February 2006

February 28, 2006

Back at The Heights

I'm back at my regular between-meetings work space - The Heights on Regent Street. Last time I was there, I promised I'd post some photos of the amazing view - here are a couple taken with my mobile:


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We are all librarians now

As I continue on my quest to rate every title on my iPod, I'm alarmed at the thought that I might be carrying out the digital equivalent of organising my CD collection in alphabetical order...

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February 27, 2006

And sent them homewards...

Since I've introduced a more personal element to this blog, I can't start the week without a mention of Scotland's 18-12 victory over England at Murrayfield. A triumph for heart, passion and - let's face it - good over evil.

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February 24, 2006

Gervais charges

So, it's the end of free podcasts from Ricky Gervais. After 12 free episodes they've decided to charge for the next series, through Audible.com.

I really don't know. While this has provided some very funny moments, there's also been a lot of filler material, which I suppose is to be expected in a collection of random musings. If I'm to pay for these podcasts, I want a more consistent level of quality.

Karl Pilkington has provided most of the laughs in the series, but while his early contributions really did sound like the thoughts of a modern-day village idiot, they're starting to sound more scripted, and not so funny.

And another thing - over the last few weeks there have been a series of ads for Channel 4's Friday night programming - couldn't they have worked out a free advertiser-funded model instead?

Maybe I'm just being mean. Anyway, it's going to be a fascinating - and hopefully highly visible - experiment that will be watched by everyone who's interested in digital content.

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February 21, 2006

The other threat to MySpace.com

I previously wrote about the threat to MySpace.com if advertisers over-commercialise it. The success of MySpace is in the freedom it gives its (mostly) young subscribers to hang out online and connect with new and old friends - they don't want their space taken over by over-eager marketers selling them stuff.

An article in this week's Wall Street Journal online looks at another problem - increasing concerns about keeping MySpace a safe place for teenagers to visit.

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Rangers v Villarreal

OK, I know this blog is supposed to be about new developments in the media and entertainment space, but since Rangers have reached the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time I'll allow myself a little self-indulgence.

But hold on. There is a media/entertainment connection - of sorts.

When Rangers played Inter Milan in the group stages of the Champions League, thousands of supporters created a giant Union Jack by holding up coloured cards before the match, breaking the world record for the largest human national flag. 10,928 fans were in the Govan stand that night, holding up cards to create the flag. That beat the previous record of 10,481 set in the United Arab Emirates last February at Dubai's Creek Park.

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An even more spectacular display is planned for tomorrow night. Watch this space (or better still, watch Sky Sports 2).

Come on the Gers!

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February 16, 2006

My first blog on the move...

I'm sitting in "The Heights", on the 15th floor of the St George's Hotel off Regent Street, which has to have one of the best public views of London. It's a place I often use for meetings since not only is it central and has fabulous views, it's also got free wireless internet access.

If I can figure out how to post photos on this site I'll post a few pictures.

I'm home now, and thanks to Andrew at element creative I know how to post a picture. Since I don't have any from the hotel, here's one of Philadelphia instead - I'll replace it next time I'm at The Heights.

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February 9, 2006

Social networking sites: onwards and upwards?

I'm intrigued at how social networking sites are going to develop. With MySpace adding over a million new subscribers every week, and recent research showing that visits to online community sites are growing rapidly, where is it all going? Is this a trend that will carry on growing?

In the beginning, the appeal of sites like MySpace, Pizco and Bebo were the ability for anyone to put up their own site, share it with their friends and make new friends along the way. At least that's how it used to be. Now there are a host of examples of bands, filmmakers and consumer product marketers using sites like MySpace to launch new products and services to targeted communities.

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