The Amazing Power Of Belief

The inspiration for this write-up is the Forer effect, which is the tendency for most people to identify with otherwise-general descriptions that are said to be about them.  In other words – if someone says we have various personality traits, we are inclined to believe them if the person says the description is truly about […]

Your Semi-Social Visitors

A lot of people won’t ever use Twitter, Facebook, Digg, or (insert your favorite social networking site here). Don’t piss them off. They’re visiting your website, watching your television show, or visiting your location. And they, like all of us, bring their own expectations about social experiences. The reasons behind being what could be called […]

Social Media Strategy

Do you have a strategy to effectively participate in and use social media?  Yes. Whether it is written, or not, if you are using social media then you have a strategy.  The key to excellence starts with how much time you devote to something, and this area is no exception. There has been advice out […]

Homophily Happens – a Homogeneous Web?

Will online social networking make us all the same? Or, will we elect to stay in mostly same-thinking groups?  As we join up in communities online, the homophily aspect could kick in.  Homophily is defined as the tendency to be friends with others who are similar, and is described futher in this New York Times […]

What are Community Boundaries?

It is sometimes helpful to step back and look at some of the definition and assumptions around the foundational areas behind social media and social technology.  One of these is the notion of communities, which much exist as a precursor to social activities. A definition of social: the aspect of life that is lived in […]

TechCrunch50 wins the ratings race!

Over the last three days there have been two major startup demonstration events – DEMO and TechCrunch50. The presenters are among the top of the crop for this year’s startups (notwithstanding the ones we will showcase on Startup Rockstars!).  If you step back and realize the sheer volume of new tech ideas that are launching or […]

Forecast: Scattered Clouds, With Increasing Atmospheric Integration

Get your head into the clouds.  Now.  There is increasing buzz this month about online clouds – the services that host our applications, contain our data, and can scale on demand.  Those who recall grid computing or mesh computing or distributed computing will understand the concept behind clouds: computing services as a utility, like electricity or water.  […]

An Old Idea Becomes New? Akashic Records & Tech

Someone mentioned to me at lunch last month a term I hadn’t heard – akashic. The wikipedia akashic definition has in it the following: “A theosophical term referring to a universal filing system which records every occurring thought, word, and action. The records are impressed on a subtle substance called akasha (or soniferous ether).“ Stripping […]