CEOs blog

Everybody else is reporting on it; why not me? A list of CEO blogs, assembled by Constantin Basturea (with help from some others) is available at The New PR Wiki and, as reported by Neville Hobson, who instigated it, the list is growing.

It should be no surprise that most of the blogging CEO crowd run high-tech companies (like Ray Ozzie from Groove and Jonathan Schwartz from Sun Microsystems). It’s to early to know if the trend will spread to brick-and-mortar industries. Will GE’s Jeffrey Immelt ever become a blogger? Somehow I doubt it, and if he does, I suspect someone from his PR staff will handle scribing duties. Still, the idea of… Read More »

Metroblogging to trump city sites?

Citysearch is one of a gaggle of Web sites designed to tell you what you need to know about a city—restaurants, entertainment, recreation, services, and the like. Advertising-supported, these sites offer reviews, maps, weather, and a host of other resources. They may be going the way of the dinosaur.

A new breed of blog is emerging called a metroblog. As Metroblogging puts it, “Event listings to general rants, photos to reviews - metblogs are a hyper-local look at what’s going on in the city. A group of regional bloggers give each site a new perspective on daily life. Less calendar listing, more friendly advice.”

A variety of… Read More »

The Net at Sea

In August 2001, we took our first cruise about the Disney Magic, hitting Eastern Caribbean ports including St. Maarten and St. Thomas. We were intrigued that, among the ship’s ameneties, was an Internet Cafe. A desire to check my e-mail (a compulsion, actually, given that I’m a sole proprietor with no staff to check it while I’m gone) led me to get a weeklong account for $90. But I was rarely able to use it. Kids were always at the computers, mostly instant messaging.

We cruised again last week aboard the Magic, this time to the Western Cargibean (Key West, Cozumel, Nassau). The Internet Cafe had expanded with a satellite in an… Read More »

A blogging intermission

I’m heading off to vacation—I think. My wife, daughter, a friend of my daughter’s, and I are scheduled to disemark from Port Canaveral, Florida, Saturday afternoon. Our flight is scheduled to land in Orlando Friday afternoon. Given the two hurricanes in the area, tomorrow’s travel will be an adventure and Saturday’s sailing date a question. Assuming we do get to the cruise ship, though, it’s unlikely I’ll be posting much until I return on Saturday, August 21. There is an Internet cafe on the ship, but if experience is any teacher, it’ll be jammed with kids and my tolerance for long lines will be at a minimum. I’ll definitely be back… Read More »

Internet isn’t changing habits

When I need a business phone number, I go to the yellow pages on Yahoo. When I want to know a sports score, I turn to ESPN. (In fact, if the Dodgers are playing and the game isn’t being broadcast up here in the Bay Area, I pull up a Java-enabled gamecast that allows me to follow the game pitch-by-pitch.) I pay my bills online. I am also, apparently, in the minority.

According to a new study released by the Pew Internet and American Life Project,  “while nearly all Internet users go online to conduct some of their ordinary day-to-day activities online, most still default to the traditional offline ways of communicating, transacting… Read More »

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