Social media, class of ’07

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We all belong to an insiders’ club. What’s yours? By 2007, Charlene Li and I had gotten the approval from Forrester to write the book that become Groundswell. She was already well-known as the top analyst covering the use of social media for business. With her help, I studied and became knowledgeable about that as … Continued

Idleness

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Let’s talk about idleness. Is it good or bad? Someone who’s never had a job does nothing but write in notebooks all day. Someone who inherited his father’s money does nothing but travel the world. Which is good and which is bad? A woman becomes a celebrated public speaker and spends 48 weeks a year … Continued

Return on warmth

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This post is about solo practitioners, loneliness, generosity, warmth, and what you should say to the people you work with. I worked in organizations for 40 years. I was always surrounded by people. We shared so much time together that we got to know and care about each other. I spent half of that at … Continued

Hey, NBC, no one wants “Shoppable TV”

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Part of my job is to save you from making the same mistakes I made. In this case, that’s believing that anyone wants to shop by clicking on what they see on their TV set, as NBC is hoping they will. My interactive TV predictions I was the Forrester analyst focused on television technology for … Continued

How do I know that I am here?

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How do I know that I am here? Is my existence so uncertain? Is must be in the echoes on the Web, the comments on the blog, the likes and loves, the hahas that say, “Yes, we hear you, so you must exist.” Is my existence in the follower count? Is it measured in page-views? … Continued

Things that make you go “Hmm,” April 5, 2019 🤔

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They used to tell us that politics would be better if more people got involved. Now, with Facebook and Twitter, nearly everybody is talking politics. Better? 🤔 Motivational speakers spend most of their lives on airplanes and in hotel rooms. Is that the life you aspire to? 🤔 Thank the Lord for social media sharing. … Continued

Famous or useful?

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If you’re famous you don’t have to be useful. A while ago, I had an assignment to present to a small group: the CMOs of a massive media company. Since this company had a dozen major media brands, there were about twelve people in the room. They had tapped me after having me speak to … Continued

A holiday wish

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30 years ago a new person came into my life. 23 years ago another. Nearly 20 years ago, another. None of these people became who I imagined them to be. They have surprised me. But all of them have enriched me beyond belief. My family is my touchstone. What I wish for you is not … Continued