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Archive for March, 2010

What Twitter Can Learn From @facebook About Using @twitter and Facebook

[UPDATED: Sean Garrett a Twitter community manager pointed me to the correct Twitter Facebook account. Changes made below] We talk a lot about how companies should use Twitter and Facebook but have you ever looked at how Facebook and Twitter use their own services? What about how they use each others services? Here’s some quick [...]

If The Internet Is The New Operating System, Social Media Is The New Internet

Tim O’Reilly recently wrote a very important essay, The State of the Internet Operating System. I highly recommend reading it. Tim is of course the man who coined the term Web 2.0 (don’t hate him for it) and this newest essay doesn’t seem to be an evolution of that idea but a parallel track. It [...]

Social Media Is A Meal Not A List of Ingredients

When you buy food from a restaurant why don’t you pay by the ounce? That’s the way the restaurant bought most the ingredients that went into your meal. So why don’t you buy your food the same way?  This is how restaurants make money, they add value by putting all the pieces together in a [...]

Drive Book Contest Update

Last week I announced that we’d be giving away two copies of the book Drive that I raved about, signed by the author Daniel A Pink (blog & Twitter). I am happy to announce the first winner in our first ever book giveaway contest. Hugh Lee is now the proud owner of an autographed copy [...]

If It Doesn’t Happen On Twitter It Probably Doesn’t Matter

I attended the Social Media Conference North West in Mt Vernon yesterday and the final speaker was Brad Nelson from Starbucks. What impressed me the most about Brad was his passion for this space and his use of LEGO pictures. Brad’s enthusiasm is obviously contagious because when I posted on Twitter that he was speaking [...]

Why Every Small Town Should Throw a Social Media Event

I’m a total sucker for economic development initiatives. Since my days running TechBoise, helping start IgniteBoise and in general being involved in helping get the Boise tech community up and running, I really appreciate the effort it takes to build a thriving business community.  Today I’m at the Social Media Conference North West in Mt. [...]

The Cloud Opened Up and Rained Marketing Data [Social Media Dystopia]

Several months ago I put on my futurist hat and I wondered, “What is the worst thing that could happen with social media?” Maybe it’s because I was reading way too much cyberpunk at the time but this is what I came up with. I’ve been sitting on it because I wasn’t sure what to [...]

If Collaboration is the Killer App for Bussiness

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about collaboration, open business models and open innovation. When I think about the future of business, how it operates and how its structured and if collaboration really becomes the killer app… What happens when collaboration with all stakeholders is fully integrated into all parts of your business? Customer [...]

Join our Facebook Page to Win the Book - Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

A few weeks ago I recommended Daniel H. Pink’s book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, as the most important book you could read this year. I still mean that although I think that John Hagel’s forthcoming book, The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion, [...]

Move out of your website (if you can)

Websites are not websites, they’re plants (vines are an even better analogy). Websites used to be apartments, either furnished (web-building software) or unfurnished, that you moved into, decorated, and often redecorated. Now, they’ve become organic ongoing enterprises that need to grow/change/respond with your visitors/customers/clients in mind. Vines. I was speaking with the amenable Ben Kunz [...]