Archive for December 10th, 2003

On social networking

December 10, 2003

This posting to VentureBlog gives some insight into what (at least one) VC is thinking. Some excerpts:
“I frankly think that social networking is close to a zero sum game.”
“Relationships are maintained through interaction — we call, email, have lunch, etc.”
“It is conceivable that technology could make us more efficient
and therefore increase our universe of relationships (…) But I
believe that increase is marginal.”
In other words the free ride is over. Friendster, LinkedIn, and the others need to find some way to provide value or face extinction. This isn’t uncommon. First-wave adopters have an advantage of being there (ahem) first but once the “ooo-ahh” has worn off, consumers will turn away unless they have a real reason to stay. It has begun. Within 3 months we’ll see the 2nd generation and, hopefully, they’ll actually have something to contribute.


Spelling’s one of the things that goes …

December 10, 2003

… when you cut back. I’m probably “two” hard on them but the editors at Microsoft apparently didn’t check this KB article very carefully. For the “two” busy amongst us, read the CAUSE section carefully.

Online WiFi hotspot locator

December 10, 2003

Intel has an online WiFi hotspot finder at They say they’re verified which is good. Wonder how long it’ll last?