As an entrepreneur, it’s a constant struggle to know what to build, and what to outsource – who you should partner up with, and who you should politely take a pass on. Even the big guys like Google don’t deliver 100% of the time, and smaller companies with API’s you can tie into most likely fail even more frequently.
Over the next few months, we are going to be a living experiment in converting a hierarchical site to a more circular tagging site. We realize that we cannot possibly keep up with the ever-changing creative outlets that our users want to learn about. What we believe is that over time, our users (who are the experts) will tell us how things should be organized, and we will use that data to develop tighter social graphs, more relevant search results, and a more fluid overall experience.
Want to spice up your photo set? Check out this cool new tool by Animoto. This took me about 2 minutes to do. Just import your photos from Flickr, wait for it to be rendered, and auto-post to your blog.
Matt Cutts, Sr. Tech guy at Google, gave a great 1 hour presentation on the best tips bloggers can use to make their blog SEO friendly. While the focus is mostly on WordPress users, Typepad folks can also benefit from it.
In essence, don’t be evil, and don’t try to trick your way to the top. Instead, focus on creating something of value that everyone can use.
Thanks to John Pozadzides for the video.