Archive for the 'Weblogs' Category

About that Twitter thing…

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

I signed up for Twitter way early in 2006 (check my RSS feed, it shows a relatively small number) but only started really using it at SXSW 2007 in Austin, TX.

It was initially meant as an experiment to just give it a try, see how it works and then decide if I really needed it. Well, that experiment has lasted for almost two years now (we know it’s addictive).

Twitter has grown tremendously over the past two years and so has my usage. There are at least seven accounts I use on a regular basis (one personal, a few various business and product ones, a couple of community events etc.).

There’s definitely been a lot of cool stuff to see and I still enjoy being amidst this new thing (micro-blogging, whatever) — except for one big problem: it’s too distracting and it costs too much time.

It’s not so bad with the smaller accounts that have up to a couple hundred followers/following, lower posting frequency (less than daily) and are focused around one specific niche topic.

But my personal Twitter stream has become a real drag. Too much noise. Too little signal. And as much as I appreciate that Twitter is stable after the problems we saw last year, the fact that there’s been feature standstill doesn’t help much either: no groups, no ability to fine tune tweet volume, no easy way to manage your followers and followed — pretty much all the basics needed to help me manage are still missing. I’m sure there’s an application out there somewhere that does some of that but seriously, who has the time to go on that quest?

Anyway, time to clear out some of the brush (sorry to un-follow you). And probably step away from it entirely for a while and see if the world still turns.

Is my blogging suffering?

Tuesday, May 8th, 2007

I don’t think so. It’s just happening more on Twitter these days.

LinkedIn has a blog (finally)

Thursday, April 26th, 2007

LinkedIn just launched their new blog: Your window to LinkedIn

Via Jeremiah Owyang: Community Evangelism isn’t just about Marketing, and LinkedIn takes the second step

San Jose 95128: Reporting from Silicon Valley for German newspaper Welt.de

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

I was recently invited to blog at Welt.de (the online edition of Germany daily newspaper DIE WELT).

The blog is in German and is called San Jose 95128.

I’ll be covering people, events, startups and anything else that makes this place interesting. I’ll also try to pay special attention to any kind of transatlantic transfer of ideas between Germany and the US.

I’m always happy to hear from my readers. Comments are open. Feel free to let me know your thoughts or what topics you’re interested in.

Rivva — Meme tracker for the German blogosphere

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Rivva is a new project by Frank Westphal. It’s the first meme tracker for the German blogosphere that I’m aware of. It just hatched, so things my still look quite simple, though my guess is new features will roll out steadily over the next few weeks and months.

See the blog post here for more information: I’m so excited … and I just can’t hide it (don’t let the title fool you — it’s in German).

Say farewell to the Startupgermany blog

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Startupgermany has been a blog experiment I started almost a year ago. I wanted to dig into some of the issues and challenges related to “the future made in Germany” (e.g. education, economic growth, unemployment, social security, demographic changes, immigration, innovation, our place in Europe etc.), and how we Germans, as a society, manage to address them (or not, depending on how pessimistic you are):

  • How do we want to live in the future?
  • What do we need to do in order to get there?
  • What are our strenghts, where do we need to get better, and what can we learn from others?

While I’m still very much interested in these questions (in fact, I believe they are quite essential), I have found that the blog has not been the right way to approach them. At least not the way I set it up. That and the fact that I have spent more time on other things over recent months has led to the blog’s being silent pretty much since August 2006.

So, time to bid this blog farewell. It will shut down some time over the next few weeks probably. I may have already found someone with a successor project, which I’m sure will make much better use of the domain.

I'm spending too much time reading blogs and stuff

Monday, February 19th, 2007

I’m spending too much time reading all kinds of blogs, following certain keywords, trying to keep up with some of the interesting conversations that are going on all across the internet. It’s browsing the 800+ feeds in my feedreader (only 10 percent of which I actually read on a regular basis), picking the items that seem worth reading, then reading, then maybe bookmarking, or downloading any documents that may be referenced, and reading those, or otherwise processing all this information etc.

Problem is, it takes way too much time out of my day. It’s been bugging me for quite some time now, too. I guess I have to either set strict time limits or find better filters.

Join me on JoinR!

Monday, February 12th, 2007

I’m on JoinR.  Feel free to join me.

Not that I need another social network (I don’t even know if it’s any good), but it’s from Germany so I’m biased.

They’ve been making good use of their blog (in German) leading up to the launch.

Bridging the gap: USA Explained (USA Erklärt)

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

One of the finest blogs I have encountered over the past year (in German): USA Erklärt

Just earlier tonight, I was talking to a fellow SJSU econ student about the importance of “transatlantic translators” between Germany and the US (and vice versa) in order to overcome the pitfalls of commonly accepted stereotypes.

Anyway, Kansas’ or Kansas’s — who’s to judge who’s wrong or right here?

Hilary Clinton: “I’m in” — Enters race for 2008 White House with call for “national conversation”

Saturday, January 20th, 2007

Read the announcement on her website (emphasis mine):

I’m in. And I’m in to win.

Today I am announcing that I will form an exploratory committee to run for president.

And I want you to join me not just for the campaign but for a conversation about the future of our country — about the bold but practical changes we need to overcome six years of Bush administration failures.

I am going to take this conversation directly to the people of America, and I’m starting by inviting all of you to join me in a series of web chats over the next few days.

The stakes will be high when America chooses a new president in 2008.

As a senator, I will spend two years doing everything in my power to limit the damage George W. Bush can do. But only a new president will be able to undo Bush’s mistakes and restore our hope and optimism.

Only a new president can renew the promise of America — the idea that if you work hard you can count on the health care, education, and retirement security that you need to raise your family. These are the basic values of America that are under attack from this administration every day.

And only a new president can regain America’s position as a respected leader in the world.

I believe that change is coming November 4, 2008. And I am forming my exploratory committee because I believe that together we can bring the leadership that this country needs. I’m going to start this campaign with a national conversation about how we can work to get our country back on track.

This is a big election with some very big questions. How do we bring the war in Iraq to the right end? How can we make sure every American has access to adequate health care? How will we ensure our children inherit a clean environment and energy independence? How can we reduce the deficits that threaten Social Security and Medicare?

No matter where you live, no matter what your political views, I want you to be a part of this important conversation right at the start. So to begin, I’m going to spend the next several days answering your questions in a series of live video web discussions. Starting Monday, January 22, at 7 p.m. EST for three nights in a row, I’ll sit down to answer your questions about how we can work together for a better future. And you can participate live at my website. Sign up to join the conversation here.

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I need you to be a part of this campaign, and I hope you’ll start by joining me in this national conversation.

As we campaign to win the White House, we will make history and remake our future. We can only break barriers if we dare to confront them, and if we have the determined and committed support of others.

This campaign is our moment, our chance to stand up for the principles and values that we cherish; to bring new ideas, energy, and leadership to a uniquely challenging time. It’s our chance to say “we can” and “we will.”

Let’s go to work. America’s future is calling us.

Conversation is almost always a good thing. The question is, do we have the right tools in place yet that will enable us to really scale to the national level? Is social media ready to take on this challenge?

While Clinton’s blog is not up and running yet, she’s adding a nice twist to it by crowdsourcing the first entry (emphasis mine):

Soon we’ll launch the official blog of HillaryClinton.com, a crucial part of our exciting national conversation about the direction of our country and the place to go to learn more about Hillary.

We know our readers are going to have a lot to say, so we want to give you the first word.

We’re looking for your ideas on how we can work together for change. If you’d like to write the very first guest post on the HillaryClinton.com blog, submit your entry in the form below. And if you already have your own blog or other website, please post your entry there and let us know about it. We’ll select one entry as the first guest post on our blog.

Here’s my transcript of her video announcement (again, emphasis mine):

I announced today that I’m forming a presidential exploratory committee. I’m not just starting a campaign, though, I’m beginning a conversation — with you, with America.

Because we all need to be part of the discussion if we’re all going to be part of the solution. And all of us have to be part of the solution.

Let’s talk about how to bring the right end to the war in Iraq and to restore respect for America around the world. How to make us energy-independent and free of foreign oil. How to end the deficits that threaten social security and medicare. And let’s definitely talk about how every American can have quality, affordable healthcare.

You know, after six years of George Bush, it is time to renew the promise of America. Our basic bargain that no matter who you are of where you live, if you work hard and play by the rules you can build a good life for yourself and your family.

I grew up in a middle-class family in the middle of America and we believed in that promise. I still do. I’ve spent my entire life trying to make good on it. Whether it was fighting for women’s basic rights or children’s basic healthcare, protecting our social security or protecting our soldiers. It’s a kind of basic bargain, and we’ve got to keep up our end.

So let’s talk, let’s chat. Let’s start a dialogue about your ideas and mine. Because the conversation in Washington has been just a little one-sided lately, don’t you think? And we can all see how well that works.

And while I can’t visit everyone’s living room, I can try. And with a little help from modern technology I’ll be holding live online video chats this week starting Monday.

So let the conversation begin! I have a feeling it’s going to be very interesting.

It will be interesting indeed to watch just how the Clinton campaign (as well as the other contenders) will use the web for rolling out and managing that conversation and what listening skills they will show.

Because dialogue is all about listening.

Via Blog the Campaign in 08: Hillary is in….and with a blog writing competition!