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Cute YouTube video on coming out

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Via Jeff Jarvis, this is a sweet enough video on coming out but I have to say the editing and the scripting make it head and shoulders above the usual YouTube videos. 100k views so far. There’s still a big divide between the usual “user generated content” and videos from the very articulate Mary Matthews.

Funnily enough this is her video response to a Human Rights Council video but she’s getting double the views they’re getting.

Conference: Social Networking for Business

Saturday, October 13th, 2007

Embryo stage right now. January 2008 in Dublin. All-day conference. Structure almost in place. Stay tuned. Yes, I’m looking for sponsors.

Irish Politics and Facebook

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Irish Politics aggregator, Politics in Ireland now has an Irish Politics Facebook application which can be installed by anyone on Facebook and it will display the latest blog posts that discuss Irish TDs. If you are on Facebook and want to use the application, then install it from here.

it@cork Conference has Hans Rosling and Wikinomics co-author

Friday, October 12th, 2007

The it@cork Technology in Business Conference 2007 has an impressive lineup, as ever. There’s been some great speakers previously like Robert Scoble and Hugh Macleod and this year again, they’ve lined up some impressive people. Two that certainly I want to see are Hans Rosling and Anthony Williams. Rosling is the guy behind Gapminder and his talks at TED are legendary. Here’s his one from this year on poverty, watch it all or if you are busy skip to the end to see his party piece:

Williams is the co-author of the book “Wikinomics“, the book about mass collaboration.

Here’s the blog/website badge for the conference, details on how to add it to your blog are here.
it@cork conference 2007

Fluffy Links – Friday October 12th 2007

Friday, October 12th, 2007

Via Mick. Wispas still not available where you are? Try here.

And if you like them that much, why not get the earrings too?

Black bastard energy drink
. Oh ze Germans.

A flying spycam the size of a dragonfly?

Via Harry, see all the episodes of the TG4 political drama “Running Mate”. Go here and click on “Drama cartlann”.

So, name a company, win a router.

Via Twenty, the Star Wars Trumpet lady:

For Twenty Quid or maybe fifty quid

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

(Nothing to do with the For Nine Pounds blog)
(Nothing to do with Ireland’s most famous blogger and author)

I love the idea of 50 pieces for 50 euros that happens every year with Habitat in Dublin and I love the idea of poundshops or Euro2 stores, as they’re now called, where everything under one roof is a simple set price. So I was wondering about the idea of a website that aggregated offers from Irish companies. Services for a flat fee of 20 euros.

For twenty quid we’ll give you a domain and hosting for a year.
For twenty quid I’ll give you a twenty minute skype consultancy on what you need to change on your website frontpage to rank higher for certain keywords.
For twenty quid I’ll upgrade WordPress for you.
For twenty quid I’ll design a simple logo for you.
For twenty quid I’ll write a press release for you.

This wouldn’t be like the fantastic Bargain Alerts forum on that highlights special offers, but which time out after a while. The forum too concentrates mostly on products of all types. The For Twenty Quid site would offer services as these are social things, in a way since they connect people together. Also too the offer would ideally be there for 6 months or at minimum 3 months.

I’d see it as a way for people with a limited budget to get something quality for a “must be stolen if it’s that low” price and as a foot in the door for those people that want to sell on additional and more in-depth services. Unlike some kind of Buy and Sell listings, there would be quality control so not any auld crap can be offered or useless stuff that isn’t of any use unless you pay for another product or service.

Every offer too would have a feedback option so you can read the reviews of the services that have been offered. Reviews are good.

I’m wondering what people think about such an idea and would they offer their own services on the site and what would they offer for twenty euros?

Is 20 Euros too cheap? Would dealing with 20 euro payments mean too many resources used to cash them? Should it be set at 50 euros to get rid of messers?

The other option is to just do this over a set few weeks every year where all money goes to charity and people are in effect donating their services in exchange for money going to a charity. It would be nice to see a blogger born charity initiative doing the rounds.

Fluffy Links – Thursday October 11th 2007

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

I’ve started updating the Irish Tech Company blog again. Emails going out in the next while asking for updates and clarifications. Go to the blog if you want your tech company to be listed.

Get better Sinéad.

*Channels the dead Blogorrah* Wayne is back and what an evening was had in Cork!

Am thinking of going to the Web 2.0 Expo in Berlin. Who else is going?

Liking the sound of this cheap officespace in Belfast.

Irish Broadband are just asking to be hacked.

Stupid filter. I love it. Use the same spam fighting algorithms to find and kill stupidity online.

Devendra Banhart – Sight to Behold (Jools Holland)

Search Engine Marketing discussion gets catty (and entertaining)

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

I’m subscribed via RSS to the Enterprise Ireland eBusiness Mailing list and there was a recent kerfuffle about ad campaigns and what to do and who to use. Seems some people took exception when people said let the experts run a campaign and don’t DIY.

Many people who know their stuff recommended Dave Davis and RedFly Marketing if you want to spend some lolly and run ads for whatever your campaign is. Now I’m on record as thinking ads, especially the Google ones are goddamned ugly and people who run them on personal blogs disrespect their readers but at the same time I do recognise there is a need for a company to run ad campaigns to get business. Nowadays it will be rather tough to rank highly for every area your business operates in, unless you are highly niche. Google will allow you to run DIY ads but just like you can build a staircase yourself it doesn’t mean you should. It seems the almost Dave Davis Fanboyism (I hope he reads this and blushes muhaha) irked some people who think what they do themselves can be just as good. Wake the fuck up. Unless you work in the Search Engine Marketing business on a daily basis, you will save money by outsourcing the work to crowds like Redfly for mid and large campaigns. Same goes for SEO. I know a little but I’d spend to earn if I had a commercial site and would bring in the Hearnster. (Aside: I was hearing ads on the radio all week for a bloke called Richard Hearns who lives some of the year in Dublin and some in thailand and who’s an artist and I was thinking, a secret life of an artist, the sly dog. But no. Diff Hearnster.)

Check out some of the comments here.

loving this:

It is an insult to someone’s intelligence if people think that you need to be an expert to get the best from an AdSense campaign.

and this:

This discussion smacks of elitism and a fair amount of back slapping between different parties who seem to share vested interests.

Adsense and Adwords are not incredibly difficult once you take time to read the instructions.

Handbags at dawn, while brain checked into the cloakroom.

Now I have no affiliation with Dave though we have chatted now and then about search engine marketing but I have heard high praise from various quarters about his work. Google being Google and their lack of transparency and shit customer care and feedback means that it really does take a lot of dedication to know all the tricks and methods to maximise both search engine ranking and search engine marketing. I’d leave it to a pro.

This video has nothing to do with nothing.

The Google Phone (again) now with GrandCentral and Jaiku and what if Cubic Phones got into the mix?

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

News came out in the past few days that the Google Phone/GPhone was not afterall going to be a hardware device and that Google was working on something like a competitor to Windows Mobile. Told you so. 🙂 Anyways, with the Jaiku deal announced yesterday, I thought I’d re-examine the Google Mobile software suite that I think they’re developing and add in thoughts on recent acquisitions.

First GrandCentral. With the purchase of this company, it means Google can now offer a single number for your phone or even a different number per country so people can phone local numbers but connect to you no matter where you are on the planet. You are free to create rules for that number so at certain times of the day, only family can call and everyone else is diverted to your desk phone or to voicemail. Certain numbers you can just block forever. Blocked number rings in? Send them to the spammer voicemail. Client number ringing in? Send them to the business answering service. Will this be one of the features on the Google Mobile Operating System? It should be.

Now to Jaiku. Dave Winer said that Scoble rang him and said the Jaiku deal was not about Twitter but about Facebook. Bollox to both reasonings. The Jaiku purchase was not about Twitter or Facebook or the threat from either, Google is working on something else to combat Facebook. Jaiku, in my view will be integrated into this Google Mobile Operating System/Suite that I believe will be able to work on a whole slew of phones.

Jyri himself from Jaiku pointed out how Tim O’Reilly thinks that the mobile phone addressbook could itself be the killer app for Web 2.0. Jaiku already has software for Nokia phones that does this. You can see who on your addressbook is on Jaiku and you can see their status. This is what it looks like:

Jaiku address book

Now, imagine having a phone where all your contacts will also show a status (blank if they not using Google Mobile Services/GMail). Scenario: Ok, Jim is in a meeting right now, so I won’t bother calling. Fiona is also in the meeting but her status says she will reply to IMs, so you IM her from your phone. Change your own status to say you are in Denmark now, only important calls can be taken. Paul is on holidays so he says ring Jim. Julie is driving home, contact her after 5 instead. Gah. Notice how simple status messages are proving to be more and more important? This so reminds me of the inch speech in Any Given Sunday.

Jaiku is also perfect for saying where you are which can tie itself into the geotag information on Google maps. Tell Jaiku (or whatever it will be called with Google) where you are and it can tell you what are good places to eat nearby and it might even tell you if any business contacts are nearby.

Now for the Cubic phones. The key thing about them is that they have a sim card so sit on a normal mobile network but they also sit on a wifi network. Imagine the Google Mobile Operating system running on Cubic phones? Google is giving it away, so flash the Cubic phone to run it. You see your address book on your phone and a special icon next to those people who you can call totally for free and likewise they can see you are in a wifi zone so can call your from their PC or wireless device. Why do you need a €700 phone just for WiFi? The Cubic phone is cheap as chips, gives you WiFi and cheap roaming too and when on WiFi free calls to anyone on GTalk/GMail or on the Cubic service. Cubic already have deals with WiFi networks but imagine if Google, an investor in FON also said, “any phone with the Google Mobile OS can use FON for free calls and data”? And all without any lock-in with operators. I’m sure Google is hoping and praying that there’ll be lots more Cubic Telecoms in the not so distant future as they mess with the existing mobile cartels. I do too.

Fluffy Links – Wednesday 10th of October 2007

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

Nice rant from Suzy.

Ron Mueck is a legend of an artist.

Yeah, more facebook jokes. Cheers Matt.

Google trailerpark.

We need a mobile web camp too. Do we have enough Irish companies working in the mobile space?

Politics and Web 2.0, How not to do it.

Korn – A.D.I.D.A.S. (Final Destination 2 mashup, one of best opening scenes in a movie ever)