Does the Kid Stay in the Picture?, from the NY Times This article gives a brief history of Netflix, which is cool. But more interesting is this little quote buried at the very end of the article, by the founder of Netflix, Reed Hastings: “If we differentiate the Web site well enough, with rating histories and other features consumers want, that’s our strategic leverage.” This reminded me of Fred’s post.. Read More

The blog event horizon

When I was at the Web Conference in NYC in May, Marianne and I participated in the pre-conference Workshop on the Weblogging Ecosystem: Aggregation, Analysis and Dynamics. I remember someone in that workshop saying that most blogs that don’t survive are discontinued within 4 months of the writer starting them up. Four months is the blog event horizon. Well, yesterday was my 4-month anniversary with this thing, so I guess.. Read More