This is one of the latest innovations from Yahoo -- a search service for content protected by a Creative Commons license. Creative Commons provides an alternative, Internet-friendly model for copyright based on the concept of "some rights reserved" rather than "all rights reserved. " The model has been gaining acceptance in some circles, partly as a result of the influence of founder Lawrence Lessig, a prominent Stanford law professor.
In the coming months, we expect to see more examples of specialized filters. It's one way -- among many -- that Internet vendors are learning to make the Web a smaller, more manageable place.
Brian Kardon, chief strategist and marketing officer at Forrester would not say if Forrester is taking part in the bidding and he said he did not know who was interested in Jupiter. He said Forrester had more than $130m in cash and if it were to make an acquisition it would use cash.
The sale of Jupiter would further consolidate the market research analyst community, which is down to a handful of companies dominated by Gartner, the largest.
We recently stumbled upon Threadwatch.org and found it to be a good example of a community blog in action. Content appears to be focused on all kinds of marketing, be it mobile marketing, search marketing or just business information.
A story in the New York Times tomorrow looks at one of the most interesting phenomena in the free VOIP movement: the preponderance of calls from strangers. And the funny thing is -- unlike unsolicited calls on land lines -- calls from strangers on services like Skype are often welcome.
"There's something confessional about this space," Mr. Barlow said about Skype. He was in Madrid for a conference, and I was in New York. "It's like a long over-the-ocean flight where the other guy starts telling you stuff that you're astonished to hear and you start talking about stuff you're astonished to say. The combination of anonymity and intimacy creates a special kind of environment."
Slashdot reports that Google has begun removing AFP copyrighted content, as a result of AFP's recent action against Google. Interesting -- and swift -- outcome to a dispute we thought would escalate. One poster on Slashdot observed: "Good move Google but what happens if every news organization sues or threatens to sue? Where shall we get our news from?"
The Christian Science Monitorreports how a growing number of politicians are using blogs as "cyberspace soap boxes." What began in the world of corporate marketing is now happening in politics --blogs dedicated to "unfiltered" talks with their constituents. [BTW, Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown groks TypePad.]
[Politicians] are beginning to see blogs are more than forums for snoops. To some, they are the ultimate cyberspace soapbox. United States Rep. Ray Cox of Minnesota was the first major politician to start a blog, according to the Pew Project, and the prime minister of Japan has one. "It enriches the conversation and provides a forum for an exchange of ideas that - for a public official - is very useful," says Oakland's Mayor Brown.
Nice post from Steve Rubel on two approaches to building a corporate blog: top down, or bottom up. He praises work from the best of both worlds. At Eastwick we're betting on "bottoms up," but there are many other ways to skin this cat.
MIT's Technology Review ran a great article about the blogging culture inside Sun Microsystems. A lot can be learned from this most visible of corporate experiments. But are most companies ready to follow Sun's lead?
Companies with top-down management cultures and controls on the flow of information probably aren’t ready for the era of employee blogging. Nor is their reluctance likely to hurt them, if they have a locked-in base of customers; don’t expect to see employees at Lockheed-Martin blogging about their progress on the latest stealth technology, for example. But consumer-oriented companies that abjure the blogosphere are missing out on opportunities to generate buzz, monitor customer concerns, and—perhaps most importantly—show their human side. As [COO Jonathan] Schwartz puts it, "Any company that feels threatened by blogs probably feels threatened by the Internet."
Eastwick partner Socialtext is at PCForum today, where for the third consecutive year it is providing a wiki-based event space for attendees. Earlier in the day, the company relaunched its product line to better serve its enterprise customer base. But for the unitiated, we recommend a visit to this site, which provides a Wiki "101" crash course.