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Yahoo! acquires

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It’s a good news or bad news? From blog

We’re proud to announce that has joined the Yahoo! family. Together we’ll continue to improve how people discover, remember and share on the Internet, with a big emphasis on the power of community. We’re excited to be working with the Yahoo! Search team – they definitely get social systems and their potential to change the web. (We’re also excited to be joining our fraternal twin Flickr!)

We want to thank everyone who has helped us along the way – our employees, our great investors and advisors, and especially our users. We still want to get your feedback, and we look forward to bringing you new features and more servers in the future.

I look forward to continuing my vision of social and community memory, and taking it to the next level with the community and Yahoo!

UPDATE: Nancy White on what Yahoo! can do now:

Imagine you are a distributed community of practice. You have been using Yahoogroups as your main communications platform for the last 7 or 8 years – and before one of the products that Yahoo bought and folded into groups. You have put up with the ads and the vagaries for years. It was free and scalable. It worked. Some of your members got their group mail in private yahoo mail so their membership was portable as they moved across jobs. Yahoo IM supported real time, one to one interaction and “backchannel” (which, by the way, is not limited to conferences!).

Now some of your members have flickr feeds. When the group meets F2F, all the photos have a flickr tag. You are using someone else’s wiki for notetaking, because there is no YahooWiki!

Some of the member have blogs on Yahoo 360. Some are aggregating their YahooGroup content on 360, some on MyYahoo. What better addition than a social tagging/bookmarking element like delicious. Aggregate all the members’ tags, right into 360 or MyYahoo. It is getting really interesting…

Now all we need is something to weave it together. is part of the thread. With MyYahoo is another — imagine all these things coming tgether for your individual view. But what is the community view? How do I see all the delicious tags or flickr pictures of everyone in my community of practice? How do I search just across that group’s tools (list, files, tags, pictures, blogs)? How do I manage my participation in this group? In the 5 groups I belong to? How can I mix and remix the elements across my groups to balance volume, reputation, relevancy and my own privacy and identity.

The pieces are there. The thread to hold it together is what I’m looking for next. Will Yahoo do it? Will Google, who is similarly positioning products, do it? Microsoft?

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December 10th, 2005 at 3:34 am

Posted in Wanton Posts

RSStroom reader: RSS feed on your toilet paper

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That’s I call a cool news! New meaning of reading while…

A crazy new product out of Taiwan seems to be aimed at the feed dependent of us out there. The ‘rsstroom reader’ is a bathroom gadget that prints news feeds onto your T-P – that’s right, your TOILET PAPER! The best part is the “biometrics” toilet seat that’ll figure out who you are based on your weight and prints the news you want – not your roommates tabloid garbage. Going to the rsstroom will never be boring again!

From The Adventures of Teapot the Cat.

Update: OhGizmo suspects it’s a hoax. What a loss!

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December 9th, 2005 at 4:01 pm

Posted in Wanton Posts

Squidoo Beta: live now

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Squidoo is live now.


Squidoo is an online platform that makes it easy for anyone to build lenses on topics they are passionate about. These lenses help you find a unique, human perspective on things that interest you… fast. Not only can Lensmasters spread their ideas, get recognized for their expertise, and send more traffic to their Web sites and blogs—they could also earn royalties.

Once our closed beta is over, lensmaster royalties will go to the lensmaster directly, or to organizations chosen by the lensmaster, or to our charity pool. Squidoo’s goal as a co-op is to pay as much money as we can to our lensmasters and to charity.

Squidoo was started by the Original Squid, Seth Godin.

Squidoo Blog is here. Also Seth wrote a ebook on the soul of Squidoo – Everyone’s an Expert (on something)

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December 8th, 2005 at 12:05 pm

Posted in Social Media

Web 2.0 : I am speechless!

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Web 2.0

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December 6th, 2005 at 10:33 am

Posted in Wanton Posts

Innovation Friendly Environment

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Creating an environment for innovation from Fortune Business Innovation 2005 Blog.

…the team at Gap International has isolated five critical factors for establishing the conditions for innovation to occur and for executing new possibilities that produce breakthroughs in business performance:

There are five ingredients for creating an environment for innovation:

  1. A clear sense of organizational PURPOSE
    A strong relationship to the company’s purpose gives a unified direction and inspiration that energizes and focuses the thinking of the work force. Purpose drives energy and focus.
  2. OWNERSHIP of the outcomes
    A high level of ownership of personal results as well as the team outcomes has people be accountable far beyond their immediate responsibilities. Ownership predicts reliability for producing the outcomes.
  3. A willingness to take RISK
    Risk is an essential ingredient of innovation. People take risks when they are free to speak and are free to speculate and question the conventional or even the obvious. Freedom to risk unleashes creativity.
  4. High-quality interpersonal relationships and AFFINITY
    Affinity among people, interpersonal trust and strong relationships have people focus on the task at hand and allow for greater performance with fewer personal agendas. Affinity impacts the speed of execution.
  5. INTERDEPENDENCE in thinking and working together
    Innovation almost always requires people to think and work in a highly collaborative and interdependent way. Interdependence leverages the best of everyone. Interdependence provides unmatched quality of execution.

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December 5th, 2005 at 7:28 am

Posted in Big Picture