Celebrating birthdays in a networked world

This past Sunday was my birthday and I experienced part of it with my extended networks on places ranging from Facebook and Plaxo to Twitter (and now, my blog). I have to say, it was wonderful to get all of the well wishes. I absolutely enjoyed it, especially in the early morning hours before my husband and kids woke up. First, a bit of explanation. I publish my birthday date to my friends and contacts on Facebook (yes, my full birthday, I'm secure about my age, which is now 43) as well as on … [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...]

Crowdsourcing the logo for Altimeter

I've had good success setting up my own business at Altimeter Group but one thing I never got around to doing was getting a logo done. Last summer, I was briefed crowdSPRING, which is a marketplace for creative projects. So I've decided to put my logo up as a project there, where designers can submit their ideas. Why put my brand logo design in the hands of complete strangers? Well, I figured that anything is better than the simple font-based brand identity I have now! I also looked at … [Read more...]

Professional networking tips and panel on 9/15

Just a quick note that I'm running an informal career networking panel this coming Tuesday at the Peninsula Temple Shalom in Burlingame, CA. The topic is "Networking for Success: Tips from the Pros" and it's free. More details are below. But the reason why I'm sharing this on the blog is to provide some of my professional networking tips, and also to get your feedback, especially on how technology helps you do this. So here are my responses to the questions I'll be asking the panel … [Read more...]

Facebook virus and compromised accounts – are we all vulnerable?

In the past few hours, I've received two Facebook messages with suspicious links. The first one I checked out the link carefully and it prompted me to download a "Flash update". That message was quickly trashed and I thought nothing more of it. This appeared to be the same virus that surfaced in early August. Moreover, Facebook put in place a "vaccine" that renders the links presumably harmless and it appears to be working. But this morning I received another suspicious message and I took a … [Read more...]