Remember this report about how the iPad was a cert for Verizon?:
“The tablet will be supported by multiple [mobile] carriers,” said Brian Marshall of Broadpoint AmTech, citing unnamed sources he said were close to the situation. “Verizon and others,” he continued. “Definitely Verizon. I’ve been told that’s a certainty.”
As I said at the time, there is more chance that Apple will expand to another US carrier which uses GSM than it will build hardware tailored to a single US network.
def dayCoder(self):: Blog Comments:
“The first post on this blog linking to an external source linked to Daring Fireball. That’s no coincidence. Had there been comments, I’d have left one alongside dozens of others that would be ignored and forgotten.
So thanks, John and Ian for indirectly and directly getting me to post stuff here that at least I’ll be able to read again sometime.”
I have posts on here dating back to 2002, and it probably would be much longer if I hadn’t initially used a weird dead end of a blogging platform. Comments? I have no idea how many are still in existence.
If you write blog posts, you own your own words. If you comment on other people’s posts, they get to decide if your words live or die.
And if you spend your time pouring your heart and sole into comments written on platforms like Google Buzz or FriendFeed… well you might as well type them out on paper, make them into paper planes, and throw them out of the window.
Market research often falls down on one simple flaw: if you ask consumers what features they want before you show them a product, it’s almost never in line with what they end up buying:
“Consumers didn’t ask for tablets,” she points out in her summary. “In fact, Forrester’s data shows that the top features consumers say they want in a PC are a complete mismatch with the features of the iPad.”
If you give someone a feature list of the iPad, almost no one would buy it. Yet, give them the product, and they do. The “check list” approach to marketing fails – unless you’re marketing to someone who buys with a check list in hand. And who, other than IT managers, ever does that?
From let’s test it, then:
“does this create a conversation? or does my lack of authority result in no public acknowledgment of my opinion.”
Here you go
“equity always matters, guys. say what(ever a-list bitchy shit) you want about commenters riding your coattails — and i agree with winer,* comment streams are poor/cynical substitutes for open fora — the elements of chance and ordinary division of labor play as much a part of putting writers out front as any other factor.”
I don’t think the point that I was making was about anyone “riding your coattails”. It’s more that when you write a comment on someone else’s site, what you’re doing is saying that your own voice is less important, that you can only get attention by saying something in their space, not your own.
There’s a couple of problems with this. First, on any popular site, there are so many comments that you might as well not bother. Once you have more than a few comments, people stop reading them. When I’ve had a popular post with many comments, I’ve ended up answering the same question over and over again because people haven’t read the answer I’ve already given.
Second, and it’s worth saying again: A link is way, way more valuable to your own “equity” than a comment will ever be. The Daring Fireball link to my post on commenting has, so far, sent around 2,000 unique visitors my way. That’s 2,000 opportunities that people will sign up to my RSS feed, follow me on Twitter, or just remember my name and that I wrote something vaguely interesting. A comment on Daring Fireball would have delivered much less of that.
Hopefully, a few of those people will be inspired to write something on their own blogs, too.