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An Open Letter to Webvan (07/26/01)
Dear Webvan, It's finally starting to sink in -- you're never coming back, are you. I think what triggered my reluctant recognition is the half-eaten package of seedless grapes...

Use It and Lose It (04/13/01)
We can't say we were surprised by the demise of Kozmo, but we're definitely disappointed. We found Kozmo to be an incredibly useful and reliable service -- we'd use...

How User Reviews Work (03/06/01)
So we're catching up on our Stewart Butterfield reading at sylloge.com when we notice that he'd recently had an epiphany about Christopher Alexander's book Notes on the Synthesis of...

Content as Currency (10/03/00)
As Napster heads back into court this week, hordes of "music lovers" will likely flood the Napster network, hunting for that perfect rip of whatever it is that gets...

The Balance of Value (11/29/99)
Respond.com went out of their extended beta two weeks ago, with a launch party in San Francisco that had several guests wondering if it weren't just the perfect moment...

Judy, at the Front Line (06/25/98)
I was driving from Philadelphia to Boston to spend Father's Day with my family. Having left immediately after work, I'd only just passed the Connecticut border when I noticed my...

Linking for Dollars (02/23/98)
Ah, let us all mourn the passage of the prosaic HREF attribute...that little innovation that sparked the revolution that begat the World-Wide Web as we know it today. For the...

Celebrity Waves (01/12/98)
Once upon a time, PGP keys from the digerati were slated to be the next collectible. Wired types around the globe would measure the length of their "key rings" by...

And Now, a Word from Our Sponsors (09/03/97)
It seems that Jakob Nielsen is encroaching on obvious turf: the title of the SunSoft Distinguished Engineer's latest Alertbox argues that "Advertising Doesn't Work on the Web." While I've enjoyed...

Moving Day at Electric Minds (07/16/97)
The offices were empty. There were no chairs. There were no desks. There wasn't even a table for the foccacia sandwich lunch spread provided by the PR agency. Nothing on...

More Buzzing About Firefly (06/30/97)
Sunday morning I picked up the New York Times, flipped to the Magazine section and sped through "The Buzz About Firefly," by Daniel Lyons. Sunday afternoon I walked down my...

Minding the Business Model (06/17/97)
It's old news by now, but Electric Minds is on the ropes. On Friday, Howard Rheingold, expert on virtual communities and founder of Minds, started a new topic in "The...

Sidewalk on the Sidewalk (06/09/97)
Where, oh where have the kiosks gone? Not so long ago you could walk into nearly any high traffic tourist area in any major metropolitan area, and see a...

Mining the Geocitizens (05/05/97)
Community is the buzzword du jour. Business Week put it on the cover. The latest Wired chronicles the development of The Well. And thanks to Electric Minds, even the rematch...

Competing for the Second Line (03/10/97)
A couple of weeks ago I finally got around to installing the second phone line I've desperately needed for so long. But not without a struggle. I called Pacific Bell...

The Virus of "Viral Marketing" (01/20/97)
It's animated, like your typical Coke ad. It has the familiar jingle, like your typical Coke ad. But unlike your typical Coke ad, it resonates. But perhaps not with the...

Isn't Vegas Already Virtual (01/13/97)
It rained in Reno. No, it poured. For weeks. The streets were flooded. The casinos, for the first time in thirty-odd years, actually closed their doors. So I took a...

CFAR Form and Function (11/11/96)
It's about time I start practicing what I preach. Enough writing about writing about writing. There are things actually getting done out there. Things that make an awful lot of...

Getting Vertical (11/04/96)
Excuse the pun, but are you tired of reading about Wired? First came the prospectus. Then came the email. Then came the pull. Then came the flood. One after...

Branding the Web (10/28/96)
Branding the Web by Michael Sippey I haven't had much to say about the Cool Site of the Year awards, if only because I've been flippantly dismissing the whole event...

Vanity Everything (10/07/96)
"And the winner is..." That's right, folks. All you need is your very own copy of PageMill, Photoshop and a dialup account, and you, too can make the trip up...

Global v. Local (08/05/96)
What's the web? On the one hand, it's a global information superhypeway, letting us trade bits across borders without running into glorified crossing guards. On the other hand, it's a...

Reality Sets In (05/06/96)
Maybe it was Internet World that brought on the reality check that hit the net in the past couple of weeks. Leave it to an enormous room of expensive booth...

How Much are they Worth? Search Me. (04/22/96)
An obvious note: several of the companies I write about this week actually have exclamation points as part of their names. In the spirit of reasoned discourse, I had to...

Does It All Want to be Free? (04/08/96)
Last's week piece drew more mail than I've had in a long time. My rant on BigBook drew comments from readers on both sides of the fence of whether the...

Let Your Fingers Do the Walking (04/01/96)
Why is it that every content provider on the web seems to have the same business model? Give away everything under the sun to the consumer, and hope to...

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