More-descriptive photos on Flickr

If you’ve ever seen description-box overlays on photos posted to Flickr, the great photo-sharing service, I just discovered how to do it. It’s a simple feature within Flickr. Just get to one of your own photos on Flickr and you should see an “Add note” tab. The interface is simple and you can add as…

I hope you weren’t planning on a newspaper career

How bad are things looking for the newspaper industry? They’re so bad … that the Minneapolis Star Tribune has stopped giving employees free copies of the newspaper. Instead, they get access to a NewsStand eEdition digital replica of the print edition. … Funny, yet sad.

Cingularly pissed off

I remember hearing recently about a website where people share (or should I say, vent) stories of bad customer-service experiences. I need that site. I need to vent! I’m trying to get a new cell phone to replace my broken one; there’s a particular brand-new model that I want to buy. My service is with…

‘Interns don’t get no respect’

The March issue of Bike magazine showed up in my mail this week. It’s pretty fat this month: 180 pages, with lots of ads. … Which made this notice all the more offensive: Headline: “bike magazine needs you.” Followed by a few paragraphs begging for interns to come work for the magazine for no compensation…

What’s in a (lousy) name?

Microsoft’s online classifieds service (described by Gary Price as “Social Networking + Free Classified and Event Listings”) went to public beta recently. It’s thought to have been designed as a “Craigslist killer.” The service currently is called Windows Live Expo, a name that surely was decided on by groupthink. While under development you may have…

Craigslist: More ads than all U.S. newspaper classifieds

From Jemima Kiss’ report on Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster’s appearance at a conference in London earlier this week: “By building a community where anyone can post a classified advert for free, Craigslist sites now generate a staggering 3 billion page views every month and run more classifieds than every U.S. newspaper combined.” Wow. I can’t…

Gillmor explains media to BBC’s audience

Dan Gillmor has begun writing a series of columns on the general theme of citizen media for the BBC News website. The first debuted today, “Technology feeds grassroots media.” Dan, of course, is director of the Center for Citizen Media.

Hey, NBC! Stop it!

NBC pulling the Natalie Portman rap video off YouTube is just about the dumbest thing imaginable. Leave it alone and let the viral video renew interest in Saturday Night Live. … Is this some sneaky strategy by NBC execs to actually generate more interest in the video and SNL? Maybe they’re smarter than it appears?…

I can stop e-mailing any time … Umm, not really

My name’s Steve and I am an e-mail addict. … My favored e-mail provider is Google’s Gmail; I’ve gone through a bunch of e-mail solutions over the years, from Pine to Eudora to Outlook to Nelson E-mail Organizer to corporate e-mail systems (ugh!), and Gmail is by far the best. Gmail went down for a…

In the Green in New Zealand

Sam Morgan’s one lucky guy. Not only does he get to live in New Zealand (which I can attest from a recent trip is a fantastic place), but he just sold his online auction business, Trade Me, to Australia’s Fairfax Holdings for NZ $700 million in cash (about US $456 million). Morgan is all of…

Runners from another dimension

I’m impressed that Brad Feld (Boulder-based venture capitalist and an investor in my company) has run six marathons in six states, and intends to have run 50 of them in 50 states by the time he turns 50 (December 1, 2015). I’ve got only one marathon completed and am proud of that; after all, it’s…

Newspaper industry: Let’s target old people!

There’s some good stuff in the latest issue of Classified Intelligence Report, a paid industry newsletter. For instance, there’s news about MySpace getting into the classifieds business — an incredible opportunity for the social-networking site. (I wrote about this over at Poynter’s E-Media Tidbits today.) That’s an example of an old-line media company (Rupert Murdoch’s…

Comments and trackbacks live happily together

I’m using WordPress for this blog; it’s the first time I’ve used it. I’m using a theme (a.k.a., template) from Binary Moon. I didn’t plan for this — it seems to be the default — but my blog combines user comments on my items with trackbacks to other bloggers who link to or comment about…

A night of home theater, courtesy of Craigslist

My mountain-biking group here in Bouder had a get-together last night — a potluck dinner followed by a biking movie (“Earthed3: Europa“: lots of nice MTB action but weak on plot or character development!). One of our members has turned a basement family room into a home theater, complete with two rows of real theater…