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Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Google IPO

Tony Perkins: My prediction is that, in the middle of 2003, Google will take its handsome profit margins and roll out its IPO, which will be the most successful one that year. [AO]

Wouldn't that be nice.


9:25:29 PM    comment []

Blog Editing by Email
More powerful blog editing via e-mail. David Brown announces a new Radio tool (download) that lets you edit (not just post) blog posts by e-mail. Very cool.

It looks like David Davies has been working in this area too.

Also (via Rogers): Radio now does previous and next day links. [Second p0st]
1:24:30 PM    comment []

Enabling the Whuffie Economy since 2002: Affero's Open Source Reputation Software. Affero combines a peer based reputation system with a commerce system. It enables individuals to rate other individuals and make payments on their behalf. The rating system could be compared to the karma system provided on slashdot, although all member have equal access to rate others. Basically, any person can rate another person's contribution.

Also, the system doesn't come bundled with any particular forum or community platform, so any independent community host can integrate the services and individuals can share reputation across various communities. [Smart Mobs]

12:58:52 PM    comment []

Tipping Point

Rob Patterson has a great outline of Malcom Gladwell 's The Tipping Point

What must underlie successful epidemics, in the end, is a bedrock belief that change is possible, that people can radically transform their behavior or beliefs in the face of the right kind of impetus.

If you haven't read the book, here's a shortcut.  Also, Gladwell's New Yorker articles are archived here.  His latest piece is on the role of socialization in innovation:

...We are inclined to think that genuine innovators are loners, that they do not need the social reinforcement the rest of us crave. But that's not how it works, whether it's television comedy or, for that matter, the more exalted realms of art and politics and ideas...

Darwin, in a lovely phrase, called it "philosophical laughing," which was his way of saying that those who depart from cultural or intellectual consensus need people to walk beside them and laugh with them to give them confidence. But there's more to it than that. One of the peculiar features of group dynamics is that clusters of people will come to decisions that are far more extreme than any individual member would have come to on his own. People compete with each other and egg each other on, showboat and grandstand; and along the way they often lose sight of what they truly believed when the meeting began. Typically, this is considered a bad thing, because it means that groups formed explicitly to find middle ground often end up someplace far away. But at times this quality turns out to be tremendously productive, because, after all, losing sight of what you truly believed when the meeting began is one way of defining innovation.

Sounds similar to the social function of blogging to me.  Perhaps we can start an epidemic of substituting blogging for smoking.

8:40:12 AM    comment []

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