Tech support – with Karoli, Rob, Ted, Nick, Amy, and Jerry’s Kids. Recorded Wednesday, April 30, 2008.
Archive for April, 2008
Debi Jones, Karoli Kuns, Rob La Gesse, Prokofy, and a bunch of increasingly pissed off UstreamGangers. Recorded Tuesday, April 29, 2008.
Obama and Rev. Wrong and Microsoft v. Google. Dan Farber, Karoli Kuns, Rob La Gesse, Alec Saunders, Dana Gardner, Miles Comer, and Jerry Schuman’s UstreamGang. Recorded Monday, April 28, 2008.
The Gillmor Gang – Marc Canter, Dan Farber, Dana Gardner, Mike Arrington, Robert Scoble, and Robert W. Anderson – drills Microsoft’s David Treadwell on the Live Mesh platform announcements at Web 2.0 Expo. Recorded Friday, April 25, 2008.
Dan Farber, Karoli Kuns, Rob La Gesse, Michael Markman, Bruce Lerner, Jim Posner, and Jerry Schuman and the UstreamGang. Recorded Thursday, April 24, 2008.
David Sanborn, Richard Belzer, Bruce Lerner, Karoli Kuns, Rob La Gesse, Christian Burns, Ted Gilchrist, and Jerry Schuman and the UstreamGang. Recorded Wednesday, April 23, 2008.
Robert Scoble, Michael Markman, Karoli Kuns, Joe Cavanaugh, Rob La Gesse, Warner Crocker, Amy Bellinger, Matt Terenzio, and 90 other listeners debate Pennsylvania and Microsoft Mesh. Recorded Tuesday, April 22, 2008.
Today marks the debut of the daily NewsGang Live series on TechCrunch, where every day at 1PM Pacific 4PM Eastern we record an open conversation with members of what we call the TwitterGang. These folks include members of The Gillmor Gang, industry players, media analysts, and anyone who chooses to call in and participate.
As usual, today’s show wanders from the presidential race to the weekend’s Twitter outage (still limping at post time) to some new Facebook technology we are going to experiment with to organize the audio part of the conference call. We’ve been lucky enough to have the support of Jerry Schuman and his Ustream simulcast for the past few weeks enabling people to listen in on the Web and chat in realtime, and now with the show hosted on TechCrunch, we’ll be bringing that simulcast onto this site and integrating it with the new audio tools.
NewsGang Live came about as an outgrowth of Jason Calacanis’ hijacking of an episode of The Gang, where he gave out the call-in number on Twitter and a guy named Larry ended up in the clubhouse for the rest of the show. Now, with the live Ustream gateway and the rapid growth of Twitter, the show represents an interactive laboratory where we move from idea to implementation to deployment, sometimes in the course of a single show.
The intersting part about today’s Twitter outage (and today’s show) has been the relative viability of the Gtalk/Twitter gateway, where a realtime stream of Twitter messages has combined with the unique Track command to stay up while Web and third party clients such as Twhirl have broken down. The effect of this rolling blackout has been to encourage a number of enterprise gurus decrying the stability and reliability of the platform, but those who have been following the show and my arbitrary attacks on the @reply methodology are the only ones left with a robust platform. With Microsoft coming to the party over the next several days here in San Francisco with their Mesh services, the resultant rollup of Twitter, Mesh, and the SIlverlight platform is ready to present a compelling alternative (and load-balancing choice) to the Google gateway services.
Karoli Kuns, Rob La Gesse, Ted Gilchrist, Jerry Schuman, Bruce Lerner, Cori Schlegel, Christian Burns, Aron Milkalski, and the UstreamGang. Recorded Monday, April 21, 2008.
It is with great pleasure that we all reassembled earlier today to relaunch The Gillmor Gang in its new home on the TechCrunch Network. Ever since Mike Arrington came over with Keith Teare at a Gnomedex (which one I don’t remember clearly but then again…) and introduced himself, I’ve watched him grow a passion in blogging into a media empire. Even though we haven’t spent a lot of time together in recent days – who has except Charlie Rose – I have always sensed the same kind of feeling for what he does that I’ve felt in the Gang.
Today brought together some great folks in celebration: Doug Kaye, who produced the original version of the show on his IT Conversations network; Dan Bricklin, co-inventor of the spreadsheet and the last guest on that first iteration; author Nick Carr, who quit the latest version (The Gang) in a fit of what he calls “permanent pique,” and the regulars, thankfully including Doc Searls who’s recovering from a serious blood clot in the lung; Hugh MacLeod who’s recovering from premature deletion in the Twittersphere; CNET News.com czar Dan Farber; Ziff Davis Enterprise czar Mike Vizard; media analyst Sam Whitmore; enterprise analyst Dana Gardner; everyone’s Friend Robert Scoble at $2.50 a minute over the Atlantic, and Jason Calacanis, about whom nothing can be said that’s an exaggeration.
The Gillmor Gang came about as a result of a series of phone calls I had (and continue to have somewhat less frequently) with Jon Udell, where I kept wishing we could share what we were talking about with the rest of the community interested in these momentous applications of technology to extend ourselves in the virtual world. Like all conversations, there’s insight, anger, humor, boredom (Arrington bails at the 44 minute mark today), and above all else a sense that we’re dropping breadcrumbs for others to pick up and carry forward.
The sound may suck, the egos may clash, the length… whatever. So far we keep coming back for more, and I’m grateful not just to Mike and TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde for making this alliance possible but every Gang member at both ends of the conversation. One thing I am retiring on this new show: … “if there is a next time.” There will always be a next time if we have anything to say about it.