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Robert Scoble
Have you ever seen a cooler office than Charles Alleneck's (he is an animator at Industrial Light and Magic)? Photo:
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You've seen his work on Transformers (the movie) but I was blown away by his office. - Robert Scoble
He has hundreds of transformers toys (and some Lego toys hanging from the ceiling) surrounding him at every angle. This was part of our tour today of Industrial Light and Magic (the folks who made Star Wars, among many many other movies). When we walked in he quickly hid what was on the screen. Hmmm. - Robert Scoble
Other photos from our tour are up at http://www.flickr.com/photos... - Robert Scoble
It's worth clicking on this picture. Amazing. - Mark Evans
Reminds me of a domino collection - don't know one over or they all fall down - Lyn Graft
Whoa - Mike Doeff
Yeah. Mark, a higher resolution version of this photo is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos... - Robert Scoble
The computer and monitor need some work. - Louis Gray
Louis: I was actually surprised by most of the monitors I saw at ILM. I have more glass on my desk. But most did have two monitors with a high-speed computer (and they had a kick ass data center for rendering everything). The models that we saw were unreal. I'll try to upload some of those next. - Robert Scoble
Geez, I think he has them arranged by series as well. - Rob H.
His shirt needs replaced, it looks like he got into a fight with a rainbow, and lost after he knocked out green. - NOT THE CRICKET
Maybe he can only do the work he does thx to his office. - Ton Zijp
Whoa! Hope his office won't face any EQ soon :) - Nir Ben Yona
Wondering if he could find what he's looking for on the fly; probably could. - Mark Evans
Jimminy: to be fair he didn't know he was going to be photographed today for hundreds of thousands of people to see. - Robert Scoble
That's one my little brother will love. Great shot! - Zu from AOD
Jimminy, nice description of a Madras plaid. ;) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Melanie Reed
Yeah, I remember similar pics (not of transformers) but of other film work in progress when I was a loyal sub'er to "Starlog" mag. Anyone ever take that here? http://www.starlog.com/ - Melanie Reed
Nice shot, Robert! - Melanie Reed
Melanie: the thing is, now he just loves collecting the things. Doesn't have much to do with movies he's working on now. - Robert Scoble
.......................................WANT - Mo Kargas
Can you imagine having to dust the room: "O, just give it a wide shot with compressed air every 2-3". Nice quick bursts." ;) - Melanie Reed
Robert, yeah it looks like it! - Melanie Reed
This is such a cool photo Robert. Looks like one you'd see in Life magazine. What lens did you use? - Mark Krynsky
I mostly only use one lens lately: my 17-40 F4.0 lens on a Canon 5D MK II. This was shot at 6400 ISO. Which is totally crazy. I remember when Kodak came out with 1000 ISO film that was only Black and White and had lots of grain. - Robert Scoble
Scoble, yeah I understand him not being prepared, it's just a very striking shirt, definitely an attention grabber, though the environment pulls you away. - NOT THE CRICKET
Melanie, I wasn't really describing plaid so much as the colors of it. ;) - NOT THE CRICKET
Jimminy, yeah, I know. I liked your description! Very apt! (for the record I dislike Madras Plaid. I had to wear it as part of a uniform for a job once...every day) ;) - Melanie Reed
I just noticed he has 8-bit Mario Bros. magnets, that's freakin' awesome. - NOT THE CRICKET
My brothers who are both artists (animation and modeling) would love this room. - Melanie Reed
Wohaaaaaa - Alper Cengiz
OMG, this is too cool. :) - Stefano Maggi
O_O - Selman
Hope he's got an inventory of all that stuff! - Robert Sanchez Jr
geek! ;) - MissMakimon
My 2yr old would destroy that place in 20 seconds flat. Robert, did he let you play with any of his toys? Great shot by the way! - michael sean wright
I WANT THIS OFFICE!!!! I COVET IT!!!!! - Renee Hendricks
Jason, thought same thing. See my comment about compressed air. ;) - Melanie Reed
How do I get in touch with him??? I really need to do an interview with him for my talk show!!! - Queen of North Norway
this is more chaotic than cool:) and I was bugged about having an untidy office:) - Neşe
He's gotta be on at least one of the TF forums... - Andrew C (✔)
my 10 year old daughter is looking at this office and wants to know how Charles concentrates! - Mary Ann Halford
Yeah, he really needs a better monitor or two. - Vezquex
I bet that's a picture of his mom ;-) - Jay
woooww is impressive !! - Verguenza
I love the Lego AT-ST - Gabe
Is that what we call a hobbie? lol jesus :) - Ludovic Godet Photographe
that's cool~~~~~~~~~~~~ - ewill
This has got to be in his mother's basement. - Jack Scalfani
And I thought I had a lot of robot toys in my office - geesh! - Brandon Ratliff
Robert Scoble
I paid $52 to be an ad for Toyota. Why? Because: - http://ourdoings.com/roberts...
I paid $52 to be an ad for Toyota. Why? Because:
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Someone stole my logo a few weeks back while my car sat at the San Francisco airport. The replacement cost $52 which I happily paid. Why? My car felt naked without it and I love my 2010 Prius. And THAT is advertising Toyota can't buy. - Robert Scoble
Ghah! I have a Gen3 that I love as well -- and I plan on parking it at an airport tomorrow -- and the thought that people are stealing these badges makes me sad (and scared for my poor Gen3). - Paul Wilcox
Slap a Lexus logo on it lol - Than R
who knew that Toyota ornaments were so lucrative on the black market - Christi
$52...a bargain... - Buzz Bruggeman
Would have been cool to put your Hulk Picture on a logo on the car in an oval shape- green and all...:-) - Lyn Graft
My stereo can beat up your stereo. ;) - Brett Schulte
Which is more impressive: You paid $52 for a new logo, or someone placed enough value in your logo to rip it from your car? Also: Did you know that the new Prius logos are blue inside because in Japan blue is the color associated with energy conservation (as opposed to green here). Apparently there was a lot of debate within Toyota about whether the logo should be blue in the US, and some owners are unhappy with the blue logo, especially when it's on a car whose color clashes with it. - Kevin Fox
Don't we all do that any time we pay for something with a logo? - David
Your logo was stolen? Is it 1987? Are we putting those on chains again? - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
++ Eric - Jennifer Dittrich
That is a nice looking logo, not something I would want -that- badly though.. - Greg Clute from iPhone
Brett: yeah, but my stereo gets 45 mpg. :-) - Robert Scoble
Asgod: I figure some kid is collecting car logos for his bedroom wall. - Robert Scoble
Hey Robert, just turned 100,000 on my second gen Prius. If they made computers like they make the Priuses we'd be golden. One minor software glitch in 100,000 miles. - Steve Poppe
My car seems to be missing its Toyota logo as well.. - Eric Dunlap
I'm still suprised that the Prius only gets 45 mpg. My $11k Yaris gets almost 40. Costs a lot to be smug, I guess :) - Blake
Blake: it depends on how you drive it. If I drive it like an old lady I get 55. :-) - Robert Scoble
Blake: also, I do a LOT of mountain driving, which isn't optimal for the hybrid. - Robert Scoble
Robert: Makes sense. I hear that city mileage is better than highway for the Prius. - Blake
I live at the base of the Sierra Nevadas and I can tell you my Prius screams in pain every time I drive home from somewhere. - Kevin Arth
I would have sold mine from my '96 toyota for half of that price... :) - Shoukat Dharani
I wouldn't have otherwise noticed that the Toyota symbol was two circles - I feel like a goof now. - Ciaoenrico
Lots of Prius love here in this thread...gotta check out http://priuschat.com to see who else is there. - Tim Cooper
That is one of the most unique round about marketing stories I've ever heard! No pun intended! hahahha - Tanya Noel
When my Saab logo rubbed off, I felt the same way. - Schneider Mike
It would cost more than 52 dollars to understand the meaning of this loss with a collegue, so... that's a good deal ! - Yann Leroux
Scoble - didn't you learn ANYTHING when you told people you hated it when someone grabbed your name on a social media site? Result: It became a geek meme to grab your name. Now you've made it a badge of geek honor to have the Scoble Prius badge! - Brett Schulte
Let's re-use and recycle instead of buying new, you know? I have a mint-condition logo for a 2010 Prius that I recently, uh, found. I do feel your pain at the loss of your "badge", so I am offering you (or any in the "Silico-ti" bubble) -- for only $35 -- the chance of feel less naked than you've felt in a long while, I promise. Details here-- http://tr.im/vktz . - Adrian
Robert, if it's ever stolen again, don't glue the replacement on _too_ well. You don't want the thieves to scratch your paint stealing the replacement. $35-$52 is a heck of a lot cheaper than fixing your paint. I had a lot of body work done on my various cars recently, and it's so expensive It almost makes me cry. - Adrian Otto
Robert Scoble
If you really want to get good value from conversations, keep them to less than 20 people round a dinner table. - Mark Littlewood
Interesting perspective in the smaller groups. I manage 3 twitter accounts and the latest I am only following 500 and it is the one I actually pay attention to the most because it was more select in terms of who I followed. You actually get to know people a little better per Mark's comment. - Lyn Graft
Mark: actually I found that a group of four is the best for conversations. Any more and the conversation starts to split and get distracted. - Robert Scoble
How many groups do you have Robert? - Lyn Graft
I'd call this account "justrobertscoble" :) I've read your post, sound practical. After we all tested twitter for two (some of us three) years, we understand that the more we follow people the more we get lost in tons of conversations, that I (for example) not even sure I'm interested in. I don't see how any of this will change without groups. It's just too much content to digest each day. (will, i can always unfollow people I guess) - Orli Yakuel
Lyn: just three. - Robert Scoble
Interesting. Um, I have a secret Twitter account where I follow key people I'm interested in my industry who share valuable links and relevant information that can be used to keep track of big picture trends in a focused way. However, I don't respond on it, just keep the signal to noise ratio high so patterns are more easily discernible. - Sally Church
So what I am hearing here from this conversation is twitter user base is inflated (I myself have 2 accounts). I however never felt the need to have 1000s of followers as most of the stuff is gibberish. I am following a very selected amount of people and I am very selective of the people that follow me. If I am engaged in conversation and I see that person that I value engaged in... more... - Richard Gallo
I was thinking about this very topic today, I have consciously kept my follows as low as possible for since I started on twitter, but have recently been considering jumping on the wagon.... Now I have a secret twitter account and starting to ramp up the numbers to experiment. - Alistair (alpinefolk)
I love how you have Ijustine in your secret twitter group. I guess you need to keep up with all her valuable insights right? CaliLewis? - Mark
@mark - yes - those are some of the most amazing times, dinner, a small group of folks and some interesting conversation. :-) - Dan owns Comicsforge.com
it is just become clear to me that you actually opened a group on twitter. and for that you needed to open another account, hmm... it's not easy to navigate between two accounts (even with desktop client) - Orli Yakuel
The maximum size of a group, in which you can "know" everyone, probably depends on the richness of the communication channel (bandwidth, opportunity for response, "liveliness" [real time?], etc). This reminds me of W L Gore & Associates lattice management approach and the way that, as business units grew, they would deliberately subdivide them to remain below of size limit of about 150, if I remember correctly. - John W Lewis
I hear the small group argument entirely. Very good point -- I hate big conferences since I feel like I have to say hello (and goodbye) to everyone for that reason. The networking events are even more difficult. You have friends who expect you to be with them during the evening but you also want to say hi to older friends and meet new faces. - Tamar Weinberg
This sounds like a few other business ideas: if you make a resource scarce, then everyone will want one. Or to put it another way: "There is a sucker born every minute" - How do _I_ get in ? :) - Ric Johnson
Davis: I don't think you can prevent it from loading. I'm playing with Google Friend Connect to learn what Google is going to do to get into the social networking business. It's a little forum down there. - Robert Scoble
Sorry, I have to speak up along with Davis - it's positioned part-way down the page (and incompletely anyway) on my iphone. The last blog post page I tried keeps crashing Safari mobile (after a minute) each time I try it. - Micah
This reminds me of child 'rearing'. When I was much younger and my kids were little one of the things I learned when they would engage with multiple pals at the same time, still holds true today for me as an adult. Even numbers are always best with regard to interaction. Odd numbers and someone gets left out, like it or not. Pairing is natural, and I mean that literally. Multiples of 2... more... - Sheryl
weirdest thing on this one is I saw your "other" scoble account a while back, but thought it was someone else trying to mess with you in some way so never paid it any attention... :) - Jeremy Toeman
Curiously, given that "Really Secret Scoble" spells out RSS, this hasn't hit my RSS feed, and I happened to bump into it on FriendFeed. Ever since you made the changes to WordPress, there have been issues. - Louis Gray
I echo Jeremy as well. I thought it was a "Really Fake Scoble". - Louis Gray
Same here. Initial impulse was to DM Robert through FriendFeed to ascertain whether it was real. Then I thought, "Duh! Search FriendFeed!" - Hutch Carpenter
hmm... doesn't this just point to the lack of "groups" support in twitter!? I use @troynt greasemonkey script (http://userscripts.org/scripts...), which provides groups support among other things. - Shivanand Velmurugan
honestly I do have multiple twitter accounts 4 different purpose, but sumtimes they do overlap, yes u r still the same person, but u r selling a brand, or a company or a non-profit or topics that r different. U need to keep track or straight. - polou/indigo_bow
Robert Scoble
I'm talking to a bunch of marketers showing them Twitter and FriendFeed. Come here and tell them good examples of "now marketing:"
I'm showing them Zappos. Tiny Prints. Four Seasons. And a few others. - Robert Scoble
You'll be up on the screen, by the way. - Robert Scoble
Ah man. those guys don't need help. They already beat me half to death with direct mail. - Jason Nunnelley
Jason: heheh. - Robert Scoble
Zappos was on the Apprentice, weren't they? And on Oprah? After that, they need marketing? - RobinDotNet
Robin: Zappos has 400+ people on Twitter. They did a billion in sales last year for a reason. - Robert Scoble
And I'm very happy to have contributed to their success. :-) - RobinDotNet
http://www.mavericksroadhouse.com/ is a new restaurant near my house. I like their instinct to use Twitter and Facebook. - Robert Scoble
don't forget threadless - viv j
Most businesses around the world don't know how to use Twitter and Facebook. - Robert Scoble
isn't there a bakery somewhere that tweets when the fresh bread comes out of the oven? - Capn' One Eye - adrift
I like it when companies have people online tweeting. There are a lot of positive stories on the Consumerist web site about experiences using twitter to get help from businesses. - RobinDotNet
Viv: threadless is a great example, thanks for the reminder. - Robert Scoble
metageoff: URL? I'd love that example. - Robert Scoble
It is like searching for people using adwords and talking directly to that person NOW - Matthew Hillis
Advice, if you're on Twitter, and you are a brand Respond to your @ replies. It looks selfish and like you don't care if you don't. - Dan Harbison
A client, OrangeSoda uses it to track happy and unhappy customers and people that might buy their product. - Jonathan Bacon
Smithsonian Institution's FB page is awesome: http://www.facebook.com/pages... - Vital Design
Just the fact that the Consumerist keeps printing the stories (I get their RSS feed) makes people think that's going to work, so I don't see how it can not benefit a company to be on twitter and/or FF. (Unless they're annoying, but don't get me started on the Lands' End e-mail overuse). - RobinDotNet
The same client uses Twitter to build credibility in the industry for recruiting. - Jonathan Bacon
The Tea Garden in New York always uses Twitter http://www.teagarden.com/index... Finest Tea from the Master Dr. Tea - Randy Nacol
Sweet Leaf Tea is using Twitter/Facebook to provide customer service, let people know about discount promotions, notify certain areas of events they'll be giving product away. Now I'm helping them produce a slew of rich media content we'll be using to showcase their product, people & fans at events & we'll be using T/F to be the primary promotion point for it. - Lyn Graft
Sorry, but marketing people of "the old" don't belong in the new. Their tactics are unchanged, un-evolved, and will provide little to no value to Twitter, the now, or FriendFeed. Thankfully I don't have to pollute my timeline with their nonsense. Maybe that's short-minded, but my target subscription base is innovation, technology, and tomorrow. Rarely does it include "Marketers" - Enrique Gutierrez
Yeah Zappos is the Golden Boy. - anna sauce
In PR I use it for keeping up on reporters (aka Robert Scoble) and finding out about opportunities for clients. Excellent tool. - Jonathan Bacon
Robin- I totally want to hear about Land's End email abuse! - anna sauce
bakery: I seem to have been mislead - don't see any "come and get it!" announcements in that twitter stream - Capn' One Eye - adrift
guess anything or any business that evokes some kind of emotion ought to be on FF, FB or Twitter - viv j
Enrique - but new or old Mkgt is about forming the relationship with the consumer - it's just faster now. - Jeff Bishop
anna -- I signed up to get marketing e-mails from Lands' End (rare for me), and I get like 10 a week. Every day all the time. My friends complain abou the same thing. But you hate to unsign up because they have those free-shipping offers all the time, and sometimes you DO want to order something. - RobinDotNet
The interesting thing is that "now" marketing is more about a long-term strategy than instant "bang for the buck". You've got to put yourself out there for a good long while and have unique and genuine interaction before anything "big" ever happens. Get involved, but with a long-term view. - Inside Alaska
I'm all for people trying to learn to do things differently. - metalerik
Being able to connect directly with your customer. Give invites to or announcing special events via twitter. Giving your business a "social face". Why just today I got an invite to Google Voice (well I'm still waiting), because I follow the Google Team on twitter, and they (out of the goodness of their heart) offered to invite all their followers. I think it strengthens your brand by... more... - Wilfredo Guerrero
You can follow the event on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/CrownPe... - Robert Scoble
If you want a lesson in how not to do it, check this. Habitat spammed Twitter with voucher offers etc that incorporated iran election # tags. Egregious.http://news.bbc.co.uk/1... - Mark Littlewood
taco truck on twitter, tweets location http://twitter.com/kogibbq - Capn' One Eye - adrift
Oh, and don't treat it like another marketing project. Just share things that are cool or interesting about your business. If you're genuine, and the things you share 'really are' cool or interesting, people will catch on and spread the message. - Inside Alaska
Dave- can I quote you on that? I will write a blog post- I do "adventures in email marketing" and always on the lookout for folks' experiences. http://www.banane.com/workblog - anna sauce
The great thing about the real-time web is that it makes people attention to what is going on with your account. Think "Blue Light Special", but instead of having to be IN your store, they just have to be on the internet..... - Steve Lynch from twhirl
Jeff, yes -it's all about connecting to the customer - but how the "old" will go about it will typically include legal filtering, PR loops, spin, etc, and lack the genuine interaction Social Media actually requires to make it work the way it should. Even when it is done the "right way" Marketers will just copy what's already been done in hopes to mimic results of the people who innovated. Creates a meaningless Twitter/FF existence. - Enrique Gutierrez
For marketing, it is just like all the basic social media laws: be honest, be transparent, be interesting, be creative - anna sauce
show them this: http://www.twitscoop.com/search... and activate the graph button - twitscoop
I hope they've taken a bath today. Suggest the book Groundswell. - Benjamin Taylor
check out dell's latest twitter announcement: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009... (our client fyi) - amanda
One of the biggest issues I've seen with marketers embracing social media: losing the control of message they had with broadcast media. - anna sauce
You can't forward the twitter to PR and wait a week for htem to get back to you, regarding an issue with the product. That just doesn't play well. And like Motrin, you can't create an anonymous "mom" (see: transparency) - anna sauce
Murphy-Goode Winery hit the right note with their combined HR/PR/SMMarketing stunt http://www.areallygoodejob.com/overvie... - Ben Robbins
Show them the comcastcares and Bank of America on twitter. Helping people causes great word of mouth advertising. http://twitter.com/COMCAST... http://consumerist.com/5137806... - Karl Evard
Realizing that SM is not like any other channel you've used for mkgt before. If you're not going to have dedicated people to staff it (and not once a week) don't get into it. If you don't do it right - don't bother. - Jeff Bishop
Example: A cool paper was published, and I share it on FF through a bit.ly link. Then people see it, maybe follow the link to read it; I can then track the number of follow-ups through bit.ly. - Jason Miller
@Karl - New media channels make these companies appear much smaller than they really are. A sense of intimacy is a huge benefit to any conversation. - Benson Miller
Agree with J.D., you have to show them how not to market on social media. - Dilip Dand
Jeff Barr of Amazon uses products like Tweetdeck to observe real-time conversations about each of the AWS offerings in a separate stream. This has changed the way I consume activity streams. - Benson Miller
I might add: Keep it simple and creative. Don't SPAM your potential customers (followers); That's the fastest way to have them UNFollow you. - Sean E Brown
If you're a company and you're on twitter, you need to answer your tweets. I tweeted Tweetdeck to ask a question, and they didn't answer. That's just annoying. I think they use it to post new info about Tweetdeck and do marketing. :-P - RobinDotNet
South Food and Wine Bar (@SouthFWB) letting locals know about new dishes, new wines. Symantec (@netbackup, @enterprisevault, @nortononline, @backupexec, and so on) connecting with customers both happy and unhappy, helping to resolve complaints and letting users know of new articles, releases, and more. I could go on. - Nick Wade
Illustrate good examples with bad examples, Feedly, as recently as Tuesday provided a direct response, even though I was about to uninstall their product. Once I sort out my mess of an RSS feed list I'll go back to their product. It was a simple @reply that made the difference even though I wasn't an active user. Marketers don't like hearing that people don't like the product they represent, but once they start listening, it changes the dynamic. - Benjamin Taylor
It was said above, its about relationships. Social media provides another channel to connect and make an impression with people... its part of the communications engine that needs to stay well oiled and tuned. - Jeff Fishburn
Provide a service AND market a product, if the MTA can do it - NYC subway system now has Twitter alerts by line: @NYC_F_trains, @NYC_2_trains, etc.. - Benjamin Taylor
I'm tired of the famous quote tweets. If someone starts tweeting famous quotes, I unfollow them. - RobinDotNet
If they want to talk about the famous quotes and discuss ideas around them, that's a different matter. Like Jeff Fishburn said above, it's about relationships. - RobinDotNet
Hmmmmm - Study: Twitter Drives a Lot of Traffic to Media Sites, but Doesn't Bring a Lot of Customers to Online Retailers http://bit.ly/13JyDE - ReadWriteWeb - PXLated
A few twitter opportunities include, listening to your customer base- polls, announcements of discounts, new products, giveaways, asking for help and helping others, generally broadening your horizons. - Donna Boley
I agree that companies need to answer their tweets! And, it's okay to use humor. A local retailer in my town gets a lot of traffic by making silly offers like, "Make me laugh and get 10% off." It makes me want to visit their shop even though I wouldn't ordinarily think to go there. http://twitter.com/merchbot - Coyote
the simply elegant way for a bizz to get started on twitter is to stream the comments customers are making. Trader Joe's let's their shoppers speak for them. I like how Vetrazzo suggests home and design conferences as events on Facebook. - Lane Rapp
Remember this is all about turning business models on their heads. Do all your aftersales first , be helpful, be an ally, be useful first and then hope you've done enough for someone to come and purchase. - Crispin Heath
Mint.com's a pretty good example in the FS space - Crispin Heath
Great Mashable article, how to twit for brands: http://mashable.com/2009... - anna sauce
Please ask them not to respond to every mention of their brand on Twitter. I don't always want to be asked "Can I help?" when I moan about something's poor performance. You can't own the conversation like that. - Ian Betteridge
Brilliant post. This is a huge problem, how can a company engage people without using robots? Ultimately, they need a transparent culture (eg. Quicken Loans.) That way the employees can respond on behalf of the company. - Greg
I'm from Chicago, I found Leo on a podcast and have been following him since! - Mark Williamson from BuddyFeed
I meet people online that I find interesting and follow them like Robert Scoble. - Randy Allen Bishop
Show them @habitatUK as a counter example - 77Agency
Thanks for the Tiny Prints plug @scobleizer! somehow I missed the conversation yesterday. Threads like this are very useful to us to help mature our social media strategy. Lots of great examples. - Rick Bucich
http://adcause.com of course. I hope to demo it for you someday soon in half moon bay over some beers at the fire pit ;) - Andy A.
my involvement with #areallygoodejob has brought some great opportunities for me all the way off in Germany--surprising for me is that twitter has been the key driver for traffic and leads for me (for employment options in Germany). - Andrea Schmitz
Robert Scoble
We’re shipping today: the road to Building43. Please come and join us during launch party today. - http://scobleizer.com/2009...
We’re shipping today: the road to Building43. Please come and join us during launch party today.
We'll be launching Building43 from TechCrunch's headquarters today. We can't fit more people in, but we'll have live video streaming starting at about 4 p.m. Pacific Time today at http://www.kyte.tv/scobleizer -- lots of special guests. - Robert Scoble from Bookmarklet
Site goes like at 4pm PT? - Jason Miller
Friendfeed plays a huge part in the site, by the way (thanks to Paul Buchheit for all of his help over the weekend). Jason: I think we are actually launching it at 5 p.m. - Robert Scoble
very cool! can't wait - andy brudtkuhl
^^ yo very (!) interested in how 'things work' for you today - wish you all the best!! :) - Ronald
Good luck today, I hope everything goes well. Sorry I couldn't make the party! - Buzz Bruggeman
Buzz and others, thanks! Make sure you join the Building43 room here. http://www.friendfeed.com/buildin... -- you'll get on the home page if you post there. - Robert Scoble
we'll always support you and love ya rob x - David Lloyd
Congrats. Just commented on the blog post. I think it's a great movement and I'm looking forward to contributing to it if I can! - Alexander van Elsas
Can't wait! Here's a good intro video on all this from a local news station who got to interview Robert this week in Blacksburg, VA -- http://www.wdbj7.com/Global... - Cameron
^^ yeppers, pretty nice intro video, already seen :) :) - I WANT MORE, please :)))) - Ronald
good luck today, can't wait to read (and see video) of more from B43 - erik yuzwa
Well done Robert & Rob L!!! Very excited for all that you guys are doing. Sooooo much potential and ground breaking & practical stuff that is being offered. - Lyn Graft
Scoble on my question how does Building43 make money: @vedi: we're a cost center right now. I have been on Twitter for more than 900 days and they haven't figured out how to monetize so you gotta give me 900 days to figure it out too. :-) - Vedran Rudelj
The Scobleizer.com feed to Google Reader is very slow these days. I always find your posts here first. - Louis Gray
Congrats Robert, looking forward... - Nir Ben Yona
Louis: that's on purpose. I manually refresh my feed here on friendfeed manually as soon as I post. Why? Because the real time web is important. Google Reader seems old, I find I don't like visiting it anymore. - Robert Scoble
I consume GReader via Feedly now - if I dont see it on FF first - andy brudtkuhl
andy: yeah, feedly is doing weird things, though. It keeps posting stuff to Twitter and I can't figure out why or how. Plus I just am addicted to friendfeed. - Robert Scoble
eeewww. Just noticed 4 p.m. Pacific Time, is actually 2 a.m my time. Can't we make it 2 hours earlier, LOL. - Nir Ben Yona
That's true, but getting your post in Google Reader helps me share it. - Louis Gray
Can't wait! You guys are doing some great things---look forward to seeing it! Want to share what we're doing with http://www.jailbreakomaha.com - Jeff Slobotski
Congratulation Robert, already have a reminder for 7 PM EST tonight to watching the streaming, wish I could be there. - Kim Landwehr
1st off Thank You Robert Scoble you helped me stay ahead of the curve over the years in what's in the technology pipeline. I am really interested in you latest project because I am that small business that would like to have the 2010 website but have yet to get it past say around 1999 level website. looking forward to the future... - Jim Beall
Excited! I think this idea is really cool and I'm ready to see some more great interviews and demos similar to what you've been doing in the past. I'll be watching the launch. Good luck! - Brandon Titus
I know I for one will be *extremely* excited to see this puppy launch :) - Michelle McGinnis
Congratulation to all the Rackers involved and especially to you, Robert!!! I am sooo looking forward and i am already a big fan! - Arne Krueger
Robert - YAY, CONGRATS!! woo hoooooo! - Susan Beebe
Susan, save your applause for when we ship it. You might not like it! - Robert Scoble
Good luck Robert - Charlie Anzman
Congradulations Robert. Keep doing the great work. I'll be watching.... - Alex Marrow
rockmanusa needs a new website - David Lloyd
Sounds cool and fun. Looking forward to your launch. - Michael Williams
Getting closer... very excited for you guys! :) I love Go Live Launchs !!!! - Susan Beebe
Congrats Robert to you and Rocky! So if i come by the TechCrunch offices without an RSVP can't I just say I'm heard about it on FriendFeed? :) - Elliott Ng
Ditto what Matthew said... WTF, where's my building? - Arleen Boyd
Website is Live :) - Nir Ben Yona
So is Chrome your default browser? - Mats
Nice Job Robert ! Looking forward to hooking up with you in the near future to pursue some paradigm-shifting applications for B23 and RS... - Mike Schmidt
Congrats, Robert! - Bret Taylor
Congratulations on the launch, looks great! - Raj Advani
Congratulations! Looking forward to learning from this site! - Entreprini
Congratulations! (Now you can sleep!) - Kay Designer
Congratulations! Even though the sites new, it still looks great. I can’t wait to see where you go from here. BTW. I loved the way Loic took over the show at the TechCrunch party. lol - Michael Fidler
Reading and commenting on this from the Building43 site. Cool. - Hutch Carpenter
Got a bunch of stuff to do for a huge Friday ahead, but am very excited about guiding our startup alongside the Bldg43 community - starting out with no bad habits and no pre-conceived notions except embracing the new and the best frees us. Looking forward to learning, teaching and sharing. Keep up the great work! - Matt Weeks
congrats!! - Patricia
Congratulations, Robert! Can't imagine amount of work you did for site launch. Interview with Zuckerberg was really great. - denis
Congrats on the launch, Robert. - George Hall (Australia)
Congrats Robert, the site is looking good. I'm gonna spent the next two hours watching those video interviews. - Diego Sana
Just took the the feed with Google reader. Interesting Concept. - Brent - Yes I am
"All building43 content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Noncommercial " ~ nice touch. - Peter Renshaw
I spotted a Rackspace logo and put together some other impressions here: http://www.sampletheweb.com/2009... still trying to wrap my head around it all though. Good luck with it! - C. K. Sample III
Robert Scoble
I just saw a must have greasemonkey extension for Twitter. It lets you see bio/profile info of your followers. Details here:
This is cool, only works on Firefox. You must also have Greasemonkey loaded. - Robert Scoble
The userscripts page explains how to get Greasemonkey and use it, if you don't have it already. - Robert Scoble
I'm building a new secret Twitter account and this will let me follow people who are very interesting to me. - Robert Scoble
The developer is @imusicmash and he said he showed it to Twitter's Alex Payne and Alex told him that Twitter is working on something like this. - Robert Scoble
ugh Greasemonkey not updated for current Firefox beta. #fail - Brett Schulte
Another cool script? http://userscripts.org/scripts... transforms your copy and pasted URLs into a bit.ly short URL RIGHT WHILE YOU ARE TYPING. Very cool. - Robert Scoble
i'm surprised you haven't done this 'secret' account already - Chris Heath
Chris: I did it over on friendfeed. But now I want to be ready for the changes that Twitter will be making. - Robert Scoble
Scoble: I use TextExpander to get the bitly functionality you suggest...Text Expander uses applescript to get it done. I just copy URL then type "/bilty" and it makes the URL - Mike Bracco
Also try the one from @troynt - http://sn.im/troys_t... - Atul Arora
Great script. Btw, there are lots of url shortening add-ons for Fx http://is.gd/Fv1N - Willem (@wim66) ☠
Vineet: have you heard of pipl - I did a search for on ROBERT SCOBLE and here is what I got - http://bit.ly/CFTma - TechCrunch covered them a little while back. - Mike Bracco
thanks Robert for mentioning my 2 firefox scripts. I hope they save you some time. - Al
Less annoying than waiting on mouse hover for the title="" to appear. - Gary
YAY!!!!! thank you, this is awesome! Installed both the bio/profile and the bit.ly ones... Also, added the recommended one Atul listed above too! thanks guys!! - Susan Beebe
Thank you. - David Cook
Don't know why twitter holds back on stuff that currently gets done using greasemonkey scripts. After all these additions will only cause load on the user's CPU. hmm.. Maybe they should just serve (optional) different javascript+css, enabled via preferences?! - Shivanand Velmurugan
Ofcourse, you guys are using @troynt's twitter script right? http://userscripts.org/scripts... - Shivanand Velmurugan
Love this script. Saves tons of time and waiting for loading and waiting and waiting. Nice job... - Lyn Graft
handig Firefox script om twitter profiles sneller door te kunnen scannen! - Jeroen De Miranda
Robert Scoble
Brilliant. I'm filtering/searching twitter messages through notify.me - Orli Yakuel
This is a great kyte cast. Is that the right word for it? I'm always trying to figure out the best way to utilize these social sites to proper filter out the garbage for the nuggets. - Daniel Norton
To learn how to use Friendfeed effectively, where do you suggest starting? Watching your video here and interested in leveraging its capabilities so would like to know a good way to get my feet wet here. - Lyn Graft
Excellent live video...thanks! - Keith Neisler
You should do a similar one on just Friendfeed, try to get more people over here :) - Simon Wicks
Robert that was great. Thanks for doing the video! Can you do one on Friendfeed like Simon asked? I think that would be very helpful! :) - Daynah
Thanks for sharing - good segment. Now I just need more time in the day! Can you do any split screen interviews like the Peter Himmelman show a few weeks ago? - Lyn Graft
That was awesome live video you did. - Amar Shah
Thanks for the live video! Inspiring me to spend more time working out FriendFeed. - Jalada
Lyn: I did a separate video on how to use friendfeed: http://friendfeed.com/e... - Robert Scoble
I like tweetdeck a lot but I can't live without navigation w/keyboard and the two-fingers horiz scroll so they really need to get this for me to definitely switch! - Jean-Charles VERDIE from twhirl
I missed the Friendfeed one, thanks for the link again Robert - Simon Wicks
Check out the Unofficial Guides to FriendFeed included in the post at http://www.growmap.com/friendf.... - Gail Gardner
Thanks for sharing your thoughts. It was really helpful - Pelle Sjoqvist from twhirl
Excellent video Robert. - Jim Connolly
Thanks Robert. I always learn something about using FriendFeed or Twitter more effectively from you. - Tom Landini
I'm behind a terribly unstable and slow 2G connection. Anyone care to summarize the video? - Jan Ignatius
brilliant - Thomas Power
This is really helpful. Sco. I like the "media snack" term. And "attention thief." Would like to see your GTD vid when you do it. And less so your google reader one. Search.twiiter.com. And generally how you drink valuable memes from the firehose is helpful. Is there a "channel" of these vids from you? "Feedly.com" I couldn't parse the verbal- google grabbed it based on sound. - moon_shadow70
I'm finding kyte interface a bit annoying cause I paused and walked away and can't just reload to where I was!!!! (is it me?) Arg, I may redo the first 15+ minutes. - moon_shadow70
It would be helpful to have your "must follow" list in non-verbal format that was too fast.And Kyte's rewind is way too inexact to keep rewinding it. Thanks. :-) - moon_shadow70
Has this changed in recent times? I heard on the gilmore gang that 90% of your friends are on FF, so is twitter still as prominent? - Chris Lloyd
Chris Twitter is becoming less important. - Robert Scoble
Robert Scoble
Twitterers: do you know of displays of interesting groups of Twitterers? Here's some: http://friendfeed.com/search...
Thanks to Dave Winer for making these. I'm looking for more. #twitterfollowerdisplay - Robert Scoble
Oh, and do you see how you can use friendfeed's search engine as a bookmark service? - Robert Scoble
Robert: What I've been doing is importing Twitter search xml's into groups on friendfeed. It's great if you want to keep track of a meme or a hashtag - Blake
FF search is amazing. I've been able to find tweets that Search.Tw couldn't - phil baumann
hahhaa, I called that months ago and have been using hashing or other meta shizz to Bmark important stuff, also I do on the www as Google's crawling has become so GD effecient - sofarsoShawn
DBlack: sorry, what did I not do? - Robert Scoble
100 Twitter Feeds for Nurses (now if we can get nurses on FF) - http://www.ultrasoundtechnicia... - phil baumann
Zappos has a simple display as well: http://twitter.zappos.com/ - Lyn Graft
http://wefollow.com is a useful self generated directory site...? #twitterfollowerdisplay - Jo Booth
Nothing, just being dramatic, stirring things up a bit. So how is the #twitterfollowerdisplay to be used to meet Dave Winer's? approval ? - RetiredTeacherD
http://socialnewswatch.com/top-twi... - Top tweeple in twitter likely to follow you - HelloHealthy
http://twitter.mailana.com/ - Top Twitter Friends - Graph - HelloHealthy
http://wefollow.com/ - A user powered twitter directory - HelloHealthy
http://tweetcongress.org/officia... - Tweet the Congress of the United States - HelloHealthy
http://mrtweet.com/ - analyze your Twitter network, help you discover great people, and recommend you to others. You can recommend anyone on twitter, not just those you follow or who may follow you. - HelloHealthy
http://www.twibes.com/ - Like WeFollow with MrTweet Recommends for those you follow - HelloHealthy
I didn't get it at first, but that's quite clever. - Rob Michael (Atmos Trio)
Heh.. The link gives me a Friendfeed fail! - Anant
friendfeed search is down right now. - Robert Scoble
Robert Scoble
THIS CONTEST IS OVER, PLEASE DO NOT COMMENT ON THIS ANY MORE. Thank you.
THIS CONTEST IS OVER. THE MONEY HAS ALREADY BEEN GIVEN AWAY. I'm giving away $4,500 of my money. The contest will be here in friendfeed between now and Tuesday afternoon. Ends 3 p.m. Austin, Texas Time. Winner will be picked live on http://www.ustream.tv/studio at 4 p.m. Austin Time. Two ways to win: First way to win ($1,000). Leave a comment here. We'll pick one winner out of a hat randomly. Second way to win (Two prizes of $1,750 each). Leave a comment about how you will use the money (use only one comment here). I'll pick my favorite two messages and announce a winner on Tuesday afternoon. Good luck! - Robert Scoble
Good way to keep us engaged Robert :) - bcultral
only that? too easy Robert! :) - directeur
Robert "Ben Stein" Scoble :) - Mattb4rd
Will it be tax free? :P - imabonehead
I'm in. - Paul Grav
Sweet awesome robert! - TheHenry
Simple is good. :) - Heather Solos
Robert, Ben Stein beat you to that game. Try and be first rather than a fast follower. :P - Lorin Olsen
What are the rules? International ok? :) - Holger Eilhard
I'll happily leave a comment here. - Aaron Crews
Congrads on the new venture:) - Rob Cairns
Lets be honest- there are few people who literally put their money where their mouth is. Mr. Scoble you continue to impress me. And I have said this before the contest. - Alyx
I declare myself ineligible for the first way to win :) - Douglas Gourlay
Do you have to be an American? Cause I could use a new laptop :) Plus the USD>AUD exchange rate is pretty good at the moment ($1000 USD = $1500 AUD) - Bryce Roney
Cool ....I need new Laptop - Michael Holzinger
Prediction: this will be the most commented thread on FriendFeed ever (chance to win $1000). - Mike Doeff
be sure to let us on the detailed result of this new experiment of yours - Georgios Kasselakis
really? :) - K.Fatih Özçelik
oh...pick me pick me pick me :) - Stephanie Segel
Will you give me more if I say rackspace.com? - Jason P. Brown
woohooo! Anton like this. - Anton Johansson
c'mon fingers. find me in the hat. - Jason Kane
OK, I'm changing my comment to go for one of the $1750 prizes. I will offer to donate all of it to a mutually acceptable charity in exchange for an appearance with you and Steve on the Gillmor Gang. If Jason can buy his way onto Twitter, maybe I can buy my way onto the Gillmor Gang! - Kent
Are you still going to the XMPP meetup on tuesday? - J Allen
Good luck to everyone! - Amit Nangare
Leaving random comment here for $1000 yo! Can I get that all in pennies and not rolled up? Preferably in gallon milk jugs! - Jason Moffatt
money talks :-) - Dobromir Hadzhiev
I think Mike will be right - Henrik Johansson
I would use the money to 1. Donate and support our local Milwaukee tech community (events like web414.com, BarCampMilwaukee.com, and Bucketworks.org) and 2. purchase some more tech items (i.e. mac mini, video camera, webcam) to enhance and encourage more interaction with development and the tech community. - Sam Dodge
I'm in too ... - Leo
$1000 for a random comment. I suspect we'll have a record number of comments. But what kind of hat will you be pulling the name out of? Austin Cowboy hat? - Andrew Leyden
well, this is one way to get me to actually use my friend feed account =) - Travis
I could use it. Ill be out of a job in 2 weeks. - Armando
sweet. i like free money =) - Arin
Second way to win (Two prizes of $1,750 each). Leave a comment about how you will use the money (use only one comment here). I'll pick my favorite two messages and announce a winner on Tuesday afternoon. Good luck! - Robert Scoble
I'm game. But don't shoot me. - Steve Lowe
why would you do that? - Burçak Sayınsoy
is this part of the bailout? - Thomas Jelonek
Pick me! - Henry Irish
hook it up! - Zachary Poley
Robert , Congrats for Building43.com ! - Rocky
Open to anyone in the world. It's my money and if I get sued I'll make fun of you on Twitter. :-) - Robert Scoble
So let me get this straight, I just leave a comment here? Will this $1000 be reported to the IRS? :) - Craig Eddy
If ever there was money that could be used to buy gadgets guilt free it is Scoble money! - Joe "The Anvil" Pierce
Building 43 sounds interesting. Can't wait. - Andrew Bashore
I LOVE RACKSPACE!! - CG
I'll talk about the contest later on http://www.ustream.tv/studio - Robert Scoble
Isn't this a nice way to test how scalable Friendfeed entries really are? :-) - Yuval Atzmon
Will use it to buy Arrington a hairpiece after the TIME article. - Mike
Please, no, you're better than Ben Stein (although that's not saying much) Are you trying for the most comments ever on a Friendfeed post? Because I can certainly see that coming. - The Web's Wendell Wittler
Scoble--congrats to you and Rocky! Keep up the great work! - Joey Hayles
Neat! I'd spend the money fairly selfishly... on bandwidth bills for http://enjoysthin.gs - Ted Roden
How would I use $1750? Three words: Pay. My. Rent. - Stephanie Segel
Are friends and family excluded? - Tina Chase Gillmor
Oh well, why not! maybe the hat's lucky! - vanweerd
I'm just here for the cash. - Jim Mitchem
Nicholas - would like to work with you at Rackspace, was a senior systems design engineer for Sony Broadband SW Development + Broadcast Integration Division(s) SW Systems Integration and testing, also senior technical project manager on Google's infrastructure upgrade + Verizon's FIOS fiber-to-the-premises nationwide. I also spent ten years in post-production in hollywood as a senior tech support engineer / consultant to the stars. I like bad food, long hours and the warm glow from completing projects. - Nicholas Chase
Hmmm, how do you post a comment on FF...??? :-) - I Spy
Feel free to donate lol - hiphopgame
I would use the money, to help buy a mac for the family. We are in need of a new one, and right now our current one (a powerbook) is starting to die out. I already have some money saved up, but not enough. Thanks for doing this Robert! :) - Techno Todd
thanks for making friendfeed notifier go insaaaaaaaaaaaaaaane - Caio
I'll use the money to buy a laptop for my soon-to-college daughter, as well as to fund her scholarship searches& college visits this summer. She's leaning towards working in special education, continuing the volunteering she's done with her high school's Options Program (http://www.paulvi.net/academi...). - Craig Eddy
My friend (14) and I (15) are working on a subscription web service that we want to launch this summer and some additional runway and start-up capital would really be helpful. We do have some experience with this stuff -- we did iJailBreak (www.ijailbreak.com) a year or so ago and had millions of hits and a million downloads and a lot of coverage (Gizmodo, TUAW, Digg front page multiple times). - Ben Feldman
I want Robert's stimulus package. - Daniel Sims
This is my random comment for the random pick! - Mona Nomura from fftogo
Hi Robert - Pick me! :) - Susan Beebe
if i didnt know you, i would have un-friended you for a post like that. "i'm giving away money. details to come." Congrats on the new gig! - fansnap
$1,750? Ok, I'll give the half of it to a charity, that is: $875 — and the other half will be my contest's gift. My contest? The one who donates the most to that charity wins those $875. And yes, I'm serious :) - directeur
I don't know about the tax consequences. I'll try to find out. Basically this money is money Cisco paid to me and I'm just shipping it back out. So, this money will be counted pre-tax, I'm sure, and you'll probably need to pay tax on it. - Robert Scoble
First comment: Hope my comment gets chosen! - Kevin Poirier
Fabulous - Jon
Sweet! $1000 would be lovely - Vanessa Scanfeld
I'd be using the money to finance my freelance work and get a half-way decent video camera. I'm working with a friend of mine on tooloftheday.de (nothing to see there yet) to produce videos of popular tools, tips, tricks, howtos, etc... - Holger Eilhard
Throwing my piece of paper into the hat. Crossing my fingers! - Troy Malone
man, my feed is going crazy... stop it guys :) - Ingo Di Bella
OK Robert, I'll bite and leave a comment here. - Herne
Second comment...I will use the money to buy as many clever domain names that I can in hope that one day, when you are creating your "next big thing" that you will have to purchase the domain name from me realizing that you had in fact, through me, had purchased these domain names in the first place. - Kevin Poirier
I'm also available for 1/2 time work for $185/week (Rails sites) http://tefflox.net/JesseCr... Thanks :-) - Jesse Crockett
Thats a internet first i guess, good luck to all contestants :) - Yunus Tunak
For the 1500, I will donate all proceeds to #smackdown. - Mona Nomura from fftogo
If I win: I will use the money to lend out some of it on Kiva.org, give my brother (12 years old) his own domain/hosting so he could start a wp-blog there and maybe buy Spotify premium =) - Anton Johansson
I would buy a new macbook pro with it. I have the old one, and Was hoping to buy the current one. I would then give the old one to my brother and I would use the new one! :) - TheHenry
I'm in!! - DanDan
I would use it for the prizes I'm giving out daily on my twitter game @I_spy_treasure. Robert, you can win it back... (and so can anyone else...) - I Spy
Lasers. - Lasse Johnsen
I will use part 2 to donate to Kiva.org and match it with Cisco's matching gifts program - Douglas Gourlay
I would donate it to my homeless shelters. - imabonehead
I'm giving my winnings to congress to spend wisely : ) - Joseph
Congratulations to both you and Rocky on the new jobs. - Ron Schott
Count me in! Could use the extra $$ to buy a mac and see what all the hype is about. - Tim
I would create a company called One Laser Per Child. - Lasse Johnsen
This is my comment. I would use the extra $1750 to pay for me and Lindsay's trip to Gnomedex this year. It would probably be enough for us to come up and stay a few extra days in Seattle. - iTad
That'd put a dent in my taxes. Ugh, freelancing has its pains. - Andrew
nice! i could use some money :) - krist80
umm..ok i'm in! - Michael Lemmon
Even I can manage that! - Jeremy Brooks
Everyone else is doing it... - Rochelle
Is there a third way to win? I'd use the money to offset part of the costs of moving to Portland in the spring. Moving from New York with next to no connections to see what it's like living on the west coast for a while. - Mark Trapp
Did I win yet? - Robert Collazo
What I'd do with $1000? Get them converted to Euros :) Would most likely be spend on "offline" needs, like a new bathroom - dieck
I suppose spending it on crack and hookers wouldn't win the prize, would it? - Ian Betteridge
I will use the $1000 plus 119,000 more dollars to buy a spot on the Twitter "Suggested Users" page. - Sprague D
And you r giving your money away why? - Andrew Finkle
it'd go toward my first Mac - Jeff Mincey
118 comments in 17mins, progress report.. :) - Yunus Tunak
Count me in! - Wim Mulder
Interesting; I'd give a bit more than the the money to an unemployed friend for necessities(car repair, rent, food, getting back her phone with Nana Lemon singing Nena's famous anti-balloon protest song) in cash and perhaps a small gift - RAPatton
I would use the money to go biking in Tibet and give everything that's left to the Tibetians. - Henrik Johansson
Robert why are you giving away money - not that I am complaining- but curious! :) - Susan Beebe
I'm game - Ken Nicely
I'd spend mine on women, booze and a Mac. - Ed Hudson
I'd use it to stretch the time I can work for equity-only before our startup gets funded! (Why doesn't federal stimulus money go to something like this which actually creates jobs and innovation instead of banks and auto companies?) - Dale Larson
this should be interesting - Robert Accettura
The chances of winning Scoble's money are slim. But the comments are hilarious. Love them. - I Spy
This is easier than a lottery ticket! We must be in an experiment or something, knowing Robert. - Cesar Arevalo
Sure why not - Rodfather
I will use the money to go PyCon, learn new skills, network, mention how generous Robert Scoble is, and do a sprint to improve FriendFeed PyAPI--which, by the way, you should use to select the random winners from this thread. https://launchpad.net/friendf... Thanks in advance. - Chris Lasher
Clever way to show the power of friendfeed! - Emee Pumarega
For $1750: I would pay a portion of my wife's college tuition, buy my daughter a netbook, and my son a practice guitar amp. - Mattb4rd
Great idea! Count me in. I think you should give your money away monthly. - Grace Ciccone
I'm Here. Wow. I''ve thrown the laptop up on a 56" JVC LCD HD. Convergence! Just watched you on the Gillmor Gang. Feels like TV to me. It's great. Something's definitely happening. - Stephen Pickering
Love it...I'm in - gavin
I'd spend the money on a new display, I really need one - Dobromir Hadzhiev
Not my first comment on a Scoble posting here, but first with a potential payoff. - Tom Landini
I'm in. How I will use the money? will buy server for XdbE project - Elmira Gazizova
With $1,000 I could buy all 57 Used & new "Naked Conversations" books from Amazon and still have enough to buy bottle service at the club. - Andy Fields
would like to be able to try new technologies while still being a student and on a student's income = ($0) - Shane Grant
Cool, count me in :-) I would use the money by buying 2 HTC Fuzes for me and my love. - Sarah Peterman
Count me in! (for the first way I guess :P). - Mauro Borione
What can I do to get your $$$ Robert? How about a virtual dance from my dogs? - Jeff
get Diabla my pit bull puppy hip surgery sooner rather than later - shayne catrett
haha, what is it all about? - Лёша
I would use the money to help fund a small-scale electronics lab, which has been a dream of mine for some time. It would serve as the perfect place to plot and create the robotic army that will eventually take over the world! Also it would teach me lots that would make me very attractive to an employer, or capable of creating a business of my own. - Daniel Bruce
It would be hard for me to decide how to spend the money. There is so much, yet so little, being given. Because I'm a crazy Linux-lover, I think I should take the selfless route and donate at least part of the money to various Linux/open-source programming projects. Though, I would have to be careful to make sure that the money is not wasted in the style that Jeff Atwood describes (http://www.codinghorror.com/blog...). - James Rishabh Mishra
<cold><oddsized><red>here's my comment</red></oddsized></cold>. I've made my comment colored and differently shaped because supposedly those will get drawn before all the other regular looking comments. It's cold too because that's how the Knicks got Ewing first in the draft. - Todd Hoff
Well, I need a new kidney, and there just happens to be one available on Ebay for $1000. (The previous portion of this comment is an utter lie; both my kidneys are doing fine, I am gainfully employed, do not need the money as much as so many on this thread, but Mastercard would really love to have it.) Congrats and good luck with the new venture, Robert. - Phil Essing
Very cool! - Josh Haley
Hey as long as were giving away money - count me in ;) - Rob Jones
sweet, a thousands eh? converted to $ JMD that's 90k, groceries for 2 months:P - Gordon Swaby
i'd like to thank my good friends olasofia and tav for mentioning this opportunity to win $1000 randomly, and if gratitude to one's friends isn't enough, how about this: i will give the $1750 for the best answer to this question: now that there are 100,000 people paying attention, what single action can we all do next tuesday that has the greatest social impact globally? - happyseaurchin
For either amount, I would look to pay down some of my pressing debts and apply the rest towards a rainy-day fund. The 10% paycut I took three months ago has not helped things. - JA Castillo
I'm on spring break now and my school was nice enough to lend me a Canon 20D (a little old, but I'm still glad to have borrowed it). Usually, only people who are part of the after school photography club can take it out, and seeing that I'm not, I was quite lucky. They gave me a 28-135mm lens, which looked ok to me. It was the last lens they had available, so it was take it or leave it.... more... - Michael Forian
hmmm just leave a comment for a $1,000 dollars, not sure what to say... - Kevin Tunis
$1750 for a cheeky mobile app, any more would be telling - Yant
i am somehow reminded of ben stein - Adam Singer
Testing the mix, testing, testing, one two, one two, - is this thing on? - Martha
Give it to Michael Forian! He seems so well-meaning! - RexEveryhting
Big Spender Robert. Who knew? - Michael Fidler
I'm feeling lucky. - Laura
Cool! I saw your new venture announcement (live) earlier on my old iMac, which I would love to replace. :) - Rob
I'm an unemployed community manager formerly of Silicon Valley. Hoping to spread new technology from NorCal to SoCal. - Kimberly
Pick me, I've got medical bills to pay-off. Boring I know, but it's really how I'd use any extra money. - Curtis Phillips
I'll donate the money to GM. Nah, forget it. I'll worry about it if I actually get it. - Hal
I will throw my virtual hat in the virtual ring for the not-virtual $1000. What is the other $3500 going toward? - Lindsay
Working on a little something in the review space with a friend of mine, $1000 could cover a bit of initial hosting. - Jack Bogdan
Hmm, adding that to a house down payment would be nice. I imagine there's others here that could use it much more, though. - Jordan Hofker
peace on earth..... - imran
Awesome. With $1,000, I'd use 50% to buy shares of F, GM, BAC, etc... and we'll have even more money to hand out. With the other 50%, we could also make 20 $25 loans at a Stanford MBA microfinance project, so the money recycles and has more impac (and have FFers decide which projects to support). Gumball Capital http://news.newamericamedia.org/news... or Kiva.org http://kiva.org Ideally we could even start a fund to support out-of-work FF'ers. - Mitchell Tsai
@scobleizer - please give me your money. if you do i will use it wisely to help pay for a macbook & if i get more than the random $1000 prize i will use it in a philanthropic manner - Chris Heath
I'd have to use it all to put toward the $1,900 deposit due next month for the Friends school for which we got an acceptance letter, on behalf of our 10 yo, earlier today since my partner's reaction was that all I needed to do was to go out and get a job Monday! We've tried public schs (& their lotteries) in Boston & DC and have come to this... If that wasn't pressing, I'd use it to put... more... - Angela E. Taylor
updated to say - please give the money to someone in need. If I were to have the money to give away, my choice would be to http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com. - BEX
Wait, in this economy, you giving away money?! - Adi Rabinovich
So...dear! Did you sign the cheque? Yes? Now send it to me! LOL - Lora Lufark
It would be really cool if this money went to a charity in need, in increasingly tough times. - jjprojects
posting comment. crossing fingers. knocking on wood for good measure. - Anita
I'd use the money as a donation for my favorite charity, www.4everhomes.org, helping orphans and foster children get adopted. - Lynn Owens
Well after the football team I support (Nottingham Forest) lost 5 -0 today I would spend the money on buying myselft a place in the squad. I can't be any worse than the current goalkeeper - Paul Bainbridge
I'd give the money to children of San Diego http://www.alphaproject.org/ - David Krug
I'm in - Jack Kendall
Putting my entry in the hat. Hope this is truly random because I don't have anything interesting to add! :) - Matt Baron
With $1750 I'd buy Canon PowerShot SX1IS 10 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 20x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.8-inch LCD @ $600, a 2nd Gen Drobo populated with four 1TB Western Digital Green Drives @ $849 via TwipPhoto and a GigaPan Epic 100 as soon as its available (probably about $500). All of this will support my GigaPanning habit: http://www.gigapan.org/viewPro... - Ron Schott
James (imabonehead) & Robert, $13,000/yr is allowed by gift tax limits,... so no tax if it's from Robert's personal money. - Mitchell Tsai
I would use the $1750 to pay for the laptop that my daughter wants for her 11th birthday at the end of the month. She will be entering Jr. high next year and could use a faster more up to date computer than the 5+ year old hand me down desktop PC running Win2000 that she is presently using. - Jeff P. Henderson
Craziness. That kinda money could feed my voracious tech and gadget habit for quite a while. - Brooks Bishop
OK, I'm in. Though not for the money: I want to know waaaay more about Building 43! - Jordi Soler
I'd use the money to invite (pay for flight/hotel, etc.) someone really cool (Harold Varmus?) to the next ScienceOnline conference. - Bora Zivkovic
Building 43 and Rackspace FTW! - Bill Koslosky, MD
I'll use it to buy 2 new monitors. 1 for tweetdeck and 1 for Alert thingy - Jeff (Team マクダジ )
Hi Robert. A noble venture to be sure. We would put the gift to use saving our art studio. The after effects of dealing with the Basin Complex Wildfire that burned Big Sur have left us in a precarious postiion. Truth be told, we'd rather have a big commission than the gift. Work is always better on so many levels. Perhaps we can bootstrap ourselves back to where we were and afford to offer the same gift to others in need one day not too far off--Pay it forward. Best wishes on Building 43 & thanks. - B.E. (BJ) Johnson
I'm in for the $1,000 random drawing (because my $1750 answer would not be memorable - pay my bills). - Laura Norvig
Give half to charity, then spend the other half on upgrading my skills (educational resources) - Mo Kargas
What did I miss? - Rob Michael (Atmos Trio)
Do Canadians qualify? - Brian Sullivan
I just caught up with what the other money is for. If it was awarded to me I would use it to help a couple I know get started in Aikido. Their kids are in our kid's class, and they had been trying to find the finances to join for almost a year and had just figured out how to start and then the husband got laid off... They're having a hard time making ends meet and I know that they would... more... - Lindsay
I'll donate the entire $1,750 to Phoenix Children's Hospital if I win. Same goes for the $1,000 if I win that one. - Aviv
paypal address to follow ...... :) Good luck with the new gig Robert - Charlie Anzman
With $1750 I would help that YouTube girl scout girl, Wild Freeborn, reach her goal of selling 12,000 boxes to send her whole scout troop to camp. Got to give the girl some credit for thinking outside of the box. - Tyler Brownfield
_/\_ Namaste (greetings) from India. This is simply awesome Robert. Would be great to win a cool 1000 USD. That's a lot of money in India. ;-) - Shinil Payamal
Here's my comment. I would use the money to fight against DRM - Marcos Marado from fftogo
My mother has been an avid Obama supporter doing a great deal of volunteer work before & after the election. She recently lost her job & wants to start something new. She will need an audience. Robert, I'd love to use your money to hire YOU to coach her on how to do that most effectively. - Rob Michael (Atmos Trio)
Money..! Will use the money to travel to India this summer, visiting, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki..., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... with my family :) - Karthick R
maybe because I'm the first Italian to write about it :) http://www.fluxes.it/flussi-... - Contz
Haha a single thread from Robert turned us all (briefly I hope) into marketers :) - Mo Kargas
This comment is random. - Dave Roth
Great idea Robert! If I won I would take your portrait for free :-) - Bill Pennington from twhirl
Cheese and rice! This comment thread is giving FriendFeed Notifier a run for it's money. It's an interesting character study on what people will do with free money. Me? I'd pay the IRS & give to my favorite charities. - Anthony K. Valley ©
If this comment gets chosen at random, I hereby refuse the money (always test the exception conditions of any algorithm). If I win one of the other chunks, I commit to donate the money to @eff (EFF - Electronic Frontier Foundation - the leading civil liberties group defending your rights in the digital world). - Tinfoil 2.0
I thought I already commented on this? - Herne
And the other way to win? - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I would find 17 worthy people under the age of 16, who are helping their community through volunteerism or have started businesses and give them $100 each to help them reach their goals. IMO, helping young people is the most noble thing those of us above the age of 40 can do. And I'd spend $50 on take-out dinner with my wife. - Scott Duffy
You win if you're last on the thread, Alex ;) - Josh Haley
here and ready to spend the money for new ipod touch :) - nahnu
Hi Robert. I can haz $1,000 plz? kthxbye. - Joey Gibson
DONT PICK ME!!! </ reverse psychology> - Alfredo 亜瑠布れっど
If I win the prize money will go on my school fees and the rest will help me to buy a netbook with a full-size Scoble sticker :D you crazy! - İbrahim Uzun [ j ]
ROFL, Chris. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Money would help so much you have no idea. :) - courto
I'll use the money to send 2 teachers in my school district (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools) to a technology conference somewhere to learn about Web 2.0 technologies. - Tim Cooper
If I win I'll use the money to buy a copy of Autodesk Maya 2009 Complete. Then build cool things. Thanks for the chance Robert. - Andrew Smith
pick.me - Bob Stewart
bring it on - jkkmobile
Hi, and who are you? Thanks Robert. - Daniel Buckley
Sounds good, here is one comment. - Grant Bierman
I would channel the money to ongoing biomedical research in the lab I work in (UCSF). - Pedro Beltrao
*wave* - Jan Schwenzien
I will use the money to start my non profit and purchase educational/tech material for my son's school. Warm thanks Robert. - Yanik Falardeau
And as for what I would do, I'd build a new desktop pc (and switching my current one over to act as my media/web pc), buy a true dSLR and donate some to charity. And if there is any left over, pay back some minor 'loans', which I guess I really should do first... - Grant Bierman
Hi! İ m not speak english so not comment writing :D(ingilizce bu kadarmı berbat olur ya:II) Thx You Robert. - Mehmet ALP
Hey Robert, If I were to win the money would go to a project myself and a few other early stage entrepreneurs are starting to help get people who have lost their jobs back to work in the startup community. I know it wouldn't go very far but it'd get it kicked off. Otherwise just give us some help (which would be better anyway) and give the money to the guys who have to pay school fees or rent or buy food for their families. Their need is greater. anton@udoogoo.com if anyones interested in helping - Anton Mannering
Great.I'm in. - onurc
this post is going to get a hell of a lot of comments. - Thomas Hawk
Random is random, Chris. :) Thanks for the thought though. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Just another random comment. :) - Zian Choy
Why am I giving away the money? Because last week we did a job for Cisco where they paid us to do some videos. I am giving away my cut because what Cisco is doing is important to pay attention to without you worrying about whether I am paid off to say so. Also, I'm very fortunate to be in the position where I can do it. I thought about paying Jason Calacanis to buy some of his tweets, but thought that money could help someone out of work more. - Robert Scoble
I think you should give it all to Jason ;o) - Ken Morley
I would use one of the $1,750 prizes this way. I'm currently photographing people that ask me for money. I give them $2 for their portrait. Instead of the two dollars. I will use the the money to add $50 to each $2 (total = $52) to the next 35 people that I photograph as part of this project. After I photograph them for the $2 I will give them the extra $50 and tell them that it is from Robert Scoble and will document each person's story, photo and reaction in a blog post. - Thomas Hawk
i'd like to thank my mother, my father and all the people who helped me win this :p - Sofia Bustamante
interesting !! - mcd
Hat off! - Alemsah Ozturk
Sounds good to me. - Herb Hernandez
I changed my mind. Give it to Thomas! ;o) - Ken Morley
Hmm I like Thomas' innovative idea - Mo Kargas
I couldn't tell you what I would do with $1750, but I do know I would give some away to good causes like my underfunded state school or the public school drama and music programs, and I would probably keep a little to save or update my home technology. - Steve Lowe
This is my first comment : Gods of Randomness, choose me ! - Alemsah Ozturk
how many others have signed up for Friendfeed to try and win $1000? Scoble, you should be a Friendfeed spokesman... :) - chelle
Best of luck with the new gig! Have fun at SXSW! - Trevor Little
I wonder how many new FF accounts this thread has been responsible for? Many first-time posters here. - Ken Morley
This is my second comment: I will gonna put your $1.750 to eBay tagged as “Robert Scoble's first FriendFeed Competition money“ and I'm gonna wait & see what happens :) - Alemsah Ozturk
Sounds fair to me. I'm in. - Henry Burger
Random rules - ted perlmutter
My niece in Mexico is on a partial sports scholarship at the university she attends. She's been supported by her mother who worked at a liquor store to help pay my niece's way. My niece's mom recently lost her job and fears she cannot financially support her daughter's education. $1,750 would pay for six months of university studies. If I were to win, that's where it would go. Good luck everyone. - Andrew
Thanks for the opportunity Robert. Good luck on your new gig! - andy
What would I do with the money? Well I'd put some towards my debt and paying my Mum's house bills. But I think my family could do with a nice break or trip away somewhere - my Mum hasn't really gone out since the death of my Dad last January! Time away from the house would do her the World of good right now. - Kol Tregaskes
My second comment (for the 1K). This would go to the same niece...it's 3 more months of school. - Andrew
i dont want it... { reverse psychology } - Cem Öztürk
My wife has put up with a lot of sacrifice as I've worked on http://ourdoings.com/ and money's been tight so I haven't been able to make up for what she's done. I'd use the money to take her somewhere special, and of course I'd share a picture/map of where we went here on FriendFeed. - Bruce Lewis
Oh for peats sake, it should at least be easier than winning the lotto. I'm in. - Eric - For You Wack MCs!
I'll comment and be random...it's a good day to be giving away $$$ :) I would use any money won here to help my friends who are in such horrible need right now. (the story is on the blog and all over my FF stream). I may be unemployed, but I have a roof over my head, food on the table and can make some $$ freelancing. My friends are hanging on by less than a thread, already stretched way too far. - Karoli
Hey man, I love money. Also, I have no job. Also, I will say some incitement here: LEO LAPORTE IS AN ALIEN - Mike Nayyar
Make me your AIG! On the cheap no less. - Tracy Viselli
Well here goes nothin'. thxbye - April Miller
I'm pretty random... I'm in. - Jamie Grove
I wish I could be at SXSW. - Christopher Knopick
i'm feelin lucky :-) - Cardeen Risen
Interesting promo Scoble. Comment and win money. Cool - Sam R
so this is how you comment on friend feed.... - Noel Gomez
looks like i have a 1/300 chance of winning (right now). i'm predicting this number will diminish to 1/950. - Kevin Pruett
just to be safe.. - Cardeen Risen
Count me in! - Aaron Draczynski
good luck :) - Ömer Karapınar
I'll throw my name in the hat. - Chris Owens
Sounds like a plan. Let's see if FF has scalability issues with their comments. - Michel Goldstein
Yea! I need some money! :) - emdot
Why, not... Thanks Scoble! - Jim Porett
Welcome to the ScobleCashMachine. Enter your comment. - Olivier FAURAX
Put my name in a small hat and draw from it. - Ken Worley
I'm in. - aykut
If I win then I'll donate 0% of my proceeds to charity. Even more than that, I'll DOUBLE it. - Cody Robertson
Trust me I am still looking for the details.... Can't find them! - Ricky
Who wouldn't want to win? - Tom Silk
This is my first year of trying to "make it" on my own, with a camera and no "real" job. Just trying to scrape by ... to be perfectly honest I'll use the money to help pay off some debt that I have acquired since I started, which has definitely been causing me headaches and frustration. My husband has been a gem, paying the majority of the bills since I make very little, and I want to be closer to breaking even with my debt so I can start to help him out. :) - Nicole Young
new sponsor ? paypal ? - Gökmen Karasu
robert başkan parayı buraya getir. - bahadır canberk
Wow! I've outgrown my entry camera and this price is just what I need to be able to fulfill my dream; a Nikon D300! Please make my dream come true, Robert! - Graphfruit
Hit me, Fortuna. Papa needs a new MacBook. - Will Parker
robert are you a photographer - Dixon Hamby - Dixon Hamby
Geez, it's 2:10 am here in Berlin and you start just another interesting stunt. I will take the 1.750 US and pay a programmer to finish our "Virtual intelligent chatbot" project which offers affordable AI Avatars with personality for all kinds of virtual worlds like Second Life, Gaia, the web, Opensim etc. They'll be our 24/7 virtual workforce and a way to create immortal interactive portraits - Gaby K. Slezák
I like this idea. I'm talking with some friends this evening about how they'd each allocate $1750 if they were given this much money today to do anything with--most would share with friends and acquaintances that are going through tough tmes. One would help a friend who just closed down his company and is in need of dental work. Another would help co-workers whose hours have been cut... more... - Loren Heiny
I own Cisco stock. love that Co. - Christopher Mann
Count me in - Peter Szaro
a subject very interesting, congratulations in advance:) - Serkan Cura
An interesting way to find out what the limits (if any) of FriendFeed comments are. Also: show me the money. - Richard Akerman
Damn Robert Scoble: I meant "overly engaged" this thread is off the charts! - bcultral
I'll get me some of that - Phil Coyne
It's very interesting to see how many new people your offer has attracted to friendfeed. - Anne Bouey
Great idea! Count me in. - Mike
A comment for the $$$ - Jess Gibson
this sounds fun. - Wesley Robin Guerrero
I'd like to win :) - Sam Houston
i will love you forever. and evah evah. money would be spent on a nice camera (i'm studying photography) and supplies. working with a 5 year old p&s is getting tiring. :) - shannon
How can anyone NOT click 'like' or comment? I definitely 'pLike' (the p is silent - btw) this thread. :-D - Sean Hanna
a stunt? sure, but I could use an extra $1k. count me in, scoble - Seth Long
If I win the $1750 it will be applied to my son's tuition as he starts college this fall. - Jess Gibson
Is this stimulus money??? If so I'll use it to build infrastructure. There's a giant pot hole in our alley. I'll buy bags of cement and repair it myself. The neighbors will love me. - Greg
Who am I and what am I doing here? - Kris
I'm on it like white on rice. - Jay Lara
Wow, I'll take some money - I need hard drives for my Drobo. Seriously, I need to start up an emergency savings account. - Bryan Villarin
A chance to get paid to comment? Love it! - Ginger Kenney
Could really use some money to help plant some seeds for the future - Leonard Nelson
I'll buy an Iphone and with the rest put in my IRA to reduce my tax bill. Hey, helping economy and investing in business. Not bad. - Stephen Pickering
i would spend for my interrail trip.. - Yasin Müderrisoğlu
This is my lucky day, an email today said I won the UK lottery. - Bob Gannon
I'm going to buy half a Canon 5D Mark II. Or pay my bills. - Andrew Trinh
Ok. I would donate my winnings to the Bernie Madoff Defense Fund!@#$%^ - bcultral
I have dreadful luck when it comes to these kinds of things but I could really use this money. I have no car & desperately need to buy one. - Mattie Kenny from fftogo
Cool. And speaking of cool, PlanetHeidi.com is very cool. - dunsany
between building a new house, a new baby and a new job, I am sure I can put it to go use, btw congrats Robert on your new venture, I shall be keeping an eye on it. - Shane Wolsey
Cobble Sorter (anagram of Robert Scoble) = my random comment for the first part of the draw. - Daniel Rowley
Wow, there's like a lot of comments here! Great idea for publicity, Robert. Carry on... - Kevin Trotman
Watching Robert on Ustream right now. - John Rubier
$1000 USD goes a long way in Canada :) - Ryan
Thanks for sharing the wealth in more than one way - Matt Penning
I could have an actual vacation and pay down some more debt. - Todd Tripp
$1000 is mine! please? thanks Robert - planetMitch
1. my comment for 1k, 2. $1750 would be split into 3 gifts of $250 a piece to encourage the best new open source projects, and the other 1000 I would invest and reinvest in http://kiva.org , selecting entrepreneurs in third world countries to invest several microloans in. Its' a gift that, over time, can be reinvested over and over to benefit many! - David Silvernail
Take my hardworking wife on an overdue vacation - she supports me thru the IT bubbles. Thx hun! - mal
Probably will give it back to you, winning could be cool enough - Burcu Sarar
LOOKING for work but hand out will help - Ron
I'm in as well. - OyaD
C'mon Robert money or not now ya still benefit more with the insane publicity - Mrsth
well, we are curiously waiting the result, and also i'm in.. - Mücahit Yılmaz
Smart one - Heni Hazbay
Word Of Money. I am in:) - Yunus Arslanoğlu
I'll take it if your giving....it will go towards the camera fund! - Noelle Bell
I would use it to promote my tiny little super niche social news site http://HeavyAsHell.com The campaign would involve helping bands go DIY and avoid evil record companies. - MarkCarras
What kind of sick social experiment is this? :) - Oren Shomron
I'm in - Josue Fontanez
mmmmm, austin. i miss Trudy's, El Mercado, Magnolia, Wanfu, Kerbey, Chuys, Fonda San Miguel, Dog & Duck, Thundercloud, Waterloo, Amy's, Little City, Hut's, Green Mesquite. aw heck and Taco Cabana and Whataburger too! if i win, i'll spend it all on restaurants in Austin! - poxaV
pick me - Ryan
OK Robert, add me to the pool.... - Gregg
You can't win unless you play! Ok, I better start praying now.... :-P - Brian
Hello, giving away your money randomly? I can comment for that. Best of luck to all! - Ronald Paul Corbin
Will you next tell us its limited only to Americans? I hate contests on the Internet, or anything on the Internet, that says "limited to the USA". The Internet is borderless... so should its contests and prizes - Colin Charles from twhirl
Thanks. I would use the $1750 to help my grandparents. My grandfather is 73 and my grandmother is 72. They just lost their 15 year home to foreclosure and are pretty much starting over with not a whole lot of time left. They are both on fixed income of SS and are now renting a house and trying to survive with the help of friends and family. When he as younger and had more money he was always the first one there to offer money to friends or family to help, even if it meant he went without something. - Jonathan Gotcher
Robert please consider partnering with (Facebook) Seattle's Seeds of Compassion 2.0: The Compassionate Action Network (Twitter: @SeedsCAN) -- this organization is building a supra global network of "Compassionate Action Networks" (a bunch of ex McCaw, Softies and CISCO) -- currently in the throws of leveraging Social Media and Seattle's creative communities (music, tech, film). Last... more... - dakini_3
I wanna buy a jet ski, that's my MONEY! - sofarsoShawn
Random commenting! I hope FF doesn't fail whale! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from BuddyFeed
If I won, the money would go into putting insulation in my daughter's room & closet. Any leftovers would help buy a gas stove & fridge. :D - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
My, there has been some very good comments about what people would do... And some very needy people out there. - Grant Bierman
Like most, it would be an unemplyment extension for me. As mine ran out, no jobs in the area, and times are tough. But hey, BUCK UP not DOWN! the only obstacles that exist are in your mind. - Ronald Paul Corbin
I'll put some of the $$$ into donorschoose.org for some local classroom requests and the rest to fix up my car. - Pete D
comment left here - Brad Nickel
Count me in. - Keith - @tsudo
This is a cool idea. - Bluesun 2600
I would take the $1750 and go and get myself a root canal, so I could finally get out of pain. And if there was any left, I'd donate it at www.kiva.org - Bec Rowe @d0tski
Will comment for money, any time. - Dinah
Alright, I'm a sucker for free money so here goes... $1750 would be enough for me to buy an oven, sod my yard, and still be able to donate half to a charity. - FFing Enigma
I wouldn't say "no" to $$ - Ted Louie
I could use $2,000 just to pay off my credit card. That's about it - Outsanity
A $1000 would be geektacular. $1750 would buy my way into the cult of Mac. - Melinda
$1750: Others need the money more than me, I'm sure of that. But ... that said I'd give $500 to a local library or literacy charity. $500 toward my home down payment fund. $150 to a kidney charity (my daughter only has one kidney). $100 for flowers for the wife. $100 for a bike for my daughter. $200 for a brake job. $200 to send at-risk kids to a Giants game. - AJ Kohn
I would pay off our one remaining credit card and put some portion toward a down payment on a new car. In fact, I'd probably give a slice to the EFF as well. I haven't given to them regularly since my last layoff. - Ha3rvey (on hiatus)
why would you do that? It's a sort of social experiment? - Niki Costantini
Will invest the money in my new unique microblogging startup :) - Sergey Bulaev
yay first comment ever, though I suppose I should be commenting more - Wang Yip
Wow, a lot of people commented just while I was writing my own! For me, half the money would be for savings and health insurance while I'm still trying to get a job (recently graduated). The other half would be for the non-profit arts organization my friends and I just founded in our hometown, which has no supportive creative outlets for its youth. The money would help produce the tri-high school theatre competition we are currently planning and hope to put on soon. Great offer, Robert. - Kelly
One comment, coming up. - Michael R. Bernstein
For $1750 I'll either blow it on more photo or computer equipment. Or sock it away in my kid's college fund since it'll probably cost more than half the organs in my body to pay for by the time he's of age. It's a tough choice. - rönin
I'm all for free money Robert! - Michael A. Baydoun
Who wouldn't comment for a chance ... lol ;) - Brandon
If I win the money I'm going to establish world peace & have tons of sexy bitches serving me grapes. - sofarsoShawn
I would finally upgrade components in my PC and pay off some of our upcoming wedding debt! - Shmoe
I'd put it on black - John Kitchen
A percentage would undoubtedly go toward the health care fund, unfortunately. I'd allocate some for art and film supplies and give away the remainder. I've seen several comments here mentioning worthy projects and needs that are certainly deserving of attention and support. Thanks for sharing, Robert! - Chris Weige
Circuit City lay off would use on BILLS, BILLS, and oh yeah BILLS - Ron
I want to win your money!!!! - Andrew
Wow. This is kinda cool. If I were to win anything at all from this, I would ask that the money be instead given to fellow FF'er Anika Malone because it breaks my heart that her and her family are having to go without hot water, a dryer, their stove...due to their gas being turned off. Hard times have struck too many good people right now. :( - Hookuh Tinypants
400+ comments...wow! Guess 1000 bucks is motivation. I'd put the cash toward my photography efforts or go the boring route and invest it for now. - Justin Korn
The pure capitalist social media business model: simply pay users to come. - Michael Krigsman
It's so easy a caveman can do it!! - Fireman17
I would use the money to pursue my passion of creating LOLcats & bring endless joy to all the world forever. - sofarsoShawn
I sit here naked as I type. By the way, they're real, and they're SPECTACULAR! - Abbie Kendall
If I won, I would ... go to Disneyland! - Jerry Chacon
lol, great Seinfeld reference!! - Michael A. Baydoun
If I won the non-random cash prize, I'd use it for expenses while I was off work, recovering from my (upcoming) third brain surgery. - Abbie Kendall
I would love to use the money to stimulate the economy by purchasing a new hot water heater. Our current one is in need of being replaced. - Vaughn
Cool, this would help me stimulate the economy while I wait for my California state tax return. - Stephen Ip
Question: Is it one comment per way to win or one comment in general? I've made one comment above that says how I'd spend the money. Now I'll just be random: PURPLE MONKEY DISHWASHER - Bryce Roney
Okay, I'll play. I would return your money to you with a "let's do something better than this" remark. I would then ask you to actually read (reread?) the email I sent you about helping me get in contact with NPO's re: starting an OLPC-esque SMS-device project for said devices to be delivered in care packages around the world (via Red Cross, etcetera, etcetera) so that the poverty stricken and people in disasters could actually communicate with the world in real time. - trench
Good job ! - Alper
I am making this comment as the IT/Communications Director of FHL International, Inc.http://fhlinternational.org I want to feed babies of poor working and nonworking single mothers. I want to change the oil in their cars when they can't afford it or know how to. I want to feed their children good wholesome food. I want to give the refugees and the lost some hope for another day. If we spend it carefully and wisely we can make it stretch to cover a 3-4 outreaches and give you a write up. - Melanie Reed
random random random. macro lens, macro lens, macro lens. - Andrea Ewald
I would probably also tell you (via your infamous digits) why facebook sucks, why friendfeed pretty-much sucks, and why Twitter sucked but no longer sucks. And then I'd educate you on why we - yes, you and I (and Thomas?) - need to visit Turkey ( http://is.gd/7yQr ) and discuss these things further. Yes, k... logging back out now. Thanks. Make coat not war. - trench
@Robert as the IT/Communications Director, I would invite you to one of our events to cover it, put you on one of our videos and underscore the digital divide and what we can do about it. I would invite you to our UB cafe for the best pancakes in the world and have you look over our IT training provided by the IndyChristianGeeks in Indianapolis, Indiana and meet Dr. Thomas Ho, former... more... - Melanie Reed
Robert, I would also introduce you to my "boss", Merlin Gonzales, who started FHL International, Inc.: http://www.youtube.com/watch... - Melanie Reed
I'd use the money to pay off debt, and take some time this summer to work less and volunteer more. - Michael Kacer
What else would I do with some extra cash from Scoble? I'm thinking about making a difference via http://www.heifer.org/ and http://www.kiva.org - Anthony K. Valley ©
want the money for my project - Abubucker
Would love some money of course! I plan on using at least 3/4 of it to fund a new project I'm working on involving the iPhone and a web service. It would most likely go directly toward the cost of the project (registration fees, hosting fees, learning materials, etc.) - Brandon Titus
can you imagine if I actually won? - vijay
This is really cool. I love seeing all the people who would donate part or all. - Alix May
@qtbrowneyes - get in here :) We are making FF history. - vijay
That took a long time to scroll down here to make a comment. - David McDonald
Me FTW - Brian
Good luck with building 43—great name, great concept. - Dave
Interesting experiment. Can't wait to see the final results. - Shamir Katsu
< insert winning comment here > =P - vijay
I'm spending my winnings on wine and women - Zik Daniel from twhirl
Great contest. I'll give it a go. - Michael Molinar from twhirl
Why, thank you kindly, Mr. Scoble. - Victoria Plautia
I'd use the money to get a new iPod Touch and maybe pay the rest to my medical bills. :P - Molly Song ;)
As far as how I would spend $1750: I'd love to say that I'm going to donate it all to a worthy cause like the EFF or the local mission, but I know I'll be selfish and just end up spending it in a blaze of glory at Fry's or during the next Woot-off. No point in trying to kid anyone here. - Michael Molinar from twhirl
hi! :) - امیر؟
Cool way to gain money :) - Richard Holas
I can definately use some cash. :) - Shawn Whitmire
I am in! - Edwin Khodabakchian
I would spend all the money for entertainment :) - Sinem Co
$1,750 or $1,000? In any case it would be a good stimuli to open a startup in Belarus - Aliaksandr
Wow, popular contest! I would use part of it to buy the Rosetta Stone package to help me learn French. I'm taking time off between my undergrad and graduate degree, and I figure learning a foreign language would be a great use of my time. I would use the rest to help pay rent when I get my own place, I'm going to be a Congressional Staffer in D.C. and the living is expensive while the pay sucks! Thanks Robert. - Keenan
If i get the $1,750, i'd give the money as $100x10 and $50x15 AdWords Coupons to the people who searched for the website/blog on pageboss.com for promote their projects like sponsored by Scobleizer.. And if Scob gives me $1,000, i'd spend all of them with my sweetheart Sinem :D - N.Onur ATAHAN
I would use the money to buy a laptop for my wife, a Kindle for myself and one year worth of school for two children that we know and support in Nepal :) - Sam Grover
i need money :-) - Dan
:) If i am lucky enough, i'll pick a random comment on this thread to give this money + 1$. Just to see how loop can be created. - Guy Vander Heyden
One more random comment - sam b-r
I'm in too :) - Eray Korkmaz
1 Timothy 6:10: "For the love of money is the root of all evil." If that's the case Scoble bring on the EVIL! WHOOOOOO YEAAAAAHHAHH EVIL!!! - sofarsoShawn
Beautiful, beautiful link bait. ;) - Chris Nixon from BuddyFeed
Wooow this post will be the most popular post of all times :-) I'm in! - AlpB.
$1750 would get me a DSLR and new macbook - Duc Nguyen
Wow, great idea to make new friends ;) (but a bit expensive?) - Pascal Hertleif
This is totally insane. I'd probably buy my mom the Palm Pre and 10% will go to charity (like always). - Nir Ben Yona
In a rich man's world! http://www.youtube.com/watch... ain't it sad! - sofarsoShawn
I need a netbook for my projects :) - Gepetto
That's a big hat you need... - Orli Yakuel
Yay! - Rich
I will by my wife a flight home so she can go and see her parents who she misses lots. Which means i'll have sole access to my (our) laptop instead of having to share it. I could just use the money to buy a new laptop but then i wouldn't get teh good sofa and control of the remote as well! - Jamie Vidamour
meow! - iey
Let's see if I'm still the unlucky guy I used to be - Boubacar Balde from twhirl
I could be homeless soon, lost my job due to the economy, and getting unemployment that just doesnt cut it, I could really use the money to pay my rent, bills and feed my kitties, contact me via email Kyle.M.Weller+scoble@gmail.com or you could just hire me and I'll help you in any way possible, check my blogs, I could be useful. And I would return the favor 10 fold if I can, matter fact I'll search for 2 other people to help and blog about it/take photo's - Kyle Weller
I would keep half of $1750 and give the other half to the author of the comment I liked most, but only if he/she promises to do exactly the same. - stark
.I need a new Laptop - Selçuk Hoca
I`ll use 1000$ of the 1750$ to buy a lot of comments on FriendFeed :) - Vlad
I thought these kind of things happened only countries like mine which the goverment tries to build a begging culture just to keep the hope alive and dependent to the authority at the same time. Each reply begging for money is adding another brick on the wall of shame. And Bob, couldn't you find another way to publicize this? - M. Serdar Kuzuloglu
If I win I will invest it back for advertising! Just say my name 3 times on twitter like "Candyman". - Los Angeles Dj
So what would I do with the money? Half of it would go to the good cause. I want to create value for people and who other than the less fortunate, handicapped and so on deserve this? Right. The other would go to a business I'm building. One for the people, on that will change our lives fundamentally and is here to stay. - Kris
If I dont win this, i'll be happy to donate my time blogging or helping someone in any way right now, im jobless in Phoenix Arizona, I could do yard work or hook up pc's/fix pc's or help you with your website if I can - Kyle Weller
I'd invest half of it in Google Stocks, then the rest I would pay my rent, get kittie food, and try and advertise www.phoenixstickers.com with adsense so my girlfriend makes some money with it, its new and not very popular right now ;\ - Kyle Weller
Here is my comment : the best way to talk about something is to let people talk about, and 4500$ is a pretty advertising investment. but it is really interesting :) now the question is ; is there any way to gauge the effectiveness of word of mouth? good luck. - abdellah
Mmm....are u crazy Rob? :) Ok! I wanna a netbook give to me only 300$ ;) - Dario Salvelli
I'd give the money to Comic Relief (http://www.rednoseday.com/) to buy 250 mosquito nets for Africa. Two hundred and fifty saved lives? Bargain. - Robin Stacey
you are so generous robin you deserve to win :) - abdellah
why? - catepol
I don't need this money :) Because I'm still working. But you can donate to a charity organization if I win. - Süleyman Sönmez
I will spend the money attending game design workshops in when in San Francisco, to improve my theory about the use of game design techniques in social web applications (playfuldesign.org). - Federico [Kurai]
@abdellah Hehe. Anything that stops someone from dying of Malaria is all right by me. Besides, it's simple economics. With $1750, no matter how I invest it, I can't do more that what 250 people could do with the rest of their lives. - Robin Stacey
you are right, so let resume (generous, logic, awesome, and with a sens of humor), let ask the question differently Robin : who has no reason to win the money win the money ;) (it seams that all have at least one reason) human are really amazing creature. (ps: me too) - abdellah
I agree, I'd buy a jet ski and have so much kick ass fun! - sofarsoShawn
i'm in is too easy :) - Valentin Sandu
se vinco devolvo tutto a Mantellini - Luca Sofri
Trying to overload the comment stream? - Örjan Lundberg
I am here~~~LOL - K.D.
l'uomo a cui appiopparono la santità - azael عصير للمشيمة
I'll create a new world :] - ahmet
if I win I will give $1 to everyone - Giuliastro
great idea, Robert! hope i'll win it.. i'll pay for my flight ticket, so i can finaly see you:) - Martin
Dear Robert, sağa sola para saçmak yerine gidip bi türkçe kursuna kaydolsanda türkçe öğrensen olmazmı? Hem bu yorumu anlardın bak ne güzel. Paran çoksa işe yarar bişeyler yap canım. - Ahmet Karaca
Robert! :) - Anıl Eren from fftogo
If I win, I will use them to finance my trip to L.A. next August. - Fabio Cristi
I'm in. - Tiziano Caviglia
Count me in. - Alexander Arsky
of course, I'm in. - Lorenzo
I'm in :). - Demircan Celebi
Ecchime. :) - Maxime
I'll take "I'm a Nigerian Prince" for $1000, Alex, err, Robert.! - Kevin Leroux
I have some debts.... and I have 11 sons... 34 grandchildren... 22 dogs... 16 cats... and I am a liar... a neeedy liar :-(((((((:-D).... GIVE ME CASHSHSHSHSHSSH... Ah... Goodmorning Mr Scoble - Daniel
I'd invest the money to my wife's startup that she starts next month. She'll be working around social media, blogs, photography etc. :) - Jemm
send all the money to germany :D - Carsten
whee! I'd use it to open my deli :) I see free lunches in your future *laughing* hell, I'd even dedicate a booth to you.. with a cool plaque and everything! - russa
This is going to be the longest thread ever - Manuela
I hope the money goes to someone that really needs it - Kyle Weller
Love to know your motivation for doing this Robert. Social experiment? See what people will do for money? You have a financial backing in Friendfeed & are aiming to stimulate usage? Either way, if I win, please donate the money to your favourite charity - Lindsay Davies
if I win I'll make a gift to my girlfriend - Ciccsoft
yo free money? I'm in! - danslarue
I would give it to a friend who is unemployed; buy a new computer, smart shirt and tie, give him his dignity & confidence back. It saddens me to see so many friends hurting right now. - Sally Church
I'll use the money by not using it (well, except for that 4pt escape clause written down below in the yet-to-be written contract between me and Mr. Scoble about the prize) - Daniele V.
oh, WOW! - Viditù
This is the FriendFeed equivalent to leftover pizza in the breakroom. I could certainly use some $ right now. - Phillip
if I win I'll make a gift to Lehman Brothers - azael عصير للمشيمة
I'd rather type in nonsense, can I have Kaan's spot? - sofarsoShawn
awesome robert!! are you part of pres obama's stimulus package? LOL! hope i win the random $1000 contest =) - Melissa Solito
I'll stay tuned :P - Tiziano Tassi
In regards to the first prize, I'm in. - Armin Talic
crazy guy you are! "You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." (Robin Williams) - Johannan Edelman
I'm in too ;) - saicharan123c
So. this is my comment: I would use the money to buy a ticket to fly over to meet you and discuss if I could support you as some kind of correspondent over here in Europe (I'm in Germany). - Till
In regards to the second prize, I'd like to use the money to buy my brother and sister their first macs. I grew up on encyclopedia britannica CDs on Windows 95, they deserve Wikipedia on a Mac. - Armin Talic
@danslarue, "free money" these two word combined are more powerful then a TNT, if you can conceive or even think a second about a concept of "free money" then implicitly agree with the concept of "free work" and beside voluntary work they call it salvation . - abdellah
I would use the $1750 in part to purchase some equipment for the part time photography business (about $500). The rest would go to 2 friends who are hurting right now with Flagler County, FL's unemployment rate at just over 14%. - Jay Caruso
strange that no one, think to reverse the money to the 43 startup!! boys oh boys buy some action some part of this 43 startup may be it will be worth million :) - abdellah
At first i thought i'd start a similar thread and give the money i win :-) but, here's the truth... I'd use the money to pay the next month of dev, working with a partner on our hope to be successful web service. I'm jobless 9 months now, 3 months since we started pushing the idea forward, all done @ home. Will use the most to pay my bills, with the rest i'll buy dinner for some of the homeless people i usually ignore. - Majento
i need a new macbook)) - написано иероглифами
advertorial? - Elif Yılmaz
really? - Moses
gonna go to hollywood - Özkan Altuner
With this money, I am plannig to start a new company that develops social media applications. So if I win, I can give a job to you :)) - aydınn
the entire amount of money will be used to help the local communities in eastern congo and sustain conservation of the virunga national park in congo. if you prefere, you can do it right away without giving me the money, visit www.gorilla.cd/blog for a one-time donation / all donation are tracked and transparent :) - giulio
Brilliant idea and very noble of you, Scoble! (Sorry...I should leave the humor to my husband, who does a much better job!) LOL! I would use all the money to buy as many Radio Flyer kids wagons and send them out free to those that win a contest similar to this one! (I get them wholesale because I am an authorized dealer, so that would stretch the budget a bit more). - Pat Graham Block
I'd spend the money for future trips: I have ever wanted to see the milky way from the earth or see the Northern lights. But maybe, I could put the money aside and spend it for a parabolic flight when I have enough money (that's another lifelong dream). I would also love to go on safari in Africa and see all the amazing animals in the savanna. But maybe I should rent a car and feel the American dream at Route 66? Ah Robert, your money lottery helped my thinking about all my dreams again. Thanks! :) - Timo Heuer
I would use part of the money to donate to some podcasters or webcomic artists who are selling things on their website, like T-shirts, mugs and stuff like that. And buy a couple of domain names. Things I already do when tax return time comes, only this time more. - Derek Coward
Each post you make will promote this thread more and more thus decreasing the expected value, with this rate a post made a few hours from now will probably have an expected value of a few cents. This will be a very nice data . - Tuna
I need a new woman, please Robert choose me! - Francesco M.
cool :) I would use $1750 to buy cabinet-type gas-control point for cottage - Igor
I would spend the money of webhosting running free-of-charge computing services for open drug development (using open source utilities), such as used in Open Notebook Science and sorts. - Egon Willighagen
what's up. - pastas9
I think we will use the money to develop a desktop application for facebook very simple, actually, but that still does not exist in optimal form. I thought with a friend, but, since we are both students, we need a bit of $ $ $ to get technical advice from someone for some parts that relate to writing code (I study Marketing, and my friend is the final year of a degree in computer engineering). - Tiziano Tassi
Okey I give in. Scoble, finally you made me signup for friendfeed - shafiu
i'm in. also if this a psyco socialexperiment... - FedericaB.
hahah interesting to see anyways .. how many comments on the one thread - Terry O'Fee
Alright. This is my first entry. Chances are that I won't win....but it is exciting waiting to see if you do. :-) - Thebluestbutterfly
1) I'll spend the money to end my fear for airplane: so I can travel again. 2) i will organize a free public movie show here in Milano, all people sits in the night to watch the screen in the spring air - FedericaB.
@FedericaBellag, interesting :) and what if it is just a plain and simple contest? it may be more "word of mouth advertising" tracking experiment then psyco social one. (love the smile face) - abdellah
Who wouldn't want to join FF for $1000? - Samuel Driessen
I will use the money for paying up my college fees and taking up a course related to VOIP. People like Craig and Vincent of Grandcentral (which I use for 3 years almost), pat Phelan and more VOIP experts keep pushing me to do something great in that area. Also, great its open to any1 iin the world. Most competitions are US ONLY, which is something I HATE BIG TIME. I m in India Mr.... more... - Hardeep Singh Dang
@samuel, no the question is are FF team ready to pay $1000 for any on who join!!! - abdellah
@abdellah ok, let's be tracked then! that's my face at the office ;-) - FedericaB.
I will save the money. I'm an italian student studying abroad (Master in Digital Library), and those money could just be useful. They could be also a way to go in Jerusalem, following my girlfriend. Anyway, goo viral Scoble ;-) - Aubrey McFato
I bet half of the money, the prize goes to the 1000th commenter. - funkyboy from Posty
notice : the headline is "win my money" not "take my money", so we have to make effort, it is not a "free money" it is a make effort and win, so remember it is not "take my money" :) - abdellah
im in :) - shaff
Adopt me Robert! - Özer (Wrzl) Dölekoğlu
It's so hard to see whole of the comments. 620 including me now. :) - Meriç Dağlı
I would get an iron if I have been searching some water in the desert and I would be the ass part of the Voltran, when we have been arising it.... bacause I am so unfortunate - Lokman Köroğlu
.oO(i SHOULD be able to get D90...) - browneyes
you wanna DDoS FriendFeed :). I will use the money for a ff-contest when i pay people for the best comment. obviusly you can partecipate and win back your money. :P - ez
nice ;) - tbr (nicola) √
I'll donate some charities with 750$ of it. Buy a macbook with 999$ it, and set up a " First commenters win the buck. " contest via friendfeed. :) - Meriç Dağlı
It shouldn't be about the money? What kind of game is it? We still need to wait Is it somehow related to SXSW? - Aziz
Sure do wish I could be there at #sxsw - Gil Rodriguez
Hi, with that sum I would probably take a chance to stop and take time to smell the roses, at least for a while. - ziomau
nice way to see if there's a limit on the number of comments a ff post could get.. - Nicola Maggi
I could qualify for the $1,000, but not the $1,750 as I have two jobs. The only basis I could see is for a complete donation to an organization helping out of work people. We have a food pantry here in Beverly Mass called Bootstraps and a women's shelter in Gloucester, Mass called Wellspring that both would know just where that money could be best used. - Martha
Damn... money can do anything... - Eyal Shahar
I'll be practical when I win the money and invest it in the future....my childrens' education! - Kevin Dugan
@Eyal no, you can't win a contest even if you give money :) money don't do anything ;) - abdellah
@nicolas interesting question, and what do you think? does a thread have a comment limit or no? it all depend on the limitation, will this run eternally?no so there is a number of comment that people will post here it is a kind of buzz after the momentum there will be no comment let say there will be 50000 comment, FF are able to store such data. - abdellah
So being completely unbiased, with little if any interest, if I were Robert Scoble, handsome fella, I'd give the money to whoever stated first they would buy a jet ski due to the fact they are super fun! Oh, who knew, that's me! - sofarsoShawn
Great...I was juts talking over in TechCrunch that Robert does not need luck in his new venture "Building 43" and not it seems I am the one that needs luck to win the $1000 ....:) Thanks Robert Joao/TechFuga - TechFuga
a little is better than none. :) - Geyik Mühendisi
Well I started reading this thread, but I got a 1/4 way through & gave up, >650 comments, that's got to be some kind of record. What post does have the highest number of comments? - Glenn Slaven
Interesting... I guess there's nothing to lose by trying - Adi Sheleg
Ok, can't hurt to put one's name into the "hat"...p.s. good luck dude on the new gig... will be following closely... thinking cloud myself :) - Michael Lehman
Hmmmm. That is my comment - Darrell Bell
Commenting away in the Great Scoble Sweepstakes. - Warner Crocker
With $1750 I would spend half to get to next years SXSW which I am missing this year :-(. and the other half I would spend on sponsoring a deluxe drop in-childcare at the Austin Convention Center for the parent bloggers. - Emee Pumarega
I'm in too:) I would use the money for keeping an exhibition - Neya
Comment! This is the Robert Scoble Stimulus Package - Kreg Steppe
Spinning the wheel. FF FTW ;) - Daniel Krech
10% to charities of my choice, the rest to pay bills and allow me to keep working in the nonprofit sector. I'm at that level where I still need to do outside consulting to come out ahead at the end of each month, and $1600 would give me 4 months where I wouldn't need to get a consulting gig (yep, the budget is that tight) - Jeff Stern
The 4 minihawks would like to donate to their california school district to help offset the 1.5mm cutbacks. - Mrsth
I'm in too! - LJ Kyser
Of course MRSTH could use an overdue marathon weekend away with Mr. Hawk. - Mrsth
I can promise nice pics? - Mrsth
I'm in... - Halil Ahmet ÇAKIR
This thread will explode in 3, 2, 1... - Marta
I can upgrade to a macpro by winning :-P - Richard A.
wow this is the most comments/likes i've seen! - andy brudtkuhl
If I won either sum of money, I'd probably put it toward buying some camera gear, like a Nikon D90 and another lens. I have a couple family events that I'll be taking pictures at, and it'd be nice to have a D90 for them. :) I could go for a D700, but the D90 has video, so that's why I prefer it right now. - Cheryl Jones
@Jason H - Whether or not either of us wins Robert's money, I have a timeshare near Disney that I haven't had the opportunity to use in the past few years. If you can get yourself airfare, a rental car and park tickets, I'll be happy to let you use the week, no charge to you. The dates are October 24-31, 2009. - Sally - Skyrimmin' It
Congratulations to you and Rocky on the new gig. - Aron Michalski
With $1750 I'd give money to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, to help fund research for a cure and treatments so my mother and others with MS can have an improved quality of life. I'd also give money to the American Diabetes Association to help my father and others living with diabetes. I'd give some to @smallcanbebig to help needy families locally (Boston) and hope to have enough left over to take my son to visit his grandparents in FL. He's 6 mos. and they've only seen him once, at Christmas. - Sally - Skyrimmin' It
Robert, I want your money. Do I have to work for it? - Aidha
I'm in. I wanne buy ı mac pro. - Rıza Selçuk Saydam (RSS)
I'm in robert! - Junal Rahman
on that money is the side of the monte man. what's this it :) scoble iki dakka delikanlı ol lan paran fazlaysa git yardım kuruluşlarına, özürlüler, kimsesiz çocuklara ver mngoduum kapitalist pçleri. - Volkan Yılmaz
hehe :P - Geyik Mühendisi
Yes please. The odds are way better here than playing the lotto - Christian Burns
I can't wait to see the effect of putting my name on this illustrious list of luminaries - David Gallagher
that's a smart way to get attention :) - PaperDoll
With USD1750 I could finally prove that friendfeed is not a complete waste of time... - Morten Josefsen
I would probably go for a D90 :-) - Nils Sandin
if you come to shanghai/China, we can have a dinner and go to bar :) - 赛林(土耳其)
I enter not because I need the money (I'd give it away too) but because me entering slightly reduces all of the rest of your chances to win. MUAHAHAHAHA - Nate True
My Scoble $1750 stimulus package spending plan: Give my son (the struggling Mac/iphone developer) $1,000 in "angel funding", get a Drobo ($500), and put $250 in my Grandson's (future Mac) savings account. - Al Degutis
Just for fun :) - حسن
Pick me, pick me, pick me for the $1000 giveaway (if you don't pick me for the $1750 Scoble Stimulus). - Al Degutis
more people should do this. Many people or businesses could afford to give $1,000 - Lady Lovely Heart
i would donate some of it maybe half to a local worthy charity, the rest would go into a fund that would be used to encourage this type of activity. Conversation building, with the right questions a lot of solutions can be found by crowds - Tweet Feeds
My intent for the big prize would be to replace windows in my home with energy efficient ones. the ones in the house now are cracked from the house settling. they are the original 1959 windows, and they rattle every time a plane goes over the house. very distracting when we are trying to concentrate or stay warm - Lady Lovely Heart
I can haz money? - Bryan R. Adams
Big money. No whammies. STOP. | I would use the winnings towards upgrading my equipment (Mac Pro) since my current setup is pretty bad for video. I would sell my current MBP (2006 First Gen) and use the proceeds towards the new machine. I would pump out twice as much HD content with better equipment. Thanks for all you do Robert..I know whoever wins will make the best out of the cash. - Bwana ☠
Take my husband to the Grand Canyon for that honeymoon we never had--that's what I'd do with some extra cash. - joansjewels
Show me the money! :) - Ale♪nastrorosa
actually, I don't want your money - Manuela
That's quite ingenious =) - Die Karmata
I'd buy a laptop so that I don't have to wait for the missus to get off the ruddy computer and let me have my go on it!!! - Andy
a nice way to test the limits of commenting feature on a bunch of real people just for US$1000. - 9000
I will use the money to buy $1 stocks in companies that will re-bound or will be more successful in the next 2-5 years due to the ongoing financial crisis. My choice will be guided by those companies that care, share and have flare for others...a community stimulus...hope others will join and build what the "financiers" could not. - Gordon Montgomery
It seems too easy, but.. here ya go! - Scott Breakall
You'll be my best crazy friend! *LOL* - Andrea Spedale
1. Cool 2. Travel for VC meetings so I can finally provide some solutions for RSS that we argued/discussed 2 years ago (delivery of premium content possibly over open channels) - Andy Beard
here I am :) - Fran
Yo Robert, did you give it away yet? Here's my chance to win! ;^) - Michael Bailey
@manuela, but personally I want more comment from you. - abdellah
awesome idea. by the way, how goes life without diet coke? - tracy
I'd use it to help an independent artist with their career. Rentals for video equip on shows and music videos with stories that would otherwise remain untold. - Frank Jonen
I'm in - Lucas Araujo from twhirl
I refuse to comment in this thread. - Akiva
How can I win? - Gloria Gordon
Woah! So is this part of the Scoble Stimulus plan? Anyways, if by some chance I did win the money I would use either towards moving out of my parents house later this year or put it towards my student loans. - Mathew™ aka Youngblood
@Akiva you also deserve to win., I insist please comment this thread please. - abdellah
I'd use the money to go to Korea. - Mark Woodson
I would use the money to fix the economy. - Andy Bakun
Andy: you get it right, please fix that economy. - abdellah
Its enough to buy one toliet seat for the government :) - Roberto Bonini
Robert could fund nails and shingles for building a small seminar facility in the Adirondack State Park. - Jeff Archambeault
With $1750 I would buy a lot of toys for the baby we are waiting.... - roberto ferorelli
I count at least 6 references to "donate to kiva.org" so far. Pretty cool. That is what I was going to write, but looks like many other's beat me to it. But hell... If I got it, I would donate to Kiva.org. :) (make it 7 now). - Shannon Bauman
JET SKI! - sofarsoShawn
Sounds like a great idea. - Tyson Key
awesome idea. - Jessie
Give me $10,000 in unmarked bills or I tell Maryam your giving away $4800. - shelisrael1
joy and joyness! - Jenn Castro
Nothing special here, just want to pay some outstanding bills and get supplies for my 3mth old =) - Mat Finch
Quickly put in a reply while thinking about a smug way of spending 1.750... - Stefan Kolle
Yeah, I think I'll stick with the Kiva donation too. I'm pretty prolific there (a true believer), and have about that amount outstanding in loans, so the chance to double my Kiva loans in one go would be outstanding. - Stefan Kolle
is this gonna have like 1000+ comments? - Jorge Murillo
I'm bummed I couldn't get to SXSWi so I came to Robert's ATM machine instead. :) - Laura Zickus
No comment :-P - Richard A.
Bump! - Tyson Key
I'd love to say I'd do something altruistic with the money, but I'd invest it all in my startup (we're doing cool things with information and emotions online). In this economy every little helps :-) - jennielees
Awesome. Looking forward to what's next. - Andy Sternberg from fftogo
Yay, the Scobleizer Grand Prize Giveaway- Still more chances than the National Lottery! - Tyson Key
FriendFeed Scales! - Tyson Key
with $1,750, I would I would set up 7 performance art / photoshoots uptown here in Charlotte in the center of Bank Town at lunch time, wordlessly demonstrating some of the problems (as I see them) with our current corporate culture. I have the first one of these ready to go but don't the cash to set up the others (yet). If I only got the free $1000, I would buy some more studio lighting equipment (much to the chagrin of my roomy). - Shannon J Hager
Why? Why? Why? - Ashish Rangole
in - Roozbeh
Bella idea! :) - Daniele_MD
with $ 1.750 I would buy a laptop + microphone + router for my parish and start broadcasting with kids. - astridula
Hey Robert, I think this is the most commented entry on Friendfeed. btw I don't want your money :) Cheers - cihanergur
just testing my luck :) - DenizEdincik [bluesign]
sure, I'll play. as for how I'd use the money, I'd probably use it to help offset the cost of my lasik surgery. - chrisofspades
I would use the money to fund my own open source development work (within the php symfony framework) as well as supplement my wife's pending maternity leave. Realtors don't get paid maternity leave... Thanks! - Jon Issler
Scoble rocks, count me in! - Chris Pugh
I would use the money to assist my parents in their move back home closer to the adult children. They are currently existing on 18k a year, their Medicare and Secondary insurance cost them 10k. It would help buy their medications. - Janet
I'm sure that there are a lot of deserving people who need this money so best of luck to all. I would give this $ to my mother who had to sell her business after working so hard, cause she was diagnosed with lung cancer. Now she has to work for someone part time cause still sick, husband laid off in Florida, trying to pay off house, med bills, prescrip, barely making it & gov't no help cause not appv'd for Medicare cause married, what? so considering divorce just to afford medical bills & mortgage. - M.E. - monica Edwards
I've blocked u, so if u wanna get back on my list....:) - Koba Yaschi
This is really good. I'll buy a Nintendo Wii. :) Thx. - marrup -serkan-
Here's the rundown with what I'd do with $1750: I want to do a Power Rangers fan film. No joke. Stop laughing. No really, you can stop now. Power Rangers has been on the air for the past 17 seasons, and it's finally getting canceled. This has inspired me to shoot a film short inspired by the show I grew up with. The $1750 will be invested to bump it up to looking professional. Scoble can be the Executive Producer! Don't pass up on that chance. Ok, you can stop laughing now, lol. - Lisa J
I want money - Tyler (Chacha)
Tuition for 2010 Iowa Summer Writing Festival courses, at Iowa Writers' Workshop. - Paola Bonomo
It would go into the funds I am raising to start a new print venture, tbnl, which will publish great, timeless stories (fiction & nonfiction) in a limited edition (subscriber only edition), a print-on-demand edition available for years and a digital ebook reader. Paying writers & artists on an ongoing, fair basis - Shannon Clark
I'd love to have some Scoble Dollars. They'd help fund my exit from technology to academia. - Tom Morris
Hi Robert, Congrats on new opportunity with bldg 43 Can I share your money with my 18 month old daughter AKA the Joy transmitter or perhaps I could drop it form the sky with my tandem paraglider over the Microsoft campus... - John Clifford
It's impossible not to comment - although if it wasn't Scoble saying this, I wouldnt bother to be honest, as I'd suspect a con ... - Ian
760 comments and counting... - Mike Doeff
Is it for VAT? - Onur ALMIŞLAR
I'd use the money to buy crack. I mean books for children. Oh, wait, it's random... - Jules Morgan
Wow! I think I would invest them for developing an iPhone application - Nicholas
Hi Robert, my first comment on friendfeed, I couldn't resist the chance. You do know that Tuesday is St. Patrick's Day - I'll buy you a leprechaun hat from the parade in Dublin to celebrate! - Niall Sisson
Leaving Comment here. Hope it finds a good home. I would use the money to start a shelter for lost comments. - Joe K
No 419 scammers yet? ;) - Tyson Key
Great! As this 'WTF' crisis in Madagascar is causing everything to be sooo difficult now! - Thierry R. Andriamirado
better try... - grouchomax
That's like a lottery :) I'm in ! - Il gareth in Milano
I would put together a new computer, like to see BOINC running on a quad core. - Willem (@wim66) ☠
Great way to engage Robert! - Sampad Swain
I'm here! And I'd like to switch from PC to Mac... :D - Giovy
Rackspace customer and big fan... Looking forward to this new venture! - Charlie N. Browning
Surprised you have fallen as low as this Robert. Still, been there and done that before so best of luck and best wishes with Rackspace. - Paul Fabretti
Um, awesome. - Nick Humphries
count me in - Edward Kimble
If I win, will post about the same in my blog and you'll be famous in India too (if you're not, that is). BTW your fan following can add upto 45 million Indian internet users (Smirk!). Now how about that Mr. Scoble? Game for it....Oh man, this is quirky fun! Keep up the good work Robert :) - Sampad Swain
I would use the money to fix _my_ economy. And by my economy, I mean I'd blow it all on strippers and blow. - Jon Ursenbach
The amount of comments in here is insane. What's the record for the FF entry with the most amount of comments ever? Because this one feels like a winner. - Brad Butner from twhirl
you lucky! in Italy we can's setup a contest like that one easily and free, we have to pay taxes :( - Maurizio
If I won $1000, it would go to my first Mac since a Mac+ ! - Steve Ellwood
am still undecided on your real motive...... but then again, pecunia non olet..... ;) - denise
787 comments ?? wow!! Scoble u are the Brad Pitt of friendfeed... anyone else see the physical resemblence? - Cody Heitschmidt
Um, no, I don't Cody. Sorry. Scoble is taller. - Roberto Bonini
just leave a comment. well her's mine - Rachel Clarke
well its not identical I know Scoble is a little taller, but other than that Anfgelina could easily confuse the 2. - Cody Heitschmidt
I'm in! - «Weird & Sons»
eh what the heck, im in :) - ralphsaunders
This is interesting, but too many comments to read unfortunately. - Mitch
Simulate me, Scoble! - Robert Owens
That would be awesome, I could put the $$ towards my vacation to Kauai in August. Thanks Scoble, I promise to provide you photos from the vacation PF. - Pentaxfan
I'm bending the corner of my comment so it sticks out - Just Ken
pick me! Pick me! :) - Dania
This is great.. thanks Robert! =) - Timo Ukkola
I'll buy whatever Apple is developing with that rumored 10 inch multitouch display.. - Peter
too much comments..pick me! - magari sul tardi
. - Smeerch
Jet ski, I need one - sofarsoShawn
If I win this thing, I'll be most hated person on FF. god help me!. - Ozan Caglargil
For a small advance fee, I can take part... - Gordon Joly
i'm in, too.. - Sercan YILMAZ
You're not really going to write down all these names & pull them out of a hat are you? - Mrsth
I'll need a credit card that got no limit-cuz we all just want to be rock stars - Mrsth
Mrsth: I bet he'll find a script somewhere to pull all the usernames into a file, as only Scoble could do. :) Any amount of money would likely go towards my photography business, should I be chosen to win... it would be fun to put a portion of it towards prizes for the photowalks I'll be starting this summer in northern Vermont for area photographers and enthusiasts. - Bob M. Montgomery
Are you trying to create "the most commented thread" on friendfeed? Here's my comment however: what will I do with my 1750$? Probably I'll use them as a "microfound" for a webapp I'm thinking to... :P - Napolux from twhirl
814th post! - Tyson Key
I like free money. Was it already given away? - nsnadell
I'd like to say that I'd do something noble should I win but there's no nobility in ordering cases of wine and giving my liver a good workout. Plenty of enjoyment, though. - Mark H
I'm in! :) - Vlad Rafeev
I would use it to not have an excuse for not recording my album. That is to say after 15 years of putting it off, I would stop procrastinating. - Vicky
wow for real? thats insane - ralphsaunders
I'm in and I'd probably put the money towards building my deck (not super exciting but still...) - Trevor
Starting to think I should post a reason why I want it... - ralphsaunders
I'm in! And I would use the money to buy my mom a present. She just turned 52 :) - Alex V Kapranoff
I'm working on a funding for a research application for a semantic web project that I hope will become the next big thing (one of the next big things, anyway). If I succeed, you'll be the first person I ask to cover it! - Sam Kuper
Money, money, money, money ... MONEY! - Great Scott! Snow!
You guys do know that Scoble is essentially bribeing you to comment here? Large carrot and a small stick. - Roberto Bonini
Didn't stop you did it? - ralphsaunders
LOL. In my defense, I was performing a public service. *ducks* - Roberto Bonini
Hey I'm in. Is this the most commented entry in the whole of FriendFeed? I'm guessing that it will be. Anyone know what the previous record was? - Peter Kelley
I'd use the money to help get my wife's specialty dessert company off the ground: www.thesweettreatcompany.com - Michael Listberger
Can't wait to win your money... I'd use it to pay for some much needed camera gear and the rest of it to plan a trip to a city I've never been before so I could photograph it. I would love to be able to do something with photography, but it's tough working full time and going to grad school at night, all on my own dime. I don't have it as rough some people, but I've had to earn everything I have so I make no apologies for it. - Michael
Good luck sorting thru the 800+ comments :) If I won the money, I would repeat your experiment and give it all away (though I'm sure I would get no where near as many entrants as you) (P.S. It's not that I couldn't use the money, but I think it would feel good to help someone who needs it more than me). Good luck everyone! - Helen Hoefele
He won't notice if I comment twice, right? ;) Nah, I don't do that. But, holy crap! This is a lot of comments! - Mike Nayyar
I sure could use $1000. Would go straight to funding Taskerrific. $1750 would be even better, because I could get a new computer and a year's hosting, based on my current estimates. - Chris Charabaruk
I would use the money to fund my plastic drumming addiction. Hellooo pro drum set hacked to play Rock Band! - Chieze Okoye
So I wonder how many comments a FF post can handle? - gfurry
I would use the money to pay my taxes so the needy executives will still be able to get their bonuses this year. - gfurry
Hey Robert. Hard to say the best way to spend it without doing too much work to make it be most useful, but if it could be used to do something radical with what is going on with the Fed, I'm sure you know that Ron has a bill in Congress to Audit the Fed. Very soon things are gonna be way worse for us on this planet if things are not done to stop the insane people from making some really bad choices. So the money should go to someone willing to do something really radical to save our country from ending. - mikehedge
Weird. I was just thinking about how I needed about $1750 in ones to sew together and waterproof in an effort to make myself an umbrella top to fix the one I ripped yesterday. So...yes, that's what I'll do with it. I'll even give you a free picture of it in exchange for your dollars! (Leftovers will be donated to credit card debt. :( ) - Brett
what is going on here? - potatohai
mortgage and beer, yo! - Adrian
I'll put the money into microlending; a good social/economic ROI. - Phil Wolff
I want to say something conservative like pay down my debt or put it in the kids college fund, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I would use the money to buy myself a bass guitar. Just something I've been wanting but don't have the discretionary income to afford it. - Eugene Huo
850+ Comments? That has to be some sort of record for friendfeed in just over 24 hours. - WiseYoda (aka Patrick)
Win money? Count Me IN! - Dave
I want to win money! - Matt Bebich
hi Robert Scoble :D yeah count me in! - OmniDragon
$4500 closer for next TED. Plenty of time to work on the invitation! jgx - Jennifer Green
Bring it on! Love your feed from SxSW! Now, send me the money! - Gene
OH good money for college... or to buy a new computer... - Laaabaseball
I want to win so that I can buy me a Macintosh,so count me in. - frank harvey
Hey, Rob help a sista out! Give me da money! - Jackie
saw you on Chris's live stream @ SxSW...free money count me in! - Jason
Money rocks - Shawn Farner
If I won $4500, I would install central heat and air in my house. You would make my life so much happier! - Auriette Lindsey
$1,750 would go to the nonprofit volunteer org I'm trying to get off the ground :P - Shawn Farner
Diapers for Newborns. $1750 split evenly to the most socially active on http://bebepool.com (my free web service enabling expectant parents to run their own baby pool contest). Most active meaning the 10 pools with the most participant guess entries Jan-Feb. I will paypal $175 to each winner and blog the results inclusive of the funds origin & any statements from the families impacted. I've seen the bebepool community show their own generosity (http://burnurl.com/YvHNL0 ), so would love to full circle it. - Micah
Scoble the human Roulette wheel. - Rob
wow. must be the post with the most comments i've seen on friendfeed so far. - simonpure
With 1750 I'd do the ever boring "keep paying off the wife and I's credit cards" - Steve Boerner
Any and all the money I win will go for building this charity app we are planning. Every cent spent will be accounted for and would be posted on a web site (TBD). Additionally, we will be spending our own money and time on this. @scobleizer, please ping me if you would like more details. - Ashish Rangole
lame - Vezquex
Behold, my comment. Hi Robert, I saw you at SxSW. - Michael Lee Wise
I'd put up the first Bldg 43 Billboard - http://tinyurl.com/1750-00 - Rob
Tipjoy $1 each to the first 1,000 or 1,750 (depending on prize) commentors in this thread who have a Twitter account. - Hao Chen
With $1750, I'd put up another "Win my money" post on FriendFeed, and see if people bite more or less than for your money. And then figure out why they liked your money more (social-networking experiment 2.0). - Ivan Zuzak
Robert kardes kusura bakma Ingilizcem iyi degil. 1750 gaymeyi bana verirsen sirket acarken kullanacagim. toparlarsak : $1750 + 10 000tl = design company :) - Uur
Interesting. :) /sits down and waits - PiDave
Emergency is an independent, neutral and non-political Italian organization, provides free, high quality medical and surgical treatment to the civilian victims of war, landmines and poverty. http://www.emergency.it/index... - CristianConti
If i won the money, I will write a easy to use friendfeed app for iphone :) - cem
very cool idea - Kate
$1750= Paying off my medical bills... no, not enough. Gas, food, rent... mmm, scratch that. Funding my craving for more, new camera equipment.... perfect. You, rightly feeling good for what you want to do,... priceless. - Kate
mi piegherò al Dio denaro, ma almeno lo farò nella mia lingua madre :) - Tambu from twhirl
I will use the money to put towards a deposit on a flat. Currently I am living between my parents and my partner and daughters. I have two children from a previous relationship so will use the money for a deposit on a place which is central to both location - Joe Dawson
I'll use the money for a much needed, long overdue, 2 month break and go to India to relax from this hectic world… - Adi Sheleg
hard to win easy to spend. - ismail ünal
Scoble, fund me a startup! - Toni @ NavinoT
i'll use the money to get out of this place and start running my own business - Claudia
I'll fund prototype of my p2p language learning startup - Artyom
In case I win, I'll upgrade my networking status to "notworking" status. At least for a month. During that time, I'll have more time to make blog posts and enlighten self taught musicians and producers who are fighting to make music in their bedrooms. And I will buy some cookies for myself, in case I forget to eat - ilterocktive
I'll get a haircut, and get a real job. - Adrian
I would donate the money to Warchild.com, whose cause is to give children in war zones around the world a peaceful future. - Alexander van Elsas
lascio un inutile commento pure io - AdamoLanna1(chiuso)
Sei un chiattone, bob. Simpatico, però. - jokerulez
Considering some people worrying about taxes, I'd just like to state that up here in Canada, lottery and contest winnings are not taxed. At all. - Chris Charabaruk
Sorry, I don't want money, we've got too much ! - Benoit Bourdin
Benoit: I'd be happy to help you get rid of some of your surplus, if that's really the case. ;) - Chris Charabaruk
In response to happyseaurchin's question above, I propose tiprojx http://tiprojx.wordpress.com/ ... If anyone reading this who has a twitter account tweets an idea for a (social change) project with one or more of the hashtags #tipme #tipshare #tiptodo #tipif ... a whole lot of new projects have the potential to 1. gain crowdsourced funding and 2. be collaboratively refined in the process. I'll split the money between my favourite tagged ideas posted before midday (GMT) next Tues 24 March. - Hannah Lewis
If I won $1750, I'd use the money to hire a local (Austin) freelance UI/dev to help me finish my social sports service (commi.sh) and pay for hosting for a year while we grow it. - Carter ♥ JS
OMG. Robert Scoble jumps into "paid per comment". This is the end. My only friend, the end. - Davide Pozzi
ok, this is definitely a test for building43.com. does friendfeed run on rackspace? Rob, you trying a massive test of comments or live commentary, or something like that. i can bet you're analyzing this data on rackspace. you're making the new friendfeed search of organized live conversations/streams. - Reji
Another social experiment?!? Sure, I'm in for a little bailout money!!!! - Ferwin from Nambu
If I win I will hire someone to keep track of these little contests ppl like Scoble play from time to time.(since this kinda contests will be the newest #trend from now on) - Manoj
Comment 909 and counting. New pool ~ When will Robert break his own record. - Russellreno
910! - Tyson Key
Will Tomorrow be my Lucky Day? I will buy $1750 dollars of PowerBall tickets and then give 90% of the winnings to help feed children in Africa. - David Clements
This money could really help me in my current situation. Unfortunately I recently had a tumour removed from my bladder, which has really turned my life upside down. Overall, this has resulted in me having to miss and therefore finance two extra years at University. I’m currently 21 and studying BA Hons Economics at Newcastle University, England. I’m pleased to say that my health seems... more... - Daniel Rowley
Very funny! :D Did I win something??? :D - Matte
ain future economic prosperity! I would also donate $250 to Malaria No More: http://www.malarianomore.org/.... Thank you for the opportunity. - Daniel Rowley
wow..If I win I will buy a bike.. and travel around India... God bless me!! - sirishkumar
If I win I will buy a ticket to SxSW next year and watch Scoble get totally wasted and take pics of legs with his camera... - Ross
Pick me, pick me. - Amit Morson
As for the $1,750 - I will donate it to the first children related cherish organization that approaches me. - Amit Morson
With $1,750 I would be able to afford the flight back to Austria and support my dad who has to undergo his 3rd surgery and eventually also the 4th. - Verena Fuchs
I would sell it! =) honor would be enough for me... - Goktug Gedik
I would use the money to purchase a head stone for my mothers grave. - Ardail Smith
i would use the money for a long hot summer :) - Samuel Kreuzer
I'd buy $1,750 worth of green energy stocks, most probably geothermal - Fabio
Robert - I would use the money to buy good microphones to make an internet video series about Nerd Revolt. http://www.numeriklab.com/2009... I would then use them to document the 2009 Decibel Festival in September: http://dbfestival.com After that, who knows - but I promise to come up with something good! You can't document musicians without good sound :) Thank you, Erica - Erica Toelle
I would use the money to pay my out-of-state tuition! - Kevin Mohr
i would like it in a brief case... small unmarked bills please - ray parisi
I'd use $1750 towards a down payment for a first home. My wife and I recently had a son, and our apartment is shrinking at an alarming rate. - Chris Heald
i'll be a materialistic bastard. i'd pay my bills while still trying to search for a job in this life sucking, non-forgiving city. yup. that's what i would do. ramen noodles are no fun when you're not in college... - ultimate_loser
if i win this money i'll use to buy some equipments for the university, but not only for me. i'll buy two computers, one printer, and so we can do our university newspaper. this money will be a contribute for the free press, in a nation like italy, where every voice is subdued to the power. give us a chance! - Riccardo
Leave a comment here, and I can win. Ok, done. What's next? There's something about a second way to win, that looks like I need to state what I'd use the money for. Simple: to continue to make uplifting films, like I did this year for the 168 Project. Need to make a few payments still. The rest will go towards next year's film. - Mike Shields
Way too easy ;) - Gregg Wenger
I'd put it towards a computer and software I need for my new small business I'm setting up after 4 years off work with a broken back - Rob Bell
Mee Two :) , i'll use it for world Piece - Chirag Chamoli
Mike: watch http://www.ustream.tv/studio at about 4 p.m. today (Austin Time, which is about 2 p.m. Pacific Time) and we'll pick the winners live on that show. - Robert Scoble
I'd like to join this competition to make a chance for the money for my new developing start-up. Could use it for sure, development is costy these days! - Coen Jacobs
I'd use the money to pay for an artist to help me out on a Palm Pre/Windows Mobile app that I'm working on. - Alastair Maggs
Robert, great gesture! I would give all of the $ on your behalf to this worthy cause: http://friendfeed.com/e... - B2B Specialist
Took the challenge. Opened account from my couch with iPhone. Curious to get the rest of the story. - Georgiana Dearing
Generating metrics I presume Mr Scoble? - Stefan Szo
OK heres my comment! - Randy
OK, first the 'leave a comment here' bit - here it is. As to what I'd do with the money, my wife has been made redundant and two days later someone crashed into my car while it was parked - so I guess I'd put it towards replacing the car and rebuilding our lives. Actually that sounds a little melodramatic, it's only a car, but it would be useful. Unless of course UK residents aren't eligible for this in which case I guess I'll just sit at home and sulk! - Guy Clapperton
I'll switch SocialToo from Amazon EC2 to Rackspace if I win - Jesse Stay
Win money? No, thanks. but I DO wanna earn your money :). Send details to onno@media44.nl or visit http://www.media44.nl - MEDIAFORCE
I would spend $1,750 on a iPhone App using fbConnect for my financial services startup which I otherwise wouldn't allocate a budget for. - Abhimanyu Chirimar
Gosh, there are a lot of comments. Is this a FF stress test? - Morton Swimmer
I'm in! - Simon Holliday
I would use the money for development of gCaptain 2.0 with the goal of dethroning the oldest magazine in continuous print, Lloyds List, from the maritime news sphere of influence. - gCaptain
I will hire a scholar to make my research few hours a day so I can follow your tweets!!! :D - Jesús
I'm in, what would I do with the money? well, I'm a teenager from Cairo, Egypt, and I plan to start podcasting during my vacation "first video podcast in Egypt" and work on my blog, I don't have enough money to buy an HD camcorder so I would use the money to buy that and get a domain name for my blog and go pro, and if there is enough money I would buy an iPhone. - Ahmed
I'd take the family out for a meal at the Gaucho grill http://tinyurl.com/3pc8ur - mike williams
I would give the money to this young man in his fight against hodgkins lymphoma. He is the nephew of my daughter's preschool teacher and I would do anything to help him out, but we don't have much. As a former soccer player, current coach and human being... my heart goes out to him and his family. Anything would help. http://tinyurl.com/cch2uy - Jason
Not yet in the position to give like you give, I do what I can. Giving spirits garner unselfish hearts! - http://budurl.com/ynkm - Carlo At Your Service
This is the most epic thread ever, i put off replying all weekend but i think its about time i joined in. I think if i won i'd propose to my girlfriend because id be able to afford a ring! Or, we'd go on a nice much needed holiday. - Simon Wicks
I'd give the money to Daniel Rowley (comment above). Seems like he has a genuine need. - Dustin Curtis
Interesting (and a few not so) comments. Most people are here for the easy money, leaving a random comment and then closing a tab. No blame here, since it's the rule of the game. Do you know that in order to permanently change the world you just need just a little bit compared to the big picture to get you over that hard to reach top? Well, that's what I would use it for, to get that jolt, break the barriers and climb over that first, impossible top. - Lorand R. Minyo
hey! easy game Mr Scoble :) I'm here :D - Guillaume
What a cool idea. I would definitely use the money towards taking another class. Assembly? Lernin is espensive. - sarajchipps@gmail.com
I'm in too - Judging by the entrants, I'll have better odds on winning the lottery - Shaf
I'll donate the money to AIG executives. - Filipe Marques
I would use the money to bid on Gaius Baltar's Robes at the Battlestar Galactica Auction in May. Those costumes get pretty pricy! ~Matt http://BSGcast.com - Matt
I'd use to money to stimulate the US economy by buying all your stuff - Magnus
I'd pay the 4000 I owe in tuition. I've paid off all but this last bit, so it'd be my first move. Still looking for a job... - Linda Margaret
I liked that :) - MobilAdam
I would use the money to buy a laptop. I bought one in December and was getting a friend from the US to bring it to me (I was in Dubai). The laptop was stolen from her luggage at JFK and I got no compensation. I was out 1500$, laptopless, and highly depressed because the euphoria of getting a new laptop was not realized. - Bhavishya Kanjhan
If I win the money - its going straight to helping my startup - creately.com get to Public Beta. We're so close and every cent counts! - Charanjit
Good way of generating a lot of comments :-) I'd use the money for reducing some debts... - Diego Zamboni
Whoaaaa, there. $4,500? Really? Boy am I glad I follow you on Twitter. Since when does money grow on tweets? If I ever had the good fortune of being plucked out of a hat, I'd spend all of it on the tuition bills that have racked up in my family name (mother, brother y yo). - amira
I'll make a social network for BitTorrent. - KN
Hm. Maybe I spend it on a Nikon D90 or a camcorder. - Stefan Michel
Money is the root of all evil, they use to say. But it can blossom into good things. - Nick Palffy
I would use the money to update my photography equipment and software. This would update my pet photography as needed - Randy Nacol
I am in - Bronchart
I would use the money to get my girlfriend @Tatty, who I met on Twitter, from Norway to the US so we can start living happily ever after. :) - Foul Bastard
Pay off the credit card and get a return airfare to the USA from Sydney! - Nathan Davies
Sounds crazy but why not :-) - Cyril Hanquez
I need 980 dollars to go to school to be a cheesemonger. So tired of waiting tables and am ready to pursue something I am passionate about. - Miles Laird
I'd use the money to take some time off with my daughter... - Fredrik Wennberg from twhirl
I'm saving to buy my first house later this year and working to start my freelance design business. - john
$1750...I would use them for a wonderful trip to San Francisco! Plane tickets from France and visit of the best web start-up / companies :) Enjoy!! - Guillaume
I'd have to assume I'd use the money to buy a Nikon D90, then hunt you down to thank you and take your picture with it. - Richard Finucane
How can I mute this thread? - Richard A.
I'll use it as a "Pay It Forward Ponzi Scheme" (In these crazy Maddoff days, it's about time we revert the wheel.) - Vivian Cohen- Leisorek
Hi Robert! I would use the money to put into a bank account. I will become a daddy within the next weeks and this would a be a 'scolar fund' for my first kid! - Bas van Breugel
Count me in. $1750 would go to the IWK Children's Hospital for Xboxes and Wiis. - M Langille
Great idea-- and I'd use the money to create workshops to bring younger and older gay men together to discuss the history of the AIDS epidemic in Philly. http://gayhistory.wikispaces.com - Chris Bartlett
What am I going to do with the $1750? I will reveal that secret in my second comment :) - Bari Hossain
Great idea Robert. I'd do four things: I'd pay for a ESPN360 season and play-off pass to watch NHL games over here in Europe. Then I'd hire a graphics designer to redo http://www.speakingenglishpodcast.com to have it not only appeal to learners but also sponsors. Third, I'd take my wife out to dinner and fourth I'd give the rest back to you - I wouldn't need it all and you have a family, too. - Sebastian Keil
Sure, count me in. - Barty
First of all, thanks for the heads up on "Free Money" also thanks for being such a great conduit. So throw my name into the hat please. I know I usually push for giving to Cancer foundations and etc. But am going to change it up a bit.... If I would happen to win the money there is hugely talented Photographer on Twitter that needs only $6,000 to sustain his enrollment at some artsy Ivy... more... - SashaKane
Seriously? I'll start a "Mini-ITXs" fund to replace all the desktops in my home with Mini ITXs. Power saving ftw! - Nimish Batra
I'd start a foundation dedicated to bringing the finance crooks to justice and redistributing the stolen funds from whence they came. - Alistair Knock
hmm...I'll rather invest it in gold. That's the least volatile thing these days. - Kunal Gangar
i would finally finish my thesis and rent a lot servers with mosso after that to incorporate a company dealing with enterprise mashups and cloud computing in germany - tmetschke
im in - Jason Walke
I would tell my boss he is a noob and that I quit my job and start my own business. - Gary Schubert
oh, and i'd also KILL for a macbook. but i'd probably go to school. but you should totally give it to someone who needs it more. - Miles Laird
simple way to enter :) - Cristian
Robert, I would probably spend the money in a relatively futile manner. Therefore, I'll let others who need it more have a chance at the $1,750 prizes. I'd be happy to be chosen randomly for the $1,000. Great initiative, by the way. - Antonio Cangiano
This is just what we need in order to launch AllRise.com: hosting + legal expenses +company registration fees. - Erez Eden
richard, by giving a way more money, are you ready? - abdellah
I'll give YOU $500 and give $100 to twitter (since I heard about it there). The first should make it easier for you to part with the money. The twitter donation will conclusively prove that they have a viable business model :) - Ebrahim Nalwala
Our band would use it to buy a PA system so that we could play anywhere/practice with proper sound. I`d treat this as a loan and donate the money in your name to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. - Reuben Fortes
It would help me pay for my wedding in Ottawa in August, rather than having to borrow money! (PS nice way of getting people on FriendFeed!) - Paul Lomax
Robert, please pick me. I need the USD1000 to get myself an iPhone 3G (cost HKD6200.00 from Apple Hong Kong) so I don't have to borrow my girlfriend's, and the rest of the money, I will use to pay for all the data usage I will be using when testing review copies of iPhone apps. How can I be borrowing an iPhone to write iPhone app reviews? That is just ironic. - Vinko
I need to do something completely luxurious and pampered for a week. Oh, I would really like to take my brother along because it was his birthday two weeks ago and would like to surprise him. That's right, a very belated birthday present. Very much would be a surprise. How about a cruise out of Miami to the Caribbean or out of Los Angeles to Mexico? We need to see the water! Sure we have the Fountains at Bellagio but we would like to sail on an ocean. There it is. I have our bags packed and ready to go. - Vegas Bill
I need money for my first startup! - kunal jain
Buy a nice camera for making better videos for my blog & invite my family having a nice evening at a greek restaurant - Wittkewitz News
Show me the money - TJ Polczyn
I would develop an innovative iPhone app using the money and when sales pick up, return the amount to you so u can run another contest. - iPhone Dev Guy
I am a poor student who really could use a new Laptop.. I will Ustream and take pictures of the unpacking so you know I didn't spend the money on beer ;) I could put SPONSORED BY SCOBLE stickers on the new machine. Please Scoble, I could really use this. Cheers, patrick. - patrick detlefsen
a new laptop to replace the almost 6-year old one would be nice for a developer. give me the other prizes, too and i'll donate 'em to schooling a kid in a 3rd world country! - moogs
*wonders* Do we have to leave two comments, one for the $1000 and one for one of the $1750? - Linden A. Mueller
Ok, Scoble if i get this money somehow, give my money to this student (patrick detlefsen) - Thanks - Junal Rahman
If you pick me, I will lend out the money via Kiwa.org - Henning
So just in case, here's the second one. :) I would save it. We'll be making our second international move in two years in September, and this time, we'll be settling down. I would use it for part of our down payment on our first house. - Linden A. Mueller
Right now $1750 is worth $2700 Aussie (sounds a lot better) I'd ask Robert to JV with me and share how to turn that $2.7k into $270k in 6 months. If we didn't like each other after that we needn't continue to turn it into $27M. Jim Beasley (Twitter: whoisJimBeasley) - Jim Beasley
Would love to start an online business for my 7 yr old as a college fund!!!! Have the idea, just not the funds to start it!!! - Charles Bovard
I could use the money to pay some of my student loans that I had to take to study the one true thing worth studying, the Internet! - Shane Tilton
I would spend the money on bourbon and porn. - Kari Holtz
I'll use to finance our new project of social publishing with Friendfeed. Thanks for the opportunity. - Massimiliano Mancini
if I win: I'd give half of the money to Emergency (http://www.emergency.it/) to help their medical work in war areas. - andrea
In New Zealand his will go along way. Id use it for language resources for our indigenous Maori - Bradley Walker
I want I want! I will restore my VW 1974 with it! :-D true story: http://www.facebook.com/home... - Pierre Lapointe
I'd love to use your money to send kids with disabilities to CampASCCA.org! With the $1750, 3 children would get to go to camp this summer. Or, it would send maybe a dozen to a weekend camp this spring! Either way, I'd love to see you help these kids out. In this kind of economic environment, places like Camp ASCCA are the first to be forgotten ... that means the kids are forgotten, too. Thanks, Robert! - RD French
Before I reveal the secret of what I would do with $1750, I really need to know the secret - "Why are you giving away this money,Robert?" - Bari Hossain
Will use it finally upgrade my powerbook to a MBP so I can write an iPhone app as part of my CS Degree Dissertation. - Shaun Bohannon
$1175 to my all time favorite musician's (Diana Krall) chosen charity: Vancouver General Hospital's Leukemia Bone Marrow Transplant. Would use the rest to cover my tuition expense for a Nancy Duarte slide:ology seminar. Trying to figure out ways to tackle mindnumbing government PowerPoint decks. Happy St Patrick's Day! - Bud
With our terrible exchange rate here in the UK, I'll probably buy myself a week's worth of groceries with the prize money! Seriously though, I may treat myself to a video camera, so that maybe one day, I can be like my favourite technology evangelist! - David Swallow
I can't wait to read followup posts to your contest. I would invest the money in my children's college funds. - Erick Tyack
I think I will buy some books on how to get my daughter to sleep past 4AM... Seriously, any advice? :-) - James Marino
With the money I would invest in a Home Server to better provide for my familys digital needs ;-) The rest will be given to SOS childrens village - A good and worthy cause. - Ken-Tore
I will use the money to spend it to bloggers in germany to promote the german blogos- and twittersphere! They arn't as big and importnat as in the us, but they have the mbition for it, serious and current content... - Simon Rabente
The money will enable me to buy some much needed toys and gadgets that mortgage/wife/2kids/etc to not allow! - Matt Groves
I was thinking on how to win the money and then I read comments by others. I realised there are more ppl who need the money more than me. So good luck to everyone! and Robert, pls make sure the winner really deserve it. - Gerald Neo
If I won I would donate every cent to Red Nose Day (http://www.rednoseday.com/) to help children in the UK and Africa and I'll put up $200 of my own money (about 10% of my salary) into microloans through Kiva. - Peter Curd
Strike one for the South African - Iwan
I doubt this would be a winner, but I need a new set of effin tires. - Patrick Kay
I will use my winnings to purchase books to better understand how to use all the great social media tools out there and will also earmark a portion of the winnings to use to attend SXSW 2010. - Promising Projects
I'll use the money to finance bailing out of my apartment in light of this recession and my current status of gainful underemployment. :) - teleken
Cool! I'd love to spend it on a netbook and a good (web)cam and start using it to lifestream/share some nice events using kyte or qik. What's left after buying the gear, I would spend on tickets for events such as The Next Web Conference, Lifehacking Academy, etc. Btw: have fun at Rackspace! - Alex Vermeule (@alexve)
ok deal, you talked me into it - IrishWonder
it is really interesting to see how much "I" in this thread, ok if I (+1) - abdellah
Cool. So 80% of the dough goes on a Twitter API developer as I have a great project in mind. And the other 20% provides a stake for the blackjack table, for when we launch. Combined earnings will be sent back your way, so you can do this all over again. - Econsultancy
I'd put it towards my TED application fund! Made too many promises about speaking there one day soon... - Oliver
First I would buy an engagement ring for my lady and take her out on a romantic evening and propose her. And of course 300$ would go for a Wii. - Andy Gongea
Hi I have never won anything so i dont think i will win,but hope never dies so here i am.. - Dimi
My boyfriend got made redundant a while ago so I'd use the money to take him on holiday to get away from it all for a bit and help him refocus. - Katie
thats cool to hear...thanks for the competition.i will love to buy macbook... - Mohammed Moyeen
Hmmm... Give it to charity is the easy answer.. But I would find and elderly person who needs home renovations etc but cant afford it.. and then get someone down on their luck to do it and pay them.. Double the satisfaction and impact - Christopher Blake
Comment for one of the $1750 prizes. I will offer to donate the money to bail out some more fat cats living high on the hog, and give them a bonus to boot. - TJ Polczyn
Don't get pinched - wear green today! :) - Ricci Neer
If I won, I'd donate it to Comic Relief (http://www.comicrelief.com/). Cheers! - Graeme Coleman
I am saving money to go out of my usual work to start a startup, so it will be helpful for me in my saving and allow me to come out of my daily job soon. - Mohammed Moyeen
If I win I will twitter my followers and people in Seth Godin's tribe to find the most excting youth oriented project I can, then come back to you, Robert Scoble, and see how we can involve your followers in offering knowledge or connections to make the whole thing take off, good on you. - Sarah Farrugia
I would put the money to good use and kick start the economy with it... should work... - Alex P
wow! this is by far the longest thread i've ever seen! :) - David Clifford
I'll use the money as a super lucky contribution to http://www.TweetLuck.org, an initiative of my startup nonprofit, http://www.EpicChange.org. Tweetluck is raising funds to build a technology lab and boarding facility/orphanage for a school with which we're partnered in Arusha, Tanzania. The locally-run school recently performed #1 out of 117 schools in their district on national exams, and I can only imagine what's possible if we get the children at the school web access ;) - Stacey Monk
This is one way to get me to use friendfeed... I'd use the money to enter a poker tournament in vegas this week at MIX. (at least I'm being honest) - Jason
Wedding Ring deposit, new mac, or broker's fee to get the hell out of this apartment. Probably one of those three. I'm a huge fan of Kari Holtz's answer of bourbon & porn, but my early thirties have got the better of me and must try for something vaguely more responsible. - Travis
Hey, why about trying, great idea ! For the second part of the contest, i'd prefer to let more chances to people who really know how to make something really usefull and interesting with it ;) ! - Christophe Michau
I hope to be one of the lucky few. Happy St. Patricks Day! - ian ross
I wish I could come up with something clever or generous but other needs are too pressing. I don't even want to think about it really. Health insurance, upgrade to CS4 (priorities, right?), art supplies, new shoes, vet visit for the cats, whatever else I could squeeze out of it. But I would put some portion toward charitable use, or else use it to create something that I could give, because generosity deserves to be honored in kind. - Rebecca Lasley
I'll buy some of the gadgets Scoble is talking about... - Alexander Benker
In Malaysia, I'll give the money to the women's aid organization to fight discrimination, women are first to go in a layoff. - Carolyn Chan
Great idea. I'd probably put the money towards a good camera for a live video project I'm working on. - Alan Chamberlain
If I was lucky enough to win I would use the money to attend http://www.web09.org/. It would cover the cost of the airfare, accommodation, and registration fee. I would then be able to Tweet and blog about it so those who read me would get some benefit from me being there. Anything learned would be put to good use in the open source projects I contribute to. Unlike some of the others here, I can't be altruistic about this - I want to go to the conference and can't afford it! Charity begins at home after all - Elpie
It will probably help me to keep one of my employee, until we bounce back in our feet - Boubacar Balde from twhirl
I'm definitely in and I'd use the $1750 to buy my first macbook. - Robbin
I would use it as nice start for my first house loan ;-) A man has got to start somewhere doesn't he ;-) - Pieter-Jan Adriaensens
get lasik after reading all of these #CCCCCC comments on friendfeed! - Landon
What I would use the money for? Well, I have been eyeing up some netbooks and need to replace my aging television. So, this would pretty much go there in my lone attempt at reviving our moribund economy/ I'm doing my part to help us out of these troubled economic times! - Jason J. Thomas
Here is my initial entry comment. - Hal
I'd learn how to code in Cocoa, and create a salsa dance iPhone app :) - Tom Tubbs
Clever idea. If I win, I would put half the money in the bank, as my husband is currently unemployed; and would give half the money to my friend and her family, as her son & daughter-in-law were in a serious car accident in Oct. 2008 and my friend quit her job to help take care of her premature born grandson, 2 yr old grandson, so her own son can then take care of his now brain-injured wife. http://jennifersmiracle.blogspot.com/ - Traci Knoppe
Half to a couple of back bills, the other half here: http://bit.ly/6XTBn - Hal
My first comment didn't show up! REPLAY: With the $1750 I will expand my business working with energy and transformation in the area of money & prosperity (Money Reiki Healing) attuning people to their Source resulting in personal and planetary shifts around money and abundance. I will also donate a portion of the winnings to a few favorite charities (including Water is Life and Charity:Water). - Amy Flynn
Wow, Just needed that money to buy me a trip to the states at last! I'm from Paris and I just keep reading your feeds on twitter, ff etc... - anciaux
Should I win, any money would be invested in upgrading some piece of computer equipment, or a software purchase... and a celebratory dinner with my wife, of course. - Chris Grayson
Heads up, Twitter! I would put the money into real competition to Twitter. - David Baum
To quote Han Solo - "Got some old debts I gotta pay off with this stuff" - Cliff Forster
I need yet another bicycle. Choose me! I promise not to give it to AIG for bonuses! - mrbrown
I'd put the cash toward a new unibody Macbook - I broke the screen on my Macbook Pro and it's difficult to use now because I have to us my iPhone as my screen (Jaadu VNC). I'll take care of my new Macbook, Robert, I promise. Please pick me? Please! - David Mozingo
I got married on last saturday, 14th ( http://trauung.steudtner.info sorry only German ) and I got a whole bunch of photos and videos. I would take the money and buy a new iMac to organize them and my videos too. Pictures will be published on that website. - Mayads
My cat has been very sick since late last Thurs. He's was jaundice, probably some level of renal failure - all likely diabetes. Been having to force feed him with a syringe because he wasn't eating on his own. I'd like to be able to use this money to offset the vet costs towards all this - doctor would like to run more tests but I can't afford it. This money would help with this. - Todd Perlmutter
I'll stimulate my economy. - Chris Dickerson
Howdy Scoble. I graduate University in July with an IT degree and am planning a Trip to South East Asia (Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam) in September for a bit of fun and adventure. The money would greatly improve my trip. I'll blog the whole thing personally for you (I'll go to anywhere you suggest) and do my best to send you at least one ridiculous photo a day along with a video diary and a few interviews of people I meet along the way. - Michael Gross
My kids, who've lost their mother, really need something positive. So I would use the money to redecorate their two rooms as a surprise. - Jorg Jansen
Thanks Robert. A great idea! I could really use the money to finance my startup "Big Red Zebra", the world's first truly useful Location-Based Service for Everybody (not just people with Smartphones, iPhones, Blackberrys). Check it out at http://www.bigredzebra.com - David
If I won the $1750 - I would put $1600 towards a kick-ass web project I have been working on (code-named Daily Bird Feeder). Then, $100 would go to dinner with the wife to make up for the late nights I've spent working on the project. $30 would go to an action figure I have been dying to get. And $20 would then go to flowers for my wife, to make up for buying the action figure. - Michael Withrow
I will spend it all on me - on daft 'there is no way I would buy this under any other circumstances' things. - Alison
I would follow your example: I'd run a contest and ask my followers to choose how I would spend it. - Gail
Show me that money! - Alison
How about this.... My wife http://twitter.com/erincos... and I are expecting TWIN SONS in August. ANY contributions would be GREATLY APPRECIATED! - Jeremy Osborne
congratulation jeremy. - abdellah
That $$ would buy me a lifetime subscription to Fast Company!!!! - CJ
My dinosaur-like mind is inexorably on its way to extinction. It's been ages since I bought a new book. And reading online just doesn't satisfy that ancient craving. So if I win I'd use it to buy Kindle2 e-reader. The ultimate revenge of a deprived bibliophile. :) A little memento of my fabulous good luck, courtesy of you sir. The rest I will donate to a Philippine charity of my choice. Good luck to us all, if that were possible. :) - jan geronimo
Would like to take my wife to NY for our 15th Wedding Annv. - Timothy Love
Count me in. Can't work out if I should sound worthy or greedy, so shall be neither. - David Eedle
You got me Subscribe :). I will apply for a distance education in Actuarial Science at Leicester University. - Bruck Sewnet
I will not use this money for unmerited bonus pay - Craig
If I won the money, I'd pay for my GMAT & Grad School applications with it. That way, I'll hopefully be able to do the same kinds of contests soon. I'd also adopt two cats for my parents farm and pay for their cat food - you can't have a farm without cats! Lastly, I'd increase my number of Kiva loans. - Edwina
what is interesting in this thread, is the fact that there is more and more reason and ways to spend that money, now let please see for what "you can't spend this money". - abdellah
I'm just getting a project going that could be really helped at this early stage with some "free cash" to help complete the prototype. The idea is for an engine that aggregates content from originators and then filters and distributes it according to preferences to the consumer through a variety of touch points. Very focussed on one specific interest area. - Alex Guest
I'll place my bet for the $1750, although my chances are thin. Lots of things to do, get Dad treated, pay my bills et al. - Rajtilak Bhattacharjee
I'll buy something amazing and the one who finds out what it is will receive it. Just a way to see if it is possible to get more comments than you do :o) - Zack Brandit
I will gift the money to my husband's business,( http://www.funketabla.com/ ) so that he can focus a little more on music and thus spend more time happy and not in a programming job that bores him. It's not much, but it'll pay for the upcoming Das Dhoom album. - InPerpetualMotion(Gina k)
Hate to admit it in public, but I owe parents, friends, and credit cards money borrowed while searching for another job. This would give me some breathing room and let me get some stuff done that I've put off, like fix the brakes on my car. - mark zero (Jason)
I will give the money to my 18 year old son. He's getting ready to enter college for the first time and needs it. - Lisa Saul
$1,750 will feed me for a year! :-) - Chinny
Mr. Scoble - Use of funds should I become one of your winners... ala Dave McClure and Y Combinator... I'd turn right around and invest it in equity positions in two local startups neither of which is mine. Should there be any kind of exit of either, I'd just keep plowing proceeds into local startups (we need early stage, non-debt seed capital in Oklahoma). - Gerald Buckley
these funds would help at a very diffcult time for my family would be a very big blessing for us - Diane Brixey
i would put the money in my future start-up. i really could use the money for. the main problem is that i have to wait for maybe 2 years, because of uni. so i could invest it at the beginning in something safe and could make more money for the start-up. - Alexander
Pool Table - Dale Fraser
Sadly, I would put this toward my taxes. My contribution toward the bailout I guess. A new tv or trip might be nice though since I'm not getting that Australia blogging job. - Dave
I would put the money in our twin boys college fund, which will be in inflation-adjusted treasuries for the next year or two. (PS: This is the most effective way to gather the most comments on a single thread in the history of friendfeed) - DGentry
OK, just give it to me already and quit all this fuss... - Garrido
Hey Robert! You finally got me to sign up for FF. If awarded the money I would finally get that Gibson Les Paul I've always wanted and go back in the studio to create my opus. - Kyle Shay
Split it into 495 $2 donations, for charities selected by fellow Friendfeed and Twitterers, with the remaining funds for a pizza while organizing the aforementioned discussion. - Mike Chelen
Count me in. I would blow the money on Tacos. No burritos. No Tacos. Well Tacos or Burritos. Just imagine me eating over $1000 worth of tacos/burritos. - Franklin Pettit
Fund small-scale Appropriate Technology projects in Africa where I live: http://mumena.blogspot.com/2009... - Rick Love
I would put the money to good use-- - Dennis Shlaen
First! Oh wait, maybe not. :) Boring but I'd use the money to get my 60,000 mile service on my car before it falls apart. Anything left over would go to paying down CC balances. I know, I'm dull... - Pete Smith
I need a new tv I'm a poor seminary student in new york with a family http://www.use.salvationarmy.org/use... - kevin
count me in! How to use 1750$: buy four cheap pocket cameras (200$ each), announce a "movie making contest" on the blog, give four cameras to best four ideas, take the movies, post on youtube & blog, make users vote, give first prize 950$. - Tudor Galos
Robert, Congrats on joining Rackspace & I'm eagerly awaiting Building 43!! I would use the prize money to fund my sisters education. - Roshan Ramachandran
I'd go for a piece of electronic equipment. I haven't owned a computer since a nice visit from an unknown burglar a year and a half ago. Luckily my work provides me with a nice Macbook Pro 15" but that doesn't really help much during the weekends. So I'd go for a 13" MacBook and then of course a round of Hero Rats (http://www.herorat.org) for the change. - René Clausen Nielsen
Hi Robert. I would use the money like Tudor, but I would get two good pocket cameras, the Sony pocket 1080p ones, not the Zi6 or the Flip. To take better quality videos. - Odi Kosmatos
Hi Robert, my intention isn't to partecipate to your contest but my comment is just to say that you are a genius. I appreciate this social experiment and on Sunday I have analyzed it in this post on my blog: http://tinyurl.com/c3rwxw. If I were to the place of the winner, I’d give this money to you because you really deserved it. The previous most commented thread on FF probably were Italian (http://tinyurl.com/8k64zg). Chapeau - Roberto
G R E E D .... - Kai
I would use the money to jump start the economy as part of my stimulus-package plan - Mitchell Schneider
Not sure, but I'll try to heed the advice my grandmother used to give me when I got a dollar "Don't spend it on crap." - Steven Stark
There are things I want but nothing I need so I'd donate the money to Philabundance. http://www.philabundance.org/ - Bob Gannon
i would use the money to help pay for school - Shane Grant
I would use the money to get into photography. I have always wanted to but have never had the funding to do it. It would be great if I had the funding to get a decent body and a couple nice lenses. - Sweyn Venderbush
I'm in as well. Will use the money to get into iphone apps development - Arnaud Fischer
Woohoo! I'd buy either a home automation setup or a home server :D - Robert DeBord
Yes! I could use some green on St. P's Day! Would get that D90. - Kevin Crader
I will help @romanzolotarev. - Форсайт-параход
If I came into any type of money this year it would go towards a trip to London to see my family and friends; and see my favourite band, Blur play live for the first time. Leftover cash to the Red Cross. My honest answer. - Chrissie M
I would use it to help fund a startup website to help diabetics find proper products to help manage their health and lifestyle - Erik Schmith
I would love to win. Would probably spend the money on one of two things: my 17 year anniversary is coming in early April, so a present for the wife is a necessity - thinking a nice hot springs overnight trip in Izu, south of Tokyo (where I live). Otherwise, I would also consider using the money to help bootstrap TechMiso.com, a new blog I co-founded and launched on Jan 1 with my good buddy Rich. - Scott Jarkoff
I want to win soo soo bad... lol... I would use the money as a deposit on an apartment so I can move out of the country and actually have High Speed Internet (cant even use a cellular card cause im so far in the country) Ive always wanted to start a blog and website but cant since Dial-up is sooo sooo slow... This would be the Happiest Day of my Life!!! :) - James Boyd
While thinking trough this all day since I've read about it, I think that I should spent it for 50/50 on my own project and on the stuff that you just don't get to while being a son of divorced parents. My computer upgrade is more than welcome, switch to Mac OS X would be greatly appreciated. Great action Robert, thanks for this opportunity from Holland! - Coen Jacobs
If this comment picked randomly, then goodbye to MacBook Pro...(paradoxal comment including 2 answers in one way.) - Olcayto Cengiz
Growing up, my parents would always tell me that considering the amount of time I spend on the web, I should be making money out it. But I desire that the content I put out there be free. Over the years I've spent a lot on pursuing this passion but never earned a buck out of it. Now would be a great opportunity to finally do so. I may not be the most deserving or the most in need out of everyone here but if I did win I'd do something nice for my parents and tell them it was courtesy of the Internet. - Michael Josh Villanueva
I would use the money to donate back to all of the open source projects that I have been using for the past 5 years. Many of the products that are produced are outstanding and need to be supported. - Anthony Schelling
I'll take Scoble to block. Actually; I would use the money to complete my dedciated streaming studio. While I have the mics & cams set, I'm still working on the furniture, and the servers for the encoding. Then I could be a guest on your show and show it off. - Keith Barrett
Will take a trip and visit you at your new project :) - Liviu Lica
I'll use the cash to attend sxsw next year, following the twitter feeds this year has proved its worth to me. I'll get you a beer in too, unless that seems coercive. - Simon Kirrane
I would use the Money to help my daughter who is 13, to Travel Europe this Summer as she has been selected to be a Student Ambassador Representing the US and The State of Kansas. A Life changing experience, for our young people to learn and experience other cultures. People to People select 40 top Students from each state to represent the US. This experience is to teach our young people... more... - Joyce
Hey new friend I sure could use that money to repair some of the debt my bipolar wife has put our family in. Ever have any questions about what goes on in a max security prison, let me know. - Tom Lord
Both me and my SO need computer upgrades at home to better work from home but that's not very much money. Just don't have it. The rest would go towards savings or to fix the collapsed porch out back. - Paul Wade
Nice discussion thread. Any extra cash would go to my newly-widowed uncle, who found himself with a mountain of vet bills to pay after his dog, and only remaining companion, spent a week in ICU in an O2 tent. - Hooeyspewer
Hey Robert - I would use the money to pay some bills and refit the computer my kids use. Thanks for making the world interesting! - Tim Ake
It's a real and nice chance to win a pretty good amount of money, which can help me in making my dreams about lighting equipment for home studio to became true! :) - PWR
I would pay off my burning man debt. - Andrew Stein
This looks like its a record breaking thread. - Roberto Bonini
Count me in! - Alvin
I would use the money as part of a down payment on a new car. I commute 100 miles a day and my car is dying at a most unfortunate time. Well, that's what I SHOULD do. I would probably buy some gadget like a Kindle and some books because my geek gene gets the better of me most days. - Amy Anuszewski
I would like to use it to buy a Mac Mini but I first have to deal with Wife Tax so I might be able to get a snickers bar. Love you honey! - Wesley Snider
I would buy a slice of taxes that I owe Barack Obama. - Chris Wallace
I'm in! - James Ferguson
I would use the money to finally launch my puppet sitcom. My seven month-old daughter already loves the live version, and it would be great to have the video version for anytime viewing. Plus I think lots of other people would love the show as well. It's like the Muppet Show but more "Seinfeld" and less "Lawrence Welk". But there will still indeed be musical numbers. - Mike Janicke
I would give the money to my wife. She is trying to get custody of her son back. Thanks for the chance Robert! - Brian
I would use this to upgrade my camera. - Evan Travers
Oops almost forgot to leave a comment for the random drawing. :) - James Boyd
I would use the money to take my wife on a nice vacation for our anniversary. - Jonathan Gardner
I`ll take some of that money :) - Steven Shvartsman
What would you like me to do with the money? - Simon Hicks
An Irish Toast on my favorite Holiday that is St. Paddy's Day: "Here's to the ones we love we love. Here's to the ones that love us love us. For all those that don't love us, F@%$ them and here's to us." I'd use the money to spend on friends & strangers drinking and eating on a random day enjoying the moment and making memories you'd never forget. - Lyn Graft
What a great idea Scoble! So sad I missed sxsw this year! I would use half the money to go towards a new lift for my step mother who has MS and I would use the other half to purchase a small fishing boat to go fishing with my boy who's birthday is this weekend. - Bryan
Robert, dude! You are awesome. Would use money to help find a teaching job! - Patty Pinkley
If you pick me I will put the money towards the trip to China I'm taking in July. - Kris
Better idea of what to do with the money - promote LTSP - Linux Terminal Server Project http://www.ltsp.org. Continue to bring low cost desktop solutions to the masses. - Erick Tyack
Robert, congrats on the new job. Look forward to seeing the new ways you are going to invigorate rackspace and the community. There are some great comments here already. This is a great thing you are doing, take care - Michael Bazzoni
Action Figures. I would use the money to buy lots and lots of action figures. And maybe a dwarf horse. - Aaron Linne
I would put that money towards buying a couple of iPod Touches and a Mac for three friend of mine. We've just finished a short, free game that took us two years to finish on evenings and some weekends, and are talking about trying to make a game for Apples platform in our spare time since we work so well together as a team. - Jonas Eriksson
This will kill FriendFeed. DO they have a FailWhale...? ;) - Frank Koehntopp
Pay 4 months rent. And, I swear I'm not trying to sound pious, but I'd donate to Food for Lane County, an awesome local organization that gives away food. - tracy
I'd do some traveling, getting to know new things is always great... - Fabian
$1750? I'll buy Facebook and sell to Twitter. - Bob Withers
I'd use the cash to pay back my employer all the time I spend reading Scoble's comments on FriendFeed. ha. - Jon Mason
Jumping into your hat. Randomly pick me. - Ben
I'll finally buy that wide angle lens that I've been hankering after for my Olympus E-400... - Peter Holloway
Hmm... $1750, eh? I'd buy a few of those unlocked Android phones to create custom firmware that does end-to-end encryption of calls... I've been wanting to do that for a while for fun. - Matt
I will use the money to help me get to OSCON. - Mike Canzoneri
I will buy an iMac for my local school who only have PCs ... boo. www.woolastonschool.com. They currently do basic animation with PCs but I would like to get some of the older kids using iStopMotion, FCP and possibly Motion also. Would be an honour to spend ALL the money on this. - Nick Pearce
Was laid off a month ago from my job at one of the big 4 record companies. In this down economy, seems like a good time to start a new business. I'd use the cash to help get my new business started. - SJ
Ha! Joined friendfeed just to win this! - Solomon King
I'll buy a new computer for my wife... now that she's a blogger and podcaster, I can't do anything on my computer anymore! Then I'll get a decent shared network storage device that makes a lot of sense for my expanding network. - Chuck Stanley
A chunk to charity and a chunk to fund some development on some crazy web thing I am cooking - Nigel James
$1,750 would go a long way in Africa! That's like 8 months salary for my small team! - Solomon King
I believe I would take a vacation to the Keys. - Ryan Dadey
Or wait, I could get two decent laptops for my developer and tech support guy! - Solomon King
I'll do my part in stimulating the housing market! I'm buying a house in a couple of months, and savings for the down payment. An extra grand or so would allow me to stop doing some work for other people, and focus on doing work for myself in the way of publishing my ideas, and creating web-apps that would be useful. Reading your blog posts has really got my excited to share my thoughts and ideas with the web. - Jim Rubenstein
I'm wondering if this is a test to see if FF can handle a few thousand comments in a short amount of time. May the winners enjoy what they get. - Matt Silva
I would continue my educational pursuit of an IT degree. Plus buy a few Xbox 360 games! Awesome way to use FF Robert! ;-) - Carlton Hackett
I'd buy the iPhone tablet that's being announced today. Good gosh, I hope it comes out today! - Robert Hinojosa
I'm looking for a new camera. I've been trying to take pictures of my son's Scout troop and swim team with an old Canon G3, and it's a real struggle to get any decent pics. I'd love to pick up a 40D and a lens or two. - D. Lambert
I would send my parents on a vacation and I would buy my wife a NEW HD Tivo - Andrew Yeager-Buckley
Debt reduction? - Lenny Post
I run a small business with two brands http://www.GeekLoot.com and http://www.PodGizmo.com, I will use the money to advertise on blogs and facebook. - Mike Down
Pretty cool news. I love this kind of capitalist competition. I've been reading your blog for about a year and I'm glad you're using it more now. I'm a college student, I think I would use the money I win to start a site which rewrites the Constitution and basically the entire American governmental system in a wiki, user-edited style. I've got a url that isn't taken picked out, and I just need some money to startup and learn html all the rest of that stuff. - Brian Wilson
Hello Robert, I will use the money to help create a web startup which will allow you (and other people of course) to use their fame and reputation to help promote other people who have talents, skills, experience, and a willingness to work, but who are not necessarily able to reach a wide enough audience on their own. The focus is to allow people who network with entrepreneurs to refer... more... - Ivan Lukianchuk
This is damn awesome, Robert! What would I do with some nice cash? I'd probably buy myself some new-to-me Canon camera gear, a lens or two (depending on price), and maybe some Alien Bees lights. Probably soup up my PC a bit more too. Either that, or just buy a MacBook Pro instead. At least that way I'd be able to edit photos and audio worth a damn haha.. :D I just REALLY need some extra money to be able to enable me to start doing what I love doing more, and a day-job less. :) - Lou
I'll use it to obtain my CISSP cert. There has to be a better way to reduce/eliminate these zombie bot-nets that are used for very bad activities! - Craig Macfarlane
Hello Robert, I would use to money to keep developing and expanding affordable wildlife photo workshops to some of the most amazing destinations in the US. You can see my last Yellowstone Winter Photo Workshop info here: http://wildnaturetours.com This workshop was very successful and managed to fit in both natural history of one of the most amazing places on earth with some spectacular photography (and video). I am in the processing of editing some of the content that will then be made available. Thanks. - Juan Pons
I would use the cash to buy some of the new netbooks with touchscreen to get some seniors online: grand parents deserve to enjoy the real-time web goodness too! - Mathieu Ayel
So with Scoble's latest post http://friendfeed.com/e... this thread is now closed. LAST! - sofarsoShawn
50D + Decent Lens, and a six-pack. - Than R
Donate it to charity - Allwin Agnel
I would use the prize money to stimulate the economy by purchasing a new MacBook Pro! :) - Matt O'Keefe
you are hardly last :P I'd use the money to put more down on a down payment for my first home :D - Jonathan
I'd help fund my husband's work on his first graphic novel and send his butt to Comic Con to pitch it to publishers :) The most empowering thing is to help other people reach their goals, and I like that this contest is all about that, so I'd pass that gift along. - Tiffany Monhollon
NIKON D90 for my wife... PS3 for me... the rest toward the house... - Jason Womick
Here's my entry. Thanks for the contest, Robert! - Paul Maez
hey Robert, great competition! I'd use the money to fund my startup creating mobile apps that offer powerful messaging possibilities, including gmail-style threaded messages for all kinds of networks. - Dirk
I'll use the money to pay for my certification in Cisco's Unified Computing System - Andrew Mitry
Good luck with the new direction, Scoble. - Mike Smith
I'd use the money to further my tech addiction. Too many gadgets, too little money...that's where you come in! - Paul Maez
I'd take my daughters to see their grandparents in Florida, upgrade to a (used) Intel Macbook, sign up for PHP training, and renew my NPR membership, Cheers, and thanks! - Jim Akin
I'm not going to even pretend that I would use it for charitable causes. A new MacBookPro and a 30 inch display. I'd then use it to start my development projects. - bjmac
Hey there, Robert. I'd use the money to finance my teeny-tiny iPhone game development company (basically a programmer and myself doing art and everything else). Cheers! - karchesky
I'd use the money to start my "LIFE IMPROVED" fund: personal use, philanthropy, and anywhere in between. The only stipulation is that it improves someone's quality of life. - Tamikka
Hey there Robert! I would use the money to either pay for my coming semester of college so I could actually finish....or I would upgrade some tech in my life (for example, acquire an HD video camera and various other tech for studio and/or podcast recording) - Gerardo R. Monreal Jr.
Oh man...new netbook, finally getting a smartphone, and renewing hosting on new blogs... Anything left after that will be split between my son's saving account (investing in the future) and probably the Dog's Trust charity. - Badger Gravling
How would I use the money? I need to purchase one of the new 24" iMacs to further my Design & Photography careers. - Herne
I will use the money to invest in myself and my future career. By that I mean make my side business of portrait photography into something more real and tangible rather than just a haphazard event. - Ryan
I would most likely spend the winnings on gifts for my daughters, a little something for my wife and (of course) a tech toy for myself. There's nothing more enjoyable than spending "found money". Cheers! - Kevin
Interesting idea, thanks! - Loïc Dumont
I will donate half to the local computers for kids program that helps underprivileged kids with access to to computers, education and the internet. It is a great program where soon I will be teaching parents about social networking so they can communicate with there kids in the same language. The other half, I'm helping pay for my wedding. - Chris Rippe
I would use the money for my ceramics art studio. Part of the money would go to setting up a live 24/7 multi-camera stream where people can watch and learn. - Greg Ashbaugh
You rule! - Happy
top o' the mornin' to ya - (from boston>austin!) - clewellyn
We're having our third child in July, so I'd use the money to re-do our upstairs. The office will be a casualty. - Tim Trentham
Robert, I just returned from a Alexandria Rotary (alexrotary.com) Board meeting. I am hoping to go on a trip to Tanzania to work on a school called Peace House (http://www.peacehousefoundation.org). Funding is the hold up for me as part will come from the Rotarian and part from our club. If I win, I am definitely going as the amount that I will likely be responsible for is $1,500-1,700. - Craig Mische
We are hosting an event to celebrate the International Creativity and Innovation Day (April 21 which is Da Vinci's b-day). It is the first event within a telco culture. I'd use the money to buy some creative tech prizes for the day like CS4, an entry level Wacom product, a mind mapping subscription, SXSW 10 pass, etc. - Krystal
I would use the money to put a dent in the mountain of cc debt I have from a couple of failed ideas that I've poured money into. - Joel
($1,750) - Open a phonebook, randomly pick a name, follow that person 7 degrees out. Each degree of separation tell that persons story through audio interviews, video, writing, and online media. We need to remember life is interconnected and everyone has a story. - Tim Shisler
Hi Robert. I'd use the money to help fund construction of a computer that will reveal the Ultimate Question to Life, the Universe and Everything. It's a small start, but then everything's small in the light of 10 million years... - Andreas Strothmann
Everything old is new again---make it green on St Paddy's Day! - Carolyn Baehr
I would probably buy the most expensive meal I ever had.(6000 Chicken Fajitas) - JC Lima
Thanks for spreading the wealth out Robert! As for me, should I win the money, I would first take my wife out to dinner (priorities!), and put what's left toward software to help me in my fledgling freelancing work. - Sam Hetrick
Hmm... A shot at $1,000 just for commenting? - HackingNeflix
First Comment: Awesome idea, great way to draw attention to a great conversation - Jason DeBoer-Moran
Second Comment: I would use part of the money to get my SxSW travel fund off the ground for next year. The other part I would put towards paying off my travel to ETech this year. - Jason DeBoer-Moran
Well, I fell in love this year and I'm saving money for an engagement ring. So I'll be using it for that! - Ben Pettit
My wife and daughter live in Ohio, and I took a career job in Virginia. It being difficult to sell a house in Ohio, I would put any and all moneys toward that goal. - Shawn Lockard
Sounds good to me - Austin Garrod
if i win the prize, I will spend my money to build a new and free web 2.0 web project (i will anounce it here) - Abdullah Özgün
and with the money, i would probably invest in getting a new computer for me and the family, the one i'm using now is 7 years old and i could barely start it up to write this - Austin Garrod
Lost my job last year after 3 yrs and checked my 401K yesterday and had a whole $77 in the account. Will use the cash for the mortgage and training. Thank you! - David L. Crooks
I'll be using the money to fly to the bay area to see if it's worth it to quit my job and follow my dream. - Mike
I would use the $$ to kick my fledgling start-up into gear. Even without your money would love to talk to you about it. - Philip
Marketing at its finest! Excellent idea Robert. - Simply Boulder
Roll the cash, baby! - Wisdom Works
I'd give every cent to my mom, who is struggling with her mortgage, so she wouldn't get behind. - Andrew Green
Free internet access for a year! - ReeltimeDVD
Hey, you are always creative... - Ömer Faruk Kurt
Really not sure what I'd use it for. Probably bills, but most likely I'd see something shiny, realize I have $$$ in my wallet and just spend it :) - Hal Thompson
I'll use the money to fund my random venture over the summer. - Hung
I'll use the money to buy a DSLR and attempt to learn how to be a photographer - Ryan
I have no idea what I would do with the money, but it would likely end up in a project for my kids school.... - Samuel DeVore
I will take 750$ and use it for my project and I will give 1000$ part back to you for another contest. Maybe I can win it again... :) - Ömer Faruk Kurt
Student loans, here I come :) - Sigoya
Pay for my trip to Japan, as well as entry into a Ironman race! - Chris Lewis
Does FF pay you to get them users? - Thomas Amberg
If I could be chosen to receive the $1750, I'd give it all to Kiva.org to support women entrepreneurs who need technology to build their businesses. the condition is that you join me for drinks/dinner at Presidio Social Club. - Lydia Sugarman
I would use it towards the downpayment for a new house J - Eber Irigoyen
I will use the $1000 to create a quick prototype of a friendfeed like social network (of course better, but can't tell you the secret yet) and put aside $750 to hosting at mosso for the next 7.5 months. - Jeffrey Yan
yes please - Christopher Bell
No whammies! No whammies. STOP! - Michael Pearson
I'd use the money to make my commute much greener - either for a good bike or an electric scooter. Additionally, I would purchase through a nearby vendor so the buy is also helpful for our local economy. - Paul Marino
Hurrah for free money. If i won the money i would take my wife to paris disney as were both disney nuts and are feeling very broke and in need of a holiday. Anything i had left woudl go towards my macbook fund - Jamie Vidamour
My wife is going back to school to become a physical therapist and I'm trying to update my resume/portfolio in case I need to look for a new job in web marketing, and we need new computers to replace the 6 y.o. desktop and 3y.o. laptop that gets daily BSoDs. - Benjamin Lipsman
Half goes to Heifer International and half goes towards paying down personal loans. :) - Rylan
with that money we would hire 4 programmers for 1 month in eastern europe to develop a product that would change the world of e-commerce ;) - Alensa
I would use the money to pay one of my brother's bills. The tech sector in MN is not in good shape. - Matthew McCowan
I wouldn't mind the money, I would put it in my pool of cash that I'm growing for a startup. Thanks for giving the chance! - Tim Broder
I'll use half the money to help me and my family pay some bills and get a small breather from the recession. I'll donate the other half to the jQuery project to help foster more development of their projects like jQuery UI and to help with their infrastructure costs. - Ralph Whitbeck
I would like to pay some pending bills, also I would like to share the money with a cultural association here in Costa Rica - Víctor
I would use the money to makeup for market losses on March 16th - srinivasufeed
I would use the money to hire a designer to design a good looking website for a Jewellery store site that I'm working for my wife. She's currently using blogspot along with google checkout(http://lajouels.blogspot.com/) and has being asking for a website for ages. - Praveen
I will fund my childrens picture book startup (http://www.memetales.com) and have 1. one of my cool illustrators create a super cool illustration of you or 2. have one of my writers include you as a character in one of my picture books. 2 cool offers - personalized just for YOU!! Imagine that !! You pick 1 or 2. (picking both would probably cost me as much as the prize money ;)) - Maya
With either of the prizes I would put a tiny bit away, and use the rest to buy some film equipment/time to finish my series about artists in the DC area called "The Form Appears". I'm guessing I should write something here about give the money to a non-profit doing amazing work for the planet, but honestly, it would just be used for my own artistic needs. - Emmett
I'd create the Scoble Blogger Scholarship. I'm just getting established as a pro blogger. I would use the money to invest in my business to take me to the next step. I would pledge to double the money this time next year and make it available to another blogger in a similar position, with the proviso that they would also continue to pay it forward. - Mike Cliffe Jones
probably would use it to knock of a bit of a 30k hospital bill. Or decorate my 5 yo daughters room. Nah .. definitely the room, if we can get the house lol - vanweerd
I'd get my 15 seconds of internet fame, and laugh at my fortune. I would not forget the little people. - Viajero
If I win, I'm going to donate the money to SproutPoint, a local non-profit org that helps business people refine their business plans, and seeds them with investment capital. The only way out of this recession is if we rebuild the economy with hard-working entrepreneurs. - Rob Stevens
I'd use it for a new MacBook, which of course I would use to spend lots of time following @scobleizer on twitter, friendfeed, and anything else - Chris Brakebill
though I should note I'm not as obsessive and creepers of a follower as that made me sound. just love the good content @scobleizer puts out - Chris Brakebill
Thomas: I am not paid by, nor compensated by friendfeed in any way. I push friendfeed because it's the best service out there. Period. - Robert Scoble
This must be the all time record for comments! Great idea. - Victor Ryden 美久太阿
i'm in for the $1k. i haven't read all the comments, but my two cents says give one of the other amounts to margaret! - Scott Sorheim
would use the $$ for much-needed computer upgrade - b Anthony
In case you're not following me yet on FF, find me here. - Scott Mace
Robert, agree with FF being the best service out there. Thanks for promoting it and thus getting more people involved and more great content shared and commented on. :-) - Kol Tregaskes
I will pick today's winner with http://www.random.org live on http://www.ustream.tv/studio at 4 p.m. Austin Time (2 p.m. Central). - Robert Scoble
A new fire hoop I would buy. - Donovan Watts
I would probably use the money on a family vacation (or at least an upgrade to a family vacation). - Andrew Gorohoff
Great contest. I'm in. - Patrick Jordan
Wondering if this has broken a record for most comments on FF. /random comment - Rachel Walden
Friend feed should have a back to "topic", if the comments are huge like for this thread. :) - Swaroop
Will the winner need to contact you right away? Because I won't be able to watch at that time or anything. - Chris Charabaruk
@Rachel It hasn't. There's at least one thread with more comments. http://friendfeed.com/search... - Chris Lasher
If you choose me, I ask that Rackspace donate's the money directly to OLPC. Enable everyone! - David Lynch
Chris: no. I'll post the winners on friendfeed and have them email me. - Robert Scoble
If it's not too late, I'd love the extra funds; both sons need dental work and the employer's dental coverage is pretty slim. - Jill O'Neill
If I win, I would use the money to go see my son and granddaughter. - Sandra
Wow, Robert, this thread is incredible! I would use the money to pay for some improvements to my home and to pursue a nonprofit idea I'm trying to grow. - asiriusgeek
Count me in! Well ,I'll order Kindle 2 and plan a vacation to Europe! - Krishnamoorthy
If I win second prize, I will send money back to you! :) - Vlad Rafeev
With $1750, I'd repair the windshield on our 2000 Impala and then pay off the remaining debt on our "overdraft protection" credit card. - Daniel J. Pritchett
This is great! I've been working on helping very small businesses (pizza shops, dry cleaners, bowling alleys, etc) use SM tools to promote with very little overhead. A lot of shops have gone out of business recently because they didn't know how to promote outside of the Yellow Pages. If I were to win, I'd use the money to help these businesses with some basic costs like reprinting a menu to mention their facebook fan page, some hosting for a blog or a webcam. I don't charge for my services. - Dave Ferrick
Robert, the $1000 would be nice, but having you visit my site plexav.com to see a demonstration would be even better. - Kenneth Stein
My wife and I are a statistic, but we break the trend. We were "friends with benefits" in college and she got pregnant. I married her. Not because she was pregnant but because I realized that's what I wanted all along. This June we will have been married 9 years and we have 4 amazing sons between us. For our anniversary this June I want to re-propose to her and tell her I want to renew our vows for our 10th anniversary the following year. I love her so much and it's time she has some proper wedding photos! - George Clingerman
How I would use the money: I would have Robert donate the money to a charity, to be decided later. Or perhaps to low income student athletes in California who may have to 'pay to play' this year due to budget cuts. - Rodfather
Hmm. I haven't got a sob story that would make anyone sob on my behalf. And yet I would like to take your money, Robert, so very badly. If I were to win, I would be tempted to use the money for a good cause but ultimately, after putting away money for taxes, I would end up spending the remainder on fripperies and possibly airfare someplace that is not here. I would have a very good time (but nothing illegal!) and might even send you a post card. Or in your case, a tweet. I could do both, I suppose. - Carolyn Jewel
Hello Robert. If i win i'll use the money to hire a coder to create part of the platform for www.chartempire.com. - Frangino Lucarini
I'll donate the money to Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) food pantry in St. Louis, which has also become a facility that provides medical / vision care and training (in addition to feeding several thousand people each week) in the most hard-pressed neighborhoods in the metro area. We'll then use the money to improve the OLPH infrastructure (basic stuff - network switches, nics, etc.) that supports that medical / vision care, as well as the training. The labor is donated by local tech entrepreneurs. - Bob Lozano
With $1750 from @scobleizer, I'd pay for a little freelance graphic work to get the redesign of http://wiredjournalists.com rolling. - Ryan Sholin
Many people are saying they will donate to charity and this kind of stuff, but I will be honest. I will use about 150 to buy a new printer - I really need it for college, it is a pain to ask my neighbor to print stuff all the time. 450 will go to 6 months of my grandma's medicine fund, so I don't have to worry about it. The rest I will probably save to buy a Palm Pre when it comes out or something cool and amazing. - Kiko Cherman
I would use the $$ to make a dent in the pile of debt that is looming over my head and making my life hell!! Not a very exciting use of the money... but getting out of this debt would make a BIG difference in my life!! - Meredith
With $1750 I'd finally get a laptop that wasn't owned by an employer. - Richard Byrne
To my new FriendFeed friend - always remember: "a friend in need is a friend in deed" but a "friend with money is the friend we need" - Huw Pendry
There's only one thing that's been on my mind that the money could go towards: An Open Source Command Center which will be named "0pie: Reb0rn". The current 0pie isn't doing so well, with a 40lb monitor that flickers in a way that really seizes you, and RAM that was considered top of the line when Megabytes were the highest feasible unit of measure. However! 0pie: Reb0rn will surpass... more... - David Wynn from fftogo
I'd buy something nice, like a vacation, for my mom. - John Piekos
I have a feeling this just made me an accesory to a crime. - Steve C
Nice! I would add the money to what I'm saving to buy a garage for my house. - Orville Chomer
I would GIVE the money to my former admin who's husband is hospitalized awaiting a heart transplant. - Bob Stewart
Hi Robert. Not one person above me said PLEASE I would like 2 win because........ can I remind everyone that manners cost nothing so may I be the first to say please count me in to your generous offer and Thanks - garth
I would give my fiance the money so she could register for real estate training. - Ryan
I would use the money to help buy monitors and computer to have a good setup to kickstart my graphic design freelancing career. I'm very poor and won't be able to afford it for YEARS. - courto
A thousand bucks is plenty. How would I use it? First I'm going to get myself a Flip Mino HD that I read about on your blog. I'm running the Mexico City Marathon in August and that Flip looks the perfect way to record my effort! I'll even get it in custom colours to match the Marathon blog I'm doing! That takes care of $200. Another $300 will get me the Canon SX1 instead of the SX10 I'm about to buy. The rest will go to the charity I'm raising cash for by running the marathon. - Gary
I'm from Costa Rica, I'm Sculpture from UCR, in case you think on me, I'll use that money to help me and my friends to get tools and work materials, maybe you can get some of our sculptures in spirit of fairness! :) - Mauricio
Hope everyone here for the money sticks around for the people! I would love to win the money - I would buy my first Mac ever, the new Mini looks amazing! Pick up a Kindle and some books and pay for our family vacation before the new baby arrives! I will also renew the domain and actually write on my secret identity's parody site. DM Tygerdave on Twitter if you need to know the site before you decide :) Thanks for doing this and pluging friendfeed at the same time! - David Knight
I would use the money to buy a new lens or two for my Canon - Marcus McCurdy
It's very generous of you to do this giveaway Robert! I'd use it to help keep my wife's new law practice wiith some additional marketing. She just got set up in her little office but is still working on building the business. She does Immigration law. Her Twitter handle is @mainstlawyer. - Jesse P. Luna
i am in! i would use the other money to promote a new online project that i am working on that deals with the graphic design. thanks. - Ethan Bodnar
Hi, i'm Jose Daniel from Costa Rica, i work in web programming. I hope win the money to start a little personal projects. By the way, in this moment i have not job so would be nice the prize :) - Jose Daniel
I would use the money to start a company in my spare time - John Munro
I'd use it to help pay for my wife's medical school expenses - loans topping $250k... - Dave
If I win the $1750 I will buy me a Nikon D300. - Philipp Mertens
Want to create great conversation? Start giving stuff away! I would use the money to finally finish my iPhone development project by hiring some graphic designers to customize graphics for the program and then release it via a Scoble announcement! - Matthew Strickland
If I win the money I would use it to continue my studies in Reiki healing and teaching, so I could assist in healing people in these tough times. - Louise
Robert, if I win, I'll give half to the Charity Smackdown cause I'm supporting, Stand Up To Cancer (see: http://charitysmackdown.com/team_SU... ). The rest will help 'stimulate my local economy' - food from the green market, some purchases at local stores, probably pay the plumber to fix something that's been on the list for a while. - Howard Greenstein
Hey Robert- Thanks for the offer and I gladly accept the possibility of winning! Normally I am a giver and have been all my life, but this time, due to my financial situation, I have to be a receiver. So I would share the money with myself. But that will help along the road to be able to give back again. It's all good! Thanks to you for being a giver! - Candace Davenport
Congratulations. You made me log into FriendFeed this week. - maczter
Sweet. Free money! I'll take me some. - Jason Packham
With $1750 I'd use it to travel to California and try to get my startup in Y Combinator. Even if I don't, $1750 would be enough to fund my business in Mexico for 3 months! - Mariano
I'd use the money to jumpstart my new pseudo teleportation company. Details on the concept can be found here: http://pushingthepulldoor.blogspot.com/ - Rick Popko
You could just be my destiny! - Alejandra Luthmer
Robert, I'll use the $ to take a trip to SF to meet YOU! if you take me up on it I'll pay you for a few minutes of your advice :) - Francois
Robert, thanks for sharing... I'll take the money and give it to the hard working developers (2) of our Startup www.kontexto.com They deserve a bonus and due to the economic times and our need to be frugal we haven't given anyone extra $. These guys deserve a little extra for all their hard work behind the scene - David http://friendfeed.com/dclarke - David Clarke
If I win the money I will (1) give some to family members in need, (2) purchase a computer for myself (using a very, very old one), (3) save some for the future and (4) fund some acting career necessities, i.e. classes, etc. Thank you for this opportunity!!! - Cynthia Fellowes
You are very generous to be doing this. Ignore the haters!!! - Cynthia Fellowes
I'd buy an iphone to start doing dev work for cross platform (bb, symbian, etc) apps. - Ben Vear
If i would win id buy as many good engineering books as i can find ( The art of electronics, the art of computer programming, blodgett), Buy some propper tools like a good soldering iron, power supply, occiloscope and a microcontroller programmer, get loads of components and start learning to make cool electronics stuff. - Pim de Groot
i'd donate it to my dad's after school/summer program for inner city kids in toledo, kids unlimited. http://www.kidsunlimitedtoledo.org/ - john
I'll buy the arcadexl.com website on sale on sitepoint and then donate the adsense earnings to my Kiva account - Dave Nixon
If I won, I would use it to be able to get some of the gear that I've been looking at and try to learn how to develop on it. I've been trying to piece together the parts to be able to build a smaller linux computer to do what the droboshare does (the drobo's not as interesting if you're technically minded). As a student, that gear's hard to come by. - robbie nakamura
I would give up $1 greasy McChicken sandwiches and bump up to $2.50 Subway sandwiches--this might help me make better decisions--you know, more veggies for better brain power. :) - exoticat
When will it be Announced? - TheHenry
Congrats & Thanks for getting me started with FF !!! - sathya
Love it. I'd like to buy the world a coke> - Ben
Good Stuff! I do like the XML API - definitely a universal interface. - Terza
I'll pay a UI person to work on my pet project, i suck at it. - mehdi
If I win, I'll stimulate the economy by hiring someone to fix my roof. - Roy Jacobsen
I'm ready. I could use it to pay for ridiculous prescription costs. - Jen (SquirrelGirl)
For $1750, a Kindle 2, some e-books to go with it, and maybe a nice Canon lens. :) - J Wang
If I won the money I would buy a HP MediaSmart home server. My wife and I just got married, and suddenly we have gigs and gigs of photos and videos that we want to keep forever. The idea of automatic, incremental backups gets me all aflutter. I love technology that makes life easier :) - Tony Fendall
I'd give $750 to my Fav charity, Mobile Loaves and Fishes, @MLFNOW, and Split the $1000 between my two children to start a college fund. - Karen
I could come up with no good reason - except that I probably would get myself the Wii and one more console and probably a NAS server - the rest (f anything remains) can go to some charity. Oh and get a drobo too if I can:) - Brijesh
I would use it to upgrade my teenage son's Mac and camera equipment for his stop-motion Lego movie. - MaDBooM
I would celebrate the crash of the GBP against the USD as I convert it over to spend in Harrods - Emma Dunstone
I will get myself a new laptop that doesn't take 10 minutes to start up, and by the way I'm a teacher that taught four sections of a "Thinking and Writing: A Blog of One's Own" at a state college, using (among other readings) your Corporate Weblog Manifesto and Scobleizer--I want to equip myself to further use social media for fun and education. - Tracy Mendham
I will spend the money on my wife and mother of our young kids. A day of pampering at a spa, new clothes, nice meal, etc. - Clif Mims
Robert, I would use the money to but my 17 YO daughter her first car....or at least a down payment on one.. Nothing fancy, just something to get around in. - Nick
I would use the money to buy a decent server and some memory upgrades for the Linux Lab we are setting up at a local community center. It's all donated hardware and will be used for computer literacy in the underprivileged North Charleston community. http://www.csclug.org/... - Dan T
A handful of Nikon SB-900's - chris tirpak
I believe in randomness :D, so if I get your money I will buy a "random" airplane ticket to a "random" country and blog about it - dimi3limb
Buy a used Canon 5D and a decent lens - Alain Breillatt
Hello! I'll take that money and buy half a laptop. - Anthony
I'd invest it in my startup - MixedInk! - Vanessa Scanfeld
I would tithe to Kiva and use the rest for my startup (change the world, baby!) - Toby Hede
What do we get for pointing out that you didn't follow your own rules? Made fun on of twitter? http://twitter.com/tefflox ! - Jesse Crockett
Attention addict. Nice one. - Tom Beardshaw
Is that your diagnosis, Dr. Beardshaw? - Jesse Crockett
$1,750 would be great to put toward training for leadership training: http://klemmer.com/worksho.... I'm launching a business to train rookies on using social media and more advanced users how to tie it all together. This training on leadership is to equip me to better serve them. - Courtney Engle
i have a great idea for a twitter reader, but dont have the money or coding skills to build it, btw congrats on the new job scoble, cant wait to see the new site/content - patrick
Looking forward to more Scobleizer blog posts soon. Are you going to be able to keep up your blog with the new Rackspace gig? - Jack Nork
I can only wish you get more paid gigs :) I would use the money ( along with my small nest egg) to start a direct to doorstep solution/service company. - Mohan Ramkumar
Random wins! I'll jumpstart my freelance biz... - Derek Markham
I just want the $1000, and I'll finally buy a DSLR I've been craving for a while now. - Mike Estes
If I win I'll spend the money exclusively on a device that allows me to liveblog (videos, photos, etc) from my trip to Tahiti this year. This is my lifetime dream vacation, which is already booked, and I want to have a device that allows me to upload instantly (so, no computer in between, no transfer of memory cards and then upload, just straight upload!) anything and anytime I want to :) Of course, it must be able to allow me to follow up comments from people who check it :) - Vitor Spencer
Robert, I'll use it to contact as many local/national government as i can. :) Building an app that allows citizens to help each other fill out those god-awfull form's, by implementing a Forum style plug-in on the webpages of local and national government bodies. I'd use it to take time off from the dayjob and convince as many municipalities and agencies of my plan! - Tom
OMG Tom, brilliant freaking idea. I have a notebook full of forms for my aged parents and trust me, the gov really needs to get into this century, such as programs talking to other programs and not so much repeating of information. - Janet
Robert, I'd give the $$ to a friend of mine in California who is down on his luck, got laid off from the school system, lost his house, and has kids to support. He has finally decided that the only recession-proof job in California is to become a wildfire firefighter, but is in desparate need of some bridge cash until he gets his certification in June. His family is living in a friend's... more... - Marc Monplaisir
wtf! I'm upset at the possibility of someone getting scammed here. - Suvarshi Bhadra
Well how can you resist an offer like that. I will use the money to help my sister who is struggling to pay for her last semesters in college so she can get her degree. - Andromeda Edison
mmm..... donuts! - Adam Lasnik
I would go with Jess Lee's cause, UNICEF - Pico Seno
Joining! - yannick
i'm in - stanescu adrian
btb, where's the original cisco data center post? - priyanhere
CIAO Robert! I'm ready to win :D - lyonora
is it too late? here i am, however! :) - Alessandro
kadir my friend the game is over :) I mean the contest is closed, someone else get the prise, may be an other time, good luck. - abdellah
I'd probably buy a nightstand for my wife, since she wont let me buy a laptop unless there is a stand to keep it on. - mka
I'd use the money to send my older daughter (8yo) to The Country School Farm summer camp. http://www.tcsfarm.com/ - Shad Aumann
Thanx for this hope u gave us first of all. I use the money for a laptop or macbook because my computer is killin me. But to be honest im not really expecting to win anything.Im tired of hoping and losing even this kind of comment & win style events always..Anyway thanx a lot again.. - Bilal
If I win the $1750 I will buy me a new pc :) thanks. - Oğuzhan Başar
hacı bizim para vardı ne oldu o ? bu kadar yorumu okutma bana. kazandıysam el salla. - ahmet
12 saat oldu. ne mektup geliyor ne haber senden, söyle de bileyim bıktın mı benden :) - ahmet
I'd use the money to set up a comfortable home workspace. - Ian Yang
Wow, Robert, I'm ready to win. For $1000, this will be enough to start my personal iPhone App Dev studio; For $1750, this will be enough to start both iPhone App Dev and Android Dev studio :-) - Yingfeng Zhang
spend the money create another friendfeed. - xia
new friendfeed?twitter? oh,I will send some special gifts to you from China,Robert,if I win the $1750 .haha ,I am not kidding. I really like the friendfeed. - 老巫
for SanGu.me!!! - hugh
Never mind the money – you frieinds just feed me more religion! - kelvin
嘿嘿,from china - loading...
Random. $ to Haitian Clinic. 4 chances 2 win. http://tiny.cc/6JZfi - Douglas Hopkins
I just sent out the checks. Thanks everyone! - Robert Scoble
I won!!!!!! - Micheal
I'd get a new macbook and a mac mini for myself, buy a little something special for the girlfriend, and save the rest for my summer in NOLA and grad school - Chris Brakebill
Good luck everyone. Spread the love and the money :) - Nir Ben Yona
You're nuts... anyway I'd use the money to buy a new porch... or perhaps go to Velocity (not sure my boss won't think 3 days if San Jose is too much like a holiday - I know get a new boss) - Andy Davies
So, with Roberts money I'd pay down a debt & buy a domain/hosting for a web app I'm building to try and earn some more $. Thnx Robert. - Mr K from Nambu
My one comment - money would be used for a mouth make-over. - Randal
I'm in, as for the reason should I not win the random drawing, pc parts and save the rest for the new iphone. - Michael Breslin
THIS CONTEST HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR A WHILE. THE PRIZES HAVE ALREADY BEEN HANDED OUT. CONGRATULATIONS to everyone. But this is now closed. - Robert Scoble
Robert, perhaps putting that notice in the first comment or the original message itself might be even better. - Chris Charabaruk
If I had my druthers, I would get my wife a new set of hooters. But, since my wife thinks most of my ideas are juvenile and self serving, I'll end up saving the money or something responsible. - Demian Vonder Kuhlen from Nambu
How would I use the money...hmmm well my wife wants to take the kids to Texas to see her sister or there are about a million home improvement projects that I have at home and at my parents - Brian Allen
I would use the money to buy my mom a basic laptop. I would hand-deliver the laptop and give her some basic lessons on connecting to free wireless (probably at her public library). Naturally, my internet instruction would include such basics as "beware strangers on the internet -- and some are stranger than most" and "even your dog is a celebrity on the internet" and "blackmailing neighborhood teens via facebook and myspace". - JoJo
I need money, I used to be a stick-up kid / So I think of all the devious things I did / I used to roll up--"this is a hold up; ain’t nothing funny / Stop smiling, and still! don’t nothing move but the money"... - Uche Ogbuji
I will happily take your money. Most will go to a good cause. Okay, all of it will. Me :-) ---> - Robert Kenney
I would like to win the money in order to use it to cover the remaining $1,250 I will owe Drexel University after scholarships and federal loans, Fall '09. - Andrew Leahey
Tuition. 'Nuff said. - Kevin Mohr
Brilliant! I love watching the social experiment evolve... I'm a pro photographer dreaming up my next career as a content producer. I would use my winnings as a piece of the cost to purchase a Red camera. http://www.red.com/epic_sc... - Michael Angelo Truncale
ололо! =) - penguin
give it to a little girl going to school who need it. - Can Turanlı
I"ll use the money to buy two airline tickets from NY to SC so that both of my granddaughters could come to stay with me for the summer. If anythings left over, I really could use an external hard drive. - Leigha Baer
epic thread - nm
I'm in, winnings will go towards a new Mac Pro. - timepilot
What would i do with $1,750? Pretty simple. I will establish a limited in Hong Kong and a branch office in Taipei. This would give me a visa and work-permit for Hong Kong and Taiwan and the blogosphere the chance to get always the hottest hands on and news from the Netbook and mobile computing hot spots in Asia. So yeah, i would use the money to establish a company in Hong Kong and i would even send you copies of all the documents and let you know about the success of it.;) - Sascha Pallenberg
i would buy a Mac, so i could be cool, too ;) since the contest is over, i'm afraid i have to stay uncool :( Or buy an HP.... :) - Marco Schmidt
I'll donate $1,750 to Austin Free-Net, which teaches Austinites with limited means how to use the Internet to improve their lives (find jobs, get healthcare information, stay in touch with family ...) www.austinfree.net - John Sirman
What a good idea for a survey. :) - Technical Support
I will start my phone system support website to deliver cost effective dialing and installation for small to medium business that needs a break from their local phone company. - Technical Support
This is a poll :) - CantorJF
.With the prize i think i can donate more then half for charity to People of Abruzzo that are victims of Earthquake in italy, then pay hosting of website for another year and buy a 2nd-hand reflex... I'm Sincere, and sincerly i know it's near to impossible to win, but for sure will be the best thread ever :) - CantorJF
Did you make a bet with Michael Arrington for $4,500 that you would get 1000+ replies on Friendfeed to prove him that people do use this? i would pay of debt - the best investment. - CJPhoto
We are three 20 somethings who have been working on a web start-up here in Seattle for the last 18 months. We've taken a salary at less than $2,000 per month for this whole time to make this work, we are that passionate that the idea will impact the Food Industry. Building a B2B platform for the food industry that is one part business, one part networking, two parts sourcing with the potential to integrate the social web with Food Manufacturers. The money would tie us over to round 1 of funding. - Matthew Wall
Hi Robert. Great contest. i would give the money to our local animal shelter. I went in there a few weeks ago and saw their desperate need for cat litter and dog supplies - Mike
I would use the money to start building a photography business. - Evan Travers
Happily commenting for $1k and use the other money to go Zorbing in New Zealand with my Flip Mino recording the man-girl scream coming out of my face. - Dutch Driver
I'd buy a FriendFeed Pro account - Pat Hawks
Some much needed financial assistance for our wedding in 2 months would be great! :) - Shmoe
The winners were announced here: http://beta.friendfeed.com/scoblei... - Robert Scoble
a Comment ;-) - Allen Harkleroad
I would pay for my daughters summer and fall college tuition with the winnings. - Allen Harkleroad
I'm amused that people are still commenting on this, saying what they'd do with the money, when the contest is long over. - Rochelle
maybe he has more money still! - Iphigenie
Should I win the money would be donated to the Janesville, WI food pantry which has been hit hard with the GM plant closings. Too many children and adults (and their pets) going to sleep hungry. - Dave Martin
I would use the money to follow in your footsteps and purchase a camera for how-to and web related videos. - Damond Nollan
Yay, I like free money! Give some to me. - tabbr
Wow, as I leave my comment, there are 1,510+ comments ahead of me. I would get a digicam so as to be able to interview peeps around town and upload to the Special Sections portals. Create community, let voices REALLY be heard. - Denise
SORRY TO BURST YOUR BUBBLE EVERYONE, but it's over. Robert already announced the winners A MONTH AGO. http://beta.friendfeed.com/scoblei... - Chris Charabaruk
To Tweet or not to. I will use the winnings to purchase a Netbook so I can finally have a mobile computer for class. My Dell died 2weeks outside warranty. I'll also use it pay down my Charter Bill. - Arawak
If I win the Money I am going to buy a 60 inch pioneer plasma. - John Wood
The money will most definitely be used to pay bills. And buy food. I'd also probably but a secondary monitor for Friendfeed. Real-time is real neat. - Matthew
So, where is the money? - Özkan Altuner
I am in! I will use this money to invest in a small social media project that I am doing geekscene.tv! - Frank Da Silva
Mr. Mack: This is a good target. "1513 more comments" and 400 likes. - Steve and 4 other people
allright.i know i'll win this: ) - umut
Pick me Robert, pick me! I promise to give it all to KIVA.com *and* match it with my own money. - Joseph
Why me? I promise to give it all to KIVA.com (or Charity:Water or Gates Foundation) *and* match it with equal amount of my own money. - Joseph
Rebuild my circa 1999 website, get logo redesigned, build it out and link to anywhere my investor wishes. Build in more social media tools, perhaps Y!OS and G's Friend Connect. - Mike Valentine
There's no way to win anything with this huge number of people , but thanks mr .Robert Scoble for this quiz . - ahmed nabil
I was wondering that, too...who won? - Thebluestbutterfly from email
This was over a long time ago. I gotta dig the winners out again, sorry. - Robert Scoble
Would love to spend your money on my credit cards and my wife!!! - Brady
if I win, I would buy Ads on scobleizer.com - Alex Sauceda
Okay, I'm commenting. :D - amygeek
IT'S OVER PEOPLE. March 14, yo. - Josh Haley
i think the confusion about this post lies in the inability for FriendFeed to appropriately show a date and time stamp on each comment. I just figured it out that you have to scroll the mouse of the comment bubble to see the date and time stamp of the comment... they should make it more visible. - Jason Pollock
If I won, I'd give the money to donorschoose.org because it's obscene that in the US, public schools don't have money for pencils & paper. & my employer would match the donation. & I'd get a nice little tax writeoff for myself. :D - amygeek
You are a developer's dream beta tester ! Way to push a system to its limits ! - Benoit Cazenave
This giveaway is over. Has been over. Ugh. - Mattie Kenny
This makes a Thursday that much better. I would use the money to fly myself and the family back home to throw my son his first birthday party. =) - Robert de Castro
That's certainly a cynical strategy for getting comments... but I love cynicism! How will I spend it? Sending my GF and I back to DisneyWorld! - Ciaoenrico
buy a new cleaner/envirmnt friendly car - Harscoat
No impressive story on how I would use the money... buy one netbook and put the rest against my credit cards. It's tough times! - Jan Ole Peek
I'd use the money to fund my son's mission - http://billy.soistmann.com/ - Bill
Money is great! - Fred Hsu
I would use it to pay Obama's tax increases. No spend it to stimulate the economy. No pay new taxes on health insurance. Naw, buy a Mac or I-phone. I-phone, friend feed hard to use on the Dare. 10% to charity though. - wowfreeze.blogspot.com
Put in my children's college fund. - wowfreeze.blogspot.com
Is this the record for the most comments ever? I'll use the money to replace the lens that was stolen by a United employee at ORD on the way from SFO. I will invest the remainder in stocks; if I show profit, I'll hold a similar contest to give away the profit. - Hiro Asari
I'd use some of the money to get my 4 year old into music class. Its not super expensive but beyond my reach right now. Neither myself or his mother are musically inclined at all. But he is. - Capn' One Eye - adrift
============= with the money, Il register a lot of domains, and not only .com ! I'l start new websites, new web app services. I want at least one of them to be that BIG one. I have an idea. Just not that money. :] ......... If money enough, Il commission userscripts, to facilitate internet browsing in general ! ....... I'm open to share in the results. ================ - pb:
If you still reading it means you did not like any of the 1575+ comments here. This is a very good reason to pick me. Second comment about what I am going to do with this money; probably will go to a holiday, order a champagne and remember you. - Jacque
I have to comment again now. - Mattb4rd
is this still running? - Zee.
I WOULD LIEK TO SPEND THE MONEYS ON ALEX AND BUY HIM MONSTER CABLES - Akiva
probably buy a lense for my D90 to take some pictures of the baby that is due in june. - Zach Scott
OK, I won't. - John Craft
Sure. - امیر؟
up - eksi21
hacı biri özet geçsin - eksi21
dedim bu ne ameka.. - radres
you wrote nobady NOT COMMENT :) - Davit Channa
Is it over? - CarlC
It's over when *I* say it's over. - Akiva
(It's over.) - Akiva
Posthumous bump - Iain Baker
Louis Gray
Building 43: What’s In It for Rackspace? - http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archive...
I think there is lots of potential for this collaboration. I know tons of people who have no idea what cloud computing is and they are folks that could really benefit from it. From the simple point of awareness and the potential new customers it could bring to Rackspace because people that follow Robert might get exposed to it that otherwise would not. Why it matters, how you can save money, how it can benefit small businesses and growing firms as well as freelancers with related needs. - Lyn Graft
Lyn: I'm just hoping to convince a few businesses to join the modern world, too. But there's some really good info out there. For instance, did you see the SEO thread the other day? http://friendfeed.com/search... Now let's dig in further. So many businesses don't even know the fundamentals so how are we to expect them to understand what Zappos is doing with Twitter? - Robert Scoble
Robert: Exactly. I'm talking to firms and individuals in Austin trying to explain some simple X's & O's and there is enlightenment and excitement while confusion and a feeling of being overwhelmed. I'll look a the SEO thread now too. I use Zappos examples often about Tony' twittering all the time & his followers, but I always preface it with the fact he has an unbelievable product/cust. service model that makes it work. Just adding twitter type SM isn't going to change the world. - Lyn Graft
I use Rackspace for hosting my website (and LOVE their tech support). I have a small business but to be honest I really don't fully understand how to utilize the "cloud". - Mike
Rackspace's move shows big clue about the future of marketing. And no-one can do it better for them than Robert. - Meryn Stol
Robert: I also like the fact that the very simple act of having to rebuild your blog is forcing you to go back and ask basic questions on the 'best' or optimal way to do things. I just started my own blog and it is fracking daunting all of the information, widgets, plugins, data, stuff you get exposed to. I saw Chris Brogan's "If I Started Today" post http://www.chrisbrogan.com/if-i-st... and though basic - things like this are very helpful to newbies. - Lyn Graft
Robert Scoble
Here's my MeeHive: http://www.meehive.com/home... personalized tech newspaper. I will upgrade it occassionally, but it's like TechMeme personalized.
I'm on 3g, so I'm not going to click through, but you mean like Netvibes or Google News? - coldbrew
coldbrew: it's sort of like that, but more like a personalized newspaper and it includes things like blogs and twitter too. - Robert Scoble
Kinda reminds me of what you guys were talking about on the gillmor gang the last time. How newspapers have that "browse through" value. This sorta has the same browse and put away value as a newspaper. Realtime feeds like friendfeed can be too much for some people and sometimes you just need to get a quick overview before you run out the door or on the train.. This might actually be good for that. interesting - Rasmus Lauridsen
Cool, here's mine: http://www.meehive.com/home... - loving it. You think I posted lots of ideas for FF? Ask MeeHive how many I posted them, hehe. ;-) - Kol Tregaskes
Thanks! The tech paper is an excellent source of information for me. - Stan Scott
Thanks for stopping by today! - Tracy
I am here: http://www.meehive.com/home... Robert, such a high user # you have! :) - Louis Gray
Ok. Now I have opened another 'thing to learn' in this whole meehive thing after seeing this post. Eye yi yi. Oh well. Seems pretty Fast & simple. Definitely will explore this. Thanks and no thanks. :-D - Lyn Graft
Is it possible to see more entries for "Recent News"? Right now, it seems to be fixed at 16 entries on the web. For the iPhone app, the number of news items in each interest is a lot higher. - Edmund Tay
Robert Scoble
My favorite video show, Peter Himmelman's Furious World is now live and on air at: http://www.peterhimmelman.com/furious...
And the chat begins. - Robert Scoble
You can chat with me live here: http://beta.friendfeed.com/scoblei... or on Peter's site. - Robert Scoble
Peter's show tonight is highlights of great music and guests. - Robert Scoble
Are you all enjoying the show? - Robert Scoble
I think we finally have some agreement :) - coldbrew
That was an awesome show. So much talent and diversity in what he is doing - all kinds of potential for where it can go - Lyn Graft
Robert Scoble
On my way to friendfeed. I wonder what they will show us?
Robert - have you looked into streaming your interviews via the iPhone ala Joelcomm new style he is trying out? - Lyn Graft
Are you going to take the 5D MKII for video? - Phil Hawley
can you ask them why they don't let us post to identica the same way we can push everything to twitter? identica uses the same api as twitter. - Christian Burns
Let's hear about some new features or tweaks ... or what [this] looks like from the inside looking out. - Amani
Hopefully they are learning from some of those cool new Facebook features. :P - Andrew Smith
Hehe. Hope it's good. Don't freak Kevin Fox out too much tho :) - Roberto Bonini
I hope you are streaming this! - Jay Neff
It would be interesting to know how they intend to combat Facebook, given how much Facebook is imitating FriendFeed recently. Facebook has a much broader audience. - Geoff Wilson
Phil: yup I have my 5D. - Robert Scoble
I want to know wht we can't publish an entire FriendFeed to a room, that would be very useful for aggregating people on a topic - Peter Kelley
when will you know Robert? - Zee.
Zee: sometime in next hour. Just arrived. - Robert Scoble
awesome, i'll stay up! :) - Zee.
take some video of cute Ana! - Pokai
sweet! - Jay Neff
Robert Scoble
If I deleted my Twitter account would a kitten die? I'm wondering cause more and more of my early adopter friends are moving to other services (I am watching).
Delete it. I showed the way and I have no regrets :-). I think it's the way forward. - Richard A.
Depends on if you can force them onto FriendFeed. Twitter has become a cesspool of spammers and celebrities, which is usually a sign that it's time for people to move on. - Mike Nayyar
other services like ? - Marco
What services are they using. - Sweyn Venderbush
What are the other services that they are switching to? - Jason
what are the other services? FF? other? - nrlaskey
Force them? It's not about forcing anyone to do anything, It's about whether you're still getting anything out of the network you're investing your time into. - Richard A.
No Kittens die. Most people will follow where you lead. - Russellreno
I'm not there yet, Richard. But I do note that Facebook is getting more interesting to the early adopter types I usually hang out with. - Robert Scoble
I'll use my mom's argument: "If all your early adopter friends jumped off a cliff, would _you_ jump off a cliff?" - Nick
Yes, I'd like to know what services too? And don't say FriendFeed :) - Michael Pilla
Why would you kill off that audience? At least keep it up with a pointer saying you can now be found at X. You know that if you delete the account, in 6 months, some blogger will write a story about how Robert Scoble doesn't get social media because he's not on Twitter and then it'll be the top story on TechMeme for at least a week. - Mark Trapp
which other other services are attracting the early-adopter crowd, Robert? Anything cool you can share with us? - Andrew Terry
Sure, no kittens would die. But I continue to find Twitter invaluable and more useful than FriendFeed. However, FaceBook is becoming more useful as a communications and stay-in-touch tool, especially for those with whom I share a relationship of some type. - Michael Krigsman
Nah, not friendfeed, although it's interesting that this comment is getting more engagement here than on Twitter. :-) - Robert Scoble
Facebook for the win. It is more interesting to me also. Amazing how they did that. - Russellreno
What are the other services??? - Jennifer Windrum
Michael: Facebook is the one I'm thinking of. It's coming on very strong with the types of people who made Twitter popular. - Robert Scoble
@Mike, I was thinking the same thing. We are early adopters (ok, some are earlier than me) and we enjoy the close nit friendships created and nurtured through small groups. - Damond Nollan
I think you should keep your Twitter account to follow the evolution of Twitter into FriendFeed, through all kind of bolt-on services like Twitpic and Twerbose ( http://twerbose.com/ ). - Meryn Stol
Trapp, because that audience is only interesting if you get it onto a more conversational platform where anyone can make sense of the conversation a month after it happened. Twitter makes that impossible. - Richard A.
this is the classic age old early adopter twitch, if you were a real early adopter you wouldnt be asking and you'd be gone already.. fear not however, where ever you go, the masses will follow - Dan Rockwell
Why delete it? To make a statement? Just abandoning it quietly is a better choice. - Brian Sullivan
Robert; If twitter was alive and well people would be chatting, not retweeting, they would be conversing with more than one tweet per day per person. - Richard A.
I'm liking Facebook much more since it's a direct FriendFeed copy, but it'll need to go asymmetrical to kill Twitter. - Steve Isaacs
I agree that Facebook is becoming more interesting. What I'd like though, is a version of Facebook that doesn't allow any of the really stupid applications. I'm sick of getting poked, hit with a pillow, being served fake beers, etc. - iTad
Dan: I was a big Facebook user right around when the Platform came out. Then I moved to Twitter cause more of the people I liked to talk with were there. Now I notice the flow is headed back to Facebook and I'm not the only one to make that observation. - Robert Scoble
the day Facebook will share outward their status update, then it may kill everything else around.... i don't think it can yet. - Yann Ropars
@Robert: I suspect you've inadvertently validated why projects like Yammer and ESME should do well - 'your early adopter friends' says it all - it's about YOUR community, not everyone's. - Dennis Howlett
No, seriously...what other services? - Adam Gonnerman
I use multiple social networking tools. - Dan Krivolavek from twhirl
Robert: All my real life friends, and all those I trust are on FB, those I don't trust yet are spread to other networks for the moment. - Richard A.
Robert: I get why you want to make the personal statement, but given your new role at Rackspace I'd say you really have to be everywhere. - Ken Sheppardson
and, what's motivating your friends to move? Are other services offering features that Twitter lacks, or is it because they consider Twitter to be too mainstream/overcrowded now? - Andrew Terry
Yann: not yet, but Facebook is moving in that direction. - Robert Scoble
Someone's discovered the Real-time View :) - Richard Walker
Kayce, he wouldn't be moving ;-). He would simply be re-focusing on another service ;-) - Richard A.
Andrew: everyone has a different answer. Most of them say they must be on Facebook because their normal friends are there, but aren't on Twitter. Facebook is growing far faster (in terms of people) than Twitter is. Just passed 200 million users, while Twitter is at about 10 million. - Robert Scoble
i think facebook would be more interesting if they made all profiles public, ala twitter. The openness of twitter is really the win. If facebook can do that then I will consider seriously using it. - akeem adeniji
Richard W, I've been using the realtime view for weeks by now, or for a while anyway, I live in i. When I'm here. - Richard A.
I think that any process of "flow" between platforms isn't necessarily final, So I say : keep it. You may need to go back. - Iain Baker
Still a strong believer in Facebook for personal friends/family, Twitter for public engagement/networking. They work together. - Ian Mikutel
I think microblogging transcends the specific service you happen to be using. The interesting thing about Twitter is that it's a sort of lowest-common-denominator microblogging platform that makes for a good place for all of the various streams to dump into and/or a good starting point to feed into your other services. But focus will gradually shift from the specific service to the microblog stream as a whole. - Grey Drane
Twitter is mainstream now; usually indicates the demise is forthcoming - Tom Allinder
Akeem, there's no way I want my FB profile public. - Richard A.
What specific functions is Facebook enabling/offering now that are you seeing that is attracting the early adopters back & causing you to consider this? Is it much more than the feed & grouping? - Lyn Graft
Ian: that was Facebook of yesterday. Zuckerberg told me Facebook will have a public engagement piece too. This is very important for brands, celebrities, news organizations (which is where Twitter is getting its hype). But Facebook is far more engaging, especially now that they copied friendfeed's features (albeit not as well) and Twitter's river of noise. - Robert Scoble
Judy you're one person I would never follow on twitter in that case. - Richard A.
Scoble, just delete the thing and be done with it! Who cares if you have a place to land... you yourself recently jumped without a net and it turned out okay. Kill it. You'll sleep better at night. And I agree with Tad, fake beers are teh suk! - Jim: with more caffeine!
I am not so sure. Twitter is exactly good because it produces some noise. Noise good, since it allows one to be creative in filtering the information out. It gives much more room for chance than e.g. Facebook. If one bunkers into their peer groups, inspiration becomes a very hard thing to get by. - Mark Jacobs
@Richard how am I supposed to find you on facebook and to discuss similar things if we have never met and aren't in the same groups? - akeem adeniji
Jim: I had to check if a kitten would die first. :-) - Robert Scoble
do it maan... its da way forward :) - simran from twhirl
Robert, the difference is facebook is more like a village in outlook, there's a good chance many of your friends know many of your other friends. It's a much nicer and social community. We have a lot more freedom in what we post there. - Richard A.
@Mark - Exactly! - Grey Drane
I foresee Twitter usage reverting back to status updates, and the micro-blog moving to services with better conversation and filtering/grouping capabilities (like FriendFeed). - Daniel Sims
Sounds like a great example of jumping on and off bandwagons as they go by. You can post to Twitter from Facebook and vice versa. With Ping.fm. you can post to all the social networks you belong to and spend as much time in whatever platform you want. - Paul
I don't know if this matters to you or not, but I found Robert and others through Twitter. I "thought" I was connected and well read in the technology/web industry, but with Twitter (and now FriendFeed) I was introduced to a whole new world with new players. If you go back to Facebook alone, I'm afraid people like me would miss out on good people like you. Fortunately, I've subscribed to a great many of industry leaders' blogs, so I guess you can go anywhere and I would be fine, but there are others who. - Damond Nollan
I told you twitter managment would kill twitter ;-) :-) happy to see it's turning into a reality slowly. Of course this is only a problem for early adopters. - Richard A.
Paul: I watch engagement, not posting behavior. If you post a Tweet and no one is on Twitter to listen to it, did it really matter? - Robert Scoble
...haven't been fortunate enough to meet you. I say, do what you feel is best, but know you take a lot of folks with you. - Damond Nollan
Richard: I've been doing online communities since 1984. The normal people ALWAYS follow the early adopters. I can't think of an example where that was not the case. Early adopters used to be on Prodigy. We aren't anymore. Neither is anyone else. Same for CompuServe. Usenet. AOL. Etc. Etc. - Robert Scoble
This is how active twitter conversations would have been at one time, Hundreds of tweets on the topic, and you would have followed back many of these people as a result. It would have helped with meeting new people :-) - Richard A.
Next service to fall... Friendfeed? - Jordi Soler
Robert: What's your view on the current best replacement for Twitter? - Michael Krigsman
LOL at Robert. Did you land on a LOLcat? - Jim: with more caffeine!
Michael: there isn't yet a good replacement, although Facebook is definitely moving in that direction. - Robert Scoble
ability to tweak friend lists in FB allows de facto asymmetry - just create a "follow" list to see more of, dump all those you wouldn't follow onto a "view less list," drag and drop the more list to the top so FB defaults to it... - Todd Randolph
Curiously, there are 5 million comments here on FF, and I saw only 2 @ reply on Twitter...from @JMaultasch and @SashaKane...so far, FF wins as a forum where people participate (as opposed to sell). - Eric Matas
Todd, advantage of lists on Facebook is you can sort your friends according to geography and how you know them. Makes seeing the most relevant news easier as a result, doesn't mean you pay any less attention. - Richard A.
Eric: Why do you think I jumped from twitter to here? I came for the community. - Richard A.
Do you have a list of your early adopter friends? - Paul Sanchez
Twitter is morphing into many different business models (at an alarming pace) and the twitter feeds will continue to be the lifeblood in these new startups. - Whip
Why do we need to move on like this was a clubbing scene? I think Twitter has its place in the ecology, so has FriendFeed. I would feel most uncomfortable in relating to people I have not met in person on Facebook mostly. Once we go back there, we may as well call LinkedIn or Xing as the next big thing. - Mark Jacobs
Robert: Keep one thing in mind, all your twitter friends were imported onto Friendfeed the day you did that sync, as a result everyone is still followed, but on a different platform :-) - Richard A.
I just retweeted and searched...was the 3rd to retweet. Thought the cat part would grab more attention... - Eric Matas
Heavens no Scoble. - Roberto Bonini
Robert: Facebook just doesn't have Twitter's ability to easily sift and find interesting new folks in one's particular area of personal interest. That's what I *NEED* and Twitter does it excellently. - Michael Krigsman
No kittens would die if @scobleizer swam away from the fail whale. - Bernie Goldbach
I think your kitten would simply ask for a cheezeburger. While Facebook status is becoming more Twitter like, I've found myself using Twitter much more since the demise of Pownce (deep sigh). In my world though Facebook and Twitter are tools I use to connect with different audiences. FB I use primarily for connecting with real world friends, while Twitter is more about sharing info with Webdev/mktg peers. And I like that Twitter is less cluttered even though we're seeing more new spammy users. - Heidi Cool
Robert, are you sure about that? Do you really know how many times you have mentioned a service on Twitter or Friendfeed or your blg that didn't result in I or others going to that service to find out what it is all about? Adopting an app that you pointed to (e.g. Twhirl). If your measuring engagement by the number of people that respond directly to a post then you and other early adopters are sorely underestimating your reach. - Paul
I think Twitter still has quite a bit of use. FriendFeed never seemed to have pick up that kind of attention (though I wish it did - its great for conversations!) - Colin Charles from twhirl
I think the problem with friendfeed is with its interface... it's a pita - Marco
Paul: I know there's quite a bit of engagement on Twitter, but other services are going up while Twitter isn't growing so quickly. I track these things. - Robert Scoble
You mind sharing a few of the early adopters names :) - Paul Sanchez
Is this comment bait? :) I don't see any benefit to deleating your Twitter. Would you have chosen to delete your radio blog because you were moving on to wordpress? - Christian Burns
Robert, Would you please give some examples of services that might be better? - Andrew Pass
Marc: online communities are a LOT like the clubbing scene and that's exactly why some get more popular and others get less. - Robert Scoble
If early adopters did start jumping off a cliff, I'd be very interested in the cliff. - Eolaí gan Fhéile
Marco, only thing missing from Friendfeed is to see when people have commented to something you've said, then it would be much more useful. - Richard A.
Robert, just wondering: What kind of response do you get on Facebook on questions like these? - Meryn Stol
Meryn: not as strong because I haven't participated in Facebook for more than a year. I should try. - Robert Scoble
Twitter is much more like an index, without much real / meaningful conversation. Not to say that individual posts aren't meaningful, but they usually lead to real value somewhere else. Friendfeed has much more in-depth conversations. For me, the question is still out there on facebook - it still is mostly a light hearted socializing tool, without much serious value. At least, not yet with the people I know who use it. - Chris Rogers
Robert, if you move to Facebook I would die, because I'm not in your 5,000. :-( - Jesse Stay
I don't think FB is as interesting as Friendfeed. I really do think Friendfeed is the most interesting community to be part of at the moment. It has the potential to build new onlines communities without the hassle of knowing those people in person. - Richard A.
Like many of the others, I use FB for friends/family. Twitter is where I am getting/sometimes sharing info on tech things that interest me. - Sherri
Hmm I think it would be quite exciting if the "FriendFeed ethos" would get transferred to Facebook. - Meryn Stol
Meryn: keep in mind that up to today Facebook is only for discussing stuff with your friends. For me Facebook is capped at 5,000 friends. Facebook's more public entity, though, AKA "Pages," are being expanded and will get more of an equal billing on the social graph. On friendfeed I have 31,000 followers, and this message went to Twitter where I have 76,000 followers. So, that's a LOT more people than I touch on Facebook. - Robert Scoble
@Chris - Yep! Use Twitter to find the interesting stuff, then follow the tidbit to wherever else it leads in order to discuss it and find the real value in it. - Grey Drane
why not use identi.ca? - very calm there - Wittkewitz News
Meryn: actually that's EXACTLY why Twitter is getting more hype, but why people who aren't celebrities (IE, don't have more than 5,000 followers, which includes most of my "early adopter" friends) are not feeling the Twitter love so much anymore. - Robert Scoble
I'm amused at this conversation because none of you are aknowledging friendfeed as a platform. That's where I came when I deleted my twitter account. I was among the 200 most active users of twitter at the time. - Richard A.
I second what Richard Azia said: "Marco, only thing missing from Friendfeed is to see when people have commented to something you've said, then it would be much more useful." - Rick Bucich
It's kind of funny -- when you said "early adopter friends" I thought you meant a "new" service. You're just going back to Facebbok because they've added some better features and have gotten a bump of mindshare. Then some other service will evolve their features, etc. and people will go back.... What I think is really important is the recognition that Twitter, FF, etc. aren't really... more... - Steve Lynch from twhirl
Steve "bump in mindshare?" Hah! 200 million users is more than a "bump in mindshare." Twitter actually has gotten a bump in mindshare lately. Everytime I turn on the radio or TV I hear about Twitter, it seems. - Robert Scoble
Great debate - Dave Blankenship
Hmm I think it would be a shame if you left FriendFeed. For me it's all about the loose-ties. :) And Twitter, in it's current incarnation (e.g. without a very advanced client, turning it into something similar to FF) just doesn't work if you want to discuss anything but the simplest things. - Meryn Stol
I hear about twitter a lot more but I don't see anyone using it anymore? Are there any signs that people are still reading tweets, rather than just posting? - Richard A.
for an early adopter, a site /technology become's stale within 6-9 months.. the hype and fun is finito.. as such I was active from feb/07 .. I think I was the 300th odd person on twitter and by OCt/08.. I hardly use twitter.. yes early adopters keep moving on.. thats why they are called "early adopters" :)- - Peter Dawson
Mohamed: Heheh. Even if you have thousands of friends you can't publish to the public (ie, Google can't index your facebook stuff). That's one reason why Twitter and friendfeed are more interesting. - Robert Scoble
If a person uses Twitter because they want people to follow and pay them attention, I could care less. Twitter continues to be a useful micro-blogging tool, as long as it is free. If Twitter is fun, I'll use it. If it is just a new way to market shit, and if they start charging for it, I'll be gone. It seems that people are now getting more attention just for leaving Twitter. Good riddance. - John Johnson
So there is no equivalent to this on FaceBook? http://twitter.com/search... Because that is one of the most interesting things about Twitter. Following subjects is often more interesting than following people. - Matt Griffith
Let me ask a question back to you. What value would you derive from deleting your Twitter account? - Thomas Hawk
Thomas: well, I would get a lot less auto DM spam. :-) - Robert Scoble
Didn't Leo delete his Twitter account at one point? - Thomas Hawk
Thomas: yeah, he did, then he came back. Hasn't seemed to hurt him, other than he isn't on Twitter's recommended follower list. - Robert Scoble
But why would less DM spam matter? How would deleting the account provide more value than simply leaving it intact and ignoring it? - Thomas Hawk
I triple dog dare ya. - timedalkat from twhirl
Thomas, You can't ignore a twitter account, that's why :-), There's no way you can walk away from a functioning account. Many of us have tried and not quite succeeded more than 8 days. - Richard A.
another thing that friendfeed has not: a decent client - Marco
Thomas, I think he just "left" for awhile and returned when it was clear Jaiku didn't have enough people on it - Richard Walker
I guess my point is why delete the account? Simply ignore it. That way if you decide later on that you want to come back it's still there. You might find that you want it back at some point. At a minimum though you can still direct your FF content there which includes a link back to your conversation here with every tweet. I'd think this would be a good encouragement for people not on FF yet who are on Twitter to find you here. - Thomas Hawk
that and maybe change your bio I'm mostly participating on FF or Facebook or whatever. - Thomas Hawk
personally I find FF far, far, more engaging than Facebook. But maybe that's just me. - Thomas Hawk
Thomas I agree wih you, I like FF for that. - Richard A.
Twitter is becoming mainstream, even in such backwards countries as Ukraine. For a true geek, it is a sure sign to get out of here! However, for me it is still interesting for the dynamics of signal/noise ratio within system. - Pavlo Zahozhenko
Yeah, but to your point, you can't talk to the public and a lot more people will follow you on Twitter that will never friend you on Facebook. I'm speaking generally, here. - Steve Lynch from twhirl
This really is just an intellectual exercise, right? How can you be talking about all this Building43 stuff and promoting "social media" then turn around and talk about disappearing from the "social media" service with more MSM press/attention than any other right now? - Ken Sheppardson
What would YOU gain from deleting it? is it more than you would gain from keeping it? You use Twitter in your own way which is most likely vastly different than anyone else who uses it, but that doesn't matter, it's up to you to decide how to use it and how to gain value out of it. It is a tool. Whether or not you want to delete it should be based on what YOU think in terms of value, not others. - Ivan Lukianchuk
Ken: It's April 1, take that in mind. Yes, it's just an intellectual exercise, although I was dreaming about it last night so at least part of me wants to do it. Building43 is for people fanatical about the Internet, not going to be about any one thing or even just about social media. - Robert Scoble
Robert: April 1 is Wednesday. You going to keep this up for three days? :-O - Ken Sheppardson
Within two months your account will be deleted. There's a chance. If you think about it then it's not just a thought, there's a reason there, somewhere. - Richard A.
Ivan: overall I would probably lose more than I'd gain, but I've learned in life that you must destroy before you can build. When Vegas builds a new casino they tear down the old one first. The trick is to know when the right time is to tear down the old one. :-) - Robert Scoble
Azia, you are using the "royal we" or you are talking about an undefined group... and I personally wouldn't make such over-generalizations even with a :-) - Richard Walker
in this atmosphere of many super-user account, a simple account is useless. - abdellah
Steve: unlimited friends are coming to Facebook "soon." (We already have them on Pages). - Robert Scoble
Besides, Twitter is a lot easier to use and more open... and there's no application spam. I hate app spam. - Steve Lynch from twhirl
Yeah, but there's still a signal-to-noise problem. FB wants to be your social presence on the Web. People don't want an unsuable presence on the Web. They want to see what parties their friends are having and what their high school ex-girlfriend is up to. As a richer social medium, Facebook is much more vulnerable to Dunbar-number-type limitations for the average user. When someone... more... - Steve Lynch from twhirl
Does anyone know the mean or median number of friends for FB users? - Steve Lynch from twhirl
ccheath just said 120. makes sense. - Steve Lynch from twhirl
It's interesting, but as a non-blogging, earlier-than-early-adopter-burnout, FB feels like AOL to me in an uncomfortable way. In spite of that creepy feeling, it seems to be where I get the most engagement for the least amount of effort. Of course, my FB circle is a tight one of 99% friends from over the past 30 yrs. Seems I only glance at Twitter & interact more deliberately on FF. FB is pointing out I seem to have less in common with my friends & I'm less friendly with common-interest acquaintances. - ɐ ɯıʞ sıɹɥɔ
Twitter is "mainstream" with 10 million users, but Facebook with 200 million isn't? FB is a mess and whenever I log on I start getting real-time chat requests from people I haven't talked to in 10 years. I find Twitter to be a superior experience so far. - Pete Smith
It's been interesting to watch the evolution of Twitter. Sadly now there is a tremendously large amount of noise covering up the best signal. Even worse, the changes that have occurred to Twitter as a result of the flood of people from the masses has been painful. I much prefer the Twitter of circa June 2008 and just prior when there was more functionality (a la track) and better discussion. In fact I much prefer seeing the fail whale than seeing Britney Spears occupying such a large mind-share there. - Chris Aldrich
+1000 to chris kim a. FB feels like AOL to me - tons of spam, tons of intimate minutia, very little engaging content. I DON'T WANT YOUR PLANTS. It feels like work and doesn't relate to anything outside of itself. FF offers engaging, substantive conversations sprinkled with LOLCats. Twitter offers bite-sized entertainment, and (some) real-time interaction that doesn't have to involve a chat client. I prefer the latter two and consume most of my content there. - Jennifer Dittrich
Facebook is a student community where the students have graduated as a result of which more options are now offered. When are people going to remember that fact? - Richard A.
Where are your friends going instead? - Rae Gross
via PETA autobot: STOP MURDERING SEA-KITTENS, ROBERT SCOBLE! :) - Richard Walker
@Richard_Azia: I've always been clear on that point, which is part of what makes it so disturbing. Finally, my RL friends (now the parents of the original target FB audience) -- but to my horror, they have regressed into Super-Poking, Green-Patching Hippie-Gifters. Look, if you can SuperPoke me, then you can post a "hey how are you?" to my In box or wall. Frankly, I don't find the games of FB particularly engaging as a 21st-Century version of pigtails in inkwells, either. - ɐ ɯıʞ sıɹɥɔ
@Steve +1 to app spam on FB. Hate it! - Grey Drane from BuddyFeed
Chris Kim, that's why I ignore all requests. Much easier to ignore them than to reject them. Luckily those I know hardly spend any time doing all those things. - Richard A.
If you deleted your account what would happen to the scobleizer name. Could someone else claim it? Or is once a name used on Twitter it is forever off the table? If you changed your mind later could you get the scobleizer handle back? - Thomas Hawk
Thomas: I don't know. I won't delete it, though. It was mostly a fantasy I was having last night. See, normal people dream of supermodels or getting a cool car. Me? I dream of deleting my Twitter account. :-) - Robert Scoble
@Scobleizer "But I do note that Facebook is getting more interesting to the early adopter types I usually hang out with" I would say "for Internet newbies" LOL Green Houses (Walled Gardens) are usually better for a start - no scary wolfs like in Green Forrest ROFL :D - Lora Lufark
I refuse to believe true early adopters are all-of-a-sudden enamored with Facebook because they copied a few things from Twitter and Friendfeed...then again... - Rahsheen
And here we are, the very reason I continue to hold that FF is my favorite engagement tool. These comment-baiting discussions naturally epitomize the value of eating one's own dog food while also pointing out that there are more dishes at this potluck than the one you bring yourself. - ɐ ɯıʞ sıɹɥɔ
Offer your account on eBay and see who bids. Then sell them something else. - Louis Gray
Never delete a well-known account. If you were to delete the Twitter account, then some offshore porn gambling site would grab the @scobleizer name. That having been said, Twitter is seeming to become a "must have" thing, so even if you don't use it, you need to establish a presence there. - John E. Bredehoft
I just don't see the what Twitter gives you when you have FriendFeed. - TranceMist
TranceMist - With all of the recent news coverage of Twitter, a lot of people are on Twitter who haven't yet learned about FriendFeed and they will ask the opposite question that you just asked. - Aaron Hood
If Scoble deleted his twitter account it must be the results of Global Warming - rob from twhirl
Rename it then auction it off. - Ryan Stanley
No, might not die, but but Kitty would be sad: http://tinyurl.com/c8fcc3 - Sarah Garnsey
I don't see why you'd delete it rather than just not tweet, other than a very visible snub to the Twitter guys, right? - jjprojects
I doubt that Twitter would miss you, though your ego obviously tells you otherwise. - Stan Scott
Seriously? You guys just realized that Facebook is interesting? I've looked up to you... I had no idea I was already ahead. - Jaica Kinsman
Robert - I've made the same conclusion as you re: Facebook gaining popularity fast with early adopters like myself, who by the way are not able to connect with you on facebook due to 5K cap. Don't delete twitter, just move to where you prefer to engage your communities. - Susan Beebe
Facebook is the new AOL. I am using Facebook more often to stay connected with Mom and the family, but I would not replace twitter with it. no way. - Karoli from BuddyFeed
Maybe early adopters are spending time on Facebook to try to figure out its appeal. I think they'll conclude it's just network effects and empty virality, then leave again. - Bruce Lewis
You actually still use both? I thought you'd moved exclusively to FriendFeed... Who cares about Twitter anymore? IT SUCKS! - LarchOye
Experiment: If I say "SEO" or "peanut butter" in this FriendFeed post, let's see how long it takes Jiffy peanut butter company or their "SEO Expert" to subscribe to my FriendFeed to try and sell me something. Ready, set, go! (I like twitter, but it's becoming a drag because the marketing spam is now so damn predictable.) - Melissa Davis
Is there a Mac solution yet for porting our twitter buds (the ones we actually want to follow) into FriendFeed? I was looking but gave up on it for a little while. Anyone know the scoop on that? I'll admit, I'm lazy. I want a script to do it for me. on the Mac. - Melissa Davis
I really hope you don't start to use Facebook instead of Twitter. I don't like Facebook at all.. - Peter
Facebook first movers are migrating to twitter. So there is nothing unnatural in this. People move back and forth all the time. The grass is always greener on the other side etc etc... - Dennis Bjørn Petersen from twhirl
Mindcastier? - Richard A.
Only the Calico ones? - rob
You can install (or ask a coder to develop) a Facebook App that sends your status updates (and shared links, etc.) to Twitter. You have a history with getting your data out of Facebook, but I guess Zuckerberg now knows you better. This is what most brands do: they make the effort to be everywhere, to suit they many followers. Or you can re-use Jaiku recently opened source (+ App Engine) to make the micro-blogging platform or your dreams. - Bertil Hatt
I hardly use Twitter these days. - Jim Connolly
Interesting thread. I can see why Robert is saying Facebook. It has been the place that I gave received the most interaction these past few months. True that, I am just a wee one and most of my FB friends are real world friends. :-) - Mathew A. Koeneker
information overload.... my nose is bleeding,...shutdown imminent 3....2........1....... (no kitten would die, btw) - ilterocktive
Twitter is useful, though FriendFeed appears to be more so. - Calvin Ayre
Robert Scoble
My Web 2.0 Expo Keynote: until Best Buy adds people to its website our jobs are not done - http://scobleizer.com/2009...
I think any company can prosper by conversing with thier customer base. In this new economic realm you have to build relationships and build trust with customers who want/need your product. It surprises me that Best Buy doesn't give customers direct access to talk with someone. - Jason
Jason: there's a little tiny link all the way at the bottom of the home page. But there's no personality there. If I were BestBuy I'd be featuring their employees and their passion for consumer electronics. - Robert Scoble
Robert: I think companies got away from being personable when the huge growth took place and looked at customers as just dollar signs and not someone to maintain a life-long relationship. To you thoughts I think companies can only benefit from showing their human side. - Jason
Good analysis Robert on Zappos & the whole customer experience they focus on (not Tools). Bill Taylor, Fast Company founder, told a story at WorldBlu Live 2008 about a Zappos employee that took a call from the wife of a customer to cancel an order because her husband just passed away (Link is here 4/5 way down http://www.worldblu.com/blog/) and how the employee used the company credit card to buy flowers for the funeral w/o asking a manager. Amazing story because of the bond Zappos created. - Lyn Graft
Lyn: exactly. What Zappos is doing systemically is really great. They don't have a social media "position." They have 400 enabled humans on the Internet who'll give you fanatic support. - Robert Scoble
Robert, Zappo's is the NEW model.. totally humanized. That's the true value prop. this is a typical e.g of business case of Corporate screech vs Social Media .. yep Social media is trumping Corporate Screech !! - Peter Dawson
As a customer it's best to be getting support from a real person in an adequate manner indeed, rather then being sent through multiple stations. Personally I'd rather have the possibility to chat instantly, as opposed to having to send an email with a certain response time in days. I'm looking forward to your take on how to add the customers to a website. - Sanne Buurma
I @replied the FF link to Keith Burtis, the BestBuy Remix Twitter person, http://twitter.com/bestbuy..., I'd bet he'd be really interested to learn hear more about this as I think he totally gets it. Even how he recently came on to BestBuy is an example of them at least exploring how they can do better. - Lyn Graft
Robert, it's interesting you bring this up. Best Buy awhile back launched a private online forum by invitation only, the name already escapes me (I could drum it up if needed). I think it was their way to build brand ambassadors online since it as only open to a few, supposedly knowledgeable customers who could share reviews and communicate with other like minded people. I received a message recently saying it was closing. Nothing that I'm aware of ever trickled down to the consumer level. - Rick Bucich
If the post simply said, "“social media expert” that I run the other way as quickly as I can" it would have been the best post ever on the subject. It remains very good, but that statement is all you need to know. - B.J. Mendelson
This is all starting to veer way too close to Dunder Mifflin Infinity 2.0 territory... "It's all about creating a one stop consumer experience. You're chatting with your friends, you're talking about the latest music, about the election; all of it is happening in our virtual paper store." - Ken Sheppardson
Robert Scoble
After visiting with hundreds of Rackspace employees and Twitterers today I once again am contemplating just how much I don't know. My mind is buzzing with things I need to learn. Thank you, what a day!
I definitely need to learn more about Linux. - Robert Scoble
Just proves that some of us have adopted a lifetime of learning. Bravo, Robert! - Pax Stereo Tv
Just CW: everything I saw today and everyone I met just reaffirmed what I sensed a year ago -- that this is my favorite company I have visited. Rocky and me have never been treated so well. The chairman personally introduced us to hundreds of employees and toured us through most of the San Antonio buildings. - Robert Scoble
So are there pictures of this Fest you speak of RS & let's throw one next year at SXSWi - Lyn Graft
I bet these people would be psyched if you showed up at their meeting: http://www.penlug.org/ - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
Their meeting next week is about a linux video editor. You should definitely go. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
What did you see there that made you want to learn more about Linux? Some cloud computing related stuff? I'm intrigued. - Mike Nayyar
Only an intelligent person knows that he needs to continue learning. - Shevonne
Robert Scoble
The largest SXSW party/event list? http://upcoming.yahoo.com/user... Discuss which events are best to attend here:
Rackspace is the early favorite for throwing a kick ass party, but let's be honest, wherever Scott Beale goes is where I'm going. - Robert Scoble
:) I'm with the LaughingSuid - spend so much time talking to Scott Beale, I need to meet him! - Rob La Gesse
i thought you weren't going ? - Allen Stern
Allen: I am now. Things changed. - Robert Scoble
The best party is the Playboy party during SXSWm. Unfortunately it is invite only and has the rarest invites. Other than that the Rachel Ray party always has great food and the purevolume parties tend to have some of the better known bands. The British party this year has The Proclaimers playing (I would walk 500 miles) and it is the first time they have toured in many many years. If you are talking solely SXSWi stuff then I am guessing that the live Diggnation at Stubbs will be the biggest party. - Hans Watson
Hans: I went to the Playboy one last year. It was good, but too big. I like Scott Beale's events better. - Robert Scoble
The Mashable party on March 16th is gonna rock. Our soon to be announced SXSW celebrity charity event is going to kick off there so i'm a bit biased. And we're not just talking social media celebrities either. Musicians, actors and the internet famous getting together for good causes. :) - Christine Lu
Sweet Leaf Tea & Do512 are throwing a party at Do512's HDQ's. They have a festive & great team over there & I am sure Tito will be bringing the Vodka to this gathering knowing the SLT folks - Lyn Graft
Nice to hear you're going again. Hope to see you there. You don't happen to need a roommate to split costs with do you? I still don't have a room :) - Mark Krynsky
@Scobleizer - you going to SXSW this year after all? - Kenneth
*yay* Scoble is going. I'm off to Shanghai tonight to kick off SXSW China panel. I'll say "hi" to the folks over there for you. http://sxswshanghai.eventbrite.com/ - Christine Lu
Mark, I just locked down my hotel and flight this evening. There's still stuff available, at least to registrants. Now get on it! ;) - Derrick
Mark, nope, sorry. Kenneth: yup, going! Christine: you gotta come to the Rackspace event with me, then we'll go to the Mashable event afterward. The Rackers are doing their first party and gonna blow it out. Anyway, cloud computing is where web folks should be hanging out. - Robert Scoble
Derrick and Christine in the same city? NOW we have a party! - Robert Scoble
I hope the "nope sorry" was referring to the room and not meeting me. Hehe - Mark Krynsky
@Scobleizer rock on! SXSW has just got better! haha... - Kenneth
Mark: yeah, I was talking about the room. We'll definitely hang. Gotta do something "friendfeedy" there. - Robert Scoble
I'm going to RSVP for all of them and then I'll use Twitter to find the best ones - of course I'll need to at least stop into that Mashable party for a min or two ;) - Jennifer Van Grove
Jennifer: last year Scott Beale and me made instant parties just by finding an empty bar, sitting down, and Twittering. Lots of the parties had long lines and really weren't that great. - Robert Scoble
that was fun :) - Chris Saad
Chris: Amsterdam was fun. SXSW was a warmup. :-) - Robert Scoble
hah truethat... u going to amsterdam? - Chris Saad
Chris: no plans to, but I want to go back. I love that city. - Robert Scoble
Thanks, Robert. But Mark is the party starter. I learned everything I know from him. - Derrick
Robert -- what's RACKSPACE? you have a knack for going to parties and hanging out with companies with interesting names. like LOVESAC during CES. so since you're at SXSW after all, can we count you in for the celebrity charity thing? i'll email you an update of who's confirmed. pretty awesome list my friend. :) - Christine Lu
me too - but its no where near as fun if you're not on the speakers list so u can hang out with boris at those dinners - Chris Saad
Robert, last year I stumbled upon an impromptu private party with Gary Vaynerchuck at a near by wine bar. He shut the place down and bought wine for everyone. That was the standout party for me. - Jennifer Van Grove
Christine: Rackspace is a huge hosting company that went IPO last year. They are headquartered in Texas and are competing with Amazon's Webservices with its cloud offerings. They own a 1.1 million square foot mall which they are building into a huge datacenter. Pretty impressive stuff. Here's Scott Beale's blog about Rackspace which points to my video tour: http://laughingsquid.com/robert-... - Robert Scoble
Jennifer: I hung with Gary Vaynerchuk last year too. That dude knows how to party! But I kept up. :-) We'll do something fun at SXSW again, I'm certain of it. Who knows, maybe we'll get him to do a show at some cool bar in town. Weirder things have happened and you do know that Austin is weird, right? - Robert Scoble
@robert emailed u and the crew about amsterdam - we *need* to do that again. - Chris Saad
Derrick, perhaps you are referring to my knowledge of beers and spirits which will be necessary for perfecting my rumpshaker to be as good as yours if that is even possible. Look forward to hangin' with you again as always my friend. - Mark Krynsky
Derrick: last year I partied with guitarist from ZZtop and saw REM Speedwagon and had a private tour of Austin City Limits studio. The year before I was hanging out with Robert Rodriguez' crew at the Austin Film Festival. So, dump that Mark dude and hang with me and let's make magic happen this year. ;-) - Robert Scoble
Robert: I dunno. Mark's pretty bad ass. He got me all O_o on some liqueur from South Africa a month or so ago. He's got skills that would turn ZZTop's beards into french braids. No comment on my rumpshaking abilities (how do you think I got through grad school?) - Derrick
Derrick: well, you can drink exotic alcohol with anyone at anytime. But hang with me and you'll have experiences that Mark won't be able to match. :-) Of course, I might gang up on you and invite Mark too. :-) - Robert Scoble
At the Rackspace party we'll have Hookahs, hummus, henna. Beer, wine and wells. Belly Dancers, too :) And some surprises. Best of all, I'll be there :-) - Rob La Gesse
Robert, Twitter notifications will be on for both you and Gary during the duration of SXSW...I'm happy to tolerate the noise for a chance to hang with you two. :) - Jennifer Van Grove
Jennifer: unfortunately Google Latitude still crashes on my Nokia, but I have figured out how I can send my location out. - Robert Scoble
I'll be sitting on my couch here in Australia watching the tweets on FriendFeed. You guys are welcome, I have dip... - Johnny
Ooh Rackspace has hookah's. Nice. Apple and Mint flavors too I hope. - Mark Krynsky
Fyi, there is a SXSW room here: http://friendfeed.com/rooms... & the Meetups room I created here where I just added a feed for SXSW tagged events: http://friendfeed.com/rooms... - Mark Krynsky
Great event list. Looking 4ward to SXSW-I and Nuclear Tacos! - JimmyJet
Robert Scoble
Had a nice breakfast with about 100 San Francisco business founders this morning. Being around entrepreneurs sure makes you optimistic!
I interviewed Craig Newmark about what he's seeing happen on Craig's List due to the economy. That video should be up soon. - Robert Scoble
just curious: What did they say that impressed you? - William Mougayar
Entrepreneurs are optimistic because they are always under a squeeze -- I think being squeezed causes entrepreneurs to be creative. - Robert Scoble
When I was a kid and just did things that 'created' something which included clean revenue, I was at my best. Then I learned the word entrepreneur, an it got much harder. - Ed Shahzade /NextInstinct
indeed. They were built for pressure and eat "You can't do that" for breakfast. - Josh Haley
William: they see opportunity due everywhere they look due to lots of people on the street and a lot less competition. - Robert Scoble
Robert, imho, nowadays "entrepreneurs" are not really creating new "stuff", they're creating money, and yes that's different :) - directeur
directeur: sorry, entrepreneurs now are creating products, not money. There's not many people making money in this world. - Robert Scoble
Robert, isn't a product -by definition- about money? - directeur
directeur: I think Robert got the first part right... the second part is that entrepreneurs are back to starting with a value proposition for their customers. All of a sudden I hear a lot less "people will want it because it is cool". - Brian Roy
Brian, I see, and I actually agree with Robert that entrepreneurs make you optimistic. (I am a modest one btw) What I mean, is that now, generally people create (or let's say the word "imitate") to make money. - directeur
I think being an entrepreneur has always been about making money. People that make things with no regard to making money are called hobbyists. - Brian Sullivan
My Opinion, for what it is worth: The good ones create (innovate, replicate, or improve) to create value for some group of people. If they do that well they make money. If you start with the end of "making money" in mind you become Enron or Bernie Madoff (sp?). If you look to add value/solve important problems you become Intuit or Apple (if you get really, really lucky and work very, very hard). - Brian Roy
+1 Brian Sullivan! Entrepreneur from the verb "Entreprendre" (french one) and Entreprise (company) -A company is about money AND "pérennité" (which in french means to to ensure the continued existence of) - directeur
Brian Sullivan - or inventors. - Russellreno
A large part of that 'optimistic feeling' either felt or observed comes from passion many entrepreneurs pursue their endeavors with (in good or bad times) - Lyn Graft
I'm suggesting there is a difference between the measured outcome metric ($$$/Balance Sheet) and HOW you run the company to make that happen. A company is about money - but HOW and WHAT you do to get to that matters. If you don't create value for customers you won't generate revenue, if you don't generate revenue you can't be profitable. - Brian Roy
"Value" though is a malleable soft subjective word. Profit and revenue are hard metrics. - Brian Sullivan
Brian S - Yes, value is malleable. But if you don't create value in the minds of your target customers - you will not generate revenue - and you are done. I didn't say we shouldn't measure the output metric - and use that as a measure of our success - I said entrepreneurs (the really good ones) are about the customer value proposition first, not money first. They know if you do the former the latter is a question of execution. - Brian Roy
Brian R -- not disagreeing with you -- just clarifying. - Brian Sullivan
Ah... gotcha. Something I'm fairly passionate about... so excuse my fervor. - Brian Roy
Me as well. - Brian Sullivan
To some of us it would be insult to say entrepreneurs are just creating ( or trying to create ) money. The feeling I get from creating something means much more to me than money. The freedom of doing what I love means much more than money. - jkkmobile
jkkmobile - Nobody said entrepreneurs are trying to "create" money. "Making money" is not "creating" money -- it is producing something (generally something new or innovative) that people are willing to pay for while paying less for the making -- that is making profit. I don't know why you would be insulted. You may get a great feeling creating something and doing what you love but that does not make you an entrepreneur -- an artist, a hobbyist, an inventor maybe but not an entrepreneur, - Brian Sullivan
Optimism needs to be passed to our kids. They're reading and hearing all this stuff. They need it more than anyone... - Charlie Anzman
Robert Scoble
I can't afford TED so I am making my own TED. Today I visited three companies and played with Google Latitude. Tomorrow? :-)
Actually four companies: Sparkpr, GoGrid, Radar.net, PlayFish. - Robert Scoble
There's one celebrity and geek at heart that you've never interviewed Robert! - directeur
Tomorrow I have the morning free, so am trying to find a fun company to interview. Then in the afternoon I fly to NYC for meetings with my bosses at Fast Company. - Robert Scoble
directeur: you in San Francisco? I'd love to meet up. - Robert Scoble
I'll give my old company a plug... Head up to mountain view and talk to Intuit about what they do to get ready for and deal with Tax Season. - Brian Roy
Robert, come on! me a "celebrity"? :) No, I meant YOU! You've never interviewed yourself right? - directeur
That is a funny thread...Create your own TED with the Scoble - Lyn Graft
directeur: I don't like answering stupid questions! :-) - Robert Scoble
I have an idea Robert: Let me make an interview with you. Me interviewing you about Social media, attention profiling, popularity, microformats and such things. Can we make it? :) - directeur
Could you interview Sam Altman (Loopt) and get his feelings on Google Latitude? - Justin Dorfman
Is this where we get to bid for who interviews Robert tomorrow? I'll pitch in with a $12 donation to the '12for12k' charity (http://dannybrown.me/2009...) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
TED, meet BIL: http://bilconference.com/ I heard about this conference because Revision3 is covering it. - David Wilson
Brian: Intuit is a good idea. I'm meeting with Symantec on Monday morning. Directeur: that would be fun! How would we do it? - Robert Scoble
Robert - if you want a contact let me know... I can DM it to you - Brian Roy
Robert, I'd really love to do it! Over skype, or IM if you want. We have different opinions on some things and I like debating them with you - directeur
how long you in nyc for robert? maybe we could meet on friday morning if you have time - Allen Stern
Brian, even better, I would love to be connected via email. scobleizer@gmail.com - Robert Scoble
Allen: this time I'm just flying in and out and already have breakfast plans unfortunately. Grrr, maybe next time? I'll be in NY again soon. - Robert Scoble
directeur: I'm game, but I need to figure out how to record a Skype call. - Robert Scoble
Robert: All right! I'll try to figure out this too :) - directeur
@directeur @Scoble If you're on a mac http://www.ecamm.com/mac... . Works really well. - Zee.
@Zee: Thank you! I'm on a mac :) - directeur
hey no probs :) - Zee.
That's funny, I was just about to sit down with some TED videos for the night. - xero
If you can't afford to go to TED, just announce a Twitter meet up in your home town. That's what I did. Maybe it will evolve into my own little TED conference. D - MarkCarras
ok thanks anyway - i think my startup would make for a great video on scobleizer.tv - Allen Stern
Robert - email in flight... connected you with 3 folks @ Intuit that should be able to get you some good insights. - Brian Roy
Allen: can we do it late in the afternoon, say at 4? Can you come to 7 World Trade Center? - Robert Scoble
Where's the SWAG? - paul mooney
Four company visits in one day? Pics or it didn't happen. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
Robert, if you are ever near Champaign/Urbana IL, I can arrange for you to interview Jesse Reichler, a PhD student (Artificial Intelligence/Neural Networks) and the founder of a very unusual software company (donationcoder.com) that has been around for almost 4 years and growing fast. They have a very unique business model that I think you and everyone else would find quite intriguing. - April Russo
Bruce: if you were following my Google Locate you would already have had proof. :-) -- we'll have videos up shortly of two of the companies. - Robert Scoble
friday at 4pm? and btw i think its 7 world financial center not world trade center - Allen Stern
That's a lot. You must have developed immunity to jet lag. - Bruce Lewis from fftogo
Allen: yup, Friday at 4 p.m., but call me first. My meetings might run long. I also need to get to the airport by 5:30, so won't have a big window. Oh, and the address is world trade center. http://www.mansueto.com/contact... - Robert Scoble
interesting when i worked there it was wfc - i think 4-5:30 will be cutting it very close since you will be traveling in rush hour - let's just meetup next time - hope you enjoy nyc - you missed the snow yesterday - it's gone now :) - Allen Stern
Robert, you should go to BIL instead: http://bilconference.com/ - Michael R. Bernstein
Michael: I can't afford BIL either. It costs money to travel and rent a hotel. Not to mention I can't always be away from home. I was away for Davos. - Robert Scoble
I think u could have gotten sponsored if u really wanted to go.I'm guessing affordability was not the primary reason. - Baba
Baba: not true. Money is not flowing in the streets right now. - Robert Scoble
#neuropresence http://tr.im/ted09 next best thing to being there. ;-) - michael silverton
You can't afford TED? Put out a donation bin. A micropayment model propagated through Twitter. "Send Scoble to $conference". Each person donates $1-$5. That's how to leverage a massive subscriber count. - Daniel Miessler
Just out of curiosity, how much does TED actually cost? - V Mary Abraham
Daniel, set up twitter integration on http://tipjoy.com/ and tweet 'pay @scobleizer $5 to go to TED'. - Bruce Lewis
I really wish you could meet with some israeli-based companies. They sure need you feedback. - Orli Yakuel
Orit, Robert should go with Jeff Pulver on one of the trips :-) - Richard A.
Were the BIL & TED cons in LA this week intentional ? If so, where's Keanu, and are the people there having an excellent adventure? - Enrique Gutierrez from twhirl
So true. - Orli Yakuel
I'm looking forward to when the sessions videos are available. - Richard A.
HAHA! Totally non-heinous, Enrique! *twiddles air guitar* - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
LOL @Enrique although I had to come here to understand the joke. Tweet was cut off! - richie edquid
Seems to me, that if sequestration can be made to work efficiently, we shouldn't take coal off the table anymore than we should take nuclear off the table. Both coal and nuclear have bad images in the public eye, but we should judge according to outcomes, not emotion. Nuclear scares people for example, but most people think nothing of all the radioactive ash and particulates released by coal, an example of emotion trumping reason. - Ray Cromwell
I am hosting NED, a hyper exclusive conference and you are invited - Cathleen Rittereiser
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