Posted on December 20, 2009 @ 1:44 pm
I’ve been using foursquare over the last month and typically like it. I received a few local offers from advertisers and took advantage of one for discounted movie tickets I’d like to see more local business offers within foursquare, but they have to be really useful too (discounts, free samples, etc). To track when the coupons are used, foursquare asks the user to check-in at the location, so they can easily track how a coupon campaign affects the advertiser’s check-ins (and sales). I actually think foursquare has lot in common with Groupon.com, which are both trying to tackle the local couponing opportunity.
In addition to selling ads/coupons to local merchants, Foursquare should recommend businesses to me based on member trends. For example, if a user visits the same coffee shop and grocery store as me, but goes to a chinese restaurant I don’t, foursquare can recommend the place for me to try. Or if that poses a security concern, you could recommend just based on my friends. These recommended places should definitely be listed on the local business pages, such as this one for Carmines Restaurant It also seems odd to me that the local business pages don’t have a rating system (like Yelp).
Posted on December 18, 2009 @ 7:54 pm
In no particular order, these were my favorite albums released this year. When I say favorite albums, it’s because I enjoy listening to the full play list, not just one or two songs off it. [Continue Reading...]
Posted on November 14, 2009 @ 9:06 pm
While I don’t always agree with Nick Carr’s opinion, I liked his article in the NY Times magazine today. He begins to notice a shift in his tv viewing habits from cable to internet-streamed content. Most of the video I watch is from the internet too (except for live sports of course, which is often exclusive to cable/broadcast).
Tonight I watched a few episodes of 30 Rock on Hulu. I never catch these shows at their scheduled time, so I hook up my laptop to my tv to stream shows from Hulu or Netflix.
It can be clunky and annoying to hook up my laptop to my tv and I’m not that enthusiastic about buying a dedicated Roku or Boxee device for my tv — but it sounds like these are the short-term solutions until internet connected tvs (with the ability to run apps) become commonplace.
Posted on November 13, 2009 @ 9:27 pm
I’m looking to book a trip using Expedia, and their girl w/ headset gave me a flashback to the MacWarehouse mail order catalog from the late 90′s.
Posted on November 12, 2009 @ 9:12 pm
I was chosen to ask a question at Gates/Buffett event today, but unfortunately there wasn’t enough time to fit everyone in. I’d estimate they only got through 1/4th of all questions.
CNBC has posted a couple of good clips from the event here:
Posted on November 8, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
I looked at Google Analytics tonight and noticed that more visitors on my site used Chrome than Safari this month. Although, what was actually more surprising is that Firefox was less popular than Explorer.
Here’ the breakdown of browsers used on my site for the last 30 days:
* Internet Explorer 46%
* Firefox 34%
* Chrome 9%
* Safari 8%
* Other 3%
Posted on October 28, 2009 @ 9:23 am
When I check in on FourSquare it updates Twitter, which updates Facebook, which updates FriendFeed – none of which update my blog. I need to get that working, then I’ll never have to post again.
Posted on October 4, 2009 @ 3:12 pm
I’m working on a case about Lotus Development Corp, so it’s interesting to see them this week announce iNotes their new hosted email service for enterprise customers. My only question is, how could they not have this available last year, or even earlier?