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Updated: 2006-03-05T17:05:43+01:00

 



Launch of members feeds syndication

2006-03-05T17:05:43+01:00

We all have our blogs to handle and since the beginning it has been quite difficult to make everyone posting on a regular basis here, which means additional works for already busy people, knowing that what is of most interest...

We all have our blogs to handle and since the beginning it has been quite difficult to make everyone posting on a regular basis here, which means additional works for already busy people, knowing that what is of most interest to us is our IRL meetings.

I launched few weeks ago the recruitment of some locals members to animate the club in every country where we have some active members, I got some answers and I am actually organizing this with those of you who answered.

So I thought we might use our blog to host our members' feed, and this is how it might look like:

It might be a good way to proceed in the futur, with a french RSS agregated feed for the french blog and an english one for this blog.
Let's see how it goes.




Best wishes and plans for 2006

2006-01-03T22:59:31+01:00

I would like to wish you all a happy new year with a lot of personal and professional success. This is also a new year for the club and this blog, and I have to say I've been facing some...



Tagging: Into the Mind of the CEO

2005-12-21T00:52:42+01:00

I am cross-posting this from my personal blog, Znetlady: ModernMediaModo. Blogging is often offered up as a tactic CEOs should employ to humanize the seemingly too distant CEO or as a way to communicate regularly and effectively to internal audiences.... I am cross-posting this from my personal blog, Znetlady: ModernMediaModo. Blogging is often offered up as a tactic CEOs should employ to humanize the seemingly too distant CEO or as a way to communicate regularly and effectively to internal audiences. But blogging is hard - and besides, really getting inside your own head to communicate “who you are” is impossible for anyone. After all, when we sit down to write a blog post, it’s almost always reactionary - we write what is immediate, burning at the moment, on our radar right then, or what we believe the troops need to hear about a specific issue.  It is rarely with the discipline to communicate consistent visioning or mentoring or even the passion we have for what we do everyday.   And, even if you were that disciplined, it would take a long time of reading your blog for a clear window to develop into what drives you and your decisions or your leadership.    Enter tagging.  CEOs should be tagging. It is the most powerful way to communicate what makes you tick or what is important to you as a CEO. It provides insight into why you make the decisions you do and what flavors your leadership.  Tagging adds up all those vital little “bits” that make up your personal “CEO-ness” - like a mind scan but without all the high-tech equipment.  It is something no other medium can do quite as effectively - or as simply. Tagging can help CEOs meet the eternal challenges of leading.  What if you tagged things like: Books you are reading Book that have inspired you Articles that you find yourself wishing everyone would read Web sites that worry you Web sites that inform you Web sites that “get it” Competitors whom you have your eye on News pieces that point to current or emerging market pressures Articles that mention your company Interviews you do Industry reports that you think will impact your products or services Blog posts that say something you wish you had in a way you wish you could Your RSS feeds or email subscriptions Jokes that are funny because they seem to comment on something as you see it in your organization Case studies that you wish were yours Things that illustrate industry or consumer trends you think the company should pay attention to Now, by simply being able to scan through your tags, you are giving everyone in your organization a window into not just who you are, but the things that drive you, your decisions and your vision.  How much more impactful is this than your once a year or quarterly address; or your blog posts that are, by their nature, excruciatingly narrow?  Tagging gives your entire organization an evocative view of both you and the challenges you see that face their industry, their company and their jobs.   It is a bird’s eye view they can get no other way.  It’s even better than winning a “day with the CEO” because it evolves over time - just like you and your challenges and your organization. Here's how to get your own CEO tag cloud started: 1)  Choose a social bookmarking site that allows private tags and register for an account (most are free).  I like Blogmarks.net, but del.icio.us and Blinklist.com are also great choices.  (You can also do this with public tags, if you don't mind the entire world seeing them.) 2)  Take a second to drag the bookmarklet provided by your bookingmarking site to your browser toolbar - it makes for one fast click while you are viewing something you want to tag.  You’ll find the bookmarklet in your account settings/tools of your chosen bookmark service. 3)  When browsing something you want to tag, click your bookmarklet i[...]



Which are the best blog search engines?

2005-10-23T15:13:33+02:00

Who Really Are the Elite Bloggers? And What are the Best Ways to Measure a Blog's Reach? Our NYU college intern Chris Duncan and I (much more Chris than I) have been researching the efficacy of the various blog ranking... Who Really Are the Elite Bloggers? And What are the Best Ways to Measure a Blog's Reach? Our NYU college intern Chris Duncan and I (much more Chris than I) have been researching the efficacy of the various blog ranking engines, in connection with the research and marketing of my new book.  Our goal was to identify the top influencers in the blogosphere. We are in the process of reaching out to them, mentioning our book, and encouraging them to consider writing about it. The easiest way to identify these thought leaders is to review the ranking lists created by the blog directories or search engines, including PubSub , Technorati , Bloglines , Blogrolling , Feedster , and Icerocket . Influencers use these lists as leverage in ad rate negotiation, to establish their level of influence, and simply as a bragging point. More generally, as in most areas of life, success is sticky. The more visible sites attract more visitors, and therefore become even higher ranked.   These sites profess to show the top blogs. But how do they measure popularity, and how accurate are they?   PUBSUB       Top 5 Sites by Inlinking Sites for one day     Top 5 Sites by Outlinking Sites     Top 5 Sites by Link Rank (based on number of incoming links, plus other factors such as recency)         photos1.blogger.com     well978area.seesaa.net     bbc.co.uk         purl.org     wantmedi777.seesaa.net     nytimes.com         livejournal.com     flickr.com     google.com         blogthings.com     thebostonblog.com     news.bbc.co.uk         static.flickr.com     if669nobe.seesaa.net     washingtonpost.com   Site ranks and link numbers as of September 18, 2005 PubSub has two different types of top lists, "in-links" and "out-links". Both have limited relevance. The in-link list counts how many sites link to a site (each site only counts once) and the out-link list counts how many sites a blog links to. The problem is that neither of these two lists have many actual quality blogs in them. The in-link list is cluttered with news sites, blog resource sites, and random spam. 20+ sites that make the list are adult web sites, and they're not even good adult sites . The majority of the sites on the out-link list are spam, since all you need to do to appear there is post large numbers of links outgoing from your site. No sites appear on both of the lists. Add all of these factors together, and it is extremely difficult to find any influencers on this list.   Pubsub does have an interesting feature called “Site Stats” which tracks the in-links, out-links, and entries (new and modified entries discovered in a site's feeds). It also creates graphs of these statistics. PubSub claims that “the intent of this system is not to measure the strength of any particular domain, but rather the relative likelihood that you'd find and follow a link to that domain. As such, the links are what's really important, not the pages themselves.” I interpret this to mean that they are calculating the odds of reaching a certain site instead of measuring in-links, visitors, or hits. Regardless of their claims, the list is of limited accuracy, as shown by the .info spam domains that appear on both lists. No list is ever going to be perfect, but PubSub doesn't appear to incorporate any more sophisticated criteria than the raw number of links. A better system would incorporate other factors, e.g., how credible are the sources of the links, while weighting them appropriat[...]



Have you heard about blooks ?

2005-10-11T15:15:24+02:00

A blook is a printed and bound book, based on a blog. Most famous ones are from 'Salam Pax: The Clandestine Diary of an Ordinary Iraqi' (Grove Press), the eye-witness accounts of the Iraq war by the blogger known as...



Culture, language and thinking

2005-09-24T19:55:13+02:00

I sometimes think that people in areas like Europe, where the mix – and sometimes clash – of multiple languages and cultures are a part of daily life, might think differently than people who dwell in more culturally homogeneous areas...



How Friendster Blew It

2005-09-13T14:45:02+02:00

Scott Rafer hits it on the head: If Jonathan had instead of found a way to accommodate hundreds of thousands passionate users who were doing a ton of free work on his behalf, I don’t think we would have ever...

Scott Rafer hits it on the head:

If Jonathan had instead of found a way to accommodate hundreds of thousands passionate users who were doing a ton of free work on his behalf, I don’t think we would have ever heard of MySpace. The pets example is the clearest. In the Fakester purge, Friendster is reputed to have deleted 300,000 pet accounts. As a spoof, one of the funniest guys I know set up Dogster and Catster. It’s still funny but no longer just a joke. The two sites now have 150,000 active pet owners, a bunch of unregistered traffic, and a great little business that does whatever the heck pet owners want and gets paid nicely for it.

Jonathan [or whoever was making the decisions] wanted the site to be a dating site. However, the users wanted it to be a place where they could express their creativity and humor by creating fake accounts and other TOM foolery.

I was actually thinking about this yesterday, but from a feature standpoint. Friendster keeps adding stupid features like horoscopes and sending out lame emails that says, "We miss you. We have new features."

But, what myspace has that Friendster doesn't have (the last time I looked) is the ability to post html all over the place. People can customize their profile pages like it's geocities. They can leave comments and send bulletins in html. They can set up event invites and groups, etc, etc and do the same thing. It enables people to express their creativity or lack of it. (And to pimp their stuff.)

The lesson to be learned from all of this:

   Your users might find other uses for your creation. Let them run with it.




Thinking about Ethics and Transparency

2005-09-02T13:32:47+02:00

I have been doing some more thinking about ethics and transparency, and I'd like to share some of my thoughts with you in the hope that you will respond with your ideas. My basic premise is: ...that truth and transparency...

I have been doing some more thinking about ethics and transparency, and I'd like to share some of my thoughts with you in the hope that you will respond with your ideas.  My basic premise is:

...that truth and transparency are, in fact, two very different things, and that transparency needs to be pulled apart from truth and examined on its own merits....

Wikipedia has a good working definition of transparency. Here’s the kicker: “In government, politics, ethics, business, management, law, economics, sociology, etc., transparency is the opposite of privacy; an activity is transparent if all information about it is open and freely available.”

Let’s repeat: “Transparency is the opposite of privacy.” Of course, you can’t say that about truth, which drives home the difference between truth and transparency. Truth doesn’t require that “all information…is open and freely available.” It only requires that the information that is presented is honest and accurate. And that gap between the information that is presented and making all information available ... [has resulted in charges of unethical behavior].”

The conflation of truth and transparency is therefore a problem...

I think we need to define some basic guidelines of how to bridge that gap in the face of the new realities of participatory communications (consumer-generated media).  I'd like to hear from you as to what you think some of the challenges are and/or how you are trying to solve this.  Or, if you think I am totally off-base, please let me know why you think so.  I look forward to hearing from you; just leave your comments below or contact me at ealbrycht [at] gmail [dot] com.




One year !

2005-09-01T17:50:44+02:00

Today is the first birthday of the CEO Bloggers' Club. I launched this club last sumer without precisely knowing how it will grow and how many will join us, I have to say that I've been impressed by the result...



Community Broadband

2005-07-20T14:32:01+02:00

What are people seeing with regards to Community Broadband initiatives? Vermont has some very interesting things going on, but I sometimes wonder about how the speed of technology will impact some of these community initiatves.



Blogs and Journalism: overview of the situation in France

2005-06-13T18:36:08+02:00

This week I've been invited by Don Dunnington, President of the IAOC, to animate a discussion on the IAOC blog about "Blogging Europe", each day will be a different topic and 4/5 countries will react and give their point of...



Innovate!Europe Reminder

2005-06-08T12:39:13+02:00

We're just a few days away from the first edition of Innovate!Europe that will take place on June 13-15 in the great city of Zaragoza, Spain. Produced by the Guidewire Group, this conference will try and set the agenda for...



The CRM Sales Cycle

2005-05-22T13:23:04+02:00

I have worked with a number of different Customer Relationship Management Software packages as both a manager, staff member, president, sales executive, Support engineer and passionate technologist. Certainly they each have slightly different features, but the niche is really about...

I have worked with a number of different Customer Relationship Management Software packages as both a manager, staff member, president, sales executive, Support engineer and passionate technologist. Certainly they each have slightly different features, but the niche is really about Business Process.

It would be interesting to hear your own opinions and experiences (horror stories accepted as well as successes) about CRM in general as I work more and more with the SMB niche and MS CRM. In general my core goal is to work with the IT Infrastructure specialists to avoid many of the misconceptions and billion dollar failed roll outs which have happened in Enterprise. 




Blogger Dinner in Paris

2005-04-13T01:03:09+02:00

Jeff Clavier and Marc Goldberg will be hosting a dinner at l’Area (brazilian/lebanese fusion cuisine) on April 26 at 20:00. Expected topics: vc financing, blogging, photosharing (buzznet users most welcome :-), and frankly anything we'll all feel like talking about....



Being the Bridge

2005-04-11T16:39:19+02:00

I often take the role of "bridge" and end up introducing business person A to business person B. This win/win introduction then creates business for person A and B that would not have occurred had I not first introduced them...