Archive for September, 2006

Read TechCrush Crushed? Over at Stowe Boyd’s /Message

Stowe wrote an excellent post that brings back recent memories re: the Web 2.0 trademark fiasco and the ensuing PR fallout for O’Reilly and CMP . .

Recently launched TechCrush , which was inspired by Stowe in a previous post, TechMunch Begets TechCrush , has temporarily ceased posting due to a potential trademark conflict with TechCrunch. Although, I personally preferred TechMunch over TechCrush…

The Social Bookmarking Faceoff and its Effects on PR

Hats off to Paul over at StarkedSF for this tip.

An interesting story ran over at Read / Write Web discussing the market of social bookmarking as well as comparing several leaders in the space – although it doesn’t seem to include RawSugar and FURL , among others.

I’ve recently held discussions with Todd Defren , Shel Holtz , Chris Heuer, and Tom Foremski regarding social bookmarking, individually, as well as on the NMR “New Media Release” Cast, and how it can be leveraged by the PR industry. Todd has also covered this topic over at PR-Squared.

On the Road Again – Amanda Congdon Heads Across America

Cue the Willie Nelson track…


If you’ve visited Amanda’s blog recently, you might have seen the following message:
“No Boom Involved. This blog has retired. Please consider this site the Amanda archive from the Rocketboom era. Bye blogspot. You’ve served me well, but I won’t miss you. PLEASE UPDATE YOUR LINKS AND SUBSCRIBE to through my ovlov feed.”

Lifebits Updated – a new look and an open door for beta testing

A friend of mine, Alex Limberis, CEO of a new Silicon Valley startup, Lifebits, let me know that the new site is open for those interested in registering for the beta program.

LifeBits is all about sharing bits of your life… It is a personal content sharing service that makes it easier for the average consumer to capture, catalog and share their digital memories and it should be fully up and running by Christmas.

S.F. Bay Area Web 2.0 September Meetup

Alison McNeill reporter at

Written by Alison McNeill

I had the pleasure of attending the S.F. Bay Area Web 2.0 executive group meeting, at Plug and Play Tech Center in San Jose.

SF Bay Area Web 2.0 Executive Group

Shobeir Shobeiri, business relationship manager for Plug and Play, organized and hosted the event.

When I asked him about his inspiration for starting such a group he told me he wanted to, “create a group for executives to grow together.” Simple enough. He continued, “Our group is intended to grow a community of people in the Web 2.0 realm.”

Consumers Not Impressed With DVD Formats

AP’s Gary Gentile ran a story on the market’s reaction to HD DVD players, the competing formats, and its reluctance to embrace the new technology.

(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) (c)

Story excerpt : “Brian Solis previews the movie “Wall Street” on his home entertainment system in Redwood City, Calif., on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2006. Solis’ Oppo Digital DVD player converts the video from standard DVDs to something close to high-definition quality. Solis was scared off by both the cost of players for high-def DVDs and the possibility of betting on the wrong of two competing formats.” (c)

STIRR It Up! Founder’s Mixer 1.6 Raises the Bar


This was STIRR ’s sixth event and there was no doubt that it was the biggest to date. In fact they had to move from Blue Chalk in Palo Alto to The Whisper Lounge in SF in order to accomodate the growth. In discussions with Sean Ness and Joanne Wan, estimates were easily placed at about 225.

225…? Kudos STIRR team!


Lunch 2.0 ‘Web Expo’ Blowout at Hitachi Data Systems

Yesterday, I attended the Lunch 2.0 event at Hitachi Data Systems in Santa Clara (Isn’t everything better with “2.0” after it?).

Jeremiah Owyang organized and hosted the event and credit also goes out to Mark Jen for starting the Lunch 2.0 event series.

Your host, Jeremiah Owyang – Photo credit: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

Social Media Club Forms Working Group to Develop New Standard for Press Release

On the heels of its official launch, Social Media Club (SMC) formed the Media Release Working Group to begin development of the hRelease , a new standard for modernizing the traditional press release for a Web-centric world.

The Media Release Working Group will work closely with the Microformats community, while evaluating other technologies such as XPRL, XBRL, and NewsML to establish a standard way of organizing, tagging, distributing, and sharing ‘official’ organizational communications among blogs and other online communities. The group intends to present an initial draft specification on November 2nd at the Society for New Communications Research Symposium in Boston.

Trexy Blazes the Search Trail


I missed Trexy at the recent SES show in San Jose. Co-founder Megan Hamilton was persistent, yet extremely polite, so I promised I’d follow through on a post.

Trexy was started by brother and sister team , Nigel and Megan Hamilton. They grew up in Australia and are now living in London. They have been on a mission for the last four years to create the best search engine possible. With only sweat capital to spend, they rolled up their sleeves and created the technology behind Trexy.


Brian Solis is a digital analyst, anthropologist, and also a futurist. In his work at Altimeter Group, Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. More so, he humanizes technology’s causal effect to help people see people differently and understand what to do about it. He is an award-winning author and avid keynote speaker who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation and innovation.

Brian has authored several best-selling books including What’s the Future of Business (WTF), Engage! and The End of Business as Usual. His blog,, is ranked as a leading resource for insights into the future of business, new technology and marketing.

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