Office 2 Spam

We've been getting splog links in our comment spam and as trackbacks for a long time. Often they're to non-existant or cancelled URIs or to some forum post or blogger/blogspot blog selling pr0n or meds or cars or ringtones or somesuch that has nothing to do with our post. Today, we got our first two Office2.0 splog links to none other than, both selling male potency. The blogosphere and syndosphere were up in arms when India [accidently] blacklisted We sympathized. I wonder how long it will be before some Bayesian spam blocker learns about &#59;)

Comments to Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0

I decided to relax by reading Shel Israel's latest overview for his publishing project, "Global Neighborhoods". Such globalization is a natural outcome of the TeleInterActive Lifestyle, extending

Below is a copy of Shel's post, or at least those paragraphs for which I have a direct comment. [Shel, if you find this beyond the bounds of "fair use" let me know, and I'll remove the copy.] BTW, Shel, have you thought about doing this in a wiki, [e.g. our OSBI Wiki] with only registered users allowed to edit or join the discussion section [to prevent spambots from overrunning the thing]?

I know it's the holiday break, but when you are between time with family and friends, please take a look at tell me what you think. You have already helped me to write a better book and I have not yet gotten to the actual book yet.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 2

The marinara has "drawn up", as my grandmothers would say, and been poured over the meats to simmer in the oven and become the ragu to serve with the ravioli tonight. So, I have some time to think about this. :p

Global Neighborhoods
--Lowering boundaries to almost everythingend quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 4

The concept of the title, that of neighborhoods, is indeed global in nature. Will it translate well? If so, I think it's a great title. The subtitle, however, doesn't really add anything; it wouldn't give me any extra incentive to buy the book. Perhaps something like "the new common ground for personal and business interaction" might provide more insight into the book.


Global Neighborhoods examines the impact of social media and low-cost networks to business and culture. It examines the powerful changes that phenomena such as YouTube, MySpace, Bebo, SecondLife, Skype, text and multimedia blogging are having on business, politics and culture. It looks at other society-changing factors.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 5

It seems to me that the Web2.0 focus here might give the book a limited shelf-life, and turn off some publishers and business customers. The phenomena listed, as well as the ability of businesses to outsource everything from call centers to HR overseas, are both evolutionary developments from the economic revolutions brought about by the adoption of the Internet Protocols for communication. Don't get lost in the hype. What we're seeing now is the result of post-bubble settling and growth; of some extremely creative people taking IP communication to the next level.

Central to the book is the argument that the inernet is dramatically lowering the barriers to where people hang out. Geography is becoming much less relevant as people everywhere use the internet to find others who share common interests. We no longer live in just one neighborhood, but in many, based on our mix of interests, whether they be religion, sex, hummingbirds or macramé.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 6

This is true to an extent, and no doubt truer for the younger and more affluent across the world. But there are still many small and medium sized businesses that aren't taking advantage of the these new means of communication and commerce. The fraction of the six-and-a-half billion people in the world who use the Internet on a daily basis is growing, but still small. This is what makes the opportunities so great.

There are pros and cons to this central premise as well. One tenet of the TeleInterActive Lifestyle, is that the ability to work and play anywhere, anytime, not just where you live, has the potential to allow you to become more involved in your "real life" community; more than the typical commuter who treats the home neighborhood as a "bedroom community". However, there is also the potential for a person to become even more isolated from those physically nearby. One might overcome parochialism by joining global neighborhoods. One might ignore local issues to a long term detriment, too.

I've only met you a few times, Shel, but I would guess that you're planning to look at all sides of this. Say so up front. You might also want to say here whether you plan to show these sides as positive and negative, or dispassionately.

From the business perspective, this turns the marketplace upside down. The power is moving from large incumbent organizations into communities where the people who are the most generous have the greatest influence. Companies can try to start their own communities, but unless they open it to competitors, they have little more than factory towns. Likewise, in the global neighborhoods, people making decision based on the advice on trusted friends. Big budget ad and branding campaigns are rendered impotent in these new neighborhoods.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 7

Will you be citing statistics, such as market share lost by companies refusing to join the global conversation? Will you be sharing anecdotes of companies gaining global presence? How about small or family businesses being swamped by global corporations [Starbuck's and other foodie chains vs. the local café and family market]?

I bought a water-saving toilet based on the forums of a plumber in Washington; not global for me, but not someone I would have "met" without the Internet. I also used Consumers' Reports and other sources, but Terry Love's forum is what sold me with "real world" evidence.

I've always thought that advertising was overrated by companies. TiVo like DVRs haven't given us the ability to ignore ads - we've always done that. This technology has given us the ability to control when we pause the show to talk about it [in a chat room or IM or SMS or forum or blog or physically with those around us], or get a sandwich, or visit the head.

Much of Web2.0 is being built on Google's adsense, even though many people have learned to ignore sponsored links of any type. But these two "facts" are contradictory. If large campaigns are indeed rendered impotent, will you be discussing how business can leverage the conversation?

To understand where the marketplace is headed, Global Neighborhoods takes a long, in-depth look at the habits of today’s teens and young adults. It tours some of the Internet places where young people hang out. This is a genration who does not watch television,listen to the radio or read newspapers, yet seem to be amazingly well-informed. Young people are voting in larger numbers than in recent memory and that may explain why a flood of elected officials and political aspirants are leaping into the social media, particularly blogging. They are simply following the voters as they have historically done.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 8

Primarily, a business book, Global Neighborhood focuses at the intersection of technology and culture, showing how people with similar interests all over the world, speaking different languages can find what they share in common and it offers hope for people bypassing their own governments to make peace with each other.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 9

I understand that the youngsters of today are the markets of tomorrow, but paragraph 8, 10 and 11 seem disjointed from 9, almost as though they belong to two different books.

Alongside interviews with executives from numerous companies large and small, Global Neighborhoods examines a private community of Palestinian and Israel teenagers who discover how very much alike they are. It reports on Saudi kids using cell phone messaging to flirt while a stern chaperon looks on in blissful ignorance. It talks with a Scottish teenager who created a Japanese-language parody of the US TV Dating Game and ended up making friends with Japanese kids. It looks at the opportunities in virtual reality, not just for product placements, and virtual news conference, but in its success in engaging autistic students and potential for making history literally come to life.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 10

The book will look at some of the threats and dangers found for young people in social media, but it will dwell more on the hope for an emerging global society that is able to bypass marketing messages to learn the truth about products and services and perhaps--just perhaps, bypass governments to make peace with each other.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 11

By reading Global Neighborhoods, readers will understand how they need to recalibrate their existing businesses over the short-term future, why they have never had a better opportunity to start a successful global business from the comfort of their own homes. They will have a much clearer sense of the neighborhoods in which their children dwell and how those neighborhoods may contain some dangers, they overall pose greater hope and opportunity than perhaps any generation that has preceded it.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 12

Target Audience

This book fits into three market categories: Business, General Interest and Current Affairs very much like recent best-sellers such as The World is Flat, The Wisdom of Crowds, Freakonomics and Blink.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 13

Anyone in an established business trying to recalibrate strategy to survive fundamental marketplace changes will be interested in this book as well as business investors and entrepreneurs. Likewise parents, curious to see what their child’s world is likely to be like, will find this book valuable. Readers concerned with the impact of technology on world cultures will find this book useful and finally, people hoping the world might improve on any level if people can bypass large organizations and deal directly with each other will also find this book useful.end quotation
-- Shel Israel, Global Neighborhoods Overview v2.0, paragraph 14

Paragraphs 12, 13 and 14 talk about a target audience that is itself global: investors, entrepreneurs, executives, parents, teachers, revolutionaries, and anyone interested in current affairs and world cultural.

Will the book be primarily looking towards the future, or explaining what's happening now? Is this primarily a business book, or is your passion leading you elsewhere, Shel?

Will the impact of Nick Negroponte's One Laptop per Child, a.k.a the XO, or Intel's Classmate PC, and other philanthropic efforts to bridge the digital divide, accelerate the growth of global communities? Are not just markets, but the the global superpowers about to be turned upside down; will India and China replace the U.S.A and EU? Will peace on earth and goodwill to all truly come about from these global neighborhoods, or a Matrix like isolation from the physical world?

The overview, as it now stands, looks like a prelude to a very interesting book to come. I think though, that as a sales tool for a publisher, some narrowing of topics and target may be needed.

I went through this exercise today to see if I still had things to say on the TeleInterActive Lifestyle. I haven't been blogging much here. But I see that I still have some strong feelings about this aspect of our social evolution. I hope that I didn't come across as too critical. I think that Shel's "Global Neighborhoods" will be a great effort, resulting in as fine a read as "Naked Conversations".

TeleInterActive Orphans

One debate that has come up since the earliest days of proselytizing the TeleInterActive Lifestyle has been whether or not having remote access, and especially mobile and wireless access to your business and personal data, adds to or detracts from your effectiveness in either personal or business situations. Our contention has always been that it's a matter of focus.

As hand-held email devices proliferate, they are having an unexpected impact on family dynamics: Parents and their children are swapping roles. Like a bunch of teenagers, some parents are routinely lying to their kids, sneaking around the house to covertly check their emails and disobeying house rules established to minimize compulsive typing. The refusal of parents to follow a few simple rules is pushing some children to the brink. They are fearful that parents will be distracted by emails while driving, concerned about Mom and Dad's shortening attention spans and exasperated by their parents' obsession with their gadgets. Bob Ledbetter III, a third-grader in Rome, Ga., says he tries to tell his father to put the BlackBerry down, but can't even get his attention. "Sometimes I think he's deaf," says the 9-year-old.end quotation
-- from The Wall Street Journal Online, BlackBerry Orphans, by Katherine Rosman, 2006 December 8; Page W1

Good Morning, Silicon Valley picked up on this WSJ article too...

Of course, for a while at the Balsillie home, Jim was being told to park his BlackBerry at the door when he came home. And of course, he snuck it in. Adults -- what are you gonna do with 'em?end quotation
-- from GMSV, C'mon, Mom, I know you're texting in there and I really need to go by John Murrell on 2006 December 8

The opposite is also true. I know 5 year olds who can't imagine not being able to contact their parent at any time during the business day via mobile phone, IM, or email. And the ability to order a meal to be picked-up on the way home from, well, wherever, has no doubt saved many a middle-class family from starvation.

One friend of mine is very much opposed to allowing work into her home after hours - but to meet those long deadlines, she'll be at the work place for 12, 14 or even more hours a day, balancing that with taking afternoons off for soccer games. Which balance works better: longer away but fuller attention, or partial attention in each place?

Since the beginning of this blog, the image that we've tried to evoke is that of pre-industrial age community living. You might be sitting around the fire, listening to a story being told by your child, while mending a leather harness. The problem with this image as an analogy for modern work practices is the level of the brain's involvement. You might be able to divide your attention between something that requires dexterity and even attention to detail, but doesn't require understanding words. But try to read something and listen to someone speak... it doesn't work as well.

As we've said before, thank the designers of all these wonderful devices that they remembered to include the off switch.



IASC is an association devoted to understanding and improving institutions for the management of environmental resources that are (or could be) held or used collectively. Many will refer to such resources and their systems of usage as "commons".end quotation
from "International Journal of Commons" posted in Open

who got it from Peter Suber's Open Access News posting.

Ah, but there seems to be some confusion, for if you go to the organization's web site, you'll see it's IASCP not IASC.

The International Association for the Study of Common Property (IASCP), founded in 1989, is a nonprofit Association devoted to understanding and improving institutions for the management of environmental resources that are (or could be) held or used collectively by communities in developing or developed countries.

IASCP's goals are:

  • to encourage exchange of knowledge among diverse disciplines, areas, and resource types
  • to foster mutual exchange of scholarship and practical experience
  • to promote appropriate institutional design

end quotation
from IASCP web site

Until you go further into their site, and find the first quote.

I wonder if this possible name confusion will lead to us getting a spate of requests for information about Common Property and the new International Journal of the Commons, as we keep getting requests for information on Aloe Vera farming after an newspaper in India listed the international Aloe Science Council's web site as iasc.COM rather than its true iasc.ORG?

Putting all that aside, the fortchcoming International Journal of the Commons looks to be an important contribution for governments and institutions concerned with the governance of natural resources that are [or should be] held as common property. I'm sure that those involved with open source, copyright, DRM, digital lifestyle aggregators, social networks and similar intellectual property and data-types natural resources will be able to learn from the lessons of other types of common property that will be taught in this journal.

Volantis Mobilizer Go Away

Some time ago, we tried Volantis Mobilizer, a service that purports to take any web site and present for better viewing on small mobile devices. It didn't work with our dynamically generated, PHP on the one hand, CSS on the other, sites. So, we forgot about it.

For a few weeks now, every day, we get an email with the subject "[Volantis Mobilizer] Sites to be removed (first warning)" and the body claims that our site "will be removed after 2006 Sep 12".

Since there isn't a support link on your site, if you should see this, please STOP sending the endless "first notices".

Thanks in advance.

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The TeleInterActive Lifestyle is about the business processes, life choices, management challenges and technical issues facing organizations and individuals as individuals and organizations adopt the Internet of Things, Mixed Reality, wireless networks of all levels, mobile devices, long-distance collaboration, social networks, digital transformation, and adjust to growing urbanization.

Sensor Analytics Ecosystems for the Internet of Things (SAEIoT) brings value from emerging technologies through data management and analytics, advances in data science, as the IoT matures through the 5Cs: Connection, Communication, Contextualization, Collaboration and Cognition. The socialization of machines will allow for Privacy, Transparency, Security and Convenience to be flexibly provided with two-way accountability to build Trust among Humans and Machines.

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