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  • The Inspirational Art of Dying
    There are not many CEOs whose deaths can evoke a grief similar to that of a rock star or a royal, but Steve Jobs was so much more than a ...
  • Here's To The Onliners
    You do realize our industry is completely insane, right? Our developers have to ensure consistency and compatibility across infinite platforms, operating systems, and interfaces of all kinds. Mac and PC. ...
  • File-Swallowing Dropbox Provokes White-Hot Rage
    Wednesday. 5:02 p.m. It's the night before my overseas trip -- for which, obviously, I haven't started packing. I finish my latest changes on a significant, urgent, collaborative PowerPoint document, ...
  • Google+ Proves We're As Fickle As Cats
    My cat India has been chasing a crumpled-up bit of paper around the living room for the past 10 minutes. It is clearly the enemy, evoking her most warrior-like characteristics. ...
  • Klout gives entirely the wrong message
    New York City. The school playground. I was 12 years old. I looked across at Leslie. Wow, I thought. She's beautiful. If only I were friends with her, I bet ...
  • How Facebook Deals With Death
    Thanks to our shift in media habits, even non-scrapbookers like me are likely to end up with a record of who we were and who we have become. And when ...
  • Twitter Wins For High-Volume Randomness
    For something so new, Google+1 isn't doing all that badly. But what's more interesting is how incredibly popular Twitter is when it comes to engaging in this particular type of ...
  • More On David Cameron: Social Media Equals Social Proof
    I spoke at a school administrators' conference this week about social media. "It's nice to hear some good things about social media," said one of the ladies in the audience. ...
  • An Open Letter To The British Prime Minister About Social Media
    Dear David Cameron: I'm afraid you may be missing the point.I appreciate that the past week has been a difficult one for you and for many people in the U.K. ...
  • Google+: The Place For Your Penis Status
    My nephew is 9, and my niece has just turned 7, and I think it is fair to say without the least bit of bias that they are clearly sweet ...
  • The Silo-Ification Of Attribution
    What is the value of a brand? Why is easier for me to buy t-shirts at The Gap than elsewhere? Why, when I want to buy something online, do I ...
  • Five Ways To Earn Reality Points For Your Start-Up
    I work in a start-up. By definition, a start-up begins as an idea. At its most basic level, the job of a start-up is to take that idea and turn ...
  • Google+ Chases Elusive Tipping Point, Loses Serendipity
    By any standard, 10 million users in the first month of a new service -- not to mention a $20 billion uptick in valuation -- is an accomplishment worthy of ...
  • U.K.'s Channel 4 Offers Radical Innovation With Ivy4Evr
    This week's column comes to you live from Sheffield, England, where I'm attending the annual Children's Media Conference -- and where I've been surprised and delighted to hear about multiple ...
  • The Privacy Monster Under The Internet Bed
    It turns out that 81% of respondents to a Consumer Reports survey want to see a universal do-not-track mechanism, reported MediaPost's Wendy Davis yesterday. What do you want to bet ...
  • Decreased Privacy Doesn't Mean Increased Accuracy
    You cannot hide anymore. The Interweb's combination of ruthless inquisitiveness and infinite access to information will reveal you if you are a fraud, exonerate you if you are a hero, ...
  • In Clear Sign Of Trouble, Facebook Uniques Level Off At 7 Billion
    Palo Alto, July 1, 2013: Yesterday, Facebook revealed that unique users had failed to show significant growth for the second quarter in a row, staying flat at roughly 7 billion ...
  • Forget Gamification: It's Time For Mastery
    Rumor has it that Jesse Schell regrets ever having coined the term "gamification." It's not hard to see why. Gamification is everywhere. Trying to drive traffic to your website? Add ...
  • Why CPC Sucks
    We need to have a talk, marketer to marketer -- and, Google, I'll need you to step out of the room for a minute. We've got a problem here. Google ...
  • Crowds, Communities, And The Power Of A Service Philosophy
    This past Saturday, we ran a TEDx event in my home city of Christchurch, New Zealand, focused on the future of the city post-quake. Seventeen speakers, ranging from local urban ...
  • What Do Skype And Drug Dealers Have In Common?
    Won't you join me in raising a glass in congratulations to Tony Bates, Skype's CEO, along with Andreessen Horowitz and Silver Lake, the newly bought company's two major shareholders? While ...
  • The Physics Of Startups: A Lesson From Cambridge
    There's a reason why nobody will steal your idea. It's the reason why it is so hard to get a startup off the ground, and why founders get less sleep ...
  • No Such Thing As Bad Publicity? We'll See...
    First there was Dave Carroll. Back in the spring of 2008, United Airlines broke his Taylor guitar -- and then rubbed salt in the wou by giving him the runaround ...
  • Short-Run, On-Demand, And In The Cloud
    In Buddhism, people speak of the impermanence of existence: the fact that nothing is fixed, and that all we have are moments that arise and fall away. In "The Matrix," ...
  • Technological Advancements Force Hard Questions
    At a conference I attended earlier this week, Dennis Bushnell, Chief Scientist at NASA, spoke about the unfathomably rapid technological developments we are experiencing and will continue to experience: it ...
  • Web Complexity Necessitates Tools That Simplify
    f you've been reading my column recently, you'll know that life is pretty turbulent around here. On Twitter, it's being described as "death by a thousand cuts," and from where ...
  • A Message From Christchurch On The Value Of User-Generated Content
    Here is a sample of the stories I have been told in my quake-stricken home city of Christchurch: A friend gave mouth-to-mouth to a fallen man, through blood and bone ...
  • The Danger Of Personalization: A Lesson From TED
    At the TED conference last week, Chris Anderson prefaced one of the speakers by saying, "Imagine if, instead of all attending the same conference, we each attended our own personalized ...
  • Christchurch Earthquake Shatters Sense Of Stability
    Once again, my home city of Christchurch, New Zealand has been rocked. And, while we were shaken badly in last September's 7.1 quake, this time the damage is unfathomable. ...
  • Three Gamification Lessons From Engage Digital
    At the Engage Digital conference this week, we heard about everything from game design at Zynga to social media usage at McDonald's. Here are three lessons I picked up. ...