Posts Categorized: Essays

Confessions of a compulsive view-sourcer

Hi, my name's Chris and I'm a compulsive view-sourcer. I've been a compulsive view-sourcer for several years, but most of the time I keep it to myself and try not to let it affect my family and friends. Sometimes I have a bad episode and then I feel guilty afterwards. Those bad episodes are happening…

Web capital = social capital

We all know that "social capital" is a phrase used to describe the influence, reputation and connections a person has in a particular social context. Like money, it's something that's hard to come by but easy to lose. Tara Hunt, a person with greater than average insight into the social web, explores this area in…

Social engineering

A few weeks ago I had a message from one of the popular social networking websites of which, for some reason, I've found myself a member. The message stated that someone wanted to be my friend - someone whose name I recognised. I read the message and for a brief moment was happy that this…

The Jazz Programmer

It seems everyone these days wants to be famous. However the vast majority of them don't want to do the work required to be famous for anything worthwhile. They want to be famous for, well, being famous. They want to be rock stars. The programming world seems to have been taken over by this attitude,…

Unplanned marketing

Let me tell you a story. This is about me and my friend Toby. We're both musicians (although Toby is a proper musician who Does Gigs and Gets Paid for them) and we're both into obscure, unheard-of music. Two weeks ago I gave Toby a hundred or so tracks by a very eclectic mix of…