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

Authenticity online – not necessary, perhaps essential or Kitteh vs Chickin

This talk by Bitly’s Matt LeMay at Monki Gras entitled: Kitteh vs Chickin: How What We Share is Different from What we Click is important and is really worth watching. This talk gives us some really important insights into the changed world we now inhabit.  The world in which our passing fancies and offhand comments were written on the wind has passed into history.  Now most things that we … Continue reading Authenticity online – not necessary, perhaps essential or Kitteh vs Chickin

The growth of the recommendation economy

Seth Godin wrote about the the attention economy. But it seems to me that we are also seeing the evolution of an online social recommendation economy. When we all lived in villages there was a strong recommendation economy, and it was fuelled by the fact that everyone knew each other and their reputation. Word of mouth drove choices about which business to patronise and which … Continue reading The growth of the recommendation economy

Friction, hypereconomics, and social intercourse

Friction is one of the more important concepts in the world. Many things are either made possible or impeded by friction. Strike a match and the friction creates a flame. Yet that same kind of friction stops other things from flowing smoothly. Perhaps the best description of the challenges that arise from friction is from the well known military strategist, Clausewitz: “Everything is very simple … Continue reading Friction, hypereconomics, and social intercourse

Is ‘social’ the right term to use for everything online?

There is a tendency to put the word social in front of many other words to day to describe some new use of technology. I remain uncomfortable with the way we have plonked the word ‘social’ in front of so many other things, for example; networking, media, computing, business, etc. One reason for this discomfort is that everything that human beings do is social in some way. … Continue reading Is ‘social’ the right term to use for everything online?

It’s not content that matters, it’s the stories

When I checked on a major search engine the other day there were 247,000,000 results for the term “content is king”. Many people have said it to me over the past few years, and I admit to having said it myself on occasion. It seems that Bill Gates was saying it way back in 1996 (thanks to Craig Bailey for tracking it down) But I’ve … Continue reading It’s not content that matters, it’s the stories

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

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

#c3t an Agreeable Swarm – Twitter , The Democratization of Media & Non-Localized Proximity

Here is the full text version of the paper I co-authored with Brian Ballsun-Stanton and presented at the 5th ICCIT: 2010 International Conference on Computer Sciences and Convergence Information Technology. #c3t an Agreeable Swarm – Twitter , The Democratization of Media & Non-Localized Proximity Continue reading #c3t an Agreeable Swarm – Twitter , The Democratization of Media & Non-Localized Proximity

#c3t the Command & Control of Twitter – On a Socially Constructed Twitter & Applications of the Philosophy of Data

Here is the full text version of the paper co-authored with Brian Ballsun-Stanton and presented at the 5th ICCIT: 2010 International Conference on Computer Sciences and Convergence Information Technology. #c3t the Command & Control of Twitter – On a Socially Constructed Twitter & Applications of the Philosophy … Continue reading #c3t the Command & Control of Twitter – On a Socially Constructed Twitter & Applications of the Philosophy of Data