99 Days from Facebook

So this is my last post, or at least my last post that will be shared to Facebook for the next 99 Days.

You may have read about the 99 Days of Freedom project because of the recent news about Facebook’s social experiment with user moods. 99 Days started as a kind of protest about how people perceived they were being treated as Facebook’s guinea pigs but for me it struck a cord about how dependent I’ve become on Facebook as a platform.

The only way to see if Facebook is really adding daily value is to try something different. Tonight I posted my 99 Days page to my Facebook profile and logged out of my account. I’ve disconnected my Twitter feed from Facebook and will be doing the same for WordPress (after this post), Buffer and anything else that throws content up there. I won’t be using Facebook on my mobile devices as well.

Unfortunately Facebook doesn’t seem to have a “on vacation” responder for their Messenger app. Not sure if that means I should break my “fast” from time to time just to make sure people don’t think I’m ignoring them for three months. Hopefully everyone will remember to try me by SMS, Google Talk and Twitter DM.

See you (on Facebook) in 99 days!

NPR host Scott Simon tweets his mother’s dying days

NPR host Scott Simon tweets his mother’s dying days from the LA Times

Read the article, then go to Scott Simon’s Twitter feed and read his tweets. Do it when you’re someplace quiet, where you’re alone or you don’t mind if those around you see you crying. Do it slowly, carefully. Think about those you’ve lost and those you can’t imagine life without.

When you’re done reading Scott’s beautiful but brief messages grab all those people you love and pull them close to you. Hug them just a little tighter for you, or they, will be gone much too soon.


Social is 27% of your day, Email 5%

if your “internet day” was an hour long, how would it be spent?

Reading this release from Experian it’s interesting how much of the average US Internet user’s day is taken up by social networking compared to shopping, email or news. For many people (some might say too many) social networking sites have become their news source with the negative results most recently seen in the online witch hunt for a man incorrectly connected to the Boston bombing plot.

That social networking is almost 2x the amount of time spent on Entertainment and 3x the time spent on Shopping also surprises me. What doesn’t really surprise me is the slow death of email as a primary activity. Given how many more ways there are to communicate today and with each new generation embracing other technologies, email will continue to take up a smaller and smaller portion of our online lives.

Steve in Seattle (version 3.0)

(or if it’s good enough for Arrington, it’s good enough for me)

Just under a month ago Michael Arrington, the founder of TechCrunch, wrote a post about his move to Seattle. Mike wrote about how Seattle has a growing startup community (or not) and that in the end, he was moving to “simply mix things up.”

I know what you mean Mike.

This post will come as an update to some of my friends, completely new to the vast majority, and will pass unnoticed by the rest of the Internet who has better things to worry about, but I’ve moved back to Seattle. I loved my time in Los Angeles, more than I ever thought I would. It’s a great city that I miss and imagine I’ll want to come back to some day. I have a lot of amazing memories there, and great friends. 

Why move back to Seattle? For the same reason I moved to LA in 2002 or moved to Seattle for the first time in 1992. I got a job. I have a great new job as the SVP, Digital Strategy for Screenlife Games. If the name Screenlife isn’t familiar you know their series of SceneIt? entertainment trivia games. While they’ve had huge success in the DVD retail market they (and I should start saying “we”) are just getting started in mobile and social gaming. We have two products currently in the iPhone app store including a Movies trivia game and a trivia game focused on the Twilight movie series. We also have a SceneIt? on Facebook game where you can challenge your friends on fun movie and TV trivia. My role will be to focus on growing the business through not only new products but also new business relationships. Look for some great new mobile games to come out this summer as well as new features on Facebook as well.

Screenlife Games is a division of Paramount Pictures, which means I’ve moved away from LA to work for an LA company (it’s especially ironic for those who knew how close I lived to Paramount). Because of the close ties between Screenlife and Paramount I expect to be back down in LA often, perhaps more often during the rainy Seattle winter months. I’m excited about the opportunity with Screenlife. Gaming is one part of the industry that I’ve had limited exposure to up to now and it’s a great time to jump in. Screenlife has incredible properties, deep content owner relationships, a strong brand and a smart team. I’m lucky to be joining them.

Being in Seattle will have it’s own rewards. I’ve moved into an apartment near the office in Pioneer Square so I can walk to work each day. That also means I’m walking distance from Qwest Field and Safeco Field, though I’m not expecting a lot of wins for the home team. Having lived in Seattle for almost 10 years I still have great friends from my days at Microsoft and RealNetworks. I’m looking forward to seeing as many old friends as I can, and making some new ones as well.

I’m keeping my LA area-code Google Voice number and my Gmail address, so I should be easy enough to track down. Obviously you can still find me on Facebook and Twitter. Please don’t hesitate to call or write. I can’t wait to reconnect with everyone.

And Mike, feel free to call anytime. We’ll catch a game.


Panel video from recent Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum

Following great talks by Albert Cheng and Scott Barrow, I participated in a panel discussion. The video and slides can’t be embedded here, but are available at the web site