Archive for November, 2007

My Best Recruiting Call Yet

I got my best recruiting call yet last week.  The position was Director of New Media for a biotech/pharma company, a bit past the startup phase (1100 employees, US$227m revenue), but certainly no big fish.  The scope was to ensure the company voice was well placed in the world of social media, and set an appropriate strategy for the same.  Too cool – isn’t that just a further extension what I’m currently trying to do, but not quite getting credit for? 😉

I’m too pleased with my current employer to be on the market.  But I do enjoy window shopping.  As intriguing as this position sounds, it was also a relocation situation, with the company being out East.  I love the coast, but I love MN even more.

And that was the most amusing part of the call.  The recruiter commented that she just “could not pull anyone out of Minnesota” and added “you guys must really have the lifestyle”!  Indeed.  It’s not for everyone, but it most definitely suits me.

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links for 2007-11-21

Will the Real SOA Please Stand Up

Jon Udell’s post around a podcast he did is a great read – check out A conversation with Rohit Khare about syndication-oriented architecture.  I’m so much more interested in feed/syndication oriented architectures, rather than SOA.  Maybe that’s just because I’m a content nut, and haven’t had to deal with heavy transactional systems.

Or maybe it’s because I value loose coupling, lightweight aggregation, and mashability over process and governance woes, and never ending abstract specifications.

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My Wishlist for Garmin Connect

As some of us die hard geek runners wait for the upcoming release of Garmin Connect for additional Garmin devices, I thought I would send them a few features on my wishlist:

  • flickr-style privacy levels
    I want to be able to setup levels like family, friends, and public and decide who sees what. Sounds like this is already on the schedule. Facebook has a nice fine-grained (maybe ad nauseum) model around sharing – maybe I want to share distance, pace, and time with everyone but specific location with only friends.
  • Facebook-style groups
    I want to be able to join spontaneous groups the Facebook way. It would be great to have groups for events, groups for specific training goals, or who knows what else. In addition to the usual discussion/calendar stuff, Connect would have the interesting advantage of being able to mash member data.
  • Go nuts with feeds
    I want a few more feed options. URI-based querying for feed filtering would be a great start. And how about not just HTML-based content in the feeds, but maybe a GPX-based feed for…
  • More widget options
    Featuring elevation in your whole enchilada Viewport isn’t so interesting to some of us in flatland. Even though I’m no Boston qualifier, pace might be a little more equalizing. You’ve got such a wicked cool Player, which not throw that into a widget? But like I said above, maybe structured feeds would be a good start – then your community can innovate the widgets.
  • Better pricing models
    I hate to throw this one at anybody, but when I see what I get for $25/year with flickr pro, it sets the bar (low) for everyone. Maybe I should have played with Standard features more during my first 30 days to appreciate them, but without some of the above, $100/year is sounding spendy. I don’t think people hesitate at flickr’s price level. Who knows what Garmin will do with pricing though…

But it’s easy to point out shortcomings. The fact is that MotionBased rocks and is a cool way to track and share running experiences. Evidently Garmin agreed – great job gang!

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links for 2007-11-05


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