Technorati Blog Ranking

April 30, 2008

I met Kevin Marks at the data portability meet-up. Here is an interesting post from him on Technorati ranking. Kevin was at Technorati between 2003-2007 and was responsible for their spiders which tracked the millions of blogs across the web.

All Bloggers are Above Average

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Twistori

April 30, 2008

Check out this twitter app: twistori

Its very cool. Shows messages that contain words love, hate, feel, think, believe and wish. It reminds me of wall mounted screen at Googleplex that shows search queries from around the world being done on Google at that moment.

As I open myself up to the information deluge through Twitter, Friend feed and the 100s of feeds in my Google Reader, I find that the mind can focus and digest only so much. As these tools go mainstream, I expect that this problem will become more pronounced. As one would expect, apps are being built on top of Twitter and Friend feed that will alleviate this problem.

I have been testing twhirl, Alert Thingy and Feedalizr. While twhirl and Alert thingy mainly help in reading and responding to tweets and (friendfeeds?), Feedalizr has filters that can be enabled so that only certain tweets can be seen in the client. For example, I set a filter for “investor” and the application only showed messages containing this word. This is only the beginning and I expect more sophisticated information filters to come along that will alleviate this firehose of messages.

Funny or Die

April 29, 2008

On the heels of my post about Jonathan Schwartz CEO plugging Aggregate knowledge, I was reminded about another event from the past. Sequoia Capital partner Mark Kvamme was speaking at the Stanford Venture lab panel. As part of the discussion, he announced that the site funnyordie was going live. His spin on it was that it was an amateur effort by his teenage son who had spawned the idea and had roped in actor Will Ferrel into the project as well.
This had the intended effect on me and I was wowed by the ingeniousness of the folks involved. However, I later found that it was a well-orchestrated start-up and not a serendipitous accident as it was projected to be. No doubt Mark had full reason to plug his start-up, but I felt this was a mis-representation.

I am checking an email account that has not been used for the past few months. The inbox had a preponderance of emails from New York & Company. I have received 19 emails in April from them. Ditto for March. I wonder what their click through and unsubscribe rates look like, given this spamming.

New York & Company

At the web 2.0 conference, Sun CEO Jonatha Schwartz brought up Aggregate Knowledge’s technology and its sophistication. I was quite impressed by the traction that AK was receiving. But later on, I got to know from their competitor Baynote that Schwartz is a Limited Partner at Kleiner Perkins, one of the investors in Aggregate Knowledge. Another connection being that Kleiner Perkins was also one of the investors in Sun in its early days.

Great Public Relations for AK. But the plug did not feel good after knowing the facts.