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Will you do 3 things for me?

Last evening, after a mind-numbing day of work, I dragged my feet towards my apartment. Shoulders slumping, the shirt having lost its crispness, eyes slightly blurred – I didn’t even notice when the clean blue California skies turned to an indescribable shade of indigo.

As I walked into my building, my doorman handed over a small package from In the privacy of my apartment, I opened the package to find a little surprise: soundtrack of movie The Namesake, from someone I didn’t know, but he knew me.

“Om, I’ve always enjoyed your blog. Enjoy. Peace.” (Name withheld because I don’t have this person’s permission to reveal his name, but you know who you are and a big Texas-sized thanks!) This simple, yet gigantic act of generosity sent my spirits soaring, giving me a second wind (as furious pace of posting over last few hours might indicate).

That one line just brought back into focus what really is important – that is you, the reader. We can look at the stats all we want, and praying at the altar of page views, but in the end what really matters is – do we do the job right? Do we make you, the readers, happy?

And if we don’t, why don’t you help and shape the coverage of GigaOM – by answering these three questions:

* What is that one thing we do right?
* What is that one thing we shouldn’t even attempt?
* What is that one thing we should add to the mix, and start doing now?

Of course you can offer elaborate suggestions, but since we know you are busy, three answers will help us along just as well.

PS: Do you think focusing on personalities, and doing an early morning wrap of relevant readings from around the web is of help? As you might have noticed, we did take off  The Daily, but nevertheless wanted to ask you folks anyway.

7 Responses to “Will you do 3 things for me?”

  1. Right: Bringing in people like Wagner James Au to cover niches. Full text feeds.

    Don’t attempt: It’s your “voices” which maintain the flow, so don’t make the mistake of pushing reader contributions into more prominent roles.

    Add to the mix: A convenient podcast, perhaps simply someone recording the blog posts. Maybe you should ignore my “Don’t attempt” section and experiment with letting your readers record your podcast?

  2. Yes, I am happy from reading this blog. It is one of the most timely ( accurate industry news almost as soon as it happens ) to be sure.

    As seen through my FireFox RSS feed, you do a good job of NOT using “click bait” in the post’s headlines.

    Do not [ continue ] re-ignite that old “Mac vs. PC” thing. Every so often I see you have reader polls like “What do you use Mac or Vista?” or “Are you going to install Vista?” The desktop is dead, time to move on.

    Adding video, maybe. If you, Om, are at some industry insider only event or conference, that the rest of us cannot attend, then some video via your mobile phone could be interesting.

    Overall its the timeliness/accuracy in reporting ratio that I get the most from.

    Thanks again!

  3. Martin Lawrence

    1: do right?
    One of a kind. Superb, to the point of that what matters (to me, that is :)

    2: don’t attempt?
    lose your focus on strategic developments on the cutting edge of technology

    3: should add?
    WAP access. Your news are succinct, ideal for daily mobile consumption. Reduce the need to scroll.

  4. francis idada


    Right: your content is 2nd to none … you break hot news quick and give intelligent analysis to it, when compared to techcrunch that is, to a lesser extent mashable.

    Don’t attempt: to wear yourself, get some help ….

    Add to the mix: for all your work, you need more financial reward. Since mainstream media is using the internet, use mainstream media, either syndicate in a magazine or print your own. The only thing, you would have to employ more people to do more investigative work on your articles which generate most interest. I am sure many people would subscribe to it. Why ur blog are nice is the short form of articles but some people want more analysis, that just 10 lines in articles they are interested in. Comon you could be the next wsj or reuters, why not.

  5. David Millsaps

    You make me very happy. Thanks for the hard work!

    1) Deep analysis and finding connections that others miss.

    2) Please don’t fragment your network before it’s current state has time to mature.

    3) Think about some longer format articles to draw connections between seeminlgy disconnected trends. If there was one source I would trust to connect the growth of hosted services to mobile and home digital connections, it’s certainly you.

    1. Right: You give good, insightful,daily news briefs.
    2. Dont Attempt: to stop trying.
    3. Add to the mix: short video clips. Paul K has done this before at the Pulver VON site and did a great job.