I Have Met the Algorithm and It is Us

Facebook is biased! Facebook is hijacking the newsfeed! Facebook could change the course of the US presidential election!!!! Facebook will make us do anything it wants!!!!!!! No doubt you have seen these headlines, amongst others, in your own various newsfeeds and such over the past couple of weeks. And of course you have read about…

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Volkswagen and the Ying and Yang of Technology

“Any color so long as it’s black.” So said Henry Ford – or at least so says Henry Ford’s autobiography…. When or where or if he said it is irrelevant – he was making a point that was really about production efficiencies and less about customer opportunity. Yet today, besides the myriad choices we have…

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Are You One in Seven?

Another summer post…. Did you feel it? Were you a part of it? Was it your post that took it over the top? The “it” that I’m talking about is the reported fact that Facebook, last Monday, August 24, 2015, had one billion users log in for the first time ever in one day…. Facebook’s…

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Do You Hear the People Sing?

Since the dawn of time we have marched to war with music. Drums beating…trumpets blaring…music was created to stir the soul of one side and freeze the soul of the other…. Marshal music…enhanced by thousands of stamping feet…swords pounding on shields…wild blood-curdling yells…all in rhythm to the beat and drive of the music…such as it…

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When Social Kills

EBOLA. I read, listen to and watch the news in a sort of out-of-body state…. Didn’t I see this movie? I’m sure I read the book. This can’t be for real. The virus is spreading…across Africa…and there are infected individuals in the US as well…. This is the stuff of novels…nightmares…and sadly, of panic…and panic…

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Monetizers & Snoops

But who is protecting us from monetization…? The New York Times ran an article Saturday called “Internet Giants Erect Barriers to Spy Agencies.” I found it fascinating and a little scary. Read it – but the bottom line is that Google, Microsoft, Facebook and the lot…are encrypting all of their – read our – communications…

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Evil in the Database of the Holder

“Advertising is only evil when it advertises evil things.” So said the legendary David Ogilvy many years ago. But that was before the advent of computers, the Internet and all things digital. From Newsfactor: A senate subcommittee says hackers “are infecting computers using software or programming commands hidden inside online advertisements. It suggested tougher U.S….

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The Snail and the Digital Hare

Facebook dies on its initial public offering and the Royal Mail in the UK jumps 38%…. Is it like the Hare and the Tortoise? The old-fashioned dinosaur, the last-century, so-over-it snail mail…beat out the latest and greatest? Sounds almost like one of those unfounded Internet myths that get passed around and around and around until…

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Beware of Geeks…

The Iliad and The Odyssey. Recently I was asked what young creative types should study in order to be successful in today’s digital-centric world. Other panelists suggested that they concentrate on “digitally interactive experiential snackable content development linked to social network interaction…” you get the Digibabble point. My answer was read The Iliad and The…

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Does Facebook Know it’s Mobile?

Facebook is a mobile company. Already. FULL STOP. In fact, as much or more so than AT&T or Vodafone or Telefonica or whatever local carrier you use in your country or region. In fact, as much as Google or Microsoft or Samsung or Nokia – only different. So I am mystified by the digibabble and…

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Zynga Farms Its Own Future

Remember Zynga? In June of 2009, they launched FarmVille on Facebook, had 10 million+ active users daily in only six weeks, and on that trajectory went public with huge pre-launch hype on December 16, 2011 – opening at $10 a share, hitting a high of $14.50 in March of 2012, and today trading under $3.50…

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I Had a Dream

I HAD A DREAM… And then I woke up… Saw the news… Terrorism; hatred; violence… So called “militants” who are really just criminals; so called “militants” who are really just terrorists; so called freedom fighters who don’t really believe in freedom; rights advocates who believe only in their own rights; God being used by many…

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Wait…One More On Facebook

An important learning from Facebook – and NO!!! It has nothing – NADA – to do with the recent IPO – if you haven’t read my last two posts…. I have made it clear – from the start – that I value Facebook – and what I value most is that their model…at its purest…before…

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More on Facebook

More on Facebook. Or should I say more on friends and friendship. A week after the IPO – maybe one of the more contentious – not just biggest in the history of Wall Street – fingers are being pointed – every which way; lawsuits are being filed; the second guessers are second guessing and other…

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Who hasn’t?

Who hasn’t had the community discussion with a client or a friend? You know which one I mean – “let’s build a community.” A community of users…of whatever… A community of deodorant rejecters… A community of activists…of just about anything… A community of people who are community members…. No s—t, I have heard all of…

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