If you search for "family link" or "familylink" on Google, the first hit is not www.familylink.com. Today, on the query "familylink", hits #5, 7, 8, 9, and 10 all refer to FamilyLink.com, but they are from blogs and press releases. Google is not yet ranking FamilyLink.com as the most relevant result for these queries.
I have been in NY and Chicago this week, and haven't found the time to blog about this yet, but our wonderful sleepless team at World Vital Records has quietly opened up FamilyLink.com to the public. We are hoping for a few thousand early users, experienced genealogists primarily, to set up personal profiles, tell us what cities they do research in (and where they live), create some ancestor pages, and most of all, give us lots of feedback about the site features and design.
Today in our training at the Provo Labs Academy for Entrepreneurs (yes, I know, we probably should think of a more creative name for it) we discussed how important it is to become familiar with the fastest growing companies in your own local area. In Utah, there are a lot of lists that make this quite easy.
If I were an active investor in internet stocks, I would read everything that Bambi Francisco has to say, especially about the large internet companies. She has amazing prescience. I've been reading her for columns for years. Today she has an excellent post at AlwaysOn.
From a MarketingVOX article:
Users join a social networking site to meet people (78 percent), be entertained (47 percent), learn something (38 percent) and influence others (23 percent), the study found.The article also says that social networking members are becoming immune to advertising--they are influenced most by recommendations from others in their network.
Here's a great NY Times article about how Japanese cell phone users are able to point their specialized phones at buildings and monuments and get information about the location. More than 700,000 locations have information or advertisements associated with them already. or A San Francisco-based company called GeoVector is involved.
Dennis Wood (director of human capital for vSpring) has a great article in the recent Connect magazine about executive recruiting and hiring right. Dennis is a star. He is the most LinkedIn person in Utah (he passed me a long time ago) and in his article he discusses how he recently used LinkedIn to land a CTO for a vSpring portfolio company.
I've added the BJ Fogg Blog to my blog role. I consider BJ a good friend. He is one of the most honest and approachable people I know. I love his passion for changing the world. I remember meeting him a few years back at an industry event and we kind of hit it off. We've keep in touch the last couple years and I'm happy to see his new company YackPack garnering awards and industry recognition.