Escape planning in case Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition succeeds

Ever since Elon Musk announced his bid to acquire full ownership of Twitter, the matter has become a huge topic of discussion in mainstream and social media alike. In the US, much of the narrative surrounds fears that Musk’s ownership of the social networking platform would signal the rise of extreme right-wing political activity, with currently-banned Donald Trump cited as a potential Twitter returnee. Trump, incidentally, says he has no plans to return as he has his own social network…

15 years and 100,000 tweets later: 3 tips for Twitter you can learn from

Twitter reminded me the other day that it was fifteen years ago when I signed up for a Twitter account. December 7, 2006, was that day and the message I posted was like many you saw at the time when people started signing up – pithy and full of insight :) Indeed, it was so unremarkable that it didn’t get a mention in my blog at a time when I was paying a lot of attention to what was happening…

Unpicking the vicious cycle of anger, hostility, and outrage on social networks

If you’ve been wondering why footballers get racially abused online all the time, why some people make disgusting death threats on social networks, or why presumably otherwise sensible celebrities say offensive things in their tweets about other people, a new book may well provide the light bulb of clarity you’ve been seeking. It’s certainly something I’ve wondered about: why, in the past few years, has there been such a significant and notable increase in vile behaviours online where people say…

FIR 203: Insurrection and Sea Shanties

‘Trust’ was the major theme for discussion in the January episode of The Hobson and Holtz Report podcast aka FIR 203 that Shel and I recorded last weekend and published on Monday. It underpinned all other topics we discussed as we started the episode reviewing the key analysis in the Edelman Trust Barometer 2021 – the report concludes that there is a ‘crisis of leadership’ with a growing trust gap and declines in trust worldwide; and without a trusted leadership…

FIR 198: Is #WFH the post-pandemic future?

What coronavirus will do to our offices and homes post-pandemic is a question that prompts multiple answers on a daily basis. If there are ten questions, you’ll find ten different answers. About the only thing that’s consistently equal in opinion is that there will be change and it will be profound. It’s a big topic that exercised Shel and I in the August 2020 episode of The Hobson and Holtz Report aka FIR 198. We anchored the discussion with a…

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