Microsoft is the one company which we all love to poke fun at. From Windows crashing to jokes about BING and how the company’s latest social network (SOCL) which is virtually unpronounceable is about as alive as the company’s social media strategy.
Next time you want to fast-track the trust of the members of a social network I’d advise you to invest on a beard. Grown, glued or photoshopped, a beard apparently has the magical ability to increase your trustworthiness quotient (QT) by several notches at once.
This is a case where it is all too easy to become judgemental so let’s focus on the facts and keep emotion (and wry sarcasm) down to a minimum (I hope that last bit does not kill me).
My favourite Buddhist quote is: “What we think, we become.” It is elegant, simple and yet packs a wallop. It challenges everything we traditionally know about limits and limitations. It challenges us to know ourselves better (like the Apollonian creed in the Delphic Oracle). It taunts us to prove it wrong by trying really hard to think about something we want to become and failing. It stings us like a thorn placed just under the skin which simply will not go away, niggling us with the thought that we may be the ones who sell ourselves short.
It was a really wet, cold August morning and I was in the library. The reason I was in the library was because it was raining. When you have lunch hour at school and all the fields are wet with rain (and in Queensland August is cold) there is not much you can do.
One thing the Obama Administration cannot be accused of is lacking an awareness of social media or the common touch. First the Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, sends a sit-com series a personal message and now the President of the United States himself writes what is the best absence note any 5th grader must have got, ever.
On the day when social scientist, James Wilson, died we may want to take a minute to revisit one of his most important social theories. In the 70s Wilson and his colleagues overturned just about every public perception of neighbourhood crime reduction by publishing the Broken Windows theory.
ReShonda Tate Billingsley is a best-selling children’s books author but it looks like what she will be remembered for is for using social media to bring her unruly daughter into line.
A new RJ Metrics study is revisiting the old “Google Plus is a Ghost Town” chestnut alongside the “weak user interaction metric” which has them cover two bases rather than one.