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Dave McClure is a business venture explorer who blogs about start-ups and invests money to help them succeed.
He wrote an open letter discussing the gap that Facebook and Twitter leave in the social fabric of the internet.
His discussion involves the problem of intimacy in social networks and describes what each of these social giants do right and wrong.
Many internet participants feel the same gap when it comes time to have personal discussions with tight-knit groups of family or friends on Facebook.
But there was one statement that really caught my attention in his rant… “Intimate relationships… Read the rest »
Louis Gray shares cutting edge trends he finds on the internet. Today he shared a new feature from Brizzly.com that allows family and friend groups a chance to have private (or public) chats together, sort of like a traditional white elephant gift exchange.
Louis suggests that the result is “a fun free-flowing environment to chat with friends, family and colleagues without fear of the content going public”…
As I read of the features that are a part of the new Picnic system, I am struck by how similar this is to our Banter Box on the AlbinoPhant game play… Read the rest »
Facebook, Twitter and Buzz need to help social media make money…
This economy is making one thing abundantly clear…
The web needs money to survive!
And this money must come from some type of sustainable payment system. Free is a great price for consumers, but it fails to pay the bills for a business, even on the internet.
In the last week I have received two emails from the internet CEO’s explaining why they must now charge for a service that was once free. Both listed current economic realities as the reason for making the change.
I am OK… Read the rest »
Two powerful families are married for user convenience and for future opportunity.
So far, the wedding has been kept hush hush and is flying under the radar… So don’t expect this to make the front pages of the tabloids anytime soon.
It seems the social media superstar Facebook, with its huge entourage of friends has been secretively matched to Amazon’s world leading product inventory, by a party application developer.
Like most weddings, the focus is on a party, and in this case the party is the center of attention. Gifts for the party are to come from the Amazon… Read the rest »
If you have learned anything from our blog, it is that we believe in REAL gifts, and we see virtual-images only as a tool to facilitate real gift giving among family and friends.
This idea is rooted in the belief that the internet is a tool that runs without emotion. It is hardware and software, not warmth and compassion. The human element must be combined with these tools in order to create something that is of real value.
A virtual hug is a cheap disappointment, and we want to put human warmth into these social networks that are now connecting… Read the rest »
Black Friday is behind us and we are awaiting the numbers from the retailers. One thing that is certain, the online gift purchase is the “New Cool” in many households, and I think that I know why…
Sarah and I braved the crowds in one retailer yesterday for just two items. It was an experience that I can add to my been-there-done-that list! After a 3am start with the lines at the store and in the parking lot… I want to be one of the cool-kids who shop online.
That experience is why I agree with the Marketing Charts blog… Read the rest »
It’s that time of year when friends and family gather to shamelessly steal gifts from one another in church buildings and living rooms everywhere. The traditional white elephant gift exchange, Yankee swap or Rob your Neighbor party turns thievery into fun; and even the Bishop, Father, Reverend and Pastor can enjoy these events.
Gift exchange parties are social events that focus on sharing gifts with family and friends and then “stealing” them from one another, while enjoying friendly banter in an organized party game.
This year you can take the friendly thievery online with a new Facebook application called AlbinoPhant,… Read the rest »
Our oldest daughter, Jade, tried an experiment in memory jogging with our family this week. I believe that it illustrates how the flood-gate of great memories is opened with social web tools.
She had heard that one niece (Maren) had been exposed to some older Muppet Show episodes at her parents home in Utah. Jade used a powerful search engine to find this:
(I will bet that many of you will now have this song in your head for several hours… I am singing it in my head as I type…)
Back to the story:
Jade then captured the link… Read the rest »
In honor of getting one year older, I am adding some Elephant-age trivia:
Elephants live an average of 70 years, but some go into the 80’s.
According to the NY Times; Lin Wang, originally from Myanmar, died at the age of 86. They reported that this was the oldest elephant as of 2003.
There is a report out of Taiwan that there was mail elephant, Plai Aek, who at 89 is thought to be the oldest elephant father in the world…
There are ancient relatives of the modern elephant that date back 60 Million years.
That’s Google’s story and I’m… Read the rest »