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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 AmandaAcrossAmerica.com through my ovlov feed.” As it turns out, Amanda is indeed unboomed. She’s heading out to Los Angeles, which many of you know has been…

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. “Lifebits aims to solve real problems…

S.F. Bay Area Web 2.0 September Meetup

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. 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…

Consumers Not Impressed With DVD Formats

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…

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! STIRR is an effective mix of “live” social and business networking among a highly qualified crowd of tech innovators,…

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 Similar to STIRR and the SV and SF NewTech Meetups, the concept is really about bringing together the people behind the new “Silicon Valley” economy…

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…

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…

Reaching the Blogosphere Part Three – Finding Bloggers in Your Market

Part three in a series written to help up-and-coming PR professionals (and those verterans who are wondering when the hell blogs became part of the PR mix) is now live on Forward Moving . “Blogger relations is a necessary addition to a PR program because citizen journalists, enthusiast bloggers, and accredited journalists with blogs, within a given community/market, can strongly influence consumer behavior. ” Forward’s mission: To provide a comprehensive, ever-evolving, online springboard for students and young professionals in PR….

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