Archive | March, 2009

Twitter Education for Kids

Twitter is arguably the simplest and easiest online social networking / broadcasting application to learn, and one any kid can use almost instantly. The Guardian UK reports that a proposal is being submitted to overhaul the primary school curriculum to include: Children to leave primary school familiar with blogging, podcasts, Wikipedia and Twitter as sources […]

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How Obama is Pushing Society Online

President Obama staged an 80-minute interactive town hall meeting this morning at 11:30 EDT. In the span of an hour or so, he received 92,000 questions online, from which 3.6 million votes were cast voting up/down those questions. Idea: his administration should create a “White House Connect” application based on a white label Google Friend […]

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LinkedIn’s Obsession with Guarding its User Data will Alienate its User Base

LinkedIn was never very transparent. Although they offered up a LinkedIn API to developers in June, 2007, I can’t name one developer-based LinkedIn API built application (I can name partners like NY Times), while I can point to hundreds of Facebook and Twitter apps. (Google LinkedIn API for confirmation). I’m not a developer, but I’m […]

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Leveraging Social Media Presence for Business

Having a social media presence attracts opportunities. Twitter in particular has introduced me to many people with common, shared business interests – they come out of the blue and we become close friends very quickly based on our business compatibility. Many “social media experts” promote consulting, or how to get rich quick schemes based on […]

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Twitter as PR-for-Hire

Earlier this month, Jeremiah Owyang compiled a unique list of “sponsored conversations” that are taking root as the social media and advertising become intertwined. Up to now, that intersection has taken the traditional form of banner ads on blog sites. Not revolutionary. WSJ’s Technology blog reports how Disney has hired @SavvyAuntie (Melanie Notkin) to Twitter […]

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The Multi – Conversational Web

Welcome to the Multi-Conversational Web The new Facebook page redesign has incorporated real time friend feeds that makes Facebook more conversational like… Friendfeed or Twitter. What this means is any friends can respond instantly to conversations as they happen: With three applications – Facebook, Twitter and Friendfeed – competing for participants, applications are developing to […]

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Celebrities Flocking to Twitter

The Celebrity Twitter sites (here are two – Twitya and Twitter Fan Wiki MinorCelebrities can’t keep up with the onrush of celebrities – essentially, anybody with name recognition – discovering Twitter. (UPDATE 3/15 3:00PDT – Kevin Rose’s user-tagged Twitter directory WeFollow launched yesterday with a prominent celebrity component. Here are three of the most recent […]

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Technology and the Future of the Newspaper – Slideshow

TimesOpen Keynote: Technology and the Future of the Newspaper View more presentations from Tim O‚Äôreilly. Tim O’Reilly’s comprehensive slideshow makes several points about the accelerating speed and syndication of information: The real time functionality of the new information distribution systems, elegantly demonstrated by Twitter, is critical to reporting. Social Networks facilitate content distribution, and media […]

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The Media’s New Search for Content, Content, Content

With media layoffs (McClatchy slashing 1,600 jobs today) and newspaper foldings becoming daily occurrences, editors no longer rely on sourcing stories from the decimated news rooms. They do what everybody else does – go online. News media still needs to cover core breaking news – economy, politics, editorial, disasters, sports, local coverage – for credibility […]

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A Panoply of Extinction

Image credits Milkman Landline phone & answering machine Phone Books (Yellow Pages) Fax Machines Newspapers Blue Blood Investment Banking (Bear Stearns) Video stores Consumer electronics stores (Circuit City) Travel agencies (Thomas Cook) Real estate offices Title insurance offices Live America-based operators Analog TV Kodak film Standard light bulbs DVD Players CDs Icebergs George Bush’s policy […]

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