Wikileaks lacks checks and balances

July 31, 2010

Social media is increasingly becoming implicated in moments of crisis and significant world events. The 2009 Iranian election is a great example. Thanks to a variety of technical manoeuvres, the Iranian government could not throttle the protesters’ use of Twitter to report on those events. Where traditional media could not tread, the citizenry and Twitter […]

Facebook: 500 million strong and no IPO in sight

July 24, 2010

Social networking site Facebook hit a benchmark 500 million users this week, complete with much fanfare and celebration. But some folks weren’t celebrating, either because they are no longer enamoured of Facebook or they don’t have a profile at all. It’s pretty easy for people like me to generalize our own experiences and habits and […]

Blogging key to healthy democracy

July 17, 2010

It is said if you don’t vote, you get the government you deserve. In other words, exercise your democratic right or suffer the consequences. The same can now be said for having a voice in social media, particularly blogging. If you don’t create content, you have willingly issued your own gag order. Rest assured, in […]

Social media measures up to other media

July 10, 2010

“There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” This phrase, popularized by Mark Twain, gets to the heart of a current trend that is troubling — holding social media to greater account than any other medium past or present. Business people talk a lot about the “Return on Investment” (ROI) that social […]

Social media marketing can’t stand alone

July 3, 2010

War, huh, yeah What is it good for Absolutely nothing Uh-huh There’s an increasing chorus of voices that, somewhat like the lyric from the ’60s hit protest song War, wonders whether social media may be good for “absolutely nothing” when it comes to business. Oddly enough, for a fellow who runs a Calgary social media […]

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