Daily Reading from May 31, 2008

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  • Twitter, or Architecture Will Not Save You - Laughing Meme — "Architectures that strip down Twitter to queues, and logs could be a huge win, and while thinking about new architectures is the sexy, hard problem we all want to fix, Twitter’s problems are really of a more pedestrian hard, plumbing ..."
  • The Many Challenges of Corporate Blogging — "We should try to be unbiased when it comes to social media, point out the good and the bad, this is one post in my ‘challenges‘ category, read the others, it’s important. With there being so many social media zealots ..."
  • Adam was apparently bored...
  • Governance Rules Learned with our Kids — "Having children is something that changes you. Priorities that seem crucial before you have kids don’t loom as large after. The further I got into parenting (and supervising people) the more I recognized that I needed to adjust my attitude ..."
  • Taking Risk and Mitigating Risk — "When I think about the venture capital business, I think about risk. It’s one of the riskiest investment types there is. But as they teach you in business school, risk and return are highly correlated over the long haul. What ..."
  • Understanding Community Leadership: An Interview with a Member of Yelp’s “Elite” — Ellen M is one of Yelp’s premiere members called Yelp Elite, they are unpaid members that after meeting some requirements are considered “elite”. It’s often baffling for outsiders to understand how community leadership forms, but it’s often not because ...

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  • Google on the desktop Google picks up Picasa, giving them an important foothold on people's PCs.
  • Rounded corners in CSS There lots of ways to create rounded corners with CSS, but they always require lots of complex HTML and CSS. This is simpler.
  • Pitching Bloggers Forget what you learned in your PR classes. Start acting like a human instead of a marketer, and the humans behind the blogs will respond.
  • Writing Realistic Job Descriptions Publish a job listing like this one and you are virtually guaranteeing that you won't get qualified applicants for the position.
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