Shel Israel Doesn’t Like CEO Bloggers

I’ve just received my copy of Naked Conversations, but I am now thinking of simply returning it for a refund.

Shel Israel, co-author, just announced that maybe CEOs shouldn’t be let near a blog. He claims they simply don’t have what it takes, are not nearly as passionate about a company’s products and besides, they should be out playing golf.

What a load of junk! CEOs are exactly the type of person I want to hear from via a blog. While product managers are passionate about their product, they’re often blinkered to the task at hand. They are only able to see the world thru the lense of their own departmental focus. CEOs on the other hand, are able to see the bigger picture, understand the industry and share thoughts at a higher level.

Track Your Blog Influence

Many bloggers will enjoy figuring out their influence (mine is 12664) in the blogosphere using the nifty Blog Influence.

Meanwhile, it’s also a great tool for tracking your reputation. Did a blogger just post a negative post about your company? Now you can easily check their audience reach. Add to your toolbox immediately! :-)

Via Rand.

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Google Gunning for Paypal

I spoke to David Miller of yesterday and shared with him my thoughts on Google’s new payment processing service.

“PayPal also got a huge shot in the arm from eBay. So with that much clout, it was difficult for anybody to challenge PayPal. But now here comes the 800-pound gorilla called Google. They have got the clout to do this. It’s a natural extension of what they’ve been doing,” said Beal.

You gotta love those opportunities to use the old “800-pound gorilla” soundbite. ;-)

Defining Product Standards for Online Shopping

I caught up with Alan Rimm-Kaufman at SES in NYC who asked me to share with you an effort that is underway to bring some kind of standardization to online shopping datafeeds.

Why standardize, I hear you ask? According to ORDS (Online Retail Datafeed Standardization)…

The current lack of standards for online SKU-based advertising wastes time for all sides. This lack of standards hampers marketing creativity, reduces advertising reach for retailers, decreases ad revenue to the search engines, and leads to less data and choice for online shoppers.

The initiative has its own website at, where you can learn more and sign-up for more details.

Tool Shows Censorship in Google China Search Results

Brent Franson points to CenSEARCHip, a tool created by the University of Indiana School of Informatics, which compares search results for Google and Yahoo in different countries.

The tool is particularly useful for comparing results between Google’s U.S. results and those shown in China. A search for “Tiananmen square” demonstrates this.

The tool analyzes words and displays results as clusters, with the most commonly occurring words being bolded. More details here.

Google Trying to Index JavaScript?

Barry has details of what looks like an initiative by Google to index JavaScript. Is the Googlebot trying to find the hidden web?

How the Other Half Search

MarketingVOX has details of a new report from the Luxury Institute which outlines how the rich use the web.

On average, wealthy Americans use the internet seven days a week for an average of 3.2 hours per day…51 percent of wealthy consumers tell the Luxury Institute that they use the web to research products and services, and 43 percent say they “occasionally” or “frequently” buy products and services online.

Search and banner-ads appear to be the best way to attract them.