Hodge Podge

Email Address/Logons – I changed my email address recently. A month after sending notification to the people in my address book, more than 95% of my email is coming to the new address. Given that most address books and CRM systems I look at are pretty messed-up looking,  I’m pleasantly surprised that such a large percentage of people are maintaining their address books that well. The labor-intensive part of the switch-over has been changing my registration contact with services. I counted 124 different logons or contact forms I’ve changed. Only about 10 of the services offered Open ID or Facebook Connect logons; maybe next time I switch logons en masse, I’ll be able to use universal logons. Continue reading “Hodge Podge”

Lead-Building on Twitter

I’ve been impressed how several companies have pulled me in after I started “Following” them or after mentioning them on Twitter. For instance, I mentioned a feature of Smartsheets on Twitter, one of their marketing people found that (saved search), and a day later their CEO ended up setting me up a smartsourced task request to help me get over the starters’ fear/hurdle of engaging the MTurk community through their smartsourcing service. Beyond that being really nice, that’s really good bonding with a lead. I’ve had a similar experience with ki work. Continue reading “Lead-Building on Twitter”

Adjusting to the Flattening of the Country

My consultant friends want to talk about what Elance could do to their career about as much as my single friends want to talk about who will be changing their diapers in 30 years. (No. Paying someone to change your diapers is no way to live or die.) As Elance, Guru, DoMyStuff, oDesk, Mechanical Turk, et al. get more well-known and improve, the pay rates of US-based urban service providers (lawyers, designers, writers, programmers, bookkeepers, and marketing people) is going to plunge.

This started with programmers but is moving into all sorts of service providers.  Continue reading “Adjusting to the Flattening of the Country”

Write-up of a web project recently completed

Below is a piece I did for a newsletter. We did later complete the content management system phase mentioned at the end of the piece.

<<DCCA’s Membership Management System

A citizen’s association’s core responsibility is to communicate with its members and community. Realizing the Dupont Circle Citizen Association’s (DCCA) membership management system (using Microsoft Access database, Excel Spreadsheets, and Outlook for mass emailing), was causing more headaches than it was solving, we recently undertook the task of finding a new cost-effective new solution. We found that the difficulty of using the database was causing our board members and committees to use spreadsheets and Outlook categories rather than our central data repository. We had a several frustrating limitations: Continue reading “Write-up of a web project recently completed”

Lawrence Lessig Lecture

I had a great day for my interest in the collision of technology and government. I was pumped to listen Lawrence Lessig, meet the Sunlight Foundation staff and an EveryBlock staffer, and to sit next to Joe Trippi. Watch: here


A Start….

This blog got covered by another blog. That may sound like an echo chamber but that’s a positve thing in the (gag me) blogosphere. I was hoping to keep a separation between my intemperate blogging id and my ANC id but this guy links them:


…better to go out with a bang than a wimper….

Do any of my readers use RSS feeds? The feeling that screaming in the wilderness is bad enough (when no one who I show this thing will post a comment) but spending time setting up an RSS feed when I doubt any (either) of my readers would subscribe, would be depressing. An alternative would be to email a link to people who I’d like to read a partular post.

(Pardon the navel-gazing but I do want to repeat that I’m still feeling my way into this and want to develop a bit of a coherent style and message before taking this out of beta.)