GigaOM: 1999-2009 – How Broadband Changed Everything

From 1999 to 2009, the world changed dramatically. We destroyed an unprecedented amount, and yet thanks to technology, built an unprecedented amount, too. Indeed, like a man obsessed, I cannot help but look at our modern lives through the lens of broadband. Thanks to that technology, the world today is more closely knit than ever. From 9/11 to the Asian tsunami to the election of Barack Obama to the terror attacks in Mumbai to the uprising in Iran, broadband enabled us to experience such global events together.

A great look back at the past 10 years of Internet time. Well worth reading in full. And this is just the first of 3 parts.

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Twitter at the top 100 U.S. newspapers

We were able to find multiple Twitter accounts for all of the top 100 newspapers using common sense searching techniques. However, only 62% of the newspapers included links to at least one of their accounts from their website. In many cases, these links were buried on the site and difficult to track down. In addition, this means 38% of the newspapers are actively using Twitter, but haven’t yet integrated their presence with their website in even a minimal way.

56% of newspapers maintained a directory of their Twitter accounts on their website. This directory from the Los Angeles Times is a good example of the form these listings usually took. Many of these directories were quite extensive, listing dozens of accounts.

I wonder what the numbers would look like for the top 1,000.

Good to see some innovation in this space.

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Seth Godin experiences the IT pro’s nightmare

I just set up a friend’s PC. I haven’t done that in a while.


Apparently, a computer is now not a computer, it’s an opportunity to upsell you.

First, the setup insisted (for my own safety) that I sign up for an eternal subscription to Norton. Then it defaulted (opt out) to sending me promotional emails. Then there were the dozens (at least it felt like dozens) of buttons and searches I had to endure to switch the search box from Bing to Google. And the icons on the desktop that had been paid for by various partners and the this-comes-with-that of just about everything.

The digital world, even the high end brands, has become a sleazy carnival, complete with hawkers, barkers and a bearded lady. By the time someone actually gets to your site, they’ve been conned, popped up, popped under and upsold so many times they really have no choice but to be skeptical.

I passionately hate consumer-focused computers and even “small business” Dell machines. I have a standing order for my IT team to erase every hard drive that enters the building from Dell or anywhere else. We load Windows manually, load drivers manually, load our apps manually (well, not “manually,” but it’s all done in-house).

I cannot trust Dell. Or HP. Or Lenovo. Or Sony. They sold out long ago and they prey upon the ignorance and gullibility of average users. Sleazy doesn’t begin to describe their deals.

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Google: The meaning of open

Open will win. It will win on the Internet and will then cascade across many walks of life: The future of government is transparency. The future of commerce is information symmetry. The future of culture is freedom. The future of science and medicine is collaboration. The future of entertainment is participation. Each of these futures depends on an open Internet.

I’m not sure Google is necessarily the best representative of “openness,” but it’s a pretty good one — certainly better than most media firms, including public media.

This is a long article, but it’s worth looking over. Rosenburg does a great job of laying out the case for openness in business, politics, technology and more, and he makes a lot of outbound links for reference.

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Wary Book Publishers Are Fighting the Future

The publishers seem to be picking a fight with the wrong team: their customer. They are punishing the people who buy their content instead of making it as simple as possible for those customers to hand over their money, instantly, from any location in the world.

I just got my wife an Amazon Kindle last week. She’s a big reader and LOVES it.

But this policy of delaying books by 4+ months from hardback to e-book is nuts. Yet another media industry is fighting with its paying customers.


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Me in 1993

This is me in 1993 on a backpacking trip in southeastern Ohio. I started backpacking in high school and continued into my college years. Since moving to Alaska, however, I've avoided it.

Why? Bears.

Living in Alaska, we actually know people who've been mauled or killed by bears. It's rare, but it still scares the bejeesus out of me.

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