How We Talk About Social Media

Reading Eric Berlin's recent post about HelloTxt, I went back to some old files and opened up a presentation I gave last summer at BizJam Seattle and was treated to some entertaining content. At least, it was funny to me. I just had to laugh at the way I struggled to come up with compact, clear ways of categorizing and naming social media tools. How easy it is to forget that everything we use and talk about every day now--just one year later--didn't have a set of agreed-upon terms or even standards and, in many cases, still don't. So I thought I'd share some slides from my old presentation to demonstrate the evolution of our social media vernacular in such a short time span.…

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Social Web's Big Question: Federate or Aggregate?

Inventor and tech-philosopher Dave Winer Twittered tonight that federation is the hot thing, pointing to a New York Times article about Facebook Connect. And just like that he touched upon the third rail of our increasingly social web. The big question facing the social web depends on the direction it needs to take. A sharp increase in the number of web services and social networks has many of us yearning for a single sign-on, which has lead to the idea of "federation." On the flip side, we also want one place to manage our diverse web services in one place.…

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How to Work the Room

So you’ve got your engineering degree, and your marquee MBA, and a business-plan. You’re on your way. But at some point you’re…

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