Archive for October, 2007

Plaxo is…

Monday, October 29th, 2007

a “networked address book” and a precursor to social networks. As per an interview with John McCrea, VP of Marketing for Plaxo. Thanks to Thom Singer for the interview, you can check it out here.

McCrea says that Plaxo did indeed ask itself (or themselves) if the world really did need another social network. I’m surprised that their conclusion was yes… except that they did have an amazing foundation to start Pulse.

Says that next few months will be really exciting (because of the open social web – I’m guessing this is the API stuff that we’re seeing from Facebook). Sounds exciting but (a) it’s social networking, and I’m social networked out, and (b) aren’t marketing directors supposed to be excited about the next few months?

It’s a really interesting 30 minutes, worth your time.   I would like to hear what McCrea’s position is on LinkedIn, Facebook, MySpace, Salesforce, etc. as competition.

Hi, my name is Jake Malba

Friday, October 26th, 2007

huh_confused.pngme: I’m calling for so-and-so

the guy: Who’s this?

me: Jason Alba

the guy: (slowly) Jake Malba??

me: … no, J-A-S-O-N A-L-B-A …

……….. maybe I should have just stuck with Jake Malba.

Dear Skype, You Failed Me :(

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

but I still love youToday I had a very cool radio interview. Well, it was a recording and essentially a podcast… it was being recorded, and it will be linked to from a newspaper in central California.

But about 10 minutes into it Skype hung up the call.

DUDE. Seriously, what the freak?

I love Skype, and I use it all the time. But for “mission critical” stuff, like live or recorded interviews, I’m gun shy. Make that, skype shy :(

I have an elevator crush on…

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

door_close_button.pngSee, Pete Johnson has the “nerd crush” market cornered. This is like asking Michael Jordan who he thinks are awesome basketball players… so if Pete has a nerd crush on someone, then I do too.

But I can’t really follow Pete in declaring who I have a nerd crush on. And being the junkie blogger that I am, I figured I needed to have some kind of crush on something. So, after my recent trip to Savannah, I figured out what that was. I have elevator crushes.

The best, funnest, coolest elevator that I had a crush on was at the Caribe Hilton. This elevator went up about 22 floors… and it was fast… and fun. For an eleven year old chump, this was one of the thrills of living in temporary quarters (we would go sneak in the resort, ride the elevator, go to the tidal pools, etc.). I will never forget this elevator.

But in Savannah, I experienced an elevator that trumps this one. It only went up six floors. And I can’t say that it was speedy fast. But it had something that no other elevator has (at least, no elevator that I’ve every stepped into). The “door close” button actually closes the doors – immediately!

Don’t you hate pushing the door close and then waiting seconds for it to begin shutting? It’s like it never really did anything, just made you feel like you were doing something.

But in Savannah, as soon as you push the door close button, it started to close.  Yes, I have an elevator crush on that elevator.

The world would be a better place if all elevators had this neat little feature.

(yes, I really am this weird. I just had to blog about it. If you aren’t a blogger, you wouldn’t understand :p)

MarketingProfs.com rocks

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

I knew about MarketingProfs.com… but didn’t really know how powerful they were. My first introduction was when Kirsten and William wrote an article about personal branding and included a link to JibberJobber. I can’t remember how many dozens of people signed up for JibberJobber that day, and the trickle of signups in the next couple of weeks… it was definitely enough to turn my head.

Recently, I was invited to write an article related to my book, I’m on LinkedIn — Now What??? Today I learned that the article is being cycled on their front page of main articles. HUGE thanks to MarketingProfs for the opportunity and visibility!

MarketingProfs is cool!