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Erik Neu
My favorite musical genre is "Podcast"
Interests: Android, technology, business strategy and tactics, sociology, policy, current events, bicycling, etc
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Everything you say is correct, Eric. But it is even slightly worse than that. *Even if* you select only email addresses marked as already having LinkedIn accounts (or at the very least, are real people), if you are not very careful, LinkedIn will *trick* you into sending to all your harvested email addresses? How? After you click the SEND button, in an eyeblink, as part of the POSTDATA, they automatically RE-populate the invite list with all the addresses you just deliberately chose NOT to invite. Very sleazy (http://mondegreen2.blogspot.com/2009/05/very-sleazy-functionality-from-linkedin.html)
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2010 on Desperate for LinkedIn connections at Superconductor
For sticklers (like me), these are both irritating mistakes. But then I try to put on my pragmatist hat (not as comfy as my stickler hat), and I agree with Scott that "flushing" is a reasonable, though wrong, idiom (and far more common than the correct usage, in my experience). I think you could make the reasonable argument for "early adapters" as well--though without the actual pedigree of having an established usage in a different context: the early adopters are adapting the technology to their specific applications. So, can we now move on to a rant about "I could care less..."? ;) Cheers, Erik
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2010 on Early adapters at Superconductor
I more agree with Dave Winer's perspective. There is just a cap to how far this can go--how many people at the top of the pyramid can be courted with "free" in order to generate publicity and attract paying customers from the bottom of the pyramid. The only reason to give stuff away for free to opinion leaders is because you think it will have an overall return on investment for you. That applies to a small, select group of people, I just don't see how it can be carried very far. In the movie theater example...Dave Winer writes a fair number of amateur movie reviews, and he does have an A-list blogger's readership. Still, it is a relatively small readership. Even if he writes a glowing review, I question whether the value of giving away tickets (which he would have bought for full price--he was in the theater lobby) is offset by the publicity value of the good review. Then there is the question of agency. Even if the proposition offers a positive ROI, the beneficiary of the good review is the film's distributor, not the cineplex giving away the tickets. That is a disintermediation problem that could be overcome, but doing so adds another layer of complexity.
Toggle Commented Jan 16, 2010 on Demographic Dystopia at John Robb's Weblog
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