Elgan: Why Digg failed OK, I'm going to call it: Digg is dead. No, the site hasn't gone dark. It still functions and has millions of users. But then so does MySpace. I used to be a very active Digg user -- as were many of my techno-journalist-pundit-type friends. Now, it turns out, even one of the site's founders and former CEOs, Kevin Rose, barely uses Digg anymore. In a devastating analysis this week, TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington exposed Rose's Digg usage. Arrington pointed out that Rose is 26 times more active on Twitter than on Digg, having tweeted 181 times in the past month. Arrington's numbers have been called into question by blogger Taylor Buley, who says Rose is twice as active as claimed. To me, the most telling bit in all this is that, as of this writing, the story about Rose not using Digg hasn't even made it to the front page of Digg. Even the Internet's most important conversation about Digg isn't taking place on Digg. What went wrong? Digg was undemocratic Digg outsourced social
Xobni – Business Collaboration Solutions: WebWorkerDaily Vinod Khosla, one of the co-founders of Sun Microsystems and formerly of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has made a fortune out of betting on companies that tackle really big problems. Some of his bets – Juniper Networks, for instance – have paid off handsomely. Others have been marginally successful, at least from a financial standpoint. He continues the tradition with his new venture fund, Khosla Ventures, investing in clean tech and alternative energy start-ups. According to Alarm: Clock, the company has raised $1.5 million of a $4.26 million Series A round, led by Khosla Ventures. Our email inboxes continue to spiral out of control, beginning to resemble New York City when the garbage workers are on strike. Xobni, wants to solve all these problems, and indeed has lofty goals, as outlined on their website.
Magenn Power Inc. Gist Social Media Monitoring and Engagement - Beevolve Idea Dump, March 2011 Edition | jacquesmattheij.com It’s always fun to review these ideas a few weeks after I first had them, usually the majority looks bad on this second ‘review’ and they don’t make the cut. Sometimes I feel pretty bad about that, especially if someone goes and makes one of the ones that didn’t make the cut into a killer :) I’ve been asked a few times now why I do this, John Graham-Cummings started this whole thing with his 1000 bad ideas post, and I followed up with post of my own. The other reason why I do this is because I firmly believe that ideas have no - or very little - intrinsic value, and I’d like to see some of these realized. There is only so much time in a day and I won’t be able to implement half of these even if I do live forever and I don’t expect that will be the case. So come and get them while the getting is good. (74) Phone Finder A small bluetooth device paired with your phone that you keep on your person.
Rapportive Makes Gmail More Useful: Business Collaboration News « Rapportive is a free browser plugin (available as both a Firefox add-on and as a Chrome extension) for that replaces the adverts in Gmail’s sidebar with useful information about your contacts: a photo, bio and links to social media accounts (Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, etc). It provides similar functionality to Xobni, the popular plugin for Outlook that we’ve covered previously, and MailBrowser, a third-party Gmail extension app that I wrote about back in January. Installation is simple and takes less than a couple of minutes, and as it’s just a browser plugin it provides a neater solution than MailBrowser, because it doesn’t require you running a separate application for it to work. The service pulls contact information from the Rapleaf database, so the amount of biographical information and links to social media accounts that are returned will depend on how well Rapleaf has managed to tie that contact’s email address to the various social media services. (via The Next Web)
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Rapportive Leverage Sales Navigator insights anytime you send an email. View rich LinkedIn profile data for your contacts directly in Gmail, and use that knowledge when you reach out next. This Chrome extension is available in two flavors, “Lite” for free LinkedIn members and “Premium” for LinkedIn Sales Navigator subscribers. Sales Navigator Lite for Gmail will let you See rich LinkedIn profile data for your contacts directly in your Gmail, and use that knowledge when you reach out next Mention icebreakers, including shared connections, experiences, and interests, to build rapport with your contacts Hover over any email address anywhere in your message to quickly view their profile to stay informed on who’s who With a Sales Navigator subscription, this extension will unlock additional premium features: Save contacts as leads in your Sales Navigator account Use TeamLink to see if prospects are connected to your colleagues and get a warm introduction