June 19, 2006
KnowNow's eLerts Google Gadget
Client KnowNow is exhibiting at CTC (Collaborative Technology Conference) in Boston this week. They're showing a new Google Gadget, which brings instant and relevant information to the Google Desktop.
The new Google Gadget is a free, personal service that will provide Google Desktop users with instant notifications on relevant, newly published web content.
KnowNow’s eLerts Google Gadget, now available in beta, brings eLerts notifications services to the Google Desktop, so more people and organizations can now access relevant and timely information.
The new service extends KnowNow’s instant notification capability beyond its current eLerts Toolbar and Desktop options, and demonstrates the company’s commitment to provide users with the notification delivery choices they demand.
June 16, 2006
I sat through a POD-love session at Under the Radar last week, where companies were vying for a piece of the ‘pod’ space. They all think that there’s such a market here and that the world will embrace it, so much so that POD is in every name.
Egads. How about podmark, podsync, podvlog, poddigital, podworld, podscreen. Can anyone say 1999?
Arrington says of his colleagues, “These guys (VC judges who sit next to him) like Podbridge, but I don’t. It adds friction to the process and could easily be called spyware. I see that you’ve raised a ton of money from Mayfield and that will go a long way, but…”
Says another investor, “I didn’t really understand Podserve, there were too many things going on. I think that there’s a huge market for Podbridge, however he suggests not throwing up a huge registration hurdle, particularly in the beginning.
There could be money here and some interesting applications, but still…..let’s not repeat the process here.
Tag: Under the Radar
June 13, 2006
Cars & Duck Tape
I'm familiar with broken down cars on the side of a road or even in the front lawn -- after all I grew up in small town America; Richard Russo country. Yet, as I passed this vehicle a few times on my way home over the past few days, I couldn't help but wonder: 'what on earth happened' here?'
And then, beyond that: is this for real?
June 06, 2006
PubSub & BurellesLuce Team Up
Today, PubSub announced blog search functionality for BurrellesLuce Media Monitoring Services.
By using the technological resources that PubSub provides, BurellesLuce will be able to expand their media monitoring to over 24 million blogs. The combination of PubSub’s technology, along with the trained eyes of editors who are screening the content and transmitting all relevant news, addresses two key needs of media monitoring clients – speed and accuracy.
BurellesLuce’s clients will receive unlimited access to their content through MediaConnect, a media management platform that also offers interconnected access to a comprehensive media database and related customized media measurement data. It seems like a perfect marriage.
June 04, 2006
RSS in the Enterprise
This is where the money is and yet we don't give enterprise-use the attention it deserves. We were finally able to convince the syndicate folks to allow 'real enterprise' customers to talk about ROI and the value-add of RSS to their organizations in New York a few weeks ago. Hopefully 'the industry' will start paying attention to numbers as well as trends and what 'larger-branded' names are doing what.
Says eWeek, "KnowNow has a pretty straightforward approach to building the actual RSS server, but its history in middleware has allowed it come up with a set of tools that simplify the integration of that RSS server with other data sources, especially legacy applications, in the enterprise. In that model, it becomes a lot easier to push alerts an updates to users via RSS rather than asking them to request those updates."
May 19, 2006
Syndicate Photos Posted
May 18, 2006
In NY with Rocketboom's Amanda Congdon
With Rocketboom's lead Amanda Congdon in New York this week.
A Sorta RSS Reception
Client KnowNow hosted an industry cocktail reception for media, publishers, bloggers, industry folks (inside and outside of RSS, inside and outside of the Enterprise), analysts, partners and customers in New York this week.
Some of the industry movers and shakers who attended and/or were at the conference below.
Heidi and Rebecca from ClickZ
David Weinberger, Halley Suitt and Jeff Jarvis
Doc Searls blogging away
Steve Gillmor, Mike Vizard and Jason Dowdell
New York Times' Steve Miller, and KnowNow's Ron Rasmussen and Todd Rulon-Miller
Even Brother Love attended. I told you it has moved beyond the Enterprise.....
Paul Gillin and Renee Blodgett
Rohit and PubSub's Bob Wyman
Dean Landsman and Howard Gutowitz
May 17, 2006
Doc Searls does the final keynote at this year's Syndicate in New York. It ends with a debate over whether advertising will win, meaning be adopted in all of these digital rich media forums.
One of Doc's key and main messages and takeaways....
The Net Should Be As Fast as Your Hard Drive....and it will be, someday. The carriers will fight that. Workarounds will come from enterprising customers.
Citizens are already fighting for real bandwidth. And getting it. Bet on the citizens.
Pluck, AllBusiness & SF Gate
Peter Horan, CEO AllBusiness.com, Dave Panos, CEO of Pluck, and Peter Negulescu, VP Digital Media, San Francisco Chronicle talk to us about advertising models and beyond. What has worked, what hasn't...
Peter Horan says, “On things that worked well, guides that are paid on an incentive basis to write about a specific topic. We stroke a balance between the spontaneity of user content, however readers are looking for specific solutions. We worked hard to determine who our readers are and what they were looking for.”
Other key takeaways: you can only afford to cover so many editorial topics and not overwhelm your audience. A broad topic could be search engine marketing for example, but what does that mean to a restaurant owner? To other audiences?
Ultimately we want to drive that message down to peer-to-peer, take general topics written by editors and then have bloggers narrow these down to much more vertical market segments.
Negulescu pipes in about their challenges and opportunities, “It’s been a challenge. It’s difficult for this to happen organically. People had a hard time internally to commit to the time, add something new to their existing role while getting them to articulate what the value is to them and to the paper. It was a top-down decision to make that happen."
They focused on inviting more of the personalities, columnists, i.e., TV and food critics, and used blogging to extend their brand to a new audience. The readers were getting additional tidbits of information on a more regular basis, the columnists were starting to have a better connection with their readers and it was much more interactive.
Some of the comments that come in are negative. Writers had to get used to that early on and learn how to manage that, both from their own brand and overall editorial perspective.
Adds Negulescu, “We do not require registration like a lot of other newspaper sites do, but where we do require registration is when people want to post a comment. We found that people who want to respond to a hot topic, will take the time to register.”
Someone from About.com in the audience says, “we don’t require people to register, and we still find that the content submitted is incredibly valuable. It has added so much to the ongoing conversation.”
The toughest thing for a publishing company to accept is they’re not in charge anymore. They no longer own the microphone. Now there is a platform for so many authors to comment, and create content. We are engaging in a many-to-many publishing model and the landscape continues to change at a rapid pace.
The role of editors and publishers is to now get even better at screening and delivering information that is compelling, interesting, and worth the time to read. And also to occasionally surprise you…..