Googlers Buy More Junk Food Than Microsofties (And Why Rapleaf Is Creepy)

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/rapleaf.png" class="shot2" /> If you <a href="http://blog.ericgoldman.org/archives/2010/10/my_rapleaf_prof.htm">weren't creeped out</a> by da

The Unwelcome Return of Platform Dependencies

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/parasite-toy.jpg"> <em><strong>Editor's Note</strong>: The following guest post is written by a Silicon Valley CEO. Frank Dupree is a pen na

As Twitter Continues To Grow, Popular Users Widen The Gap

<img src="http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/fonz-169x200.jpg" width="169" height="200" /><a href="http://twitter.com">Twitter</a> keeps on growing like a weed, and there seems to be no s

Streakr Search Makes Social Networks Bare All

Vivek, over at Startup Squad, recently discovered a new social network and social networking meta search engine, Streakr. The main URL still says the site is coming soon. The new engine lets you searc

Gorb: Taking Personal Reputation To A New Low

Online reputation online is a fascinating area, partially because eBay, through their feedback score, is the only company to have reached scale. Startups like Rapleaf and iKarma are still young and st

Stalk Your Contact List with UpScoop

Today, the reputation network Rapleaf is releasing a new service called Upscoop, which joins a number of startups (see ProfileLinker and Wink, for example) trying to add a meta layer above social netw

eBay Bans Rapleaf Links

Rapleaf is a new feedback and reputation startup that aims to be the open version of eBay feedback. For more information, see my initial profile and launch post. Rapleaf is a product that I strongly e

Rapleaf is Now Live

Rapleaf’s open feedback system (more about it here) went live late Saturday night, and already has hundreds of users who’ve left thousands of feedback posts on others. CEO Auren Hoffman pr

Rapleaf to Challenge Ebay Feedback

eBay’s feedback system is, arguably, their most valuable asset. It provides the grease necessary to make complete strangers comfortable enough to buy and sell from each other. But it’s a c