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It's been really fun to be able to hear from people that I've never seen on the site before. Sometimes you get caught in a little bit of an echo chamber on some of the "official" forums like Tribe Ideas or the Tribe User Profile tribe. It's been great to hear from some of the other folks on the site too!
And ofcourse it's gratifying to hear from people that have had positive experiences on the site and who have shared their excitement at being able to try the new features we have rolled out on the site.
I was struck by the fact that even when people didn't like some of the changes that there were some good constructive suggestions that people had.
I hope that we can keep up the level of conversation and that people continue to mail me. I can't promise that I'll keep up with it but I'll try!
It made me think of the times that I've eavesdropped on other people's conversations.
It's always an interesting moment when both you and the person you're with are eavesdropping on someone else's conversation at the same time instead of having your own.
Then you notice that you haven't been talking for ten minutes. Look at each other in that vaguely guilty way and start talking just so it's not as obvious that you've been listening to the otehr people...
Being able to dive into data like this is so awesome!
It's a glowing lightbulb encased in lucite or plastic or something that is totally solar powered.
Ok ok so it's probably just a phosphoresent material stuck inside something that's transparent but the lightbulb is just so cool.
Have to restrain myself from running out and buying it.
I think that is a really interesting position to take and one that many of the folks that I talk to think about. For example Marc Canter is a huge advocate of toolsets. Of empowering users by giving them the tools to create and express and then getting out of the way.
One question that comes up is what are the toolsets that our users would want? Another that immediately springs to mind is how does that benefit the company? Can Tribe survive as being an open tools company? What are the other companies out there that do this?
One of the toughest problems we face is knowing that we have lots of cool things that we COULD do but choosing which ones are really the ones that will be most valuable for people.
Do we let users have more customizability around their photos and photo modules? I know that many of users have asked for this (from the very beginning in fac) and yet we hesitate to prioritize this at a super high level compared to say letting users have more customization capability over their new profiles.
Let me explain - ultimately the question comes down to: which one will get people more excited to join tribe? The problem with the photo module is that even if we got it up to snuff and gave people the ability to have multiple albums, order the photos however they wanted and have permanent URLs for them... we'd still never be as good as a dedicated photo site at handling photos. If you cared about photos - you'd still go elsewhere and not to tribe.
Our hope is that the idea of an Open Profile will break us out of the logjam. That we will be able to integrate other people's functionality into our site so that our users get the best of all worlds. I'll talk more about that later.
Blocking out time to go and blog is much more difficult than I could have imagined. It seems as though the day just rushes in with all sorts of demands on my time and the next thing I know it's over.
I'll have to ask some folks how they find time for this activity. Seems like all some people do is blog all day!
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