Facebook execs selling their shares

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_33/b4096000952343.htm

Business Week article says Facebook execs are selling their shares.

2 interesting things
1.  There really isn’t supposed to be a market for this, and VC firms frown upon this.  Apparently FB is addressing this internally.
2.  The valuation is around $3.5 – $5 billion.  That’s way below the $15 billion valuation Microsoft paid.

Google's new tool: insight for search

I used trends and it gave some interesting glimpes into what people were searching for.  Now Google just announced yet another beta product – Insight for Search.

Today, we’re launching Google Insights for Search, a new product designed with the advertiser in mind. It provides more flexibility and functionality for advertisers and marketers to understand search behavior, and adds some cool new features like a world heat map to graphically display search volume and regional interest.”

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10008339-93.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/06/business/media/06adco.html

http://google.com/insights/search/

Now let’s see what we can do with it…

Slapping Beta on a product can be deceiving

Hasbro/EA is now fixing the Scrabble application.

I’m all for using the word “Beta” on something that is not complete, but the application was “pre-Alpha” at the most.  It was not ready for the scale of users on Facebook.
Beta would typically be updated and bug-fixed, but it would not be completely removed for reworking.

My Firefox Setup

I’ve been asked by many people about my firefox setup, so here it is.
I use the latest versions where possible and rely on the auto updates from the developers.

Firefox

Portable Firefox – so I can move it move it when necessary and run off a flash drive
I run the latest version and it does auto updates.

Add-ons

Foxmarks – for bookmark syncing
Better Gmail
– I enable macros for the keyboard shortcuts
Better GCal – it just looks nice
CookiePie
– for tab context cookie management.  I run my personal gmail and my business gmail from one browser.
Grandcentral – to make calls from my browser
del.icio.us – for bookmark management
Stylish
– for more customization.  I use the Redesigned skin by Globex Designs
Greasemonkey – for more customization
Google Notebook – for my many notes to myself