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John Blossom
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Attended Connecticut College, Drew University, CUNY
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Content and technology marketing strategist and analyst, author, speaker, facilitating vision & execution
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I focus my professional life at the intersection of content, technology and people, enabling organizations to find their most valuable positioning there. I speak often at conferences, have written the book "Content Nation" on social media (http://goo.gl/bKq6l) and am working on my second book, "The Second Web" (thesecondwebbook.com). 

I sail, love to travel and to explore new places, natural wonders and cultures, do community volunteer work, read voraciouly and believe that every day is an opportunity to make the world a better place. 

Biography:

John Blossom is a globally recognized media and enterprise content industry analyst, providing thought leadership to executives in search of new approaches to rapidly changing markets for publishing and technology products and services. Mr. Blossom founded Shore Communications Inc. in 1997, specializing in research and advisory services and strategic marketing consulting for publishers and content service providers in enterprise and media markets. 

Mr. Blossom’s engagements have included strategic marketing consulting for major corporations and startups as well as speaking engagements at major conferences and advisory services for senior industry executives. Mr. Blossom is the author of the book "Content Nation: Surviving and Thriving as Social Media Changes Our Work, Our Lives and Our Future," published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. in January 2009, and speaks frequently at industry and corporate events on publishing in enterprise and media markets.

Mr. Blossom's career spans more than twenty years of marketing, research, product management and development in advanced information and media venues, including the marketing and development of real-time and Web-oriented financial information services at global financial publishers and financial services companies (Citicorp, Quotron and for Reuters Holdings PLC), as well as earlier experience in broadcast media. 

Mr. Blossom served as a Vice President and Lead Analyst at Outsell, Inc., where he provided research and analysis coverage of content technologies and financial and corporate information markets for major corporate clients, and developed successful online ecommerce services for research reports. 

For his excellence in qualiitative research, Mr. Blossom was recognized with the Vendor of the Year award by Standard & Poor's in 2001. Mr. Blossom's ContentBlogger weblog won the Software and Information Industry Association 2007 CODiE award for Best Media Blog.  Mr. Blossom has traveled to and is familiar with both European and Asian markets for content as well as North American markets..

Mr. Blossom has been interviewed frequently by the business press and has been quoted in many major news and trade publications and media outlets, including:

  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Financial Times
  • Washington Post
  • Denver Post
  • USA Today
  • Marketplace radio
  • C-SPAN
  • ABC Radio National
  • CEO Magazine
  • Information Today
  • EContent Magazine
  • Upgrade Magazine
  • BusinessNow television
  • Wall Street and Technology
  • Waters Magazine
  • Securities Industry News
  • Red Herring
  • WSOU Radio

Mr. Blossom speaks regularly at major industry conferences and events, including:

  • SIIA Information Industry Summit
  • SIIA NetGain
  • SIIA Financial Information Summit (Rome)
  • SLA Annual Conference
  • The National Press Club
  • The Commonwealth Club
  • ALPSP (Oxford, UK)
  • ASIDIC
  • NFAIS
  • Buying and Selling eContent
  • Cabueñes (Gijón, Spain)
  • Search Engine Strategies
  • Infovision (India)
  • InfoCommerce Annual Conference
  • MIT Enterprise Forum Master Class Series
  • OCLC Symposium
  • TransPromo Annual Conference
  • Uchida Spectrum User Symposium (Tokyo)
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Author of "Content Nation," proud dad, sailor, traveler, love doing things that they say can't be done
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Content Market Strategic Consulting, Speaker, Author
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If you need someone with excellent communications skills to analyze your content and technology markets, market strategy and marketing opportunities, let's talk. I've done it for dozens of companies for more than 14 years.
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  • Shore Communications Inc.
    President - Media and Enterprise Content Market Research and Advisory Services, 1999 - present
  • Outsell, Inc
    Vice President, Lead Analyst, 2000 - 2002
  • Risk Waters Group
    Director, Marketing Research, 1998 - 1999
  • Reuters Group Plc
    Marketing Manager, Group Product Manager, Group Project Manager, 1990 - 1998
  • Quotron, Inc.
    Project Manager, Professional Services Group, 1986 - 1990
  • Citibank, N.A.
    Systems Analyst, Programmer, 1984 - 1986
  • AT&T Western Electric/Bellcore
    Human Performance Engineer, 1982 - 1984
  • WHCN, Hi-Fi Stereo House, Manchester High School
    Advertising Sales, Advertising Copywriter, Retail Management, Teaching Intern, 1977 - 1982
  • Fuller Brush Company, Camp Aldersgate, United Parcel Service, Morristown Cable Company, Calvary United Methodist Church
    Door-to-Door Sales, Logistics, Television Production Intern, Youth Counseling and Ministries, 1972 - 1977
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Project Vault is a +Google ATAP​ personal ID system-on-a-chip embedded in a SIM card case that can tell if it's you using a device based on things like how you type - and then produce a confidence score for use in other security procedures. Device independent. Interesting.
“Passwords suck”. Google’s Regina Duggan said as much on-stage this morning at an ATAP session at Google I/O. We’ve got plenty of ways to manage passwords, but ATAP wants to ...
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+Carlos Bedia Interesting point. 
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Interestingly, the more fully featured +Google Wallet is not going away for now - Android Pay will work alongside it. As with Google Photos, Pay is a streamlined approach, with apps requiring only an API call to use it, as opposed to a full merchant registration process required for Google Wallet. Interesting read.
Here's a look at how Android users will pay for things, both in person and in app.
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+Alex Schleber Interesting point. It also makes it clear what the scope of the feature is - just Android devices. No guesswork.
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Silently I whisper...yay! There are too many apps that have no business being apps. There are too few Web services that try to be applets in context. I do believe that Goodle is moving the development discussion in the right direction.
 
In hindsight, I think Google Now On Tap may be the biggest news out of Google I/O from yesterday. It will certainly impact how we use devices in the future; in a good way IMO.
Summary:Google's new Now On Tap feature, coming with Android M, shows a future where you don't hunt through home screens and menus to find an app. The right apps come to you.
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+Matt Thompson Dunno, maybe, maybe not. In a sense the new UIs and devtools seem to be slowing down the inevitability of Chromedroid - maybe.
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The new Google Photos service is free for unlimited storage and access, but it lacks the advanced photo features in +Google+ photos such as auto-enhancing images (as opposed to Auto-Awesome, the enhancing just makes the existing image better). Here's something that surfaced that explains part of the tradeoffs involved:

Now for the fine print: Google's unlimited storage comes with a price: images that are "slightly" compressed, but still at high resolution. Google says you won't notice the difference.

Real world test: a file that was originally 6.8 MB got compressed down to just under 1 megabyte in the app, while another original was at 10.8 MB and downgraded to 2.8 MB.

The LAT article also points out the limitations of Google's auto-categorisation of images based on semantic image analysis, but hey, for free it does an excellent job - and will only get better as it learns about your content...
LOS ANGELES - The idea of Google Photos is sound: what if there could be one digital home for every photo you've taken, whether it be on the phone, tablet or camera? Great notion and Google isn't alone in
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Oh well. Thanks for proving me wrong!
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More great travel gizmos - regular and Quick Charge USB outlets in one lighter plugin unit.
Accelerating the charging experience on the go is Aukey's Dual-USB Turbo Car Charger — a pocket-sized companion you'll want for every commute. Whether you're playing taxi, carpooling, or riding solo, having enough chargers in the car makes everyone's life much simpler. For the sake of getting the fastest charge possible, you'll want something that puts out more juice than your run-of-...
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Nice - high power clearly marked. I am fed up with low power chargers.
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Dang, Sammy's becoming the next Nokia - and for similar reasons (ersatz, poorly timed schizophenia over a premium/proprietary strategy and an Android strategy). If you can't decide who you want to be, your customers aren't going to do it for you.
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+Stuart O'Neill Not exactly sure what focus you're looking for, but thanks for the complement. Here to serve.
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Now, g'wan home and make some Web apps. h/t +Lyndon Bredenkamp 
 
Polymer team also announced a boilerplate for building web applications with Web Components
https://developers.google.com/web/tools/polymer-starter-kit/
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Google Now on Tap is Apps search integration done right. Nice demo. h/t +Nkansah Rexford 
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+Henk Poley​ Anything wrong with that, since NSA already almost has everything about you? Google and NSA, who would you like to give your data to? The one who explicitly let's you know what they're collecting, and one who works behind your back, but when asked denies knowing that there exist something of that sort?
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Ya oughta be in Hollywood, kiddo. Oh, you are. Pretty neat, +Raspberry Pi 
 
So, we make movie props, apparently. Watch the new Point Break trailer closely.
We had mail this morning suggesting we watch the trailer for the new Point Break reboot closely. (Keep your eyes peeled at 1:23.) When we started the Raspberry Pi Foundation in 2012, we thought we’d just be teaching kids to code. It’s kind of discombobulating to find that we’ve been making movie props too. (If that clip …
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Last year's launch of Android TV promised the potential of a gamer-quality unit that could rock +Android​ games as well as Chromecast mobile integration. Finally, +NVIDIA​ has launched a Tegra X1-powered Shield device at #io15 that delivers on this potential. Full 1080p games, play 4K personal videos, all starting at $200 (Shield remote and controller are extra). This is the first Android TV unit that you have to take seriously...
While others are making "pucks," Nvidia is now selling a beefy set-top box.
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My two-outlet travel surge protector lets me share a plug with other travelers, but having two USB ports on top of that makes for super-awesome travel charging...
Airports around the world are slowly being upgraded to accommodate all the electronics we now travel with, but the process is slow. Finding an available outlet while waiting for a flight is often still a challenge, but with Bluelounge’s new Portiko in your carry-on, you’ll at least never end up sitting on the floor to ensure your power cords reach.
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+James Mason No, see my other post for an auto adaptor that does have both.
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A lede for +Google Chrome Chromecast based multiscreen games was hinted at in the #io15  preroll videos for the keynote, but no mention in the keynote itself. Turns out that the development APIs are getting more robust...
Google has sold 17 million Chromecasts thus far, but it obviously wants to sell more and make the media player more valuable to current users at the same
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And so, the great Chromebook experiment begins
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Now that I'm in possession of my very first Chromebook I figure it's time that I sat down and actually tried to use it. Properly. IFA wasn't

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Dreadnoughtus schrani was the size of seven Tyrannosaurus Rex and would have been utterly untroubled by predators, say experts

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Google's new Nexus 7 and Chromecast event in under five minutes
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Simplifying wave extension distribution for developers and users.

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Very pleased with the service from Total Electric, scheduling is courteous and professional, and Jerry is efficient and very honest about his work. I've used them a few times for relatively small jobs, and I see no need to change any time soon. Well worth a try.
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So far, so good - when the Monro Muffler shop up the street diagnosed a transmission problem for my son's far a while back, they recommended Jerry's to take care of it. They worked hard to find the right parts to fix it at a reasonable price, and so far the results have been great. They are very service-oriented, straight-shooters, and strictly popular. In our limited time in Guilford, this has been our best overall experience for auto repairs.
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PCS did a great job at a very reasonable price, with very professional work and the right equipment. While it took a while to get on their schedule, once scheduled the work went off as planned. They were flexible about some last-minute "trades" of targeted trees. Cleanup was very good. There are a lot of options for tree removal these days, but I'd suggest that you put PCS on your list.
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Fancy looking it's not, but this store has exceptional selection and an owner who can guide you rapidly to the right selections in the store. If you're down the road at one of the chain stores you may pay a bit more here, but you're far more likely to find exactly what you're looking for.
Quality: Very GoodAppeal: Poor - FairService: Excellent
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When first we moved here a couple of years ago the manager was very helpful and worked hard to make sure that you didn't overpay for your repairs. New manager in the past year or so seems to consistently find ways to overcharge you. The quality of the work is OK, but there are local shops right up the street that often do a much better job for less.
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Foxon Road is a pretty lonely stretch on the edge of North Guilford, an unlikely place to find anything worth eating. Farina is a notable exception to those expectations. Its main entry is a typical take-out counter for pizza and such, but off to the side if a small, comfortable, nicely decorated eat-in side where you can enjoy good pizza and very good Italian food. This is Italian as in Italy - the owner's family hails from a town outside of Rome, with music from that town's singers playing in the restaurant. The food is very good, though the service delivered by the small staff gets stretched at times. Spaghetti sauce is obviously homemade and very authentic and flavorful, and dishes like chicken marsala that could have been done very blandly come out with tender slices and nice touches like a touch of pancetta done just right. Breads are fresh and not just recycled pizza dough. My mobile phone doesn't quite reach in this remote location, but the restaurant's free wifi fills the gap.It's a fairly limited menu, but if you've been in Italy at all you know that's not necessarily a bad thing. If you're in the area it's worth a try, though selfishly I hope that it doesn't get too popular - we want to make sure that we can get in regularly.
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When we first moved to Guilford a few weeks ago, we stumbled down the street to the nearest restaurant that we could find. Thank goodness it was the Brownstone House, a converted Friendly's restaurant that is a surprising and rewarding blend of everyday comfort and class. The interior is revamped from its original finish to more tasteful surroundings, but it's still family-style seating and invites you to just relax and have a good meal. What you get is a great meal, though. The quality of the food is exceptional, with generous portions and high quality ingredients throughout. I had a chicken scarpiello that was great, with wide vegetables done just perfectly. Most recently I had one of their signature specials, chicken jambalaya. My mother's family has some of its roots in New Orleans, where my great-grandmother's restaurant would have been proud to have served this dish - a perfect balance of ingredients and spices. Bread for the table is French baguettes, and desserts are sumptuous but not over-fussy or over-huge. The service, while not exceptional, is certainly fine and friendly. If you're expecting luxury along with your food you'll probably be disappointed, but to get a real meal prepared properly out of real food at diner prices in an atmosphere that your whole family can relax in is a luxury of its own kind. For that, I'll give the Brownstone House a strong rating for its exceptional value.
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