previous post, I promised I'd respond with another post, as my commenting system is archaic (something I'm fixing soon). The comments were varied and interesting, and fell into a few buckets. I also have a few more of my own thoughts to toss out there,... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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The Future of The Internet (And How to Stop It) - A Dialog with Jonathan Zittrain Updating His 2008 Book

Searchblog - Sat, 2011-08-06 22:01
(image charlie rose) As I prepare for writing my next book (#WWHW), I've been reading a lot. You've seen my review of The Information, and In the Plex, and The Next 100 Years. I've been reading more than that, but those made it to a post so far. I'm... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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Twitter and the Ultimate Algorithm: Signal Over Noise (With Major Business Model Implications)

Searchblog - Fri, 2011-08-05 13:14
Note: I wrote this post without contacting anyone at Twitter. I do know a lot of folks there, and as regular readers know, have a lot of respect for them and the company. But I wanted to write this as a "Thinking Out Loud" post, rather than a reported article.... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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Who Am I, According to Google Ads? Who Am I, According to the Web? Who Do I Want to Be?

Searchblog - Wed, 2011-08-03 08:49
Over on Hacker News, I noticed this headline: See what Google knows about you. Now that's a pretty compelling promise, so I clicked. It took me to this page: Ah, the Google ad preferences page. It's been a while since I've visited this place. It gives you a limited but... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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Who Will Be Here One Generation From Now?

Searchblog - Tue, 2011-08-02 01:01
(image) I just re-read my post explaining What We Hath Wrought, the book I am currently working on. (Yes, I know that's a dangling participle, Mom). And it strikes me I might ask you all this question: Which company do you think will be around, and let me add... (Go to Searchblog Main)
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