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Two Brain Cells Is a Lot in Some Places

Some old friends of mine are quoted in Tech Radar’s elegy to GeoCities. My soundbite is on page two. “The…

Spammers, Evildoers, and Opportunists

Search Engine Optimization is not a legitimate form of marketing. It should not be undertaken by people with brains or souls. If someone charges you money for SEO, they are running a scam.

Now is a Great Time to Be a Media Maker

This may be the best time in history to make media. I’ll explain why, but first a personal story. It’s…

Video of Me @ FOWD

Last month I presented at Future of Web Design 2008 NYC. Now the Carson folks have put the video online.…

Online Advertising without Douchebaggery

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the sad case of the Bike Hero video which turned out to be…

Kvetch! Reborn with Twitter a Decade Later

You know all those things you wish you could post to Twitter but don’t want to say with your name…

Hosted by Media Temple

Just a brief housekeeping note: This site is now hosted at Media Temple. They’ve been hosting Fray since last year,…

Brad Sucks is Out of It (in a Good Way)

Brad Sucks is the name of a one-man band by a guy named Brad. He makes great music, full of…

Just One Question for Jason Schultz

One of the things that always comes up when I talk to people at companies about community systems is the…

Concluding the Comment Culture Clash Cacophony

Jeff Jarvis sums up the debate nicely with an open letter to Bob Garfield. But note well, my friend, that…


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Hi, I’m Derek. I live in San Francisco and make awesome community-centric web stuff. I sometimes post things to Flickr and Twitter. I’m mostly harmless. More.





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