If you’re looking for me, I’m on PandaWhale.
I’m stashing many things there.
So I asked myself: On which service can I become a whale in 2010?
Whale, n. One of the biggest users of an Internet service, who together with other whales form its delicious nucleus. Whales are Malcolm Gladwell‘s “Connectors” and they are the foundation of any social network’s etiquette, memory, and wisdom.
Being a whale on a social network can be quite frustrating — Facebook stops us at 5000 connections at which point our iPhone app pretty much stops working; LinkedIn won’t tell people how many connections we have once we’re over 500; and Twitter displays a fail whale whenever they can’t handle the truth.
So why do people become whales? Whales are born, not made; whales cannot NOT whale. It’s in our nature. Plus, being a whale can be quite rewarding: you get a lot of social capital and are able to move among different groups of people to spread interesting thoughts and products. Bonus: Whales also feel inexplicably good when they introduce people who otherwise might never have met.
So where in 2010 will I be able to whale to my big pimpin’ heart’s content?
Of the 30something startups I know who are hiring, this weekend I got more than a dozen invitations from:
Yelp has been around for years, but its recent use of Facebook Connect has given it new life. Foursquare launched last year, but it has gotten really hot in the last month.
Memo to all consumer Internet services: You get the behaviors you allow. Whales make it so.
Yes, this is the worst economy of my lifetime. I know plenty of great people who are looking for work, and I remind them not to lose hope. We’re clawing our way out of the recession one job at a time, especially in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Please at-reply me on Twitter if you’d like an introduction to any of these companies:
Hypertable (Burlingame, CA) — Technically-minded salesperson
AppDiscover (Redwood City, CA) — iPhone and Android developers
eFitPlan (San Francisco) — Java/PHP/Ruby developers who want to fuse the latest exercise science with computer science to provide personalized workouts and fitness coaching to the masses, for free
Palaran (Palo Alto, CA) — Search scientists, Systems engineers, Frontend hackers
Wolfram Alpha (San Mateo, CA) — everything
Etsy (Brooklyn, NY) — The question is, what AREN’T they hiring right now?
Glitch (Canada) — ???
Trackville (Mountain View, CA) — ???
Kerosene and a Match (Orange County, CA) — ???
knx.to (Menlo Park, CA) — business development person
speedi.ly (Palo Alto, CA) — ???
AdCru (San Mateo, CA) — ???
Ellerdale (Menlo Park, CA) — ???
Favorite post of 2007:
Favorite post of 2008:
The main thing I want to say about poverty is that I’m disappointed that poverty has left the discourse now that John Edwards is no longer actively campaigning. Neither Barack Obama nor John McCain has said much about poverty, and I’m guessing it’s because it’s not a topic that will help them win the election in a few weeks. That makes me a sad panda. You can tell a lot about a society by the way it treats its poorest people. They aren’t represented much in our Congress because the poor cannot afford lobbyists. More than forty years ago Lyndon Johnson declared a war on poverty, and we still struggle today. We can end poverty in America and in the world if we have the will. When we do so, America and the world will be much better off.
At least Barack Obama inspires people. John McCain seems like more of a placeholder than an inspirer. Perhaps, if elected, Barack will take up the issue of poverty. He does seem to care more about what poor people go through. But George W. Bush has left him a lot of other messes to clean up as well. So we’ll see.