MySpace for BlackBerry out now

November 22nd, 2008

I am happy to announce that Myspace for BlackBerry has been out for about a week now and the numbers are staggering. The MySpace launch has been the biggest one in RIM’s history. Since the launch on November 13, the application has been downloaded more than 400,000 times, which represents an all-time high for both MySpace and RIM in terms of first week application downloads.

Since then BlackBerry users sent and received more than 15 million messages and updated their mood and status settings via MySpace over 2 million times in the first week.

Go get it while it’s hot at http://www.myspace.com/blackberry

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I’m a big fan of our iPhone applications. Yet one of the things that I saw quite a bit of improvement potential on was photo viewing on our iPhone application. Photo viewing is one of the most requested and most used features on mobile phones and social networks.

Today I am proud to announce that our new fullscreen photo viewer launched on iPhone.
– Switch from picture to picture with the swipe of your finger
– Add comments, view and edit captions or change your profile picture
– Turn your phone around to change from landscape to portrait viewing

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The launches keep on coming. I am proud to announce that we now support uploading your mobile photos to your MySpace account by sending a simple eMail to MySpace.
Once you have set up your account on www.myspace.com (go to My Account -> Mobile) and choose your own PIN. A special email address will be generated for you. Just save this eMail address in your Address Book and off you go. Anytime you send a picture via eMail/MMS to this unique address, it will be added to your MySpace account. Your email subject will become the picture caption.

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MySpace for Android launched!

October 21st, 2008

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To welcome the Android platform, I am happy to announce that we launched MySpace for Android today – the first social networking application to hit the Android platform and the T-Mobile G1. More than two million daily unique users visit MySpace’s mobile website, and according to ABI Research 70 percent of people who use social networks on mobile have visited MySpace.

Features:
– Instant photo uploading from an Android device to a MySpace profile
– Check out tour schedules on band profiles
– View and comment on photos, profiles, and bulletins
– Search and add new friends
– Send and read messages
– Update and view mood and status
– Integrated with Shazam for Android. Just tag a song via Shazam and befriend a band at MySpace

Besides m.myspace.com, we now have developed native applications for Android, Sidekick, iPhone, and soon Blackberry.

Just go and grab a copy from the Android Market!

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This for me is tech journalism gone horribly wrong.

I’m now being portrayed as the ‘Anti-Googler’, the disgruntled ex employee who isn’t loyal to his former employer. Fact is that my little intro-post of my personal opinions on Android was taken completely out of context and without waiting for the announced series of posts to start.

All I did was merely critique the look of the G1 device. Which I stand behind. I am sorry, but I think it’s dated. I was not talking about the hardware being crap (in fact many things are better than in an iPhone e.g. the autofocus 3MP camera or a removable battery or a full size keyboard) nor did I say a word about the Android OS being bad in any way (which it isn’t). Fact is: I wanted to write POSITIVE posts about the OS – which is developed by Google and has made GREAT advances over the years. I wanted to write about the advantages of an OPEN OS where anyone can build applications for.

I know many of the people on the Android and Google Mobile teams, who’s work I highly respected and still do. I feel sorry that I am now portrayed as a disgruntled ex-Googler, which is far from the truth. I will stop voicing my opinion (positive or negative) on this going forward because I learned my lesson that you can very quickly be singled out by the valley’s main stream media. Which is weird because there were articles in very significant blogs, such as Gizmodo which have a 10x more negative view on things but weren’t highlighted as much. Fact is: I have been and still am a big fan of Google. Why else would I have decided to work there so long?
Fact is also: I do believe Android has a future ahead of it that’s bright and has the potential to become a major player in the market space. The G1 is just the first of many devices.

Hi guys,
I’m looking to grow my team and hire a new Product Manager, Mobile for MySpace in Beverly Hills, CA. If you know about good candidates, feel free to reach out to our recruiter Cari Gilbert.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
– Invent or enhance new mobile products and features to improve user experience and promote inter-site interaction.
– Write concise functional requirements for each new product or existing product enhancements, including business justification and operational impact.
– Create preliminary design concepts and mock-ups.
– Lead the relevant teams to efficiently implement and rollout each product or enhancement.
– Work with business and marketing teams to find the best way to monetize and promote new products and features.

SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS:
– Internet or mobile product design or product management experience.
– Experience with and deep knowledge of the mobile industry and landscape
– Exceptional interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate with both technical and business experts across multiple parts of the organization.
– Experience managing simultaneous projects and demonstrated team leadership abilities in a fast-paced environment.
– Proven ability to manage direct and indirect teams
– Ability to balance technical and business issues
– Strong organizational skills.

Coincidence AGAIN??

July 17th, 2008

Last time I came back from my (one and only) vacation I took during my Google days, the stock jumped 21% the day I came back.
Now that I’ve left the company, the stock is going nowhere but down after not as high-as-expected Q2 earnings announcements.

Coincidence? ;)

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It turns out, my silly Mobile Trick video made it to Germany’s largest newsmagazine and website DER SPIEGEL. See here.
Of course, DER SPIEGEL (The Mirror) being German there had to be a slight negative angle to the story:

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which translates into:
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In the video titled “Mobile Messenger” you’re not seeing fantasy functions as before. But the messages in large scrolling type, which can also be read across the meeting room table are bringing true high school behavior into a meeting.”

Whatever… I’m on DER SPIEGEL! Woot woot!
Original video is here.

Joining MySpace in August

July 3rd, 2008

After the big bomb has been dropped, here is part 2 of the story. Where am I heading?
I have always been interested in social networks, having signed up for a Facebook account right when they came out (and when they were restricted to just Harvard, Stanford and a few other universities) and used MySpace and LinkedIn for years. So I concentrated my search on social networking and video companies (a second big area of future growth in my opinion). Having gotten multiple offers, I finally decided to go with… MySpace.
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For me, it basically were three reasons that drew me to them:
– I genuinely liked all the MySpace folks I met throughout my interviews, from the SVP of Engineering to Products and many in between. Thanks for inviting me to your pizza Friday, guys!
– MySpace is a massively used product, in scale with Google, Yahoo or Facebook.
– The opportunity is just awesome. I am fortunate enough to be on the intersection of Social Networking and Mobile, THE future area of growth for social platforms.

So I am happy to announce that starting August 4th, I’ll be joining MySpace as their new Product Management Director for Mobile!

MySpace is coming up with a lot of new products and features, for example last week a new homepage design launched:
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Here is a look at the current MySpace mobile website (m.myspace.com):
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This is MySpace’s current building with Fox Interactive Media in Beverly Hills 90210:
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Apparently a parking nightmare is awaiting me there.

Starting in June 2009, we’ll be moving to a new campus in Playa Del Rey though, as Techcrunch already reported recently:
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All FIM companies in Southern California will move to the new facility starting from June to December 2009. The site will house over 300,000 square feet of commercial space and is part of a development called Horizon at Playa Vista (a rendering of the development is above). The area is quickly becoming LA’s media hub, with EA, Rubin Postaer and others now with offices in the area.

Going away Google bash

July 2nd, 2008

Today Effie and Lawrence organized a little going-away meeting/party in our Building’s microkitchen. Effie baked an awesome chocolate cake that looked like an iPhone with the sneezing Panda video on it while Lawrence set the whole thing up and took a video or two as well.
Creative as Googlers are, we organized a little round of Four Square to keep us occupied:
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Effie’s super awesome cake:
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