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May 24, 2007

FeedBurner feels the love

UPDATE (June 1, 2007): FeedBurner and Google make it all official and stuff. More on the FeedBurner blog.


ORIGINAL POST

Word around the campfire is that FeedBurner is being purchased by Google to the tune of 100 million clams.

In my not-so-humble opinion, congratulations are well in order. And, quite frankly, this couldn't happen to a better bunch of folks.

I've been a user of FeedBurner for quite some time. They provide the hosting for the hypocritical RSS feed and the email subscription form over there in the sidebar.

I've gushed about their service in the past. And fawned and blushed when they showed me some attention.

But I gush for a reason.

When I've had problems, they've been responsive, helpful, and kind, to a person. They've provided an invaluable service for promoting my blogs. And for helping me better understand who is reading and what they like.

They do something incredibly simple. Yet, they do it incredibly well.

And they've managed to do that with an undeniable personality, charm, and grace.

Companies like that are few and far between. And I'm really happy to see them get some reward for doing things right.

So, Dick, Joe, Traci, and everyone else over there in FeedBurning land, congratulations. And thanks.

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FeedBurner feels the love

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May 04, 2007

Yahsoft or Microhoo: Two wrongs don't make a not evil

I know posting has been a little light, lately. But I couldn't resist chiming in on this one...

The blog world is all atwitter (I don't really feel like I can use that word anymore, thanks to Twitter, but I will) about the possibility of Microsoft taking over Yahoo!.

$50 bees is the number being reported. Both Mashable and Techcrunch are good sources for additional details if your interested.

Hypocritical, as always, remains a good source for I-think-I'm-smarter-than-everyone-else snark.

Does anyone see a bubble around here? Anyone smell the wafting success of TimeWarner and AOL? Anyone?

Of course. The so-called reasoning for this little maneuver is obvious, even to me. Who don't want to take a run at those kids in Mountain View?

But a software company that has never really understood how to use the Web and a Web company that is barely getting over its preening as a media company and getting fat on a Web 2.0 acquisition diet? Let alone, the cultural implications for employees?

Putting all that aside, have you ever been through a merger or acquisition? It's not exactly a team-building exercise. And it certainly doesn't enhance your focus.

It will be interesting to watch the hype and the coverage. And to see if it ever comes to fruition. But I just don't see these two as a combined company presenting a serious challenge (anymore than they would have as individual entities) to Google anytime soon.

The whole is less than the sum of the parts.

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Yahsoft or Microhoo: Two wrongs don't make a not evil

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