April 26, 2007 § Leave a comment
The NewPR Wiki is an interesting wiki dedicated to blogging and other forms of…you guessed it…new PR. The best features seem to be the robust lists of corporate and CEO blogs. Blogs are normally used to keep track of things like news and gossip, but they are also really good for sneakier stuff, like doing diligence on investment opportunities and keeping tabs on potential competitors…
April 22, 2007 § Leave a comment
It will be interesting to see what happens today! I’m pretty sure these are all people hitting Google to try to figure out how to buy Webkinz for their kids. A commenter on my previous post indicated that the Webkinz site is free for a year and it stays free if you buy more Webkinz…but what if you can’t find any Webkinz? Genius!
This is a really great example of viral marketing. Adding a site where you can buy things for your toy is great, but allowing kids to interact online through their toys is even better. At the end of the day, this is a chat room/social network for kids, and the subscription fee is buying a Webkinz toy. It’s cool that Ganz, a family owned toymaking company based in Toronto, figured this out, and not an entrepreneur in the Valley.
April 22, 2007 § Leave a comment
My recent post about being frustrated by Google’s lack of application integration got me thinking and I remembered that I created a JotSpot account for a side project before Google bought them. Turns out it’s still alive…which is nice to look at, but it’s super frustrating because I’ve wanted to start wikis on several occasions over the last months and have had to use inferior products. The features for this look pretty awesome and perfect for small business. I’ll be interested to see how good the bug tracker is. As pissed as I am at them dragging their heels, I can guarantee I’ll use this product when it (re)launches.
Interesting that it looks like they’ll be charging for the service…very un-Googley. Also strange that there is a spreadsheet app but no sign of a doc app. Maybe this is what they are waiting on.
[I use Blogger, owned by Google, to run blog. Apparently they didn’t like me posting these screenshots and they edited them out. Thanks Google!]
April 21, 2007 § Leave a comment
I saw this on the Freakonomics blog…pretty interesting stuff. Click the image to see a larger readable version.
April 21, 2007 § 1 Comment
A couple of months ago, a professor of mine was talking about his kids’ obsession with something called “Webkinz” and how he and all the other parents of kids his age in his town would rush to the store when word got out that a new batch of Webkinz had come in. At the time I didn’t think much of it, other than laughing at the thought of my professor having to burn over to the local mom & pop toy store to get his kids new plush toys.
This was my introduction to Webkinz, and the last time I thought about them until today when I was reading a post over at the Lightspeed Ventures blog about the recent ComScore numbers. According to ComScore, Webkinz.com gets the 28th most monthly visits per user on the web. After digging around on Webkinz.com a bit, I now see why this is the case. When you buy a Webkinz stuffed animal, you can then “adopt” the animal online via the Webkinz site. This creates a virtual world for your pet, complete with Happy, Health, and Hunger meters which decrease if you don’t exercise or feed your pet in “Webkinz World”…which obviously costs money. Imagine all the five year olds out there waking their parents up on Sunday morning telling them that Scruffy’s Hunger meter is low and that they need to buy him a cheeseburger in Webkinz World. Genius!
Webkinz is owned by the privately held Ganz company based in Toronto…