episode 4 :: bill simmon

My interview with Bill Simmon.

I do a pitch at the beginning.  If you’ve heard it, the interview starts at 51 seconds.


Links from the show: poliscifiradio.com, #campchamp (sorry for juggling it on-air), paleofuture, accelerometer, Etsy.com, Shaq/Twitter/Diner, Support.


next on the browser: bill simmon

My guest this week on the browser is social media evangelist, filmmaker, twitter elite (but not elitist), and writer Bill Simmon.

Listen Wednesday night, February 25, on 105.9FM in Burlington, Vermont or live online at TheRadiator.org.  Of course you can listen online after the broadcast, but you’ll miss my many on-air fumbles.  Not to be missed.

UPDATE 2/25/09:

I hear that the online stream of the Radiator is currently offline due to funding shortages.  You can hear Bill Simmon tonight on the Radiator on 105.9FM in Burlington or online at this website after the show.

Please, make a donation/underwrite the Radiator.  In the short run you’ll help restore these services but, just as importantly, you’ll be supporting a great local media outlet serving the residents of Burlington, Vermont.  Please Support the Radiator or Underwrite the browser.

episode 3 :: David Gibson

Listen to my interview with David Gibson of Propeller Media Works here:

Comments / feedback / suggestions/ thebrowser1059 at gmail

CRM, VRM, and the tip of an iceberg

I just read Bradley Holt’s recent post What You Need to Know About the Semantic Web and it brought me back to a point I made in last night’s program.  It was during the on-air break – which I did live and didn’t record so it won’t be on the podcast – and I’ll try to remake the point here.

In episode 3 (which I should be posting now and not writing about) David Gibson and I briefly mentioned the term CRM – Customer Relationship Management systems.  For those listeners who’ve never heard that term, they are the systems by which organizations manage their relationships with their customers (or constituents).  CRMs come in many shapes and sizes, but think of them as all those systems, in all those different companies, that have your information – name, credit card, purchases, whatever.  Facebook, with everything it stores about you, is a CRM.  OK, nothing new there.

In the article Bradley references, the author Tom Ilube writes: “In the retooled world, users could easily replicate the full functionality and flexibility of Facebook, MySpace, or LinkedIn using an open, standards-based RDF approach. Thus the semantic web would cut out the intermediary and restore control of personal information to the individuals who are its true owners.” (my italics)

Have you ever purchased a book?  You can walk into Major Book Chain, give them $20, walk out with a $20 book, and everyone is happy.  They have a $20 bill, I have my book.  But if I want to buy that same book at majorbookchain.com, I have to tell them my name, where I live, my credit card information while they’re also tracking what I look at, read, search, etc.  I have to fill their system (called a CRM) with all my information and they get to keep it and leverage it for marketing value and hopefully keep safe.

Are those really the only 2 options – I can’t transact online AND control my own information?  What if I want to give them my money and get their book, but I don’t want to give them my personal backstory, too – sorry, no online shopping for me?

And what if I’m really demanding?  What if I wanted them to agree to my license/terms before I let them have my info or my $20?  And if there is marketing value in the things I do online – search, click, read, share – why can’t I keep that information and have them pay me to use it?  As Ilube says in his article, aren’t we the true owners of our personal information?

I think these are all reasonable questions and fortunately there is a crew of really smart folks working on this with Project VRM – as in Vendor Relationship Management.  I plan to explore this topic more in future broadcasts.

This idea of putting individuals back in control of our own information is, as they say, just the tip of the iceberg.  You can find more of the iceberg at projectvrm.org.


from Twitter, today:

 @jbgoode12: @jonathanpb @BradleyHolt @jason_pelletier listening to ep 2 of The Browser – also very interesting! One correction: the Flex SDK is open src  

@jbgoode12 posted the above correction to something we said during episode 2 with Found Line.  Thanks for listening, noticing, and posting it.  It does help.

There’s a lot I’ll miss or get wrong.  I try to be good about admitting when I am, but if I miss something please tell me.  And I try to get guests who are smarter than me, so they’ll say things I won’t even catch.

If you have a correction, please post it on Twitter or here or email me at thebrowser1059 at gmail.  If you post it on Twitter, I’ll consider that sufficiently public and I might not post it here (but I probably will).


I haven’t disclosed my off-air relationships/connections with my guests thus far because, frankly, I hadn’t really thought about it.  It’s part of just making this up learning this as I go along.  But I think in the interest of full disclosure it makes sense that I point out professional and other relationships when it’s relevant.

I know Bradley and Jason of Found Line and David Gibson of Propeller Media Works from my day job – I currently work with both of those agencies in my role at Vermont Public Radio.  I asked them on the show because I think they do good work and have interesting things to talk about, and they’re doing it in 05401.

This is Burlington.  There are only a couple of degrees of separation so many of us will already know each other.  And that’s good.  I know my first guest, Ed Shepard, via a social connection.  Etc.

I’ll do my best to seek out guests outside my regular networks, in all walks, from all angles.  And I’ll be conscientious of when I should disclose any prior connections.  I hope you’ll call me out when I drop the ball.

suggestions / thebrowser1059 at gmail.

tonight on the browser: David Gibson of Propeller Media Works

Tonight on the browser my guest is David Gibson of Propeller Media Works.  Dave and I talk alot about Facebook and Dave previews the upcoming Social Marketing Jam that PMW is hosting this Friday.

You can hear the browser on 105.9fm in Burlington, Vermont or listen online at theradiator.org.  Podcast is available here after the broadcast.

UPDATE: The show is on at 6pm tonight and every Weds.