Get Well Om

Crikey, I just about had a heart attack myself when I read this. Om is a very good friend and is my “go-to guy” on so many subjects; I was wondering why I had not heard much from him over the holiday break, just figured he was busy with year end (the guy is *always* working). Get well my friend, you are in my prayers.

Happy New Year. As you may have noticed, my byline hasn’t been up on the site for a few days. That’s because the holidays weren’t exactly my most jolly.

I had a heart attack on Dec. 28. I was able to walk into the hospital for treatment that night and have been recovering here ever since. With the support of my family and my team, I am on the road to a full recovery. I am going to be OK.

Katie and Liz and the rest of the team will be posting updates on my progress on the site. I’ll be back and writing again as soon as possible.

Now living a healthier life isn’t just one of my New Year’s resolutions, it’s doctor’s orders. Friends and family have purged my apartment of smokes, scotch and all my favorite fatty foods — I am even going to be drinking decaf. I won’t be refashioning my avatar’s stogie with a celery stick, but I will be taking better care of my health.

I hope you do, too.

Best wishes, Om

[From A Heart-to-Heart with GigaOM Readers - GigaOM]

Ambient Intimacy

Tom alerts me to a really great term to describe why Twitter is so sticky, ambient intimacy.

Dave Weinberger called it “continuous partial friendship” but I think it goes beyond that. The term Ambient Intimacy has been coined to cover one of the aspects of Twitter – it brings you a lot closer to people you might ordinarily never get to know (if you decide you don’t want to know them, you simply stop following them!).

[From Blame it on the Twitter! at Tom Raftery’s Social Media]

Rep. Lantos to Retire

Rep. Tom Lantos represents my district (12th) and I have voted for him in every election, despite that fact that he is a Democrat and I a Republican. I don’t agree with his positions on every issue, but believe him to be a principled man and he has represented my district honorably. I admire his accomplishments and his humility, and hold him as an example of what public service should be about, serving the public and not a person. He is retiring from Congress to fight a personal war with cancer and will leave some big shoes to fill, whoever his successor ultimately is.

“It is only in the United States that a penniless survivor of the Holocaust and a fighter in the anti-Nazi underground could have received an education, raised a family and had the privilege of serving the last three decades of his life as a member of Congress,” he said. “I will never be able to express fully my profoundly felt gratitude to this great country.”

[From Lantos diagnosed with cancer, but says he'll finish term]

Is Plaxo Worth $3,810,000,000

Only if you take Facebooks recent fundraising that valued that company at $15 billion at face value (no pun intended). The FB transaction valued each of the company’s 59 million users at $254, which when applied to Plaxo’s reported 15 million users nets the $3.8 billion valuation. So what is interesting about Plaxo reportedly hoping to fetch $100 million is that this valuation implies each user is worth $6.66 (hmmm 666…), which when applied to Facebook suggests not a valuation of $15b but rather $400 million.

Obviously, this kind of speculative math is just that for two reasons, a Plaxo transaction has not been completed and valuation is a lot more complicated than simply looking at how many users a company has. Also taken into account would be how much time they spend on the site, competitive dynamics, cash flow, headcount, new user acquisition costs, and who the users actually are… among a thousand other things. But it’s a fun little exercise to do.

Plaxo, an early social networking site that helps people keep their address books updated, is up for auction, people briefed on the offering said Wednesday night. The company, which has not made a profit, is seeking as much as $100 million, these people said.

[From Social Net Site Is Said to Be for Sale - New York Times]