When you own Urchin, why buy MeasureMap?

16 February, 2006

This blog is now at 59ideas.com.

Measure Map 

I’m still waiting for a Google Analytic account to peek at what’s inside. But that’s now what I’m going to talk about.

I am talking about the question I asked when I saw this post.

Google, if you recall, brought Urchin early last year which became Google Analytics later that year.

Few days ago, Google blogged they just brought MeasureMap.

No wonder searches for “MeaureMap” started showing up the past couple of days. People must be searching for what Measure Map is all about.

I once questioned how is MeasureMap going to stay around with Google Analytic. Guess I got the answer. If you can’t beat them, join them.

This is a one smart move by the people within MeasureMap. What is the insider story like? Did they planned for this along? Who approach who?

Someone like to spill some beans?


59ideas is moving outside the Great Fire Wall

16 February, 2006

Barely more than a month on WordPress and the Great Fire Wall of China kicks in. It was reported much earlier of course, but I was back in Singapore for holiday.

Nothing too exciting about it. When you live in China long enough, you learn to deal with it, like making this post with proxy.

This ban happened soon than I had expected. WordPress was meant to be a stepping board so that I do not have to deal with the backend system until later. (The original plan was to achieve a daily traffic of 200 unique visitors before moving.) 

So here are my choices – I could continue to post with proxy that or I could move to my own hosting.

I decided to take this chance and make the move. Over the next few days I will be setting up 59ideas.com.

From 0 to independence will stay on WordPress for a while. Best Blog on WordPress will of course stay on WordPress.


Power of the Fauna Theme

9 February, 2006

This blog is now at 59ideas.com

Try this,

  1. Go to Google and search with site:wordpress.com
  2. Click on a couple of the websites

Notice anything about them?

All the sites are using the Fauna Theme. All except one, which may have just changed its theme.

This is very interesting. Any idea why?


SiteAdvisor – watching what you clicked on

6 February, 2006

This blog is now at 59ideas.com

SiteAdvisor

First we scanned for virus. Then we scanned for spyware. Now we scan for rogue sites.

SiteAdvisor helps protect you from all kinds of Web-based security threats including spyware, adware, spam, viruses, browser-based attacks, phishing, online fraud and identity theft.

It is about time someone come out with this idea. The web is becoming very unsafe with many traps waiting for the unwary.
Just the other day, a friend of mine went to ‘morzilla’ instead of mozilla.com.

Misspelled domains or typosquatting is a multi-million dollars business. It is tough arguing for or against it.
But scam like this is much worst.

It frustrating to see online scammers getting away with their act and we can do nothing about it. I had thought of creating an online registrar of scam sites but SiteAdvisor took it a step further.

As a plugin for browsers, it attempts to detect and inform unwary users of rogue sites, protecting them from risks.
It is interesting though to see how SiteAdvisor intend to make money and who are investing them.

Just like adwares/spywares, think about how much money scammers are making. Would they stop without a fight? The ensuring battle provides enough fuel to keep SiteAdvisor going.

Think about how much the anti-virus market is worth. Protecting user is a lucrative business. A successful SiteAdvisor might be target for acquisition by one of the big AV boys.

As for my less techie friends, I will suggest they install this.


What is Edge Competencies?

5 February, 2006

This blog is now at 59ideas.com

Ran across this word today – Edge Competencies.

What does it mean? I set out to learn more.

In a standard manner I

The term edge competencies is coined as a direct contrast to core competencies.

Here’s my understanding of it.

Core competencies is a oft-heard concept in management consulting and business strategy. In a nutshell, it refers to a set of things that a company do best compared to its competitors. This “set of things” is not easily copied by competitors. The result of which is that the company will gain competitive advantage and differentiate from competitors.

Edge here refers to the edge of the company – which is where the company meets the outside, the customers, the suppliers, the world at large.

The argument of edge competencies is that competitive advantage has shifted from the core of the company (within) to the edge of the company (outside).

So instead of figuring out how to leverage the internal resources, think of the external, the knowledge that is encapsulated in the masses.

Ring a bell? Do you see edge competencies is the essense of Web 2.0? Leveraging on the capabilities outside of the company, mix and mash, tapping into the wisdom of the users.

Readings:


More ideas in the blogging

3 February, 2006

More ideas in the blogging at TechCrunch. Michael Arrington blogged about 10 ideas he’d like to see.

Of the list, I like many are thristing for 3. Potable reputation. That is seriously a killer.

On 5. Facebook in some country, surely someone in China must have done it already. Let me dig for it. If not who like to throw me some money to get it done? (seriously!)

Tell you a secret … I do have a secret plan in my diary for 7. Open Source Yellow Pages. For China that is. There is no dates, so please don’t hold your breath.

I like 8. Podcast Transcriptions. Might be a possible one for me if the English standard of the Chinese are a little higher here. Maybe someone in India can have a shot.

This is too much I have too many ideas competiting for attention! I need to focus!

Update: Right within the comments of the article, are 2 answers to my post

  1. Someone is offering Podcast transcriptions in India
  2. There is a Facebook clone in China.

Best Blog on WordPress on WordPress.com

1 February, 2006

Traffic went right through the root on Best Blog on WordPress. (Figuratively, not absolute sense as you can see.)
Best Blog WordPress.com

But hey, I didn’t expect to be listed right on the front page, together with the Hot Blogs. (Thanks guys!)

Best Blog on WordPress.com on WordPress

No more slacking … Got to dig harder.

To be frank, it is getting harder to dig out good blogs. Not that there aren’t any, it just takes more time (then I had expected).

Also I raised my (arbitrary) editorial standard along the way, so compared to the earlier personal-ramblings type blogs that got in, I now tend to look for more-focused blogs or blogs with good writings.

Thanks for dropping by!

  • WordPress.com is a couple of months old.
  • Best Blog on WordPress just hit one month.
  • There are 80,000+ blogs on WordPress (my wild guess, based on the id).

Surely there are more good blogs to be found! Blogroll on.