Tag Archives: long tail

Canada 3.0 And The Illusion Of Scarcity

The other night I was having dinner with a friend and her teen-aged daughter who – not unlike many of her age – was struggling with the idea that some people, specifically those of a ‘wiser’ generation, just didn’t understand things like the Internet, Facebook, iPods, and the like. We tried to explain to her […]
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In Your Face(book) Spam

Advertising media – the term for the way that ads get put in front of us – is a little like water in that it will insidiously seep into every part of our lives. Marketers, having recently discovered the Long Tail and the viral network effects of social engineering, are also looking at ways to […]
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The Super-Super Star

From armchair quartebacking to gossiping about celebrities and neighbors alike, the vast majority of people in the world love to talk about other people. It’s a way of connecting to something universally shared, and of expressing opinions that can be well thought through, well reasoned, emotionally conceived or even passionately regarded. In any of these […]
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David Byrne: Playing the Building – Boing Boing

David Byrne turns the Battery Maritime Building in NYC into a giant musical instrument as part of an art installation called “Playing The Building“ My favourite quote from Byrne: “It’s not like a musician sits down at this and has any more skills playing this than anyone else. It kind of democratizes the whole experience, […]
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Chris Anderson Speaks on Free.

Courtesy of the Jason Calcanis and the gang at Mahalo, Wired Editor-In-Chief and Long Tail stopped by to give an hour long talk on his new book: Free. Upon release, he will be giving it away, you guessed it… Free. Both videos are about 30mins, so it’s a 1 hour viewing time. There are some […]
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P2P – IPTV Killer App?

According to Slashdot, the guys over at Cornell have devised something REALLY interesting. It’s a plug-in for a bit torrent client called Azureus that “Listens” to the torrents you’re on and the responds to search queries, and is decentralized, read: immune from the traditional legal actions on companys like The Pirate Bay and Oink. From […]
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Readymade > Fontastic

From our DIY friends over at Readymade comes word of a uber nifty web 2.0 App. Made by the folks behind “Fontbook” a large online retailer of typefaces, it’s an interesting business play and a natural extension of user-generated creative application: Want to create your own logo or spice up the header for your blog? […]
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Netflix to Sell a Device for Instantly Watching Movies on TV Sets – New York Times

IPTV’s slow march takes another step, and then yawns… Given that the blog title tells the whole story, I’m not sure that this is really ‘news.’ The one bit of interest here? Long tail darling Netflix is fighting back against Apple & Amazon, to be sure. But… can they beat Blockbuster/Circuit City? We’re years away […]
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Facebook | Mass Interpersonal Persuasion, or just a waste of time?

Fast Company is running an interview with Stanford Prof BJ Fogg, author of a new book about the social networking service. There are some interesting ideas, and also some rather outlandish ones. Of the more explorable is this tidbit: “A lot of our exposure to services and products is now going to be socially mediated. […]
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Ars Book Review: "The Pirate's Dilemma"

Referring back to my post about the merits of piracy ArsTechnica is running a book review on former UK Pirate DJ Matthew Mason’s The Pirate’s Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing Capitalism. Mason argues, among other things that the US was largely founded on piracy, and not just of the Hollywood variety: “During the nineteenth […]
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