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Friend Clearinghouse

February 9, 2010 Leave a comment

I like the next generation of social networks, collective-intelligence and music recommendation sites that are spawning. I find a few of these sites to be incredibly innovative and creative.

However, every time a new site launches, I am asked to invite my friends, or to see who has already signed up. I will not invite another friend, or do a search for friends, again. I am done with having to introduce myself to every program I join. I find the same first-mover friends there. A feedback loop.

It is time for a friend clearinghouse. One site where I aggregate all of my friends, and from where I can grade them accordingly, with limits on their ability to access my collective intelligence.

@rich2001

Real Time or Steal Time.

February 5, 2010 Leave a comment

My grandfather used to read the morning paper. My father would watch the evening news. They would each have a scotch after dinner. Imagine if we increased our consumption of alcohol proportionally to our increase in media. Is it Real Time or Steal Time?

Many of my dearest friends and family members are too busy. They don’t have any free time. They spend so much energy on electronic media, that they have forgotten how to communicate face to face. There is just too much ground-breaking news, too many deals to close, too much information to absorb, and if you missed that split second when it was announced, well…

There have been recent studies that claim you spend more time on social media when you are depressed. I state the opposite is true. I believe social media causes depression, the way overeating causes diabetes.

Sometimes you just need to lift your head. Look around you. Look up, look down. See the piece of gum on the sidewalk before you step on it.

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Music Business Is Alive (V.1)

January 24, 2010 Leave a comment

I read Jeff Price of TuneCore‘s response to an article in Digital Music News questioning the validity of measurement tools related to the success of new artist’s in the digital world. Some excellent thoughts posted, I encourage you to read them. Here is my response:

It is back to the future. Great songs matter, not albums. Building a fan base matters, not marketing muscle. Making a living matters, not being a rockstar. The real question is how does one now measure success? Yes we are all competitive, so we need a chart. Or do we?

Is success measured by gross income across a weighted multitude of income streams? Would that be based on a calendar or fiscal year? Interesting concept the IRS would love.

Should all the indie distributors and artists report in to Nielson? Why, so numbers with a hint of authenticity can continue to create false impressions? What about streams, blog posts, search requests, touring schedule, and so on.

The point of your post is well taken. The old measurement tools are imperfect. The old guard is sadly blind in the woods. However, music creation is thriving. Success is measured individually. The music business is alive.

@rich2001

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Print Out A Hard Copy

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment

My memories are disappearing. No, it is not yet Alzheimers, or as some might argue, the youthful indiscretions. It is digital media.

The kids and I are out visiting Grandma. We are having a good laugh looking through old photographs, admiring handmade birthday cards, and reading handwritten love letters. Than all of a sudden, our lives ended, around 2000. No printed photos. We had to go to the desktop, peruse the laptops and backup hard drives, than prowl fb. The funny emails we sent to each other were archived with file extentions you couldn’t make up, ‘.pst’. Yes, I was.

There is a new rule in the house. Make a hard copy. Print it out. Otherwise my kids will only be able to laugh about, and remember, their parent’s and grandparent’s lives with their children. And yes, I am printing this post.

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