About Robert Scoble

Robert Scoble is the founder of the Scobleizer blog. I work at Rackspace and am building a community for people fanatical about the Internet called building43. You can call me at +1-425-205-1921 or email me at scobleizer@gmail.com. There’s a really excellent about page over on Wikipedia about me. I didn’t write a single word about it, but I do watch to make sure it’s accurate.
Wired: Bloggers Get it Wrong

Wired Magazine’s Ryan Singel and Kevin Poulsen says that the bloggers got it wrong about Ted Stevens "protecting children" bill. The Wired post ends: "Also the blog world famously claims it’s self-correcting. 27B anxiously awaits proof."

Wikipedia isn’t commercial? Yeah, right.

By the way, Ryan and Kevin’s blog post doesn’t have a link to the bill’s text that works. Anyone have a link that works? Post it in my comments. Thanks!

Microsoft Picks Up Another Interesting Person

Michael Gartenberg joins Microsoft. Jeff’s helping to put together an interesting team!

Oh, and Microsoft’s Mix07 conference (which is planned in the group that Jeff is a part of) is getting more and more interesting too. I’ll be there.

I wonder what Ray Ozzie will introduce there. The silence from Ray lately is getting deafening.

Google Blog Search Gets Technorati Developer

I was just over at Don Park’s blog and saw that Kevin Marks, a familiar face to those of us in the tech blogging world, has left Technorati and gone to Google to work on blog search.

Community Spam Deletion’s Downside

Andy Beard has an interesting article about Akismet’s spam deletion service (I use it here – if I didn’t, you’d have thousands of pieces of spam get through to my comment area every day).

I have noticed that the numbers of false positives (comments of yours getting deleted) are going up. But I’ve been going through and adding those back in.

Wrong About NoFollow

I was a supporter of the nofollow link, which told search engines not to count that link in their popularity ranking algorithms.

But, after seeing Loren Baker’s post about how lame nofollow is, I find I’m changing my mind.

Scoble Interviews Wikipedia

The Chairwoman of Wikipedia foundation, Florence Devouard, is interviewed on video by Nicolas Charbonnier and part of her speech at LIFT is online in the last third of his eight-minute video. On screen is a slide showing Wikipedia’s growth, which is one context behind why Wikipedia needs more funds/donations to keep up in the future. When your service is doubling every few months in near-exponential growth you need to think about how you’re going to pay for future servers and pay for more bandwidth.

Arrington and Calacanis Announce Conference

I’m sitting with Mike Arrington right now (the guy who does TechCrunch) and he and Jason Calacanis are starting a new “demo” conference. Here’s Jason’s writeup. Here’s Mike’s.

Windows Vista vs. OSX Debate

OK, if you like short videos you won’t like these. Move along. Click “J” if you’re using Google Reader.

Apple Pays Bloggers’ Legal Fees

Wow, Apple is ordered to pay $700,000 for bloggers’ legal fees.

Blog Search Engine Comparison
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OK, let’s look again at blog search engines. It’s been just about an hour since Seagate’s news went up.

Vista vs. OSX, the Two-hour Definitive Word

I remember having great discussions about Microsoft vs. Apple back in the 1980s and 1990s. We all survived those years without too many hurt feelings.

Microsoft, Look to Krugle for Your Search Woes

It’s just amazing to me that Microsoft has continued with a failed search strategy, even after it’s apparent to EVERYONE (including Microsoft’s CFO) that what they are doing isn’t working.

Calling Jonathan Schwartz

Matt Mullenweg (the guy who started Automattic, which produces Wordpress, which runs this blog and many others) tells Jonathan Schwartz that Sun Microsystems isn’t there for startups.

YouTube Pulls Down Posts

JD Lasica had a post removed from YouTube the other day.

New Media at CES

Renee Blodget, Silicon Valley PR queen, notes that press rooms and other places were a lot more crowded at CES due to more bloggers.

Is Scoble Wrong About Netflix?

Ahh, Netflix is doing online videos. But, this isn’t the Verisign thing I saw last week at CES. It’s streaming only. It’s Windows only. I don’t believe that it’s HD.

CES: The Highs and Lows

I’m still not 100% after CES. It’s amazing what a week of three-hour-a-night sleep does to your body.

The iPhone Reality Sets In

I was much more excited about the iPhone yesterday than I am today. Why? Cause reality is setting in.

Is AppleTV Xbox without the “X?”

Phil Waligora, who works at Microsoft, is watching Steve Jobs’ keynote (I’m not, but am trying to check in here and there) and calls me out, wondering if I’ll say the just announced AppleTV is innovative.

CES: The Coolest Thing

I think the coolest thing that many of the bloggers in the BlogHaus saw was the water show in front of the Bellagio tonight. Paul Mooney recorded it.

Will CES to be a Snore?

Seagate gets out in front of CES news with announcements that a terabyte hard drive is coming. It’s on top of TechMeme.

Achievements: How MS Will Edge in on Google

Mark my words, the popularity of Microsoft’s “points” system (aka “Xbox 360 achievements”) is going to be how Microsoft comes back against Google and Yahoo.

AOL Letting People Sell Videos

I’m not planning on doing this – anyone want to buy boring, long videos with Web 2.0 CEOs? Heheh.

Why Bash Microsoft But Not Nokia?

Nokia is giving out cell phones to bloggers just like Microsoft gave laptops out, according to Steve Garfield, who got one of the cell phones and wrote a review.