Posted on November 1, 2006 by Luke Armour
So, Google picked up JotSpot. I found out about this when JotSpot emailed me to assure me of my uninterrupted service.
JotSpot is a wiki service that I have used in the past. I like it’s functions, but have always found the interface to be slightly clunky. I haven’t used it in the last few weeks, but have wanted to implement some joint wiki projects at work. Maybe now I can consider it.
The email reads:
Why is Google acquiring JotSpot?
Google shares JotSpot’s vision for helping people collaborate, share and work together online. JotSpot’s team and technology are a strong fit with existing Google products like Google Docs & Spreadsheets and Google Groups.
What does this mean for JotSpot customers?
We believe that joining Google will accelerate our team’s vision of offering users the best collaboration platform on the web. Google shares that vision and presents us with the world’s best environment for delivering on it. We’ll be taking advantage of Google’s world-class systems infrastructure and operations expertise to ensure that access to your JotSpot is fast and reliable. We can’t share any of our plans publicly just yet, but we can tell you that we’re incredibly excited about the possibilities. We can’t think of a better company to have been acquired by.
Should be interesting. I’m very excited for what this will do to wiki services. I truly believe that as the world gets smaller and geography becomes less of an issue for collaborations, we will need tools fine-tuned to facilitate these projects. In fact, I could be wrong, but I believe FIR guys (Shel, Neville) are writing their podcasting book using JotSpot. So there’s a real life example for you. This is one to watch.
Update: Here‘s an NY Times article about the acquisition.
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Posted on August 30, 2006 by Luke Armour
In an display of excellent (read: unconscionable) communication skills, RadioShack recently followed through with its plans to dismiss 400 people at their Fort Worth headquarters WITH AN EMAIL.
ABC News (link) writes “Employees at the Fort Worth headquarters received an e-mail Tuesday morning telling them they were being dismissed immediately.”
No doubt internal communicator pundits (Shel, Ron, others) are having a stroke about this, and well they should be. HR people, PR people, and any other people with souls should be shaking their heads at this. I’m not sure what to say about this, but…wow.
There must be a logical reason why calling those employees (albeit, not a fun job) into a meeting (one-on-one, 100 at a time, all at once) and have the decency to tell them to their faces that they were being let go was considered an unreasonable concept.
Maybe the company, feeling the rocky road of low margins, decided it was too time consuming and would have adversely affected the bottom line. Sadly, it must have worked, ABC reports “Shares of RadioShack rose 29 cents, or 1.6 percent, to close at $18.21 Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange.”
I knew there was a reason besides crappy products, deplorable service, and hapless employees that I didn’t like RadioShack.
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Posted on May 25, 2006 by Luke Armour
I am really looking forward to this. Live-action commercials on stage before shows? The USA Today article goes into detail:
"I don't know why nobody has thought of it before, to have a live ad on stage for theater," said McLynn, who will perform before a production of "Saturday Night Fever" at the Gaiety.
"It will be a real thrill for the people who are here, as 1,500 people are going to have been at a world first, they will be able to go home and say not only did I see a great show last night, but I saw the first-ever live ad."
I think they can really get away with this. It's truly surprising that noone has made this popular before. Perhaps it was too sacred a place, but I think they can make a go of it if it's done properly. By "properly" I mean, of course, cleverly with humor and panache – and with the right product. Mr. Clean products? I don't think so. Trips to London? Could work…I'm hoping YouTube gets ahold of one of these as I'm keen to see what they look like.
My guess is that the novelty of them will make them permissable for a while, and by the time people get tired of them, they'll be commonplace.
Hat tip to Population Statistic, thanks, Costa.
This is acceptable, in stark contrast to this article from The NY Times about people who buy movie tickets online getting text requests on their phones to review movies they've seen. Now that's intrusive and people won't stand for it for very long. That's one to watch, too.
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