iCult alert: iPhone skins are sexy

Lawblogger Denise Howell has the sexiest iPhone around. Where did she get her skins? DecalGirl. They include stickers for the front and back as well as a matching wallpaper. That rocks.

Here she shows off both the front and back of her iPhone:

Denise Howell, lawblogger

Denise Howell, lawblogger (the back side of iPhone)

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You’re watching my Twitter video

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My Twitter video. An inside look. Meet the team. 37 minutes of Twitter brilliance. Watch it.

You get to see the inside of Twitter’s headquarters. Filmed last Friday, the day after they got funding. Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, talks about funding for the first few minutes — we start the interview as Biz is on the move just as they were starting to celebrate Niall Kennedy’s birthday. I’ll watch the video right now and add a list of what’s discussed.

2:50: What is Twitter? (Biz)
3:20: TwitterVision (Biz)
4:10 Niall Kennedy‘s birthday and meet the Twitter team. (Biz and team)
5:27 Discussion of South Park’s role in Web world (a neighborhood in San Francisco that has a high concentration of startups). (Biz and Team)
6:08: You meet engineer Britt who talks about the infrastructure underneath Twitter and the problems scaling it and dealing with rapid growth. (Britt Selvitelle, developer).
8:02: who came up with Twitter? (Britt)
9:38: It was built in Ruby on Rails and Erlang. (Britt)
11:55: Scaling and fixing bugs. (Britt)
14:00 Were you surprised by the growth of Twitter? (Britt)
17:00 Who built the mobile Twitter? (Britt)
18:38 Meet Alex Payne. He maintains the API and works with third-party developers.
19:10 Demo of Twitter (Alex)
21:50 Using Twitter on cell phones and IM (Alex)
22:30 TwitterVision (Alex).
26:30 Discussion of TwitterFeed and LOLCats.
27:20 Answer to criticism of Twitter.
28:50 Twitter’s role during disasters.

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble

Marshall Kirkpatrick slaps down John Dvorak. Rex Dixon joins in and applies a few kicks to the groin. More discussion over at TechMeme.

We ARE in a bubble. Not just one that John is properly identifying.

We’re in a bubble of attention diffusers.

Huh? I’m getting so many things pulling me in so many directions that it’s hard to spend 60 minutes just thinking about one thing and getting deep.

When Dare Obasanjo says that A listers have no value anymore he’s touching that bubble.

Eric Rice and I had a wonderful talk yesterday where he said something like “Dare is right, the A list is turning lame.”

The thing is I’m getting reports from around the world that people are talking about Facebook in weird places like Moscow and Paris and Cape Town.

I watch TwitterVision and see Twitters happening right now around the world.

You can’t avoid that this stuff is getting adopted. This isn’t a “pet food” bubble like Bubble 1.0.

The problem is that so much is coming at us that we’re just not doing a good job of understanding it and dealing with it all.

The problem with all of this new stuff, too, is we’re wondering how it’s all going to get paid for.

Can the world’s advertising community really sustain all of the services and apps that we’re building?

I don’t think so. But the latest startups who are coming to me aren’t telling me about their fantastic advertising models anymore. The funding for that stuff has slowed down. Instead they are starting to talk about virtual goods and premium paid-for features. And as Dave McClure points out most of these companies aren’t getting huge amounts of funding. Even “expensive” Twitter (a VC who begged out of funding Twitter told me that) was reported to have gotten around $5 million in funding.

Anyway, in the valley this does feel like a bubble but nothing like the last bubble. This one has real, demonstratable, adoption curves that are outside of Silicon Valley. You only need to watch TwitterVision for more than five minutes to understand that at a deep level.