Web 2.0 Sucks

Yes I said it.

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Why you ask? If a site requires a user to visit it…. and you cant. It sucks. If a website screws up your order what do you do? You shop somewhere else. If you click to read a review and you get an error what do you do? You hit the back button. So why do we put up with it? Perhaps Loren knows.

Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Plurk, Seesmic all have (or had) serious down time and outages. I could list more but they all know who they are. How can people join in on the conversation and participate when you are cut off mid sentence? There is nothing like writing an msg/post/anything only to get some lovely 500 internal server error message.

How do any of these services expect to go mainstream and grow? *Yes I know Facebook and Myspace is “main stream” but you get my point.

Services need to stay in Alpha or Beta or AlphaBeta longer and stress test their systems more. So for that next service out there that is “going to change the world”. Go slow, work out your issues, make sure your servers can take a beating and THEN slowly let us bring your service down.

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Did Google Change the Google Analytics Homepage?

I look at this page some 5 times a day – have I just been missing it at the top of the page?  It appears that Google has added a search box to the top of the page.

Google Analytics with Search box

So has anyone else seen this or am I indeed going crazy i.e. just havent been paying attention to the page when I log in?

On a totally different topic

On a side note I must admit that finding this gave me a reason to play with Phoenix from Aviary.  I hope to try and make time in the future to play with it a bit more (I really wanted to play with the video editor but they wont let me just yet).

You want subscribers? I got subscribers.

You constantly hear about how many “subscribers” X company has compared to X company. These numbers usually are comparing their leading 200 million to some 50 million. Perhaps its Comcast and AT&T slugging it out over who has more users.

Then you look globally and suddenly feel small.   There are many global companies that have larger populations in their own home countries and will have the power in coming years. McDonalds talks about the billions served. That is great but what about companies that serve close to a billion people a month?

A press release from Tencent Holdings Limited (a Chinese company) shows that in Q3 of 2007 they had 715 million subscribers. Here is a bit more about the company:

“Formed in 1998, the Tencent Group is a leading provider of Internet service and mobile value-added services in China. The Group believes that it serves the largest instant messaging (IM) community in China. The Group’s IM platform, under QQ brand, allows users to communicate in real-time across the Internet, and mobile and fixed line telecommunications networks using various terminal devices.
Currently, the Group operates three principal lines of business: Internet value-added services, mobile and telecommunications value-added services and online advertising.” – From their site.

In the past two years I have been trying to grasp the Hispanic and Latin American markets. I have not fully jumped in but have been preparing to do so. When I do finally jump in there are many considerations I have to make so that I dont come off sounding like the now infamous All your base are belong to us . Every country and culture has differences that can be difficult to speak to online.

I think it will be interesting to watch US companies compete in India and China for subscribers, eyeballs, fingers, and other forms of customers.

Im jealous of Jason Calacanis

Just now on Qik, I was watching Jason drive around (or be driven around) in a new Tesla. I have to admit that I am kind of jealous of the guy. Not many will get to drive one (in the near future at least) and fewer will get to own one. I also want to state that for the record, I think the design of the Tesla looks very much like a Lotus Elise – too much alike for me.

You can see a link to the video here, or view it below (assuming it will/does work) .

– and it seems the code doesnt care to play nice with my blog template, so you will have to follow the link

Over the past few years I have been able to sit in, get close to, photograph, video record a large number of cars – and for that I am grateful. At the same time I have been able to catch rides in only a few and drive even fewer. I think I shall make that a new goal (dont mind me as I think aloud to myself). Looks like I will have to find a way to catch a ride in one and see what the big deal is (yes, other than the fact that it is all electric).

Why Vendors Annoy Me

Over the past few years I have averaged 3 to 6 conferences a year such as Pubcon, SES, and SMX. Chicago is also home to an SES, Ad-tech, Etail, and other smaller conferences and makes afternoon trips to see friends and check out vendors a snap.

All of these conferences have one thing in common:exhibit halls where people are trying to recruit you to buy, sell, or partner with them on some level. Sometimes they are interesting and other times its just a waste of my time, but I go back as you never know what you will find there. This leads to a large number of vendors and in turn, sales people having my email and contact information.

Depending on how sophisticated the conference is, there are different ways the vendor can get your information. Most of the time its a “Can I have your card so I can show my boss I talked to people” or “Let me scan your ID and you will qualify to win prize X” or lastly the “Put your card in the bowl and you can have swag/register to win more swag” type of come ons. No matter what method they use, they all in the end are simply trying to get your name, title, email and phone if possible. Cant blame them for trying can you?

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