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Monday, November 30, 2009

All Inclusive Resorts



Breezes offers the above. Life's a breeze through Breezes.com. Breezes will take you to the Bahamas, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Curacao, Panama and Brazil. What is your idea of a vacation? Take to the tropics. Contact for vacation plans, for weddings, for honeymoons. Call any time.

The site gives you detailed information on each offering, and it allows you to make all your reservations online. The pages are so photo and information rich, planning your vacation is going to feel like a mini vacation all on its own.

Make your life a breeze through Breeze.com.

Arrington's Thanksgiving

Flying free
  • Microsoft and old media: Not the best way to compete with Google.
  • 1997 Steve Jobs. A great way for Arrington to celebrate Thanksgiving.
  • Chrome add-ons.
  • Facebook has been lousy with search so far. It has to treat each update as that unit that we should be able to search. It has to be more than about looking up people.
  • Facebook updates did not kill Twitter. Twitter geo tagging will not kill FourSquare. I think FourSquare might be upto something.
  • Angel investing is not for the chicken hearted.
  • 999 business ideas.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Finally, Twitter Ads

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      Wednesday, November 18, 2009

      Online Casino Gambling Pub


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      Gambling Pub is a rating site. If you are going to gamble online anyway, it is best you play it safe and are informed. You don't want to end up in the clutch of scamsters, and you want to have a ton of fun. When you are looking for your casino online this site comes in handy. It has reviewed and rated many of the online casino games and tallied them in a user friendly way so you don't have to browse around hoping to find just the right casino games for you.The site also lists free casinos for those who want to have some fun without having to dip into their pockets. The reviews are specific. The site strives to be your one stop shop for all your online gambling needs. Bonus size, payout percentage, customer service, game features, number of games, software graphics, ease of use: these are some of the metrics used to tally the various online casinos. All the top ones in the country are listed. This site helps you get the most out of online gambling, in terms of how much money you might win, and in terms of how much fun you might have. The site helps you discover and cater to your personal gaming style.
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      Monday, November 16, 2009

      When O'Reilly Said 2.0

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      • Obama not on Twitter. This makes the "humbled" tweet really interesting.
      • Outright book keeping.
      • Microsoft to Google: that was fast.
      • IBM eating its own dog food on business analytics.
      • That all in one device will be the Internet Computer. It will replace the PC, the Netbook, the smartphone, the Kindle.
      • When O'Reilly said Web 2.0. This interview is of outsize importance. 
      • And what are those mistakes?
      • Tablet PC. Still elusive. Overhyped? 
      • A L
      • Droid does? 
      • Slum kids' easy ways with the computer.“Where’s my Oscar?” Ha!
      • Mashable beat TechCrunch on page hits with Twitter marketing.
      • Anonymous no more.
      • Amazon + Twitter.
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      This Blog's Alexa Rank Is Up Substantially

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      A few days back I realized this blog's Alexa rank is up substantially. Right now it stands at close to 200,000. Early this year, if I remember it right, it was closer to 2,000,000. Maybe it was 1.8 million. But it was definitely up and above the million mark. My two other blogs are still past the million mark, way past. How did this happen. I can take a guess. My guess is this blog went up in the ranks because it is this blog that I link to from my Twitter page, and as I have moved from 300 followers to more than 30,000 followers on Twitter, my Twitter page has gone up in value.When someone follows you on Twitter it is like they linked to your Twitter page from their Twitter page. That drives up the web value of your Twitter page. So a link to this blog from my Twitter page is a valuable link. Hopefully that translates into better rates for blog post ads.

      Twitter Should Go For A Netscape-Like IPO

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      Sunday, November 15, 2009

      Web Search, Real Time Search, Social Search


      • Web search, real time search, social search.The social search space is in major flux.
      • Murdoch, Madoff, Mark Cuban. Cuban is missing the point. He is going back to the era of the Yahoo directories way of doing search. The list of the top 1,000,000 sites is in constant flux as it should be.
      • Twitter and Google. This is a dream come true for me. Index all tweets ever. Index all real time tweets. And then help make sense.
      • Facebook updates are very valuable. I am counting links to news articles and videos among the updates. You have your personal repository that you want to dig into at a later date.
      • If Twitter is your entry point to the web which is your entry point to the world, does that put Twitter in some kind of a central position? Sure.
      • The Google Chrome Operating System is showing up earlier than I had expected. But I guess they did say some time in Fall, did they not? A Netbook with a large enough screen with a Chrome OS on it, now that would be something. 
      • Unless Twitter grows and keeps adding new features to richen the experience, it might stay among the tech elite.
      • If this is not JP Rangaswami
      • Give India time. There is space for many Silicon Valleys across the world.
      • A Yahoo Connect sounds like a good idea.



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      Saturday, November 14, 2009

      And If This Is Not JP Rangaswami

      Deindexing Murdoch


      • For Murdoch to deindex from Google and to ask Bing to pay to be able to index, that goes against the basic ethos of the internet. This goes against the spirit of Net neutrality
      • Google paying to Twitter is not the same thing. Because Twitter does real time search, Google does not do real time search, so Google pays Twitter to be able to offer real time search.
      • For the media companies to start playing this indexing, deindexing game would be problematic. Instead of the move resuscitating the old media empires, it might be a huge bonanza to the blogosphere.
      • In short, the deindexing move would be an act of self-destruction on the part of old media.
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      Short Task


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      Short Task Review: Short Task is a website that is a meeting ground for individuals and companies that want short tasks done, and those who are eager to do those tasks. Such short tasks are great for those who like to work from home.
      These are not enormous projects. For that there are other websites available. This site is specifically for bite size tasks. Seekers, as they are called at the site, want work done. Solvers get the work done. 

      This is a skilled, virtual workforce that tackles the tasks that get listed. The site is high on innovation and does a good job of allowing Solvers/Seekers to handle their tasks. 

      Research, Data Entry, Writing and Design are some of the broad categories of tasks. There are numerous subcategories.

      This site is a great marketplace and deserves to grow leaps and bounds. The site offers 21st century style work for the knowledge workers who can and should be able to work from anywhere. That way it is rather futuristic.
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      Strollers



      Stroller.com is a place to go to get a stroller for your baby. You have many brand names to choose from, as well as many different types of strollers.

      Do you like jogging strollers? Do you like double strollers? Do you like triple strollers? Do you like umbrella strollers? There are many other options available.

      You get reviews, buying guides, and free shipping.

      Do you like them cheap? You can shop by price. There are also clearance items listed.
        And if you have to call them, they got a toll free number. That is a touch to the online and the social.

        You can also buy accessories, baby gifts.

        They have stroller reviews, buying guides, and information on stroller safety. This is stroller shopping information age style. Go take a look.

        The store accepts all major credit cards and PayPal payments.

        Wednesday, November 11, 2009

        C++ plus Python = Google GO

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        Why was this not talked about before Google actually did it? I am surprised Mashable and TechCrunch have the story, but it is not yet out there on the official Google blog.

        Let the guessing game begin. What will be the next big thing Google will do? As big as a new programming language, as big as a new operating system.

        To launch a new programming language is a big deal. This is like when Sun came up with Java.

        Google Open Source Blog: Ho! Ho! Let's Go!




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        Tuesday, November 10, 2009

        Camelback Displays: Every Type Of Portable Display


        Every type of portable display under the sun, that's the idea.
        Aren't you glad every type of portable display under the sun is all under one roof? Does that not make your life easier? Camelback Displays got your back alright.

        By the time you have made your purchases you will realize there are many, many different ways of putting together your displays to have the maximum impact on your audience. Many permutations and combinations can be imagined. But not before you have made your basic purchases of the essential display items.

        Saturday, November 07, 2009

        My Talk On Social Media At The Science House MeetUp




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        I gave a talk last night at the Science House MeetUp. The NY Tech MeetUp is the best big MeetUp in town. I like to say the Science House MeetUp is the best small MeetUp in town. After my talk was over I learned from James (@ScienceHouse) that Esther Dyson will also be talking in a few weeks. I was floored. I think so very highly of Dyson. I can't believe I got to talk in the same setting. That is what I was thinking.
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        @gabidewit @habiteer @chrisharwood @BrainiacDating were some of the people in attendance. Two Indians showed up, one a doctor, another a software guy who said he quit a 150K job to get started with his startup. His idea had oomph, but he came across as in the very early stages of gelling the idea. When you start out, you end up thinking at an industry rather than a company level. Not a bad place to start. But then you have to whittle it down so you can have a starting point.They went to MeetUp.com, did a search on "social media" and showed up.

        Facebook Album: Science House: My Social Media Talk

        I showed up earlier than usual, and the event did not start right at 7 PM. We take the first 10-15 minutes to kind of warm up. That is the Science House way. I got to meet the guy who is doing the iPhone app for Science House. What I liked best was the back end. Gabi (@gabidewit) gets to add new info to a Google Spreadsheet and it shows up in the app. 






        I started with a survey. If you are on Twitter, raise your hand.
         Most hands in the room went up most times and I said I was not particularly qualified to be talking about social media to the group, but that I was going to share my personal social media story. There were a dozen people in the room, roughly.

        Then I introduced myself. I said my name. I passed out my business card. All it has is my first name: Paramendra. Because that is my name on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Gmail. And you can look me up on Google. My parents must have seen Google coming. I never met anyone who shares my first name. I said I was a tech entrepreneur and a social media guy on the side.
        • JyotiConnect, Founder
        • PayCheckr, Member, Board of Advisors
        • A social networking startup in stealth mode, Board Member 
        For social media some of the income streams are as follows.
        I talked briefly about JyotiConnect Inc. The IC - Internet Computer - vision is that it is the meeting ground between the so-called First World and Third World. The rich countries have to move beyond the PC to the IC: the Netbook is half way there. The poor countries have to come online in large numbers.

        I gave out some personal story. I moved to NYC in 2005 to work on my startup but got sucked into working full time for the democracy movement in Nepal for over two years. My primary work was my blog and sending it out across the largest Nepali mailing list in the world I had created. The list had penetrated all the leading political parties in Nepal, the media, all the top human rights NGOs. Like they said about Arkansas when Bill Clinton was Governor, if you knew 1500 people you pretty much knew everyone who mattered.

        I got to meet the Prime Minister of Nepal in person for the first time a few weeks back, but he has been calling me a friend for a few years now. It is because of my Nepal blog. And Nepal is the poorest country outside of Africa. And this was in 2005 and 2006. Social media mattered back there, then.
         That Nepal work spilled over into giving some time to Obama as well: Barackfae.  (The French Revolution And DFNYC January 2006) (And this on Barack in February 2007: Jupiter And Obama)
        While giving time to Obama as one of his earliest supporters in NYC, I also started raising money for my startup. The goal was to raise 100K and I did raise that. But most of the investors walked away with most of the money en masse in February this year reacting to the bad economy: "We still believe in you, we still believe in the vision, but we have to go!" I relayed the story of how I raised that 100K in the first place and the role my tech blog played in that. Also, if I sit on the Board Of Advisors of PayCheckr, it is because of this particular blog post: New York Times, Don't Die, Live. The founder of PayCheckr first met me in the comments section of this blog post. I have met him in person only once.

        Twitter

        I said one site had me number 12 on the NYC Twitter elite list. Wycleaf Jean is number 11. That guy has more than one million followers. I have about 30,000. To be right behind him, they must be measuring my influence some other way. Maybe they like the quality of my stream. And I am number 90 in NYC in terms of those with the most followers, Donald Trump is number 50. Globally my rank there is 1960. After I hit the top 100 in NYC, I sent out my first tweet from the phone. Otherwise before that Twitter was an all-web thing for me. (My First Tweet From My Phone)

        Work on creating a good stream, I said. TwitterFeed.com can be helpful. More than 600,000 people use it. I also tweet when I am out and about in town because I know NYC fascinates the people out there, out in the country, out in the world.

        Follow people you know. That includes friends, but also famous people you know and admire but who don't know you back. I have exchanged quite a few tweets with Craig Newmark.

        When you are not famous, the way you end up with a lot of followers is what I call the politician model. You shake 1,000 hands hoping maybe 200 of them will vote for you. But for that to happen you need to have a really compelling stream.

        A tweet is an atom, I said. Then I tried to put Twitter in the big scheme of things: Fractals: Apple, Windows 95, Netscape, Google, Facebook, Twitter.

        Facebook

        I used to use Facebook the way I use Twitter. I ended up with 1400 friends and then Facebook went ahead and deleted my account. I started again and now have 700 friends, but these are now people I know. Either they are friends from a while back, or online only people who feel like friends.

        My privacy setting is to Everyone. You don't have to be my friend to see my Facebook page. I already have 130 outstanding friend requests I have not accepted.

        I have refused to integrate my Twitter stream into Facebook. I like to keep the two separate. They serve different purposes.

        LinkedIn

        I signed up for LinkedIn not long after the site got launched because I read about it in the news, but then I kind of forgot about it. And then I met James and Gabi at a NY Tech MeetUp for the first time only a few months back, and the following day Gabi sent me a connect request on LinkedIn, of all places. That is when I rediscovered the site. I went ahead redid my LinkedIn page. LinkedIn is really the unsung hero of social networking. It is extremely valuable but we don't talk about it as much as Twitter and Facebook. Now I am working to get 500 contacts. I have 415. And the news is they are about to revamp the site.

        Blogging

        I said blogging was my personal favorite platform. A blog to me is like a blank canvass to an artist. You get to write a few paragraphs, insert tens of links, embed a YouTube video perhaps. And, boom, you have a blog post.

        In February 2006 Madhav Nepal, then leader of the largest political party in the country, was put under house arrest by the royal regime. A month later he managed to come online wireless. His brother lived in the house next to his. The first person he contacted was me. We chatted on Google Talk. Here's the transcript: Madhav Nepal. A few months back Nepal became Prime Minister. Nobody in the Nepali diaspora put as much time, effort and talent into the democracy movement in Nepal as I did.

        April 2006 saw the democracy movement, but January-February 2007 and February 2008 saw the Madhesi Movement. I am a Madhesi. This was like our own civil rights movement. Upendra Yadav has been the face of that movement in Nepal. When Upendra Yadav, now leader of the largest Madhesi party and fourth largest party overall after the April 10, 2008 elections to the constituent assembly in Nepal, landed in Los Angeles in July 2007 for the annual conference of Nepalis in America, his first words were "Where is Paramendra Bhagat?" They took him to the hotel. He again asked, "Where is Paramendra Bhagat?" They had to fly him over to NYC to meet me. We had never met before. He went on to become Foreign Minister.

        Both of them got to know me through my blog long before they finally met me in person. That's social media for you.

        YouTube

        I said I had uploaded a total of two videos so far on YouTube, but I forgot to mention I have uploaded hundreds on Google Video, now defunct. About 700, to be precise. But I do habitually embed YouTube videos into my blog posts. My blogs are multi-media.

        Ustream

        I was at a Nepali poetry festival in Jackson Heights a few months back. There were 40 people in the room and 2400 online, and that was before the event started.

        Josephine Ancelle, French Singer, Songwriter

        I met @josephinea at a social media event. The old media way was she needed to hit big and that was it. But the social media way is she can gradually expand her fan base from a few hundred to a few thousand to tens of thousands to more, and she will feel the fan love and have the music sales every step of the way.

        Q & A

        With that I concluded and opened the floor. By the way, I announced in the very beginning anyone could just interrupt me at any point in my talk. That was the social media way. And many did.

        After some floor talk on social media, the topics shifted. One of the Indians present talked about his business idea.

        @BrainiacDating  said he had managed to get 13,000 people on Brainiac Dating primarily through AdWords. How could he hit the big leagues? Could social media help? Today I sent him an email. Mashable beat TechCrunch and became the most visited tech blog a few months back: Twitter was their primary marketing tool. I also signed up at the site. It is really good. I sent out emails to about 20 beautiful women with a message that said something like this:
        Hello. I met the founder Lawrence yesterday at an event where I gave a talk on social media. That is when I first heard about the site. I wanted to try it out because I realized I am interested in dating someone smart. Smarts turn me on. So I signed up today and did a search and you showed up. I looked at your picture and read your profile top to bottom and really liked what I saw. I am interested in you and would like to get to know you better. I feel like I connect to you at a few different levels. I would love to hear from you and meet you in person because I feel that is the only way to really figure out if someone is the right person for you.
        For the next three hours or more @habiteer and @chrisharwood had a rather animated discussion on if or not some day virtual reality will get so good that the "real" reality will become unnecessary. My position was that virtual reality does not have to get that good, but even if it gets close, that would be great for my workspace, but face time will always be necessary. There are emotional needs to be met.

        There was also a lot of talk about physics, about singularity, about the possibilities of intelligent life out there.

        When the group dispersed it was close to one in the morning. I walked over to Grand Central. @habiteer kept walking.

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        Tuesday, November 03, 2009

        Fun Holiday Eyeglasses From Zenni






        Remember Zenni Optical during this holiday season when you are shopping around for glasses for your children. Do you have children who wear glasses? Do they sometimes break them or lose them? Or perhaps even often? Does that end up costing you a lot of money? Are you looking to be able to afford ($8 Prescription Zenni Glasses) fashionable glasses for your children?

        Hackers/Founders MeetUp: Last Thursday Each Month


        I met the Norwegian Sindre Aarsaether at the last NY Tech MeetUp. He put an invite to the Hackers/Founders MeetUp on my Facebook wall. I signed up, I showed up. This was only the sixth Hackers/Founders MeetUp in New York. It has been growing fast. They are not listed on MeetUp.com, or at least the New York one is not. And it is curious they do it on the last Thursday of each month. The NY Tech MeetUp is on the first Tuesday of each month. I felt a sense of competition. But that does not apply to me. To me the two add to each other. The NY Tech MeetUp's biggest down point is that it collects 500 wonderful people in a room and lets them go to waste. Perhaps it is too big, but I have always wondered about the others in the room. At the Hackers/Founders MeetUp all the people that show up are the attraction. There is no other attraction. I guess you can argue the NY Tech MeetUp tries to get some of that at the after party, but my experience has been most people prefer to skip the after party.

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        Twitter Should Go For A Netscape-Like IPO

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        Netscape was just a browser. It was not making any money. But it went public. It acquired a market value of billions overnight. That launched the dot com craze. That might have partly been responsible for many dot com booms and busts in the years ahead. The message that a business need not make money was, well, wrong. But the internet was very real, the web was very real, dot com was as real as it gets.

        I think Twitter should similarly go public. And with the newfound wealth it should start zapping up companies left and right in the Twitter ecosystem. It should integrate all the hottest features into Twitter itself.

        A tweet is like the atom in physics. A tweet is the building block to so many wonderful things. Twitter is utility. It is that fundamental. The revenue generation can wait. With the Netscape browser it was hard to imagine how money was going to be made. With Twitter, it is not that hard.

        Are Bing and Google paying Twitter money to be able to search through all the tweets? Why did Twitter not do what Sponsored Tweets and Ad.ly are doing?

        Twitter has to evolve and evolve fast if it is to go past the tech elite. You don't end up with a billion users if you stick to the same old same old. Rapid expansion asks for acquisitions. Acquisitions are done
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        with money. After you go public, you have loads of cash.

        A Twitter IPO might help jerk America out of its economic slumber of over a year. The craze would begin all over again.

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