David Kirkpatrick

June 18, 2009

Technology and the Green Revolution

Filed under: Media, Politics, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:29 pm

Technology is playing a huge role in the fight against the coup in Iran. Twitter has especially been a great boon to the Iranians fighting against a corrupt leadership. This is a story that is still very much playing out with no potential end result showing itself with clarity. One thing is certain — Iran 2009 will go down as the first true information age revolution in terms of technology driving getting information to both internal protesters and the outside world.

Here’s a breakdown from CIO.com on some of the relevant tech. Mentioned include Twitter, Facebook, proxies, DDOS, YouTube and Flickr.

From the link:

As political tensions increase in Iran, online communities are ramping up their opposition efforts. The Iranian government continues to restrict access to the Web, but many opposition supporters are still able to share news and information online. In response to the publicity around opposition protests, Iran has reportedly begun the process of restricting the movements of foreign journalists. But when any Iranian citizen carrying a cell phone or camera can become an instant journalist, how important is Iran’s crackdown on foreign media?


June 14, 2009

Tracking the coup in Iran

Filed under: Media, Politics, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:47 pm

The Daily Dish has been indispensible along with many, many other online resources. Twitter has apparently been indispensible among services in Iran.

As an app Twitter is still an infant battlling growing pains, hype and speculation on monetizing. What is amazing is how those 140 characters affected the San Diego wildfires and now an ongoing international situation where mainstream media is repeatedly dropping the ball. Web 2.0 is proving to be much more revolutionary than anyone could have guessed.

Hit the link for a Twitter search on the hashtag #iranelection.

June 12, 2009

Dell earns $3M from Twitter account

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:29 pm

At least it claims as much. It’ll be interesting to see how many large companies announce ROI from Twitter — and really, what is the “investment?;” the salary of the employee creating and responding to tweets? — and how many companies with little or no brand identity fare with aggressive social networking.

From the link:

Dell Computers announced last night that it has surpassed $3 million in sales via links from one of its Twitter accounts, making one of the most high profile examples of social media Return on Investment (ROI) all the more juicy.Telling your reluctant boss that social media is worth using because Dell made $3 million on Twitter, however, runs the risk of encouraging e-commerce broadcast as the model for engagement in conversation. Other, more conversational, examples of ROI make important additions to conversations about Dell and social media. (They also concern a lot more money.)

(Hat tip: @Rex7 RT @prebynski)

May 26, 2009

Social networking and the workplace

Research from Deloitte LLP Ethics & Workplace survey,

The release:

Deloitte study reveals tension regarding the use of social media in the workplace

According to the third annual Deloitte LLP Ethics & Workplace survey, 60 percent of business executives believe they have a right to know how employees portray themselves and their organizations in online social networks. However, employees disagree, as more than half (53 percent) say their social networking pages are not an employer’s concern. This fact is especially true among younger workers, with 63 percent of 18–34 year old respondents stating employers have no business monitoring their online activity

That said, employees appear to have a clear understanding of the risks involved in using online social networks, as 74 percent of respondents believe they make it easier to damage a company’s reputation.

“With the explosive growth of online social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, rapidly blurring the lines between professional and private lives, these virtual communities have increased the potential of reputational risk for many organizations and their brands,” said Sharon Allen, chairman of the board, Deloitte LLP. “While the decision to post videos, pictures, thoughts, experiences, and observations is personal, a single act can create far-reaching ethical consequences for individuals as well as employers. Therefore, it is important for executives to be mindful of the implications of this connected world and to elevate the discussion about the risks associated with it to the highest levels of leadership.”

A mere 17 percent of executives surveyed say they have programs in place to monitor and mitigate the possible reputational risks related to the use of social networks. Additionally, while less than a quarter have formal policies on the medium’s use among their people, nearly half (49 percent) of employees indicate defined guidelines will not change their behavior online.

“One-third of employees surveyed never consider what their boss or customers might think before posting material online,” Allen continued. “This fact alone reinforces how vulnerable brands are as a result of the increased use of social networks. As business leaders, it is critical that we continue to foster solid values-based cultures that encourage employees to behave ethically regardless of the venue.”

The complete results of the 2009 Ethics & Workplace survey reflect opinions of employees and business executives on questions on ethics, work-life balance, reputational risk and the prevalence of boardroom participation as it relates to increased employee social networking.

Opinion Research conducted a telephone survey on behalf of Deloitte LLP among a national probability sample of 2,008 employed adults comprising 1,000 men and 1,008 women 18 years of age and older, living in private households in the continental United States. Interviewing for these CARAVAN Surveys was completed during the period April 9–13 and 16–19, 2009. Sampling error is +/- 2.5 percent.

Opinion Research also conducted an online survey of 500 business executives. The sample for the study came from a panel of executives across the United States, including company owners, directors, CEOs, controllers, EVPs, CIOs, VPs, and board members. Invitations to participate in the study were sent beginning on April 10, 2009 and data collection continued through April 17, 2009.

About the Deloitte Chairman’s Survey
The Deloitte LLP Chairman’s survey is designed to measure workplace behavior and the impact leadership has on the workplace environment. Following up on last year’s survey, which uncovered a link between transparency of leadership and employee productivity, this year’s survey studied the impact of use of social networking on reputational risk, workplace ethics, and career-life fit. Sharon Allen, Chairman of the Board, Deloitte LLP, is the sponsor of the annual survey.

May 13, 2009

Everything Twitter

Filed under: Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:10 pm

Well, not everything since I’ve done plenty of blogging about the microblogging/social networking application and website.

Here’s three offerings on Twitter from CIO.com — a comprehensive overview that is an excellent place to begin for every tweeting experience level, a great explanation of hashtags (using “#” in front of a key descriptor, such as #followfriday) in Twitter and a blog post blaming Twitter power users for running off the latest wave in new tweeters.

From the comprehensive overview:

Twitter Etiquette: Five Dos and Don’ts

Twitter beginners need to understand the rules of etiquette for the service. So before you stick a foot measuring 140-characters-or-less in your mouth, check out our advice on how to follow and un-follow, share politely, direct message appropriately, and more.

From the explanation of hashtags:

Twitter (the company) didn’t create hashtags. The Twitter community’s early adopters came up with the idea to put a “#” in front of topics to add context to tweets. The tag would also help filter and sort them out for future readers.

According to a Twitter fan website, the hashtags achieved significant notoriety with Twitter users in 2007 during the San Diego fires, when users designated their tweets with “#sandiegofires.”

The trend to use hashtags led to the community-driven site hashtags.org, where a semi-official index of Twitter’s hashtags now resides. To access the site, Twitter users merely need to opt-in (for free) by following @hashtags on Twitter.

And finally, from the blog post on ill mannered power users:

The rise of Twitter’s user-base has differed from Facebook, which grew upon a mainstream audience of college and high school kids looking to post photos and share the details of a Saturday night. While they were tech-savvy in the sense that they grew up with the Web, they weren’t “techy.” To them, the Web and technology just exists — and nothing more. 

Twitter has traveled a different road with its user base. Tech nerds and social media evangelists populated the service initially, followed by traditional media and public relations folks who wanted to track them. Soon, businesses and some over-aggressive marketers hopped in on the fun, before leading to famed celebrity accounts.

You can find on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidkonline.

May 12, 2009

Dan Baum on the New Yorker

Filed under: Arts, et.al., Media, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:56 pm

Well, really on his time at the New Yorker. It’s a very cool tale and worth the read.

Oh, by the way he published it (at least initially) on Twitter. Fun idea, interesting use of Twitter and worth the time and difficulty to go back in Twitter time and read the whole thing.

Here’s a tweet from Dan for those who are a bit too lazy to read this in its original (and maybe original ought to be highlighted here) form:

I will be posting this account, in proper order, at www.danbaum.com. Thank you for your patience.

You can find Dan on Twitter at http://twitter.com/danielsbaum and you can find at http://twitter.com/davidkonline.

(Hat tip: the Daily Dish)

May 11, 2009

Social networking and the job search

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:52 pm

If you are in the position of looking for work, here’s an article outlining how some job seekers found employment utilizing social network sites like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

From the link:

Brennan Carlson ( Facebook and LinkedIn), a newly hired product manager at e-mail marketing firm Lyris Inc., is an extreme example. He took a highly organized, scientific approach to his job search when he was laid off from Yahoo Video last winter.

This included using custom search engines, Greasemonkey(a Firefox plug-in allowing customized Web page appearances via JavaScript), scripts running on top of Firefox, widgets, mashups, a spreadsheet and a customized Netvibes “start page”that organizes blogs, news, weather, photos and social networks. Carlson also made concentrated use of social networking sites to present himself online and to research targeted companies.

LinkedIn was one of the most useful tools he used, as it is for almost everyone else we interviewed. It’s also a key tool for IT hiring managers and recruiters looking for candidates. It has become the de-facto must-use tool in today’s career environment.

But whether it’s LinkedIn or one of the other myriad services, these Web tools are vital to today’s IT job search, Carlson said.

“If you’re not online, get online,” Carlson said. “Be everywhere. Start using these services. . . If you’re not on Twitter, get there. Start Tweeting.”

May 1, 2009

This bad tweet of the day …

Filed under: Business, Media, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:07 pm

… comes courtesy of an online marketer who I’ll not name. I’m sure you can search the phrase on  Twitter and find the original, and maybe a lot more since a re-tweet request was included.

This is just so bad, and stupid to boot. And coming from a self-proclaimed marketing pro.

The gist of the tweet:

3 “Swine Flu” Twitter Secrets to Wild Viral Success

Obama interrupts Gibbs in briefing room …

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:26 pm

… to make a statement that he spoke with Souter and confirmed the Supreme Court justice is going to retire.

Mark Knoller, CBS News White House correspondent, had a great tweet on the event:

It was Obama’s first time making a statement in the White House briefing room. “this is kind of cool,” he said.

Find Mark on Twitter at http://twitter.com/markknoller

April 15, 2009

No rush to monetize Twitter …

Filed under: Business, Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:06 pm

… according to co-founder Biz Stone. The buzz and profile is skyrocketing, but at some point that will max out. This should be an interesting rollout to keep your eyes on because at some point some serious money will change hands for an open API application that lets people send 140 characters at a pop. Think about that for a second and then realize there is no way to predict what will hit next in the online universe.

From the link:

“It’s not tough for us because we have a lot of money in the bank and patient investors [and a] patient board,” said Stone, adding that the company first wants to focus on growing the network, increasing its user base and adding new features to the site. “We want to focus on this before profit. If we focus on profit, then we take people away from focusing on features.”

Online pundits and bloggers have been closely eyeballing Twitter and criticizing the company’s lack of a business plan, doling out dire warnings about the future of the microblogging site unless it comes up with a viable strategy for making money sometime very soon.

A Wall Street Journal blog post written by Kara Swisher on Thursday is whipping up the rumor mill again.

About a week after rumors flew saying that Google Inc. was in talks to buy Twitter, Swisher’s post led to reports that Google and Microsoft Corp. are sparring to grab a piece of Twitter’s potential search advertising revenue.

In other Twitter news, hit this link for information about the Twitter worm and how to combat the virus.

Find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidkonline.

April 14, 2009

The government goes Twitter

Filed under: Media, Politics, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:46 pm

Twitter is the tech phenomena for 2009 so far. Now the federal government is getting into the act.

It’s a little amazing. The big question still is exactly where is Twitter heading? And will this exponential growth lead to even more fail whale sightings.

You can find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidkonline.

From the link:

Twitter is taking flight in unlikely skies: the U.S. federal government.

From NASA to the General Services Administration, more federal agencies are embracing Twitter as another Web-based channel to communicate news and engage in conversations with U.S. citizens (10 Twitter tips from early federal adopters).

NASA announced Mondaythat astronaut Mike Massimino would use Twitter to provide a personal behind-the-scenes peek at his last few weeks of training before embarking on a space shuttle mission.  In the first 48 hours of Astro_Mike tweets, Massimino attracted more than 14,000 followers on Twitter.

Follow Network World editors and bloggers on Twitter 

Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration is notifying more than 3,200 consumers about recalls of peanut and pistachio products on its Twitter stream dubbed FDARecalls. FDA has been issuing four or five tweets a day announcing product recalls since December 2008.

Another leading advocate of Twitter is GSA, which manages government-wide IT contracts and provides training to federal Web managers on best practices for Web 2.0 technologies.

“We have done quite a bit with Twitter,” says B. Leilani Martinez, a bilingual content manager for the GSA’s Web site. “We have four official Twitter accounts for www.pueblo.gsa.gov, www.usa.gov, www.gobiernousa.gov, and www.govgab.gov. We blog one or two times a day….Twitter is just another channel that we are using to communicate.”

April 9, 2009

More privacy concerns with Twitter

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:42 pm

Not sure if this will have any effect on users of Twitter — or really if any beyond a tiny minority even hear about Salesforce.com integrating tweets into its CRM tool (and will actually understand what  that means in terms of real-world application.)

Twitter does have a vested interest in fighting any perception of privacy issues. Privacy is going to be an increasing valuable currency in the social networking world as more general users become privacy savvy.

You can find me on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/davidkonline.

From the first link:

Salesforce.com Inc.’s announcement that it will integrate Twitter into its Service Cloud offering may be a great way to ascertain brand reputation, but experts warn of “Big Brother” fears among Twitter users.

The San Francisco-based company will release, this summer, its customer relationship management (CRM) tool for Twitter, which will allow companies to perform keyword searches in the social networking platform. The idea is that companies can assess sentiments regarding their products or services, pull that data into their CRM, and even perhaps identify the user who made the comments.

But there is the potential the community will raise privacy concerns, said Aphrodite Brinsmead, New York-based customer interaction technologies analyst with research firm Datamonitor. “If people using Twitter know that someone is pulling every single last word they say like a Big Brother scenario, people might be a bit more wary about what they’re posting,” said Brinsmead.

April 8, 2009

Twitter v. tyrants

Filed under: Media, Politics, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:13 pm

Twitter is truly the killer app for immediate contact and response be it an earthquake, wildfires, terrorist attack or even rigged elections

From the second link:

Young Moldovans have outwitted their Communist leaders with Twitter.

The social network came in handy after mobile phone networks went down and cable news television stations went off air on Tuesday as 10,000 people protested what they say were rigged elections. Some stormed Parliament and the offices of President Vladimir Voronin in violent riots that left more than 90 injured and led to 200 arrests.

Television stations around the world on Tuesday aired images of the violent protest, with the parliament and Voronin’s offices on fire.

But in Moldova, where press freedoms are weak, state television chose to broadcast a soap opera and another station showed images of dance routines.

So the pro-European protesters turned to Twitter and the Internet to keep in touch.

”We sent messages on Twitter but didn’t expect 15,000 people to join in. At the most we expected 1,000,” said Oleg Brega, who heads the non-governmental pro-democracy group Hyde Park. He added that the attack on Parliament and the adjacent presidential office was not planned.

You can find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidkonline.

Twitter privacy failure?

Filed under: Media, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:15 pm

Stories like this will do serious harm to the Twitter brand. Online privacy has been a long raging topic, but as more and more non-techies get into the web 2.0 world of social networking the issue will gain even more traction.

You can find me on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/davidkonline.

From the link:

Not long after Twitter launched, Stephanie Robesky of Atomico, the venture fund established by the former founders of Skype, registered @Skype while still at the company. But, she says in a blog post yesterday, she forgot about the move, only to be reminded of it after she realised a Twitter employee had handed out her name, email address and contact details to someone at Skype who then contacted her. In an open letter to Twitter yesterday, she blogged:

“This is a violation of my privacy and, quite honestly, probably a big violation of your privacy policies. It is unprofessional of your team to hand out users information regardless of circumstances and this is something that we never would have done at Skype – even if Obama himself couldn’t log in to an account that he says wasn’t even his! I hope that you and your team take privacy more seriously in the future.”

She told me on email: “I registered the Skype Twitter name because I worked at Skype at the time so thought it might have been of use to us at some point. I’m sure I told someone in marketing who ignored me and had no clue at the time what Twitter was. Left Skype last year and forgot that I even had registered the name until yesterday… Glad they don’t have my credit card details.”

(Hat tip: Twitter_Tips)

April 7, 2009

Twitter and Google

Filed under: Business, Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:08 pm

Here’s a CIO.com Web 2.0 adviser post on whether Twitter makes a better fit with Google because of its searchable information or Facebook for the social networking aspect. Efforts to monetize Twitter ought to be interesting as well as tracking its potential acquisition.

You find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidkonline.

From the CIO.com link:

We pump lots of information into Twitter, and Google has shown, time and again, that it’s the mechanism on the Web that lets us sort through that information.

But to me, Twitter is just as much about people as it is information, and that’s where a Google acquisition falls a little short. While Google’s social team has been making some innovative products (like Friend Connect), the company hasn’t been the place where people want to connect with the people important to them in their life; Facebook has been that place for a couple years now.

April 1, 2009

Searching Twitter

Filed under: Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:35 pm

Tips from CIO.com on finding tweets you want to see.

From the link:

It’s easy to miss little gems of information on Twitter, the social networking service that allows users to exchange short messages. Because we all can’t spend hours in front of the service, we miss important messages (or tweets) posted by colleagues, friends and family while we’re away. As the list of people you follow on Twitter grows, the problem becomes more acute: hundreds of messages pass by and flow off the page before you’ve even had a chance to look at them.

You can find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidkonline

March 30, 2009

Twitter looks to monetize

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:35 pm

It’s the talk of the town right now, so no better time and all that

From the link:

Twitter, the hugely popular messaging service, is regularly mocked for not yet finding a way to make money rather than spend it sending out its members “tweets” to computers and cellphones. Now, a Wall Street Journal report quotes Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, who says the company recently hired a product manager to oversee the development of premium services — that is, extra features that companies or other users would need to pay for.

Find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidkonline.

March 27, 2009


Filed under: Media, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:25 pm

This is a funky little Twitter-related website. I think it’s better to just check it out rather than have me try to describe the site.

Interesting idea and sort of fun. Voyeuristic peeks into active web content is always fun.

You can find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidkonline.

March 21, 2009

Law enforcement and Twitter

Filed under: et.al., Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:23 pm

Are now one.

March 20, 2009

Tweeting styles

Filed under: Business, Media, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:54 pm

This article outlines the 14 types of Twitter personalities. A fun — and really pretty insightful — read.

You can find on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidkonline.

From the link — I think my tweets fall under this rubric even though I rarely do actual journalism these days:

The Journalist

There are live journalists tweeting their findings to the world. There are citizen journalists breaking the news happening in front of them. There are bloggers posting more than just their posts; they post their thoughts on other issues and websites as well.

The Journalist is the Twitter personality that is getting almost as much attention as the celebrities joining twitter. It is as a collective more than as individuals that they are turning Twitter into the place to find and share what is happening in the world as it’s happening.  Hundreds of stories have been written about the Twitter army being on the scene first at major events, tweeting pictures before camera crews at local television stations can find the keys to their van.

Tweeting Style:

Unlike traditional journalism, the rulebook is thrown out the window with Twitter Journalism. Time is everything – breaking news breaks fast on Twitter, opinions can go stale and must be concise, and links fall to obscurity if nobody with a lot of followers tweets or retweets it.  Twitter is changing the face of journalism more than any website in history.

(Hat tip: techhie via a retweet from zaibatsu)

March 19, 2009

Twitter growing at 1382%

Filed under: Media, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:30 pm


You can find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidkonline.

(Hat tip – ShawnRobinson)

The changing face of Twitter

Filed under: Media, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:01 pm

Well, the actual title of the linked article is, “Why Nerds Are Losing Control of Twitter,” but in reality it just covers the mainstreaming of the microblogging social network.

And the article is completely correct. Twitter has taken off. This blog is syndicated to premium content providers through Newstex and now my Twitter tweets are syndicated as well.

You can find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidkonline.

From the link:

Twitter is going mainstream. Who would have thought it?

Count me among those who believed it would be relegated to the self-satisfied social media elite, with no chance of catching the attention of people who didn’t work in technology for a living, or at least analyze and write about the people that do.

I couldn’t have been more wrong.

This a good thing, however. Although the curmudgeon hold-outs bent on the sake of dismissing Twitter for the sake of dismissal will disagree, Twitter changes the way we communicate, consume and manage information overload. It has popularized the notion of streaming technology, the idea that information becomes less structured as it “flows over you” rather than being packed into neat, tidy folders.

On one hand, the statement that Twitter’s technology has become broadly popular could be disputed since Twitter has just 5 million or so users, but Facebook’s decision to copy adopt Twitter’s streaming look into its latest redesign effectively brings the technology to 175 million more people.

March 18, 2009

Twitter mistake, take one

Filed under: Business, Media, Technology — Tags: , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:29 pm

The tweet that costs you a job. Oops.

You can find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidkonline — hopefully not costing myself any freelance content work.

(Hat tip: smartsavvy)

March 17, 2009

Microblogging for enterprise

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:17 pm

Here’s an article on microblogging platforms to bring the Twitter experience to internal corporate communications.

From the link:

Business technology leaders concerned with collaboration will be watching case studies like Davies’ closely. A November Forrester report by Oliver Young, an analyst who researches Enterprise 2.0 technologies, cast doubt on the viability of enterprise microblogging just yet.

The size of microblogging messages (generally 140 characters or less) could be an issue.

“Due to message size constraints, microblogs provide very limited contextual information, and thus have limited use in business environments,” the report noted. “Microblogs may become suitable for alerting, but less so for informing or gathering information.”

March 16, 2009

Marketing with Twitter

Filed under: Business, Media, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:40 pm

Okay, the linked article is titled, “How and Why to Launch a Business Presence on Twitter,” but really what is a business presence anywhere other than marketing? Nothing wrong with it at all, and maybe a business would like some marketing effort (such as social network marketing) to be fairly opaque but lets call it what it is.

Do hit the link because the article offers some good advice and interesting ideas.

You can find me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidkonline.

From the link:

But while Twitter’s user base might seem small, the return on engagement from Twitter fans is substantial, says Jeremiah Owyang (@jowyang), a senior Forrester analyst who researches social technologies and who writes a blog on Web strategy.

“Most Twitter users are hyper-connected,” says Owyang. “They are influencers and really want to share opinions with others. Many of them keep blogs. They are very different than the mainstream Facebook users.”

While Twitter’s founders have hinted at charging companies in the future for their participation, any business can get started today for free. For most companies, the decision to utilize Twitter will depend on the type of products or services that they offer, as well as the department — or departments — that would benefit from joining the service.

March 13, 2009

Twitter is booming

Filed under: Media, Technology — Tags: , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:43 pm

Check out these numbers! Yowza.

Find me at Twitter here — http://twitter.com/davidkonline

(Hat tip — KurzweilAINews)

Tips for startups

Filed under: Business — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:39 pm

This is a tough economic climate to put a shingle out for a new business. Here’s a short, but sweet, article on three tips for startups.

From the link:

Though, among other challenges, startups are in the unique position of needing to get their brand name recognized by the public, while a larger organization has to maintain its brand image. To keep employees and customers engaged, even through challenges, is to get involved online.

Setting up a profile on a site such as Twitter or LinkedIn has value, for even the most established brand. A company blog, or at least a press release feed helps both current and potential customers keep up to date with company news, and perhaps even add insight into how the company can better serve them. In addition, companies are quickly able to interact with clients. People want to work with people, not a faceless corporate organization. While networking in person is great, using smart online networking techniques is now just as important and is more cost efficient.

March 3, 2009

Using Twitter for job hunt

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:21 pm

Here’s a CIO.com article on using Twitter when searching for work. I think every tool in the box should be utilized when on the employment hunt and Twitter is certainly of the moment.

You can follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/davidkonline.

From the first link:

Though LinkedIn tops the list of professionally-oriented social networks for job seeking, you can also use Twitter to get the word out about your skills and talents to relevant people in your industry.

But you must take some steps to be a good Twitter citizen before you tweet yourself into your next gig. We spoke with some career and social media experts on how to utilize Twitter for the purpose of job seeking, and the ways in which you can promote your own interests while helping others at the same time. (As you’ll find, you can’t do one without the other).

If you’re new to Twitter, we recommend reading our beginners’ guide to Twitter, as well as our Twitter etiquette guide, to learn more about what makes this community operate. Overall, it’s important to remember that Twitter is about exchanging ideas and letting people know more about you based on the content of your tweets.

February 26, 2009

Tweeting CPAC

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 6:57 pm

Here’s a collection of Twitter tweets with the #cpac09 hashtag. I’m guessing many are coming from the wankfest that is CPAC 2009.

If you want to follow this yourself just head to Twitter and do a search for the #cpac09hash (or just hit the convenient link I provided).

And now, the tweets:

Shoq: LOL 11 people show at Borders for Joe The Plumber book signing. 5 copies sold at #cpac09. See? Conservatives DO know piffle!

MattFriedeman: The 2% illusion…take all they’ve got and it still won’t be enough! (WSJ) http://tinyurl.com/bv7xjo (expand) #tcot #cpac09

MartyEisenstadt: Katherine Harris minus Overdone Makeup equals Michelle Bachmann. No? #cpac09

jmp5329: Us making fun of Joe the Plumber, no matter if you like him or not, is as bad as Chris Matthews making fun of Jindal #cpac09

CoraleneLayer: So nice to pray with a whole room and not need to be in church. #Cpac09

Pal2Pal: @jmp5329 Making fun of Joe or Sarah is elitists admitting they have no answers for common sense & are afraid the people are right. #cpac09

I’ll update this list a bit later.

Update 7:30 — Upon reflection, to Pal2Pal above, I must an elitist with no answers for common sense. Because we all know both Palin and (not)Joe the fool are paragons of all sorts of sense.

More tweets:

lenejohansen: Still think Palin was the freshest breath of the four that battled it out Nov 4th, no matter what issues we disagre on. #tcot #cpac09

dmataconis: wonders why the guy who questioned Obama’s citizenship wasn’t booed off the stage at #cpac09

ultimatejosh: White Nationalist group “Youth for Western Civilization” allowed at #CPAC09 http://tinyurl.com/aatlmx (expand) #tcot

Tuck23: Blog updated http://arob.tumblr.com pullin no punches…UN has it coming going after free speech #politics #cpac09 #tcot

Google tweets …

Filed under: Media, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:26 pm

… a riddle.

The first tweet from Google’s Twitter account (@google):


And here’s some context and explanation:

Roughly translated to : I’m F E E L I N G L U C K Y

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a sign. No, it’s not a sign of a Google acquisition, although John Battelle did start off my morning with an excellent post on how Twitter is the new YouTube :

So why did Google really buy YouTube? My answer, which of course looks brilliant given it’s 20/20 hindsight: YouTube was a massive search asset.

After all, YouTube now gets more searches than Yahoo, Google’s closest search rival.

Battelle argues that Twitters main asset may not be its userbase or its buzz, but its “Real time. Converational Search

So, does Google opening up it’s Twitter account with binary riddles spell the ultimate acquisition of Twitter by Google. Not really. Instead it more or less signifies that Google has accepted Twitter as a form of mass communication in the same way that Google was interested in Blogger and Blogging. Remember when the Official Google Blog was first launched in 2004? Before that, Google relied on Google Groups and various webmaster forums to communicate with its users, webmasters, publishers and other target audiences.

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