Today, I had a chance to skim over several enticing blog posts. I did not, however, have time to thoroughly persuse any of them as I am currently hacking away at the backlog of bread & butter design work. Partly as a way to share with you all (and partly as a way to bookmark them for myself, since I kinda tune out my own bookmarking tools online), here are the stories that caught my interest today:
- Chris Brogan posted a SXSW flash panel vid on how corporate entities should deal with their blogs. And I respect that.
- Doc Searls posted this gargantuan and very informative manifesto on Internet advertising.
- Kara Swisher at Boom Town on what’s left of Powerset Microsoft’s new search program, codenamed Kumo.
- The Aardvark blog states that the ‘Vark is going mobile! Q&A via SMS FTW?
- And most important of all: I KNEW IT! I CALLED IT! Twitter’s wasted no time in going from in-site promotion of Twitter’s search and widget functions to full-on ads for thirty-party apps. Next up, cheeseball affiliate marketing pitches? Also, my brain has already started tuning out the “ad box” on my Twitter homepage. I don’t even see it anymore when I log in; do you? How ineffective to use an already low-converting ad method in a very exciting online product. But we’ve all got to put Froot Loops on the table, so good for the Twitter peeps.
- Not blog posts technically, but after an hour-long chat with the incomparable Chris Merritt, musician and perpetually curious futurist, I’ve added three more topics to my reading list: neurosurgical implantation of chips in humans, futuristic tech trend prediction, and the possibility that I will one day have a prehensile tail (an obsession of mine since a certain Calvin & Hobbes strip in the 80s). Chris is one of those amazing people who mashes up creativity with science to astounding effect. If you don’t listen to his music, you’re wrong. About, like, everything.
And that’s all for today! Should I do these little social media round-ups more often?