The Real “Friend Divide”

Recently, Robert Scoble lamented a “Friend Divide” that is keeping Internet users from taking full advantage of all the wonderful Web 2.0 services that have been promoted as tools for bringing us closer together and fostering better relationships with the people we care about.

Clearly, Scoble is out of touch with reality and I stated the obvious. That said, there is a “friendship problem” in modern society.

Studies have shown that Americans are increasingly isolated despite the fact that technology has made us more “interconnected.”

Nothing Is Personal in a Web 2.0 World

I’ve decided to dedicate all my posts this week to the topic of Culture & Technology.

The New York Times’ article on the increasing use of the Internet by ex-spouses to air dirty laundry is a stark reminder of one of the things that I find most disturbing about the confluence of America’s sad modern culture and the rise of technological tools that promote its further decline: that nothing is personal anymore.

Facilitatr: You Need It, Our Community Gets It

For some startups, VC money may be harder to come by in Silicon Valley but that didn’t stop Pablo’s Place from closing its $12 million funding round in less than a month. So I’m back pitching another innovative service that square VCs won’t touch but really private equity will.

The Problem

TechCrunch’s DataPortability Conflict of Interest?

A reader of The Drama 2.0 Show who wishes to remain nameless sent me an email earlier pointing out some interesting facts related to the recent coziness between TechCrunch and the DataPortability Workgroup.

Yesterday, TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington announced that the $13,250 in ticket sales was being “donated” to “charity.” Which “charities”? The OpenID Foundation and the DataPortability Workgroup, each one of which will receive $6,625.

First, it’s important to note that there is a distinction between a “charity” and a “non-profit, tax-exempt organization.” All charities are non-profit, tax-exempt organizations but not all non-profit, tax-exempt organizations are charities. I don’t see any indication that the OpenID Foundation or DataPortability Workgroup are registered charities.

MuffDive: Vertical Search for Hot Bisexual Women

The Opportunity

Google is the dominant search engine but the old adage “One size does not fit all” is true in the search engine market. While Google and other large search engines often do an excellent job providing search results for certain queries, relevance is not always guaranteed.

Vertical search engines, which focus on specific subjects, such as medicine or engineering, have been touted by some as the next step in the evolution of search. Research firm Outsell estimates that the market for vertical search will reach $1 billion by 2009.

Robert Scoble Needs to Get Real

As my more astute readers have recognized, The Drama 2.0 Show is less critical of Web 2.0 in and of itself than it is of the Web 2.0 community’s incredible lack of perspective.

If you are to believe the kool aid drinkers, Web 2.0 is as important as the advent of the printing press or the Industrial Revolution. Social networks will bring us together like never before, services like Twitter are going to change the way we communicate and social media itself is going to turn the marketing world upside down. And the world will become a better place at the same time.

A Social Media Marketing Campaign Deconstructed

Could an inexpensive social media marketing campaign drive 200,000 people to a SeaWorld theme park? One social media marketer claims just that.

, I deconstruct what some tout as a successful social media marketer campaign.

Based upon the available information and scarce Web 2.0 commodities called logic and common sense, I come to a startling conclusion: the emperor still has no clothes.

Drama 2.0 Exploring Development of Palo Alto Nightclub

I’ve come to the conclusion that I just might have to develop a nightclub in Silicon Valley.

The drama in the tech blogosphere has apparently reached a level where A-list bloggers can reasonably demand a nightclub of their own.

According to the LA Times blog, some of the biggest names the tech blogosphere went to Hollywood and decided to audition for a new job: Hollywood primadonna.

David Sarno reports that the crew from Valleywag and Mashable’s Pete Cashmore were kicked out of the TechCrunch/PopSugar party this past Thursday at the Vanguard nightclub in Hollywood, a venue that, if you’re not familiar with the Hollywood nightlife scene, is probably not on your Top 10 list of places to party on a Friday or Saturday.

Duncan Riley’s “Fully Transactional Web 2.0 Banners” Revisited

Back in July 2007, Duncan Riley was excited about advertising again. Tailgate, whose technology “delivers ecommerce transactions from the banner itself,” had Duncan amazed.

He commented:

The benefits from web sites owners are immediately obvious: using Tailgate, advertisements will no longer take users from their sites. For advertisers, capturing impulse buyers just became that much more easy.

It’s usually difficult to get excited about advertising technology, and countless “new” offerings usually tend to be just variations on an existing theme. Tailgate on the other hand is quite simply remarkable.

Tailgate could well be the banner advertising unit of tomorrow.

Forrester’s Jeremiah Owyang Babbles About Communities

Thanks to the drama between FastCompany’s Shel Israel and 1938media’s Loren Feldman, I came across .

If my past criticisms of Forrester’s “research” on the world of social media haven’t been enough to demonstrate just how asinine some of the social media hyperbole is, going through the painful process of watching Israel’s “interview” of Owyang should do the trick.

In short, much of Owyang’s commentary is essentially unintelligible and the majority of the rest is filled with so much common sense as to be worthless to a semi-intelligent viewer.

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