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  • Inside the DNA of the Facebook Mafia

    Inside the DNA of the Facebook Mafia

    A lot of things about Facebook have been impressive, even by the Silicon Valley standards. Almost no other Valley company has reached so many people around the world so quickly. Few Valley companies have been considered important forces in causes as disparate as planning a party or a political uprising. Rarely has a kid in his early 20s held onto the CEO reins this long. And of course, no other… Read More

  • Finally: Facebook Co-Founder Opens the Curtain on Two-Year Old Asana

    Finally: Facebook Co-Founder Opens the Curtain on Two-Year Old Asana

    Two years ago, when Dustin Moskovitz announced he was leaving Facebook to start a new company with fellow-Facebooker Justin Rosenstein most people thought one of two things: He'd had a falling out with Mark Zuckerberg or he was just crazy. What could be more exciting than Facebook? Moskovitz, of course, was Zuckerberg's college roommate and co-founder of Facebook. If you get your Facebook history… Read More

  • The Royal Me

    The Royal Me

    The King's Speech is worthy of the Best Actor award Colin Firth will likely garner at this year's Academy Awards as a proxy for Best Picture going elsewhere. The Oscar voters are younger these days and will overlook the story of Queen Elizabeth's stuttering father and how the reluctant prince reached the throne. They'll vote for King Mark of Facebook instead. But this isn't about the Oscars; it's… Read More

  • Quora Details Their New Answer Ranking Scheme; Their "PageRank", Of Sorts

    Quora Details Their New Answer Ranking Scheme; Their "PageRank", Of Sorts

    As you may have seen, last weekend, Robert Scoble worked himself into a tizzy because an answer of his was moderated into a collapsed state on Quora. The whole bitchmeme surrounding the incident was rather humorous. But there was at least somewhat of a point behind all of it: people began asking more questions about the methods behind Quora's ranking system. Today, we have some of those… Read More

  • Quora Backlash Slams Head First Into Quora Backlash Backlash

    Quora Backlash Slams Head First Into Quora Backlash Backlash

    You know how I know Quora is going to be big? No one can shut up about it. That includes both people who love it and people who hate it. And that dichotomy is important, because it will keep people talking about it. And that will keep people signing up. And it will keep those that already signed up going back. And that's important because Quora is a service that takes a bit longer than others to… Read More

  • Quora Is Really About A Better Wikipedia, Not Robert Scoble's Hopes & Dreams

    Quora Is Really About A Better Wikipedia, Not Robert Scoble's Hopes & Dreams

    Robert Scobleized Quora today. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I mentioned super-blogger Robert Scoble's penchant for taking very strong positions on technology and startups and then reversing those decisions completely on a whim. I love him for his quick retreats. And I certainly admire a man who's willing to rethink his opinion after weighing new evidence. Read More

  • Social Questions: Quora Gets An – Unofficial – iPhone App

    Social Questions: Quora Gets An – Unofficial – iPhone App

    Social Q&A startup Quora recently hired an iOS developer, so chances are we'll soon see an official iPhone (and iPad?) application emerge, even if its website already functions quite well on smartphones. While you await said official app, be sure to check out Social Questions. Developed by Thomas Ricouard, the app will let you access and browse the Quora mobile website with a couple of handy… Read More

  • Quora + CrunchBase + LinkedIn = Best Extension Ever?

    Quora + CrunchBase + LinkedIn = Best Extension Ever?

    A month ago, Polaris Ventures principal Ryan Spoon wrote up a quick blog post looking for a developer with Chrome extension/app experience. He had a pretty simple idea for something to help him with his job. Matt Basta saw the post and created the extension Spoon was looking for almost instantly. Now they're opening it up for all to use and calling it Polaris Insights. The straightforward app is… Read More

  • What Is Quora’s Biggest Challenge?

    By now, everyone has an opinion of Quora and is waiting to see if their mom starts following them there, too. In the past week, in addition to winning the Crunchies award for best new startup, it is also the target of growing skepticism.  Well-circulated articles have been written about the company’s ascent. Katherine Boehret from the Wall Street Journal wrote a review in which she asserts… Read More

  • Why I Don’t Buy the Quora Hype

    Why I Don’t Buy the Quora Hype

    Let me start with a disclaimer: I am not writing this in my capacity as a university professor or researcher; I don’t claim to be an expert on social networking; and I will be happy to be proven wrong—I have no vested interest in the success or failure of Quora.  And given the fire I’ve already taken for tweeting an opinion that defies the Valley’s infinite wisdom, I know that this post… Read More