More Than A Toy

Fred Wilson wants to get serious and break out of the 2.0 box. I am a bit jealous of friends who are working on finding and funding alternative energy or biomedical technologies that have the potential to address the serious problems facing the world. At times it seems that helping the web become more social, […]

Time Warner Wants You To Pay For Your Web Usage

My first reaction to this story is that if anything could kill off interactive marketing, it’d be this: Some customers of Time Warner Cable in Beaumont, Texas, may soon end up paying more for their Internet access than other customers. In a test of metered Internet access that’s set to begin Thursday, subscribers who go […]

Are Digital Accounts Headed For More Consolidation?

This Ad Age article about Subaru caught my eye: Subaru of America is moving its digital account from one of the industry’s hottest specialists, R/GA, to its Interpublic Group of Cos. sibling, Carmichael Lynch, Minneapolis. The business moved without a review and was part of a consolidation. Subaru had no issues with R/GA, a spokesman […]

Here’s A Shocker: Folks Are Wary Of Targeted Online Ads

From Wired News: Targeted ads might be a brass ring for the online marketers, but consumers just aren’t buying it. According to a recent Harris Interactive survey, 59 percent of Americans take exception to Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo tracking their online activities for marketing purposes. The nationwide survey was conducted with the help of Dr. […]

When Everyone Is “The Media” You’re Perpetually Exposed

Laughing Squid is liking this video from Gary Vaynerchuk. How about you? Do you buy that communications technology can and will work wonders for the forces for good, while exposing the evil-minded for the cretin that they are? I like the concept. But it seems like a bit of a reach.

Social Media: The Disruptive Child

BusinessWeek took an interest in Clay Shirky’s new book about what happens when people are given the tools to do things together, without needing traditional organizational structures. In his book, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, author and NYU faculty member Clay Shirky describes the profound impact of social technological tools on […]

The Open Brand: A Perfect Guidebook to Web 2.0

I’ve long said that major corporations and marketers simply don’t want to “join the conversation,” so to speak. They’d prefer not to engage in two-way dialogue with their customers and would just as soon keep the one-way megaphone. But now comes a very persuasive little handboook for those very marketers, The Open Brand: When Push […]

Ad Age Does Digital

This week’s Advertising Age is nearly entirely devoted to issues surrounding digital marketing and web advertising. I highly recommend it. There’s a lot of good stuff to read, and the Ad Age staff did a great job covering as much of it as they could. It’s both a high-level look at the state of digital […]