Posted by: Marshall Sponder | August 8, 2008

The Last few days have been busy and full

I’ve hardly had time to post here, I’ve been that busy – however I wanted to post something today, so i’ll be a post about all the stuff going on lately (last two days).

First, i went to Social Media Camp: New York at Sun Microsystems, nearby my Monster Worldwide office, yesterday and stayed for part of it, had a good session in the morning, then lunch with Nataliya Yakushev near by then attended Converseon’s Social Media Roundtable in the evening (see Social Media Measurement Rountable NYC, August 7, 2008).

The evening before, I had dinner with K.D. Paine at Nelson Blue at the South Street Seaport – which was very nice – I tried creating a tweetup but I’m not good at getting zillions of people to show up to anything – and I’m actually glad no one did show up as I had a full evening to talk shop with Katie – and she also spoke at the Social  Media Measurement Roundtable last night.

Then, I went to Mashable’s SummerMash: New York City and met up with many of my friends there, including Dennis R. Mortensen – who recently sold IndexTools to Yahoo!   We had a great conversation and Dennis wants to commision me to do a painting for his new place in New York City – that’s going to be interesting.

A lot of other interesting stuff – but I just want to make one comment about the economy –  Oil Prices Tumble Again; Stock Markets Surge

“..In recent weeks, the stock market has bounced between strong rallies and steep drops. The S.& P. 500 has moved by at least 2 percentage points 6 of the last 25 trading days since July 4. By contrast, there were only two days with 2-percent changes from the end of 2003 to the end of 2006. Before Friday, the index was up just 0.2 percent; the most recent gain puts the index up 2.4 percent.

Some analysts say the volatility signals that investors are increasingly uncertain about the economy. While they are encouraged that oil prices have fallen more than 20 percent from a high of $145.29 in early July, data on the economy and the housing market are still showing significant weakness.”

Personally, the voltility is not a good sign – the story is all about Oil – and as long as it’s about Oil, there’s going to be no stability in the forseeable future in the financial markets – that’s my feeling about it.  It’s important not to look at gains and losses by themselves, but the causes behind them.  Today’s market gain is soley due to oil and a weakening European economy – are these good things?

Also, another thing I noticed but haven’t had a chance to write about yet is a new feature Google released on Keyword Research called Google Insights

Searches, for example, on the “Web Analytics Association”,

stared once the Association started.

There’s a lot more to write about Google Insights – but right, just play with it and look for some exciting posts to happen over the next few days.

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