Thursday, November 27, 2008

Wall Street Mobile Reader - Best Mobile Application I Have Ever Used

I have been looking at ways to get my blackberry inserted into my brain so I don't have to keep carrying it around. Oh, and I would be able to check it at the dinner table without anyone knowing.

Anyway, while I am still using it, apart from email, the best application I have used on it is the Wall Street Mobile Reader. Why can't all companies have an application like that ? Amazingly simple, light touch, easy download and global market driving news in an instant.

You really get the feeling that a journalist has just hit publish and it instantly appears on your phone.

Guys, can we figure out how its built next week and build it ourselves ?

Check it.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gauging Whether Auto's Will Declare Bankruptcy Thru Watching Share Price Level

From my Bberry: TB

When one cannot possibly know all the variables, is it sill gambling ? Because at least with gambling, you can see all the odds that are against you - in roulette, you can see the 36 (37 when those sketchy tables have 0 and 00) numbers against the one number you may have chosen.

However, when putting money into the stock market, there is no way you can know - unless you are like most astute investors and getting inside information or are privy to one on one meetings with the CEO's (how that is legal is beyond me) - all the variables that are effecting that company. You could be thinking a company is performing well due to strong management and as that thought travels through your mind, management might be having a huge fall out behind closed doors or about to reveal massive accounting errors.

BUT, the first ones company news will effect are the people who are most financially biased to make a quick buck from it - and that is brokers.

Remember, brokers make money on commissions so the volatility is making them squillions at the moment. They make just as much money on a wild downward spiral as they do on an upswing.

So, my point is, the people who have the best chance of sniffing out what is going on in the future of auto are the brokers. They would have insiders on speed dial. I have been following it quite closely and here is my two cents worth that you can follow day to day.

My belief is that GM (ticker: gm) at 3.20 and Ford (ticker: f) at 1.30 are the breakeven share prices - ie the market undecided which way the bailout/bankruptcy talks will go. Any uptick above those prices are an indication someone has heard something.

Happy watching
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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Twitter Is A Peak Into The Collective Consciousness Of The Early Adopters

Twitter makes all their data - the messages that people share with followers via 140 character messages or tweets - available via an API. That means developers can "pull" those messages into applications that they have built. Here are two visual feasts that use that protocol. You will literally feel your mind and eyes working together to process what is going on in front of you:

We Feel Fine




Monday, November 24, 2008

This is My Milwaukee

The concept of using viral video for covert message dissemination is something that's been on my mind a lot lately. It was very fitting that I would stumble upon This Is My Milwaukee while I was browsing an image board over the weekend.

It wasn't long before the conversation had spread to Digg, MetaFilter, Something Awful, pretty much every website for their target demographic. They had obviously done something right. It was intriguing, bizarre, off-brand, and funny. But what was it for?

I would suggest taking a moment right now to watch the video below:

It's obviously positioning a video game for future release, right? Aside from the obvious, there were a lot of details that brought up further questions. First of all, it was filmed in Manhattan. Intentional or budgetary? Second, the fennel bulb. It was definitely a recurring character. Planted in the grass, showed up on the kids drawings, appeared in the Work segment, and a few other places. Third, The Rabbit Hole. Right now it’s kind of shallow. The Rabbit Hole, of course, refers to the potential to get lost in a story, led down the hole by a series of links, like the White Rabbit leading Alice. Before you know it, you’re in Wonderland, and have no idea how you got there. This is My Milwaukee has a rather shallow Rabbit Hole. Is there a second phase of information coming? Where is it leading us?

Anyway, it’s making the rounds and getting coverage. It’s well received and it has a high pass along rate. Pretty much what you could hope for in a viral campaign.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Reindeer Library

Troy has been on a great Amazon kick lately, ordering some new additions to the rapidly growing Reindeer Library:

The New Influencers

Word of Mouth Marketing



Secrets of Social Media Marketing

Hand Job, a catalog of type

Since many of us will be traveling over the Thanksgiving holidays, Rachel has suggested assigning book report homework. I know I'll be looking forward to cracking a few of these in the near future. I just have to decide which one I'm calling dibs on first!


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The End Of A Yahoo Gossip Girl Episode

A few months back, a public smackdown (that was not too unlike the one's we have seen between Serena and Blair) went down between Steve Ballmer from Microsoft and Jerry Yang from Yahoo. We posted about it here: "Microsoft Man And Boy Yahoo"

You could not pick up a newspaper without Yahoo and Microsoft's name coupled up and smattered all over the paper. Watching it from the outside, I could see a beat down of mammoth proportions coming. However, perhaps it was the billions Jerry Yang had made from starting Yahoo, that did not allow him to see the same thing.

So now it has played out as we posted.

I think that a few of the punches that Ballmer landed may have actually been knock out lows and perhaps Yahoo may never recover.

Jerry Yang has stepped down and Yahoo whom was offered $33 a share is now down at $11.



Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Heart Google Video Chat

Damn this is good.

Google have released video chat from within the browser. Pretty amazing.

Go here to download. No need to worry if people are using a Mac or PC on the other end.


Point, Shoot and Share Video. Is it finally easy ?

LoveThe Flip . Well I will when I get it. I like rich, high def quality images, but to capture those and then to get it to a point where you can share it has been a hassle. Perhaps The Flip will change all that. I got it because it was high def and has a USB port. Could this be the point, shoot and share toy I have been looking for :) i will report back.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Reindeer Representin In Texas

After being delayed 1.5 hrs, it was time to embrace Texas. Literally.
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