Jeffrey Mann

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The Internet’s Eccentric French Uncle Passes from the Scene

by Jeffrey Mann  |  June 29, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

Ah Minitel.I always had a soft spot for this strange, pre-HTTP online service. It was kind of like the Internet, except for most of the things that make the Internet so compelling. And now it is finally going away. To be honest, I didn’t realize it was still around so its continued existence was the […]

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I Apologize for Being Poison for Vendor Demos

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 26, 2011  |  7 Comments

I wish to apologize for all of the demos I have somehow disrupted, those in the past and I am sure, in the future. I see a lot of vendor briefings as an analyst. A disturbing number of them go wrong. I cannot count how many times I heard the phrase “Haven’t seen that before…” […]

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It Might Be Creepy, but Is It Evil?

by Jeffrey Mann  |  September 26, 2010  |  10 Comments

I’ve been thinking about “creepiness” over the last couple weeks. I’ve been finding the concept come up more and more as I speak with end users and vendors about social software, because it is becoming a real barrier to adoption as end users react with sometimes unexpected revulsion at what seems normal or trivial to […]

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Have a Happy Safer Internet Day

by Jeffrey Mann  |  February 9, 2010  |  1 Comment

You may not have realized it, but today is the third annual Safer Internet Day, a day to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially for children and young people around the world. The awkward name, doofy logo and stiff language quickly identify this as a government initiative (with […]

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Social Software Lessons Learned from Shoveling Snow

by Jeffrey Mann  |  January 8, 2010  |  5 Comments

Like many places in the northern hemisphere, it snowed here last night. So like many people, I started the day clearing the driveway and creating a path to the front door. This takes some time, and since it is fairly mindless activity, my brain wanders while doing it. I get lots of ideas when I […]

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My New Year’s Anti-Resolutions for 2010

by Jeffrey Mann  |  December 30, 2009  |  9 Comments

Last year, I did a blog post on what I call my anti-resolutions for the year. Traditionally, many blogs publish their predictions and personal resolutions around the end of the year. So I won’t. Instead, I want to talk about my anti-resolutions for 2010.They are “anti” in a couple different ways. The main one is […]

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Google’s Eric Schmidt Needs Media Training, Not a Privacy Spanking

by Jeffrey Mann  |  December 18, 2009  |  8 Comments

Google CEO Eric Schmidt is getting a lot of flak for a statement he made about privacy in a CNBC interview. Here is the quote that many people are upset about: If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. Wow! What an […]

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Expectations from LeWeb 2009

by Jeffrey Mann  |  December 9, 2009  |  1 Comment

I am sitting in the audience, waiting for the LeWeb conference in Paris to start. I am more accustomed to being backstage, waiting to speak at conferences. Organizing and speaking at Gartner conferences has sort of ruined me as an attendee at most of these things. I get antsy after a few minutes of sitting. […]

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Journalists ask the darndest things

by Jeffrey Mann  |  October 22, 2009  |  2 Comments

A journalist for an industry publication in Chile asked me some questions recently about Web 2.0 business models, when there doesn’t seem to be  a lot of business actually going on. Here are some of the edited answers. Do you think it was a bad business decision for Google to acquire YouTube, in terms of […]

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Why does anyone care about operating systems?

by Jeffrey Mann  |  July 9, 2009  |  9 Comments

Before I was an analyst, I can remember lamenting why the people in our industry were so obsessed with chips and operating systems. It was around the time when DEC released the Alpha RISC chip, and rivalry between the different strains of UNIX and Windows was at its highest point. The horse race between BSD, […]

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