Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Michael Richards Must Not Like YouTube

Looking at the popular clips on , must not be a happy . Play a few games of technorati tagman and these keywords might be some of the winning .

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Flickr off, Peanut Butter is!

Could the Peanut Butter Manifesto be a hoax? Or does everyone believe it because it's in the WSJ online? If it's not a hoax, is it an attempt to use crowdsourcing to brainstorm ideas for Yahoo's revival? Certainly is a fair amount of chatter in the blogosphere on this Yahoo memo. The memo doesn't strike me as being particularly useful, though. Reminds me of the outside consultants who came in to review employees' roles in the Office Space movie. This quote from the memo seems, well, dumb: "We must reduce our headcount by 15-20%." While Google is increasing its headcount, this Brad Garlinghouse character (senior vice president of TPS reports?) wants to reduce Yahoo's headcount. Maybe Yahoo is simply top-heavy and they need to eliminate layers of SVPs at the top. Looking at recent events like Open Hack Day, I'd say the engineers at the company are doing a fine job, both in terms of technical work and fostering a positive work environment and community beyond the company itself.

I doubt this memo would even exist had Yahoo's Overture acquisition been executed more smoothly. Like Yahoo, Google owns a wide collection of web properties that are floundering. However, they've managed to monetize search so well that the success of that single property far outshines their myriad failures and has allowed the stock price to grow rapidly. Yahoo, on the other hand, is far more diversified, and is actually making money from a range of properties. They own some key web 2.0 properties including Flickr and Had Yahoo's search division integrated Overture more smoothly and executed on expanding both search engine advertising and contextual advertising, like Google has done, that revenue would have pre-empted this generic memo. What's perplexing is that this memo barely mentions search. That's the core business that needs to be firing on all cylinders right now. Seems to me that their other acquisitions are strategic buys for the future. Social media is likely the future revenue generator for Yahoo. Right now, though, it's search. Get that right and nothing else matters. Is the Yahoo Search Marketing upgrade too late? Or is it positioning Yahoo to take market share away from Google? That's what will decide Yahoo's short term future. Not a memo that seeks to fire Yahoo employees.

If you've read this entire blog post, you must need a break. Explore Yahoo's leading social media properties by enjoying a game of Flickr TagMan or TagMan. And, don't read or write memos. Just do something.

Technorati tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Friday, November 17, 2006

Bix Bought by Yahoo!

Yahoo! bought Bix (more details from TechCrunch and Mashable). Perhaps this was a defensive move in response to the Google purchase of YouTube? Or, Yahoo! could simply be expanding its arsenal of social media sites. It already owns and Flickr. What's next? Oh, who cares. It's a Friday. Play a game of Flickr TagMan or TagMan.

Technorati tags: , , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Election Results Exit Poll Haikus

I don't know if anybody else enjoyed this election poetry. Using only from and , here are some election results exit poll haikus:


It was interesting watching the CNN last night. I "interacted" with a few of the bloggers by posting comments. One of them, Lost Remote, integrated my election tag ideas in their coverage. See what they're about.

Update: Steve Rubel's Social Media and the Election post references the Lost Remote election tags post. I think it's the tags in the socialmedia space, in particular, that make tracking live events practical. Traditional search engines like Google don't help in real-time. As bloggers and other creators of content (such as Flickr photos) tag their content for events, the tags preclude, to some degree, the need for a sophisticated algorithm to find relevant content pertaining to the event. The intelligence involved in creating the tags in the first place orders the results. As a handful of tags coalesce around a particular event, it becomes possible to track the event in real-time across many socialmedia sites by following the tags.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Poetry | Fun with Web 2.0 Tags

Seeing all of the elections-related Technorati tags tonight, I thought I'd have some fun and write some election tags poetry (using Flickr tags as well):

? .

Whether or not you enjoyed this attempt at web 2.0 tags poetry, do enjoy a game of either Flickr TagMan or Technorati TagMan. One of the above election tags could very well be the answer. And, do vote!