FIR Book Review: Age of Context, by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel

Age of ContextAge of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy explores the convergence of five technological factors—mobile, social media, data, sensors and location—and their present and future impact on everything from commerce to medicine to transportation.

FIR co-hosts Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz review the book in the context of an earlier FIR interview we conducted with the authors and two book launch events, including one in which Neville recorded Robert and Shel’s presentation as an FIR Speakers & Speeches podcast.

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FIR Interview: Robert Scoble and Shel Israel, authors of Age of Context

Scoble and Israel

Two men who have been at the vanguard of social media and the disruptive evolution that different ways of working and communicating have emerged in businesses everywhere over the past decade are Robert Scoble and Shel Israel.

Their seminal work Naked Conversations, published in 2006, shone a spotlight on the then-emerging world of blogging and the changes being wrought to business practices by enlightened individuals in organizations everywhere.

In their new book, Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors, Data and the Future of Privacy, Scoble and Israel widen their spotlight to examine five converging forces - mobile, data, sensors and… Read More »

Friday Wrap #51: Likes as speech, brands shrug off Google+, native ad results, new roles for ebooks

Friday Wrap #51

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This week’s Wrap comes to you from Amsterdam, where I presented a session on crisis communications in the social media era at Ragan Communications’ PR/Social Media Summit. Fortunately, both the hotel room and the conference venue—ING House—have great WiFi. That matters, as you’ll see in one of today’s items, which I culled from my link blog at

Should your boss be able to fire you for who you like?

Danny Carter worked suggestion that such communication has less than full constitutional protection would result in chilling the very valued means for communication the Internet has made… Read More »

FIR Book Review: Nice Companies Finish First, by Peter Shankman with Karen Kelly

Nice Companies Finish FirstPeter Shankman applied his skills as a communicator and businessman to create Help A Reporter Out (HARO), an email service that connected journalists looking for people to interview with individuals with the experience or insights to meet the journalist’s needs. The free service was based on sharing and collaboration, principles Shankman brings to the fore in his new book.

What does a “nice” company do? In a Forbes interview, Shankman recounted this experience: “I was in a hotel and came back after a long day of meetings. I saw a note on my bathroom counter: Mr. Shankman, we noticed you left your toothpaste out. It’s running very… Read More »

Andrea Weckerle will answer your questions at FIR’s April 5 Book Club session

Andrea Weckerle, author of Civility in the Digital Age, is set to take your questions during FIR’s next Book Club, which Book Review Editor Bob LeDrew will host:

Friday, April 5
12 p.m. EDT, 9 a.m. PDT, 11 a.m. CDT, 5 p.m. GMT

Andrea is also the founder and president of CiviliNation, a non-profit organization established to take a stand against against online hostility, character assassination and adult cyberbullying. LeDrew’s review of Civility in the Digital Age was posted to FIR last week. Andrea also appeared in an FIR interview in January 2010 to discuss CiviliNation.

Andrea is an attorney licensed to practice law in Washington… Read More »

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