Introducing Another Kool Aid Drinker

Posted on February 8, 2008
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I asked for some hate, and it looks like I’m starting to get it.

It’s not unexpected. In some ways, the party is for more and more Web 2.0 companies and the most passionate kool aid drinkers want to make sure that no drop of kool aid goes unsipped. From Duncan Riley to Jason Ervin, as the clock ticks the kool aid drinkers seem to get more aggressive in their kool aid drinking. One of the kool aid drinkers that has come onto my radar recently is Hank Williams. Hank is a self-professed geek whose “professional career [has entailed] making products, Including Clickradio, an early Internet music service, and DayMaker, one of the first PIMs for the Mac.”

Uncov Guys Launch a Web 2.0 Startup

Posted on February 8, 2008
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Somebody emailed me last week to let me know that the guys behind (Matt Kent, Ted Dziuba, and Kyle Shank) have stopped publishing the popular anti-Web 2.0 blog.

I never really got into Uncov. Although Uncov, like The Drama 2.0 Show, was decidedly negative about most of Web 2.0, I never really found Uncov’s brand of humor to be entertaining and to be honest, it was all a little too geeky for me.

What I do find interesting is that well into Bubble 2.0, the Uncov creators have stopped publishing to (cough) start a Web 2.0 company. That company, Persai, is a recommendation engine with the obligatory Web 2.0 gradient logo. According to the :

Posted on February 6, 2008
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When Alisa Leonard, the “social media junkie” who I’ve been debating, initially emailed me, it was with a subject line “i love you.” How quickly love can turn to hate.

Apparently frustrated with the way our “debate” has been going, she sent me the following email on Tuesday:

now, while a response is in the works (you see, i get very busy with client work) i have some notes for you–

Oh, poor blessed Drama 2.0. Kid (ahem, personal inference- you are a 35+ balding man from the UK who suffers from severe blog envy, and frustrated at not being able to actionably leverage social media). First, for the record, lets get some things straight dear Drama–

The Social Media Debates: Round 3

Posted on February 4, 2008
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After getting “owned” in Round 1 of The Social Media Debates, Alisa Leonard apparently took some time off from her Twitter activities to stage a better fight in Round 2 of our debate. Unfortunately, she’s still a lightweight trying to beat a heavyweight.

On a macro level, Drama’s premise of his “are we going to talk or fuck?” approach to marketing is that he doesn’t buy the value of relationship marketing.

The Social Media Debates: Round 1

Posted on February 1, 2008
Filed Under Marketing 2.0 | 8 Comments

Screw the CNN-YouTube debates. I invited the techie girl who loves me to engage in debate regarding social media marketing, a much more important topic than the future of the United States, which doesn’t exist. This debate pits Drama 2.0, a rainmaker who can sell water to a whale, against Alisa Leonard, a “social media junkie” who encourages marketers to participate in some sort of abstract conversation with the “community.”

Alisa kicked off Round 1 of our public lovefest here:

Alisa: Marketers must join the Conversation

Drama: Marketers must Sell

I Gotta Go

Posted on January 30, 2008
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Due to a combination of business, the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, family and women, The Drama 2.0 Show will be broadcasting on an abbreviated schedule over the next week and a half.

Thanks to the fantastic typing skills of my sexretary, I will still manage to dictate wonderful posts that will continue to be broadcast daily at during the week, so be sure to tune in there.

I’ll be back before you know it.

Posted on January 29, 2008
Filed Under Web 2.0 Kool Aid |

Everybody knows I’m not a huge fan of Facebook. I think the company is extremely overvalued, has scaled far too rapidly and is led by an awkward, underdeveloped adult (he’s 24, not 14) who is increasingly finding himself out of his league. Facebook is the epitome of Bubble 2.0: billions of dollars worth of hype yet nowhere near billions of dollars worth of substance.

As readers of The Drama 2.0 Show know, I usually write detailed analyses that back up the positions I take. My position today is this: Facebook is fucked. In this post, however, I don’t plan to provide any real analysis; I will instead let visual evidence speak for itself because I really feel that nothing more is needed.

What’s With All the Love?

Posted on January 29, 2008
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What is with the increasing amount of love I’ve been receiving lately? This sort of shit:

Are you reading The Drama 2.0 Show? If not, you should be…The Drama 2.0 Show, which I assume most people interested in Web 2.0 are already reading, doesn’t take that tack. Instead, it focuses on debunking much of the Pollyanne-esque commentary that I think every blog about Web 2.0 sees.

Drama 2.0 is fast becoming one of my favorite blogs…I feel that I kind of love/hate Drama 2.0…like he’s right but would be so fun to bust his balls over stuff…Well done Drama on playing up your pretention just enought to be charming….

I’m Getting Tired of “Community”

Posted on January 28, 2008
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After the Crunchies, Michael Arrington at TechCrunch wrote a post entitled Crunchies Wrap Up - A Big Thank You To The Community. It made me realize one of the things I hate most about Web 2.0: “community.”

At the highest level, Web 2.0 is all about community and I don’t have a problem with that. What I am tired of is the fact that Web 2.0 entrepreneurs and companies have taken the concept of “community” too far. They’ve put it on some sort of sacred pedestal that I believe is nothing more than feel-good marketing BS. Everybody in the world of Web 2.0 loves to talk about the importance of community, how community makes Web 2.0 what it is, etc. and while these things are true, the extent to which entrepreneurs and companies parade their appreciation for their communities has, in my opinion, become little more than meaningless pandering and patronizing. And that’s neither endearing to nor respectful of a valued community.

TechStars Accepting Applications from New Crop of Rejects

Posted on January 27, 2008
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TechStars, a Colorado-based YCombinator copycat, recently started accepting applications for 2008. What does TechStars offer accepted applicants? To quote TechCrunch:

TechStars offers up to $15,000 in seed funding ($5,000 per founder, max $15,000) to broke entrepreneurs with a good startup idea. Ten winners will be selected, and winners will need to spend most of their time in Boulder over the Northern summer building out their ideas. In return, TechStars takes 5% of the equity in each startup. Winners have full use of TechStar’s offices, access to legal advice, and are able to tap into a strong list of startup mentors to help them build their idea (list here). Non-US companies can apply, although must be able to legally spend most of summer in Colorado.

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