Weekly Recap 071108: iPhone’s Big Gulp of Humility
July 11, 2008 4 Comments
Today was Apple’s big day, the release of its new 3G iPhone…geeks lined up days beforehand…stores were full of new iPhones…money was burning holes in pockets…the doors opened…customers rushed in to be the first ones to have the shiny new gadget…they claim their iPhones and go to activate in-store, an Apple requirement…and…the activation FAILS…
Damn, that sucked…
Apple requires a special kind of workforce. The place is divided by product but also by function along what COO Tim Cook calls “very faint lines.” Collaboration is key. So is a degree of perfectionism. Apple hires people who are never satisfied.
Today’s activation flub has got to be eating them up sumthin’ fierce…Apple has worked hard to achieve and maintain its air of excellence and coolness…
Fake Steve Jobs recently retired from his blogging…but surely this is too delicious to not write one more post…
All that said, Robert Scoble gives the new iPhone a thumbs up…
I’m not comfortable damning this guy, as I’ve never heard of him outside of recent events…he seems pretty tightly wound and people describe him as funny…he messed up with TechNigga…I’m willing to watch what he does going forward…and was this really Wayne Sutton commenting on Loren’s blog?
Thanks for the official statement, continue to create videos and I hope everyone from this situation has learned something and does not stop the future of sponsorship from other national outlets with the online video blogging community. I’m looking forward to your next project.
If that’s Wayne, wow…
I’ve never said meatspace….
Lots of discussions this week about the fast growth of subscribers for big name people on FriendFeed…Allen Stern does a nice job of breaking it down in this video…the issue is that same people tend to show up in two key places on FriendFeed…(1) the first 12 subscriptions listed on users’ Me page…and (2) the same 9 people are often displayed on the recommended page…shaking things up on those listings would be nice…
For my part, I was really surprised at the number of subscriptions (~100) that occurred because of Mike Fruchter’s post about ten people to follow on FriendFeed…thanks for the shout-out Mike…
Ahh…Mona just overtook Robert Scoble as my #1 person you find interesting.
On Twitter, there are two ways to broadcast a blog post:
- Tweet a link to your own blog post, usually including something like “blog post” so people have a heads up its your own post.
- Tweet the word “reading” and the name of the blog post with a URL. This lets people know that you’re reading someone else’s blog post, and you like it enough to tell others about it.
Jason Calacanis tweets “reading” for his own blog posts. Huh? Reading? He wrote it! Here’s one example:
Reading: “Official announcement regarding my retirement from blogging.” (http://tinyurl.com/5zae7s)
Don’t hate the playa, hate the game, I guess…
Digg founder Kevin Rose provided a great example of changing the name of blog post during its submission to Digg…
Here’s Allen Stern’s post, referenced earlier, about the ways in which A-listers quickly accumulate followers:
- “FriendFeed Follower Patterns Exposed: How Jason, Mike, Loic & Robert Get So Many Followers So Quickly (video)”
Here’s how Kevin Rose submitted Allen’s post to Digg:
- “The politics of Friend Feed”
Call it social media attention optimization….
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