Purpose of Hands

When Drew finished the Mac client for release, I sent an “update request” to all my address book trying to get them to join Plaxo.

The Update Request has them update information in my Address Book, instead of asking them to become a member where the information is updated automatically and they get synchronization between their address books and with my contact information to boot. I wanted the latter but that only happens after the user has already done the former. I’m confused just trying to explain it.

See the problem is that the former benefits just me. The latter benefits them first, and me second.

Buried in the Windows client, there was an invite wizard and with today’s release this is exposed from the website under the campaign: “The Purpose of Hands.” (There is a pretty sophomoric parody on a tag line like that that I thought of while working on these pages—I’m sure you can guess:)

Purpose of hands

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LinkedIn does Groups

I got my first(?) Caltech Alumni spam today which led me to this page which led me to this page.

The cool thing about LinkedIn Groups feature (finding this is an interesting case of buried UI) is that this stuff seems to be officially/unofficially sponsored by the groups hosted by LinkedIn. This means I get a cool logo next to my vanity profile:

Caltech Alumni Logo on LinkedIn

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Zugster Custom bags

I’m not too sure where this belongs, but a website mentions a custom bag manufacturer: Zugster bags. These are real custom, made-to-order messenger bags right down to the pockets, pads, and the stitching.

Yes, it’s expensive and the wait is going to be like three months but flipping through these bags gives me a big smile:

Zero Per Gallon-3
Derek’s “Heart of Pennsylvania” bag next to Jonny5’s Baileyworks with zeropergallon.com patch. These bags highlight two things close to my heart: Western Pennsylvania and bicycling.

I mention this because they are using Flickr for hosting images of these bags as they’re created. Here is the set for their messenger bag line.
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Web SIG’s red pill

I promised Bess I’d mention that I’ll be at WebSIG’s “Wiki Technology and Trends” event taking photos and generally making an ass of myself.

Admission is free with RSVP do it!

Because it is Halloween, there is a suggested dress code of being an Agent which I’ve mixed feelings about. On one hand, I don’t have that sort of tie and dress shirt lying around; on the other hand, I look devilishly handsome in a suit. 😀
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…and from now on, start playing with Facebook

I finally created a Facebook account. Someone mentioned FaceBook being the new MySpace just one e-mail before Aaron (who has been working at Facebook for a couple years now) sent me an invite.

I took that as a sign from God.

Mitch: [As the voice of Jesus] …And from now on, stop playing with yourself.
Kent: It is God…
Real Genius, a Caltech favorite

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PR 2.0

Here’s Brian Solis’s blog I ran across because of the latest Lunch 2.0 event (oDesk): PR 2.0. Since I’m not a PR/Marketing type I don’t understand it, but other readers might find it useful in finding there is more to Web 2.0 marketing than “viral marketing.”

Actually, I’m hurt that in PR 2.0’s latest article, Jeremiah credited Joseph with co-founding Lunch 2.0 instead of me. He deserves to be boinked for that one, especially because I distinctly remember explaining to him how four of us founded Lunch 2.0 before I blacked out at the del.icio.us party.

Here I’m telling the Lunch 2.0 story to Kay. Obviously she is overpowered to be talking to the guy who ponied up all the venture capital for Lunch 2.0 ($2.95 for the domain name). I only had three glasses of wine at this point. Still sober.
Photo by Jeremiah Owyang.

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