NextMontréal, c’est parti

Depuis 7h ce matin NextMontréal est en ligne. Nouveau projet au sein duquel je serai impliqué en tant qu’éditeur en chef. Vous pouvez aller voir mon entrée Bienvenue sur NextMontréal qui explique mon choix et parle du mélange anglais/français. Profitez-en aussi pour regarder mon entrée sur notre usage de Twitter, c’est une petite partie de ce que nous allons faire mais considérant le volume de liens intéressants que je vois passer sur Twitter, je mise sur ce mode de découverte et j’aimerais bien que chacune de nos entrées “crowdsourcées” sur Twitter soient pleines de contenu intéressant.

Note : Ce n’est pas une implication temps plein, je continue à travailler sur mes autres projets et sur quelques contrats clients, arrêtez-pas de m’appeler ;).

August 17th, 2010


Je fait maintenant parti d’un nouveau projet, j’y collaborerai avec Ben, Phil et Sylvain. C’est un nouveau blogue techno qui vise à regrouper et donner plus de visibilité aux communautés Montréalaises oeuvrant au sein des startups techno. Notre “focus” de base est dans les domaines du web et du mobile mais nous couvrirons aussi l’industrie des jeux et des “sciences de la vie”.

Jetez un coup d’oeil sur l’entrée écrite par Ben sur son blogue pour plus de détails. Portez particulièrement attention aux besoins côté collaborateurs, on écriras pas tout ça tout seuls.

Je vais pousser pour un bon mélange anglais / français mais un des marchés visé est celui des compagnies, fondateurs et programmeurs hors Montréal que nous voudrons informer et attirer ici, le mélange ne seras donc peut-être pas 50/50. Ceci dit, la meilleure façon d’y retrouver du français, c’est de s’impliquer et d’y écrire dans la langue de Lemeur Molière.

July 23rd, 2010

A Merlin Rant

I love Merlin, especially with his new focus. Pretty much every post is must read. Free as in ‘Me’ is one of those.

You “page” your articles to the point of hostile unreadability. You disguise or bury links to source articles in a way that makes your article seem a little more canonical than the real thing. You encourage unmoderated comment threads in which cheering an uncivil race to the bottom of the Port-O-Let means triple page views. You may even compel your indentured “writers” to hew to a stifling regimen of post volume, pointless stock art inclusion, and even compulsory word count — simply because the cargo cult of statistics whispers which coconuts make the best headphones. You conspire to trick, deceive, annoy, and badger your audience up to precisely that moment when they say, “Screw it,” and just never come back.

What makes all this melodrama so interesting today, is that we are all in the midst of an unprecedented and unavoidable global re-thinking of what a lot of things really “mean.” Economy. Home. Family. Security. Entertainment. Identity. You name it. There are a shit-ton of grenades still rolling around on the floor right now, and I’m one of those crazy fringe types who publicly, ardently hopes that at least one of them blows out a few load-bearing walls inside industries that are in overdue need of a bottom-up redesign. No matter what.

May 18th, 2009

Résidents et visiteurs

J’avais déjà linké à Not ‘Natives’ & ‘Immigrants’ but ‘Visitors’ & ‘Residents’ sans commenter, récemment Martin a approcher ce sujet une nouvelle fois avec Pour en finir avec les natifs versus les immigrants digitaux ou il fait la promotion de cette vision, beaucoup plus appropriée et utilise la métaphore assez fidèle de la ville pour aider à bien comprendre ce point de vue.

Oui l’accès aux nouvelles technologies est plus prégnant pour cette génération, mais il ne provoque ni usage prescient spontané, ni compréhension transcentale: la plupart sont tout aussi “clueless” que n’importe quel “newbie” de 40 ans et plus devant Twitter, FaceBook et le Web 2.0…

Les “résidents” habitent une ville numérique, comme d’autre la cité politique, et connaissent bien tous les us et coutumes, les recoins et les raccourcis, les rabais et les pièges de ces lieux. Ces habitants construisent les divers quartiers de cette ville nouvelle.

Il me rappelle ensuite Clay Shirky dans Here Comes Everybody en nous rappelant que c’est un nouveau modèle ou nous pouvons maintenant “tout” voir. Ce n’est pas que le contenu est moins bon qu’avant c’est que maintenant tout est trouvable, le bon autant que le mauvais. Il y avais du mauvais avant mais dans les journaux personnels de fonds de tiroirs ou sur TQS ;), maintenant il n’y a plus la même séparation.

Quand Rioux trouve qu’il y a trop quartiers “mal famés” dans la blogosphère, ces “tribunes téléphoniques permanentes sans modérateur”, il oublie qu’il n’est plus dans un monde de “radiodiffusion”—où le contenu éditorial est une norme—mais, d’une certaine façon, directement dans la centrale téléphonique écoutant toute, virtuellement toutes, les conversations qui ont lieu simultanément. Juger la pertinence de la sphère “téléphonique” dans sa totalité n’a aucun sens.

January 26th, 2009

C’est beau ça!

Finally launching one of my procrastination projects today. For the last few months I’ve been blogging photos and illustrations at céboça, I kept delaying the launch, hoping to redesign at the same time, wanting to come up with a new bio, etc., etc. Always something coming in the way or some new way to waste time.

So the last couple of details are taken care off, I hope you like it. The domain is a play on words for “C’est beau ça” which means “That looks good” and that’s exactly what it is, just a place for me to post images and illustrations I find and like. Super simple design, just nice looking things.

September 30th, 2008

Becoming an old (blogging) man

It’s tough because I love blogs and I love comments in blogs, but I’m starting to think there’s this “new generation” that has grown up online only knowing blogs as having snarky comment areas and never realizing it used to be a personal, intimate space where you’d never say anything in a comment that you wouldn’t say to a friend’s face. Also, know that I mean “new generation” in a way where age of person in it is irrelevant. You could be 50 years old and started reading blogs last summer and I’d put you in that group.—Becoming an old (blogging) man

September 2nd, 2008

Content Is Becoming a Commodity

What this means for us as bloggers and new media creators is that the very technologies that we have grown to love are the same forces that are turning our efforts, be them our words, our videos, our music, our photos, or anything we create, into a commodity – something that has little monetary value on its own, but in aggregate, can become something of value.—Content Is Becoming a Commodity

April 14th, 2008

Tsé là

Je ne le linkerai pas parce que parfois il veut garder les choses silencieuses mais tsé là le gars qui prenait ben des belles photos et est déménagé à Tokyo, tsé là? Il re-blog. (woohoo!)

January 20th, 2008

I Am A Media, Not The Media

None of what I’m about to say is new, it’s a trend that has been around for a while but it seems to pick up speed and/or to now be on the shores of my network.

Remember the days when blogs were about self expression and we were oh so proud of how anyone could have a voice, how we could be our own media, build our own connections, do our own thing, write about what we love, write with better, more personal and better informed voices? Well that’s still there, thankfully, but more and more bloggers and “social software” users are seeing dollars, seeing reputations and corrupting what they were doing.

Remember astro turfing and how we dislike and laugh at it? Remember when the “unwashed masses” came to blogs with crazy, over the top, insulting, unrelated and generally useless comments? Well I’m sorry to tell you this my friends but you’re wallpapering your blog with astro turf and you’re pandering to those same masses. Forget letting people understand what they’ve found, forget letting them “get it”, lets con them and screw them over seems to be the order of the day.

Links on blogs aren’t to be asked for, teased out of and expected. Links on blogs are for the writer to point to a story, person, service, product that she likes, respects, hates, finds funny, wants to show, wants to talk about, feels interested by, revolted by, challenged by.

When Bob is proud and excited about his new discovery and the long thought-out post he wrote and Twitters or Jaikus or Facebooks about it, that’s great, it gives me a chance to read it before I get to my feeds. It’s like when Bob arrives at a party and is proud and excited about his new discovery and talks about it enthusiastically. When Bubba Twitters or Jaikus or Facebooks about every f0cking post or podcast he gets out, whatever the length or interest or frequency at which he writes or podcasts, that’s annoying. It makes me feel like I’m at a chamber of commerce 5@7 and he’s shaking my hand on one side and handing me his business card on the other.

When you are so into your brand that you don’t want to dilute it, don’t want to lose any credit or visibility or reputation by giving credit where credit is due, that’s not only annoying, it’s small. When you do so while at the same time selling your clients on the joy and fun and virtues and potential of blogging, and video blogging and podcasting and of creating meaningful, self sustained, impromptu networks of open and sharing people well that’s wrong and even smaller.

When you SEO, SMO and Whatever O your blog within an inch of it’s life, it’s a bit lame but ok, sure, you want to reach more people, you’re earning a living. But when you also prone taking out the personal, trying to sanitize and reformat how you are perceived, when you do so saying that marketing sucks and there’s a new way, tell me, what’s the difference? When you’ve optimized, sanitized and publicized your content with the aim of reaching a wider audience and generating more revenue, how are you not what you wanted to overthrow? You’re just doing the same thing quicker, and adjusting in a sneakier manner but don’t kid yourself, you are now Them.

We use these tools and promote them to our friends because we can express ourselves and create networks but I always thought networks were the tools to reach friends and colleagues. More and more it seems like the network is just that, the network. You’re not reaching friends, you’re reaching network units. You are not “friending” people you want to know and interact with, you’re “friending” viewers. You are not “a” media in the sense that you are your own means of distributing your thoughts and interests, you are “the” media, a money grabbing, self interested, profiteering, people using media like the ones you claimed you wanted to take down.

And before some people feel targeted who shouldn’t, let me say that it’s all in the intent, in the understanding, in the tone. Some of you are tone deaf. Pretty much all of the above can be done in a respectful manner. You can come to a blogger meeting wanting to meet people, happen to make an impression, friends, contacts and down the line get some business out of it. Or you can come to the same meeting cards in hand, networking, thinking of dollars, of publicizing yourself. See the difference?

(Unless of course the purpose of the meeting is business, don’t get excited Yulbizzers ;) )

It’s in the tone and it’s part of a pattern (or lack thereof). When Sylvain Twitters about his company looking for a job candidate, he’s reaching out to his tribe, to his friends and colleagues. You know he’ll be happy to give a hand in turn when he can, you know he’ll give credit, mention partners and cite sources. He’s using the technology to enhance the social aspect. When Bubba links to his most recent ad-ridden post, without any comment and you see he’s got 666 friends, you have to wonder if the tone is right.

When Chris uses his networks, pushes on every side, uses his influence. He’s promoting ideas, communities, standards, issues. He’s trying to find solutions, he’s reaching out to others to make something bigger happen, he’s working on something that has value to him and to others. When Bubba uses his network to promote the conference tickets for which he’s getting a commission… Wrong tone, wrong pattern.

When Alex links about every article his coworking space is in. He’s not trying to optimize revenue, to get more suckers to pay. He’s brimming with pride about the community space he’s building, he’s sharing the joy. Intent, tone.

It’s not that complicated and we used to all do it. Now more and more of us—hopefully it’s still us—are losing sight of that. Sure, I could just opt out of it, I could unfriend the “offenders” but that sucks, it’s turning away and forgetting the good thing we had.

As people are going green, organic, bio, locally grown, slow food, carbon neutral, low impact, etc. Our web is going the opposite way, it’s going money grabbing, corporate, marketed, optimized, sanitized. As we realize how polluted we made our backyard we are polluting the virtual meeting place we just found.

My web was organic and I want it that way again.

[Update] Should have posted this when I wrote it Saturday because now the same Sylvain beats me to it and mentions the Ethic of reciprocity.

October 23rd, 2007

Bunch of Links

Ok, enough with the small posts, here’s one with various things I found while catching up on feeds:

  • Didn’t take all that long for Derek to get back to printing cool stuff. Great choice too, he’s starting up Fray again and will make it a quarterly published book instead of the online magazine. Should be fantastic.

  • Chris announced OAuth 1.0 Public Draft basically a way for developers to duplicate Flickr’s FlickrAuth but with an industry wide standard. Important piece for portable social networks.

  • Interesting new art site, they make 200 small prints at $20 and 20 at $200 for each piece of art offered, 20×200.

  • A new blog at the NYT, The Conscience of a Liberal features a fascinating chart showing the fall and rise of inequality in the US, should prove a great read, same goes for the book.

  • Impressionist vs Realist bloggers, I gather I’m an impressionist.

  • According to Montréal Tech Watch’s Montréal blogosphere tag cloud, a lot of people are talking about me!

  • Amazon opens up a new DRM-Free music store which seems to be getting good reviews so far but, of course, like all new content based stores it seems, it’s US only. Screw you very much Jeff.

September 26th, 2007