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AJ Kohn
Re: Google Bug? Increase In Webmaster Tools DNS Errors? - http://www.seroundtable.com/google-...
"I saw this across all clients and have a feeling this has to do with the way in which Google/Chrome is resolving DNS as a reaction to NSA issues." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: Atrophy is forgetting how to log into your own website. - http://paigeworthy.com/2013...
"Don't let the gremlins that live in the back of your head take over. They're obnoxious, rude insidious creatures with whispers that echo and reverberate. Too many writers (myself included) are far too critical of their own work. Since you referenced me in a Tweet I've had this page up in my browser, a tab that I didn't want to close until i had time to give it my full attention. I wish it had been sooner, not only because I don't like to ignore people (I have serious guilt about that) but also because this is some really great writing. I doubt that me telling you that you're not in some writer's version of the gloaming is going to change how you feel. So instead, I'll simply say that I was compelled to read every word of this post, which is a very rare occurrence. So I hope you wake up tomorrow and look outside or look up while you're taking that same route you walk and are struck by how different the same view looks." - AJ Kohn
Kevin Fox
Pizza Hut -> The Hut, and Radio Shack -> The Shack. What's next?
The Facebook... oh wait... - Ross Miller
Olive Garden -> The Garden? Taco Bell -> The Bell? - Kevin Fox
Ross: Competing with The Google? - Kevin Fox
The Oval Office -> The Office; The West Wing -> The Wing; Air Force One -> The One - Mitch
+1 to "The Bell". Ma Bell doesn't seem to want that name still anyhow. - Alex Power
Happi House -> The House, Costco -> The Co, Pottery Barn -> The Barn, Foot Locker -> The Locker, Good Guys -> The Guys, Best Buy -> The Buy, Burger King -> The King, Arby's -> The Bee's Knees - Stephen Mack
McDonalds -> The Don - Spidra Webster
Yahoo -> "The Hoo" - Alex Power
It's a fight to see which one will be "The Barn". Pottery Barn or Dress Barn.... - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
FFundercats -> The FFats? - Josh Haley
Friendfeed -> The Friend - Roberto Bonini from iPhone
I think they should have gone with "Teh Shack" - George S.
In and Out -> The In (or) The Out - Adam Kazwell
Back in Hawaii, we used the same name for everything: pretty much any person, place or thing (nouns). The term? 'DA KINE' - Morgan
MySpace --> The Space // LinkedIn --> The Linked // Apple --> The Mac // Microsoft --> The Soft - Louis Gray
Youtube ----> The Tube? - Molly Song ;)
Facebook = The FACE! // Google = The Goog // Gamestop = The Stop // Walmart = The Wall // K-mart = The K! // White Castle = The Castle - ЯIИGҜIИG
Actually they should have went with "PartsShack". It's still the main reason why most people go specifically to their stores, for miscellaneous electronic extras you need fast. - manielse (Mark Nielsen)
I'm sure Taco Bell would fight Ma Bell for The Bell - Ian Betteridge
Albertson's Safeways, Target, Macy's, Home Depot--> "The store" // Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Ebay, MySpace --> "The Internet" - Roger N
The price of tea in China --> The price. - Micah
TGIFridays -> The Fridays, Netflix -> The Flix, Abercrombie and Fitch -> The Fitch - AJ Kohn
Apple iPod -> The Pod Apple iPhone -> The Phone - Roberto Bonini
Microsoft Windows -> The Win. Um... - Simon
I believe it is spelled "Teh" now - Lani
Jack in the Box -> The Box - Frankie Warren
AJ Kohn
Fight Against “Right-Rail Blindness” - http://www.nngroup.com/article...
the less graphical it is, the more attention users will pay - AJ Kohn
Robert Scoble
@loudmouthman Microsoft has 320 million users on Hotmail and Messenger. Facebook only has 100 million. Never count Microsoft out.
For now. :-) - Alex Williams
As much as people give Microsoft a hard time. they are still here and as strong as ever. Microsoft is not going away anytime soon. The numbers prove it. - Michael McGimpsey
They looked tired and jaded at Enterprise 2.0 - Dennis Howlett from twhirl
Man, we all know MSN is an empire... - Jack
does anybody have independent studies of whether hotmail, or yahoomail, or gmail actually makes money? - wilsonng
The hosted version of Sharepoint / Exchange is in beta as a service from MS. It will make them billions and establish them almost instantly as the most important "cloud" provider for businesses. - Soulhuntre from twhirl
does anyone consider the yearly growth rate? - Axel Quack
Can you comment on Amanda Chapel http://tinyurl.com/4ptxga - Igor The Troll יִצְחָק
And 300 of those 320 million are spammers. - TranceMist
Igor: it's a dude named Brian in Chicago who writes that Blog. - Robert Scoble
320 M is truly a big number.i wonder how the geographic distribution looks like. - Davide D'Incau from fftogo
How many of those users are active? I have a Hotmail account, but I never use it anymore. - William Beem
Those people are not early, medium or late adopters though, those are people who don't want to embrace anything new... Those users don't typically migrate to better services - why would they be interested in a social network? - Rich
email is a very private matter -- we'll see how well msft does at converting that to a real user relationship. doubtful - Jason Goldberg
People also still put gasoline in their cars... ;-) - Mary Anne Davis
How many of these are throw away accounts or simply abandoned? Still an impressive number but well inflated. - AJ Kohn
AJ: none: those are all accounts which have been used in past 30 days. - Robert Scoble
i still keep my hotmail/msn just so i dont lose contact with some people. its a hard magnet to avoid - Ruben Llibre
I have a bunch of old account running about .. Thankfully they all forward to my Gmail Accoint :) - Tyler (Chacha) from twhirl
This is a good example of an audience's understanding of what the picture looks like our of their immediate demographic. People have a hard time realizing what's outside of their own 'fishtank' so to speak. There are people that like MSFT, there are people that love using their online services, there are people that truly would rather keep things IE/Live/Office/Windows because it's what... more... - Enrique Gutierrez from twhirl
Thankfully I don't use Hotmail as my Main Email - Tyler (Chacha) from twhirl
Robert: Really? so we're talking 320MM ACTIVE accounts, plus xMM of lapsed/inactive. Interesting. Thanks for clarifying. - AJ Kohn
I had four accounts , each created when I forgot the password of previous one, I use none now, only gmail. - sirishkumar
I very seriously doubt these would be active or real accounts. Plenty of dead ones or ones used for spamming. Ask them if they can give you a number of accounts that were logged onto in the last 3 months once a week. EDIT, ok, I did not read your article, shame on me, so they have active users. Still don't see how chat accounts can be seen as weapons. - Gerard van Schip
Why did Yahoo self-destruct in regard to Microsoft? Although it is a minority opinion (which I have detailed previously) Yahoo may in fact not need Microsoft to the degree that many think. - Alex Hammer
What is Microsoft's growth though, as compared to Facebook's? - Jesse Stay from twhirl
AJ Kohn
Simpson's Paradox - http://vudlab.com/simpsons/
Simpson's paradox usually fools us on tests of performance. In a famous example, researchers concluded that a newer treatment for kidney stones was more effective than traditional surgery, but it was later revealed that the newer treatment was more often being used on small kidney stones. More recently, on elementary school tests, minority students in Texas outperform their peers in Wisconsin, but Texas has so many minority students that Wisconsin beats it in state rankings. It would be a shame if Simpson's paradox led doctors to prescribe ineffective treatments or Texas schools to waste money copying Wisconsin. - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Sites That Integrate With Google Now - http://googlesystem.blogspot.com/2013...
There's nothing magic about integrating travel sites, hotel booking sites, event-ticketing sites with Google Now. You only need to add some markup to email notifications. "By adding schema.org markup to the emails you send your users, you can make that information available across their Google experience, and make it easy for users to take quick action. Gmail, Google Search and Google Now all already use this structured data. (...) Google Now brings users the right information at just the right time. For example, Google Now already provides updates to restaurant and hotel reservations or flight information received in Gmail. By marking up email notifications to your users, you can use Google Now to bring them similar updates about your services and products." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: Ambition vs. Obligation - http://moz.com/rand...
"It could have or should have been better. That describes my mindset as well. Every audit I do, every email I return (or don't), every blog post I write. I hope you'd agree that there's still a protective pride in what you've done and accomplished. But I know I'm forever thinking I could do more. Not only that, but it increases over time. Success doesn't make me feel like I can coast. It does the opposite! It makes me feel like I have to do better next time." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: Google Gets Lowest Score Ever In Customer Satisfaction Survey - http://searchengineland.com/google-...
"I think the advertising explanation is tremendously weak. Instead, I'd offer that the frequency of search is rising (those strange comScore numbers) and that they're being performed on different devices (phones and tablets). High expectations of search success coupled with greater frequency of searches on a variety of devices would likely frustrate a subset of users. We expect search to work, we use it more often and for more types of searches (which increases the potential for failure) and we do so on different form factors that might make them less digestible." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: Vanity Metrics May Not Be All Bad - http://moz.com/rand...
"I track my vanity metrics but I rarely use them to chart my future behavior. If I did, I worry that I'd lose my vision and creativity. I don't want to produce the equivalent to Transformers 4 just because 1, 2 and 3 were well received. (I'm not saying that's what you're doing but it's an apt analogy.) Mind you, a lot of people like that stuff. And perhaps I fall prey to the 'I used to like them when they weren't popular' mentality. Yet, I could have blogged a lot more about Authorship and AuthorRank but I wanted to go and explore and do other things. In short, I feel like managing with vanity metrics could limit thought leadership. Some of my favorite posts are ones that didn't get a lot of love. Some posts which didn't get a lot of love for a long time suddenly do when the dialog returns to that topic. That's not to say that user feedback doesn't help you become a better writer/blogger, it does. But I'm also on guard from having it lead me astray. I frequently reference artists when..." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Verticals - AdWords API — Google Developers - https://developers.google.com/adwords...
Categorization of sites by Google give a window into how they may classify and return search results. - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: Google Domain Clustering Update? - http://justinbriggs.org/google-...
"Nice work here Justin. I see this filter impacting host crowding on the first page of results. https://www.google.com/search?... (4 Yelp results) https://www.google.com/search?... (8 Yelp results) It would be nice if they exempted the site: queries, though I suspect we SEOs are one of a handful of industries that uses that operator on a regular basis. It'll be interesting to see if they test different weights of host clustering via this filter over time." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: The One Word That Shouldn’t Exist in an Entrepreneur’s Vocabulary - http://www.bothsidesofthetable.com/2013...
"I love this post but I think it's less about the word 'No', which I find to be very powerful to keep focused and on task, and more about the phrase you must have: 'It never hurts to ask.' I believe in that mantra 138% and live it every day. That pretty girl in high school doesn't get asked out as much you might think because the guys are afraid to ask. That's amazing and sad. Gretzy has it right (as always). You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. So take your shot. Ask for what you want. The worst that happens is they say no (or you never get a response from that email you sent or voicemail you left). But more often than not you get a response and you get some (if not all) of what you ask for. It never hurts to ask." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: The changes to Google+ are great. But they don’t matter - http://www.businessesgrow.com/2013...
"Well you can pick out your piece of data but I can too. Here's one that shows Google+ usage released in January. http://www.globalwebindex.net/... And then again in April showing Q1, 2013 trends. http://www.globalwebindex.net/... And while activity is higher on Facebook in this report it also makes it clear that Google+ does have a material active user base. In addition, self-reported from Google I/O just the other week was 190M in the stream and 390M across all platforms. Now in my due diligence I see far more reports showing positive momentum on Google+ rather than negative, but you're free to think otherwise or choose one report over the other. It's certainly easy to compare Facebook with Google+ but doing so with a basic 'it's a social platform' mentality leaves out a tremendous amount of nuance, which I touched on in my first comment. As for marketing, I'm not sure how much more cross-platform marketing you can do at this point. It's pretty tough to get away from Google+ when..." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: The changes to Google+ are great. But they don’t matter - http://www.businessesgrow.com/2013...
"By nearly all measures G+ is one of the top three used social platforms (with Facebook being first and Twitter and G+ about the same). So, hasn't it really already tipped in some ways? People seem to believe that usage on G+ should mimic that on Facebook. Why? It's a different platform with different features and goals. Right now G+ is the leading video collaboration platform via Google+ Hangouts. Where's Facebook on that? They have that bohunk Skype integration I guess but c'mon. That's not to say that Facebook isn't doing well, but the comparisons become very difficult in my opinion. It's selective comparison. "Well, maybe they have an account on G+ but they don't actively use it." That's a typical refrain. Yet, this is the same type of model seen on Twitter and no one seems to pick a fight with them on the issue. The real aim of G+ isn't truly social but to identify active preferences that help Google deliver more relevant search results and along the way if it breaks the monopoly..." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: Stowe Boyd, new-aesthetic: The halfcat, attracting newly... - http://stoweboyd.com/post...
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Re: Elapsed Time: Could Your Username Be Used For Fraud Detection? - http://www.hunterwalk.com/2013...
"I'm not sure this is exactly what you're looking for but there are a few links in this post around using usernames to confirm identity. http://33bits.org/2011/02/16/u... If the username can't be confirmed in other platforms that could certainly be a red flag given the large digital wake™ we leave online." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: Elapsed Time: Could Your Username Be Used For Fraud Detection? - http://hunterwalk.com/2013...
"I'm not sure this is exactly what you're looking for but there are a few links in this post around using usernames to confirm identity. http://33bits.org/2011/02/16/u... If the username can't be confirmed in other platforms that could certainly be a red flag given the large digital wake™ we leave online." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: Take Our Survey & Help Update The Periodic Table Of SEO - http://searchengineland.com/updatin...
"Submission error? That's not good. Were you able to resubmit? I don't see a response for you so please try again and let me know if the problem persists." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: Take Our Survey & Help Update The Periodic Table Of SEO - http://searchengineland.com/updatin...
"Thanks for participating and for the feedback. The 4-point scale is shorter, which hopefully make the assessment easier (and alleviates the neutral answers). But perhaps that's not happening in practice." - AJ Kohn
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Re: Take Our Survey & Help Update The Periodic Table Of SEO - http://searchengineland.com/updatin...
"Thanks for your help." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: The death of RSS in a single graph - http://andrewchen.co/2013...
"So the term RSS is the query syntax people use to find RSS readers? Try a different term like 'Google Reader' and you're not going to get nearly the same type of graph. The problem with using RSS as your term is it mixes the use of RSS as a technology verus the use of RSS from a content consumption standpoint. In addition, how many people read your content via a Reader (and there are tools to get full feeds) rather than visit your blog. They might visit to simply share that post with friends or they may arrive at it outside of what can be tracked. So claiming that email is more effective based on those metrics isn't really comparing apples to apples is it? Gaining readership and exposure is important. As for interaction, I find it difficult to believe that email is a scalable alternative. Not only that but those replies rob the actual post of valuable meta content (i.e. - comments) that could make the post more valuable for readers. RSS readers will survive because people need to..." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: If Management is the Only Way Up, We’re All F’d - http://moz.com/rand...
"Yes! It's amazing how some folks are on this carousel where they have a poor track record yet continue to get gigs because ... it was a poor record at a big company. I don't know. I'm still a bottom-line kind of guy. Did you take the business forward? That's what I look for. Mind you, I'm all for crashing and burning if you learn from it but at some point if you have a history of crashing and burning ..." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: If Management is the Only Way Up, We’re All F’d - http://moz.com/rand...
"I love that last paragraph. I too optimize for happiness or lifestyle. And in the end, if you're willing to take a few risks, I think the former leads to the latter." - AJ Kohn
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Re: If Management is the Only Way Up, We’re All F’d - http://moz.com/rand...
"You really need to write a book about this and get it widely read. Because there are (way) too many ICs who feel pressured to become PWs, who feel guilty about not being good at or wanting to do much PW. The path to success is supposedly in taking on bigger and bigger teams. It's the question you get asked when you're interviewing up. How big a team did you manage? Frankly, the better question is how much did that team accomplish, but even then I always wanted to show the difference I made. That's not always about me, me me either. I take great pride in some of the folks I managed. Three in particular who I thought were just incredible and it was just my job to help them get as much done as possible. I function well as a PW when someone knows 80% of the job, can pick up something quickly and run with it. I function poorly as a PW when someone knows 50% of the job and requires more (repeated) guidance. So the problem for someone who is more IC than PW (which is sort of how I identify)..." - AJ Kohn
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Re: Elapsed Time: These Three $50B+ Companies Should Be Fighting Over Foursquare - http://hunterwalk.com/2013...
"I like the idea but there's an issue of federation isn't there? If it's an AMEX loyalty app then, immediately, there's less of a market and less value overall. So any of these companies would immediately shrink the potential growth of Foursquare. Mind you, they could use the data to become smarter but ... that seems like a big ask given the current data they're already mining. Instead, perhaps a neutral party within the payment space makes sense. Paypal (as a way to catch up), Square or Google Wallet (who seems always on the cusp of something great.)" - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: Elapsed Time: These Three $50B+ Companies Should Be Fighting Over Foursquare - http://www.hunterwalk.com/2013...
"I like the idea but there's an issue of federation isn't there? If it's an AMEX loyalty app then, immediately, there's less of a market and less value overall. So any of these companies would immediately shrink the potential growth of Foursquare. Mind you, they could use the data to become smarter but ... that seems like a big ask given the current data they're already mining. Instead, perhaps a neutral party within the payment space makes sense. Paypal (as a way to catch up), Square or Google Wallet (who seems always on the cusp of something great.)" - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: Elapsed Time: Google Fiber: Just One More Search Per Session - http://www.hunterwalk.com/2013...
"I wrote about this recently when I talked about Google's (not so) evil strategy. http://www.blindfiveyearold.co... Reducing the friction to using the Internet increases usage which increases revenues. It's really that simple." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
Re: Elapsed Time: Google Fiber: Just One More Search Per Session - http://hunterwalk.com/2013...
"I wrote about this recently when I talked about Google's (not so) evil strategy. http://www.blindfiveyearold.co... Reducing the friction to using the Internet increases usage which increases revenues. It's really that simple." - AJ Kohn
AJ Kohn
"Congrats Hugo. Sounds like a great move and I look forward to reading more since I completely agree about exploring varied topics." - AJ Kohn
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