Archive for June, 2007

Web 2.0 in Singapore


I just got back from a bbq with quite a few famous bloggers in Silicon Valley, in fact it was at Maryam’s house, and it was her birthday. Happy Birthday!

During some of the bbq, some of us were talking about Singapore and how we’re seeing this as a great place to visit and how I see it as a new testing ground for many web 2.0 companies to sprout. I’ve met so many people from Silicon Valley that have been to Singapore, from Shel Israel to Lisa Stone.

Kevin Lim is reporting in from his “Web 2.0 in South East Asia” panel @ Microsoft ReMIX 2007“, it’s worth a read if you’re watching the web industry in South East Asia. By the way, Singapore is the cleanest and most tech savvy country I’ve ever been to, it’s very modern, and the native language is English.

Keeping track of the Pownce Reviews


I’m going to keep track of all the reviews in this “clip report” of Pownce, it’s a competitor to Twitter and Jaiku. Let’s see how it performs, and maybe it will shape my interest level:

In Favor

Mashable: Pownce: Against All Odds, Pownce Blew Us Away
Allen Stern of Center Networks: Pownce – it’s pretty freakin’ sweet!
Rafe Needleman of CNET: First look at Pownce
Robert Scoble: Another Twitter competitor — want an invite?
Ryan Stewart of CNET: Pownce using AIR (and I’ve got invites)
Mapping the Web: Pownce Is The Next Big Thing
Kent Newsome: Pownce: Initial Thoughts and Invites to Give
Download Squad: Up close and personal with Pownce
We Break Stuff: A few thoughts on Pownce
The Buzz Bin: Review: An experience that will make you pownce


Michael Arrington of Techcrunch: Kevin Rose’s new Startup
Download Squad: Kevin Rose launches his Instant Messaging network, Pownce
Deep Jive Interests: Must … Refrain … From Ridiculing … Kevin Rose’s … Pownce — !
Mario Sundar: Twitter meets Facebook in Pownce?
Michael Arrington (part 2): Kevin vs Ev
Marc Canter: Interop of Twitter and Pownce (Good read, API is the most important thing to focus on)
Web Worker Daily: Powncing on the Twitter bird… or not
Eric Rice: Twitter gets Pwnced! while Jaiku Readies the Torpedoes
Brian Solis: Is Pownce the Twitter or Jaiku Killer? (this could also go into the “not in favor” category)
Techno Marketer: First look at Pownce

Not in Favor

Uncov, humor site: Kevin Rose: YOU ARE DOING IT WRONG
Wisdump: Pownce, A Twitter Competitor? Or Just Stardom Hype?
Frantic Industries: Pownce the Twitter Killer
WinExtra: Pownce – trying hard to see the new & cool side
Tao: introducing Pownce, the new Twitter.

Observation: It’s interesting many of the titles and reviews of the product are tied to Kevin Rose’s name.

By the way, I met the sole web developer for this, Leah, we ustreamed from the Apple store, she’s pretty cool.

If you have a review, leave a link to it in the comments, or let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Thanks to Brian Oberkirch for the invite. I’m giving a lot of mine away very rapdily, leave a comment if you want one, but there’s only 3 left.

Social Network usage by Country


Nick Denton at Valleywag has some an excellent resource of which social networks are dominant in which country. Sadly, the map doesn’t have China, the largest population on the planet.

Although a bit dated, Read Write Web has a list of the top Chinese websites (be sure to click on the other countries listed). When in Singapore last week, I asked some of the top bloggers what they thought were the top websites in Asia.

Delta Airlines has not reacted to citizen media, and hasn’t apologized


I was really hoping that Delta Airlines (newsroom) would apologize after this week’s citizen video raging appearing on YouTube, and the blogosphere. I’ve gone to their website nearly everyday, and have not seen any apology or retribution for the delayed and miserable customers. CC Chapman had a horrible experience in the past, I wonder if anyone apologized to him?

What would be an appropriate way to respond? If Delta was my client, I would use similar media to “fight fire with fire”. I’d have a senior executive give a sincere apology and offer the customers a free round trip ticket for their pains. Maybe a live Ustream that allowed a few of the customers to ask questions, and then have it archived and put on a variety of video networks and linked from the Delta news room.

This is an industry where the barriers to switching are very low, every move counts when it comes to me making a decision on flying.

Take a look at Dell, a company that has learned to quickly react, we now know what happens when A company apologizes and life goes on.

Is the iPhone that gratifying? (and some revenue analysis of Apple and AT&T)


I the iPhone that appealing? Here’s some images of folks that just got theirs. For some it was like winning the lottery. Apple employees were clapping and congratulating users, some folks were more interested in their iPhones than meeting the real Steve Jobs.

The experience watching others get theirs was amazing, it was certainly a media frenzy. Everyone was trying to get their brand into the moment, and everything that was happening was mirroring online in mere minutes or seconds. Real time media is being created not just be the large TV station trucks, but also by the participants themselves.

I usually post more meaningful posts regarding the web, but the sheer amount of events this week has thrown me for a loop, there is just so much happening that I’ve a hard time keeping up with it all. You’ll notice that I’ve published several times a day, pictures and all.

How much revenue was generated?

Revenue for Apple? If there were 500 phones sold (we estimate from boxes) at this Palo Alto store, at the average cost of $500 (low end 4GB), plus any other sign up fees the store would have made $250,000 in a few hours.

Revenue for AT&T? Add the AT&T plan of $79.99 (second lowest out of five plans) times 500 phones would be $40,000 dollars for the first month, (plus any activation or switching fees) and then every month after. That’s $480,000 of service revenues from just that Palo Alto store.

iTunes: One of the smartest things was the forcing of users to iTunes homepage to activate, that basically forces users through ANOTHER store. Comscore reports that “The iTunes Store attracted 20.8 million unique visitors in November 2006, up 85 percent from November 2005”. I’ll guess the average users spends $200 a year on media, so $100,000.

Accessories: I’ll take a guess that the average amount of accessories spent on an iPhone are $100 over the next 1 year for the average user. So that’s $50,000.

Let’s not forget the Media and buzz that was created from this event, I don’t even know how to start to calculate that, all I know is that Paris Hilton is probably jealous. I just did a “google fight” and iPhone beat Paris Hilton. Or the man that tried to swipe Stephen Levy’s phone.

Total estimate of Palo Alto store revenue of 500 iPhones?
Keep in mind, this is just one store of many, and just on one day, there will be many other iPhones bought on other days.

+$250,000 (iPhone and activation with AT&T)
+$480,000 (At&T ongoing service of 12 months)
+$100,000 (iTunes estimate)
+$50,000 (accessories)

=$880,000 in total revenue for Apple and AT&T in 12 months from last night’s sales of the 500 phones sold.

This doesn’t include any media buzz that was created.

Video: Guess who was first and second in the store? This was just a glimpse of the hype, when people came outside of the store they were patted on the back, the media would swarm them, (Patrick Scoble had over a dozen cameras on him, he’s really turning out to be a media sensation) folks acted like they won the lottery. A lottery they paid for.

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