How do you 2.0?

We’re very version happy. We’re already up to IE7. Firefox is finally at version 2.0. How many incarnations of Windows has there been (I remember Windows 3.1 back in the day)? We like the new and more improved.

1.0 is always pretty exciting, but there always seems to be that extra oomph to 2.0.

Web 1.0 (that I’ve never heard of) must have been back at the birth of the commercial internet. The thing that I grew up on (literally) with dial-up AOL and the 30 min connection times. People were just happy to have information at their fingertips. Even with dial-up.

Now we’re at Web 2.0. User-generated content is king. Even TIME Magazine said so. Information isn’t just at the users’ fingertips. Information is coming from the users, shared, connected, commented on. Information is everywhere. From blogs (my personal favorite) to videos to Wikis to social networking to RSS feeds to pipes…  We are in an information saturated environment.

I use blogs, RSS feeds,  social networks (myspace, linkedin (see my button in the right sidebar), facebook), and social bookmarking (del.icio.us).

What do you use? 

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LinkedIn

View Corinne Vizconde's profile on LinkedIn

If you’ve been living under a rock lately, you may not know what LinkedIn is. Simply put, its an online professional networking service. Note the word ‘professional’. This is no MySpace.

It’s more like a Facebook for the … professional crowd. I was about to say older — but I have myspace and facebook profiles — so that explanation wouldn’t work.

Feel free to connect to me. If you’re reading this blog, chances are it would be beneficial for us to be connected. 🙂

Geek and proud of it

According to Scoble’s definition — I’m a geek! 🙂

My comment (11.19.06):

So what is your definition of a geek then? Is it just people on computers? What about the words dork and nerd?

What do you call someone who was busy creating another blog on Friday night? (Besides answering: “me”)

His reply (11.20.06):

Corinne: So what is your definition of a geek then?

Someone who is ultra passionate about something, usually technology related. Extra points if it’s someone who builds things, but that’s not necessarily required.

No mobile tech allowed when crossing the street

This bothers me.

NY Law would ban iPods and other mobile devices while crossing streets

Mobile tech. MOBILE. Tech to accompany us while we are moving. Across streets. While driving. While nowhere near a payphone. I am in NY. I would be bothered.

State Sen. Carl Kruger’s bill would also outlaw the use of cell phones, Blackberries, video games or other electronic devices when crossing the street.

He cited the death of a 21-year-old man who was listening to music when he stepped off a curb and was hit by a bus in Brooklyn in September, and the death of a 23-year-old iPod listener last month.

I don’t mean to sound callous, but hell — pedestrians get hit when they’re NOT paying attention to their hand held tech devices.  Okay. So you’re on the phone, getting walking directions. But you can’t be talking to the person as you’re crossing the street. I don’t know, I’m getting a bit miffed with this restriction on technology.

Something else from the HitTail blog

That sums up my previous post well:

JackHumphrey.com:

The only way to do proper for a niche is to build a site and develop content for it. You can get initial ideas from regular about the popularity of a opic, but developing a site and watching real-time phrases being used to hit your site developes the real keyword list you want to work from.

…There’s always room to improve what other bloggers have said before.

Customer service

Another one from Seth.  And the state of discontent of service.

I’m fully aware of. Somehow, somewhere, all of our jobs are connected to service. Whether it be through tuxedo rental (a dubious first paid job), writing lab proctor, or a marketer. We’re all providing a service. And someone, somewhere is our customer. Put those together, and we have customer service.

All the tech support jokes? Customer service. They’re like lawyer jokes, they’re all true.

I think the real reason people blow up customer service complaints so much is because we’ve all provided service at some point in our lives — and being so good at it that we blow all those bad stereotypes out of the water — and it kills us to recieve crappy service in return. Kills us. Where is that holiday cheer, people?

Seth Godin

I bought Small is the New Big for myself for Christmas not too long ago. I was really good about not reading it till yesterday.

And I am hooked.

There are just so many fabulous ideas, concepts, great writing (not too long). I’m nowhere close to done yet (I stopped somewhere around Clowns and Cliff…somethings).

I want that. I mean, the power to influence and inspire. Not absolute power… but it’d be nice to be recognized among a Scoble or a Seth. A Corinne…

Not yet, not now. Eventually.

It’s all just a matter of those ideas getting out.