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The Lost Identity of Music Genres

March 4, 2010

I’m lucky enough to work in Soho, London: a buzzing little area of narrow cobbled streets. It’s full of everything you could want, and sometimes feels like a tiny (in London terms) cultural oasis surrounded by the tourist throngs of Oxford Street, Regent Street, Leicester Square and Covent Garent. It is also home to...
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Short URLs Not Necessarily Better

March 3, 2010

UPDATE: As of 14th March 2010, due to copyright infringement, I’ve changed the original uk-kindle domain name in this article to a new domain: cheap-find.com/kindle-uk/ I said that I’d post a follow-up about my UK Kindle affiliate experiment. At the moment, I’m still tweaking it: it’s just about breaking-even, with generated revenue roughly equal to the...
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The Nonlinear Nature of Pricing

February 28, 2010
The Nonlinear Nature of Pricing

As people like Mr Kelly and Mr Godin point out, there’s a big difference between free (0p or 0c) and non-free (1p or 1c), much more than the difference between 1p and 2p, or even 1p and 10p. It’s a ‘special’ price point. As retailers have known for years, there are other special price...
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Are New York Twitter Users More Sophisticated Or Shrewd?

February 23, 2010
Are New York Twitter Users More Sophisticated Or Shrewd?

It’s been exactly a year since I launched a number of automated Twitter accounts that search-for and re-tweet information about free giveaways in various cities: @freelondon, @freenewyork, @freesanfran, @torontofree and @freecardiff (note that I won’t be including @freecardiff information in this post due to a lack of data). These accounts were created at the...
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Bathcamp, March 10: Design Critical

February 22, 2010
Bathcamp, March 10: Design Critical

On the evening of March 10th, 2010, I’m curating an evening of talks in Bath about design, which I’ve dubbed “Design Critical”. Here’s the blurb I wrote for it: For most of our recent history, technology has been focused on the mechanics: does something solve the problem or not? Over the last few decades...
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Should Seed Funds / VCs Insist On Prototypes?

February 21, 2010

If you have a great idea for a web app, one of your options is to apply for Seed funding, to get it up and running. Understandably, given the amount of money exchanged, many funds ask to see a demonstration or prototype as part of the application. For example, NYCSeed says: What if I...
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An Affiliate Experiment: Buy Kindle in the UK

February 19, 2010

UPDATE: As of 14th March 2010, due to copyright infringement, I’ve changed the original uk-kindle domain name in this article to a new domain: cheap-find.com/kindle-uk/ I’m increasingly coming across stories about people who make a full-time living through affiliate schemes; I’m sure we’ve all read a similar story. These people set up dedicated websites...
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A Couple of Tiny Twitter Experiments

February 15, 2010

I recently created a couple of quick experimental pages that use the Twitter API to find out what people are talking about. I’m fascinated by the possibilities of being able to query the real-time ‘voice/opinion of millions’, especially as it’s non-intrusive, and less susceptible to bias than explicit surveys. Some businesses are going to make a...
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The Increasing Annoyance of Advertising

February 10, 2010

I use Spotify almost every day. Even so, I’m one of the few people who still enjoys buying and owning CDs, so I refuse to pay for the premium version: I use it for discovery, and buy the physical formats of the bands I like. If I listen to it for an hour, I’ll...
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Who I Don’t Follow On Twitter

February 8, 2010

I was going to call this Who I Follow On Twitter, but given my fairly liberal following requirements, I decided on what you see above. Basically, I follow any real people who follow me. There are exceptions, of course: anyone who isn’t really ‘using’ twitter, and is trying to scam or spam. The (very...
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