My Column Is Heading to CNET!

Dear friends, colleagues and supporters, I’m thrilled to announce that I’m joining CNET and CBS Interactive as a contributing columnist and commentator! Ever since my departure from Mashable, I’ve posted my personal take on the big technology news of the day on The response to my work has been overwhelming, and traffic to this blog has skyrocketed. Thank you all for reading, commenting and sharing. But now I have a chance to make a much bigger impact with my writing. Starting this week, my commentary on technology, social media and startups will appear on CNET several times per week. I will not be doing any straight reporting — CNET has a talented team that already does an amazing job at that. Instead, I will be doing what I’ve been doing here on breaking down the big issues and players in tech and explaining what it actually means for both the tech industry and society as a whole. To do that, I will be writing a combination of thought pieces, analysis stories, response pieces and the occasional long-form column. My CNET column is called The Social Analyst, just like my column on Mashable. It’s going to have more bite than my old column, though. I intend to keep tech’s biggest names honest. I decided to join forces with CNET/CBSi because CBS Interactive CEO Jim Lanzone and CNET General Manager Mark Larkin have an ambitious vision for the future. CNET is huge: it is one of the 100 most visited websites in the world, but Mark and Jim are not content with resting on their laurels. I believe in their vision and their leadership, and I am thrilled to be working with them. CNET isn’t my only gig, though. For the last few months, I’ve also been working behind-the-scenes on a startup, which we can’t wait to talk more about! My co-founder and I have a clear vision, as well as a duty to our investors, and we will move heaven and earth (and forgo sleep) to make sure our company succeeds. My new role at CNET and CBSi is the best of both worlds. I get to reach millions of people with my thoughts on technology, but still retain the flexibility to be an entrepreneur, build amazing products and change the world. Don’t take your eyes off of CNET. Big things are happening over there, and you won’t want to miss all the action. 2012 is going to be an amazing year. Cheers, ~ Ben
  • Kym

    Congrats Ben!!

  • Zimo

    Hey Ben,

    can we do little interview for Croatian social media / tech blog about your new work place?

  • Anonymous

    Very nice Ben Parr, see you at CNET!

  • Mark Johnson

    Wow, awesome and congrats on landing such a huge gig.  I still want to play that game of chess with you ;)

  • Frank Gruber

    Congrats Ben. :)

  • Anonymous

    Congrats Ben – the team at BetaKit will be reading :)

  • Shawn Farner

    I will start visiting CNET again. Congrats, sir.

  • Димитър Цонев (Dimitar Tsonev)

    Don’t tell me that you’ll abandon this place :(

  • Nerd Stalker

    Congrats Ben.

  • Andrew R.

    Congrats Ben!

  • bryan elliott

    Does that mean you’re moving to LA or will you stay in the Bay to stay close to the tech scene?

  • jessica donlon

    Cannot wait — and congratulations! 

  • Eric Jess

    This is great to hear, Ben. I have missed your posts on Mashable and am glad to see you back on a well known site. Pushing your ideas and information for many eyes to see. :)