Techmeme Part-time Editor: “To apply: Send a single email to email@example.com, briefly introducing yourself and describing your motivations for seeking this job. Use the subject line “[Name] (@[TwitterID]) – Techmeme Part-time Editor”, and include a resume, either as a link, an attachment, or pasted to the end of your email. In addition, please provide numbered responses to the following questions, answering each succinctly, in four or fewer sentences:
1. What were Facebook’s most significant product launches for mobile devices in 2013 and how were they received in the marketplace?
2. Explain why Yahoo bought Tumblr from the perspective of the two companies.
3. What are the factors believed to have contributed to Apple’s slide in the stock market over the past three quarters?
4. Recent hacking episodes of note have involved defaced websites and reports of stolen data. How are companies and governments responding?
5. Contrast the 4 publications featured most often on Techmeme with respect to what they bring to Techmeme’s coverage.
Finally, suggest two pieces that you think would make Techmeme better if they were posted as headlines (at the time you emailed us). Just give the urls, and number them S1 and S2. No additional words or sentences needed for this one.”
I thought it would be fun to answer their questions without applying for the job. So, here goes.
- I’m not a Facebook user, but if you didn’t hear about Facebook Home you were probably unconscious or you disconnected yourself from the Internet. The product got a lot of press but the reception from uses has been luke warm at best. Hardcore Android fan boys didn’t like that it took over their springboard experience and hid often used applications. The reception for the HTC First was even worse, carriers lowered the price to $99.00 shortly after it was announced.
- Yahoo has been around for a long time and is a valuable internet property, but they’ve been stagnant for far too long. They needed something to attract younger users, Tumblr is that something. On the flip side Tumblr hasn’t figured out how to make money, Yahoo should be able to fix that with years of experience in this area, if they don’t screw it up.
- I think it’s simple. There’s some strange force field surrounding Wall Street that makes people believe a company that is super successful and making billions of dollars is somehow doomed because their UI isn’t flat. I can’t figure these people out. Your guess is as good as mine.
- Yeah, you lost me there. I haven’t paid much attention to this.
- Write some real stories. Forget about the cheap tabloid type material, everybody is covering that crap. Go long!
Venture Beat: “While Tumblr is popular, it only made $13 million in revenue last year, when it first started selling ads, and hopes to grow that to $100 million in revenue this year.”
Wow. On Friday afternoon the acquisition point for Tumblr had gone to $1.1 billion. Mind boggling considering they had revenue of $13 million last year.
I like Tumblr. If this acquisition happens I hope it’s good for Yahoo! and good for Tumblr. I think the first thing they do is start using Flickr for photo sharing on Tumblr then do something to bring the two closer together. Seems like a nice fit considering the popularity of photo sharing on Facebook and Instagram.
I read a comment somewhere, sorry I don’t remember where, to the effect that all Marissa Mayer is doing is buying other companies and anyone could’ve done that. That’s true, but anyone didn’t do that, Ms. Mayer is. I think it’s pretty brilliant, and unlike Twitter’s acquisition of Posterous, which was all about engineering talent, this one seems like it could be a nice fit and an opportunity to do something incredible with two products; Flickr and Tumblr.
UPDATE: Interesting piece on Hacker News. Apparently $1.1 billion may be too low? That would be the VC’s talking if there’s any truth to it. Take the money and run, while you still can.
Truer words were never spoken.
The mere mention of it started a conversation on Twitter, which lead me to start thinking about a weblog post, which lead me to a search for “CLI in the browser” or something like that, which landed this great post by Miguel de Icaza.
“ECMA CLI would have given the web both strongly typed and loosely typed programming languages. It would have given developers a choice between performance and scriptability. A programming language choice (use the right tool for the right job) and would have in general made web pages faster just by moving performance sensitive code to strongly typed languages.”
It will be interesting to watch browsers mature into a layer that completely replaces the OS for services. Until then, we’ll have to make due with what we have.
Here’s the Twitter conversation that lead to this post (sorry, the Twitter embed code only grabbed the last bit of the conversation, not sure how to get it all.):
We’ve been on the road since Friday afternoon and I forgot to post the answer to Thursday’s Movie Line before we left.
Mr. Dave Rogers was our big winner. Congratulations Dave.
The correct answer was:
Good morning. How about a nice movie line to start the day?
I was wondering, just between us girls, what did you say to Pai Mei for him to snatch out your eye?
Ok, quick, what movie! Send your guesses here.