Twitter as backchannel

A new challenge is confronting conference speakers today: Twitter. In increasing numbers audience are using Twitter to create a back channel around a conference. This can be a challenge to the presenter, but social media consultant Laura Fitton, aka Pistachio Consulting, argues the opposite. She lists a number of benefits including: Helping the audience focus […]

The social dimension of companies

A couple of stories which have been blowing up on the Twittersphere over the past couple of days serve to illustrate the point that organisations’ reputations are very vulnerable to their employees’ (or affiliates’) actions online – and in particular on social media. The first was the furore surrounding the “effing blogs” post by Adam […]

Twitter on Twitter

Twitter has been in the news a lot recently and not all of it for the right reasons. The (positive) obsession started with living legend Stephen Fry and Jonathan Ross which ignited some frenzied MSM attention. Then followed what @henryp calls the “twatlash” – adverse media attention such as the Mail’s “social media gives you […]

A MoJo lets his readers define story

A great post by Daniel Victor sets out to explain his new role as MoJo – mobile journalist. He seems genuinely excited about this new challenge: What that means is, correctly, still to be determined. We do know it’ll involve video, still photography, print stories and a lot of updates for the Web. We know […]

The Credit Crisis explained

The Crisis of Credit Visualized from Jonathan Jarvis on Vimeo. Jonathan Jarvis, as part of his thesis at the the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, produced this excellent animation to explain exactly what caused the credit crisis. Excellent stuff. Technorati Tags: credit crunch, visualisation

New approach to local journalism?

I’ve just read an interesting post by Koka Sexton which details five ways to grow a local blog. There has been a lot of agonised debate about the role (and economic future) of local newspapers so it was interesting to see one person using modern social technology to such good effect. It’s worth a read, […]

Rewriting the vision for newspapers

Google SVP Jonathan Rosenberg wrote a lengthy essay which celebrated Google’s role in making the world’s information accessible. He’s now made it publicly available  (with suitable edits, he says). One section spoke of the role of newspapers in this information and technology-rich  world. It’s worth repeating as is creates a vision for what should be […]

Complications of data ownership

Facebook has created a storm of comment around it’s change of ts & cs. Techcrunch illustrates the problems of data ownership in social networks perfectly in a post on the subject. Describing the argument of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Techcrunch writes: Essentially, he says that the issues are not so cut and dry. When you […]

Five Digital Trends for 2009

Steve Rubel, Edelman’s "Director of Insights" (great title) has produced a sensible white paper of five digital trends to watch in 2009. They are: Satisfaction Guaranteed – Customer care and PR are blending as consumers use social media to demand service Media Reforestation -  The media is in a constant state of reinvention as it […]

The strength of platforms

I spent part of the weekend updating the sales records and mailing list of my other half and talented artist Gail Brodholt. In the past I’ve kept this on Excel spreadsheets which are very good for mail-merging. This time round, though, I thought I would experiment with Google Docs. The formatting and spreadsheet functionality is […]