OCWP Developer Day 7-11 Edition

Kicking off the second OCWP Developer day, here on international slurpee day. Is there no holiday sacred from WordPress developers?

alex vasquezalex vasquez – @alexjvasquez
You know it’s developer day when… @zengy is wearing a thong #ocwp

So, things started off debating the difference between undergarments and sandals. The jury’s still out on this one. Let’s just hope this stays PG.

Loren kicked things off by covering some challenges with WP Touch Pro. It looks like there is a potential glitch in the way that WP Touch uses its own get_posts() function. The peanut gallery’s opinion included tweaking the arguments for number of posts; but it doesn’t look like that did the fix. The real big question – when is WP Touch going to get ousted as the preferred mobile theming solution for WP? It’s not very attractive. Who’s got a real competitor in the works? Continue reading OCWP Developer Day 7-11 Edition

Why Amazon’s Change is Important

Updated [7/3]: Angel Djambazov had an excellent writeup at GeekWire titled “A Guide to Why Amazon is Losing the Tax Battle” that I had to include in this post. Go check it out, it’s well worth the read.

It’s been a busy day or two for affiliate marketers… I caught this tweet earlier, and wanted to add my commentary.

Danny SullivanDanny Sullivan – @dannysullivan
106 comments later, people really have a lot of opinions on the Amazon Affiliates closing in California, it seems. Whew http://bit.ly/jBZxOX

Danny’s argument is that Amazon is in the wrong here – by not giving enough fair warning to affiliates, and then by not just owning up to the issue by just paying the taxes. Though I agree with him that the warning provided by Jeff Bezos was virtually instant and therefore not very helpful, I disagree with him wholeheartedly on the “just pay the taxes” argument.

Furthermore, I think my real issue with Amazon’s termination of their program lies in the fact that they could have changed their existing referral model to a CPM or CPC program virtually instantly, thereby providing CA-based affiliates at least some value in retaining their referral links (until they moved their physical location). Seems to me that the issue here was based on commission-based sales referrals. But would the law still affect people who were reclassified and compensated as marketing partners?

ReveNewsReveNews – @Revenews
New Post: Commission Junction Responds To California’s New Nexus Law http://t.co/2HcL2UU

Though there’s not a whole lot of detail, Commission Junction (a massive player in the affiliate marketing industry) obviously sides with Amazon’s argument. There’s a strong sentiment that this isn’t a “net-zero” activity – ie: a loss of income-tax revenue is offset by the increase in tax collection. Instead, it appears that the expectation on the part of affiliate managers and merchants is that this will lead to a vacuum of revenue – fewer sales, fewer commissions, and fewer programs willing to undertake the task of coordinating 50-states worth of tax law headaches.

And that, by the way, is the crux of Amazon’s argument. A business such as theirs should be governed by the state(s) they directly operate in, as well as the federal government as the group charged with the responsibility of interstate commerce. If Amazon left their program open, they’d set precedent that they really don’t want to make.

Google Plus is …

I was going to write a pithy title for the article, and to kick it off I wrote “Google Plus is” and sat for a moment to let my brain figure out what was next. Turns out, it’s exactly what I wanted to say.

In case you were on a non-wifi airplane for the last 48 hours, yes, Google has a social network. It’s called Google+, which I think says a lot.

Google Plus is an all out effort. This ain’t Orkut. This ain’t Wave. This is GOOGLE with a freaking ‘+’ sign next to it. They’re aligning this effort at their core brand. If they botch this up, it’ll be a lot more difficult to admit failure and walk away.

Google Plus is missing the “Beta” tag. I’m just saying, I think my gMail account still comes with a Beta tag. Those guys love that tag. From a design perspective, maybe they’ve given up on labeling things as “Beta” and have just finally gotten enough people to believe the mantra: A Google product is never, ever finished. Continue reading Google Plus is …

OCWP RoundUp – June 27

A great evening here in Orange County to geek out on WordPress for a few hours! As always, special thanks to the Zeek boys for hosting this awesome event.

Jason TuckerJason Tucker – @jasontucker
We’re streaming now at Orange County WordPress meeting officially starts at 7pm http://bit.ly/lQs0XR #ocwp

Jason came through with a complete streaming setup for the event. Could this help put Orange County on the WordPress map for good? Does anyone even watch live streaming? 😉

Jon BrownJon Brown – @jb510
Am I the only one hearing cello in the background? #ocwp

Jeff Tuner decided to kick us off with some YoYo Ma… Apparently needed some music to soothe the crowd.


Jeff started off the evening demoing a pretty cool plugin called Front-end Editor. The editor allows you to make some modest changes to the posts, sidebars, and some other elements in real time, directly from the front end. Continue reading OCWP RoundUp – June 27

The Recession Web

There’s a tremendous shift occurring in the web today. The buzzwords thriving include social, mobile, local, check-ins, daily deals, and cloud… It’s a great time for buzz! But I think it’s important that we all take a moment to remember that we’re living in an environment of extraordinary circumstances. I like to think of this period that we’re existing in as the Recession Web. It’s under these unique economic conditions that we’re seeing many substantial changes to the web that we’re using today.

Jeff Turner posted an interesting article that sparked my desire to write this post:

Jeff TurnerJeff Turner – @respres
Some interesting data here: The Shrinking of the Non-Social Web http://bit.ly/lzqW7G

The article (written by Ben Elowitz, CEO of Wetpaint; mentioned several times throughout) brings up some interesting implications from the data that he’s looking at. Most notably, that we (as web users) are spending a helluva lot more time on Facebook and increasingly less time on individual non-Facebook web properties. Continue reading The Recession Web

Apple is kicking RIM’s Ass

If you’re wondering whether or not APPLE is going to be a good growth buy, or if RIMM done, I think it’s pretty clear the answer is that Apple wins on almost all sides.

Katie RoofKatie Roof – @Katie_Roof
RT @JonErlichman: 3 years ago, #Apple’s market value was 2X Research in Motion. Today, it’s 20X $RIMM. #signofthetimes $AAPL $$

Jon brings up a great point – Apple is just trouncing Research in Motion on every front. I think it’s pretty clear that RIM is a buyout contender right now. Great reference Katie.

I can say, even from personal experience, the Playbook tablet is a pretty solid example of how poorly RIM is able to compete right now. It took me nearly 3 weeks to successfully sell a brand new 16GB Playbook, and even for a new product like that (currently advertised on TV even!), the best price I could manage to move it for was around $350… Continue reading Apple is kicking RIM’s Ass

SMMOC Round-Up June 25

Starting off a great day here at Social Media Mastermind of Orange County – let’s see what good stuff comes up today! Get the most out of it today – SMMOC goes dark next week for the 4th of July holiday weekend.

Cindy RonzoniCindy Ronzoni – @cindyronzoni
Thank you so much @ksablan for all your help putting together #ocregister #socialmediaday #smmoc. Greatly appreciate your efforts.

Kevin’s done a great job organizing & collaborating with Bob to put together a “backchannel” for the Social Media Day on June 30.

Kirsten WrightKirsten Wright – @kirstenwright
The info from Allfacebook.com is incredible #smmoc

After the SM Day talk, the conversation moved towards things like FullyFollow.me, AllFacebook.com, and helpful services to interact & learn.

Got a great thread of a discussion happening around the nature of profit in social media. Who’s making money (profit) using social media?
Continue reading SMMOC Round-Up June 25

Why Artists Need To Think Like Startups

Over the past week, I’ve been buried in development work (both code & business), and like I so often do when I’m tethered to my computer – I’ve sought out some new music to jam me through my days. Now sure, I’ll be the first to admit that apparently my taste in music is somewhat limited – I can typically find music I like in the “clearance” bin at Amoeba records (when I make it up to the bay). I am a bay area kid of the 80’s and 90’s, and my taste in music is probably stuck in some sort of post-Nirvana, “classic”-Soundgarden phase that will stay with me forever.

But when I look around at the music choices that are available to me today, I don’t see an abundance of real revenue-focused innovation. I see the same games being played as they were a decade ago. Continue reading Why Artists Need To Think Like Startups

SMMOC Roundup – June 18

Starting off another Saturday morning here at SMMOC (the Social Media Mastermind of Orange County).

Dave ColeDave Cole – @HeyDaveCole
Surviving the #smmoc internet blackout… Thank you iPhone tethering!

Started the day off without internet! Might make the day a little wild around here.

Jim WaleryJim Walery – @jwalery
Talking page title tag best practices at #smmoc. Tough 1st topic.

Jim called it – kicking off SMMOC with a pretty good technical topic. Some good ideas, including adoption of ScribeSEO service.

Lisa McClureLisa McClure – @LisaMcClure
Nice title tag template “industry, geography, specialty” also “recent relevant and local” #smmoc

Good suggestions for putting together title tags – make it count. I’d probably suggest “human” as another extension of these ideas. Make your web pages human friendly. Continue reading SMMOC Roundup – June 18