As I walked up to Simon on Monday before our lunch meeting it was clear that I was mumbling to myself. He asked what I was saying and I explained that I’ve had an old ’70s song stuck in my head since last Wednesday.
The song that I couldn’t stop listening to? Gerry Rafferty’s Right Down The Line. It was in Lake Bell’s amazing movie In A World… I bought it that night and have now listened to it on loop 98 times according to iTunes.
He said he had a song stuck in his head too. I said, “Don’t tell me, it’s Wake Me Up by Avicii?” He double checked his phone. That was the one. Pretty freaky.
Continue reading “Life’s a game made for everyone and love is the prize.”
I finally figured out a business model for Twitter. It’s advertising based and it only works if Twitter doesn’t solve their scaling problems.
The way I see it, the most the Twitter user base needs Twitter to be running smoothly is about fourteen hours a day. That leaves ten hours a day of those cute “please try again later” screens. As long as they can continue to add more people than they lose every day, I could see what I have in mind being a sustainable stream of income. Any large ad network — like Overture, Federated Media or AOL — would jump at the chance to get their pool of advertisers in front of this eternally patient, gullible audience.
I totally deserve a Twitter board seat for this.
I’ve seen and met a lot of legendary creators at Comic-Con this week, but only one of them was Stan Lee. At the New York show I ran into him for about a second in the hallway when he was on his way to preside over his reality show contestants, just long enough to say hello.
This time I got the chance to thank him for the tour of Marvel that I got on my eleventh birthday. I’ll say more about that visit in the future, but for now here’s something for my scrapbook:
I hope that someday when I get my picture taken meeting Dave Grohl I am wearing my classic Spider-Man vs. Sandman t-shirt.
I watched a couple of our rocking TV Squad bloggers interview Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke on the set of Scrubs and when Joel Keller told Sarah that he’s from TV Squad, I got a little chill. That’s my name. I came up with “TV Squad.” How cool is that?
And that got me thinking — complete with a J.D.-style voiceover — about some of the companies and brands I’ve named over the years:
- Weblogs, Inc.
- An Event Apart, the conference series for A List Apart
- TV Squad and the squads it spawned (Card Squad, Download Squad)
- Meet The Makers, my 2002 event series
- Blogstakes, a 2003 blog marketing contest site
- The Brian Alvey Weblog
- Blog Jovi, our hard rocking private dev blog
- That’s Fit, as in “All the news that’s fit”
- Frankensite, my web design resource for mad scientists — conceived in 1996, it was going to be a WebMonkey-killer, but Lycos took that honor instead
- Tech Engine
- Blog Maverick
and the ones I didn’t name:
- Autoblog, someone else owned that and Jason bought it for $400
- Gadling, Jason and his old English dictionary
- Cinematical and Luxist, also Jason — two of his best
- Divester, Droxy, BBHub, PVR Wire and many of our other retired blogs, Jason
- Engadget, Peter Rojas — I came up with “Gear Eye,” but he and Jason shot it down. Go figure!
- Joystiq, also Peter — Joystiq is Joystick+I.Q., but we don’t mention that anywhere
- Netscape, that name existed long before we got to AOL, many of you kids might not know that
I’m still trying to get the Emurse guys to switch to “C.V. Wonder.” I’m telling you, I know what I’m doing here!
UPDATE: Since I wrote this I’ve added more:
- ComicMix and the “We’ve got issues” tagline
- Crowd Fusion and “It serves you right”
- Obsessable, an adjective for gadget obsessions
- Super Eco and “This planet means the world to us”
- Recurrency and “Make awesome possible”
- Clipisode and “Get your show on!”
Linkin Park got the crowd on their feet, but when they introduced Jay-Z the crowd really went insane!
This post originally appeared on Weblogs, Inc.’s Live8 Insider blog.