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This blog rounds up my posts from around the web, including for the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal and Medium.

10 bloggers share their tips on how to stay motivated

Everyone knows that Superman's great weakness is Kryptonite, fragments of his home planet that travelled with him to earth. That's how legendary weaknesses arise: the source of our strength is also our greatest weakness, and every legend carries with it the seeds of...

Thank the Internet for 4/20

Dope-smokers of the world, send a thank-you text to your favorite geek: pot culture owes a thank-you to the Internet.

Real innovators don’t hold grudges

I started graduate school in 1995 with the intention of figuring out what was ailing Canada's New Democratic Party. I dove into a comparative study of social democratic parties around the world. As often happens for grad students, my research interest took an...

Are you using the Internet to monetize or to enlighten?

October 25, 1994 was the day that hotwired.com rolled out the world's first banner ad and birthed the field that we now call "monetization". From banners to adsense, from freemium sites to affiliate sales,  it often feels like the past 17 years have been a (moderately...

Blacksburg reminds us how to worry about our kids

One of the Internet's most ambitious and durable experiments in local community networking began in October 1993. That's when the Blacksburg Electronic Village officially opened to the community of Blacksburg, Virginia, thanks to a partnership with Virginia Tech. This...

What you choose when you choose a network

When I went to work for the Rae government, I thought the choice of which computer to use was a choice of Mac vs PC. But what I was really choosing was a connection to a group of people who would change my life, and the future of our country.

Finding the soul of the web in HTML

The original (manually created) version of this page is here. I have been using the web since 1994: not quite as long as the web has been around. And yet in all those years, and with all the web sites I've created and blog posts I've written, I've never actually...

Search party: 10 tips for better searching on Google and beyond

Once upon a time, before Google became a verb, people used to do this thing called "searching". Searching was similar to googling, except that instead of getting a list of links to information you wanted, you would get a list of links to information that might or...

Online innovators turn foresight into insight

A glance back at the events of 1989 makes it look like the  year of foresight. It wasn't a year of major tech payoffs: it was a year of advances that hinted at things to come. You can look back on those hints with a sense of financial opportunities missed, of...

Quiz: What level of online security is right for you?

Getting the inside scoop on Santa Claus. Finding out what really happened to your childhood pet when your parents took him to "the farm". Realizing that your favorite TV show didn't mention one car company four times in a single episode simply because it was a natural...

Core tenets of the social web

"Free, open and participatory" is the social web's equivalent to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That's what I argue in the latest installment of One 40-year-old, which appears today on the Harvard Business Review site. My latest post looks at a 1987...

The Core Tenets of the Social Web, 25 years in the making

This post originally appeared on the Harvard Business Review. We like to think of the social web as green fields in which we are just now sowing best practices and first principles. After all, if there are no hard-and-fast rules, then anything goes. We get to come up...

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