Twitter as a platform

Yesterday, on my own twitter network, I announced a contest for a giveaway of a Nokia internet device I’ve been reviewing (I never keep any device I receive from to review) and asked participants to tell where they thought twitter would be in two years. Andrew Finkle gave a great answer about how Twitter would become an open platform, which make sense –providing they can keep their infrastructure up. I got a chance to speak with Andrew, he’s a former software guy who’s moving into the social space, real nice guy, thanks for participating. I was hoping to see an answer that not only involved Twitter as a platform but also a software that gets picked up by some mobile … Continue readingTwitter as a platform

Weekly Digest of the Social Networking Space: July 30, 2008

I’m respecting your limited time by publishing this weekly digest on the Social Networking space, which I cover as an Industry Analyst –a good way to get in my head. I’ve created a new category called Digest (view archives). Start with the Web Strategy Summary, then quickly scan the succinct and categorized headlines, read text for my take, and click link to dive in for more. You can subscribe to this digest tag only, which filters only these posts tagged digest. Web Strategy Summary Unlike last week’s series’ of major announcements, we’re seeing brand deploy with social networks, facebook applications, and the typical deployment of social networks for just about every vertical. MyYearbook receives funding, as well as tracks high … Continue readingWeekly Digest of the Social Networking Space: July 30, 2008

Graded by Analysts

Way back in the start of my career, I was a lowly UI designer for a customer facing web application –an extranet called MyExodus. Sitting with a team of engineers, my job was to help deliver a consistent, usable experience that would help our clients quickly ascertain the status of their web hosting systems. I remember how management would scramble, hustle, and work hard to meet the demands of an Analyst Research firm that was reviewing our product –I was involved in helping to scrape together presentations, gather the right screenshots, and mockup scenarios of where we were headed on the roadmap. Tier 1 Research graded our product (along with over a dozen others) and I remember how stressful it … Continue readingGraded by Analysts

When Brands Under Fire Step into the Fracas: Exxon Joins Twitter

Update: After speaking with public affairs at Exxon, it’s been confirmed that Janet is not an official spokesperson of Exxon. Alan of Exxon has given me his story here. Brands joining twitter It’s no coincidence that brands that are under public scrutiny from customers, competitors, and other social groups start to turn to the most vocal of all –right in the epicenter of dialog. Twitter is, for better or worse, a global chat room where honest, often vitriolic opinions are shared. With the recent public anointing of online support effort, Comcast Cares in New York Times “Griping Online? Comcast Hears and Talks Back” –it’s easy to see why corporation communications, and PR professionals are ready to embrace the dialog. Exxon … Continue readingWhen Brands Under Fire Step into the Fracas: Exxon Joins Twitter

People on the Move in the Social Media Industry: July 28, 2008

I’m starting this post series (see archives) to recognize and congratulate folks who get promoted, move, or accept new exciting positions. Please help me congratulate the following folks: Drew Olanoff is now Community Manager / Evangelist, July 28th, 2008 at Strands, congrats. Learn more in his blog post announcing his change. Geoff Livingston’s Livingston Communications company is now being acquired by Social Media Group’s staff increasing it to a total of 20 employees. Adam Gershenbaum has left his position with Bodog Music as Social Media Coordinator and am now Marketing Communications Specialist focused on the Internet for Brother International. Friend, and former colleague Peter Kim now joins Jeffrey Dachis to build a new company focused on enterprise social computing. Peter … Continue readingPeople on the Move in the Social Media Industry: July 28, 2008

An Overview of Facebook’s F8 Developer Community

Above: Over 1000 developers attending Facebook’s F8 Conference, picture above the developer showcase, photo from Brian Solis use with attribution by creative commons Facebook’s Developer Conference F8 I attended Facebook’s F8 developer conference in SF last week, and met with many of the application developers on the floor, or at their booths. First of all, for those that had booths, it was expected they were demonstrating success within Facebook (who allowed them to showcase). The event itself was a real production, from food, drinks, sessions, panels, the night ended with a private conference from Thievery Corporation, a popular down tempo artist. I also recommend you read my take on what Facebook Connect means for corporate websites. [“Applications are the Microsites … Continue readingAn Overview of Facebook’s F8 Developer Community

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Randy Pausch, a Carnegie Mellon professor, had terminal cancer and was fortunate enough to share his learnings in this final lecture. Sadly he recently passed on at 47. He talked about the challenges through his career “some brick walls are made of flesh” and his journey to lead forth virtual reality, educating others, and achieving his childhood dreams, a master storyteller. Warning, you may swell up during his gesture to his wife at the end and then he gives us all his final departing words. When I was a kid, I knew two successful men, they told me they had specific goals in life and the slowly worked towards them, they also both said these goals will change as you … Continue readingRandy Pausch’s Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

Witnessing in Near Real-Time: Tweets from Bangalore Blasts

In my early morning blog reading, I was stunned to receive a tweet from Paul Mooney indicating there was news breaking yet again on Twitter. In horror, we watched in real time using Summize first hand accounts of Bangalore residents tweeting their experience –before major news sources were able to publish. I scoured back a few pages in summize (Twitter search engine) to see reports coming in about “two blasts” then “four blasts” then “Six blasts”, all of this was coming in near real time. Unfortunately there is some noise, as not all of the reports were accurate. Here are some select tweets that caught my eye. “i hear the ambulance sirens” -@abhin4v “-bangalore – be calm and be brave. … Continue readingWitnessing in Near Real-Time: Tweets from Bangalore Blasts

Will you submit to the Groundswell Awards?

Left Image: Josh Bernoff, on his Keynote Presentation at Forrester’s Consumer Forum 07, demonstrates a “Judo throw” –a metaphor of deflecting negative brand attacks into momentum for your energy, although they sustained a few bruised ribs, I often think of Dell (previous Groundswell Award winner) as a good example. Forrester is recognizing excellence from companies that are accomplishing business objectives using social applications and technologies. We want to hear how you’ve used the many tools out there to actually make a difference with your customers, prospects, or maybe employees. Colleague Josh Bernoff has more details on the blog, if you’ve worked with me, you know I’m interested in seeing actual business results –show how you’ve moved the needle. So, if … Continue readingWill you submit to the Groundswell Awards?

Musical Chairs: How Bloggers, Mainstream Press, and Analysts Start to Look Alike

Earlier this week, I spoke to a group of AR and PR professionals, and one gentleman from an agency indicated of an interesting phenomenon that was happening among some press –they’re starting to act like analysts. Mainstream Press acting like Analysts Apparently, some press are demonstrating their subject matter expertise in some areas, and are interviewing analysts and vendors but publishing the findings as their own insight –at the coaxing of their management. The gent suggested that some press are evolving to be more like analysts, forming their own opinions with the story. This isn’t anything new, we’ve seen editorial columns do this for decades, take Mossberg, for example. Analysts act like Mainstream Press While some analysts would find this … Continue readingMusical Chairs: How Bloggers, Mainstream Press, and Analysts Start to Look Alike