Mitch Ratcliffe

Mitch Ratcliffe is a veteran journalist, media executive and entrepreneur. He was editor of the ground-breaking Digital Media newsletter in the 1990s and a frequent contributor to ZDNet over the years. He led development of the first Web audio/video news network at ON24, sat on the board of Electric Classifieds Inc. and Match.com, and worked as an investment banker. A dedicated "portfolio career" worker, Mitch is co-founder and Chief Scientist of BuzzLogic LLC, a social network analytics and marketing communications platform developer, and works with Audible Inc. on its podcasting service, among other projects detailed <a href="http://www.ratcliffe.com/ disclosure.htm">here</a>. </p>

Latest Posts

Social Network Dead-Ends

Social Network Dead-Ends

For all the hype of the Summer of Facebook, the direction social networking is headed will lead only to dead ends. A discussion of social networking at the AlwaysOn Stanford Summit the other day demonstrates that, for the most part, social network providers only want to keep their members on the inside of their walled gardens.

August 3, 2007 by in Networking

An iPhone Review: Spectacular

An iPhone Review: Spectacular

Despite my reservations about AT&T, which were well founded and widely documented, I did go to the AT&T store at 38th Street in Tacoma, Washington, yesterday to buy an iPhone. Several "spectacular" features of this launch deserve mention.

June 30, 2007 by in Mobility

Skeptical reader: Andrew Keen's big ideas

Skeptical reader: Andrew Keen's big ideas

On the last afternoon of the Supernova Conference, David Weinberger and fellow ZD Net blogger Andrew Keen, debated the question, "Disorder: Feature or Bug?" Unfortunately, they didn't actually manage to demonstrate a definitive answer to that question, because all we learned was that they disagreed.

June 28, 2007 by in Enterprise Software

Denise Caruso: Anti-social media defeats progress

Denise Caruso: Anti-social media defeats progress

Author and New York Times columnist and Hybrid Vigor Institute founder Denise Caruso, whose new book, Intervention, just arrived, launches the Supernova Conference with a call for diversity of ideas, conversation and, ultimately, collaboration. Leaping forward without first talking, discussing the potential benefits and consequences of a new technology creates the setting for disaster, often diminishing even the positive results.

June 21, 2007 by in Networking

A response to Google: Basic data rights

A response to Google: Basic data rights

My ZD Net blogging colleague, Garrett Rogers, excoriates Privacy International for its negative assessment of Google's privacy policies. He suggests the New Zealand-based organization, founded more than a decade ago, came to its conclusion without information from Google.

June 10, 2007 by in Google

DVRs short change your favorite programs?

DVRs short change your favorite programs?

Nielsen, the measurer of all things media, released a report last week on the impact of digital video recorders and, at the same time, introduced a new ratings service to report on actual viewership of programs and commercials that have been recorded for playback on TiVo and other time-shifting devices.The bad news is that only 17 percent of homes are using DVRs, shifting as much as 39.

June 4, 2007 by in Developer

Spyware isn't the answer to creating better games

Spyware isn't the answer to creating better games

Ars Technica details a recently disclosed patent application by a Google researcher for a system to place ads based on user actions in video games. The article does an excellent job of dissecting the patent's intention, which is to extract vast amounts of personal information from gameplay data in order to target ads.

May 16, 2007 by in Security