March 19th, 2008

Silicon Florist’s links arrangement for March 20, 2008

Sometimes, a link says more than I could ever say. Here are some fragrant little buds I’ve found recently, courtesy of ma.gnolia.

SplashCast performs 75 times better than banner ads

Mike Berkley writes “We recently completed an analysis on the average click-through rate (CTR) of a typical splashcast. It’s about 3%. That means that every 33 times a splashcast is loaded on a web page, a user interacts with it.”

Metaphor for ExpressionEngine 2.0

Michael Boyink on the new version of Expression Engine, “So my working metaphor is that EE 2.0 is like taking your current CD/ DVD collection, buying a much nicer/sturdier/more expandable rack to store them in, and then re-organizing them while moving them into the new rack. Same music that you love – just better organized in a better environment. And maybe a few new CD’s to boot.”

Startups: Looking for Investors?

Not really a “Silicon Forest” based property, but I’m all for helping you guys attract funding to the area. No word on whether Angels and VCs are actually looking at this list. The First, The Free, and the Good

Sage advice for any startup, or any established company for that matter. Steven Frank writes “Where you can really dominate is by combining two or more of these properties. If you are first AND best, you’ll be doing quite well for a very long time, as long as you stay the best. If you’re the best and free, it’s going to be very hard to compete with you — although those two lines don’t intersect just every day.”

EllisLab Hiring, Two Positions Available

Bend-based EllisLab is looking to hire a full-time Code Mechanic and a Senior Technical Support Specialist. Be advised, that these are both “work from home” giges, just in case you’re looking for yet another excuse to move to Bend.

Mobile Portland Meeting on Monday

Jason Grigsby writes “The first Mobile Portland meeting is scheduled for this coming Monday. eROI has graciously offered to host us. Our topic this month: the iPhone SDK. RSVP here.”

FriendFeed Comment Finder at Fast Wonder Blog

Dawn Foster writes “A bunch of people have been talking about how FriendFeed allows people to comment on content within FriendFeed. This means that we have to log into friend feed every day and scour for comments, which remain fragmented from the source of the content. I can’t fix the fragmentation, but I think I have part of a solution (implemented as a Yahoo Pipe, of course).”

DorkbotPDX 0×01

DorkbotPDX 0×01 will be taking place on March 30th at the PNCA Graduate Studios building (1432 NW Johnson St.). We are planning to start things around 6, though there will probably be time to socialize a bit before the talks start.

Twitter: The Uselessfulness of Micro-blogging

Portland’s Scott Hanselman makes a great case for you to be using Twitter.

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