Top 10, Web 2.0 Style

Here’s the Web 2.0 Developer’s version of Guy Kawasaki’s Top 10.

top101. We can get Mike Arrington to favorably review our product.

2. If we can finish the under construction page on our website, we’ll get listed in Catagioriz.

3. We can hire Stowe Boyd to be our walking billboard.

4. We’re confident that our product will make lots of money somehow, even though it’s free.

5. Assuming that each user only tells three additional people, we will have an installed base of five million non-paying users by the end of the first year.

6. Google is really excited about placing Adsense ads with us.

7. Conservatively, the total available online advertising available for our website is $50 billion.

8. Even if it’s not $50 billion, we will have sold ourselves to Google or Yahoo by the time the advertising dries up.

9. Robert Scoble really loves what we’re doing and as soon as he gets back from this week’s blogging haitus, he’ll give us many links.

10. Our product is better than the other hundred or so free products that do substantially the same thing.

and, last, but not least

11. Our product is not dependent on online advertising revenue for most of its revenue, it just looks that way.


And the Patches Make the Goodbye Harder Still

What do Dave Winer and the Army have in common?

Based on this post from Rogers Cadenhead, they’re both easy to join, tough to live with and a hassle to get free from.

Oh, and they both seem to have a lot of money to support their wars.

Unlike the Army, however, Dave likes Yusuf Islam.

As I’ve said before, I have no idea who’s right and who’s wrong in the OPML dispute, but I too like Cat Stevens. Father and Son being my favorite Cat song.

Rich Man, Poor Man and the Link in Peril

Steve Gillmor saying that people shouldn’t link to other blogs/web sites is like someone who just won the lottery crying for its abolition on the grounds that it’s not fair to poor people.

I’ve got mine, so let’s cut off the spigot.

Blogging is not about your reputation or your traffic or how much of an A-Lister you are. It’s about conversations about topics of mutual interest. Links are the way you listen to what someone else has to say. Someone who never links out is like the self-important guy at the party who talks, usually about himself, but never listens.

Many of my favorite blogs (Doc Searls and Tom Morris come immediately to mind) regularly lead me to other interesting voices. Why would any right thinking person argue that is bad?

Another Thousand Words

Thomas Hawk has another great photo, this time of the San Francisco immigrant march.

Somebody’s Little Girl
by Thomas Hawk

Maybe I’m more of a visual person that I thought, but more and more I find myself moved in areas of spirituality, philosophy and politics by a photograph. I think it’s because a photo isn’t trying to cram itself down your throat.

It just wants you to look.

Which is what the immigrant marches were all about.

What a beautiful little girl.

The Anti Microsoft Eat Google Rule?

Google wants to tell the teacher on Microsoft for making its search engine the default search engine in the new version of Internet Explorer.

From the New York Times article:

The move, Google claims, limits consumer choice and is reminiscent of the tactics that got Microsoft into antitrust trouble in the late 1990’s.

Oh please. If this is the best thing Google can think of to tattle about, Google needs to cowboy up.

Ed Bott demonstrates exactly how oppressive it is to poor little Google to have to convince someone to select Google from the already-provided list of other search engines one can select as their alternative default search engine. Basically, a user clicks the box and selects Google. It takes maybe 10 seconds.

Meanwhile in Firefox (which I use as my default browser and which is very chummy with Google), Google is the default search engine. The process to make Microsoft your default search engine is substantially identical to the one used to do the reverse in Internet Explorer.

See Ed’s post for more details and screenshots.

I hope whatever authority figures Google runs to to tell this sad tale of woe laugh Google out of the building and suggest that Google stop crying over nothing.

Somewhere along the way someone decided that since Microsoft was so successful it had to stop trying to be successful. All of this jargon about default search engines and whatnot is merely a poorly disguised campaign to let a bunch of other companies leverage off of Microsoft’s prior successes. Somehow the argument has evolved from “don’t prevent my trains from running” to “I am entitled to sell tickets on your train.”

Even Nick Carr took a break from thinking about how smart he is and how dumb the rest of us are to actually make a very good point that us idjits can actually understand:

If Google wants to fully live up to its ideals – to really give primacy to the goal of user choice in search – it should open up its home page to other search engines. That would be easy to do without mucking up the page or the “user experience.” You could just add a simple drop down menu that would allow users to choose whether to do a search with Google’s engine, or Microsoft’s, or Yahoo’s, or one of the other, less-well-known engines that now exist.

Even us numbskulls can mostly grasp the goose and gander rule.

Anyway, I am no Microsoft apologist (DISCLAIMER: though I am a shareholder). I don’t even use Internet Explorer. But I know the sound of a crying baby, and that’s what I hear coming from Google’s crib.

Save Some Trees – No More Yellow Pages

Craig Newmark points to a petition where you can request that your name be removed from the mailing list for the hard copy of the Yellow Pages. 540 million hard copies takes a lot of trees.

I signed up, for both the Yellow Pages and the White Pages. I haven’t used a hard copy of either in years. I don’t need one copy and I certainly don’t need multiple copies, which I seem to get every year.

An Offbeat One for Your Netflix Queue


I just finished watching Werewolves on Wheels, a 1971 horror film that is part The Wolfman and part Easy Rider. It was a low budget, offbeat movie, as evidenced by the fact that a lot of the production crew have talking parts.

But there is something really compelling about it.

In sum, the movie begins, almost literally, like Easy Rider and then takes a left turn into a B movie-werewolf romp. If that sounds like your bag (it’s certainly mine), check this movie out.

The camera work by Isidore Mankofsky is really innovative and clever, even by today’s standards and the music, both background and semi-featured songs have aged very well.

The best part is the commentary, by both of the co-writers, one of whom was also the director. I almost never rewatch a film with the commentary. Rather, I just rewatch a few of the key scenes with the commentary turned on. I watched this entire movie again just to hear the interesting commentary.

A little trivia: the girl who initially turns into a werewolf is in On the Beach with Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner. And the guy who plays Pill was Bud on Father Knows Best.