Facebook Places completes the picture

By Susan Etlinger and Charlene Li Today, Facebook confirmed that it is adding location awareness to the Facebook experience. Facebook Places enables members to share where they are and who they are with, find people near them and discover new places of interest.  So if you travel to Chicago and are craving deep-dish pizza, you can see where your friends have “checked in” and what they thought about the experience. Facebook Places launches with an iPhone app, the addition of a location feature … [Read more...]

Private Dinner

Charlene Li, Featured Guest … [Read more...]

New study: Deep brand engagement correlates with financial performance

I'm releasing today a new research report that I wrote in conjunction with Wetpaint called "ENGAGEMENTdb". The study looked at how the 100 most valuable brands -- as identified by the 2008 BusinessWeek/Interbrand Best Global Brands ranking -- engaged in 11 different online social media channels. We critiqued the brands on not only their breadth of engagement across these channels, but also their depth, such as whether they reply to comments made on blog posts. Each brand was given a numerical … [Read more...]

MLB.TV Blog – MIA

I was tipped off by IDG report Juan Carlos Perez that Major League Baseball had pulled their MLB.TV blog earlier today, after opening day problems for the paid service that broadcasts games in real time. (The service starts at $14.95/month or $79.95/year). You can read the story by Perez at Computerworld. As Perez wrote, the MLB.TV blog had been active for months, with hundreds of comments from MLB.TV subscribers. But now all that remains is a single terse entry. Gone are the posts chronicling … [Read more...]

Future Of Social Networks presentation from SXSW

I had the honor of presenting at the SXSW conference last Saturday, on the topic "The Future Of Social Networks". I've embedded the slides below, and you can also access them on SlideShare. Below the slides I've included a quick synopsis, including examples of what the future will look like. I'd also like to get your ideas of what you think the experience will be like if/when your identity, contacts, and social activities are ubiquitous. Update: Some additional resources include a Twitter feed … [Read more...]

Super Bowl Twitter Chatter map from the New York Times

This is a very cool mashup application using time lapsed "tweets" created by the New York Times to track what was capturing the people's attention during the Super Bowl. The tweets are shown on a map of the US to show where they originated, and like a tag cloud, the size denotes how many people are tweeting those words. The NYTimes folks put together several fun cuts of the data. My favorites are below, but to really capture the coolness of this mashup, be sure to "play" each tweet stream. The … [Read more...]

Predictions for 2009

As Peter Kim writes, "Community and collaboration are a wonderful thing." Pete took the initiative to wrangle 14 social media bloggers to give our predictions for 2009. He's summarized some of the top predictions in a blog post, and also published all of the predictions in a PDF that's available as a free download, on Scribd, or embedded below. I've republished my social media predictions below, as well as a few new ones that I've thought about since my submission to … [Read more...]