Monthly Archives: August 2011

New Pandora and Social Sites Are Eerily Similar to Facebook

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As a Pandora One member, I get to check out the new Pandora website ahead of the pack. I gladly took a test drive today, and guess what; It looks just like the FaceBook user interface. Now, I’m not bashing on Pandora because I love what they have done for me, and everyone else that got sick of having to change their music library every time a new technology came out (CD, DVDs, iPods). Most of the music I listen to is music that I have purchased at one time or another, but have no idea where it is after lost hard drives, stolen computers and scratched CD’s.

With that little disclaimer, back to the reason for this blog post. I think all of the new social media sites out there are looking very similar to facebook. Social media is taking the logical evolution to a segmented industry. Much like nearly every business out there like advertising, plumbing and building, if you find a specialty within the big picture you can build yourself a great niche business.

The way I see it, all the business’s out there that saw the success of social media with FaceBook are now trying to create a niche in their industry. Pandora is just like them…creating their own social network on the new Pandora One website.

Have a look for yourself and tell me if it looks anything like facebook to you.

New Pandora Looks Like Facebook

New Pandora Looks Like Facebook

A Gecko In My Office – Another Hacienda Payment

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Living in Puerto Rico is great. Our property is growing in, the house is close to complete and we absolutely love Rincon. The Reardon office is the most comfortable place I have ever worked. Building it from the ground up gave me the opportunity to add everything I wanted in an office.

Gecko in My Puerto Rico Office

Gecko in My Puerto Rico Office

We deal with a little more business interruption down here than we did in California. Our Internet goes down occasionally, forcing an early/late lunch hour. Sometimes our power goes out and just last week the air conditioner went out for a while. But that is really all I can complain about besides the monthly Hacienda payments.

This morning, I walked into the office with a hot cup of coffee and there was a gecko on my desk. When I sat down he cruised across my desk and hopped onto my phone. He chilled there for about an hour and then ran off…hopefully to eat more blood sucking insects.

Gecko on Office Phone

Gecko on Office Phone