99.5% of self-proclaimed social media experts or gurus are clowns according to @garyvee

This kind of stuff is why I love Gary Vaynerchuk! As he correctly identifies, we have people who are clueless about business and about technology hyping that which they do not understand. He also correctly identifies the looming social media bubble: ”99.5 percent of the people that walk around and say they are a social media expert or guru are clowns,” he says, continuing with … Continue reading 99.5% of self-proclaimed social media experts or gurus are clowns according to @garyvee

Science communication and social media #media140au

Attending the Media 140 Conference in Brisbane today. The tag line for this conference is “exploring the impact of social technologies on science communication” and it explores some of the issues and challenges facing science communication today. There’s been a great line-up of speakers so far, with: Bernie Hobbs, ABC Science (who’s doing an excellent job as Conference host) Dr Andrew Maynard, Director of the … Continue reading Science communication and social media #media140au

Why the wiki revolution is real via @dtapscott

This is a fascinating interview by Parag Khanna (@paragkhanna) with Don Tapscott (@dtapscott). Tapscott discusses the potential upside and downside of collaborative revolutions for societies around the world and the implications for dissent, noting that: “the Internet radically drops the cost of dissent” Continue reading Why the wiki revolution is real via @dtapscott

#Digicitz 9: Politics & Digital Activism in the Social Age

Tomorrow night I’ll be hosting a panel for Digital Citizens on Politics and Digital Activism in the Social Age. The panel has a fascinating and diverse group of people: Penny Sharpe – Labor Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads John Bergin – Director of Digital News for Sky News Steve Hopkins – from Ai-Media Thomas Tudehope – Director of Engagement and Strategy for SR7 These … Continue reading #Digicitz 9: Politics & Digital Activism in the Social Age

Twitter turns 5: will it rule? via @stilgherrian

I had a chat with Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian) on ZDNet’s Patch Monday along with Open-source software advocate and developer Jeff Waugh (@jdub) and James Purser (@purserj) from Collaborynth, a consultancy that develops collaboration tools for business, government and not-for-profits. You can listen to our discussion on this nifty embedded player: http://www.zdnet.com.au/blogs/podcast/embed/22540003/ Continue reading Twitter turns 5: will it rule? via @stilgherrian

Don’t forget to sign up for the next Sydney Social Innovation BarCamp 26 Feb

Join us for the next Social Innovation BarCamp in Sydney. It’s free registration so sign up now and participate in a day of ideas, conversation and creative thinking. Again we’ll be crowdsourcing ideas for creating new business models for social good and building up our community network of changemakers. Like our previous Social Innovation BarCamps this one will provide a place for facilitated conversations (details … Continue reading Don’t forget to sign up for the next Sydney Social Innovation BarCamp 26 Feb

Social Media – the US Army gets it

Most organisations are grappling with the digital revolution and its democratization of communication. The US Army is no different. However, they have met the organisational challenges of social media head on and have become an acknowledged leader in practice. They along with other parts of the US military – such as the US Air Force – have invested resources in adopting, using and benefiting from … Continue reading Social Media – the US Army gets it

Sometimes a tweet is not enough

In the olden days when I was very young it was the custom, upon receipt of a kindness from someone, to write them a thank-you note. This note took the form of a missive, hand-written, on personal stationery or a note card. The note was then taken to the post office and sent via that which we now call snail-mail. Someone did me a kindness … Continue reading Sometimes a tweet is not enough

LeWeb 2010 Wrap up

I rather suspect that some of the locals regard LeWeb as a kind of blowsy aunt who arrives in whirl, talks too loudly, drinks a bit too much, pinches their cheeks, and flies away again. That said, I think Le Web is now a great conference.  It’s got some faults. But there are few conferences in Europe where such variety and quality of speakers is available … Continue reading LeWeb 2010 Wrap up

People are still the best thing about LeWeb

Each year LeWeb conference evolves and improves on the last one, but one thing remains – the amazing diversity of people that you meet. And this is one of the reasons that, in spite of many criticisms that others level at this conference, I like to attend. Last night this was proven on a number of levels. I joined a diverse, smart and interesting group … Continue reading People are still the best thing about LeWeb