After getting sent this awesome band website for Spoon (by Matt), I realized that it makes little to no sense for bands to underdevelop the only part of their online presence they have any control over. Blog posts, pitchfork features? What’s the point when you point current and potential fans to an uninspiring experience? When they get a somewhat customized MySpace Page? Since reading about Topspin Media’s new products, I’ve been thinking a LOT about the importance of a good band website and making sure that artists’ have enough content and information to turn a casual web surfer into someone who cares about their next move. What are some other incredible, unique and approporate band websites have you gone to lately?
The internet unleashes the creativity of what Henry James used to call the great American public. What can the great American public do? It can—it turns out, we didn’t actually know this about Americans—insult you, mercilessly, daily, quite cleverly, doggedly. But you’d be blinkered to think that’s all the great Americna public can do. It can also compile exhaustive summaries of all the movies ever made, and their actors, and the lyrics of songs. It can take those movies, or songs, transfer them to digital, and post clips of them on YouTube, making them fully searchable and enjoyable to the rest of the American public (and the world). And finally it can send you cute photos—or even drawings—of its puppies.
Each of us must choose which fount of creativity we tap. Today I choose puppies. Look at this pretty drawing.
Tomorrow I go back to insult. This isn’t the puppy channel after all.
Keith Gessen likens himself a writer. He makes a huge mess trying to get across such a simple concept here. I don’t know much about writing, but isn’t the mark of a good writer to be able to get a point across clearly and elegantly?
“Some of the most difficult words in any language are, “We made a mistake. We are sorry. Forgive us.” They are but a few words, yet one cannot overestimate the power they have to change the dynamics of a fraught situation. Would the incoming U.S. president have that greatness of moral stature and magnanimity?”—
They create flashmob like outings where participants/consumers agree to go to a store at a specific day and buy stuff (like they’d normally do). To participate, the stores agree to use a specific percentage of those sales to decrease their carbon/environmental impact (changing lightbulbs, efficient heating/cooling, solar, recycling etc).
Saw this a while ago on Scott Heiferman’s blog. Absolutely love what these guys are doing. Hoping Carrotmob can continue to grow.
“There are many things that Google does really well, and I plan to advocate that some of these things be adopted at Microsoft. Among them is the peer-based review model where one’s performance is determined largely based on peer comments, and much less so based on the observations of the manager. The idea that a manager is far easier to fool than the co-workers are is sound and largely works. A very important side-effect that this model produces is an increased amount of cooperation between the people, and generally better relationships within the team.”—
Sergey Solyanik, who just moved from Google to Microsoft
“Mudcat, who describes himself as “an old-timey Democrat: pro-gun, pro-God, pro fiscal conservatism,” is tired of teaching remedial Mudcat Math to deaf ears in his own party. It can be distilled as The Twofer Strategy: If you get a rural white voter who otherwise would have voted for McCain to switch to Obama, his vote is worth twice as much as a vote from your standard “liberal pinko commie” or your MTV Rock-the-Voter, since Obama not only accrues one vote for himself, but also takes one away from McCain. Campaigns that court the base while ignoring voters who could be won over are “hunting squirrels they’ve already killed.”—
Meet an unlikely Democrat in the Appalachia region of the US. Matt Labash talks to Dave “Mudcat” Saunders about how Obama can woo the ‘Guns & God’ types in ‘When Bubba Meets Obama’, The Weekly Standard. (via kapookababy)
This, in my mind, is key to Obama wrapping this thing up.
I’ve been able to transform my company with Xobni, I got everyone using it, since we’re all Outlook users here. It makes our jobs so much easier. Its basically your Inbox assistant, keeps track of the people you email, the documents you share, the conversations you have.
Now theres a Xobni for your Gmail, and its called Xoopit. I hardly use Gmail in my browser, but if you do, you will find this extremely useful.
“In terms of comic book film adaptations this is the pinnacle. The argument saying this is The Godfather Part II of comic book movies would insinuate that Batman Begins is on equal terms with the original Godfather, which is far from true. However, if we could call this The Godfather of comic book movies I wait anxiously for what may/will become the film that caps off the trilogy.”—Ropeofsilicon.com’s early review of The Dark Knight [ via Gawker ]