Got a Flash New Laptop? Make sure you allow loads more time to get through security when you fly – as the security staff are sure to stop you to check it out in detail. Have a read of Steve Jobs Made Me Miss My Flight for the story of what happened the first time Michael Nygard travelled with his MacBook Air. Hat tip to Scoble for the link.
Scoble has highlighted again Markus Frind and his PlentyofFish online dating site, after an article about the site appeared in the New York Times.
The site is probably the kind of business that most internet entrepreneurs wish they had. It continues to be a massive success – the NY Times article states that it is earning Markus $10 million a year, for about ten hours work. He has only one permanent employee, and his users don’t pay anything to use the site – it is entirely advertising driven. Most of the support is provided by other users, for free, as is the administrative tasks of vetting the online singles notices.
When you also realise that the site was written in the first place as a programming exercise because he wanted to learn ASP.Net, and he’s kept the site free almost as an exercise in seeing how long he could go before it got too much to handle. The site won’t win any design awards either, but much like Craigslist the site is successful, seemingly despite the acknowledged failings in the web design.
Perhaps all of that is an indication that with all the snazzy design and grand plans in the world, being a success on the internet is just as much about having the right idea, and shed loads of luck as anything else…
The Facebook bandwagon is well and truly rolling – Scoble is one of many big names hyping up the platform, and even offering incentives to sign up. However he like others is highlighting how much of your data the Facebook platform can potentially suck in – especially important bearing in mind the clauses in their policies I highlighted a couple of weeks ago… Quite what is the status of your blog postings or your pictures from Flickr once Facebook sucks them in?
To get some idea of the amount of stuff you can bring in, check out this video by Matt Dickman:
Interesting comments to note is that Facebook makes relatively little from click through advertising on the site, as their policies imply, the real value to them is having all of this kind of information together, the profiling that they can do when you join the dots by pulling in your blog, your pictures, your twitter feed and so on…
If, like us, going in to London on a weeknight doesn’t exactly appeal, you can get a bit of the Geek Dinner experience from last night thanks to Ian Forrester of Cubicgarden. Although it surprised some people, this being a Girl Geek Dinner, the invited Scoble speaker was Maryam rather than Robert – Robert being off camera with a beer. You also get a guest appearance from Barry embarrassing Sarah with a birthday cake.
The Scobles are in town until Saturday, and are going on a Geek pub crawl with Hugh tomorrow afternoon. It will be interesting to try and spot those who joined them on Saturday at the Developer Day! If that isn’t enough, then there is a Geek Dinner on Saturday night too.
Anyway, here is Maryam Scoble talking about how she got into blogging: