As I was responding to a comment on my post about who we follow, I realized how I really used social media. In my comment, I mentioned that I use Google Reader and FriendFeed as information filters. For example, I am not fluent in all things Facebook, so I make sure that I review what… Read More Is Social Media The New PageRank?
Just two days ago, I presented two lists of people to follow in software development for blogs and Twitter from Jurgen Appelo. The funny part about this is that in my recent blog reading, I am getting the feeling that we may not be following the right people. Why do I say this, especially after… Read More Are We Following The Wrong People?
As a software engineer playing in the social media space, I try to find various developer-types on the service of the day. There are blogs you should be reading and people on Twitter to follow. The problem is that it is always hard to determine who you should be following. As a blogger, some days… Read More As a Developer, Who Should You Follow?
In the “Why Social Works” series, we have covered some of the main reasons why some of these sites are successful. So far, we have the ability to get news, the competition of voting, the ego, and some sites have solid features and have added social connections as a bonus. There are a few more… Read More Why Social Works Part IV: Final Notes and Future Directions
The obvious applications of this social stuff are social networks. However, just being able to “connect” with people you know only gives you minimal benefit, like an online address book. There has to be more, and there is. The social networks have added various ways to contact people within your network and other interesting little… Read More Why Social Works Part III: Not Just Social Networks
A few days ago, Chris Brogan started an interesting discussion. His post was about how social media changed the way people were talking and how big companies wanted big conversations like mass mailings: For the rest of the world, I believe that there will be some issues with how social media delivers. I think some… Read More Conversations Are the Future of Marketing
As is typical on the weekends I talked to my oldest brother. We are very different people with very different interests. I am a fairly liberal democrat and he is slowly becoming more of a conservative republican. I am a software developer and he is in sales and marketing. I am mostly an introvert, and… Read More Be Prepared, the Mainstream is Coming
I know everyone must have thought that YackTrack was just another tool that got no love from its owner. This is very far from the truth. The truth is that my summer was crazy busy, and some of the new stuff was just taking far longer than I had hoped. So, what’s new in this… Read More Finally! YackTrack Gets An Update!
Everyone knows we are in a bad economy. Many companies are cutting staff and costs. This is all due to the typical budget season known as the fourth quarter. For most companies, the fourth quarter of the calendar year is when budgets get approved for the next year. This is probably a very likely reason… Read More For Marketing, Social Media is Budget Friendly and Powerful
For some reason, many people have the idea that if they use a social network or other popular website they can say whatever they want. People feel that sites like Facebook are their playground. They can talk about their employer or former employer without any recourse. People are finding out that this is not true.… Read More Facebook Is Not The Place To Blow Off Steam