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The Facebook Obsession

Without a doubt, Facebook has become one of the most significant global phenomena in our lifetime. CNBC recently spotlighted them in a documentary that demonstrated just how far the social network has grown in size, popularity and ubiquity. Not only has it been used to connect adopted children with their birth parents, it is used…

The Unstoppable Facebook Force

Facebook is now valued at $50 billion after $450M Goldman Sachs investment. How much bigger can the world’s largest social network get? Considering it has 500M users and there are 6.5 billion people on earth, I bet they believe there’s lots of opportunity for growth. Talk about maximizing the value of the network effect.

Going the Distance: Business Lessons from Endurance Sports

For many people sports is a way to unwind and take your mind off work. Taking yourself away from work, even for short periods, can give you a breath of fresh thinking and renewed perspective and focus. This is particularly true if you’ve been working on a long, complex problem. Maybe this is why so…

BlackBerry Etiquette

I’ve made it big! I was recently interviewed by the New York Times about “smartphone etiquette” in this day and age. The main question was whether or not I thought it was acceptable to type away in meetings. As you might imagine, I had an opinion on this and one of my observations made the…

Social App Overload

Seems like there’s no shortage of social sites, apps and tools these days. It’s only the middle of the week and I just got hooked onto Yammer, a relatively new private Twitter-like network for your company. We’ll have to see if I can get us to a tipping point of users and take advantage of…

Dropping the D

Digital photography Digital music Digital marketing Enough already! When are we going to just drop the “Digital” and call them what they really are? It’s easy to think this is a minor point, but qualifying something as “digital” is old-school, traditional thinking. No wonder companies have such a hard time becoming digital. This is not…

Bloggers’ Oath

A recent feature article in the New York Times featured a broad ranging interview with President Obama and got me thinking about the idea of a bloggers oath again. The writers covered many of the issues that face the U.S. from the economy, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, energy and so forth. What struck me…

iPhone Application Addictions, er, Additions

A little lighter fare for this weekend. For people like me who are into their mobile devices, their selection of apps reveals a bit about their personality. I used to get excited to try out new apps, which come out daily. But now, figuring out what screen to put them on stresses me out! There…

Juggling Priorities: Email > Twitter > Facebook > Breakfast > RSS

As information sources become more and more numerous, it’s becoming more and more challenging staying on top of things. When I was a kid, my dad would grab the morning paper and he’d read the headlines while I grabbed the sports section for the box scores. And that’s all I had to do before heading…

$ponsored Conversations

Talk about a hot-button topic! Highly influential bloggers pride themselves on building a following by being truthful and objective, increasingly rare qualities in a world of “advertorials” and non-branded sites that blur the line between honest to goodness content and marketing collateral. It’s fascinating how it is so divisive. As the social world gains momentum,…