The hell of email

Sometimes, being an advocate of the “if it ain’t broke, break it” school of thought – the title of one of my long-time favourite business books which I bought when it was first published in the early 90s – can result in the opposite of what you want to achieve. So it was with my email which has been in purgatory for all of February. If you’re so inclined, you can read the gory details in earlier posts (start here…

Unfiltered Branson

Sir Richard Branson isn’t just a guy with a beard and a penchant for sweaters, balloons and boat racing. He’s also the man behind one of the most successful brands in the world: Virgin. So starts the bio page that describes Richard Branson on Virgin’s corporate website. It’s a good, concise description of a man who epitomizes his organization’s brand, so closely identified is he with that brand across so many different business areas, and who is a powerful communicator…

Fingers crossed for a mobile industry standard

Possibly the most interesting news so far to come out of the Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona this week is that there seems to be clear agreement among mobile operators and equipment manufacturers to develop and bring to market a universal mobile phone charger. Imagine: a tool to charge your phone that will fit any future phone on the market. You know what’s it like right now, don’t you? If you have, say, three phones from different manufacturers,…

Jumping a Gmail search hurdle

While I’ve been in email limbo for much of this month, I’m getting closer to finding a way to manage email effectively that I hope I’ll be happy with. On the road to that solution, I experienced one small (to some) and big (to me) issue that I could not figure out how to resolve – and no one else I asked seemed to know either – which was how to select or filter all emails in the Gmail inbox…

Hedging your bets with Twitter

It seems that everywhere I look this morning, I see someone talking about Twitter. I don’t mean twittering – using Twitter, although there’s the usual constant of that – but talking about Twitter. Among the pitches for marketing guides and musings about whether Twitter really is social (and even a list of Twitter’s problems stemming from a so-called ‘Stephen Fry backlash’), I noted one especially interesting thing amongst all the noise. Twitter might be considering how to charge businesses for…

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