Category: Social Media

Top 10 reasons Google+ will fail (Or why Facebook isn’t losing sleep)

If you follow the major online influencers (yeah, I’m talking about you, Scoble, Brogan, Kawasaki, Rowse et al) you’ve noticed that all of them are gaga over Google+. For sure, G+ is a fascinating platform with tremendous potential. Google took some of the best features of Facebook and Twitter and rolled them into an easy…




Will Social Media Boost Government Transparency?

Back in April, when I was asked to talk about social media and government transparency at this week’s Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference, one of the first things I did was make a list of Members of Congress who “get” social media. It was a very short list. For one, most Members of Congress leave…




Get ready for the mobile photo-sharing revolution

I took this photo during a January snow storm in D.C. It’s dark and moody and the snow is whipping around in what looks like 10 different directions. If I was a better photographer, I might be able to tell you how I thoughtfully set my exposure and aperture before waiting for just the exact…




Facebook vs. Google: In this David and Goliath battle, David is packing heat

Just two years ago did anyone think that Facebook would be going head-to-head against Google for ruler of the Web? Google? Of course. The Internet giant had no peers in the search engine business, it’s Gmail had become the dominant email provider and it had added blue-chip tech start-up YouTube to its lineup, not to…




Sears wants to eat your brain

When I think of Sears, I think of those Levi knockoffs my mom made me wear in middle school. I think of boring, not-so-flashy, moderately priced clothes and reliable tools and appliances. I don’t think zombie viral marketing. Surely, when one of America’s stodgiest brands rolls out an undead advertising campaign, it’s a sign that…




Facebook uncovered? The Daily Beast peeks under your news feed

Take Thomas E. Weber’s little Facebook experiment for what it’s worth — some interesting insights into how FB decides what to put into your news feed. I wouldn’t go so far to say that Weber’s piece on The Daily Beast has “cracked” the code. Some of what he reports are things most habitual FB users…