Creating Passionate Users

Came across this interview with Kathy Sierra while I was surfing around for other stuff.  http://web20show.com/episodes/web20show-ep43-kathy_sierra .  Kathy has some amazing ideas. She introduced this concept of “creating passionate users,” basically how do we help people feel good about their technology skills (or according to Sierra, how you get them to “kick ass”).  She talks …

Facebook resources

I emailed these basic articles on Facebook to our faculty, thought I’d post here as well.  These are just a few of the seminal pieces that set up the environment.  News about Facebook comes out every day. Business Week Special Report on the Future of Social Networking – very comprehensive May 2008 Wired: How Mark …

August 21/22 roundup

On Web Strategy, a post about Facebook’s new “Engagement Advertising” program. It’s based on an interview with Tim Kendall, Director of Monetization at Facebook (which, by the way, is the worst job title in the history of job titles;  the word “monetization” always makes me cringe).  What the new program does is allow for users …

AOL Acquires SocialThing

AOL is despertately trying to regain some of its online glory.  It purchased Bebo a few months back, and this week announced that it is buying social aggregator SocialThing.  SocialThing launched at SXSW.  I remember hearing about, and one of my students presented it to the class.  I liked its approach better than FriendFeed.  We’ll …

Back to blogging

I haven’t made a post all week on this blog, and while I was in Chicago, I wasn’t really keeping up with news.  Now, back to business.  There were a couple of good articles in NY Times this week. Woman to Woman, Online – talked about the rise in female hosted blogs and blogs of …