Communications through the ages

Communications through the agesThe richness and sophistication of human communications is often what separates us from the other inhabitants of planet Earth.  While we can’t say for certain what the various clicks, hoots, howls, and moans of our terrestrial brethren mean exactly, it is fair to say that we’re the only group on the third planet from the Sun using YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.   Continue reading

Facebook puts Google+ and Twitter in its sights

Today Facebook announced a new feature they’re simply calling the Subscribe Button.  This option will allow users to “subscribe” to other users’ public posts in what can only be called a shot over both Google+ and Twitter‘s collective bows.  The truly interesting aspect of this feature is that it will allow all of Facebook’s 750 million users to connect in this manner – even if they aren’t friends. Continue reading

The positive role of technology in the UK riots

The positive role of technology in the UK riots || “U.K. Prime Minister Suggests ‘Pre-Crime’ Blocking of Social Media” http://ow.ly/61j0R

In addition to investigating how technology aimed at preemptively disrupting criminal activities organized via Twitter and Blackberry Messenger, the authorities in the UK have also married their extensive CCTV network with Flickr to help enlist the public to identify suspected looters.  A complete Internet shutdown has proven to be ineffective in countries throughout the Middle East during the recent periods of unrest, so a targeted solution that was able to determine if a person was in the midst of planning criminal activity and then shut down that person’s access might do the trick.  Alas the execution of such a thing is fraught with technical and logistical challenges (not to be confused with impossible).  That said the UK is not ruled by an autocratic despot was the case in more than one of the aforementioned Middle Eastern nations, so the notions of privacy and civil liberties are much more of a significant issue that needs to be balanced with the sovereign responsibility to protect the health and welfare of one’s citizens.  I do not envy the decisions that have to be made by Mr. Cameron.

The power of psychographic profiling

The power of psychographic profiling || “The End of Demographics: How Marketers Are Going Deeper With Personal Data” http://ow.ly/5BrfW

 

Can Google+ upset Facebook’s apple cart

Can Google+ upset Facebook‘s apple cart? || “The make-or-break demographic Google+ has to conquer” http://ow.ly/5AXNn

College students are Google+'s make-or-break demographic

Finally WordPress connects with Facebook & Twitter

Finally WordPress connects with Facebook & Twitter – “WordPress.com Comments Gain Support for Facebook & Twitter Logins” http://ow.ly/5cET2

Given the amount of interest there has been in this topic since I published this announcement back in June, I thought it warranted an expanded commentary.  First of all, below you’ll find an excellent (albeit 12 minute) introduction to this new functionality.  Secondly and lastly this really isn’t that “big” of an announcement other than the fact that the capability was way overdue from the good folks at WordPress.  While they do produce arguably the best blogging tool in the know universe they are not an island unto themselves (to paraphrase John Donne).

Where is Twitter headed in 2011 and beyond? How will they stay relevant?

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Where is Twitter headed in 2011 and beyond? How will they stay relevant? – “Trouble @Twitter” http://ow.ly/4ApMX

Everyone knows LinkedIn but what else is out there for job seekers?

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Everyone knows #LinkedIn but what else is out there for job seekers? – “5 Online Communities to Help With Your Career” http://ow.ly/4hYbC

Technology is the tail, not the dog

Technology is the tail, not the dog – “There’s no such thing as ‘social media revolution'” http://ht.ly/3LWBp #Facebook #Twitter

Twitter adds photos & video to its bag of tricks

Twitter adds photos & video to its bag of tricks – “Twitter.com Goes Media-Rich” http://ht.ly/2EwpQ #socialmedia