Mar 062007
 

Ok, so I know I’m a bit behind in the news, but tribe got purchased by Cisco. I am surprised and saddended by the impending death of tribe. Tribe has had a tumultious past, with the CEO’s leaving, people hating the new everything, and the CEO’s returning. For all this talk about the awesomeness of virb (more on that later) tribe should have been the myspace killer.

A ‘tribe’ is simply a group with a forum, events calendar, photos. Your personal landing page is a smorgesboard of information–stats, friends, friends’ blog entries, photos, etc etc. My favorite piece of info is the prominently displayed randomly selected photo from one of my friends. I can easily drag and drop modules, edit their titles, and hide the ones I don’t want to see. I can hook in multiple feeds to my profile (ex: jumpcut movies, flickr photos and blog entries). When I am looking at someone’s profile, within 4 degrees I can see all the ways I am connected to that person. (Facebook used to have this feature, but it’s nowhere to be found)

All these lovely features aside, the best part about tribe is the community. Tribe is pretty much the online hangout of the artsy-burningman-alternative-lifestyle crowd. If I wanted to find something hip and underground-ish to do on any given evening, I went to tribe. If I wanted to find belly dancing lessons or welding classes, I went to tribe. If I wanted to reconnect with someone I met at a party , well, if s/he didn’t have a tribe profile that was the end of that relationship.

Unfortunately, their userbase is not that big. In some ways I am very glad that tribe never picked up the myspace types (that bubbling cestpool of trashy preteens and spammers). Though I am happy for the employees and the investors, I am deeply saddended by this purchase. Tribe has had a rocky past, so maybe this is just another bump in the road. Cisco may prove me wrong and turn tribe around. One can only hope.

Thoughts?

Feb 132007
 

A few years ago while I was hanging out in Soda, I bumped into an acquaintance who had already graduated. We got to chatting, and he was telling me about the “roses” his company sold. He worked for a dating site, and they had this idea to sell flower graphic that show up on the receivers profile page for a few days (because flowers wilt, duh!). They had $1 and $2 dollar flowers, and the $10 red rose. They didn’t think anyone would buy the top flower; it was supposed be the ‘top shelf scotch’–taken out only for special occasions. It turns out that people bought more red roses than any other flower. Receivers often got confused and upset when the flowers ‘wilted’ and disappeared. This was brilliant. The ROI on this was huge. It would only be a matter of time before this plan caught on.

Enter facebook. They have introduced ‘gifts’ for $1. I suspect that these gifts will make facebook a tidy chunk of change. When they take it a step further, they will probably will introduce tiers of gifts, and the more expensive pngs will be better designed (one would hope. They could simply be the most popular pngs, hence the free gift to gather data. The first one is always free.)

And yes, they are popular. When I was musing about who I should give my one gift to, Ashot immediately claimed it. Why? Well, of course you know why. My berkeley self cries out. And while I am laughing at the absurdity of paying money for these pictures, would you be so kind as to give me your one gift?

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Sep 122006
 

The best facebook thread ever:

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Dan Nguyen (Orange County, CA) wrote 11 hours ago
Hi,

Is there a tutorial showing how to setup a webapp or a desktopapp.

Because in the section apikey, it not very clear on what to put there.
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Mike Coyne (Towson) replied to Dan’s post 11 hours ago
What do you mean by API Key? It’s pretty clear cut, it’s what facebook gives you…
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Joel Seligstein (Tennessee) replied to Dan’s post 11 hours ago
Dan,

Read the documentation… register for an api_key. There’s no confusion about that, really. Read first, then we can help. Also use a client that already exists and you shouldn’t have a problem.
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Dan Nguyen (Orange County, CA) wrote 2 hours ago
Hi Joel,

how do I register for a api_key?
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Michael Ryan (UCLA) replied to Dan’s post 2 hours ago
Go to http://developers.facebook
.com/account.php and register a project there. They will give you the relevant information.

Also, what language do you think you’ll be using?
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Dan Nguyen (Orange County, CA) wrote about an hour ago
I am going to be using english
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Joel Seligstein (Tennessee) replied to Dan’s post about an hour ago
We’re going to have problems.
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Michael Ryan (UCLA) replied to Dan’s post 21 minutes ago
I don’t mean to disrespect at all in asking this, so please don’t take this the wrong way.

Do you have any programming experience? If not, this is not the place to be..
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Jul 272006
 

For those of you who haven’t heard, Facebook and itunes are offering their users 25 pre-selected songs a week

This week’s ‘alternative’ list:
The Kill – 30 Seconds to Mars
Elevate Myself – Grandaddy
Honesty � Cartel
Consolation Prizes � Phoenix
Fraud in the ’80s – Mates of State.
Take Off Your Clothes � Morningwood
Blackout – Amusement Parks on Fire
Out Here All Night – Damone
Sway – The Perishers
Bonnie Brae – The Twilight Singers
Hair – The Early November
Boston – Augustana
Flavor – Girls In Hawaii
Open Book – The Rakes
Midnight – Novatone
Wild Garden – Magneta Lane
Calm – Maritime
Je Ne Te Connais Pas – Prototype
Cloud Watch – Lol Hammond
Landslide – Chris Stills
Light Pollution – Dirty on Purpose
Creation Lake – The Movie
Poison – My American Heart
Fly Me Away – Goldfrapp
Wish I Was a Punk Rocker – Sandi Thom

Jul 272006
 

For those of you who haven’t heard, Facebook and itunes are offering their users 25 pre-selected songs a week

This week’s ‘alternative’ list:
The Kill – 30 Seconds to Mars
Elevate Myself – Grandaddy
Honesty � Cartel
Consolation Prizes � Phoenix
Fraud in the ’80s – Mates of State.
Take Off Your Clothes � Morningwood
Blackout – Amusement Parks on Fire
Out Here All Night – Damone
Sway – The Perishers
Bonnie Brae – The Twilight Singers
Hair – The Early November
Boston – Augustana
Flavor – Girls In Hawaii
Open Book – The Rakes
Midnight – Novatone
Wild Garden – Magneta Lane
Calm – Maritime
Je Ne Te Connais Pas – Prototype
Cloud Watch – Lol Hammond
Landslide – Chris Stills
Light Pollution – Dirty on Purpose
Creation Lake – The Movie
Poison – My American Heart
Fly Me Away – Goldfrapp
Wish I Was a Punk Rocker – Sandi Thom