Don’t let your #heartbleed over web security

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One word that’s been all over the web this past week is ‘Heartbleed.” Together with a highly-visible image, it has been the focus of much commentary and opinion, some of it contradictory, some of it confusing. Heartbleed is a major security vulnerability on the internet, one that I’ve seen described as “11 on a a […]

The evolving conversation ecosystem

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One of the prime reasons to start and maintain a blog, especially for business purposes, is the conversation that might happen when you publish a post. You have something to say that others might have some views on, in agreement or disagreement, perhaps branching out in a related topic direction. Enabling others to add their […]

Twitter eight years on

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Today marks the eighth anniversary of Twitter, the communication platform that is globally ubiquitous today, the eleventh most-visited website in the world. From co-founder Jack Dorsey‘s first tweet on this day, March 21, in 2006, the number of active users of the service now exceed 240 million per month worldwide who tweet in more than […]

Changing the game with native advertising

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Does “native advertising” bother you? When I was first asked that question, my response was the inevitable “It depends…” And that primarily means: It depends on how open and transparent the advertiser and the publisher are about the native ad. Just what is “native advertising”? you may ask. Here’s what Wikipedia says: Native advertising is […]

Getty Images ups its game in the collaborative economy

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A picture is worth a thousand words, the saying goes. For anyone publishing content online, an image is becoming ever more valuable as an inclusive element in story-telling that can enrich your story and help it get attention. Did the picture you see above get your attention? It’s embedded from the Getty Images website under […]

New research shows what drives consumers in the collaborative economy

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If you want to know about the collaborative economy and what it may mean for businesses large and small, the man to pay close attention to is Jeremiah Owyang. The collaborative economy – also variously referred to as the sharing economy, the maker movement, and co-innovation – is a concept that is gaining attention as […]

Smartphones preferred device for news among affluent consumers says BBC

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The results of a new survey for BBC World News shows a surge in smartphone use for consuming news among affluent consumers compared to the general population. The BBC defines “affluent consumers” as the highest 20 percent income earners in each country surveyed. What the BBC describes as the world’s first study into the use […]

Instagramming NYFW

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A frequent topic over the past year on the FIR podcast that my co-host Shel Holtz and I have pondered and discussed is the rise of visual communication. A key reference point for us was the interview we did in August 2012 with Brian McNely on Instagram as a medium for image-power and his research […]

Sprinklr acquires Dachis to create a social enterprise powerhouse

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Disruptive change is a hallmark of the social web, and nowhere is disruption more often strongly seen and felt than in large organizations. Everyone is trying to figure out a new business landscape that, for large enterprises in particular, has morphed into something called ‘social business.’ Such change has been rapid and sudden to many, […]