Evolution of the Personal Homepage

Yesterday Frostfire announced the launch of Frostfirehive.com, a personal homepage application that’s initially designed to target Internet and technology users. Much like the way you can customize your Google homepage, Frostfirehive.com allows users to create personalized start pages. But, it also takes things a few steps further, making it easy to organize your news, websites, videos, games, photos, search engines, email and much more.

“We will see a move away from generic start pages as niches need guidance with their content. Single page aggregators are too rigid and generic customizable pages offer little help to users. The Frostfirehive.com default start page consists of basic instructions that can be removed once a user is familiar with the site,” said Chris Frost, Frostfirehive.com’s chief executive.

Pilgrim’s Picks for August 28 – Anniversary Edition

Today is my eighth wedding anniversary–and what a lucky man I am–so let’s celebrate with these great news stories.

What Does Google’s Mating Call Sound Like?

Dr. Ralph Wilson–yes, the legend–was at SES San Jose (not sure how I missed him) roving around with a microphone and video camera.

Aside from some interesting interviewsincluding this one with Cat Seda–he managed to get attendees to describe Google’s mating call.

How about “I’m Feeling Lucky” or maybe just “ChaChing!” ;-)

New York Times Archives Causing Google Reputation Nightmares

It seems the New York Times search engine optimization efforts are working well–maybe a little too well for some.

Now that more of the NYT’s archives are appearing in Google’s search results, many individuals are finding their past is catching up with them. Worse, it’s the NYT’s version of their past that contains misinformation.

People are coming forward at the rate of roughly one a day to complain that they are being embarrassed, are worried about losing or not getting jobs, or may be losing customers because of the sudden prominence of old news articles that contain errors or were never followed up.

As publishers struggle to compete with new media sources, they’re going to find more and more instances of stories that are outdated or don’t include any updates.

Yahoo Defends Decision to Cooperate with China

image Yahoo is asking for the dismissal of a court case brought against them for handing over information to the Chinese authorities, which lead to the conviction and alleged torture of Wang Xiaoning.

“Free speech rights as we understand them in the United States are not the law in China,” Yahoo said in a statement Monday. “Every sovereign nation has a right to regulate speech within its borders.”

Yahoo filed a motion to dismiss the case, saying it was compelled by Chinese law to hand over information to authorities including user registration information and email content.

Morgan Stanley Massaging YouTube Revenue Numbers?

How about a nice massage to start off your morning? Sorry, no scented oils or sounds of crashing waves here. Instead, we’re talking about the suggestion by TechDirt that Morgan Stanley internet analyst Mary Meeker massaged her YouTube calculations in order to fix a previous mistake.

After having her mistake pointed out to her by none other than Henry Blodget, Meeker went back and fixed the report. But she did more than just correct the math. She also tweaked some of her original assumptions so as to boost the significance of the new advertising scheme. Whereas she originally predicted that ads would be shown on approximately 1% of streams, that number has now been boosted to yield a greater revenue impact. Meeker’s new model now has the company garnering an additional $75-$189 million in net revenue over the coming year, as compared to the $720,000 that her original model predicted.

New Digg Home Page Goes Live With Video

It was just my luck that Marketing Pilgrim made the home page of Digg, just as the site went offline in preparation of its new look home page. I could curse my luck or instead get excited that Digg is listening to its users and making video content more prominent.


…we’ve gone live with improvements to our home page that allow you to see both news and videos on a single page. We’ve gotten a lot of feedback that the videos are entertaining but people miss them because they’re isolated. Bringing them back into the stream on the homepage will hopefully bring more life to videos on the site. If you prefer just news or only videos, you can easily customize your view by setting either as your default home page (login and choose “Customize”).