Robert Scoble quotes:

  • The problem is Twitter is designing the metaphorical equivalent of a Toyota Prius. A car for the masses. While I want a Formula One race car.

  • At Rackspace, I'm building a media house which will celebrate small teams who are having world-wide impacts through their building or use of new technology.

  • On mobile, make sure Facebook's app can know where you are. That not only makes features like Nearby Friends possible but also makes your feed have a few items from your location.

  • You see 6,000 times more tech companies in San Francisco than you see in Seattle. All the money is in San Francisco when you look at the venture fund maps. The PR is in San Francisco. The centricity of the industry is in San Francisco.

  • A great product will survive all abuse. Google Glass is a great product. How do I know? Every person I put it on (I did it dozens of times at 500 Startups yesterday) smiles. No other product has done that since the iPod.

  • Apple, at its best, isn't a technology leader.

  • Let's be honest - you work at a big company because it's comfortable. You don't have to work 80 hours per week, and you get paid, have nice benefits, and the family is all happy.

  • I believe Larry Page is moving Google from an advertising-based company to a commerce-based company.

  • I do not see Windows Phones anywhere in the world except Seattle.

  • Photography let me show other people how I saw the world. Math required me to do work that made my head hurt.

  • Investors can see that Facebook is feeling old and tired and isn't seeming to be that innovative.

  • Everything you do on Facebook will affect what comes in your view in the future. If you like crappy things that you don't care about, you'll see more crappy brands that you don't care about in the future, and it might even affect your experiences when you walk into bars, churches, schools, shopping malls, etc.

  • I've seen this over and over again: people love it if you step up their experience. No one turns down an upgrade to business class in a plane.

  • My favorite computer of all time? The Apple II that got me started, of course.

  • Things that are interesting, people will pass around the Internet, around the world. And the blogosphere is only the tip of the iceberg.

  • Never change the URL of your blog. I've done it once, and I lost much of my readership. It took several months to build up the same reader patterns and trust.

  • We are moving into a world where companies will be able to offer us products and services based on our last two hours of activity. This is both exciting and frightening at the same time.

  • Use photos and videos often. The best startups post lots of imagery and videos. The worst ones? Text only.

  • Oh, some day I'll tell you about why I wrote more than 1,500 Gmail filters. They throw away more than 300 emails every day. Every day. It's the best thing I ever did for my productivity.

  • Apple knows a lot of data. Facebook knows a lot of data. Amazon knows a lot of data. Microsoft used to, and still does with some people, but in the newer world, Microsoft knows less and less about me. Xbox still knows a lot about people who play games. But those are the big five, I guess.

  • The problem with Flipboard is that it's an app, not the Web, and I keep hoping someone will show me a really well-designed Web app that shows me that the Web can still win.

  • With the advent of wearable technology, companies will soon be able to better provide ads to customers based on their real-time activity.

  • There's smarter people than me. But you cannot have any one guy running 18 billion-dollar businesses. It just doesn't make sense to me. I've met some extraordinary leaders in my time. They struggle with running one billion-dollar business.

  • I counted how many seconds it takes to get my smartphone out of my pocket, open it up, find the camera app, wait for it to load, and then take a photo. Six to 12 seconds.

  • Change is inevitable, and the disruption it causes often brings both inconvenience and opportunity.

  • The contextual age means we're going to have to go to war on noise.

  • Once you become known for one thing, it's easy to become known for a second thing, a third thing, and a fourth thing.

  • Be the authority on your product/company. You should know more about your product than anyone else alive if you're writing a blog about it.

  • I knew tech was going to be increasingly important in my lifetime, so I focused on it early.

  • There is a shirt company that is making sensors that go into your clothing. They will watch how you sit, run or ski and give data on that information.

  • I want Facebook to pick the best 20 items to show me every single time I refresh that screen.

  • Facebook is looking to help you distribute content to who you want to distribute to. Facebook gets a lot better if you put each of your friends into either your 'close friend' or 'acquaintance' list.

  • Over at Barb Bowman, she's arguing that we should turn off Facebook's tracking of ads. I totally disagree; those trackers make newsfeed filtering work better and potentially could help bring me better ads, which improves my life.

  • Turn on all security features like two-factor authentication. People who do that generally don't get hacked. Don't care? You will when you get hacked. Do the same for your email and other social services, too.

  • It's not enough to have a hacker culture anymore. You have to have a design culture, too.

  • I got lucky because my dad moved us to Silicon Valley before it really was known worldwide as an important tech hub.

  • There's more noise that comes with wearable computing, things that let us take pictures every 30 seconds as we walk around living our lives, and a huge number more photos per person will exist.

  • Apple has hundreds of stores around the world that are beautiful, and they have a distribution system and a staff of 40 or 50 people that will help you.

  • Facebook is studying emotional reaction to things and bringing you fewer of things you don't engage with and more of what you do.

  • I always tell people, start with what you're passionate about. If you truly are passionate, you'll keep it up.

  • The more Zuckerberg knows about you, the more media he will be able to bring you.

  • Make sure you like, comment and share other people's items. That teaches Facebook what kinds of things you like to see in your feed.

  • Facebook is teachable. If you hide items, you'll see fewer of those kinds of items in the future. Like more items, and you'll see more of those in the future.

  • A curator is an information chemist. He or she mixes atoms together in a way to build an info-molecule. Then adds value to that molecule

  • But there's a bigger trend I'm seeing: people who used to enjoy blogging their lives are now moving to Twitter.

  • Here in a nutshell is why Google continues to get hyped by everyone including me (notice who I work for). Google surprises [sic] you. Delights you. Gives you what you want (not always, but more often than the other engines).

  • I shook Steve Jobs hand.

  • Make a list of competitors who will be disrupted by you. You do have competitors, right? You are better, right? If not, why are you going to Disrupt? Post a blog post about them and what makes you different.

  • Never use pages for personal brand!

  • Twitter lets me hear from a lot of people in a very short period of time.

  • We trust things more when they look like they were done for the love of it rather than the sheer commercial value of it.