Are blogs really dead?

Some have argued that blogs have had their day, for example: Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004. A blog (a contraction of the term weblog) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary … I still think that some topics need more than 140 characters, and some topics call for a narrative integration & dialogue … Continue reading Are blogs really dead?

Social media, reputation and immediacy

Reputation is critical for any person or business – we only have to look at the professional reputations of the James Hardie directors & managers in the news today. Social media can be a great way for companies & individuals to build their reputations. But it also means that we need to manage reputation proactively. This is because social media harnesses the effects of network … Continue reading Social media, reputation and immediacy

Twitter, purpose and community

A while back Twitter was having some real problems with stability and scalability and it dawned on me that they, like many innovators,  had not realised what kind of invention they had made.  They talked about it as a ‘microblogging‘ platform, that is, as a very short message publishing service.  This is a very web 1.0 view of what this type of platform enabled. Instead, … Continue reading Twitter, purpose and community

don’t fall in love with your social networking platform

I remember that two years ago the we were all fussing about MySpace. Then last year we were all abuzz about Facebook.  And this year the big thing is Twitter. What this means for most of us is that we ought not fall in love with a particular social networking platform. I don’t know what we’ll all be talking about next year yet.  But I … Continue reading don’t fall in love with your social networking platform

Is social computing just increasing our anxiety?

  Since the early days of the internet revolution and web 2.0 I’ve been watching & participating in various ways. And over the past few years I’ve seen its powerful properties of network amplification working in practice. My friend and colleague Mark Pesce has recently discussed these properties in his Big Ideas talk. But with all of this I’ve also observed how the internet has … Continue reading Is social computing just increasing our anxiety?

Project TOTO farewell gathering

For those who continue to think that Twitter is all about pimple faced geeks sitting alone in the dark at home tapping away on their computers here’s another real life event that shows differently. Last Saturday a bunch of us gathered to farewell our friend Stilgherrian as he takes off on a trip for Action Aid Australia to Tanzania. We gathered at Kelly’s on King … Continue reading Project TOTO farewell gathering

Social networking & your career

I had the pleasure of speaking, along with Karen Ganschow from Telstra, at the FITT CeBIT lunch today in Sydney.  We had a great turnout and there were even a few men in attendance. It’s FITT’s 20th anniversary this year – a big milestone for a volunteer based organisation that was working to encourage women into ICT careers before it was trendy. Here are the … Continue reading Social networking & your career

I’m wondering about scribetribe?

When two of the nicest and smartest people I know start talking about a new idea they are working on I get extremely curious. So when @jedwhite (entrepreneur & startup guru) and @mediamum (mainstream & social media maven) shared this video they caught my attention. I’m very curious now & want to see their new project ScribeTribe. Continue reading I’m wondering about scribetribe?

From society of the book to a networked society

Neerav Bhatt did an interesting post about Encyclopedia Britannica, saying: Organisations in the information industry such as Book Publishers and Libraries would do well to learn from Encyclopedia Britannica’s precipitous fall from grace. Formerly a powerful company that could demand and receive large payments for access to it’s storehouse of human knowledge, it’s now been reduced to near irrelevancy and suffers the ignoble fate of … Continue reading From society of the book to a networked society