Competitive Silos or Collaborative Success

Social Media Today - Wed, 2014-04-09 10:09
One of the most popular uses of enterprise gamification is to create competition. I don’t mean in the form of marketing campaigns, I am talking about internal competitions between employees. Sales leader-boards, fitness competitions, who is best at social etc.

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The Social C-Suite: Let's Get Real

Social Media Today - Wed, 2014-04-09 10:00
Have you ever spent time with a CEO of a major company? The pressure and demands on their time are overwhelming. Is paying attention to a social media account and responding to tweets really the best way to spend their time? Can they justify that to a board of directors?

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How personality changes over time, which parts and how we can now measure it.

My Digital Footprint - Wed, 2014-04-09 09:56

Source : Andrew McAfee’s Blog Source2 : Personality, Gender, and Age in the Language of Social Media: The Open-Vocabulary Approach
They analysed 700 million words, phrases, and topic instances collected from the Facebook messages of 75,000 volunteers, who also took standard personality tests, and found striking variations in language with personality, gender, and age. In our open-vocabulary technique, the data itself drives a comprehensive exploration of language that distinguishes people, finding connections that are not captured with traditional closed-vocabulary word-category analyses. Our analyses shed new light on psychosocial processes yielding results that are face valid (e.g., subjects living in high elevations talk about the mountains), tie in with other research (e.g., neurotic people disproportionately use the phrase ‘sick of’ and the word ‘depressed’), suggest new hypotheses (e.g., an active life implies emotional stability), and give detailed insights (males use the possessive ‘my’ when mentioning their ‘wife’ or ‘girlfriend’ more often than females use ‘my’ with ‘husband’ or 'boyfriend’). To date, this represents the largest study, by an order of magnitude, of language and personality.
Why is this important :  once we took a guess about changes in personality over time – we can now, like most of life, measure it, test it and scale it…… there is no-where to hide if you leave any form of data anywhere at any time!

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How Investors See the Big Data Market and Its Investment Opportunities

My Digital Footprint - Wed, 2014-04-09 09:32

Jake Flomenber talks about how he views the larger big data market. Jake works with the Accel’s big data fund, which recently opened their second $ 100 million fund, so he knows what he is talking about. He talks with Stefan Groschupf, the chief executive of Datameer, another well-funded Big Data startup with almost $ 37 million in funding.
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social physics

My Digital Footprint - Wed, 2014-04-09 09:28




This is a book and data set – really worth ready… however the open data is here - this is worth looking at.


How can we create organizations and governments that are cooperative, productive, and creative? These are the questions of social physics, and they are especially important right now, because of global competition, environmental challenges, and government failure.

The engine that drives social physics is big data: the newly ubiquitous digital data that is becoming available about all aspects of human life. By using these data to build a predictive, computational theory of human behavior we can hope to engineer better social systems.




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Digital Life in 2025 @pewresearch

My Digital Footprint - Wed, 2014-04-09 09:09


Pew Research Internet Project has released (March 2014) a report on Digital Life in 2025 based on expert interviews.


The report marks the 25th anniversary of the creation of the World Wide Web by Sir Tim Berners-Lee who released the code for his system, for free, to the world on Christmas Day in 1990.  The Web became a major layer of the Internet. Indeed, for many, it became synonymous with the Internet, even though that is not technically the case.


This report looks at the present and the past of the Internet, marking its strikingly fast adoption and assessing its impact on American users’ lives. This report is part of an effort by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project in association with Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center to look at the future of the Internet, the Web, and other digital activities. This is the first of eight reports based on a canvassing of hundreds of experts about the future of such things as privacy, cybersecurity, the “Internet of things,” and net neutrality. In this case we asked experts to make their own predictions about the state of digital life by the year 2025. We will also explore some of the economic change driven by the spectacular progress that made digital tools faster and cheaper. And we will report on whether Americans feel the explosion of digital information coursing through their lives has helped them be better informed and make better decisions.


I don’t disagree with any of it but for me these appear to miss the marco-economics of Policy, Banking, Funds, currency, citizenship, Jobs, employment and stuff that affects our daily lives.



More-hopeful theses


1) Information sharing over the Internet will be so effortlessly interwoven into daily life that it will become invisible, flowing like electricity, often through machine intermediaries.


2) The spread of the Internet will enhance global connectivity that fosters more planetary relationships and less ignorance.


3) The Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and big data will make people more aware of their world and their own behavior.


4) Augmented reality and wearable devices will be implemented to monitor and give quick feedback on daily life, especially tied to personal health.


5) Political awareness and action will be facilitated and more peaceful change and public uprisings like the Arab Spring will emerge.


6) The spread of the ‘Ubernet’ will diminish the meaning of borders, and new ‘nations’ of those with shared interests may emerge and exist beyond the capacity of current nation-states to control.


7) The Internet will become ‘the Internets’ as access, systems, and principles are renegotiated.


8) An Internet-enabled revolution in education will spread more opportunities, with less money spent on real estate and teachers.


Less-hopeful theses


9) Dangerous divides between haves and have-nots may expand, resulting in resentment and possible violence.


10) Abuses and abusers will ‘evolve and scale.’ Human nature isn’t changing; there’s laziness, bullying, stalking, stupidity, pornography, dirty tricks, crime, and those who practice them have new capacity to make life miserable for others.


11) Pressured by these changes, governments and corporations will try to assert power — and at times succeed — as they invoke security and cultural norms.


12) People will continue — sometimes grudgingly — to make tradeoffs favoring convenience and perceived immediate gains over privacy; and privacy will be something only the upscale will enjoy.


13) Humans and their current organizations may not respond quickly enough to challenges presented by complex networks.


14) Most people are not yet noticing the profound changes today’s communications networks are already bringing about; these networks will be even more disruptive in the future.


Advice: Make good choices today


15) Foresight and accurate predictions can make a difference; ‘The best way to predict the future is to invent it.’

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8 Social Media Mistakes to Avoid

Social Media Today - Wed, 2014-04-09 08:58
With the way online marketing has changed, the way businesses advertise also has to change. The hard selling “buy this now” through social media will no longer work. Unless you show an interest in what your customers want, your customers won’t buy.

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Views from the front lines of the data-analytics revolution

My Digital Footprint - Wed, 2014-04-09 08:01

Source :
The link above is to a very good McKinsey article titled “Views from the front lines of the data-analytics revolution”
Key points for me
  1. 1.    Senior management don’t understand Data irrespective if it is big, small, open, flat, simple or complex
  2. 2.    Privacy is not the issue – control, controls, authority and rights are
  3. 3.   Talent is always a problem but it never seen as a strategic issue

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My Digital Footprint - Wed, 2014-04-09 06:59
Privacy researcher Christopher Soghoian sees the landscape of government surveillance shifting beneath our feet, as an industry grows to support monitoring programs. Through private companies, he says, governments are buying technology with the capacity to break into computers, steal documents and monitor activity — without detection. This TED Fellow gives an unsettling look at what's to come.
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How data will transform business

My Digital Footprint - Wed, 2014-04-09 06:57
What does the future of business look like? In an informative talk, Philip Evans gives a quick primer on two long-standing theories in strategy — and explains why he thinks they are essentially invalid.
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Edward Snowden at TED on the right to data privacy

My Digital Footprint - Wed, 2014-04-09 06:52
Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. "Your rights matter,” he says, "because you never know when you're going to need them." Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.

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Image is everything - it is just that we cannot machine interrupt it

My Digital Footprint - Wed, 2014-04-09 06:37
interrupting our free from communication is much more difficult than we think

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Voice .... just more data or more secure?

My Digital Footprint - Wed, 2014-04-09 06:29

Voice: as the next big thing has been a cyclic mantra for at least 20 years – which is the time I have been in telecoms and high tech.
Why voice? Voice recognition, voice ads, voice biometrics, unified messaging, ease, navigation (interface)… voice is content and that is often more valuable than the telecom operator/ NAS collected data of who made the call, to whom, when, how often, from where and for how long. Patterns and meta data.  Interception and recording of all calls is possible but you need to know who and what to look for. They can listen but not to everyone!
In fact Voice and Face recognition appear to be in similar season fashion at the moment, with many of the same fears and mantras.  However it is the tech that lets us down, not our acceptance or vision of what is possible.  Voice and Face recognition are also different.  Voice is content and a continuous stream. Face is a one off, closer to finger print recognition for value, however voice and face allows you to determine intent and understanding of voice content. Face recognition could be fun to see who else took your image when you were somewhere – but I expect that will be sort lived. It will be more serious for those who have many profiles or dual lives as they may come clashing together.
I first played with voice recognition at GEC Marconi advanced labs in 1990 as an engineer, here 24 years later I am still wondering why a 99.6% ability to recognise words is not good enough.  Google voice is OK, but when I need it I am not in a quiet place at rest, I am in a rush and somewhere with lots of background noise.  The UI/UX is just not good enough for me to use all the time. Face recognition loves your image in certain light within a range of front angle… is not good enough.
Whilst there is so much promise voice does have one attribute that is very interesting – even unencrypted voice is currently secure to computing at most levels and defiantly at scale.  Much like hand writing, especially doctors, our free form communication struggles to be translated.  Yes all the tech works if you speak well in a quiet room slowly, or write beautifully – however we don’t.
Yes the 101 of voice it is that is provides more data and this will add to your digital footprint, but until the machine understands, am I not convinced that voice or face recognition have made the breakthrough on usability – not yet.

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Is Your Content Smarter Than a 5th Grader? 4 Steps To Readable Content

Social Media Today - Wed, 2014-04-09 05:00
Ask yourself, "Is my content smarter than a 5th grader?" Don’t worry – we’re not exactly asking you to “dumb it down.” In fact, we get that you want your content to be smart and informative. This is more about making your web content reader-friendly. Stop trying to be the Charles Dickens of copywriting and begin crafting readable content.

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Social Advocacy & Politics: Is it the #WorstRate if #NobodyPaysThat?

Social Media Today - Wed, 2014-04-09 03:55
Americans for Tax Fairness came up with an effective counter message against The RATE Coalition's #WorstRate and launched an effective Denial of Hashtag campaign of its own. And not only did Americans for Tax Fairness shut down the RATE Coalition’s hashtag campaign, it got Politico’s Morning Money to report on his hashtag the next day.

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Employee Advocacy Summit Launches in Atlanta September 2014

Social Media Today - Wed, 2014-04-09 03:27
To help today’s marketers navigate the complexity of building, scaling and driving performance through Employee Advocacy programs, Chris Boudreaux and Susan Emerick created the 2014 Employee Advocacy Summit on September 15 in Atlanta, in collaboration with Social Media Today. Space is limited, so confirm your spot now!

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Can’t stop loving you – Malofiej 2014

Visual Journalism - Wed, 2014-04-09 02:33
Creatives are not meant to hide behind their screen in a dark room, while they give a talk - take note, please.
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