There are people like you and me. We eat, sleep and breathe new media. We want to be among the first to get invites to the latest offerings (Quora, Empire Avenue, Google+) because if we’re not there early, we’ll miss something important, we’ll be left behind. We read what our peers and mentors write about these new channels, soaking up all we can get, curating the best for future reference.
When we see someone with the chutzpah to charge for insights into one of these new channels, we bristle. “How dare they?” we ask. “The channel is too new for anyone to proclaim themselves an expert. And besides, if someone wanted to learn about this Read More »
A couple reports have noted traffic to Google+ has declined slightly despite increased subscribers (over 20 million at last report). Depending on whom you listen to, this either makes perfect sense, is what Google+ deserves, or is total nonsense.
This is an entirely non-scientific poll, but it might reflect a general trend. of course, it’s too early to draw any conclusions or any kind about Google+‘s future, but what the hell.
That headline looks like a jumble of concepts if ever you’ve seen one. But bear with me, it will all make sense.
Early this year, Steve Crescenzo tweeted that he’d like to lose weight by the start of the 2011 IABC World Conference. A number of us responded that we had the same goal, and Tom Keefe created the #IABCLite hashtag as a means of discussing the idea.
I noodled around and found a website, Weight Loss Wars, where the five of us could join in a “competition.” We weren’t really competing; it was more of a support group where we could share our progress and cheer one another on.
By the time the conference rolled around, only Tom Read More »
In the world of social media, nothing can ever be merely affected. It has to be killed. Slaughtered. Eviscerated. Massacred.
Google+ is the latest alleged killer. Search the phrase “will Google+ kill” and you’ll find nearly 30,000 results speculating whether Google will kill Facebook, Twitter, search engine optimization, email, Flickr, the list goes on.
Some of the rationale for these predictions are head-shakingly stupid. Quora was the last shiny new object deemed a blog-killer. Today, I routinely hear people ask, “Remember Quora? Whatever happened to it?” While Quora isn’t getting the outpouring of love it did a few months ago, it Read More »
FIR co-hosts Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz were joined by friends of FIR Kami Watson Huyse (of Zoetica), Lionel Menchaca (chief blogger for Dell) and Bryan Person (of LiveWorld) for a test drive of Google+ Hangout, the social network’s video conferencing service. The experience was far from perfect and this video has been edited heavily so you don’t have to sit through the gaps and gaffes. Thanks to Bryan Person for capturing the screencast.
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