Enthralled with Google's new thing Sidewiki, which lets you comment on websites?
Start here, from Dr. Weinberger. Yes, he wrote that in 1999. No, that's not a typo.
Or do a search on the phrase "thirdvoice."
Reposting a bit from Doc Searls about the upcoming VRM working in Boston. Hope to see folks there! -cfc
As with earlier VRM workshops, it’s a free unconference, organized on the open space model.
Participants choose the topics, move those topics forward in open
discussion, and share progress with the whole group at the end of each
For those of you not familiar with VRM, the letters stand for Vendor
Relationship Management, and it’s about the tools that developers and
friends are creating to provide individuals with tools of independence
form organizations that wish to control them — and better means for
engaging with those organizations. In other words, it’s about blowing
up silos and walled gardens, and creating a better system: one in which
individuals are the collection centers for their own data, and the ones
controlling what gets done with that data.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to chat for an hour with Craig Crossman on ComputerAmerica
about Scanaroo. ( ComputerAmerica is the nation’s longest running
nationally syndicated radio talk show on computers and technology and
is heard on both the Business TalkRadio Network and the Lifestyle
TalkRadio Network, weeknights at 10PM Eastern time, by about 1.5MM
The conversation with Crossman was a really good time. We covered
all sorts of different things around the history of Scanaroo, including:
All in all, a highly enjoyable conversation. Take a listen.
On September 23, I'll be chatting with Berkman Fellow Dr. David Weinberger on the topic of "web exceptionalism." I'm really hoping you can join us.
“Exceptionalism is the perception that a country, society, institution, movement, or time period is ‘exceptional‘
(i.e., unusual or extraordinary) in some way and thus does not conform
to normal rules or general principles. Used in this sense, the term
reflects a belief formed by lived experience, ideology, perceptual frames, or perspectives influenced by knowledge (or lack thereof) of historical or comparative circumstances.” (source: Wikipedia)
Join us for a thought-provoking Supernova Network Age Briefing with David
Weinberger on September 23 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT to discuss “Is The Web
REALLY Exceptional?” On August 28 of this year, David wrote:
“We hear “Internet” and we think an
infrastructure of cables and radio signals, when in fact the Internet
is a set of protocols that can be implemented over anything from copper
wires to carrier pigeons.”
But then he goes on to say:
“In fact, I find myself
understanding issues ever more frequently in terms of traditional
structures becoming networks or taking on the properties of networks.
E.g., news is a network, not a set of stories. Businesses ought to view
themselves more and more as networks. Expertise is a property of a
network. Leadership is a property of a network. Markets are networks
within which conversations take place, natch. Networks are very much
becoming our new paradigm.”
So, it appears we’re at a crossroads. Is the web just more of the
same, just another communications medium, that happens to be in a
trendy, well-funded wrapper? (Remember, there was a time when
Citizen’s Band – CB – radio was going to change broadcasting, too.) Or
are the web, and the Network Age, truly “exceptional?”
Want to know about future Network Age Briefings? (We do them about once a week.) Here's the link.
Great post today over at ExpertCEO by Kelly Herrell. The key bit:
Check out the whole thing here. Worth a read.
Had a chance to sit down for a great chat last week with Mark Noack and Lars Howlett from the Half Moon Bay Review, our local weekly. Looks like they ran it today. We met at the local Peet's, and then took a little stroll over the local Ocean Shore ACE Hardware store. Thanks, guys…looking forward to chatting again soon! Here's a link to the article. -cfc
By Mark Noack [ firstname.lastname@example.org ]
Photo: Lars Howlett, HMB Review
No problem. Carfi
whipped out his trusty iPhone, clicked through his applications, and
brought up a picture of his rewards card, barcode and all.
“You've got your card on your cell phone?” asked cashier Charisse Sarandria, amused.Carfi, a Half Moon Bay resident, not only
uses his smart-phone to store and organize his personal cards, and he
also designed a program that made it possible. “Scanaroo” — his program
for capturing and storing all the clutter that clogs wallets,
particularly business cards and store “rewards” or loyalty cards. The
program is available for the iPhone for 99 cents.
you have more than six cards in your wallet, this comes in really
handy,” he said. “If you look 18 months from now, this’ll be
The 42-year-old tweets, he blogs, he designs iPhone programs — Carfi is a textbook techie.
2002, he founded Cerado, a technology consulting company, and has
worked primarily in advising large companies on how to utilize the
latest tools to interact more profitably with customers.
got a bit of an epiphany from the sitcom “Seinfeld.” He recalls an
episode in which the ill-fortuned character George Costanza tries to
squeeze another wad of paper into his bloated wallet overflowing with
various cards. The wallet can’t hold it all, and all of his cards and
money explode out into the city streets.
Carfi says his ardent
belief in technology as a means to help people couldn’t be encapsulated
in a better anecdote. He says the guiding principle of technology is to
bring customers more tools for making educated purchases, and steering
his company to design smart-phone applications seemed like the best way
to join that wave.
Scanaroo is one of the seven-person company’s
first forays into cell-phone software. It isn’t a revolutionary
application; in fact, an iPhone user could take pictures of wallet
cards herself and reference them as regular picture files for the same
purpose. Carfi’s program simply gives an easier, organized, and secure
format to do that.
“The benefit is simplicity and organization,” Carfi said. “We’ll be continuing to improve Scanaroo and support new features.”
plans to continue developing more iPhone applications and porting over
Scanaroo to the other smart-phone devices, such as the popular
For now, Cerado says he hopes his small, 99-cent
application takes off among his fellow technophiles. So far his company
has reported a few hundred downloads.
As the program gains
speed, Carfi says it’s only a matter of time before someone tries to
punch a hole in an iPhone to get a free Subway sandwich.
Reposting a great description of the Supernova Network Age call that’s scheduled for for 4pm PDT Tuesday, originally posted by Elliot Ng. Hope to see/hear you all there! -cfc
CN Reviews is partnering with Wharton School’s Supernova Group to host a conference call on Sept 15 (U.S.) / Sept 16 (China, Korea) about social networks and emerging trends in China’s consumer internet. Kaiser Kuo, Benjamin Joffe,
and other leading China-based consumer internet executives will share
about a vibrant, social, and rapidly evolving consumer internet that
most Westerners don’t hear that much about. They will also share some
of the barriers to success that Western companies will face. The call
is provocatively called “Why Twitter & Facebook Should Forget About
China” and was inspired by a recent Mobinode post with a similar title by tech blogger Gang Lu.
Professor Kevin Werbach’s Supernova Conference
is one of my favorite conferences of the year, because it brings
together a diverse group of people together–public policy makers,
computer scientists, social scientists, economists, entrepreneurs, and
participants from leading technology companies–to do some out of the
box thinking about what Werbach calls “The Network Age.“
In addition to the Conference, Werbach hosts a series of conference
calls about various “Network Age” topics. I suggested to Kevin that we
do a call on China’s internet, and he agreed to host it and let me
Most Western coverage of the Internet focuses on the narrative of
censorship and control, but misses the vibrant social nature of what is
now the largest internet market of the world. In the West, the
internet started in business/academia/government, fulfilling mostly
functional & utilitarian needs. But in China, the internet started
as a consumer phenomenon, focused on entertainment and communications.
Also, like most of the developing world, China’s internet has developed
hand-in-hand with the growth of mobile, Internet-connected devices –
about 25% of total internet users access the internet NOT on a PC but
via a mobile device. Some potential questions we’ll cover:
The SXSW Interactive festival in Austin takes a community-based approach to its programming. Their panel conversations are sourced from conference attendees, and the panels are voted on by folks like us. As such, I've suggested two panels for SXSW 2010, and would love your help, if you think they sound interesting. All you need to do is click on the links below, and click the little "Thumbs Up" icon when you get to the Panel Picker. That's it! Here they are:
Short description and links (please vote for each, if you're so inclined)
Will The Smartphone Change Retail The Way The iPod Changed Music?
Is The iPhone The Future Of Personal Data?
Panel Suggestion #1: Is the iPhone the Future of Personal Data?
Panel Suggestion #2: Will The Smartphone Change Retail The Way The iPod Changed Music?
Thanks again. Seeya in Austin.
On September 9 at 11:30am PDT / 2:30pm EDT, join us for a
conversation on how the Network Age enables organizations and leaders
to let go while still maintaining control. Scheduled participants
include Altimeter Group’s Charlene Li, Deborah Schultz, Jeremiah
Owyang, and Ray Wang.
Here are the details and backgrounds of the participants.
Web and chat: http://tobtr.com/s/682282
Call-in Number: (347) 945-6578
When: Wednesday September 9, 2:30 pm EDT / 11:30 am PDT
Charlene Li is the founder of the Altimeter Group and the co-author
of the bestselling book “Groundswell: Winning In A World Transformed by
Deborah Schultz architected the Procter & Gamble Social Media
Lab to study the impact of the social web on customer relationships and
the business benefits of “open innovation” and is a member of P&G’s
Digital Advisory Board.
Jeremiah Owyang has more than a decade of experience counseling
companies on how to leverage emerging technologies to communicate with
customers. He was the online community manager at Hitachi Data Systems
and director of corporate strategy at PodTech and joined Altimeter
Group from Forrester Research where he advised and created research for
Ray Wang was named “Analyst of the Year” in both 2008 and 2009 and
has held posts with PeopleSoft, Oracle, Personify, Deloitte, and Ernst
& Young and Forrester Research.