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Dylan Tweney
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Hey everyone. I've transferred my G+ identity to this one: 

https://plus.google.com/111883490150087745593/

Google should have made the transfer automatically, so if you're following me here, you should now be following me there. But if that didn't work, FYI: I'll be doing my posting from dylan@tweney.com now, and NOT dylan20@gmail.com.
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“I think the number one reason I love Microsoft is we have a living founder and chairman who’s dedicated his life to making the world better." That's +Rahul Sood talking about why he loves working at Microsoft now.
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vBulletin came to mind considering I follow that project. But the icon on the shared circle made it clear!
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This is handy. You can now transfer your Google+ circles to a different account -- useful if, like me, you have a G+ identity with Gmail and you want to transfer it to a Google Apps for domains identity.

Accordingly, I will be moving my G+ from dylan20@gmail.com to dylan@tweney.com. I think everything should continue working the same. Fingers crossed.
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"There’s no way that value proposition can hold at 42 if someone else is doing it for 10. It can’t last. Or, everything I’ve learned about finance and business could be wrong. One of those two things."

+Bill Gurley talking about Groupon 

http://venturebeat.com/2012/07/11/groupons-last-private-round-investors-now-in-the-red/
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Not really a surprise, there. The last "private" round of investors in this kind of scheme is most definitely part of the batch of suckers -- they're the ones who think they're going to "get in on the action" before the doors are opened wide. Generally these operations only pay off the ringleader and the first set of investors.
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This is a smart argument by Scoble about how Google+ has a lot more vitality than people give it credit for.

It has convinced me to spend more time on G+ than I have been for the past few months.

Here's why I don't spend time on G+ more, however: One, I need client apps. Twitter has a rich array of clients for me to choose from and I like the ones I've picked (YoruFukorou on the Mac, and Carbon on my Lumia 900). G+ doesn't offer a single Windows phone client that I could find, and there's not much to choose from on the Mac either.

Second, login confusion. I have multiple Google accounts (on venturebeat.com, tweney.com, and a Gmail address). The only one I'm using G+ on is my Gmail.com address, because G+ wasn't available for Google apps for domains for awhile. Now that it's available, I could set up a G+ profile for dylan@tweney.com, say, but all my followers are here. On top of that, I have to jump through hoops to make sure I'm signed in to the right account whenever I want to post to G+.

Third, G+ is just confusing compared to twitter and facebook. Circles, hangouts, etc -- I never know what I'm sharing and with whom, and there are too many options for which circles/feeds to follow. I suppose that drawback will go away with practice, but still.

Anyway, I'm going to give it a try. Let me know what you think.
 
What is the new social media ghost town?

OK, let me get this straight.

Since July of last year:

I've gone from 0 to 1.5 million followers here.

On Facebook at https://facebook.com/robertscoble I've gone from 13,000 to 261,000 followers.

Yet on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/scobleizer I've gone from 240,000 to 260,000 followers.

I'm also getting more engagement on both Facebook and Google+.

Yet Google+ is derided in the tech press as a "ghost town." I think the data is starting to show that this is unfair and, well, simply wrong.

So, what's the new social media ghost town? I say it's Twitter. Follower growth has NOT kept up there with the other services, which is telling me something.

What is it telling me?

1. That while number of tweets have gone up, people are getting overloaded so they aren't following more people. Why is that? Because there isn't any noise controls on Twitter (Facebook's feed, on my screens, is a LOT more useful than Twitter's feeds).

2. I'm on Google+'s suggested user list, which is gifting me a huge number of followers. But I got up to 230,000 without ever being on that list here. Lots of people are signing up and at least a few ARE sticking around here.

3. Over on Facebook there are ways to get spread around more, and juice its suggested user feature (this is one thing Facebook does better than Twitter or Google+ since this list is algorithmic and doesn't show a single same list to every user), which gets you more users.

4. Facebook juices its subscriber numbers through lists. If you get put on a list with, say, 30,000 followers, all those followers will be added to your follower count.

Seriously, I know Twitter's not a ghost town, but it sure feels like that because of the usage model there. As it has turned into more of an "information utility" and less of a community it feels more and more empty.

A few other things?

I really hate Twitter's list limitations. On Twitter you can only put 500 people on a list. No such limitation exists here on Google+ or on Facebook. Also, on Twitter you can only have 20 lists per account. No such limitation exists here on Google+ or on Facebook. I don't get why they don't fix this, especially given that they say Twitter is an information utility.

Over on Facebook I'm really liking the ticker, which isn't yet integrated into its mobile apps. But these "attention signals" which show what your friends are listening to, reading, liking, eating, etc, are more useful to me than Twitter's tweet stream, especially when you consider that they aren't part of the feed, which means the feed has a lot less noise (over on Twitter I just saw Steve Wozniak check in on Foursquare, which is totally noise to me and is the kind of stuff I no longer see on my Facebook feed).

Finally, if you look at Flipboard and other readers like Zite, and Pulse, I am starting to like Facebook's display a lot more on those. Why? Because Facebook gives more signals through its comments and its noise filtering (which Flipboard then augments with its own round of noise filtering). I expect that when Google+ gets a real API and developer support (I expect that will come in late June at the Google IO conference) that it'll be the same.

This is a long way of saying: am I reading these signals right?

Is Facebook and Google+ going up in your world and Twitter staying flat or going down, especially when you consider time spent on each actually reading other people's content?
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Google developers have just rolled out an update making it easy to manage for multiple account users!
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Jim Balsillie, former (until this week) co-CEO of RIM: "We’re a very poorly diversified portfolio. It either goes to the moon or crashes to earth."
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+Dylan Tweney of VentureBeat wrote an interesting article about the recent change of management at RIM (http://venturebeat.com/2012/01/25/dylans-desk-its-the-season-for-monday-morning-quarterbacking/). He correctly mentions that "It’s not easy to see where the company went wrong". RIM, like other companies in tech history, is a victim of its own success.

An interesting generalization of this situation was made by +Kevin Kelly, who wrote about the need of organizations to destroy their previous success in order to create a new one (http://www.kk.org/newrules/blog/2010/05/the-harsh-news-is-that-getting.php):

While one product is perfecting its peak, an outsider can move the entire mountain by changing the rules. Detroit was the peak of perfection for big cars, but suddenly the small-car mountain overshadowed it. Sears was king of the retail mountain, but then Wal-Mart and Kmart's innovations created a whole new mountain range that towered above it. For a brief moment Nintendo owned the summits of the video-game mountain until Sega and later Sony built separate mountains even higher. Each of the displaced industries, companies, or products were stuck on a less optimal local peak.

[...to get to a higher peak, the company...] must do business less efficiently, with less perfection, relative to its current niche. This is a problem. Organizations, like living beings, are hardwired to optimize what they know--to cultivate success, not to throw it away. Companies find devolving unthinkable and impossible. There is simply no allowance in the enterprise for letting go.

Seems RIM got caught in that same trap of local optimums, and that any future success for them requires that they go through a destructive phase first. This is not impossible, as has been proven by several industry icons: IBM and Apple are two prominent examples of companies that have made magnificent recoveries.

Kelly (in http://www.kk.org/newrules/blog/let-go-at-the-top/) points to a suggestion by management consultant Tom Peters for organizations to appoint a “Chief Destruction Officer” (the article at http://www.informationweek.com/news/192701293 is an interesting 2006 perspective). Kelly doesn't explain what such an officer should actually do, but he does state that:

Legendary, long-lived companies are intensely outward-looking. They can spot a global peak and distinguish it from the many false peaks. They understand that an inward focus, especially a narrow focus on being "world's best" in some matter, can work against long-term adaptation by blinding the organization from seeking new heights. Better for the long haul is an outward perspective that is always seeking alternative mountains to climb.

BTW - An insightful segment from a 2008 interview with then RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie shows that RIM wasn’t subscribing to Kelly’s point of view (YouTube: Interview with BlackBerry co-CEO Jim Balsillie):

Interviewer: “It's a matter of time before someone else [brings a killer product] - I mean do you ever think about growing RIM beyond something like a blackberry?”

Balsillie: “No, no (laughing). We’d (roughly?), die. We’re a very poorly diversified portfolio. It either goes to the moon or crashes to earth. But it’s making it to the moon pretty good, so we’ll stay with it”
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My column leading up to CloudBeat 2011. I hate the buzzwords and jargon surrounding the cloud. But I am starting to appreciate the reality behind that.
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Dylan Tweney is a writer and editor specializing in technology, science and business. He is the executive editor at VentureBeat, where he leads the news team. Previously, he was a senior editor at Wired.com, and held various editorial positions at PC Magazine, Mobile PC, InfoWorld and PC/Computing. He also publishes tinywords, a daily magazine of haiku and micropoetry.
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Week in Review: Nearly everyone goes crazy over the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 ...
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The past week included the mobile apps and devices tradeshow CTIA in San Diego (intrepidly covered by Sean Ludwig), a major slew of announcements from social

Former Apple exec explains 'The Steve Jobs Way' | VentureBeat
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Jay Elliot has a unique insight into what makes Apple so successful. He worked closely with Steve Jobs in the 1980s, setting up the company's operational and

For sale: $40 billion PC business, only slightly used | VentureBeat
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Two weeks after announcing that it might be spinning off its PC business, HP is following through: It just put the business up for sale. Well, sort of. In what

Week in review: Everyone's in love with Siri | VentureBeat
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Each week, we take a look at the best and most popular stories that appeared on VentureBeat over the previous seven days. This week, Siri led the headlines.

HP kills Palm division, renames it webOS global business unit | VentureBeat
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Jon Rubinstein, the former CEO of Palm who orchestrated its $1.2 billion sale to Hewlett-Packard in 2010, is no longer heading Palm. And Palm itself is no more

Demo: Instant discounts with QR codes on receipts? Sign me up | VentureBeat
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I hate those printed coupons that come along with my grocery receipts. They're too easy to forget or lose and too hard to redeem. I also hate loyalty cards

Dylan's Desk: Software is not eating the world | VentureBeat
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Each week, I’m writing a column on business and technology called Dylan’s Desk, while Dean Takahashi is writing a column on video games called

Tapjoy CEO lashes out at Apple for restricting choice, revenue | Venture...
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Tapjoy CEO Mihir Shah is upset at Apple, and he's not afraid to let his anger show. Shah took the stage at MobileBeat 2011 in San Francisco Wednesday to

Breaking: McAfee chief to depart for security startup Palo Alto Networks...
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David DeWalt is about to leave his post as president of McAfee to become the CEO of Palo Alto Networks, a late-stage security startup, VentureBeat has learned

Demo: Practical augmented reality hits the iPad and smartphones with Aur...
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Most "augmented reality" demonstrations fall somewhere between merely fun and completely useless: Adding 3-D animations to advertisments, playing cards and the

Demo: i-Postmortem plans to keep your website around long after you're g...
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After you're gone, how will people remember you? If you're lucky, Facebook might keep your profile page around for awhile. But the company's interest is

Demo: Needium upgrades Twitter-monitoring service to help merchants find...
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The next time you post a tweet saying you're hungry, you might be surprised to see a response in your @ reply stream, offering you a discount at the pizza joint

Benchmark plops down $7.6M to make CouchSurfing into a for-profit | Vent...
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CouchSurfing, the site that helps you find a couch to spend the night on or a safe foreigner to warm your own couch, is switching from the slow lane to the fast

iPad sales are “absolutely a frenzy,” Apple exec says | VentureBeat
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Apple has been barely able to keep up with demand for its iPad 2 tablet -- exactly the kind of difficulty every manufacturer dreams of. "We sold every iPad we

Apple is working on a television for 2012, sources say | VentureBeat
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Apple is almost certainly working on a digital television based on its iOS operating system, according to multiple sources in Silicon Valley. An Apple-based

New HP chief Meg Whitman pledges to stay the course | VentureBeat
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As expected, Hewlett Packard ousted chief executive Léo Apotheker today, replacing him with former eBay chief Meg Whitman. HP board chairman Ray Lane will take

Intel notches record revenues amid rise in cloud services, netbook decli...
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Intel announced its fifth straight quarter of record-setting revenues today, with $13 billion in revenue and $3.2 billion net income, or 59 cents per share, for

Own takes aim at point-of-sale with ambitious hardware, software and clo...
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A small Detroit-based company has plans to reinvent the way restaurants, cafes and stores take money from customers. Own is aiming to make a point-of-sale (POS

Dylan's Desk: How stressful product launches make stressful products | V...
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Each week, I'm going to write a column on an aspect of the business and technology world that VentureBeat covers. My colleague Dean Takahashi

McAfee chief resigns to pursue 'non-competitive CEO role' | VentureBeat
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Intel's security- and antivirus-focused McAfee subsidiary has announced the departure of its president, David DeWalt. This sets the stage for DeWalt's likely