Tweet This: Nobody Even Knows Not to Give a Fuck

Posted on April 2, 2008
Filed Under Web 2.0 Kool Aid | 10 Comments

My distaste for everything Twitter-related is not a secret. In my opinion, Twitter is, for all practical intents and purposes, completely useless. It is, at best, a virtual hub of chronic time-wasters and at worst, a cesspool of narcissistic twats.

Given this, it’s not surprising that Twitter is one of the most hyped Web 2.0 properties and if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having any exposure to the Web 2.0 “community,” you just might find yourself believing that Twitter is a revolutionary communications platform set to take over the world.

Posted on April 1, 2008
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It’s with great disappointment that I am forced to announce that The Drama 2.0 Show may be going offline in the near future. Unfortunately, my activities outside of the technology industry have caught up with me and I have been charged with serious crimes under United States law.

Although I am not currently located in the United States, an associate of mine turned state’s evidence and a significant amount of my liquid assets were frozen last week by the authorities in the country they are located in at the request of multiple United States government agencies which I will not name here.

How Should Wikipedia Spend Its $3 Million?

Posted on March 26, 2008
Filed Under Valley Drama | 3 Comments

The Wikimedia Foundation has just pulled in a $3 million donation from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Given claims which were leveled against Wikipedia’s playboy founder Jimmy Wales alleging questionable spending using his expense account, I thought it would be appropriate to suggest some of the more creative things Jimmy could spend the $3 million on.

Idea: Escorts

Let’s cut to the chase. You love the ladies. But there’s absolutely no reason an esteemed digital revolutionary should ever be forced to go to a Moscow massage parlor. Even though the Emperor’s Club is no longer in business, there is no shortage of other agencies ready to provide quality servicing. $3 million for a lifetime of pleasure? Somebody say “bargain”!

My Response to Arrington’s Post About “Those Crazy Musicians”

Posted on March 25, 2008
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Michael Arrington’s post in response to British musician Billy Bragg’s op-ed piece in the New York Times struck a nerve with many.

Nick Carr called Arrington’s comment that “Recorded music is nothing but marketing material to drive awareness of an artist” the “saddest, stupidest sentence I’ve ever read,” and while I won’t go that far, it does rank up there with the dumbest comments I’ve read on a Web 2.0 blog. No small feat given that some pretty damn stupid things have been said on Web 2.0 blogs.

Duncan Riley’s “Challenge to Network Television” Revisited

Posted on March 24, 2008
Filed Under Web 2.0 Kool Aid | 8 Comments

On June 30, 2007 one of the most addicted kool aid drinkers, Duncan Riley, proclaimed that the seeds of a revolution had been sown and that the “the missing link in Web 2.0’s challenge to network television” had been discovered. What was afoot? According to Duncan, live online video streaming.

So it was with interest that I read Erick Schonfeld’s post “celebrating” the one-year anniversary of, one of Web 2.0’s most useless startups. Erick’s post reveals that in February, less than 300,000 unique visitors wasted time on if comScore’s numbers are to be believed.

“Wikipedia Approach” to Save Congress?

Posted on March 21, 2008
Filed Under Culture & Technology | 5 Comments

Stanford law professor Larry Lessig is going to fix Congress by turning “the political process as we know it upside down.” On Thursday, he announced “an ambitious project that aims to use collaborative software to harness the extraordinary levels of pent-up political energy and dissatisfaction that voters have shown over the past two years with their members of congress.”

How will it work? Lessig explained on The Huffington Post: will be a bi-partisan, web-based effort to leverage and amplify the important reform work being done by others. Think of it as a kind of Google-mashup, but applied to politics.

Web 2.0 “Investment Boom May Be Peaking”

Posted on March 19, 2008
Filed Under VC Insanity | 4 Comments

Common sense is back in vogue. From the about the Facebook hype to the Old Media isn’t dying to the growing consumer and advertiser dissatsifaction with user-generated content, it’s clear that common sense is starting to make a comeback, perhaps fueled in part by the best antidote to a kool aid-induced high - a stark economic reality.

Yesterday produced a sign that even those who typically lack common sense (venture capitalists) may be starting to recover from their stupors: Dow Jones VentureSource released 2007’s Web 2.0 funding figures which suggest that the Web 2.0 “investment boom may be peaking.”

A Bear Market for User-Generated Content?

Posted on March 18, 2008
Filed Under Web 2.0 Kool Aid | 9 Comments

How quickly things can change. Just as Bear Stearns shareholders watched BCS close at $4.81 yesterday after closing at $62.30 a week prior, those invested in user-generated content (UGC) must be wondering if they bet on the wrong horse as questions are increasingly being raised about the appeal of UGC, both from a consumer standpoint and a financial standpoint.

Caterina Fake and Stewart Butterfield of Flickr graced the cover of the April 3, 2006 issue of Newsweek with the headline “Putting the ‘We’ in Web.” The accompanying article, “The New Wisdom of the Web,” applauded the UGC phenomenon and the companies that were taking advantage of it.

Lacy/Zuckerberg: Conference 2.0

Posted on March 17, 2008
Filed Under Web 2.0 Kool Aid | 4 Comments

The now-infamous Sarah Lacy keynote interview of Mark Zuckerberg at SXSW turned into the biggest news story of SXSW. I finally watched some of the “highlights” and while I think it was boring and messy, I also didn’t expect much to begin with anyway. After all, Sarah Lacy is the “journalist” who wrote the BusinessWeek piece hyping Digg and Mark Zuckerberg has about as much personality as my left testicle.

But apparently for some, a shitty keynote has profound implications. In an article entitled “The Sarah Lacy/Mark Zuckerberg Fiasco Has Deep Meaning For Social Media” by BusinessWeek’s Bruce Nussbaum, Bruce suggests that a new model is emerging for these types of keynote interviews.

Fail: AOL Makes $850 Million Bet on Engagement Advertising

Posted on March 13, 2008
Filed Under Marketing 2.0 | 2 Comments

Even Google can’t monetize social networks. But that hasn’t stopped AOL from making an $850 million bet on social networks as an advertising platform as it was that AOL has acquired popular social network Bebo. Bebo has approximately 40 million users and is most popular in the UK.

As reported by Allen Stern at CenterNetworks, during AOL’s conference call, questions were asked about advertising and how AOL planned to deal with the fact that most social network users just don’t seem to be interested in the advertising. The response: AOL will use “engagement advertising.”

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