• April 1: It ain’t just laughing

    Today was kind of a tough day; there was a death in the (extended) family, lots of work to get done post weekend, and some hard choices to work through. I’m also getting ready (or trying to get ready) for an out of the country trip next week.) In many ways, I feel like leaving… Continue Reading

  • Shine goes live–Will women rush there or what?

    Yahoo’s Shine, helmed by former print editor Brandon Holley, just launched this am, after weeks of beta testing. The goal here, if it isn’t obvious, is to create the most compelling start page on the web for women, all ages;to that end it’s a riotous tumult of soft lifestyle features with fashion, parenting, home, dating,… Continue Reading

  • Quote of the Day

    “I just write and talk about sex. But every woman on the Internet gets called slutty and ugly and fat (to put it lightly) no matter what; all we have to be is female. In dinner conversation, my friend Lori reminded me of the Oscar Wilde quote, “Give a man a mask, and he’ll tell… Continue Reading

  • Scott Karp gets $2.7MM for Publish2

    Just heard Scott Karp has gotten $2.75MM in funding from Velocity Interactive Group to build out Publish2, his social bookmarking service for journalists. This is thrilling news for me for two reasons: 1) Scott is a super bright and talented person 2) It’s inspiring, proof that the force of an idea and the courage of… Continue Reading

  • Quote of the Day, and then some

    “There are no more boundary any more between “species.” What’s a cat is a dog and vice versa. All media is social and all social is media. End of story. Whether content is created by the Pros or the Joes it all has influence, even if it’s small.” –Steve Rubel, writing about how all media,… Continue Reading

  • Getting into growth: StatWatch

    Louis Gray did me the kindness of including this blog in his stats review of well-read tech blogs. Not surprisingly, but a bit to my chagrin, my blog’s the laggard in a fast-growing category. However, now that I’m one month out of a demanding job at Yahoo!, I’ve been putting more effort into the blog… Continue Reading

  • Questions:News, Local, Community and the future

    A koan of questions: What makes local community sites successful? How do news, activism, and information fit together? Will as many people read as post? What makes local community sites and services sustainable (Besides the passion of their founders)? As news media fragments, fails and consolidates (think about how almost all the newspapers in the… Continue Reading