Does the First Amendment Apply to Social?

Social media once again, is pushing the boundaries of free speech. A District Judge recently ruled that clicking “like” on Facebook does not warrant protection under the First Amendment, also known as the right to freedom of speech. For years, U.S. laws have been continually tested time and time again, by new cases that often set…

Mice Nuts

“They’re just mice nuts–and I mean that in the most kind, polite way I possibly can.” Color CEO Bill Nguyen describing Instagram Sometimes you just have to sit back and watch. You can’t make this stuff up. So what ever happened to Color?

Growth vs. Value

“You’ve got to be careful not to confuse growth with value.” The recent growth of startups like Viddy and Socialcam are nothing short of astounding. The recent hockey stick growth both of these companies have received is noteworthy for a couple of reasons. FIrst, what happened that triggered the huge spike in growth and second,…

Social Supply Chain Management

Could social media used as an indicator for supply chain management? @ErnoLaszlo CEO Denton is onto something. By monitoring what consumers are saying about his products, he’s able to get a quick pulse on what’s selling and what isn’t. This isn’t a replacement for proper supply chain management but it certainly makes for a novel approach.

Facebook Organ Donor Status

The scale of Facebook enables so many potentially good things for humanity. Their Organ Donor Status lets users easily sign up with their appropriate registry and indicate it to their friends. It’s a smart way to get the word out and make a difference. The New York Times has a nice write-up on the idea.

Social Media is Like a Bar of Wet Soap

Social media is like a bar of wet soap. The harder you squeeze, the less control you have. The London 2012 Olympic committee have outlined what people will be able to access and publish through social networks during the Games. That’s all fine, but enforcing it is a fool’s errand.    

Niche Networks

Social networks used to be popularity contests, with few if any limits on the number of connections one could form. But even though technology enables us to expand our reach, can we really actively maintain a social network of more than around 150 people? I wrote about Dunbar’s Number a few years ago and it…

Social Media Law: Can Employers Ask For Your Facebook Password?

A disturbing new trend is emerging amongst employers asking job applicants for their Facebook logins and passwords. Presumably, they are doing this under the guise of background checks and think there’s nothing wrong with that. In this economy, I’m sure many applicants are reluctantly doing so thinking they won’t get the job if they don’t….

Words of Wisdom: Chrissie Wellington on Perseverance

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other”. I am a huge fan of 4x Ironman World Champion, Chrissie Wellington. She brings such a humble approach to life and is so relatable to so many people. Truer words have not been spoken.

Happiest Places in NYC

Do you know what places make you happy? A couple of data scientists have considered geolocation data and sentiment analysis to see what parts of New York City generate the happiest tweets. While this is a cursory attempt that isn’t statistically significant or survived peer review, the idea itself is enough to put a smile…