Pilgrim’s Picks for September 22 – Fishing for News Edition

I’m currently in the pretty town of Durango, CO. I’m here to speak to a group of government CIOs about the benefits of social media. However, after checking into my room–and taking the photo below from my balcony–I wish I were here to just fish.

Fly Fishing in Durango

No big announcements in the world today, but here’s what I managed to hook ;-)

  • The New York Times explains why advertisers have nothing to fear from a Google/Yahoo deal.
  • Meanwhile, TechCrunch rebukes the NYT and explains why we have everything to fear.
  • Google announces a new blog directory and iGoogle widget to help you keep track of all the official Google blog posts.
  • The Blog Council and Gas Pedal announce a one day seminar on "How Big Companies Use Social Media." Mark your calendars for October 28; San Jose Convention Center.

Linky Goodness, September 19

I’m still miffed about Wednesday’s party, so I’ll only be speaking to you through links.

Rumor: eBay Selling StumbleUpon

It’s like when one of those Hollywood couples who you thought would really last breaks up. Okay, no, not really. It’s more like when one of those Hollywood couples who you thought “WHAT? Why? That’s gotta be Photoshopped” breaks up. After 16 months of marriage, eBay is rumored to be looking for buyers for the popular social discovery service StumbleUpon.

The reports come from TechCrunch‘s venerable sources that eBay is in touch with Deutsche Bank to find a buyer. So far, TC’s sources have been right at each step of the way, predicting not only the acquisition in April 2007 well before eBay’s then-CEO Meg Whitman would announce it (she denied it), but the exact date of the $75M acquisition announcement the following month.

New Twitter Design for Its Benefit, Not Ours

Like anyone that uses a social networking tool on a frequent basis, I’ve become accustomed to the way Twitter looks and operates. So, when the company–without warning–changed the design, I had the typical knee-jerk reaction: Nooooooooo!

Just when I knew exactly where everything was and how it worked, Twitter made sweeping changes–apparently without consulting with its users first. I’ve not seen too many Tweets showing delight for the new navigation location.

But, I’m not naive. Despite Twitter doing its best to push these features as huge benefits for its users–perhaps we’ll learn to love them–these changes are not about us. Nope, they’re about Twitter’s ability to grow and remain stable in the process. Here’s the statement to that effect:

Microsoft’s New “I’m a PC” TV Ads for Your Enjoyment

In case you’ve not seen the new Microsoft TV ads–the ones that replace follow-up the Seinfeld ones–we’ve got all three below.

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The Consumer and Social Media

A new report from Universal McCann, one of the world’s largest media service firms, looks at how Internet based commentary is an increasingly powerful force.

Blogs, Twitter, FriendFeed, Fecebook, and other forms of social media are not only shaping thoughts, they are also shapping where dollars are spent through reviews and product descriptions.

According to the report the growth in social media and consumer opinion online has leveled the playing field in sectors where expertise has traditionally been key to purchase decisions such as finance, the advice of total strangers is being increasingly trusted.

The report, When Did We Start Trusting Strangers? , is based on a survey of 17,000 Internet users in 29 countries and examines the growth of consumer recommendation and the tools that drive it across the globe.

Linky Goodness, September 18 – Y’Don’t Say Edition

I’m most disappointed in you. Yes, you. You didn’t come to my party yesterday. You’re so not invited to November’s NC Ratification Celebration.

Meanwhile, today’s links could all be followed with “Y’don’t say!”