I switched to GMail about 2 years ago, but I have kept my Yahoo email account around so it can forward everything automatically to GMail. But today, because of Jerry Yang's CES Keynote, which makes it clear that Yahoo is going to become very friendly to third party developers, and because Yahoo Mail still has more users (I think) than GMail, I decided that I would download Yahoo Go! to my Blackberry, and start using YahooMail again, so I can keep my feet in both camps.
I organized a Facebook Group for Utah CEOs who have a Facebook strategy or want to develop one. I wish I could change the name of the Facebook Group, but Facebook doesn't allow that. I can see why. What if someone set up a group called "Mothers Against Drunk Driving" and got a million members, and then arbitrarily decided to change the name of the group to "We Love Beer." The creator of a group can control a lot of things, but can't change the name after people have joined it.
I am tempted sometimes to wring my hands in despair at the sorry state of the Federal Government, at our $8+ trillion national debt, at our incredibly low popularity ratings around the world, even from our allies, at our lack of global competitiveness in some key industries, of our economic slowdown, and most of all, at the incredibly biased and inane media coverage of politics and elections.
I have been a serious user of social networks since joining LinkedIn several years ago--the fourth person in Utah to join, as I recall. My friend Michael Tanne, now CEO of Wink.com, turned me onto it. Of my 858 connections, I think I personally know about 98% of them. I have turned down a ton of connection requests because I really did want to be part of a trusted network.
World Vital Records President David Lifferth keeps the company well informed about our key metrics. I got this information from him yesterday in an email:
In this morning's post I mentioned low cost cars coming from India. Today Business Week reported that Ratan Tata's new $2,500 car, called the Nano, is being met with "extreme enthusiasm" and is going to put India on the map in the auto world. CrunchGear indicates that Tata plans to introduce the Nano to other low income areas like Africa and South America in the next four years.
Thanks to my brother Curt who taught me to be inspired by visionaries, I always make an effort to hear the great thinkers and movers and shakers in person. It is so much different and better than hearing about it later. Nothing, for example, was better than attending the Facebook Platform launch event in May 2007, and even meeting Mark Zuckerberg afterwards in person. I've heard Marc Andreesen in person (2001), Bill Gates (2003ish), Larry Page (2005), Jerry Yang, Guy Kawasaki multiple times, Mary Meeker (2000), Bill Joy (2001), and many other influential VCs and entrepreneurs.
I'm in Las Vegas for CES 2008. Last night on my drive from Provo I listened to some podcasts in the Stanford Entrepreneur Lecture Series. (You can download them for free from iTunes or from Stanford's web site.) The most interesting was Mark Zuckerberg's talk 2 years ago when Facebook had 5 million users and was still limited to authenticated college students and invited high school students.