The influencer economy

In my previous post, Radical shifts in the media economy, I spoke of the changes that have arisen in the media landscape, touched upon the democratization of communication, and mentioned the emergence of the influencer economy. Today I am going to delve into the influencer economy and some of its implications for society now and in the future. What is the influencer economy? At its … Continue reading The influencer economy

Navigating the social media maze for academics

Life for an academic these days seems to be getting more complex. In addition to the traditional tasks – teaching, researching, and publishing – the job has expanded to include endless grant applications and the need to develop a public persona to publicise their work. All of this is in addition to having some kind of personal life and human relationships. The advent of social media has made life … Continue reading Navigating the social media maze for academics

Mobile and social media – what it means for business

Mobile and social media have created a new business landscape If you’re not already working out how to disrupt your business and your industry then you will be disrupted… Who succeeds at amazon? “Explorers and pioneers”. Who fails? Those who focus on killing our competitors. -Bezos — Spencer Rascoff (@spencerrascoff) May 9, 2014 The web 2.0 revolution and social media changed the game for business. At … Continue reading Mobile and social media – what it means for business

LinkedIn and the power of networks

I used to think of LinkedIn as a boring but worthy social network for business contacts. But I was wrong. Over the years it has become a critical B2B social network, with multi-million dollar deals often being done via the platform. LinkedIn has also disrupted the recruitment business and reshaped the way people find jobs. It changed the power dynamic in recruitment by enabling the jobs to … Continue reading LinkedIn and the power of networks

Politics of Social – Social Media Week Sydney 2014

As part of Social Media Week Sydney 2014 I was honoured to host a panel discussion about the Politics of Social. The panel made for a lively and interesting chat – wish we could have had more time as there was much more to discuss! Panel Members Ariadne Vromen – Associate Professor, The University of Sydney Alex Greenwich – Independent Member for Sydney, Parliament of … Continue reading Politics of Social – Social Media Week Sydney 2014

Sky News – Politics and Social Media

Had a chat with David Speers, John Bergin, and Graham Young on Sky News yesterday. We discussed recent events in politics as played out in social media. Topics included – Julia Gillard’s visit to Western Sydney, the rise of surveillance and sousveillance with mobile phone cameras, the Mardi Gras police video, 457 visas, xenophobia/dog whistle politics by both parties, and the Liberal leadership spill in … Continue reading Sky News – Politics and Social Media

Social media for social good #socent

I discussed Social Media for Social Good at a City of Sydney Talk on 27th June 2012. It is an important issue.  There are many decrying social media for increasing isolation and disconnection between people. Social media can be used as a force for social good and social inclusion. Social media is not just about ephemeral amusement, it is also an important way to harness … Continue reading Social media for social good #socent

What will change the world? Welcome to the hive mind of Twitter.

One of the things I love about Twitter is the way it enables serendipity on a grand scale.  Recently, I can’t remember how, I ran across @blogbrevity (a.k.a Angela Dunn) whose Twitter feed resonated with me and we followed each other. On June 9th she invited me to join #Ideachat – Twitter Chat & Salon for Twitter Thinkers About “Ideas”. The topic for discussion was … Continue reading What will change the world? Welcome to the hive mind of Twitter.

What’s the big idea with social media? #media140

I was lucky enough to be invited to Media 140 in Perth recently to discuss what the ‘big idea’ is with social media. The idea was for a context setting discussion about social media and how it is changing business and society. DIGITAL REVOLUTION We are living through a digital revolution that is changing the world we inhabit as absolutely and as irrevocably as the … Continue reading What’s the big idea with social media? #media140