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Choose My Adventure: A Straw Poll.

January 20, 2016


I ask this question because I'm wondering if I should be more focused in my writing. You know, pick a niche and own it.

A Short History of Social Media: Hope, Defeat, and the Faint Hope of Renewal.

January 11, 2016


With the benefit of hindsight, I now see that the early promise of social media was somewhat ephemeral.

A Tulip By Any Other Name: Facebook’s Market Capitalization Is A Symptom of What Ails Us.

December 22, 2015


The so-called rational market thinks Facebook is worth more than the complete refurbishment of an entire nation’s water and electricity infrastructure.

Monetizing Social Media: What Won’t Work

May 1, 2014


Imagine if advertising had been used to monetize the telephone. “Please listen to this short word from our sponsor before we complete your call.” “We will reconnect your call after this short message from our sponsor.” I doubt it would have worked. My hunch is that the advertising approach to monetization won’t work for social […]

Lost in Translation: That’s The Way to Say Goodbye.

December 17, 2012


I watched Lost in Translation again last night. It got me thinking about “goodbyes.” In the movie, a young woman and an older man develop an unlikely friendship/romance in an unlikely place — a hotel in Tokyo. The story culminates, when the characters confront the question, “For us, what is the appropriate way to say goodbye?” […]

Why I Love Social Media: Translating the printemps érable.

May 28, 2012


I will admit it. The Quebec student protests never really resonated with me. Despite my liberal democratic ideals, despite my support for a fully accessible public education system, and despite my conviction that public protest is an essential component of a healthy democracy, I didn’t instinctively find any common cause or sense of purpose with […]

How To Outflank Facebook, Google, and Twitter: Run A Global Popularity Contest.

April 30, 2012


If I had two million dollars to invest in an idea, this is the idea I would invest in. The Idea A sales and marketing platform with the appeal of American Idol and the scale of social media. It will leverage existing and future social media, incorporate game elements, and fully integrate into people’s offline […]