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given facebook vanity URL/id is it possible to find the digital foot print of that particular user elsewhere in the web?

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Former Chief Evangelist of Apple - Guy Kawasaki lessons learnt from Steve Jobs
(Sat01) What I Learned From Steve Jobs

Many people have explained what one can learn from Steve Jobs. But few, if any, of these people have been inside the tent and experienced first hand what it was like to work with him. I don’t want any lessons to be lost or forgotten, so here is my list of the top twelve lessons that I learned from Steve Jobs.

Experts are clueless.

Experts—journalists, analysts, consultants, bankers, and gurus can’t “do” so they “advise.” They can tell you what is wrong with your product, but they cannot make a great one. They can tell you how to sell something, but they cannot sell it themselves. They can tell you how to create great teams, but they only manage a secretary. For example, the experts told us that the two biggest shortcomings of Macintosh in the mid 1980s was the lack of a daisy-wheel printer driver and Lotus 1-2-3; another advice gem from the experts was to buy Compaq. Hear what experts say, but don’t always listen to them.

Customers cannot tell you what they need.

“Apple market research” is an oxymoron. The Apple focus group was the right hemisphere of Steve’s brain talking to the left one. If you ask customers what they want, they will tell you, “Better, faster, and cheaper”—that is, better sameness, not revolutionary change. They can only describe their desires in terms of what they are already using—around the time of the introduction of Macintosh, all people said they wanted was better, faster, and cheaper MS-DOS machines. The richest vein for tech startups is creating the product that you want to use—that’s what Steve and Woz did.

Jump to the next curve.

Big wins happen when you go beyond better sameness. The best daisy-wheel printer companies were introducing new fonts in more sizes. Apple introduced the next curve: laser printing. Think of ice harvesters, ice factories, and refrigerator companies. Ice 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0. Are you still harvesting ice during the winter from a frozen pond?

The biggest challenges beget best work.

I lived in fear that Steve would tell me that I, or my work, was crap. In public. This fear was a big challenge. Competing with IBM and then Microsoft was a big challenge. Changing the world was a big challenge. I, and Apple employees before me and after me, did their best work because we had to do our best work to meet the big challenges.

Design counts.

Steve drove people nuts with his design demands—some shades of black weren’t black enough. Mere mortals think that black is black, and that a trash can is a trash can. Steve was such a perfectionist—a perfectionist Beyond: Thunderdome—and lo and behold he was right: some people care about design and many people at least sense it. Maybe not everyone, but the important ones.

You can’t go wrong with big graphics and big fonts.

Take a look at Steve’s slides. The font is sixty points. There’s usually one big screenshot or graphic. Look at other tech speaker’s slides—even the ones who have seen Steve in action. The font is eight points, and there are no graphics. So many people say that Steve was the world’s greatest product introduction guy..don’t you wonder why more people don’t copy his style?

Changing your mind is a sign of intelligence.

When Apple first shipped the iPhone there was no such thing as apps. Apps, Steve decreed, were a bad thing because you never know what they could be doing to your phone. Safari web apps were the way to go until six months later when Steve decided, or someone convinced Steve, that apps were the way to go—but of course. Duh! Apple came a long way in a short time from Safari web apps to “there’s an app for that.”

“Value” is different from “price.”

Woe unto you if you decide everything based on price. Even more woe unto you if you compete solely on price. Price is not all that matters—what is important, at least to some people, is value. And value takes into account training, support, and the intrinsic joy of using the best tool that’s made. It’s pretty safe to say that no one buys Apple products because of their low price.

A players hire A+ players.

Actually, Steve believed that A players hire A players—that is people who are as good as they are. I refined this slightly—my theory is that A players hire people even better than themselves. It’s clear, though, that B players hire C players so they can feel superior to them, and C players hire D players. If you start hiring B players, expect what Steve called “the bozo explosion” to happen in your organization.

Real CEOs demo.

Steve Jobs could demo a pod, pad, phone, and Mac two to three times a year with millions of people watching, why is it that many CEOs call upon their vice-president of engineering to do a product demo? Maybe it’s to show that there’s a team effort in play. Maybe. It’s more likely that the CEO doesn’t understand what his/her company is making well enough to explain it. How pathetic is that?

Real CEOs ship.

For all his perfectionism, Steve could ship. Maybe the product wasn’t perfect every time, but it was almost always great enough to go. The lesson is that Steve wasn’t tinkering for the sake of tinkering—he had a goal: shipping and achieving worldwide domination of existing markets or creation of new markets. Apple is an engineering-centric company, not a research-centric one. Which would you rather be: Apple or Xerox PARC?

Marketing boils down to providing unique value.

Think of a 2 x 2 matrix. The vertical axis measures how your product differs from the competition. The horizontal axis measures the value of your product. Bottom right: valuable but not unique—you’ll have to compete on price. Top left: unique but not valuable—you’ll own a market that doesn’t exist. Bottom left: not unique and not value—you’re a bozo. Top right: unique and valuable—this is where you make margin, money, and history. For example, the iPod was unique and valuable because it was the only way to legally, inexpensively, and easily download music from the six biggest record labels.

Bonus: Some things need to be believed to be seen. When you are jumping curves, defying/ignoring the experts, facing off against big challenges, obsessing about design, and focusing on unique value, you will need to convince people to believe in what you are doing in order to see your efforts come to fruition. People needed to believe in Macintosh to see it become real. Ditto for iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Not everyone will believe—that’s okay. But the starting point of changing the world is changing a few minds. This is the greatest lesson of all that I learned from Steve.

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Excellent piece on Future of Work (and enabling collaboration inside Barelly Repeated Process)
My latest gigantic post (of course with shoddy formatting)...anyway make sure you make some coffee, this is a long one...and perhaps even some toast

It sucks when you don't find your country (india) listed in the online battery order page . the irony is the page is opened right from my Dell Studio laptop through battery meter order online setting ( cc +Michael Dell )

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good list. looking for a list on Enterprise 2.0
A who's who of technology journalists, commentators, and web-personalities to follow on Google+

If you’re interested in technology and you want to know who to follow on Google+, here's a list of leading tech journalists, commentators, and personalities, divided by categories and specialties.

General technology

+Chris Anderson - Editor in Chief of Wired and author of The Long Tail
+michael arrington - Founder of TechCrunch
+Patrick Beja - French podcaster and tech commentator
+Bianca Bosker - Technology Editor for The Huffington Post
+Henry Blodget - Controversial Wall Street journalist who covers tech sector
+Rick Broida - CNET blogger scours the Web looking for the best deals in tech
+Brian Cooley - CNET car-tech editor
+Charles Cooper - Veteran tech reporter for
+Dan Costa - Executive editor at PC Magazine
+Christopher Dawson - ZDNet blogger on technology in education
+Michael Dell - CEO of Dell
+Sam Diaz - ZDNet news hound on the Between the Lines blog
+Larry Dignan - ZDNet Editor in Chief; prolific tech news blogger
+Esther Dyson - Veteran technology pundit
+Mike Elgan - Widely-published freelance tech writer
+Rob Enderle - Long-time analyst of the PC industry
+Michael Gartenberg - Gartner analyst on consumer technology
+Denise Howell - Lawyer; commentator on technology and law
+Mathew Ingram - Canadian tech writer for GigaOm
+Mitch Kapor - Lotus, Mozilla pioneer; angel investor
+Vinod Khosla - One of the tech world’s most influential venture capitalists
+Adrian Kingsley-Hughes - Technology hardware commentator at ZDNet
+Martin LaMonica - CNET writer on green technology
+Leo Laporte - Host of TWiT network and former TechTV host
+Cali Lewis - Host of GeekBrief.TV
+Jim Louderback - CEO of Revision3; former editor of PC Magazine
+Om Malik - Founder of GigaOm
+John Markoff - Science writer for The New York Times
+Harry McCracken - Founder of Technologizer and former editor of PC World
+Declan McCullagh - CBS News correspondent on US tech policy
+Tom Merritt - Host of Tech News Today on the TWiT network
+Clayton Morris - Fox TV personality covering geek topics and social media
+Natali Morris - CNET TV host of Loaded and tech correspondent for CBS News
+patrick norton - Tekzilla host and former TechTV personality
+Andrew Nusca - ZDNet news writer; editor
+John Paczkowski - Tech news hound for All Things Digital
+Jason Perlow - ZDNet technology columnist
+Chris Pirillo - Tech geek turned Internet personality
+David Pogue - Tech columnist for New York Times and CNBC
+Jason Pontin - Editor in Chief of MIT Technology Review
+Seth Porges - Tech editor at Popular Mechanics magazine
+JR - Rafael Gonzalez - Tech news writer for PC World
+Gabe Rivera - Founder of Techmeme
+Jack Schofield - Computer editor at The Guardian
+MG Siegler - TechCrunch news writer
+Dwight Silverman - Technology editor for the Houston Chronicle
+Brad Stone - Technology reporter for Bloomberg Businessweek
+Robert Strohmeyer - Freelance tech columnist
+Kara Swisher - Silicon Valley blogger for
+Baratunde Thurston - Editor, writer, and comedian
+Dan Tynan - Tech humor columnist and veteran tech writer
+Lance Ulanoff - Editor in Chief of PC Magazine
+Molly Wood -CNET TV host and writer; creator of the famed “Molly rant”
+Becky Worley - ABC technology reporter, TWiT network host

Mobile computing

+Bonnie Cha - CNET mobile tech editor
+Jessica Dolcourt - CNET mobile tech reporter
+Bob Egan - Analyst on mobile tech; Wi-Fi pioneer
+Ina Fried - mobile reporter
+Jonathan Geller - Founder and Editor in Chief of Boy Genius Report
+Nicole Lee - CNET mobile tech reporter
+stuart miles - Founder of
+Maggie Reardon - CNET reporter on mobile and wireless technology
+Mark Spoonauer - Editor in Chief of Laptop Magazine
+Kevin Tofel - Mobile site editor for GigaOm
+Tony Vincent - Writer on mobile tech and IT in education


+Marc Benioff - CEO of
+David Berlind - TechWeb Editor-in-Chief
+Tony Bradley - PC World tech writer
+David Davis - Author, blogger, expert on Cisco and virtualization technologies
+Bill Detwiler - TechRepublic’s Head Technology Editor
+Scot Finnie - Editor in Chief of Computerworld
+Steve Gillmor - Veteran tech journalist
+Bob Gourley - blogger; government IT expert
+Dion Hinchcliffe - Blogger and consultant on Web 2.0 for business
+Chuck Hollis - EMC CTO and blogger
+Alexander Howard - Government 2.0 Correspondent for 
O’Reilly Media
+Doug Kaye - Founder of IT Conversations
+Michael Krigsman - Watchdog of IT project failures
+Scott Lowe - CIO, author, and TechRepublic columnist
+Abbie Lundberg - Former editor in chief of CIO Magazine
+Steve Ranger - Editor of UK IT site
+Deb Shinder - Popular tech tip writer for TechRepublic and other publications
+Don Tennant - Former editor in chief of Computerworld
+Rick Vanover - Senior IT professional and TechRepublic blogger
+Werner Vogels - CTO

Web and social media

+Randall Bennett - Founder of TechVi, Web video specialist
+Paul Boutin - Reporter for VentureBeat, The New York Times, and Wired
+danah boyd - Academic/researcher in new media
+Jason Calacanis - CEO of Mahalo, founder of Weblogs Inc.
+Pete Cashmore - CEO of Mashable
+Mrinal Desai - Tech startup founder; tech news junkie
+Caterina Fake - Co-founder of Flickr
+John Furrier - Silicon Valley entrepreneur
+Jeff Jarvis - Professor and author who covers tech and new media
+Shira Lazar - Web Video journalist covering tech, culture, and new media
+Jennifer Leggio - ZDNet blogger on social media for business
+Charlene Li - Author and social media thought leader
+Richard MacManus - Editor and founder of ReadWriteWeb
+Andrew Mager - Web developer and ZDNet blogger on Web 2.0
+Caroline McCarthy - CNET writer covering Web 2.0
+Matt Mullenweg - Founder of WordPress
+Rafe Needleman - Editor of CNET’s Webware
+Jeremiah Owyang - Forrester analyst on new media technologies
+Kevin Rose - Founder of, host of Diggnation
+Joshua Schachter - Creator of Delicious, a.k.a.
+erick schonfeld - TechCrunch co-editor
+Robert Scoble - Tech writer and social media flag-bearer
+Stephen Shankland - CNET News reporter, covering the Web
+Joel Spolsky - Co-founder of Stack Overflow
+Owen Thomas - Writer at VentureBeat
+Alexia Tsotsis - TechCrunch reporter
+Fred Wilson - Tech venture capitalist in New York
+Dave Winer - “The father of blogging and RSS” (BBC)
+Dave Winer - Author and Harvard professor covering the Internet
+Michelle Marie - Creative thinker. Entertaining. Geek-chick.
+Tom Anderson Geek, Myspace co-founder and internet celebrity.

Consumer electronics

+Donald Bell - Gadget reporter for CNET
+Veronica Belmont - Host of Tekzilla and Qore, and former CNET TV host
+Ryan Block - Former Engadget editor and co-founder of GDGT
+David Carnoy - CNET editor of mobile gadgets
+Jason Chen - Gizmodo editor
+brian lam - Editorial Director of Gizmodo
+Nilay Patel - Managing Editor of Engadget
+Don Reisinger - Gadget columnist for CNET
+Peter Rojas - Founding editor of both Gizmodo and Engadget
+Ross Rubin - NPD head analyst on consumer technology
+Joanna Stern - Engadget reporter
+Jeremy Toeman - Consumer electronics startup advisor
+Joshua Topolsky - Editor in Chief of Engadget

This list is a modified version of the Twitter list originally written by +Jason Hiner over at

How do you export/bookmark all the +1 done inside Google +. I would like to have a single "favorite" activity stream of all my +1 or fav in twitter or like inside facebook

Difference between facebook and google + in one line? G+ facilitates
Strength of weak ties which facebook doesn't

facebook bug getting 2 chat windows sametime.anyone experiencing the same problem?

Microsoft has 18000 patents; Google 700 patents -- how come Google is so innovative and beat MSFT? Does patenting has any effect in a company success? Any thought leadership/ comparison of patents w.r.t company financials?

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