Uber Does Not Equal The Valley

Uber Does Not Equal The Valley

The post Uber Does Not Equal The Valley appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Now that the other shoe has dropped, and Uber’s CEO has been (somewhat) restrained, it’s time for the schadenfreude. Given Uber’s remarkable string of screwups and controversies, it’s coming in thick, in particular from the...Read more

Is Humanity Obsolete?

The post Is Humanity Obsolete? appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. image Upon finishing Yuval Harari’s Homo Deus, I found an unwelcome kink in my otherwise comfortably adjusted frame of reference. It brought with it the slight nausea of a hangover, a lingering whiff of jet exhaust from a...Read more

The Internet Big Five Is Now The World’s Big Five

The post The Internet Big Five Is Now The World’s Big Five appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Back in December of 2011, I wrote a piece I called “The Internet Big Five,” in which I noted what seemed a significant trend: Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and Facebook were...Read more

Dear Facebook…Please Give Me Agency Over The Feed

The post Dear Facebook…Please Give Me Agency Over The Feed appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. (cross posted from NewCo Shift) Like you, I am on Facebook. In two ways, actually. There’s this public page, which Facebook gives to people who are “public figures.” My story of becoming a...Read more

Ads. Grrr.

The post Ads. Grrr. appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. (Cross posted on Medium) I honestly didn’t want to say this, but. I did have other things to do tonight than write about advertising. Again. But g’damn, folks. Can we get our shit together? I know Google thinks it...Read more
Please, Let’s Not Go There Again

Please, Let’s Not Go There Again

The post Please, Let’s Not Go There Again appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. Here’s a top-of-my-head rundown of all the shit going down that promises to take us forty years back, to a time when, well…you decide what kind of time it was. Women had to fight for...Read more
Pick Up the Phone and Call.

Pick Up the Phone and Call.

The post Pick Up the Phone and Call. appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. (cross posted from NewCo Shift) People in business who like to Get Shit Done fall in love with each version of The New. When I was a kid, new was the the Apple II. Then...Read more
Bad Policy Makes Us Sick. Business Must Lead Us Back.

Bad Policy Makes Us Sick. Business Must Lead Us Back.

The post Bad Policy Makes Us Sick. Business Must Lead Us Back. appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. (Cross posted from NewCo Shift) Walking around Disneyland with my daughter the other night, I found myself face to face with one of our country’s most intractable taboos. (Disneyland is still...Read more

It’s Time For Facebook to Start Making Media

The post It’s Time For Facebook to Start Making Media appeared first on John Battelle's Search Blog. There’s only one company that can possibly spin media gold on Facebook. And that’s Facebook. Round and round and round goes the debate — Facebook’s not a media company, Facebook’s not a traditional media company,...Read more
Facebook Messenger’s PM director Martinazzi leaves after launching Day

Facebook Messenger’s PM director Martinazzi leaves after launching Day

 Completing almost 8 years at Facebook, Director of Product Management Peter Martinazzi has left the company. His last product, Messenger Day, shipped on Thursday. A Facebook “OG”, Martinazzi was well-liked and respected at the company. He worked with the growth team in some of Facebook’s breakout years before the IPO, and ran all of Messenger product during its modernizing… Read More