Archive for January 2007

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TiVo Ups Their Credit Line

Davis Freeberg’s Digital Connection – TiVo Takes Out $50 Million Marker – Don’t Worry It’s From Citigroup Not Tony Soprano Davis Freeberg reports that TiVo just negotiated a $50 million line of credit with Citigroup replacing a $15 line with Silicon Valley Bank that expired last September.

Not that they need it though. According to Freeberg, at present TiVo has no debt, $78 million in cash and another $28 million in short term investments.

Not bad for a company that was on a death watch not all that long ago.

Support Mayor Newsom and Bring Free Google Wi-Fi Service to the City of San Francisco Now!

Soliciting Support for Free Wi-Fi in San FranciscoWell I’ve posted on my disgust with the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in the past over their bungling of the free wi-fi initiative in San Francisco, but wanted to revisit it as a vote is upcoming on it and hopefully the voters of San Francisco can talk some sense into these Luddites.

Mayor Gavin Newsom is making the rounds trying to drum up support for the Cities’ free wi-fi initiative and I have to say I’m behind him 100% on this one. Gavin recently gave an interview to the San Francisco Chronicle entitled “Don’t Let Politics Kill Off Wireless Plan,” in support of the wi-fi plan.

“This is too big of an idea,” Newsom said when asked about the political chances of the deal. “I wouldn’t want to reject this.”

Responding to Supervisors’ Budget Idiot Harvey Rose’s suggestion that the City might run a wi-fi or deal with a non-profit partner as an alternative Newsome was clear:

“I’m not going to take $10 million from poor people to pay for something that a private company has offered to pay for,” he added, suggesting money for a system owned or part-owned by city government would take money from social programs.”

The city of San Francisco, a bunch of bureaucrats, are the *last* people in the world you want running your wi-fi network. It boggles my mind that when you have Google and Earthlink stepping up, two companies with significant experience at running wi-fi networks, two companies who already went through a rigorous competitive bidding process in order to build the system FOR FREE for the City of San Francisco, that you have a bunch of political posturing by the crazies of San Francisco politics to stop this.

Trust me. If you leave building this network up to city bureaucrats, they will spend three times as much money doing it and we won’t have service for at least five years. It will be full of pork and special interest and back room political deals and in the meantime we will all suffer through having to wait.

I’ll tell you what I love. I love pulling my laptop out at Union Square today (one of the Cities’ free hot spots run by Google) and for free logging on and using the network. I LOVE wi-fi. I’ll tell you what I hate. I hate the wi-fi in the Ferry Building administered by some other City chosen group that is never up, always down, slow and never working.

Google is good at this stuff. Earthlink is good at this stuff. Let’s let them do their thing.

Originally when Mayor Newsom introduced the idea of free wi-fi, the hope was that it could be implemented this year. And it still can be. But if the city has to scrap all the work that’s already been done to start over then we will be waiting much, much longer for our free wi-fi. Both the Examiner and the Chronicle have written editorials in support of leaving the building of this wi-fi to the private sector.

Do you want your free wi-fi in San Francisco sooner rather than later? Then here’s my suggestion, call up these jackasses at the Board of Supervisors on the phone and let them know this. Here’s a link to their names and phone numbers. Tell them to quit the political posturing and BS and to support Mayor Newsom’s Google/Earthlink deal and to get wi-fi up and running in San Francisco NOW.

Free wi-fi in San Francisco will be good for us who live and work here every day. It will be good for our tourism industry with more people seeing San Francisco as a desirable place to go when they can get wi-fi for free. It’s good for poor people who today can’t afford internet access. It’s good for home values. It’s great for commuters as they come to and from their jobs in San Francisco. And Google and Earthlink have agreed to build it for free!

Some people have objected to the plan by saying that the speeds are too slow on the Google free service at 300 kbps. But you know what? I just tested my connection speed on this EVDO card that I’m using and it’s just about 300 kbps and for that I’m paying $80 a month to Verizon. And Earthlink’s offer to sell 1Mbps for $20 a month for faster service? Totally fair. Much less than people are paying today. How about this Board of Supervisors. How about I send you my Verizon bill each month for the 5 years that it will take you to get this thing built?

I hate it when politics gets in the way of progress. Support the Mayor and lobby the idiots on the Board of Supervisors to stop the madness and give us the wi-fi that we deserve. Instead of being a laughing stock of the rest of the country San Francisco has an opportunity here to step up and be one of the first U.S. Cities with free wi-fi, an innovator, an example, a beacon for progress, technology and innovation.

Top 10 Hacks on Flickr

One of the nice things about Flickr is that because of their open API a whole host of developers have built more and more interesting things to do with the site. It’s interesting to me today that so many of the ways that I use Flickr are not even through the site as designed by Yahoo, but instead through the work of outside developers who are constantly creating new and interesting ways to experience the site. Today I thought I’d share what I think are the top 10 Hacks on Flickr.

This list is by no way exhaustive or complete, but as somewhat of a power user who uses the site every day I thought I’d offer some tools that you might want to try out. One note is that many of the best hacks on Flickr today are being done through Greasemonkey scripts. These will not work with Internet Explorer but will work with Firefox or Flock.

So on with the list.

Flickr Hack #1

1. The number one hack for Flickr would have to be Flickrleech. Flickrleech is a site developed by Andrew Houser (who is also a kick ass photographer), or simply Houser as he is often called, with the tagline, “because paging sucks.”

When Houser released Flickrleech originally it would allow you to pull up any Flickr user’s photos as a full page of thumbnails with no pagination. Although very cool, loading up 7,000 thumbnails wasn’t exactly the nicest things to do to Flickr’s servers and Houser actually changed his site to load 500 thumbnails at a time and today it sits at 200 thumbnails at a time.

Still, having the ability to browse a flickr user’s photos at 200 thumbnails at a time is remarkable and allows you more photos on a single page than anything Flickr offers up themselves.

I’m constantly using Flickrleech to check out a new photographer’s photos or to rapid fire go through someone’s stream.

By the way, the bandwidth for Flickrleech is not cheap and Houser subsidizes it, so if you like it and use it might I recommend that you help the man out by making a donation to his Paypal account that he has on the site.

2. The number two hack for Flickr is a newer one and was released earlier this month by Intel’s Eric Appel and is called SmartSetr. One of the annoying things about Flickr is that when you want to create a set you must do it manually. Even with batch tools this gets tedious and having to add every new photo to a set every single time sucks. So Eric developed SmartSetr. SmartSetr allows you the ability to build sets that are organized around the concepts of tags, dates, and other metadata associated with a photo.

If, for instance, you want to build a set called Neon Days and Neon Nights (like I did) that holds all of your photos of neon signs, by building a SmartSet you can simply tell flickr to add any photo tagged neon to this set. Although SmartSetr isn’t dynamic, Eric refreshes your sets for you once a day and things get updated. It’s also really cool that you can organize your set by interestingness, so that your best photos show up first in the set — something you can’t do on Flickr. More from Eric directly.

3. The number three hack for Flickr is a greasemonkey one called Flickr Multi Group Sender. It was developed by Steeev (who does some of the best Flickr development work around) One of the problems with Flickr’s add to group function is that it is painfully and woefully slow. I’m not sure if this is because Flickr is trying to load up little mini thumbnail icons for every group or if it’s something to do with how you access their database but it’s weak sauce. But multi group sender makes this much easier. Multi group sender allows the add to groups function for photos on flickr super fast. You can also add to multiple groups at once by simply holding down the control key… opps, I mean command key (I keep forgetting I’m on a Mac).. and selecting another group. Careful with adding your photos to too many groups though. Adding your photo to more than about 10 groups gets you dinged in interestingness.

4. The number four hack for Flickr is another greasemonkey one. This one is called Flickr rich edit and it was written by Jason Rhyley. Sometimes when you say something, you really want to say something. Unfortunately natively Flickr has no rich edit tools and so users must be familiar with how to manually mark up their text or they can just use this tool. By using rich text edit you are able to add rich text edit tools above text boxes on Flickr so that you can better get your point across when you need to.

5. Tabblo. This is kind of an unusual one. Maybe not so much of a hack, but it sure feels like one. Tabblo is a photosharing site that allows you the ability to customize the feel, layout, tone and design of your photo page. The yin and the yang of Flickr is that everyone’s pages look the same. On the one hand this gives Flickr a very elegant, almost like a virtual art gallery or museum feel. On the other hand sometimes people want more customization over how their photos are presented. Some companies like SmugMug make this customization part of how they diferentiate from Flickr. Flickr is torn because while you might like to give users more control over the design of the photos, if you’re not careful, the next thing you know the place ends up looking like MySpace.

Enter Tabblo. Tabblo uses the Flickr API to import your photos into their site and then allows you the ability to design a page however you like. The nice thing about Tabblo is that unlike SmugMug the site is free and with a direct Flickr import function makes it super easy to design special custom pages using your Flickr photos. Here’s a tabblo with some of my shots from New Orleans last year.

6. Flickrmud. One of the problems for some Flickr users is that because the site is popular ofentimes it gets blocked. A while back Flickr was being blocked in the entire UAE. There have been reports of libraries blocking Flickr and certainly businesses blocking Flickr who don’t want their employees wasting away valuable company time on social networking or seeing the occasional porn shot that creates company liability. While one answer is to simply buy your own laptop with EVDO and bring it to work, this isn’t always the most economical approach. But if you are experiencing Flickr blockage somewhere check out FlickrMud. How Flickr mud works is that you simply change the url to access Flickr. Instead of
accessing thomashawk’s flickrstream like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk. You access it with this url instead: http://www.flickr.mud.yahoo.com/photos/thomashawk. By adding the .mud.yahoo before the .com oftentimes you can access the site because this way of accessing Flickr is much less known and less likely to be blocked. Mum’s the word on this one of course 😉

7. Moo Cards. Again, not so much of a Flickr hack as a tool for the flickr photographer. One of the problems with the outside world (yes even with Stewart and Caterina on the cover of Time magazine, etc. etc.) is that outside your immediate bubble of friends, a whole chunk of the world has no idea what Flickr is. As a photographer out there shooting all the time people will ask me where they can see my work. Even if you say “flickr” “thomas hawk” etc. People will forget. By ordering up some Moo cards (they are only about $25 for 100) you can give these cards out to people when they ask where they can see the shots.

Of course one hack with your Flickr Moo cards is that you don’t actually have to send them to your Flickrstream. My Flickr Moo cards have my Zooomr stream ID url on there instead. Opps, did I just say that, Doh!

8. Slickr. One of the things that is cool about Flickr is that there is an amazing amount of fanastic images online. This is cool and all but Flickr’s slide show functionality sucks, it’s not full screen, etc. This is where Slickr comes in. Slickr allows you the ability to point Slickr to someone’s photostream, your photos marked favorites, etc., etc. and then actually download full high res photos of all of whatever you point it to to your computer. It was developed by Gabriel Hanford. Once on your hard drive you can better make use of these images for your screen saver or for your desktop backgrounds and all that. One of my favorite things to do is to sit back and watch my Media Center PC rotate through my favorites from Flickr on beautiful full high res clarity.

One note with this. You might want to check out the photo license of the photos that you choose to download with Slickr. Although Slickr works with all licenses, technically you’d be breaking the rules by downloading an all rights reserved licensed photo. Creative Commons licensed photos of course (like mine) are free to use for non commercial (in my case) use and if you want to download all of my images for your screen saver, desktop, etc., or even just one of my sets like Superfaves, feel free.

9. Flickr Friends (formerly Flickr Stalkr). Flickr Friends got off to a rough start originally at Flickr. Developed by James Newbery it was initially named Flickr Stalkr and well, that just didn’t sound right and so they saw themselves get nipped in the bud early on. Subsequently though the site relaunched as Flickr Friend Finder and is a way for you to find all of your friends (or ex-girlfriends, opps, did I just say that too?) on Flickr. With Flickr Friend Finder you simply enter in a string of email addresess (or upload your address book to them) and they will return back to you everyone who is on Flickr. You can then add them as friends to make sure to keep tabs on what they are up to photographically speaking. James has the following privacy statement up on his site:

“Your addresses will not be stored anywhere, read by anyone, or made accessible to anyone. Any file you upload will be deleted from the server immediately.”

…of course it’s up to you whether or not you think it’s a good idea or right to use your friend’s email addresses this way.

10. jUploadr. One of the things about Flickr’s bulk uploader tool (in my opinion) is that it is not very good. Especially on a Mac it is very slow to load, won’t strip the .jpg titles from the names of my photos, etc. jUploader was developed by Steve Cohen and offers a better, faster, way to upload. You can enter in default tags, descriptions, etc. for all of your photos or you can easily select photos to bulk tag/descript before uploading to Flickr. jUploader is also our official uploader for Zooomr as well and if you want to upload your shots to Flickr and Zooomr, once you are done with one you can simply click on the other to send your photos there as well. jUploadr runs on Windows, Linux and OS X.

Related posts:

Top 10 Ways to Find Great Photos on Flickr


Top 10 Tips for Getting Attention on Flickr

If you like these Flickr hacks feel free to digg them here.

Bus Stop

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Who’s Worse Yahoo Shopping or Broadway Photo?

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Photo by Vincent Ferrari

[I am CEO of Zooomr Inc.]

Broadway Photo’s Sheisty-Looking Business Addresses – Consumerist The Consumerist is out with a post today on Broadway Photo and their related businesses.

Here’s a snippet from why they have an unsatisfactory report with the BBB.

“Please understand that complaints may concern more than one issue
Complaint Issue Last 12 Months Last 12..36 Months Total
Advertising Issues 21 64 85
Contract Disputes 4 2 6
Credit or Billing Disputes 39 54 93
Delivery Issues 19 29 48
Guarantee or Warranty Issues 11 11 22
Product Quality 11 14 25
Refund Practices 23 41 64
Repair Issues 3 3 6
Selling Practices 90 223 313
Service Issues 5 11 16
TOTAL 226 452 678″

Vincent Ferrari
, a blogger and friend, decided to go out and actually take photos of the various locations on record with the BBB for Broadway photo and in addition to the shot above, click through to the Consumerist to see more.

I, of course, had my own infamous run in with another one of these sleazy retailers, PriceRitePhoto (now operating as Barclay’s Photo) a little over a year ago.

Sleazy camera retailers, unfortunately, are nothing new and seem to persist despite the attempts on our part to shed light on the cockroaches.

But one of the things that really bothers me is that somehow these sleazy companies seem to make it back on the shopping search engines over and over and over again.

After I wrote my post on PriceRitePhoto, perhaps the most trafficked post of all time on sleazy camera retailers resulting in stories in the NY Post, NY Times, the top Dugg story of 2005, boing boing, Slashdot, and hundreds of blogs, PriceRitePhoto was able to change their name and get right back on Yahoo! Shoppping within three months.

Subsequently when I pointed this out in another blog post they were dropped from Yahoo! Shopping again.

But today when I go and look up Broadway Photo, the photo store with an unsatisfactory BBB rating and the complaints listed above, guess what? Yep, not only are they on Yahoo! Shopping but they are listed as a three star merchant. How does a company with an unsatisfactory BBB rating, hundreds of complaints with the BBB able to get a three star rating? And with product reviews on Yahoo like this:

“Buyer beware!!!!!! False advertising on product inquired. What was shown on web site was not the real total product expected. Upon calling for confirmation, product advertised wasn’t available but was for an inferior version of the same product that you have to buy extra accessories that normally are included in the advertised product. Sales person would insist of purchasing extras that would jack up the price of the order. Very dissapointed!”

Flickr, by the way, recently instituted this “cool” new “camera finder” feature where they will send you directly to Yahoo Shopping to buy your camera. That sucks.

I’m sure this will be taken down by the time I get this post up (I did take screen shots though and can always share those later) but try this. Go to Flickr’s camera finder for the Fuji FinePix S9100. Now click through and sort by price. Who has the lowest price? Yep, you guessed it, Broadway Photo. Thanks Flickr, thanks Yahoo.

Take this advice if you want to buy a camera. AVOID YAHOO SHOPPING. AVOID Flickr’s camera finder. Instead go to B&H; Photo, Amazon.com, Costco, or a local retailer where you can walk into their store and trust them. I understand that Yahoo needs to monetize their social networks, but this is NOT the way to do it.

Although Yahoo Shopping may not bear a legal responsibility to prevent bad merchants from getting on their site, they bear a moral responsibility to do at least a modicum of due diligence before letting someone like Broadway on board.

Had a Great Time Geeking Out with Jeremy Toeman and the Gang

Jeremy and the GangJeremy and the Gang Hosted on Zooomr

Well I’m a little late on this post, but I wanted to post and say what a great time both Kristopher Tate and I had geeking out with Jeremy Toeman and gang at Buca di Beppo on Tuesday night. Jeremy seems to know all kinds of interesting people and while this was my first of his geek dinners it certainly won’t be the last. The mix of people was just great. We had venture capitalists mixing with start ups mixing with consultants and others. There actually seemed to be a pretty good balance of people there and Jeremy made the dinner especially fun by bringing out all kinds of gadgets from CES and had some great contests for giveaways. Check out Jeremy’s write up on the event here.

Jeremy had questions like who had the most working PCs — or Macs 😉 — in their home (I think the winning number was 8). Who was going to buy an iPhone when they came out (I voted that I would, but I may not be able to wait as my supposed “Smart phone” is just about dead). Who had owned the most video game consoles (hand helds counted, remember that little football game with the lights that dashed up the field that used to be so fun to play?). I think Davis Freeberg one that one. Etc.

I especially liked chatting it up with Heidi Pollack who works for Yahoo and had some great and interesting insights into what working at Yahoo is like. She had the cool Technorati microformats shirt on but I didn’t get a particularly good photo of her.

It was good seeing friends Andrew Kippen again (he gave his introduction in French and works helping French tech companies in the U.S.) and Joel Sacks.

Anyways, I got some decent portraits of folks at the event and you can see them here.

Thanks again to Jeremy for organizing and see you all at the next one.

Below is a list of people and their blogs who were there that I lifted from Jeremy’s blog.

  • Jason Whitt – venture capitalist with VantagePoint Ventures
  • Scott Cronce – CTO of Electronic Arts
  • Melanie Westlake – the queen of Yahoo! Mobile
  • Jeremy Toeman – Seems to know just about everybody
  • Lisa Whelan – business development consultant and social media blogger
  • Andrew Kippen – “technology scout” for the French Trade Commission
  • Daniel Riveong – technology marketing expert at e-Storm
  • Davis Freeberg – prolific digital media blogger and photographer
  • Esther Lim – VP, Client Services and Interactive Strategy for e-Storm
  • Mehrshad Mansouri – still unemployed
  • Cindy Wang – Technical Yahoo! for mobile Web applications
  • Joel Sacks (or at least his eyes and forehead) – account exec for CNet
  • Sam Levin – influencer marketing expert
  • Kristopher Tate – founder of Zooomr
  • Guy Horowitz – venture capitalist with Gemini Ventures
  • Brian Meckler – product manager at Sling Media
  • Jeff Allen – reformed VC, now founder of a new stealthy startup
  • Heidi Pollock – another Technical Yahoo! (thus making it Yahoo 3, Google 0 for Geek Dinners)
  • Forbes Thinks Web Photographers Don’t Matter

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    See update below.

    The Web Celeb 25 – Forbes.com It was interesting for me today to see an article out from Forbes celebrating the Web Celeb 25. I like the article a lot and several of the people that I think deserve to be on this list are (Robert, Mike, Om, Cory Xeni, and many more) but it’s interesting to see how Forbes handled the photos for the article. Forbes of course is a for profit venture and makes money with their content.

    As expected where they used photos for their article from Getty Images, they credited Getty as the source of the photos. I assume that they also paid Getty to use these images. If they didn’t of course, Getty would sue them because, well, that’s what they do.

    On the other hand, where they lifted photos from the amateurs they used photos in violation of their licence. Of the all of the non Getty photos that they used not a single credit was given.

    In my case, a photo that they lifted (some might say stole) of Om Malik is licensed creative commons non commercial with attribution. So while a blogger, or any non commercial entity can feel free to use it assuming they credit me, a for profit can’t use it without permission.

    Personally it doesn’t bother me so much, but I also recognized several other photos that were lifted from the web in their same article by other photographers.

    To me it’s interesting that in an article about the Web, they still really don’t get it, at least the concept of Creative Commons, etc.

    Also, it’s one thing if you ask. Yesterday I had a reader ask me if it was ok if she used one of my photos of Florence on the Regis and Kelly show on Friday. I said sure, no problem. And I would have said sure, no problem about the photo of Om as well. But whether they lifted the photo from Flickr or Zooomr they are certainly violating it’s terms of use.

    This wouldn’t even bother me as much except for the fact that they bothered to credit Getty on their photos. Which just shows that even in an article about the internet leveling the playing field that they still believe that our content is somehow second fiddle to the pros, not deserving of even a credit or byline when used for free.

    By the way, that is a pretty kick ass shot of Om, if I do say so myself. 😉

    Update: Just got the following email from Forbes:

    “I am writing to apologize for the improper use of your photo on Forbes.com
    as part of the Web Celeb 25 listing. It is Forbes’ policy always to
    attribute photographs and respect intellectual property rights, and this
    photograph was posted in error.

    Forbes.com has a very high regard for Web content creators and photographers
    – we are a content creator ourselves, and we apologize for this mistake.

    We have removed the photograph from the site.

    We’re very proud of the Web Celeb 25, and would still like to use your
    photograph in it. I hope that you will give us permission to re-post your
    photograph. Please let me know.

    If you would like to discuss this matter further, don’t hesitate to call or
    email me.

    Kind Regards.

    Paul Maidment
    Editor, Forbes.com”

    So I responded back to Paul that it was fine for him to use the photo with credit and all is well that ends well, kind of…

    For those of you who suggested I make Forbes pay money to use the image, reparations, etc. that’s just not my style. I like sharing my photos with the entire world. I make a little money on them from time to time but that is not the primary motivation. For me this issue was more about educating the mainstream media on the appropriate use of creative commons licensed images and the need for approval and credit.

    Pro-am photographers are going to increasingly become a source of content for the mainstream media going forward. Today it’s still in an awkward stage. My pal Scott Beale over at Laughing Squid and I have had conversations about this in the past. His photos get jacked without appropriate credit all the time and it frustrates him. He’s very clear about how he wants to be credited. My friend Aqui-Ali and I were talking about this issue on Sunday at our photowalk. He mentioned that an architectural magazine wanted to use one of his photos and that he gave them permission but asked for a subscription to the magazine. Personally I’m not interested in a subscription to Forbes Magazine but I’m sure if I’d asked for one in return that they would have gladly given me one.

    Longer term though what needs to be built is a formal structured way for pro-am photographers to market their work and a large repository of excellent photos for marketers and people like Forbes to tap into. This is one of the things that we are working on at Zooomr. We hope to have up in the near future a Marketplace section where Pro-am photographers will be able to put their photos up for sale and while participating in the social network also be able to use it as an outlet to begin receiving fair compensation for their images. It won’t be a traditional stock agency, and it won’t be microstock. It will be an interesting hybrid that allows a broader way for photographers to share their work while receiving compensation for it at the same time when appropriate.

    By the way, Forbes did a pretty good job overall handling all this. I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that this was an honest mistake and I think they will be more careful in the future. Best I can tell, they first learned about this through my blog at 8:03 a.m. this morning, their IP address hit my server logs several more times throughout the morning and I had an email back apologizing by their Editor still before the day was half over.

    TiVo Charity Toaster Raffle

    Zatz Not Funny!�Blog Archive � James Kim Memorial Fund Charity Raffle My friend Dave Zatz is blogging a raffle for kind of a unique prize a TiVo toaster. It actually makes the little TiVo guy on your toast. I’ve never seen a TiVo toaster and this is bound to be a collectors item someday… I think… well, maybe not, but the money that Dave is trying to raise goes towards something that is really good — the money raised goes to the college funds for the kids of the late James Kim from CNET. So even if you don’t want the TiVo guy on your toast, stop by and buy a $10 raffle ticket for something good.

    Kristopher Tate and Thomas Hawk on LunchMeet

    Obligatory SuperMacro of a FlowerObligatory SuperMacro of a Flower Hosted on Zooomr

    Kristopher Tate and I had the pleasure of sitting down with Eddie Codel and Irina Slutsky from LunchMeet yesterday to talk about what we are up to with Zooomr. In addition to giving a demo of Zooomr and talking about why Zooomr was started, we talk about a lot of the upcoming features in our next major release Mark III. Kristopher and I are super excited about where things are headed with Mark III and can’t wait to share the new version of Zooomr with you all some time coming up shortly here.

    It was also great today to read on Yuvi’s blog that he will be hosting his shots that he is taking in India on Zooomr. For those of you who don’t know Yuvi, he is this amazing 15 year old kid in India who has been doing some of the best blog analysis out today. Most recently he has completely analyzed Robert Scoble’s blog and provided more detail than any stat package on the market today.

    Yuvi was recently able to purchase a digital camera after the community rallied around him and all helped contribute and the photos of India that he is sharing with us and the rest of the world are stunning. That’s his shot of the flower at the top of this post. Yuvi outlines some of the reasons why he’s chosen to host his photos on Zooomr at his blog here. Check out some of Yuvi’s other shots as well, by the way, he has some superb photographs and it’s really great seeing India through his eyes.