Tag Archives: social media

Situation Normal, All Trucked Up

Remember the golden days of social media, when you could call a tweetup for no good reason at all and the best and brightest would just show up and hang out?  Well, they're back. It's lunchtime in America and the economy's turning a corner.  People with jobs are willing to take a long lunch on a Spring…
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Fair use of photos: a no-pin situation?

It's the eve of the Facebook IPO, a few weeks after the Instagram sale, and I'm still trying to figure out Pinterest.  Is it three syllables or two?  But seriously, what does a wildly-popular site built on appropriating other peoples' images mean for content creators? I don't often google myself but in the wake of the…
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Social media mystery: the case of the 5000 follower intern

So we were hiring an intern.  Hiring might be a strong word since we're not planning to pay this intern, but I digress.  So I'm reviewing resumes and sometimes if somebody looks promising, I check out his or her Twitter account.  It is at least in part a social media internship, after all.  So one…
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Three questions and the fourth dimension of LBS at SMB

I was chatting with Boston fixture Joselin Mane and LBS Elder Eric Leist at Social Media Breakfast (organized by the estimable Bob Collins) this morning while pondering the use of altitude information by Foursquare, we stumbled on an interesting question: Location Based Services know where you are (duh) but do they know what time it is when…
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Social Media Plagues Six through Eight

I started the passover season with the first five plagues of social media, and despite a considerable transportation delay incurred by of all things a flood, I'm back with a few more plagues this Sunny Easter morning.  To refresh your memory: Spam Corporate Blogs Self-Appointed Experts Accumulationism Constant Partial Attention The Echo Chamber. Dance all…
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The ten plagues of social media and marketing, part I

Tonight is the start of Passover, a holiday celebrating the struggle for liberation with foods designed to remind you of suffering and enslavement.  At one point in the traditional Seder, participants recite the ten plagues visited on Egypt , spilling out a bit of wine for each one in token commiseration for the suffering the…
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DUCKIE SAY RELAX

I've done it over 2,000 times., and I don't think that's immoderate for a man of my age.  I've done it on a boat but I've never done it with a goat. Sure, when you've done it as many times as I have, it may seem almost routine, but I've noticed that some people are…
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Boston Media Makers #bmm

First Sunday each month Boston Media Makers at Doyle’s in JP. This April only It was the second Sunday to keep us alert. I brought my netbook, hipster PDA and cards. What’s with the mermaid? Lots of great people, some serious geeking out. Here are some highlights: Rachel Levy was laid off but is too…
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Are avatars authentic or effective?

I was engaging in some micronarcissism (that means looking at my Twitter page) the other day when I chanced to notice that most of the icons - or avatars if you prefer - were faces, most of those photographic. The old New Yorker cartoon said, "on the internet, nobody knows you're a dog" (the cartoon…
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Giving till it doesn't hurt anymore

Last Wednesday I had a double dose of interesting thinking about giving.  First, I talked at a Harvard Extension social media class about Firstgiving and Twestival, then I popped in at the Philosophy Cafe to hear some deeper discussion of the limits of altrusim.  And then it snowed. Act I: giving for free At the…
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Horseshoes, hand grenades, and LinkedIn?

Not that long ago I laughed at comparisons of Facebook and LinkedIn because I didn't see much point in using Facebook.  Now I laugh because the tools are so different, most comparisons seem silly.  Facebook is still the place where people live their online lives, and LinkedIn is still the place where people seek business…
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