June, 2009 Archive

Why we need Michael Jackson

Friday, June 26th, 2009

If the elections in Iran have brought out the best in Twitter, Michael Jackson has brought out the worst.  His death June 25 unleashed a torrent of morbid celebrity gawking that brought Twitter to its knees.  (Ironically his death will also give him a bigger career boost than anything he ...

Redbox delivers a social experience

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

If you haven't heard of Redbox, you will soon. Redbox rents DVDs for $1 a day through more than 15,000 vending machines.  As reported by the Associated Press recently, Redbox is fast emerging as a rival to Netflix.  I've rented from Redbox several times and agree with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, ...

Zappos, Shaq, Whole Foods, Twitter, and you

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

On June 15 I was privileged to be a speaker at the O'Reilly Twitter Boot Camp (#OTBC) along with luminaries such as Tony Hsieh, Steve Rubel, Tim O'Reilly and Eric T. Peterson.  The purpose of the event was to swap insights on employing Twitter for business use.  Topics ranged from ...

Does winning matter in Major League Baseball?

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Recently Forbes updated its ranking of the most valuable Major League Baseball teams from a financial standpoint.  The top 5 teams -- the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs -- had zero World Series appearances in 2008.  But we should not ...

Multitouch technologies taking Razorfish by storm

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Multitouch technologies like Microsoft Surface are taking Razorfish by storm.  Encouraged by the popularity of Wii and the iPhone, Razorfish user experience designers are creating new ways for people to communicate with applications on devices through body gestures like a simple tap of a screen.  As my colleague Garrick Schmitt ...